Friday, January 21, 2011

New Years Sewing Resolution #2: Pre-Season Sewing

I've always been an anti-procrastinator.  College papers were done with days to spare.  When I was in litigation, briefs were ready for submission a week before due date.  I have an absolute terror of cramming, putting things off til tomorrow, waiting til the last minute, cutting it down to the wire, etc. 

I've decided to let this rather anal part of my nature apply to my garment making.  My spring/summer wardrobe stinks.  I'm desperate for cute summer tops, dresses, and perhaps even shorts, and I'm going to start now so that when the warm weather arrives, I'm ready with a (hopefully) awesome collection of homespun pieces. 

Burda's Ruby shorts, a possible shorts pattern contender

I'm going to try to justify my crazy planning tendencies here: sewing - obviously - isn't like retail shopping, with one being able to pop into the mall and emerge a few hours later with an entire season's worth of clothes.  Let's admit it: sewing takes time.  I'm frustrated with having so many ideas for great seasonal pieces that never come to fruition because I run out of time.  Does this happen to you?

It helps that it's that strange time of year when dark tweeds and plaids feel too Christmasy or fall-like.  I'm definitely in the mood to move onto new colors and lighter fabrics...


....even if I won't be able to wear them for a few months.  Mr. ASW and I booked tickets to Spain - Madrid and Andalucia - for early April, where the weather should be balmier than New England, so I will need summery clothes a bit earlier than usual (any fabric store ideas in Spain?!)...

So do you think I'm being nuts or pragmatic?  You can reserve judgment until you see shorts in March, then decide!

31 comments:

Darci said...

I'll be starting on SS11 soon, too. I find that planning for the next season is smart: you can shop ahead and figure out how to integrate your new pieces with the old. Brilliant! Can't wait to see what you make.

Spain is amazing! Hit Barcelona, too, if you can!

knottygnome said...

i think that planning ahead is very smart. i sort of try to do the same but it rarely works out. i'm mentally ready for spring but i have 2 more months of winter ahead of me--plenty of time to make a few more cold weather items.

Chapstick Fanatic said...

no! since i am a beginner it takes me awhile to finish a piece. if i start in season a lot of times i dont a lot time to wear it when i am finished. i think this is great!

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Stevie said...

Good Plan! I'm going to Barcelona in March and have been thinking about things to wear there! If you find anything researching Fabric shops let me know! x

Freya said...

Good luck with the shorts! I made them last year and the instructions are an absolute nightmare!

Debi said...

I love people like you! I've always been a bit envious of those that can have things done ahead of time...me? I need a good ol' deadline to get my butt in gear :-) Spain in April should be fantastic! Perfect time of the year! I look forward to seeing some of your summer pieces!

MayMade said...

Ooh look at all those pretty fabrics! Are they from your stash or are they new? I love that shorts pattern too!

Karen said...

I think it is a good idea but can be frustrating. Last year I made a summer dress in March then it was cold for two more months and I felt like it was taunting me from the closet. When the warm weather did come I was super happy and ready to wear it.

Clio said...

Oooohhh...Espana... you will have such a good time! Phin and I visited in March 2009. In Andalucia (Granada and Seville) I actually got sunburned and it was 90 degrees a few times. And what the locals say about the weather in Madrid is "3 months of winter and 9 months of hell". So, you may end up packing your shorts!

kbenco said...

Spain = Patrones magazine, so hopefully there is fabric to be found as well. Definitely sew for summer if that is what you fancy, it is good to have something in the wardrobe waiting for next season.

Mountain Thyme said...

I really, really wanted fabric from Spain. I could not find any such shop in Madrid (maybe something like that would not be in the center of town) and I found one huge shop in Barcelona, but they were extremely rude. They would not let you move the bolts or touch the fabric. So, needless to say, they got none of my business.

I did find some beautiful fabric in Morocco, however, if you are willing to make the trip.

fitzfabulous said...

girlfriend, that's really smart. i'm doing a bunch of it too, getting ahead for spring. think of how excited you'll be when the weather changes and you're ALL SET

Susan said...

Another organized person! I'm like you --I never lost sleep because papers weren't done. And yes, I've laid out plans for my spring wardrobe and have started cutting! Unfortunately I have more lined up than I can possibly handle.

Karin said...

