Monday, February 3, 2014

I Want to Sew All the Things (or Sewing ADD)

As much as I love the process of sewing, I love the process of planning and cutting out more.  This is a problem because it leaves me with piles of things I've cut out that need to be sewn, as well as piles of patterns and Burda magazines around the house.  This is also the reason why I end up sewing on winter clothing in the summer, or vice versa.  I guess one way to look at this is that I'm planning ahead!

In my mind, I've been sewing up a storm.  I have some distinctive holes in my wardrobe, particularly where my basics are concerned.  I need shirts and blouses - basic ones, like white and black and cream.  I need some new black trousers.  I also need a new plain black pencil skirt and a black jacket.  Come to think of it, I really don't have an LBD either.  And spring is approaching (at some point, though it is hard to imagine with four feet of snow on the ground), and I'll need some updated floral skirts and spring dresses for work, and some lighter-weight pants/capris/shorts.

In reality, though, I'm sewing a faux fur coat.  Yeah, I do need a new winter coat, but a faux fur one for every day?  And after that I want to sew some menswear inspired dresses.  And maybe some lingerie.  Nothing at all basic about these items.

I've been known to come up with a few SWAP plans in my day, but I don't know that I've ever really fully completed any of them.  I think for late winter (because the groundhogs have said there's at least 6 weeks left!), I need to work on a SWAP plan that is full of basics with some fun pieces thrown in. plan for the present is this:  Work on one item that has already been cut out (typically NOT a basic!), then work on one basic.  That's the plan.  Whether I can stick to it or not is a good question.  I'm already spinning off onto a SWAP plan for the basics.  And I'm thinking I can make basics glamorous...


  1. You sound like me. I have a gazillion ideas in my head and quite a few basic items cut out and ready to stitch. The idea of sewing basics just doesn't thrill me yet my wardrobe is in desperate need of them. Right now I am working on three leopard print items. I'd like to get them done by the end of the week. Then I can work on something basic. I know I'm getting the "reward" first, but I need the jolt to get my sewjo back! I'll be back to see what you come up with. Hope you don't mind if I borrow a few ideas.

    1. IMHO Leopard print *is* a basic ;) And please - borrow away :D You would honour me if you borrowed my ideas!! Looking forward to seeing your work!