If you’re joining me for #Stitch2020 I though I would lay out the plan for the next few months… As I said I want to enjoy creating what I sew for myself, but I also think having a loose plan so we can search for patterns and fabric in an organised fashion would be best.
I have been reading a few blogs and books to help me with this and they have really helped calm the panic of what can seem like a pretty daunting project. Jennifer Lauren Vintage talks about an everyday uniform here, and sewing pieces you’ll wear again and again which helped me realise I needed to add in pieces which will support what I wear everyday. Fair Fit talks about what they’ve learnt over a similar year of building a wardrobe here. She talks about the lessons learnt and it’s an interesting read to try to avoid some pitfalls if you’re like me and don’t have an awful lot of time to waste. The Sewcialists talk about building a sustainable wardrobe here, they talk about deciding how many clothes you want to sew, prioritising and organising. It’s a super interesting read that helped me step back and re-prioritise some things and streamline my plans. With My Hands Dream talks about making your handmade wardrobe more wearable here. You may also want to check out Colette’s Wardrobe Architect here.
After culling my wardrobe down to the clothing I like to wear- and wear a lot- I have come up with a few wardrobe staples I would like to make for myself that will fit into my current wardrobe. In addition I have also added in a couple pieces I would like to construct myself instead of buying so they fit/are long enough etc. When planning I have looked at what I wear on a day to day basis so I’m not making (hopefully!!) anything I wont wear! Hurrah!!
The big list is this…
T-Shirts x5 from various patterns, I may make more as they’re satisfyingly simple
Jeans x2 from the same pattern but different fabrics
Dresses/Workwear x10 from 3 or 4 different patterns, and different fabrics
Autumn Jacket x1
Winter Coat x1
Bras and Pants x3 from the same pattern
Pyjamas x3 from the same pattern
So that’s the list, it’s actually not that daunting written down, actually only a couple things a month so I really think I’m setting myself an achievable task!
Whilst that bit was less painful than I’d anticipated, deciding on the patterns and colours is very much a work in progress, but that’s the fun bit, right? I’ll be blogging my progress, the patterns I use and any adaptations I make to them, tutorials to help other sewers create similar items. So, if you’ve wanted to tackle Jeans for a while join me next month for a series of tutorials, pattern adjustment notes, stitching advice and more… or if you too are fed up with buying ill fitting coats in colours you don’t enjoy pop along later in the year to sew along with me and make your own!!
January will be T-Shirts, February Jeans and March Dresses… this doesn’t means I’ll be making 100s of garments a month, just one or two. But crucially what I WILL be doing is adjusting patterns, toiling and creating a pattern that fits so I can use it again and again so that when I want to make another dress or a 2nd pair of Jeans I know I can just shop for fabric and sew, sew sew!
Sound useful? Who’s with me?
x Laura x