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Planning ahead. Far, faaaaar ahead.
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Date: 5/28/13 2:12 AM

I always plan to join in on various wardrobe sew-alongs. (SWAPS, 6PACs, mini-wardrobes, etc.). Sometimes I even come up with a list of patterns and fabrics. But those are always preliminary thoughts. I change them. I look at pictures, consider silhouettes, change my mind, maybe start to trace and fit patterns, change my mind, inventory appropriate fabrics from the stash, change my mind, and change my mind. The path from thinking to sewing is a long one.

About six months.

That's what made me think of the "solstice" idea. The summer solstice (June 21, but let's just start now) is just about the right time to start plotting and planning garments that I might wear around the winter solstice (December 21.) And then the winter solstice, and the associated handy dandy year-end vacation, would be a fine time to start thinking about garments for the next warm weather.

Is there anybody else who, like me, is saying, "Start planning summer clothes _now_? Are you kidding me?!" and who would like to join me in a long, slow contemplation of patterns and garments and wardrobe strategies for the next round of cold weather?

Just to give the idea a bit of structure, I'm going to suggest that ideally one's plan would involve:

1) at least three different patterns
2) at least one garment per pattern
3) all three garments can be worn together

On the other hand, if you say, "Bleah; I want to make three skirts from the same pattern, so there!" then, hey, I'm not going to complain and tell you that you have to wear the three skirts together.

So, you may ask, what about the _sewing_ part? The sewing part is certainly not off-topic, but I'd say that if you do your planning here and then go talk about the actual sewing in some other sew-along or wardrobe thread, that's also just fine. In this thread, I think I'm mostly about the planning.

I really hope that's not contrary to policy.

Assuming it's not, anybody wanna join in?



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Date: 5/28/13 2:32 AM

Sounds like a great idea!

(though I haven't finished this season's sewing yet)

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Date: 5/28/13 2:32 AM

So what's my plan? That is, today, before I change my mind?

I want a tailored above-the-knee pencil skirt. I hardly ever wear a skirt above the knee, or for that matter even a skirt that isn't well past mid-calf. I want it to have a structured waistband that keeps fluff from, well, fluffing - maybe like the waistband in the Decades of Style Empire Waist trousers.

To wear over it, outside, skimming that waist, I want the "right" tailored shirt pattern. A shirt that allows comfortable arm movement. One with a straight hem and a little bit of a cinch-in at the waist, so that I can wear it untucked over the skirt and not be entirely shapeless and not violate my 1980's sensibilities about tucked or untucked shirts.

One skirt in black wool. Three shirts, one in white, one in Oxford-shirt yellow, one in Oxford-shirt blue. Linen.

And a jacket. I'm not sure what kind of jacket.

That's the idea today. Just to sort of break the ice.

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Date: 5/28/13 2:34 AM

Quote: BriarRose
Sounds like a great idea!



(though I haven't finished this season's sewing yet)

Thanks! Ah, but it's just planning, see? You don't have to finish this season's sewing before starting next season's planning, right?

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Date: 5/28/13 7:56 AM

You know this is what my grandmother was always trying to get me to do. Sew for the next season, not the one you're in. However, I lived in Texas at the time and sewing winter clothing when it was over a hundred degrees was beyond me. It made me hot just to look at winter fabric. I was always dashing around trying to get the Easter dresses (or some other important holiday clothing) finished the night before. I usually pulled it off. However, I now live in Ohio, I'm much, much older, I don't have small children, and now that I read what you write it makes a lot of sense (I'm now feeling horribly guilty about my grandmother.) I think I'd like to join you. My only problem is that my weight changes...a lot; from a kind of normal size to really thin. Not because I want it to but because of a really, really annoying medical condition. I like the way the new Jalie elastic waist pants look and thought of using a drawstring instead of elastic and maybe just making a couple of sizes of each shirt. It takes some of the fun out of sewing but if I'm planning for six months ahead it could be workable.

Good idea.
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Date: 5/28/13 8:56 AM

WHat a good idea! And so timely. Last week I placed my series subscription order for concerts and dance performances. It was a stretch to pull myself together for 20+ evenings even when outfits were repeated regularly ~ I don't mind and the people who sit around me are essential the same folks for the past 10-20-30 years and are not fashion police, just nice folks. That said, it occurred to me that it would be nice to make a few summer dresses and then begin planning ahead for a change.

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Date: 5/28/13 12:06 PM

This is an excellent idea! Count me in!

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Date: 5/28/13 7:55 PM

In my head I always tried to sew for the next season, but in reality it hasn't always worked out that way. It's a great idea, for sure, I will definitely try to join in.

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Date: 5/28/13 9:51 PM

I think this is an excellent idea, especially because I'm going to be moving from southern Florida to North Carolina this fall and really need some clothes that are appropriate for winter weather that will definitely fall below room temperature! Count me in...but I must consider my options before I come up with a definite plan

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Date: 5/29/13 0:33 AM

This is a great idea. I'm trying to ween myself off the jeans and t "fashion" rut since we moved into San Francisco from the suburbs. So thinking is a necessity. I've been considering olive green or khaki green and eggplant as my central neutrals as I really hate wearing black every time I dress for an event and any tan or taupe looks awful on me. Count me in.

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