Hello lovelies and welcome to my first post of 2019!!! I hope everyone had an amazing holiday and new year. Honestly, it took me a while to really get back in the groove of things after spending some much needed time off with family and friends. But I’m back in action now and ready to tell you all about this very exciting project I’m launching for the whole year of 2019.
That time is here!! Can you believe its already June? At the beginning of this year, I shared my 6-month Spring/Summer handmade wardrobe plan. I’m really proud of myself for keeping up with my monthly sewing goals so far. Now its time to share my prospects for Fall & Winter. I’ve already started pre-cutting everything and I’m all excited to get sewing. Bonus points for me – almost all of these fabrics came from my stash! I’m making less multiples for Fall/Winter because I know theres so much going on with holidays and such I didn’t want to put too much on my plate. There’s some great stuff ahead, keep reading for all the juicy details!
I’ve finally narrowed down my makes for 2017 and today I’m excited to share with you my spring/summer collection. I decided one pattern a month is a good goal to aim for. Did you catch that? I said one pattern a month… not one project a month. Cheating? Maybe. But this year I’d really love to stock up on some everyday separates in my handmade wardrobe, so I thought I’d try to squeeze out some multiples in a few of the months. Will this actually happen? We shall see, but a girl can dream can’t she!? Once I narrow down my pics I like to sketch them all out on a giant piece of paper and post it up in my studio to help me stay on track. If you’d like to see more about my planning process and how I got to this point check out this post. (Spoiler alert: I use my bullet journal!) Without further delay… lets break it down shall we?
In the past few years I’ve been slowly getting more and more intentional with planning my me-made wardrobe. A couple years ago I went through the whole wardrobe architect process to really hone in on my style, look at what gets worn the most & least out of my wardrobe, and gather inspiration in Pinterest.
This past year I discovered bullet journaling. (Which you can learn more about here) I love my bujo (bullet journal) because I’m an avid planner, and the layouts in pre-made planners were never quite right for my needs. With the bullet journal I can customize to my hearts content.
So when planning my 2017 makes I decided to review my wardrobe architect process and create layouts in my Bujo specifically for wardrobe planning. My goal is to sew one pattern a month (some patterns I will be making multiples of). Along side my “day job” running the restaurant with my hubs plus my many side projects I think this is a reasonable number in order to not be overwhelmed. Plus putting a specific number on how much I’m going to make forces me to be more strategic and mindful about what I choose to make instead of trying to sew all the things that I won’t necessarily wear day to day. Ideally I will be able to squeeze in other personal projects such as refashions or home DIYs along side the set pattern for each month, but life happens so I’m not going to pressure myself about it.
I chose 5 silhouettes each for fall/winter and spring/summer based on the wardrobe architect method. Then I made a spread for each silhouette. Spreads include the name of the silhouette, corresponding season, a space for a sample sketch, another for fabric swatches, and spaces for cataloging both items I have in my closet and patterns I have my eye on that fit said silhouette.
Then I took stock. I looked at which silhouettes I already had a lot of and which ones were lacking. I thought practically about the things I wear on a daily basis and what garments fit my lifestyle. I went through my fabric log to see what options I had available. (I’m trying to do mostly stash-only sewing next year). I narrowed down the HUNDREDS of pattern options available in each silhouette to a few favorites. I asked myself hard questions about what I ACTUALLY like to wear vs. what the dream-life me wears in my head. I went outside the box of my set silhouettes to consider other items I’m lacking (i.e. a swimsuit). I compared the silhouettes I chose out of my head vs. the ones that pop up a lot in my “my style” pinboard (hello overalls!!)
Then came the hard part: choosing. Just 12 patterns – 6 for spring/summer, 6 for fall/winter. (Considering the Texas weather). I’m still actually working on completely narrowing it down, but I have several ideas penciled in. I blocked out a page with a space for each month, considered the weather and when I would like to have certain pieces done by, and started making cuts & filling in projects. Y’all… this was SO HARD. So many times I caught myself trying to squeeze in an extra project each month. But I just kept going back to the process, visualizing my wardrobe as a whole and how everything would fit together.
Stay tuned for the final reveal of my 2017 me-made capsule.
Do you use a Bujo for your sewing planning? I’d love to see your spread! Me-made planners not your thing? Colette Patterns just released the most beautiful sewing planner this year. Use something else? I’d love to hear about it!