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August 17

Thoughtful Planning: Fall Wardrobe WIP

I’ve been knee-deep in my fall wardrobe planning for the past week or so and lovin’ every second of it.  Around 2 weeks ago, I was reading on several other blogs about how people were figuring out their own fall sewing/knitting projects and I thought they were going mad, since it’s still in the 80’s in Chicago.  Up until then, I was still of the mindset to make summer dresses and skirts…

But somehow I got bit by the planning bug and have been having a wonderful time going through all of my knitting magazines and sewing patterns choosing which I wanted to undertake for the fall.  Can you believe that this will be the first autumn that I’m sewing up a wardrobe for myself?!  Prior to this year I’ve only sewn up a hand full of skirts from Burda and a dress or two, along with my Lady Grey coat.  So I’m pretty stoked to get underway.

I truly have a tendency to bite off more than I can chew so I’m really trying to calm myself down and set more realistic expectations of myself.  One thing I refuse to do, is to set a deadline for these fall/winter projects.  Whenever I set deadlines, I get stressed out and wind up not enjoying what I’m working on or even just fail to finish due to the stress.  So there will be no deadlines!  heh  Additionally, I’m aiming to have no set order of what I want to work on, which will allow me some room for inspiration to take hold, based on what mood I’m in.  (And there may or may not be additional projects added because of this.)  So all-in-all, I’m setting out to have fun with this and to have some cute new clothes as a result.

Here’s a recent picture of my dining room table, to give you a better idea of how much of a whirlwind planner I am. 

Some of these patterns will be used in my fall wardrobe, but some may end up gettin’ the axe.  Can you tell what color I’m leaning towards as the base of my palette?

I’m also planning on making another inspiration board of my projects after having so much fun with Colette’s Spring Palette Challenge.  So stay tuned…

  1. Sunni / Aug 17 2011

    I too am planning an inspiration board for Fall. I get too hung up on making onesies and its something that I really need to stop. I need to tend toward outfit making and coordinating rather than just thinking I need something new. And I too don’t like the thought of deadlines, but I also do bite off way more than I can chew. Sigh…. What do to? I picked out way too many fall patterns to start working with! But I can’t find it in my heart to ax a single one. There has to be a way to sew faster right?

    • Liz / Aug 17 2011

      It seems we’re both living by the mantra: So many projects, so little time. :)

      I really had a difficult time giving some patterns the axe, also. I began working around what fabrics I already have in my color scheme, and picked some patterns around them. (In all honestly, this ended up being only 2 projects though.) For me I tend to line everything so there’s a nice finish on the inside… which makes for really! slow sewing.

      If you find the secret to sewing faster, do share! :) Can’t wait to see your board for Fall. Are you working around a color scheme, certain era, filling the gaps?

  2. Stacy aka Stacybeads / Aug 17 2011

    I just posted about my plans for fall as well. My focus will be on closing the gaps, and trying really hard not to take on too many projects! I like the idea of a palette board, but have never done one. Looking forward to seeing yours!

  3. Tasha / Aug 17 2011

    Ooh you’ve gotten a lot farther than I have! I’ve just been thinking about the ideas that I’m liking for fall, though have started on a couple of knits. I really need to finish up my 30s scallop collar Pendrell so it can stop staring at me from my dress form, because I really need to start some sewing projects. I have very little in the way of fabric for my ideas for fall projects, which is a serious problem I need to rectify soon!

  4. Stephanie / Aug 17 2011

    Looks like you’ve picked up lots of fun projects! I’ve been in fall planning mode too. I’m starting grad school this fall and I really have no idea how much free time I’ll have to sew, so I’m trying to plan small and then add more things on if I have free time.

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