What I love about people's personal sewing blogs is that I get to see their evolution as a sewist. From the first skirt to their first Bra. How their passion shaped their wardrobe. I love that some people only make basics and wearable while other make couture. Two different ways of self improvement. They are still stretching their skills even if they don't think so. One by repeating and improving and the other in exploring and opening their minds to new ideas.
I find myself in the same evolution journey. I been sharing my makes for a few years now and in my blog archives have so many projects I'm still totally proud and others are very good lessons learned.
I wouldn't be where I am now without all the mistakes in shape, fabric and trying new skills. When I look at a finished project where I'm comfortable with my skills I enjoy feeling proud of my end result. The comfort of knowing where I stand.
Every new challenge makes me feel on edge. Is it going to turn out like dog's dinner? The only way that my comfortable projects got that way was because of those practices and so many trow away makes of the past. Every new skill gets repeated over and over in different projects until it feel like driving home. I'm not worried to have bad projects or wonky stitching from time to time.
To improve my skills I :
Study. I read/ research a lot from well know authors.
Share: Talk/ Listen/ Learn with other sewists. My favourite exchange.
Practice: Make Make Make.
Join: I take professional classes
Teach: You learn a lot more than you teach. Is an amazing experience.
But I don't have a development plan. I don't write skills I need to learn next. It's kind of an organic growth. I go with my feelings. I don't know what I want to achieve as a sewist but i'm excited about the next 40 years of skill building.
What do you do to become a better sewist?