I entered one Pattern Review mini-wardrobe contest a few years ago, and really appreciated it for a number of reasons:
- It helped settle my mind in a work-together wardrobe mode, as opposed to a closet full of orphans.
- It was a stretch for me on several fronts, and I do appreciate stretching exercises.
- The time pressure of having a finish date was a good experience - although I don't relish deadlines, I do tend to do well under pressure, and I proved that I could rise to the occasion on the sewing front if need be. (it is not, however, something that appeals to me on a regular basis)
My Wardrobe Planning Process
The State of My Mind in the Beginning Steps of Planning:
We had a supportive planning meeting, and the goals and reasons that people were doing their wardrobes were as varied and individual as the members of the group (and we are a delightfully motley crew!) Some wanted a specific travel wardrobe, some focused on expanding themselves out of their usual color-comfort zone, some wanted more work clothes, some wanted a good-fitting pair of trousers as a start.
- I need a new pair of jeans. I've made 2, which are both still serviceable (one fairly, one barely), but since jeans are probably my single most-worn clothing item, I'm definitely due for another pair! So that became my jump-off point, and once I made the decision, I didn't waver from it.
- I also need more tops that actually go with jeans. I know, I know, virtually anything can go with jeans, but sometimes I just want a nice blouse or shirt that actually matches my jeans, and my closet just never seems to produce just what I'm looking for. Tons of T-shirts I have, but not much else.
- The SF Bay Area is Jacket Central. You simply cannot have too many jackets if you live here, and my only navy blue jacket is old, funky, and made by someone else. My local charity gets that one.
- Expanding on the navy goes-with-jeans concept, I've added a skirt and a sweater to the plan
I'm also planning on sewing entirely from stash (unless I need something to round out a piece). Or (as has already happened), I find myself short of some fabric I bought well over a year ago. And Oh lucky me - they STILL HAD IT!!!! (thank you Piedmont Fabrics!)
The state of my mind had cleared up somewhat at this point:
(Biggify to see my brain at work a little more clearly)
You will notice some carefully selected (i.e., somewhat random) silk ties
scattered about - the thought is to maybe use some of them
as embellishments here and there....we'll see.....
I'm on a roll with the sewing now, thanks to finally finished the jumper project, and having the wonderful support of my fellow seamsters, so you should be hearing more from me in the coming weeks and months :)
How about you and your planning/sewing process? Do you sew well under the pressure of a deadline, or would you rather meander at your leisure? And does your sewing process match how you navigate the other aspects of your life? (these are the sort of musings that sometimes keep me awake at night...)