Sewing with a (tentative) plan

I didn’t have any particular project- based goals in mind for this year, but I think I may be stumbling into something.

A more cohesive wardrobe has been a wish of mine for years, but I’ve also found it difficult to get inspired since I also love brighter colors and prints. I’m also finding it hard to put outfits together lately, period, due to having to get rid of so many clothes last year.

So I started off this year with some badly needed pants, a second version of the Itch to Stitch Mountain View pull-on jeans. These are still in progress due to having to do some serious fit- checking, which I’ll talk about more when I actually finish them.

Meanwhile, in the Sewing Sphere community, we’ve been discussing something we could work on together as an open sew-along. Many of us have had jackets and blazers on the brain, so I decided that for my first Year of the Jacket project, I’m going to tackle a classic jeans jacket pattern that I’ve had queued for a year or so. The fabric that I have to test it with is a black denim, and the pants I’m working on are a black and blue print, and I realized that this is the beginning of a complete outfit project.  All I need is a shirt.

So this led to the idea of centering my sewing this year around chain reactions. I’ve struggled in the past with planning capsule wardrobes that actually work together in the end, and successfully completing one is still a long term goal of mine. But if I start with a jacket that works with the pants, and then a shirt that works with the jacket and pants, and then, say, move to a skirt that works with the shirt and jacket, that’s basically six outfits right there depending on whether I wear the jacket or not.

I feel like this approach just might be the ideal thing for now. It’s not so big of a project that I’ll be overwhelmed at trying to fit in an entire capsule in a reasonable amount of time, but will hopefully curb the closet orphan problem. I could also use a garment (or even two) that I already have as a starting point, or center them around community challenges like the jackets. If I keep the chains relatively small, like 3-4 garments, I’m less likely to get bored of sewing all the same colors. Plus then I can still take time for side projects as needed. (My oldest already has quite the creative costume mashup in mind for Halloween this year!) And this could be a good way to build up to a larger capsule project in time, as I rebuild my TNT stash.

My plan for blogging this is to still do the individual projects, but then I’d also like to do a roundup post to mix and match the pieces as I feel that the chains are complete for now. So stay tuned!

5 thoughts on “Sewing with a (tentative) plan

  1. Caitlyn

    Love love love this idea! Not only does it help to avoid wardrobe orphans, it also sounds like a great way to harness momentum. I know I have the most energy to tackle something new *right after* I have a successful finish, so the idea of having a coordinating project already teed up (rather than getting caught in the spiral of trying to pick the next thing) is super smart. Cheers to Year of the Jacket and wardrobe building!

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  2. I have been doing this for a couple of years and I love it! Chain reaction is the perfect name. In fact, I have a hard time “breaking” a chain at this point. I am trying to sew down my stash at this point, so I spend some time every few months pulling fabrics that go well together and appeal for some reason, then I stack them somewhere front and Center so that I have something easily accessible that fits in the chain. It’s a fun way to approach wardrobe building!

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    1. It’s good to hear that this approach has been working well for you! I think the length of my chains might have more to do with wanting to switch color schemes than anything, but I’m excited about the possibilities.

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