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20 Jun 2013 - 15:10104316
National Sewing Project Month (NaSewProMo) - Nov 2013
Hey guys, I had this idea today and I thought I would share it to see if anyone else wanted to get involved!

So November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) which a lot of folks I know get involved with. But I ain't no novel-writer, so a few years ago I joined in with NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) instead. You had to make a blog post every day. I found it pretty hard to do, but also challenging and fun.

One of my New Year's Resolutions this year was to do NaBloPoMo again, but with the slow demise of LJ as a blogging platform I would just be blogging for the 2 people on my f-list who still read/post. So I had this idea:

Why not have a month for a sewing project instead? Especially in November, the start of the cosplay off-peak season where October Expo/Eurocosplay is all over and you have the depressing realisation that winter is sinking its claws in and there's months till the next con.

So the idea is as follows:

You start a brand new sewing project on November 1st. It can be a costume, or even just a regular sewing project like a cool dress or something. Add it to your CI profile, and the challenge is to work on it and update your costume journal for it every day for the whole of November. Every day. If you finish it early, start another one! You could even do a different project every week or fortnight if you're confident in your skills.

In the same way as NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo, if you miss a day you can work harder the day before, or catch up the day after, and make two posts.

I could make a master post containing the CI profiles and direct links to everyone's projects, so people can see what everyone else is up to. We can comment on each other's progress and encourage each other to finish!

I know I'm making this post quite far in advance but I wanted to get the idea out there and see who would be interested, and so people can throw their ideas in too. I think as a group we could turn out some great stuff in a month If this is a goer I'll make a proper signup post in October!

Last edited by madmazda86 (20 Jun 2013 - 15:11)
20 Jun 2013 - 16:25104323
I've taken part in Nano for a couple of years and only didn't last year because my job made me too exhausted to do it.

While its a nice idea in theory, I'm not sure how many people are able to get involved in sewing everyday. Quite a few of us have jobs, and setting up a sewing station can be quite a lengthy process and exhausting, and too be honest coming home and sewing everyday, or skipping a day and working harder just isn't an option.

Hence why Nano is actually a lot easier, since all you need is a computer (which is pretty easy to just turn on) and type away!

Also with sewing one of the main things is not to rush, but take your time and work hard with what you're doing. It may not be so good to make people feel they have to rush for an (imaginary) deadline.

Like I say, in theory its a nice idea, and I'm sure you will get a lot of participants. If work slows down a bit I might even get involved! But it may be quite hard for people to get involved with things like school, work, etc. getting in the way.

I'm going to slash your pillow and tear out all the stuffing with a motorbike made of jelly.
20 Jun 2013 - 16:34104324
I like the idea! Gives people a much needed umph to get going with things. We all could do with starting things a little bit earlier.

I agree sewing every day might be a little harder, but tbh, so is finding the time to write 1600 words. At least with sewing there are smaller bits you can do some days, and others (namely the weekend) you'd spend all day on it.

I think it's definitely a good idea.
And if not too many people join in, then does that really matter? You won't be going to too much trouble to organise it. We can just chat away, sharing our progress =]

20 Jun 2013 - 17:14104329
I like this idea! I mean 1600 words a day was basically a few hours a day, so you could spend an hour or two on sewing a day.

I would probably find it a challenge but I'd be so up for it! Providing my job doesn't ship me off somewhere within the second month of me working there, then it'd be viable for me to come home and do some patterning or basting quickly. I may be able to finally work on a project I've been wanting to for ages too!

Count me in
Always wanted to join in with Nano but it kills me enough to chuck in an essay in a day (when I've been too lazy to do it before, oops) so I didn't think I could cope every day for 30 days

20 Jun 2013 - 21:52104343
I should add that you don't have to actually finish your sewing project in its entirety - after all, a lot of folks don't finish their novel during NaNoWriMo, or use it as an opportunity to get a first draft out and then rewrite. And NaBloPoMo just finishes on November 30th, at which point you can continue blogging or choose not to. So you can use NaSewProMo as an opportunity to work steadily on something so you have a partially-completed project to finish over the winter. It can be what you want it to be!

It's the updating your costume journal bit that's important - like NaBloPoMo I don't think there should be a minimum post word count or anything, you could just post a picture with a single sentence if you want to! Some people might choose to spend an evening writing about costume research and post a picture of a drawing they did of how they're going to do part of their costume, or the maths for a circle skirt, or something. It is difficult to be productive every day, but writing for NaNoWriMo or composing a blog post for NaBloPoMo can be just as time-consuming. Of a weekend perhaps you might take three or four pictures of things you've done and use those to fill in days when you're away etc.

It's just a bit of fun and it's no biggie if you can't always manage a post. When I did NaBloPoMo many moons ago I missed 5 days of posting because of trips away, but I posted on all the other days despite working full time and having a week-long run of a theatre production and all the rehearsals that entailed. I think a lot of the enjoyment comes from having achieved that to the best of your abilities - if it's stressful then that's not fun! I'll be one month into the final year of my PhD when this kicks off, so I will be uber-busy and making time will be a challenge, but I'd still like to have a go.

I have the option of starting a new costume that I've been wanting to do for a long time, doing some little domestic projects that have been kicking around for ages (making beanbags and an ironing board cover), attempting corsetry, or taking the plunge and making myself an actual article of clothing to wear out and about. Decisions!

Last edited by madmazda86 (20 Jun 2013 - 21:53)
21 Jun 2013 - 10:58104357
Count me in! I hate the realisation that I wont have anything until February after October MCM.
Now to pick something pretty complex since I dont have to rush it :3

21 Jun 2013 - 11:12104358
I wouldn't mind giving it a go. It would give me a chance to work on one of the projects I'm not going to have a chance to get to before Ayacon.

22 Jun 2013 - 06:18104394
This sounds great! I got all excited just reading about it.
I tend to not be motivated enough to pick up the needle but I think this would help greatly.Plus i get my student loan around that time and I'm planning on getting a lot of material to start working on through out my year at uni.
I'm 100% up for this!! Also I love seeing peoples work progress.


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