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Message Board > Sewing Techniques and Tips > How do you decide what to make next? ( Moderated by MissCelie)

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Date: 5/7/04 8:40 AM

Sometimes I feel overwhelmed with all the possible projects I could work on... After finishing a garment I often get indecisive on what to do next - there are just so many possibilities! This happens even if I have decided on fabric/pattern combinations. The problem is to decide which one is the most urgent and/or inspiring! With growing fabric and pattern stashes, it becomes even harder...

I would be interested to hear how others handle this. Do you have a list of projects all lined up, and do you stick to it? Or do you just go with whatever catches your eye when you're ready to take on a new project?

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Date: 5/7/04 9:06 AM

I do whatever catched my eye.  I always have lists and never stick to them.

This week I was supposed to get DH a shirt finished....didn't happen.  I did however make myself a cardigan, cut out a skirt and tank top, I nearly have a shirt finished, and made a diaper cover.

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Date: 5/7/04 10:59 AM

Åsa, I have the same problem. I have so many ideas and plans in my head that it makes me dizzy. When I get ready to start a new project, I nearly get an anxiety attack because I'm so overwhelmed by what to do next and because I want to do everything. Of course my fabric-buying far outpaces my time and ability to sew. In addition there are quilting, home dec, and even knitting projects I want to do!

This spring is definitely the worst. There are quite a few coordinating items in pink colors that I want to make and since wearing pink is "in" right now, I'm afraid if I don't sew the items this year, I never will. So, I simply got out a notebook and made a list. I wrote a description of the fabric and then the pattern I had in mind. At least getting it down on paper helps me see what it is I want to do instead of the ideas just floating around in my head...giving me a headache. It also helps me prioritize. Right now my priority is finding a good fitting t-shirt (I'm trying Jalie 2005 and Kwik Sew 3003 right now) because I have numerous EOS fabrics waiting to become t-shirts. The list doesn't necessarily put things in the order I want to work on them, rather it's a list of possibilities. I can't say at this point that the list is working because I only just started it. But I do think it's giving me a little more focus.

It also helps that I have all my fabric swatches on index cards. I have too much fabric to remember what I have, so being able to browse the swatches helps me see that I what fabric I already have for what I want to make or I use it to hunt for less than favorable fabrics that will work for muslins or first tries.

Sewing should be fun!

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Date: 5/7/04 11:14 AM

I guess I go by what season I am coming into. I am cutting out stuff this week to start making summer stuff for my GD. Then I have patterns and fabric here for some stuff for me for summer. I also have chenille and lining fabric for jackets, but I know that can wait because in Texas in the summer there will be no need for those jackets.

My problem is storage, I have all kinds of things I want to get and we have some fabric warehouses over in Dallas I haven't visited yet and I know from what I here I will be coming home with stuff. I ran into a gal in JoAnn's a few weeks ago and she was telling me one of these stores has zippers for 25 cents a piece. I am dying to get over there but my husband wants to come with me since it is in a less favorable part of town. Anyway, my diliema on what to do next will be even worse with more sitting in my stash. :tounge:

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Date: 5/7/04 12:19 PM

Great thread! Since joining PR, I am so excited about all the things I am going to make - tops, skirts, dresses, bags, hats, bras - that I am in a state of complete over-stimulation - and therefore don't get anything done. But I tell myself to enjoy it. The times when you don't produce anything can be beneficial in other ways - reading about sewing is wonderful, too, and will help me later.  :)

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Date: 5/7/04 1:12 PM

My DMIL was never a great cook, though she liked the concept of cooking.  When the urge to make something new overtook her, she'd get out all her cookbooks, sit down, go through each appealing recipe, and then feel so satisfied that she wouldn't cook anything at all!

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Date: 5/7/04 1:38 PM

Elona, that made me LOL.  That sounds just like me - with both cooking and sewing!   :D  :D  :D

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Date: 5/7/04 2:50 PM

What a great thread.  Gee we're such kindred spirits!!  
Oh Asa, the tortures I go through - I tire myself out trying to match fabric to patterns and sewing order.  And then once I get it straight I change it again.    
Lori - having the same "pink problem", not to mention orange and yellow as well.... I might have use for the pink after this summer, but that orange and yellow?????  :unhappy:

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Date: 5/7/04 3:05 PM

Yes I am in agreement about the lack of focus or being overwhelmed with ideas, fabric, etc....I am very organized with my supplies but undisciplined as to what I want to do next.  As long as I finish something well though I am satisfied because I sew for enjoyment, relaxation and creative expression : )

Happy Mothers Day to all the Moms!!

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Date: 5/7/04 3:07 PM

I am trying so hard to be somewhat disciplined, because I badly need a new, functionable wardrobe. But they keep publishing new patterns to distract me. It's trying. I know having a few tried and true patterns that work and sticking to them is probably good strategy, but I get sort of depressed when I think of working that way. It sort of takes the fun out of it.

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