I have a page called Ideas for projects. I set it up a year ago hoping that if I listed what I wanted to do it might focus my attention. Furthermore I planned to use the cute strikethrough feature provided by WordPress once I completed a project.
Some were pattern cutting challenges. Some were items I needed to finish or alter. A few were clothes I promised to make for my son, daughter, mother or step daughter. Many ideas were generated as I sewed and pondered. The ideas kept coming and the list kept growing. I soon realised I would never achieve everything. I completed around a third of what I listed. Then I started ignoring the list. It wasn’t a “plan” – just a set of “fancies”.
The essential difference between a notion, a fancy, a desire on the one hand, and a “plan” on the other, is that the plan takes the idea and turns it into something that is meant to happen. My project ideas were underdeveloped, just impulsive, ethereal thoughts, passing through my imagination, not yet worked through. I think the strength of the Sewing with a Plan approach is that by giving two months for planning and four for sewing it puts a lot of emphasis on planning. It tries to counteract the seamstress’s version of the impulse buy.
My 2015 SWAP plan addressed my need for suits for work; my older suits are well-worn and tired. The SWAP has been helpful (both years) in forcing me to create work outfits that I actually wear on a regular basis.
Since Kondoing my wardrobe I have concluded with that I don’t need many more outfits. However there are a few things I am missing, as I develop my plan for the next six months.
I am thinking of applying the SWAP philiosphy to rest of my sewing time.
I want to set myself some criteria and allow myself six months to deliver it. I enjoy the thinking and planning process as much as I enjoy the making up. I am a “slow sewing” rather than “fast food” type person so I don’t mind if it takes a little longer. I want to make clothes that I will love wearing for a long time and I want to make items that stretch my skills and abilities.
But, before I finalise my plans, let’s Kondo a list! Here is what I currently have on my project page. I have italicised the few items I want to save.
- VW jacket in blue/silver wool
- Stretch cotton VW jacket
- Yellow tailored summer jacket
develop the curvy pencil skirt – grown on waist, shorter and longer, and with floppy pockets
- Develop the 30 minute T dress and make a similar one in painted silk
- sporty shorties; make up again with pockets, include key pocket and develop into a cycling skirt
finish the Preen hand-painted silk top Develop the sports T – include a bust dart, and make up in other colours
- Develop the bias top
- try a spiral dress
- A VW inspired waistcoat
- A VW inspired coat
- A VW inspired dress
- Trousers to go with blue air hostess jacket
- Add pockets to air hostess jacket
- Curvy pencil to match air hostess jacket
- Curvy pencil and VW jacket in grey wool and silk
- Make a top in Iris printed silk chiffon
- Develop YSL Mondrian dress pattern
- Do a Mondrian top and skirt
- Remake Mondrian dress in other colour-ways and fabrics
- Help Charlotte complete textile project
- Finish Gus’s jacket
- Linen shirt for Gus in Navy and White
- Develop a pattern for a four way skirt
Make two orange cushions for Esme Make an outfit for Esme to wear for Gemma’s wedding Make an outfit for the staff summer party (international emphasis
- Make a shirt for Ted
Experimenting with smocking – making a 1940s blouse a sleeveless 70s dress in light yellow Pair of “harem trousers” for Mother Print fabric for Amandine Navy suit
- Grey suit
- Dark Brown suit
- Consider a dark green trouser suit (
made dark green trousers) Jump suit
jersey DVF wrap round skirt to go with Chanel style jacket christening gown perfect tailored trousers
- handpainted full length silk dress
- make an outfit from the dripping damask in turquoise
- dinosaur blouse
- alter the jungle jumpsuit to make a modern version
- make an outfit from the knives print
- summer skirt
- holiday wardrobe
Now I have considered the 6 PAC, the 30 piece wardrobe, and my varied desires and duties I will pare it all back. Next week I am going to “discard” this long list and publish one that I actually plan to deliver.