Friday, March 4, 2011

Sewing with a Plan

I have a ton of patterns & a fair amount of fabric yardage stashed.  And yet, I find myself browsing (and ultimately, buying) more. So I decided to take a good long look at what I have. And, really, there weren't any patterns or fabric that I forgot I had. So, that's good. I will not consider my stash out of control just yet. :)

Very rarely do I buy fabric "just because". I always have a pattern or at the very least a garment in mind for it. But as new patterns come out, or I come across new fabrics, the others that I did have plans for drop down the list of things to sew.

And Spring is coming! A lot of the fabric I bought when I was just getting into sewing is back in season. Gauze, linen, light weight cottons. It seemed only natural that I make a Spring Sewing Plan. I came up with 4 tops & 3 skirts. Plus a dress (maybe two, if my Crepe turns out, but it's not lookin' real promising from here). Here's a  quick look (created on Polyvore, again.)

And here are my actual fabrics:  

I'm not really sure about the pink & black plaid. I had bought the fabric to use for something for my daughter, and so now every time I see it, I have a hard time picturing it as a "grown up" straight skirt.

I've done a muslin for the Pendrell, and I've decided to do a couple alterations--I think I'll need to take the hips in a bit. I've also sewn the straight skirt (McCalls 3830) but it turned out too big, so I'll be adjusting that pattern a bit as well. 

That being said, I think I'm going to start with the knit Cardigan. It should be pretty quick project & it will give me a fresh start. We'll see where inspiration leads me from there.

My plan may be a bit ambitious, but if you aim for the moon, even if you miss you're bound to land amongst the stars, right?? And the important thing is that I get some of this yardage sewn I can buy more. :)


  1. I think you have a great plan! Is that New Look knit cardigan OOP? It is so cute, but I couldn't find it online. Also, I'll have to check out Polyvore--you come up with the cutest layouts!!

  2. Hey Vanessa! You caught a typo!! :) The cardigan is actually from New Look 6735! :)Thanks!!

    Definitely check out Polyvore, I'd love to see what you come up with!

  3. I know exactly what you mean. I too have to make a plan for my sewing. I started recently by looking at my fabric stash and see what can be done with my current fabric stash. Also looking to sew things I would wear more often i.e. less dresses more shirts,trousers, etc. Might be good to do a proper plan like you did. I'll check polyvore (never heard of it before).

  4. That Polyvore is amazing. I have to try it. Seeing your plan set up like you have it has given me a few new patterns that I now want to try!


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