I’m not very good at planning what to sew next. I seem to have a thousand ideas in my head (and a correspondingly big fabric and pattern stash) but sometimes I just can’t seem to just pick one and go for it. And then, once I’ve chosen a project and have merrily sewn and finished, I often find that I’ve created another dreaded closet orphan.
There have been many ideas recently on how to go about coming up with a plan. I’m especially loving reading Colleterie’s Wardrobe Architect Series right now. But to tell you the truth, whilst I can see the sense behind this idea, I’m really just too lazy to actually go this in-depth into planning. Pinning down my style seems to be an excercise in herding cats as I seem to like all sorts of things and my mood changes really often so a lot of the Wardrobe Architect exercises just seem like a lot of hard work to me. Yes, a very bratty attitude, I know :P
It’s so obvious to me that I really do need to fill the holes in my wardrobe. So many times I go in there in the morning and think that I’d like to wear a particular piece, but I really don’t have that perfect other thing that I need to go with it. And yet, I don’t ever make a note of what that perfect thing is and set about planning to sew it - Insert forehead slap here. So I thought I’d make that part of a mini plan for me.
1. Identify that missing piece. When I get that thought in my head (“I really could use a black T-shirt to go with my new skirt”, for example), then put this on a list of things to make, the “Missing Links”. Bonus points if that perfect thing will actually go with a couple more existing things in the wardrobe.
2. Actually make that piece. Duh…
3. Your next piece that you make should either be another from the missing links list or should be a piece that goes with the last thing you made.
4. If you made something that goes with the last thing you made then report on item one’s usefulness in your closet when you blog about item two. That way you get to actually see if item one really did fill the hole.
5. Repeat as necessary until you have the perfect wardrobe of coordinating outfits or you die, whichever comes first:)
6. Oh, and of course, leave yourself some wiggle room for “Squirrel" moments. A girl’s gotta have fun sometimes and the new and shiny will always appeal. As long as I then make something else to go with this then it should slot into the plan.
Sounds sensible right? Well let’s see if I can actually stick with this one. I think I’ll have enough wiggle room that my inner rebel won’t completely freak out.
So I started with a plain black Archer. All winter, I kept thinking that I needed a black button down to layer under sweaters. A little boring I know but I have a few brightly coloured sweaters that needed a plain base. I had the perfect rayon challis in the stash. Not sure where I got it from though it’s not been marinating too long.
I’ve made this one a couple of times before, so not much more to add but I have noticed a couple of fitting issues on this one that I’ll probably try to fix on the next one. I don’t know if it’s the plain fabric of this one that meant I noticed the issues or if I’d always known about them and am only now being bothered by them. Not to say I won’t wear the hell out of this one but on the next I’ll probably add a little more ease through the hips, increase the depth of the collar a little and do a forward shoulder adjustment.
I did try out a new machine foot on this one. Don’t know why I’d never tried it before as this foot came with my machine, but I pulled out the blindstitch hem foot and used it to do all the edgestitching (I know there is an edgestitich foot available for my machine but this is what I had). OMG, why had I not tried it before? My stubbornness coming out again, I’m afraid. I was able to do the most perfect edgestitching I’ve ever done with very little effort. I liked it so much I might actually have to go out and buy the real edgestitching foot. Here’s a closeup of the collar and stand to show how close and even I was able to get. Apologies if it’s hard to make out. Black thread on black and all that.
The only thing I did different on this shirt was to use the cut on button stand on both sides then fold them to the outside so they looked like sewn on stands.
Next up on this mini plan is a cobalt blue pencil skirt that goes with this black archer really well. It’s actually already made; I just need to photograph it so there might be hope for this plan after all:)
What should I call the plan? The Missing Links? Shirts and Ladders?