Monday, March 30, 2015

Make A Decision

When I'm unsure, I have a tendency to talk too much, research endlessly, and spend a lot of money. And this is exactly the counter productive path that I found myself on Friday night when I went to bed early because I was tired only to get up an hour later and spend the next two in the studio.

I was making lists, sorting fabrics, and looking through patterns while over-thinking clothes for the cruise. It's all so unknown, so exhausting, so enough. I needed to make a decision and I did. By putting together all the advice I'd received I have - finally - chosen fabrics, determined  bottoms, tops, and outerwear, and started sewing.

And stalled. Who knew - definitely not me - how much fabric it takes to make a coat. There wasn't nearly enough of the black and silver fabric but I had three meters of a gorgeous, very tightly woven, stretch dupioni in purple that I thought would work... and it would have... as a windbreaker but not as a raincoat. When I poured on water, it spread quickly and went straight through to the surface below. That won't work.

We don't have rainwear fabric in town so I ordered the Storm Black Supplex from Marcy's site. I would have ordered it in purple if I'd know the exact shade only I loved the purple I had and would have been disappointed if the colour wasn't close so I opted for black. I have never in my life owned a raincoat. This will be a new experience and - after the cruise - I can use it in the spring and fall for walking Miss Chloe.

In the spirit of moving forward - and to avoid further dithering - I also made the decision to sew favorites, to use pretested patterns, and to make decisions based on what I would normally wear around home. I chose Vogue 8934 for the raincoat because I love the shape and the tucks and because I've already sewn a muslin. I'm adding the hood from McCall's 7058 to eliminate carrying an umbrella and I'll add zippers to the pockets in the side seams for keys and other stuff. Good. Done. Decision made.

This week, I plan to spend as much time as possible sewing in the studio. I've decided on a skirt, pants, tank top, and t-shirt from a black knit and on a skirt, pants, blouse, and sleeveless top from a blue woven. I'll add prints to this mix and work toward 3 cardigans, 1 coat, 5 bottom garments, and 7 upper garments. That's 16 garments with plenty of options. I know. For sure. Because when I went back to bed, I still didn't sleep. I ran wardrobe scenarios.

THANK YOU so much for all the advice. It has been invaluable. I've calmed down. I feel focused. I have a workable plan. The fabric selections have been made. I've started sewing. It's good.

AND... since you haven't seen any pictures recently... here are a few of my adorable, energetic, and incredibly curious grandson. Hmm... I wonder where he got that from - LOL. He needs a sitter for next Monday and it's Grandma to the rescue which means by the end of the week I'll be getting sweet baby hugs in person. YES YES

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - advice, energy, curiosity

There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million. 
- Walt Streightiff


  1. Wowee can I relate to running wardrobe scenarios in your head as you try to fall asleep. You did the right thing by getting up and spending time in your studio. Glad you now have a plan to complete your travel wardrobe. And I really think you'll enjoy wearing a raincoat even after your trip. Before I go on trips I hang all the items together in my closet that I'm thinking of packing and then edit, edit, edit. It works for me and since I travel often I'm always thinking about how each garment will pack when I sew each new piece of clothing.

    1. Glad to know I'm not the only one having fashion "night"dreams. I think you're right. Getting up was really productive and I'm feeling quite on track now. Having a great day in the studio.

  2. I have found that coats take a lot more fabric than I'd have thought. Big coats need at least 5 yards which I found out after I bought 4 yards on sale and then looked for a pattern. I hope that you are better than I am about choosing my fabrics and then changing my mind! Looks like a nice selection for you.

    1. I have a section in my stash of coat fabrics and a feeling it'll be a tough search for a pattern.

      For the cruise wardrobe, I'm feeling quite settled. The choices I made Friday night feel comfortable and I've started working my way through the list. So far, it's good.


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