My list of things I want to make has got badly out of hand and I’m in that weird too many choices mind-set.
MMMay seems to sharpen this effect for me as I look at my wardrobe and realise that I’m going to be wearing a lot of things over and over again in the month. But this is how I live most of the time anyway; isn’t there some accepted wisdom about 10% or our wardrobe 90% of the time?! However, the stark reality always makes me antsy and want to add a bit more variety!
So, I’ve resorted to lists. There’s my list of patterns, my list of fabric, my list that pairs fabric with patterns and the list of things that I think need adding to my wardrobe. That’s a lot of lists and whilst it’s cathartic it doesn’t get me any closer to deciding what to make next. Too many options, too many choices, too much indecision and therefore nothing happens.
I was reading A Beautiful Mess (a blog I dip in and out of, but always has something to inspire me) and there was an article about prioritization and a paragraph stood out to me:
Instead of a huge list, force yourself to make a short list with only one or two projects. It will help you focus and enjoy each one. Each time you complete a project you can start a new one.
Pretty damn obvious but sometimes it takes someone telling me something for me to see it. Wood for the trees and all that.
So instead of trying to decide which project of about twenty odd that are listed in my list collection, I’ve chosen two. The two that have been in my head constantly for weeks.
Colette Hazel in Michael Miller Ahoy Matey Fabric
Vogue 1247 top in a brush stroke effect cotton lawn
Butterick 5748 in Tula Pink Turtle Bay Fabric
Made by Rae Washi dress using some of the plaid from the Sewists Secret Santa swap
And of course there is the Australian Fabric of Glee that the wonderful Lizzy posted to me because I couldn’t make the meet up in London on the 20th April! It was my youngest sister’s hen-do in Cambridge and I was under strict instructions not to bail on it. I’ve chosen New Look 6643 (a shift dress) so when that arrives, it may well bump its self up the que!
Does anyone else have problems deciding what to sew next or do you have a plan and stick to it? Are you structured in your makes (looking at wardrobe needs and sewing to fill them) or are your sewing decisions made purely on a whim? I’d love to know…