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April 15

Thoughtful Planning: April

Every since Colette’s Spring Palette Challenge has ended, I feel as if I’ve been floundering as to what I should make next.  I have so many patterns I love and I feel as if I want to make them all in the month of April.  As I continue to add your fun blogs to my rss reader, I keep seeing what everyone else is making and I’m feeling a mix of awe and envy.  It’s awe because you guys are doing some great sewing and envy, because I want to do it all too.  I just can’t seem to create as much as I want, in such a limited 24 hr. time period.

As a result of all of this, I get overwhelmed, *freeze up*, and do nothing.  And usually after the period of *nothing* I become a sewing machine.  (No pun intended.)  While this is my usual process and I’m feeling the strong urge to try and break this (bad) habit.

During the CSPC, I felt forced to have a plan of attack for the upcoming spring season and I really liked it.  As a result of the challenge I didn’t stray in the fabric store as much, refrained from buying patterns on etsy, utilized more of my fabric and notions stash.  All in all I saved money, had more focus, and ended up with a whole new wardrobe.  The only downside was that I only had 10 weeks to make everything.

During my current sewing lull, I got to thinking…  What if I planned out my summer wardrobe, and fall wardrobe, and winter wardrobe (etc.) with particular color schemes and patterns but without the serious time crunch.  I can do it on my own terms, regain focus and my sanity, all while having FUN!

Thinking about all of this over the past week or so, I’ve started to get the itch to sew again.  Between you and me, I haven’t actually sewn one stitch since the Challenge ended.

And to take all of this planning to the next level, I’m thinking about incorporating my sewing plans in with my knitting plans.  Because what’s the point of having a really cute new jumper if I have absolutely nothing to wear with it?!

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This is my sewing space (aka dining room table) in the midst of my planning phase.

I’m thinking about sewing 2-3 garments a month (1 top, 1 bottom, and 1 dress) and also attempting to knit up one piece a month.  Writing it down on paper, it doesn’t seem like that much stuff, but given that I make a muslin (or two or three) for each of my projects along with incorporating new sewing techniques, I think this will keep me quite busy throughout the next several months.

I don’t want to get too ahead of myself, since I will need to take this month by month and see how I do.  But here’s what I have planned for the remainder of the month:

2 Vintage 40’s skirts from the same pattern, because I love the looks of it oh, so much.  One will be in an off-white linen which will go with my Briar Rose Jumper as well as the jumper I have planned for May.  I’ve never worked with linen before so it should be fun to work with.

And my second version will be in a really light, flowy denim material, perhaps with some piping details.  I’ll be trying out sewing with denim for the first time as well as applying piping to clothes, too.  But I’m really trying out this particular denim to assess if it will work on a dress that I want to make in May/June.

And of course you know, the knit I’m working on this month is the Briar Rose KAL.  It’s going well so far with no major issues, so I hope I can keep up my knitting pace to finish by the end of the month.

I really did love hearing about all of your plans for the upcoming spring and summer in the giveaway comments.  You guys are all such awesome motivation for me and has spurred me on to make plans instead of just sewing up anything, halfheartedly.  So thank you!!!

  1. Kerry / Apr 15 2011

    I’m so impressed with (and a little envious of!) your productivity. The 40s skirt pattern looks really cute and versatile.

    I’m a big fan of piping – I used it on the neckline of a Colette patterns Crepe Dress recently for the first time and am now intrigued to experiment with other possibilities for the use of piping!

  2. Suzie / Apr 15 2011

    I ‘suffer’ from the exact same feelings you mentioned – I have a little productive zone and then fall out of it…but still plan and plan and plan, and then I’m filled with so many ideas (as well as seeing what all the other lovely cyber-seamstresses are making) and I just don’t know where to start!

    I’m in one of those moods at the moment – but I actually put it down to my sewing room turning into a dumping ground and everytime I go into it I feel i should be tidying rather than sewing!

    Your plan sounds amazing – definately an excellent way to structure your sewing plans. If the CSPC worked so well for you, why not take it into every season, like you say, and use it to encourage structured sewing. Perhaps this is something I should work on too!

    But wow – you are ambitious! I would love to be able to sew three garments a month!

    Really looking forward to seeing how you get on. Oh, and I love that vintage skirt pattern!

  3. Marie / Apr 15 2011

    This sounds like a great idea, sewing with focus makes so much sense. I’m still struggling with that aspect and I’ve not had much time recently to sew for myself…though I’m inspired to do so now ;o)

    I also love, love, love your 1940s skirt pattern. I’ve not seen anything like that from that era actually…very cute!

  4. Tasha / Apr 15 2011

    This is exactly what I’m doing! My own sort of mini Vintage Wardrobe 2011 Challenge since I knew I couldn’t commit to the Colette challenge. I need less structure and more time especially since I’m not as advanced at sewing. I picked several colors and have some items in mind. Honestly though I haven’t had the time to think about it much with my preparations for Viva Las Vegas (though fortunately my most recent sewing project fit right in, as does Briar Rose). I need to re-look at it and plan it out a bit more. Maybe we can cheerlead for each other. :)

  5. Gina / Apr 15 2011

    You will find this serves you well. Writing things down is the best way to making goals happen! This is really awesome. I am still trying to get my head around the colors but the patterns I have ready. Thanks for this post. Good luck!!!

  6. Stephanie / Apr 15 2011

    I’m still working on a couple of my Spring Palette Challenge items…. But I loved having a coordinating color palette. I’m planning on doing another color palette for summer! Can’t wait to see what colors you go with!

  7. Amanda / Apr 15 2011

    And see, here I’m thinking you’ve been totally productive and I’ve been a slacker :) Well, we all go through it, it seems! Sarai mentioned doing the challenge again for fall I think, it’s just that I still need to complete my spring items!! I love your idea of thinking of things in terms of items per month in order to complete a wardrobe. I’ve been thinking more and more about separates paired alongside dresses so my outfits are more versatile (rather than dresses or patterns that I want to make just because). I LOVE your 1940s skirt pattern, it actually reminds me of the new Sewaholic Crescent skirt with the fitted, pointed yoke and full skirt, a pattern I have :) And I recognize the Girl Friday Blouse from Decades of Style though I don’t have it myself – would love to see your take on that!

    P.S. I’d love to start incorporating knitted jumpers into my wardrobe, so fun!

  8. Karen / Apr 15 2011

    You should read this post
    http://trinilove.typepad.com/my_weblog/2011/04/brainstorming-your-summer-closet.html
    over at Toy’s blog, she is incredibly organized with her sewing and accomplishes so much. I had a lot of fun doing the mini wardrobe challenge over at pattern review, it was the first time I have sewn with a wardrobe state of mind and I think it is great. Have fun with it, I am looking forward to seeing your skirts :)

  9. Letty / Apr 16 2011

    I’ve startet this year making a plan for each season. Last weekend was my spring wardrobe done. This helps me so much to focus on my projects and my purse thanks me.
    The skirt pattern is very sweet. Dark denim with red piping crosses my mind. I’m curious about.

  10. Amanda / Apr 16 2011

    P.S. Just saw this fabric and thought of your vespa icon you have at the top of your blog :) You might have to scroll down a bit. http://sew-la-fabric.blogspot.com/2011/04/new-echino-ni-co-collection-for-spring.html

    • Liz / Apr 16 2011

      Oooh, it’s so cute! Thanks for sharing.

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