I think all of us run a never ending list (even if only in our heads) of possible projects and buy way too much fabric and patterns. With so much available at our finger tips, where do you start?
My process starts by selecting what shapes & styles I want to wear. Like my own art director I brainstorm a list. SS15 for me: Shirts/ Shirt dresses, crop cardigans, oversize, unisex, monochromatic etc…
That list come from my own wardrobe instead of patterns available. I always trying to “substitute” something I already own and wear. I’m a creature of habit. Grown up uniforms rock!
With my wish list in hand I look for patterns that would suit my vision. I may even select 2 or 3 patterns that would fit the description. I like to have some flexibility. If I am offered something to try either in fabric or pattern I use my plans as a guideline. With the “final outfit” in my mind, I research what fabrics and trims I need. Because I’m rubbish at sketching, I look for a similar RTW representations in design, shape and overall aesthetics. Kind of a mood board in one picture. Finally I create a document with my inspiration picture next to the technical drawing of the pattern.
How about you? Do you sew ad-hoc or do you follow a plan? Do share!