Adventures in Sewing 2017

2017 seems to have gotten off to a slow start for me. Those of you who know me personally, know that we lost our dog Seger at the end of 2016. It was a very sad and exhausting end to a long battle with illness. After that, I must admit, I had neither ambition nor motivation to start any of my 2017 resolutions. All I wanted to do was to sit on the couch and binge watch TV.  So, that’s just what I did.

My husband and I, for the past 5 years, have done a no-processed food diet in January. This year was the most challenging of all. But that’s probably because all I wanted was comfort and comfort food.

Now that February is here and the diet is officially over (and no, I haven’t fallen head first into a bag of chips – yet), I am finally getting back into my sewing room. Of course, I’m just in time to be spectacularly late for Valentine’s Day.  So my valentine potholders will probably make a nice gift for Valentine’s Day 2018.

Before I get into my latest sewing adventures, I should probably follow up on my last blog post regarding my unrecognized 2016 goals and resolutions.

Regarding my goal to eliminate my back pain, I finally started the process of slow and easy stretching. My back is already starting to feel better. Imagine that.

Regarding my professional goals that were unrealized due to fears, let’s just say I’m working on them, so stay tuned. I’m hoping to have something tangible to report in March.

So what’s next on my sewing agenda for 2017?

It looks like this is going to be a year of garment sewing for me. I have a very good friend, Melanie, who has helped me improve my sewing over the past several years. She has officially opened up The Creative Sewing Workshops and is now teaching classes. Naturally, I’ve decided I to take them all.

On my garment class agenda for the first quarter are a boiled wool coat and a leather jacket.  In addition to the classes, I plan to make a denim jacket (using the same pattern that will be used in the leather jacket class), and that good old classic – Chanel jacket.  I started this project a year ago with a friend.  We are planning to start up again in March.

I must admit I’m a bit intimidated by sewing leather so that jacket may be a challenge. The two classes start mid-February. If you live in or around the Denver area and are interested in joining me, or would like to see the course descriptions and schedule, go to my Resources page for the information.  The class location is in Littleton, Colorado.  Additional information can be obtained by contacting me or by emailing Melanie at

Over my next blog posts, I’m planning to discuss what I’m learning through making all these jackets.

So there you have it. I would love to hear what your first quarter sewing agenda looks like so please leave a comment.

Thanks for reading, Vicki  a.k.a. “Auntie V”

6 thoughts on “Adventures in Sewing 2017

  1. i always enjoy reading your blog, and look forward to the next letter.
    I am so sorry about your dog.
    Love Mel

  2. I love the picture of you and Seger. I know he and Sadie,his sister, will be in your hearts always.
    The Valentine pot holders are beautiful.

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