What is your project planning like? I am afraid most of my methods are rather rudimentary.
I once attended a Microsoft Project Project Management course where the first exercise (to lull us in with a false sense of simplicity) was to “plan to make a Christmas dinner”. Of course every child knows that getting a hot meal for 12 or so people (two of whom are vegetarians, one can’t have butter and one lacks his own teeth) to arrive at exactly the right time is very challenging. It usually needs three women to do 12 hours of shopping, an evening and morning in the kitchen, and even then the brussels are overcooked.
So it is with some trepidation that I worked out how I can deliver my SWAP outfits to the deadline of the end of April. There is not much slack in this plan. My progress is very slow and although I have time for one toile (pant suit?) I am going to do the Cardin suit (the most challenging item) without a toile. One of these weekends will be spent at the Museum of Costume and Lace (anyone want to join us for part of the Easter weekend?) I hope, with lovely Stephanie of My Vintage Inspiration. But it is a long weekend so that helps. But it does mean focusing on making something every weekend.
|9 Jan||16 Jan||23 Jan||30 Jan||6 Feb||13 Feb||20 Feb||27 Feb||5 Mar||12 Mar|
|Blue Pencil skirt||1950s blue blouse||Start purple jacket||Continue purple jacket||Finish Purple jacket||Purple skirt||Finish purple skirt||Purple silk blouse||Toile for pant suit||Pants|
|19 Mar||26 Mar||2 Apr||9 Apr||16 Apr||23 Apr||30 Apr|
|Tunic||Hand painted blouse||Fabiani dress||Flared silk skirt||YSL pink dress||Finish pink dress||Photographs|
I am not sure I have got them in the right order. Some people start with the most challenging item, then it’s plain sailing. Others ease themselves in with something simple to flex their sewing muscles. I think, having made the plan, I am more the sort of person who goes with the flow. I sort of want to make each pack as a pack, because I do have a tidy, orderly side. But I like a bit of spontaneity too. And I am slightly unsettled by not having fabric for the pant suit, or even knowing what colour it will be. Then there is the issue of using the dress with the tiny stains (on the back) or making up the YSL Mondrian sequin dress that I would like to wear to an event in February. And of course I always reserve the right to change my mind!
Arrgh. I think I will just cut something out and get on with it. This is the beauty of the plan. It provides a very useful boundary of a time frame and deadline, and it restricts what I am making to a few sets I have really thought about.
The phrase Plan your work and work Your Plan was apparently used in sermons from the 1880s and no one knows who said it first. I quite like it.
Do you plan your sewing, or do you just go with what you feel like? Or a bit of both, like me?