Phew, glad those project write-ups are done. What a Herculean task they were. My arms nearly fell off.
Herculean task for you to read as well I bet! That’s why I break them up with headings and pictures and bullet points: so that it’s easier to skip any bits that are coma-inducing! I apologize for going into tedious details. I hope sharing my rationale, trials & errors, learnings will be useful to some of you. And maybe the experts amongst you might also suggest other / better ways to solve the same problems.
Next up: finish planning my NYC shopping trip. I’m miffed that MR will be going on a business trip as soon as our return flight landed. That means I can’t sequester half his luggage space for fabrics. Poo. So I got to plan really carefully. Hmm, I wonder if I can turn one fabric into a makeshift poncho and wear onboard so I can get them all home…
Anyway, to help me plan, I’m actually trying a SWAP. I sort of did with the Summer sewing. But it was like throwing random stuff onto the moodboard & Pin the Donkey type plan. So many didn’t actually get made. In fact, many didn’t even have a design. Just a fabric swatch & random bunch of inspiration.
This time I’m going to be more disciplined and try to identify a pattern or at least finalize a design for each swatch. And even visualize them with my croquis. I found the Year of The Skirts sketches quite useful for keeping me somewhat focused. Heather Lou of Closet Case Files recently refer to my blog as “Overwhelming Stash”. I laughed of course. It was clearly a typo, but actually quite spot on. I am getting a bit overwhelmed by my now 300 piece and some 800+ yard stash! If I don’t have a plan I’ll be paralyzed. (Don’t you even dare mention a diet!)
A clearer plan would also help me identify all the missing supporting casts that I might need to get in NYC. Stars don’t like to admit it, but without the rest of the crew the project ain’t going to happen. And it’s not always possible to find the right supporting cast in London. I guess UK is just too small a market for affordable niche suppliers, even for online ones. Thank god more Scots voted against making it even smaller. (Raised an American, of course I’d think UK should go the USA way, with a balance of power between the Regions/States & central/federal government! Devolution for England, Wales, Northern Ireland & Scotland please! But let’s keep the single market so niche-niche tastes have at least a teeny bit of chance to get some needs met.)