I am with you! I am a slow sewer. I may as well forget about any winter sewing at this point and move straight onto Spring.

MvK said...

I always thought sewing before the season starts is a great idea! So, I will just follow your example and do the same. Did you check Colette paterns Spring Wardrobe challenge? Timing could not be more perfect

sewphisticated said...

Hi! I am new to your blog. I just want to say that every piece of the fabrics shown in the picture are gorgeous! Also, I think you have a great plan.

AllisonC said...

It's not nuts at all, I wish I could manage to plan ahead, inevitably I am always about half a season behind. Your trip to Spain sounds like a great motivation to run up some Spring clothes.

a little sewing on the side said...

It's a great idea. I started sewing a wool coat in late summer and it was finished before it got cold. You've got me thinking....

MushyWear said...

You have a good plan and lots of pretty fabric to keep you motivated. It sounds like you are the type that once you put your mind to something it will come to fruition. I look forward to seeing each piece before your trip!

Andrea said...

Girl, it is not too soon to start sewing those garments now. Plus you will look so chic on your trip. I can't wait to see what you make. I love your fabric choices so far, and those shorts are too cute.

Anonymous said...

Don't just take summer clothes to Spain. It can get pretty cold in Andalucia, especially if you head up into the old villages in the hills. Beautiful though, and well worth the trip.

Eugenia said...

I think getting ahead is a great plan. Those fabrics are lovely - definitely an excellent motivator for working on a vacation wardrobe.

meli88a said...

A trip to Spain is definitely a good motivator for some spring clothes. Personally, I'm dying for spring. Or at least temperatures over 20F. Let's see those cute shorts!

Gail said...

The slap dash sewer went to Spain and posted about fabric shopping.

Angela said...

Ooo.. a trip to Spain!? How fun!! Hehe... you should totally start with spring clothes. :)

The Slapdash Sewist said...

I was lucky enough to have Paco as my guide to fabric shopping in Barcelona. He is well-known to the shopkeepers and they were all very kind to us. I didn't get a chance to look for fabric on the rest of my trip, so I have no advice. Enjoy! I loved it.

Cennetta said...

I think it's great that you are starting on your summer wardrobe . I wish I could get a headstart. Look forward to seeing your new wardrobe.

Fourth Daughter said...

I always find it a bit difficult to get into the mood of a season until it's actually started, eg in 40 degree (CELSIUS!) heat that's becoming quite normal over here in Australia, thick woollen fabrics are the last thing on my mind. But I'm sure it would pay off to be organised like you! I tend to just make things when the mood takes me, especially as a lot of my stuff is remade from op shop finds. Love your gold Tshirt in the previous post by the way, and I'm a big chunky accessories fan too!

Tasia said...

Great idea! I had all these grand ideas to make winter coats (yes, more than one!) this winter, and look it's nearly February. I'm already planning Spring projects myself!
A trip to Spain - how fantastic! I went to Portugal in April/May two years ago, and I agree with the people who said it might be cold. Some days were 30 degrees, some days it was jacket and scarf weather, it can vary.. I hope you find gorgeous fabrics on holiday - as long as you're not afraid to cut them up when you get home!

Lisette said...

I hope you do make those ruby shorts. I love mine!

Pamela said...

I lived in Madrid for 3 years and Ribes & Casals,-Atocha, 26 - 28012 MADRID - Tel. 91 369 45 00, was where I did my fabric shopping. It is a short walk from Puerto del Sol, which as a tourist, you will want to see, as it is the heart of Madrid. Dress like a native and hang onto your bag. A fanny pack or backpack or wearing shorts in the city will mark you as a tourist and the pickpockets in that area are skilled with razor blades; you will not know you have been robbed. There are virtually no pickpockets in non-tourist areas. You will pass by a Topshop and the main outlet store for Zara, which does not have a Zara sign out front but you will see the hoards of women entering it. I have found many bargains there, but it is a zoo. Well, I could write a book on shopping in Madrid, so contact me if you want any more info. Please be sure to go to this website and read US State dept info about travel to Spain. The information is excellent: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1024.html

There are some lovely fabric stores in residential areas of Madrid,including one on Goya near Alcala in Salamanca Barrio, which is kind of the Park avenue neighborhood of Madrid. You will love Spain and its' charming people!