Well friends, it’s that time: the Vancouver Olympics start in just twelve days! I don’t have cable at home so I doubt I’ll catch any of them, but I do like to watch some figure skating now and then, so maybe I’ll find a way to watch some of the action.
Anyway, I am determined to challenge myself again with my own personal sewing Olympics. Last time (Beijing 2008) I tried to make a jacket, and mostly succeeded. In the intervening years I have yet to successfully complete a jacket that I would actually wear, so I am renewing that challenge for myself for Vancouver 2010. This time: a notched collar (cue cheering crowds)!!!!
I am not a knitter, so the Yarn Harlot’s original knitting Olympics and the current Olympic challenge over at Ravelry are not for me. But I love the idea of using the Olympics as a framework. Not just the idea of challenging yourself in your sport (in my case, sewing), but also the spirit of competition, although in this case I will be competing against myself. I would LOVE for any sewers out there to join me in the challenge however! Just like the knitting Olympics, our rules will be simple:
1. Start your sewing project during opening ceremonies (February 12).
2. Finish your sewing project before closing ceremonies conclude (February 28).
3. Pick a sewing project that is difficult for you, but attainable in sixteen days. You are supposed to be challenged, but don’t set yourself up for failure, or let it take over your life! That being said, sixteen days is a long time to work on one project…make it something good!
Everyone gets a gold medal if they finish. I am totally not a graphic designer, so I can’t make you a fancy “sewing Olympics” badge, but I’d be happy to post pictures of your finished objects, or perhaps we can start a Flickr group? Let me know what you think. And show me what you’re going to make!
My project: this Simplicity 4273 jacket. Notched! Collar! I am not scared!
I plan to cut out and iron my pattern before the opening ceremonies, but won’t actually cut the fabric until the torch is lit. I feel like prepping the pattern (maybe washing & drying the fabric too) counts as training. What do you think?
So, who’s with me? Spread the word!
UPDATE: Join the Flickr group and grab the badge for your blog or web site!