sewing olympics 2012: start training now!

by Valerie on July 12, 2012

in sewing,sewingolympics

It’s that time again! During the Vancouver Olympics in 2010, I challenged myself with my own personal sewing olympics, and I want to do the same during the London games this year.

My goal: a trench coat. Specifically, McCall’s 5525. Check it out:

McCalls 5525, ladies' trench coat sewing pattern

The last few Burberry runway shows have made me obsessed with having a perfect trench coat, and a sewing challenge seems like the best way to make that happen (also, super-appropriate for London games, no?).

Not only have I been pining after a trench coat for a while, but I’ve never attempted outerwear before, and I think a trench coat is complicated enough to be a decent challenge for a sixteen day project.

linen trench coat, Burberry spring 2012 purple trench dress, Burberry spring 2012
Inspiration: linen trench and purple trench dress, Burberry, spring 2012.

I would love for you to join me in this sewing challenge! Just like the original knitting olympics, the rules are simple.

one: Start your project during opening ceremonies (July 27), and complete your project before closing ceremonies conclude (August 12).

two: Choose a sewing project to challenge yourself, but one that is attainable in sixteen days. Something just beyond your current skills perhaps. Don’t set yourself up for failure, but don’t pick anything too easy, either!

three: If you finish, you win! Imaginary gold medals for everyone! Really this is about challenging yourself, so the real prize is self satisfaction. :)

Sewing Olympics 2012!

Feel free to swipe the badge for your blog/Facebook/whatever to share with your friends that you are participating! I also created a Flickr group for the Vancouver games that we can still use. Post your patterns, your fabrics, and progress pictures! It’s all about accountability, after all.

You’ve got fourteen days to complete your training! For a sewing project, I think training includes choosing your pattern and fabric, researching on, cutting out your pattern and prepping your fabric (washing, drying, and ironing).

So who’s with me? What are you going to make?


so, what do you think? leave a comment & let me know.

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