I have been planning. Or plotting. Or maybe a bit of both. I am attempting to lay out my sewing plan for 2015. As a natural list-maker, I tend to take on Sheldon-like tendencies, not excluding utilizing a large whiteboard-like area, when deep in planning mode.
During the latter half of 2014, I spent a lot of time thinking about what I like to sew, what I like to wear, and the most frequently worn items in my wardrobe. I love to wear 1950's style fit and flare dresses, 1960's style shift dresses, and 1920's style separates. My most frequently worn items are comfortable, practical, versatile, and easy to care for.
With this in mind, I went to Fabric.com* and set to purchase some fabric to add to my stash. With their sales being so spectacular, I was able to get all of the fabric I wanted for wardrobe gaps, as well as some bonuses. These, added to my existing stash, gives me a lot of options for creating lovely items for my me-made wardrobe this year.
|Chris (Penny) asking me how I (Sheldon) can possibly sew all this in one year?! |
I've created a big 'whiteboard' on the inside door of my sewing cupboard which matches my fabrics to specific patterns - all written in pencil, of course, to allow for some creative freedom. I even put in a quick sketch of the garment for reference.
I know I'm an organizational freak show at the best of times, but I confess to feeling immense satisfaction that my sewing plans are so neatly laid out. Since my psoriatic arthritis diagnosis, my sewing time has been cut by more than half due to joint pain and my inclination to spend some of the precious remaining time fiddling with new patterns just isn't there. The idea of going to my sewing room, looking at my list, and picking a project is relaxing rather than daunting. I intend to stick with my favourites this year and really focus on refining techniques and creating unique garments that I'll love and wear constantly.
How do you plan your sewing? Weekly? Monthly? Yearly?
Do you buy fabric based on projects or do you stash?
*I don't any sort of compensation to talk about Fabric.com, they're just my favourite online fabric shop.