Simplify & Make a Plan

Feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the ideas we’ve come up with so far? Let’s take a step back and focus on simplifying and crafting a realistic plan in this episode! 

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Hi everyone, and welcome to the final episode in my series on Planning and Sewing a Seasonal Wardrobe. I can’t believe we’re already at the end! I’m here to help you create a wardrobe that’s stylish and sustainable! One piece at a time. 

 
Why simplify?  

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When you’re planning your seasonal wardrobe, it’s important to simplify your ideas. This will help you to stay focused and to avoid getting overwhelmed. I like to sit down with a cup of tea and really think about the garments I want to create. It’s a time to let your creativity flow. 

Here are a few reasons why you might want to simplify your ideas:  

  • To avoid getting overwhelmed. When you have too many ideas, it can be difficult to know where to start. Simplifying your ideas will help you to stay focused and to avoid getting overwhelmed.  
  • To save time and money. When you simplify your ideas, you’ll be able to sew more garments in less time. This will save you time and money.  
  • To create a more cohesive wardrobe. When you simplify your ideas, you’ll be able to create a more cohesive wardrobe. This will make it easier to put together outfits and to look stylish.  
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How to simplify your ideas  

  • Start with a small number of ideas. Don’t try to sew everything at once. Start with a small number of ideas and then add more as you go.  
  • Consider your lifestyle. What do you need in your wardrobe? What do you wear on a regular basis? Choose ideas that will fit your lifestyle.  
  • Be realistic about your time and budget. How much time do you have to sew? How much money can you spend on fabric and patterns? Choose ideas that are realistic for your time and budget.  

Narrowing down your ideas to 2-3 manageable looks  

Once you’ve narrowed down your ideas, you can start to think about creating 2-3 manageable looks. These looks should be something that you can recreate with the skills and resources that you have.  

  • Consider the season. What kind of clothes do you need for the season? Choose looks that will be appropriate for the weather.  
  • Consider your personal style. What kind of clothes do you like to wear? Choose looks that you love and that make you feel confident.  
  • Consider your budget. How much money can you spend on fabric and patterns? Choose looks that are within your budget.  

Make your plan  

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Once you’ve narrowed down your ideas and created 2-3 manageable looks, you can start to make your plan. This includes things like creating a timeline, setting a budget, and gathering your materials.  

Here are a few tips on making your plan:  

  • Create a timeline. When do you want to start sewing? When do you want to finish? Create a timeline that will help you to stay on track.  
  • Set a budget. How much money do you want to spend on fabric and patterns? Set a budget and stick to it.  
  • Gather your materials. Make sure that you have all the materials that you need before you start sewing. This will save you time and frustration. 
  • Creating a Comfortable Workspace: I love having a space that inspires creativity. Add some plants, play your favorite music, and make it a place where you love to spend time. 
  • Taking Breaks: Sewing is a marathon, not a sprint. I make sure to take breaks, stretch a bit, and keep myself hydrated. 
  • Enjoying the Process: For me, sewing is therapeutic. I often listen to podcasts or have a favorite playlist playing in the background. It keeps the process fun and enjoyable. 

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Simplifying and crafting a plan are vital steps in the journey of sewing your own clothes. By embracing the guidance shared in this episode, you’re setting yourself up for a seasonal wardrobe that’s not only stylish but also entirely manageable and in sync with your lifestyle. Now it’s time to bring your projects to life and enjoy some sewing time! 

Here’s what I’m sewing this Season:

Look 1 First Version- Red Orange Pant Button Detail Dress Shirt Navy Cream Stripe Top
Original Design
Look 1 Updated Version- Red Orange Pant Button Detail Dress Shirt Navy Cream Stripe Top
Updated Patterns
Look 2 Yoyo Knit Top & Skirt Bamboo Fleece Hot Chocolate
Look 3 Anna Sui V1177 Mini Dress Georgette Red orange navy floral
Look 4 Two piece set loungewear Pecan Rib Knit Core Fabrics Plan and Sew a Seasonal Wardrobe
Plan and Sew a Seasonal Wardrobe  Look 5 Boiled Wool Coat Style Arc Riley

We’ve reached the end of the series, and I hope you’re as excited as I am to start sewing. By following these tips, you’ll not only save time and fabric but also enjoy a sewing process that’s smooth and joyful. 

I’d love to hear about your sewing adventures! I’m eager to hear about the looks you’re planning to create! Share in the comments below. 

Thank you so much for joining me in this series. I can’t wait to see all the beautiful and sustainable wardrobes you’ll create. Thank you so much for joining me in this series. I can’t wait to see all the beautiful and sustainable wardrobes you’ll create. Until next time, Happy Sewing! 

3 thoughts on “Simplify & Make a Plan”

  1. Loved your Plan & Sew a Seasonal Wardrobe series! So many good ideas! In the future I would like to see how to sew a lined knit tank top. You mentioned the process briefly in a previous video but I am unable to find it.

    1. Thanks Brenda! I’m so glad you enjoyed the series. I’m going to write up a blog post with pictures detailing the process. I just made a dress using that method this week so perfect timing. I’ll add a video tutorial at some point too.

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