sometimes i feel like this is what my summer of sewing was like: “i had a plan!”
this project actually began in march with the PatternReview Mini Wardrobe Challenge:
Mini-Wardrobe Contest – Expand Your Wardrobe
March 1 through March 31, 2011
This is a contest to create a 5-piece wardrobe in 4 weeks. Four of these pieces must be sewn during the contest period. The 5th piece should be something that you already own. It can be a neutral item or a hard-to-match item that needs help getting incorporated into your daily wear.
These 5 items must combine to make a minimum of 6 different outfits.
i started off the summer with a huge pile of gorgeous, printed, brightly-colored fabric patterns, all about a yard or less–mostly less, in fact. to accompany these, i picked up some good, solid “bottomweight” cotton-polys from Jo-Anns to work on shorts and skirts. all of this was inspired by the idea of having a multitude of mix-and-match “weekender” type outfits as exemplified by one of my first pattern acquisitions, Simplicity 1590:
before long, i had developed my storyboard chart, and was faced with a huge matrix of options…
and this doesn’t even include the bits that got left behind: the green chart, for instance, or the FAILs, or the tops that got cut, but not made, or the tops that were conceived, but not cut. and then there were the diversions: dresses and extra tops. the tailored jacket i cut in april but didn’t start until labor day. you know, sewing life.
what is the best way to approach SWAP?