When I clean my closet - which I do two or three times a year - I never worry about what's in the laundry because obviously I'm wearing what's in there. That's why it's in the laundry. You might think that would be true of the stash closet as well - that I would wear whatever is in there if I only sewed it. Since I bought it, I must like it. This make sense and it doesn't. It's akin to opening your closet and having nothing to wear because it's not strictly a practical decision. And that's what happened. I saw a lot of black and grey when I'm not in a black and grey mood and I didn't see a lot of colour when I'm in a colour mood BUT... I did find enough to get started.
There was such a positive response to the not-red-but-really-pink-with-an-orange-ish-undertone jacket that I decided this pink and grey sweater knit would be perfect for a top to go with my grey pants. And I'd like a a scarf to go with from this gorgeous yarn. I find that a scarf keeps me warm in a cool environment without wearing a coat and since I want to wear this outfit to SewExpo and I hate wearing a coat indoors all day, this could be good. I'm debating Stephen West's Pagona - mostly because I already own the pattern and I like the drape. But first, I need to finish the scarf I'm knitting.
After cleaning the stash, I had a hard time getting to sleep Monday night. My mind was vibrating with so many possibilities that I wasn't sure where to start. I felt myself getting confused and just a little bit frantic which was rather annoying after feeling so confident and capable only a few hours before. It seemed like there simply wasn't going to be enough time to catch up with myself. So I did some research. Which is what I tend to do when I need to both slow down and make decisions. I find research grounding.
Searching by "sewing with a plan" led me to a posting on SugarPlum's blog that in turn linked to the entire wardrobe planning series at The Vivienne Files where Janice shows step-by-step how to plan a wardrobe from the ground up. What a LOT of work and so well done. Janice is amazingly gifted and incredibly giving with her information. I'm so grateful.
Originally, I followed along with how the gray and navy plan developed knowing that I'd evolve those choices into my own however, there was an additional posting for a white and navy plan that resonated with me even more. Not that I want a grey and navy or even a white and navy plan. I might choose white and black or denim and white or navy and fuchsia or.... or... or... With this detailed outline, I can start anywhere, follow the advice, sew the plan using patterns and fabrics and details that match my personality, and end up with a "cruise collection" that works before, during, and well after my holiday. YES YES! !
LOL - right now, I'm working with pink, grey, and yarn.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - for Janice, her blog, and her generously shared information
Take classes, read books, study design, but most of all, step out into your own style and territory and experiment. Find a teacher who will work you, be ruthlessly honest so you can grow your work and become a better problem solver. Find an artist or designer whose work resonates with your heart and really REALLY study them…..like creating your own design muse. Play with no attachment to the outcome. Make mistakes. Work every day, get better at what you do every day. Develop a creative community around you, people who share your passion and hopefully, people who are more skilled, talented and smarter so you can learn from them. Collaborate. Take time alone. Play. If you want to make a living at it, develop your business and entrepreneurial skills. Learn to understand the connection between creativity and responsibility.
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