Thursday, 26 September 2013

Best laid plans and all that

I'm still working on my 20:20 challenge which runs until the end of the year but I've had to change my plans. Work has moved up a couple of gears (and it is only just the start of term!) with a couple of really big projects, meaning I am getting home rather tired. Add to this a very busy November and Christmas planning, I realised that if I wanted to carry on with two items a month I needed to revisit the patterns I planned to make.

I've also recently swapped my wardrobe round so my autumn/winter clothes are easier to get to. It revealed a startling lack of options for work. I love to have colour in autumn and winter as it is a nice contrast to the almost constant grey skies. I was amazed to find that the majority of my separates were dark. In fact, all of my skirts and trousers are black, grey, navy blue or brown. How did that happen?! I have a few tops that have colour but I could do with some more. This is somewhat fortuitous as tops tend to be easier and quicker to make.

I've decided to be more flexible with the patterns I make. I think I'm unlikely to get to the Ceylon, B5882 by Gertie and the 1960s Simplicity pattern however I do want to try and make a new dress in time for mid-November. 

New plans

I'm debating about lengthening the bodices from this Cynthia Rowley pattern and also the Sultry Sheath pattern in Gertie's book. I've just bought the Chiffon Blouse from Burda and the toile has been cut out. I'm tempted by the Mae pattern too. 

I feel much better about being able to complete this challenge now I have built in more flexibility. It seems that an emergent strategy rather than a fixed one is a better option this time round! 

6 comments:

  1. Ooh, I do like the Mae pattern! I've added it to my to do list as well, but don't know when I'll get to it. The Cynthia Rowley pattern looks lovely too - watch out for cold shoulders though :D

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    1. I'm seriously tempted by the Mae but would have to order it soon to be here in time for my December deadline!

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  2. It's always a good idea to stay flexible - and perhaps keep simple at the moment til work settles.

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    1. Indeed! I feel much better for being able to swap the patterns around.

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  3. I really like the Cynthia Rowley dress and hope you will have some more time soon to get some sewing done. Meanwhile, remember sewing is your hobby and supposed to be fun. So, don't put yourself under pressure because you don't have enough time to sew. I am looking forward to see your blouse :)

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    1. If only I was that patient! Sewing really helps me manage the stresses of life so not having the option doesn't sit well with me. I have managed to carve out time tonight though!

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