February 10, 2014

Community work

Sewing community work, that is.
Obviously, I like to interact with other people who are interested in sewing, (vintage) fashion and other related subjects. It would be very strange to have a blog if I didn't want that. 
Over time, I've also been part of a few online communities sharing specific interests within that field. Burdastyle (still a member but I think it has grown out of its community feel), Wardrobe Refashion (I left when it stopped in its old form, but when I did a search for it for this post, I found out that it has had a new start) and, most recently, We Sew Retro. I like those as an opportunity to meet new people and it's just fun to be part of a group with shared interests.

Despite those warm feelings about the online sewing community, I've rarely taken part in sew-alongs or challenges. I've started a couple of times and I've had good intentions about others but in the end I usually dropped the ball. 
The main reason is simple. Sewing is my hobby. Because my work also involves sewing, it's already a bit of a struggle at times to keep it fun. So, the last thing I want is to weigh it down with obligations. 

This time though, I'll try again because this challenge ties in really nicely with something I want to do anyway. It's not too confining and I think having a group of people with the same goal may, in this case, actually help me to stick with my target.

I've decided to join the Vintage Sewing Pattern Pledge. It was started by Marie of a Stitching Odyssey because she wanted to make more use of her vintage pattern stash.
Of course, I've got a vintage pattern stash of my own which I tend to use for inspiration only. 
So, without further ado:

Over 2014, I, Lauriana will sew up at least five of my vintage sewing patterns.

Because I like to complicate matters, I've got some resolutions to add to that as well: Reflecting my collection of patterns, I want to try and sew something from each decade from the 1920's to the 1970's. And I plan on using the various pattern media in my stash: envelope patterns (all those I have are unprinted ones), patterns from sewing magazines which are on tracing sheets, patterns which have to be enlarged (Lutterloh and Frohne), patterns from instructions in ladies' magazines and maybe even a design from a pattern making workbook from the late 1940's or early 1950's which I bought a couple of years ago (in it, a lady following a pattern making course drafted several patterns on a small scale. I don't think it's really cheating if I would make that using my sloper)

And then, there's another matter of sewing community interest. Today Debi posted about the upcoming Sew Grateful Week which she will host again this year.

I would like to participate by posting a new pattern tutorial. I'm not sure for what yet. I was thinking about either the half circle cape or about how to make a jumpsuit or playsuit using normal patterns for a bodice and trousers. Which one would you prefer? Or would you like a tutorial for something else I've made? Please keep in mind that I won't have enough time to make and digitize an entire pattern, so anything I make will be more of a how-to. 
Just let me know.


  1. I'd love a tutorial on a jumpsuit/playsuit. I feel like that's a garment that has a lot of little quirks that need to be figured out that you might not immediately think of when making one for the first time. My personal question on that subject is how to prevent wedgies and not get a baggy bottom.

  2. Please, oh please, do a tutorial for your shelf bust dress from August 2010! I want to make a true shelf bust dress and I can't seem to get my hands on a pattern. The closest I've come to it is Gertie's pattern. I would be forever in your debt!

  3. Oooh, so excited to have you on board...thanks for joining in! I love how much thought has gone into your pledge!

  4. I think a tutorial on a jumpsuit would be interesting but I can't promise I'll make one

  5. I think I might participate in sew grateful week as well, if i can get myself organized. And thanks, by the way for both your comments on my blog. very informative. I responded to you, both here:


    and there:


    oh, and what would I love to see as a tutorial? knickers, of course ;) . . . a jumpsuit would be cool too :)

  6. Ooooh, the jumpsuit, please! The whole "drop seat" process has me puzzled, and yes, I got why your "squatted" picture is relevant! :D