Tuesday, September 30, 2014

30 Minutes a Day for September

This month, I have been trying to ensure that I spend 30 minutes a day in the sewing room actually doing something to move projects forward. I found that I would head into the sewing room but get distracted by the computer and leave an hour later having accomplished nothing. It's only been the last few days that I have kept track of the actual tasks that I accomplished, but I have found that it's keeping me on track so I'll probably keep doing that through October.

If anyone's interested, here's what I managed to get done over the last 5 days:

26th: Cut out Lady Macbeth costume, fused interfacing to back shoulder seam, started to lay out skirt pattern

27th: Cut out Style Arc skirt pattern from LM costume leftovers, worked on LM costume: stitched centre back seam and one shoulder seam, pinned down trim around neckline

28th: Worked on LM costume: stitched down trim around neckline, closed other shoulder seam, sewed in sleeves, sewed side seams and tried on!

29th: Worked on LM costume: eased top edge of trim, turned and stitched neckline, pinned trim to sleeves; Chose pattern for Pocahontas costume

30th: Finished Lady Macbeth costume: stitched down trim on sleeves, trimmed hem to right length. Worked on Pocahontas costume: prepped fabric, traced and altered pattern.

Goals for October: 

Continue to spend 30 minutes a day working on actual projects

  1. Pocahontas costume
  2. Buy some gold cord to use as a 'waist' tie for my Lady Macbeth costume 
  3. Take photos of the costumes! 
  4. Style Arc Susan Skirt
  5. Tennis Outfit
  6. White Long shorts for me
  7. (Yarn-related) Honey Cowl - Nearly done
  8. (Yarn-related) Marigold Cardigan - Half done
  9. White Burda Plus Top 
  10. Navy HP Blouse Back Tee
I know it looks ridiculous, but most of the stuff is half done already - or dead simple. Anyway, we'll see how far I get through my list.


  1. I track also. Good luck on your schedule, and all your projects.

    1. Mary, I would love to know (or see) how you track your sewing tasks, too. It's good to know that I'm not alone. How long have you been tracking them? Do you find it provides you with extra motivation?

  2. Hi Kelley - I found your comment on the MAGAM (Make a Garment a Month) blogsite, and have removed an inactive member and sent you an invite by email. Welcome :)

  3. You seem to be doing great on the finishes lately so maybe this system is working for you. Looking forward to some photos. :)