Thursday, 11 July 2013

20:20 Challenge: How I'm getting on

You may have seen that earlier this year I set myself a challenge. Dubbed my 20:20 challenge the plan is to make twenty individual items from twenty different patterns. I'm now almost midway through and thought it was time to check progress. I haven't really been keeping a log of items made except that I know I need to make two items a month. 

I started off with twelve chosen patterns with eight spare "slots" as I knew I would find some along the way and would want to buy patterns as they were released. And I have! I now have just two more to choose. I added the Sorbetto, the Miette and the Victoria Blazer. I also have my self-drafted pattern. 

How many have I made then? Nine, just one short of my target for half way. I'm pleased that I have managed to stay on track so far. I couldn't resist sharing again the photos of the completed items! Unfortunately I don't have photos for my Miette or the Sorbettos (yes, plural) yet but they will come soon. 


Reglisse
Reglisse
Spotty Jasmine
Jasmine
Flowery Alma blouse front
Alma
Pink butterfly skirt
Simplicity 2451
Mathilde front
Mathilde
Colette Laurel Front
Laurel


Navy Anise front
Anise

Some of you will remember I promised at least half of them will not be blue, black or pink. I'm still comfortably within this, with six being those colours. The fact that I have been selective with which Sorbetto to include helps with this a bit. Is that cheating? I don't think so as I set my own rules here! Which means you can probably guess what colour the Miette is. 

Three patterns are work in progress. The Peony, which I haven't looked at since I noticed the fitting issues, my self drafted dress and the Thurlow shorts for which I'm going to stay toile number 3 this weekend. I'm hopeful this will be the last one. 

I've noticed that, in typical fashion, I have completed the easier projects at the beginning. I'm convinced this will come back to bite me as I attempt to complete two more complicated patterns a month. Oh well, I learn the hard way! 

What about you? Did you set yourself a goal this year? If so, how are you getting on?


12 comments:

  1. You're doing really well with your challenge Claire, love the things you've made so far.

    I set myself several sewing and knitting goals this year, and am doing pretty well with them, to my surprise.

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    1. Thanks Sam! Glad to hear that you are doing well with your goals.

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  2. Nice work! I love your Jasmine and your Mathilde especially. I did my 'April Challenge' for the 3rd year running, where I sew for 2 hours per day every day in April! It's always hard to find the time, but I'm always pleased when I manage it!

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    1. Two hours a day, for a whole month?! Wow, I can find a lot of time to sew but not that much! I bet you made quite a lot during that time.

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  3. Well done! That's really impressive at the halfway point - you're right on track :)
    My goal has been to refrain from any RTW purchases, and so far, so good! But I really like your idea of setting a numerical goal; I like that you can measure progress positively. I might have to steal that one for next year...
    Your Anise is amazing, by the way - love it!

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    1. Thanks, I do love my Anise but the weather is now to warm to wear it! I'm not normally a numbers girl but it certainly helps with tracking progress. I'm impressed you haven't bought anything yet.

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  4. Hi Claire - you are to be congratulated on your efforts - it's not easy trying to find the time to make 20 garments a year, especially when you work as well. All the garments are lovely (and I like your blues, blacks and pinks)- and I'm looking forward to seeing the rest of the year's efforts :)

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    1. Thanks Sarah Liz. I love those colours too but still feel I need more variety!

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  5. Well done, you are doing so well! I am trying to stay clear of challenges because they just stress me out and sewing should be a hobby. Having said that, I did set myself some things to make this year to stretch my skills, and help me learn more: trousers, a coat or jacket, a shirt. So far I've made none of them, but that's mostly because I've been distracted by other lovely patterns instead!!!

    Am definitely going to start on my Peony next, so maybe we can help each other as we go along? I've yet to find a Colette pattern that fits me straight out of the packet, so we'll see how I get on. On that note, I am attending a one day bodice pattern drafting course on Sunday. I am really hoping that will help with improving and understanding fit, which is not my strong point - did you find that with yours?

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    1. Thanks Helen. You've made some great items so far this year so I don't think you need to worry about not making the others! I would love to have your help and advice as I work out the fit for the Peony, either on here or on email, and would happily return the favour. Good luck with your pattern drafting course. You should learn a lot about fit and how to tweak the patterns to make it fit you better. I hope you let us know how you get on.

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  6. Wow, you've got a great bunch of finished items so far this year. You've set yourself a difficult challenge! 2 finished items is pretty tricky once you throw in some of the more difficult pieces but I'm sure you'll do it. I haven't set myself any goals for finished items this year, although I have this half formed challenge in my mind about limiting the number of actual projects in my stash (as opposed to all the material that is just in there because it's left overs). Looking forward to more lovely items!

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    1. Thanks Kirsty! I like the idea of splitting your stash that way...

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