One of the things I did to help me stick to my commitment to sew through my stash this year was to organize my fabrics seasonally; fall/winter in one bin and spring/summer in the other. It seems such a simple and logical thing to do now that I'm writing it down, but it really helped me to see exactly what I have to work with and, therefore, focus my sewing plans.
I also starting pinning images that represent my kind of vintage style. This has also been helpful, as it clearly shows which styles I prefer. For example, I prefer three dress styles: 50's full skirted, pencil dresses, and tea dresses.
I plan to create seasonally this year. Over the Christmas holidays, I had scads of creative time thanks to Mr. G being lead parent and I was able to make:
- 3 cowl neck Renfrews
- 1 plaid pencil skirt
- A pair of charcoal grey corduroy trousers
- Cut out a 1950's style corduroy jumper
- A knit/crochet cloche style hat
- Knit cowl
All of these items meet my current needs for the season. The trousers are my concession to living in a freezing cold Southern Ontario winter. There are days that simply do not facilitate wearing skirts/dresses no matter how many layers I pile on! I am also knitting away on my Genevieve pullover which I am slightly modifying for a more vintage feel.
I've made a loose wish list of items I would like to make throughout the year based on the season. Many of them are 'cake' items and will fill in gaps in my wardrobe nicely and there's a good dose of 'frosting' as well, just to keep it all balanced.
Wool pencil skirt
1940's swing-style corduroy trousers
1950's style corduroy jumper (already cut out)
1950's style red slub silk dress
Colette Oolong in rayon challis
Dress & fascinator to wear to my friend's wedding
The Jan Sweater
Crochet cherry brooch
Red & black corduroy bolero
New Look 6000
1930's style beach pyjamas
Floral wrap dress
Linen cloche hat
Crochet yoke pullover
The Sports Sweater
Casual knit tops
Cozy pullover blouses:
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How do you plan your creative projects?