I have set myself a challenge for 2012.
At some point during 2011 I promised myself I would sew at least one garment from every Burda magazine I own unless I had already sewn something from it. This fell apart pretty quickly, partly because I’m pretty sure it was well into the year when I decided to do this, and partly because I couldn’t decide on a way to pick which pattern to sew from so many magazines. I’ve decided to try again in 2012.
I currently have 49 issues of the magazine, starting with a few issues from 2007 and 2008 and a full year for each of 2009 (excluding May), 2010 and 2011. From these I have sewn at least one garment from 13 of the issues, leaving 36 with nothing sewn. Of course, I will then have to add a further 12 issues to this number as my 2012 issues arrive each month, bringing the total to 48 (and now I’ve just typed that number I’ve already scared myself with this challenge).
Dealing with how to pick which patterns I’m going to sew each month, I thought that I might take every issue I’ve got for each month. For example, I have the January issues for 2009, 2010, 2011 and will receive 2012 sometime soon. That means four garments from January issues to be sewn in January (or at least sometime during 2012). This gets a bit scary when I get to months such as July when I will have, including the newest issue, six garments to sew.
I do know that from some of the magazines I may sew nothing, because I have quite a few issues where nothing has jumped out at me and I don’t want to sew something just for the sake of a challenge, but I will be honest in my future posts and will admit when I haven’t sewn because I can’t be bothered, and when I haven’t sewn because the issue just doesn’t really interest me.
There is a danger that I will end up with 48 new skirts by the end of the year because I find them easiest to sew!
I think the hardest part of this is going to be the fact that the patterns have to be traced and a fair few of them will need a muslin (if I don’t want to end up with 48 skirts). Now I think about it, I will also count a muslin that doesn’t work for me as something sewn from that magazine. For example this dress didn’t work because of the fabric, but I’m still counting this as an item sewn from the 11-2008 issue.
Anyway, that’s my challenge. If you’ve read this and want to join in then let me know as I’d love to follow your progress. If you want a slightly easier challenge then you could try sewing one item in each month from any issues of any magazine you have for that month. For example, if you have January 2010, 2011 and 2012 issues of Burda you could just sew one item from any of the three – preferably from an issue you haven’t already sewn from. This may be what my own challenge turns into after a couple of months (or weeks!)
So that’s zero down, 48 to go.