Last Saturday I failed at two projects before noon. I had the best of intentions; I had set aside the entire day for sewing, I had several patterns at fabrics from my stash at my disposal, and an ambitious plan to get as many basics sewn as I could. After doing the Wardrobe Architect exercises from March and May I thought I was ready to get started!
After spending a few hours of digging through my fabric stash and printing out digital patterns, I managed to draft and sew an extremely ill-fitting tank top, and then shred the fabric on the waistband of my Bristol skirt so horribly I had to throw it away. I wound up putting an end to my sewing marathon well before I had originally intended to.
Stay True to Your Vision
I went to bed that night feeling like a complete failure, but after mulling it over that evening I realized that despite all my preparation, I still didn’t feel organized enough. I had my fabrics, patterns, and everything I needed, but I was spending too much time trying to decide what to make next and doing unexciting prep work before sewing.
Organize Your Projects
The next weekend I decided to devote time to getting the next projects in my queue ready for sewing. Here’s my recommended method:
- Wash or treat your fabric.
- Press your fabric.
- Place your fabric on a hanger.
- Pin an image of the pattern to the fabric
- Gather all notions and trims required.
- Place notions and trim in a small bag and pin to your fabric.
- Print out digital patterns so they’re ready to be assembled and/or cut.
I even devoted time to stitching up Aster that day. After the previous week’s failures I was excited to see how smoothly everything had gone this time around!
- Get organized
- Keep sewing for your capsule wardrobe
How do you plan to keep your projects organized over the next few months? Share your tips, tricks, and methods in the comments!