Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Big List for 2011

This is not a list of goals, or sewing resolutions. Those may come, but now that I've met and shaken hands with welt pockets - I'm not saying mastered, that's just ASKING the sewing gods to whomp my ass - there are no specific challenges I feel I have to meet. I'll make them up as I come to them.

This is that most basic of things, the to-do list, brought on by my recent cold-shower encounter with the vastness of my stash. There are things I need, and I have the fabrics to make them. This is at least the starter list of pieces I need to make to fill specific gaps in my wardrobe.

They may not be things I feel like making, but every time I check something off this list, I can rid myself of more RTW that I'm tired of or that doesn't fit as well as I would like, or I might just save myself another load of laundry because I'll have enough pants to wear to work when it's cold outside without having to wash on Thursday night so as not to shiver in a skirt on Friday.

1. Black TNT pants. I made a pair fairly recently, but I need a second pair to wear with lower heels. Fabric in stash, several times over.

2. Black pinstripe TNT pants, longer inseam, slightly wider leg. Fabric in stash.

3. Jeans. Combine the best of the Ottobre and Jalie jean patterns to make the perfect non-stretch jean. Fabric in stash, which was a surprise to me.

4. Turtlenecks. I need the BWOF turtleneck in basic solid colors: black, gray, brown, cream, olive, teal. Fabric in stash.

5. Sweaters. I have several patterns to try, and various fabrics in stash.

6. Chanel-ish Jacket. Maybe I don't need another one, but it turns out I have 3 beautiful boucles in stash. So I need to make a jacket out one of them.

That's just the beginning, but it could keep me sewing for months, and most of these are fairly immediate needs. Okay, so the jeans aren't, because the thrift store recently had a half price day and I picked up a couple apir, but the dress pants are, and I'll feel really silly sewing turtlenecks in June.


Gail said...

I've just done a big list too. Still refining, not brave enough to publish but I will. I need to be kept accountable and to bust my stash.

AllisonC said...

I think this looks like a very do-able list and hopefully still gives you some room to make a few off-list things too. Or maybe you are better than me at sticking to lists...!

Claire (aka Seemane) said...

I like the simplicity of your to do list :) - it's a no nonsense straightforward approach "here's what I need, the supplies I have I why I need them" nothing more nothing less.

I must, must, must make a list for me now I've seen yours!

Marie-Noƫlle said...

I desesperately need some basics to replace no longer fitting RTW garments too.

Kris said...

I like your list- very practical, which is pretty much the reason I sew.... Mine is more tops, because that is my bugaboo with RTW. I want to make some knit tops, a pair of black capris, and to finally finish altering the RTW dresses I bought two years ago so I can wear them for work this summer! I have a duvet cover that is also calling my name- need to get that big bunch of fabric out of my sewing room!

Miasews said...

Looking forward to seeing you in Chicago!

Cennetta said...

Lady, I'm with you. Many of the garments on your list are on mine as well. Sigh, sigh..., Let's get crackin' and have some fun!

Happy New Year, Karen!