Today I thought I would share with you how I catalog my sewing projects and ideas. When the pieces start coming together for a project I like to organize them in such a way that I can track my time, ideas and expenses. I do this for clients as well as my personal sewing.
It begins with a form I made which was inspired by Roberta Carr's worksheet as found in:
You are welcome to download my form and use it for your projects. You can find the form here
For the Eva Dress Contest I am planning on making this 1940 playsuit
My plans for these overalls are to use them for gardening although I am seriously haunted by making silk pajamas as well.
Just Imagine how luxurious I would feel wearing a silk charmeuse playsuit with my Indigo Junction bed jacket?
Can you say "Mr D'Mille I am ready for my close up"?
Alas the sensible side of me says I need something fashionable and serviceable to garden in. Which would mean cotton lined linen overalls with some cargo type pockets to carry tools. I also want to be able to roll the hem up, to keep them out of the water. In order to accommodate that I will add some straps inside the side seam which will button to the outside side seam. Not sure yet what I will use for the jacket, which I will most likely need. A lightweight cotton shirting would suit as it would protect me from the sun and bugs.
I put in as much information as I have to begin and then I will add to the worksheet as I progress.
Under the Pattern Alterations I make notes about size changes I make.
The Design changes is where I list...well changes I want to make from the original design of the pattern. As I am doing that I will make notes about any special cutting issues I might need to consider and list them under Cutting notes.
I think you get the idea:)
At this stage of the project nothing is written in stone. The sheet serves as a reminder and reference. I slip the sheet into a sheet protector and place it in my project notebook. When I want to start something new, usually as I am finishing up some other project I will flip through my notebook and see what beckons. As I finish them I move them to the back of the notebook so I can refer to them later. Sometimes I think I know what I want to do with a particular fabric and I create a project sheet for it, but I can always change my mind later if I find different pattern or need.
I like to use these when shopping for additional trims and notions all the info is available and easy to carry along. Once I start working on them I pin them to my bulletin board for a constant visual reminder. Currently I have 4 of them pinned and in progress.
Do you have a way you like to organize your sewing projects or would you rather not bother and just dig in?