Personal Sewing Challenge Day 2

I’m calling this a challenge because challenges of any sort seem to be ‘in’ and because the idea of “challenged” to do anything just carries a mystique and seems to result in compulsion to perform!

It’s a perfect sunny day here on the west coast but compulsion has me in the workshop getting ready to cut out my new clothes.

The purchased fabrics are all washed and I have gathered the related notions and threads. I have to select patterns and begin some cutting.

I have a large…..huge!….stash of patterns.  The collection if measured in linear feet with the patterns stacked like books on a shelf it is a bit more than 35 feet.  I managed to drastically purge the pattern file a few years ago but clearly further editing is required.  Some of these patterns go back to the beginning of my sewing days..(the 70’s) and many are patterns that I have created for a wide variety of clients over the years.  I digress because that is another blog series in the waiting.

The plan for today is to prepare patterns and begin cutting for all four pieces……new clothes… motivation to begin it is still a thrill…..CARRY ON!!!

Starting with the blouse:

I am using a pattern for a shirt that I developed more than ten years ago.  I call it the Camino Shirt…because….I wore it on the Camino de Santiago.  It is still a go to pattern for me.   I have changed the collar for both fit and point style for this floral version.

pattern weights keep us strong
using pattern weights keeps us strong

I organize all of my cut pieces into a work box with all related parts and notions.

all cut and organized and ready to sew
assembled into a work box makes me feel organized

Then sew…..and….pouf!….new shirt.

matte peach buttons for trim
matte peach buttons for trim

I love the floral print.  And I am inspired to haul from the fabric stash  (….also huge and a sensitive topic…..argghh to undone projects…)  a piece of olive green pebble weave linen which I will consider for a skirt to wear with this.

More happy sewing days to follow.


I just have to start…..

The blank page can be daunting. The same is true for the blank blog.

So here it is: My first post on this blog.

Simple: bought cloth – gonna make me some clothes. The floral for a blouse, the lightweight linen blend denim for a shirtwaist dress and the black for 2 pairs of casual pants.

blouse, shirtwaist dress and two casual pants
blouse, shirtwaist dress and two pair of casual pants – my 4 day challenge

But here’s the catch. I sew for a living for the film industry in Vancouver but only occasionally do I make clothing for myself. My commitment is to have these garments complete in the next week. Lofty endeavour? Maybe – but when I work on film deadlines I always deliver on time – and these four garments would represent an average weekend sewing order. So I’ll jump in and let you know how it goes.

Wish me luck……and concentration!

This blog will serve as my portfolio.

Hello – This blog site serves as my portfolio.

I’m passionate about all things textile and I have had the very good fortune to have spent an entire career in various ways concerned with textiles.  Even a very brief stint as a factory sewer and an even briefer stint selling leather jackets.

So I’ll be parking a lot of photos of past work here (even though I have been colossally bad at documenting my work) and you can look up my resume, production list, and a bit about the teaching that I do.

And since this is my blog – I’m even going to include some before and after photos of the  renovating and redecorating of my home, drawings and forays into painting, as well as quilting, weaving, embroidery, the knitting that sent me on a trip to England…………..and even………the baking of apple pies.  I’ve been perfecting the recipe for years!

Please enjoy – and please share your comments with me.

Warmest Regards,

Deborah Gyug

site under construction – photos coming