Update on Top 10 List

Seeing as we’re halfway through the year, I thought I’d check up on my list of Top 10 Sewing Projects for 2010. I wrote this list when I first started blogging, and admit I forgot about it. Most of you recent readers will have no idea what I’m talking about, since I haven’t been mentioning it, and I don’t appear to be Sewing With A Plan. (More like, Sewing on a Whim.) So let’s see, did I follow it perhaps subconsciously?

1. A Statement Coat, in a bright colour.

Done! Finished this one in April 2010 and I absolutely love this coat. Using Colette Patterns’ Lady Grey and some amazingly-priced turquoise wool, I’ve created a flattering, bold Statement Coat. Every time I wear it, I feel cool.

Granted, it does force me to wear more simple pieces underneath so they don’t compete with the coat. But I love the wrap style and oversize collar!

Plus, it was featured on Burdastyle’s Best of May, and the Selfish Seamstress wants to make her own version. I’d consider this a win!

2. The perfect black skirt. Full, fitted at the waist for the perfect hourglass shape, in a fabric that works for both day and night.

Definitely done. I love this skirt. I keep calling it the ‘Armani Skirt’ because the fabric was an Armani designer fabric. This is the most versatile piece – flattering, comfortable, and works with everything! Wore it six or seven times during Me-Made-May at least. This one’s a winner too!

3. A leopard print dress.

Um, no. This dress is cut out and half sewn but it’s stashed in the back of a drawer. I’m embarassed to admit, I cut it out based on a memory of making the pattern once and vaguely recall the dress being a success. People, don’t do that. If you made something 10 years ago, chances are it won’t fit the same.

4. A Little Black Dress. Perfectly fitted and classic, a work-to-evening staple.

Well, I have plans in my head to make Vogue 1161 in black but for some reason, prints and bright colours and fun florals have taken over my sewing table. Makes sense, I wrote the list in February when it was grey and dull outside. I still plan to make Vogue 1161 in black, it’s even cut out. I just haven’t been inspired to sew it up. (Also, I got excited and cut it out before finishing floral 1161 so it’s going to be a wee bit short.)

5. On that note, a Little Tweed Dress. The office (or fall, if you prefer) version of the LBD. And all that texture hides imperfections – on me and the dress!

Also no. I’m not even sure I want this piece anymore. Again with the wintery clothing thoughts! If you make a year-long list, don’t forget to account for the changing seasons or you might fall off track, if you’re anything like me… Maybe a wintery version of Vogue 9668 might fill this place.

6. A cotton shirtdress – can you tell this is the Year of the Dress? In a bright colour, one of those easy pieces you can throw on with a great pair of heels.

Ooh I DID make a shirtdress! It’s not in a bright colour, but it totally counts. Haha, I even wore a great pair of heels in the photo. Do I know myself or what? And it IS the year of the dress, judging from all the dresses I made instead of following my own rules.

7.  This one is because I have to – a Gold Brocade Dress that may end up becoming a Gold Brocade Skirt. Funny story to follow…

Oh right, I owe you a story. Ok, my next post will explain this, since I haven’t followed through on my promise here.

8. A solid neutral-coloured pencil skirt.

Hmm. Another project I didn’t get to. I suppose because basics are boring to sew? I’d like to own this piece, just not make it. I started Beignet but fell off track when it came to the buttonholes. It’s adorable and will be even cuter all finished.. I just hate doing buttonholes on my machine since it tends to eat them up, and my original plans of doing them by hand seem a little daunting.

9. Once I finish the neutral pencil skirt, let’s make another one in brights! I’m picturing RED, with T-strap pumps. Very sexy-secretary!

Well you’d think I would have got to the RED version by now? I suppose not. I did make a red dress though, does that count for something?

10. Something for my other half – because I have to make up for the ‘sewing room’ being a mess all the time! And it can’t all be for me, all the time.

This one’s not my fault! I did plan out a project to make, got lots of feedback from my readers and even bought the pattern. Then he decides he wants to lose weight and starts hitting the gym, and we both decide to save the project for the new and improved version of him. So it’s on hold until he decides it’s time. But hey, at least the sewing room spare room is organized!

But I DID make a ton of other stuff. And there’s still half a year left.

Does sewing with a plan work, or do you guys just get distracted like me?

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18 Responses to Update on Top 10 List

  1. Clare June 30, 2010 at 7:45 am #

    good for you getting through that list – you’ve been really productive! I’m a sewing-on-a-whimmer too – I’d maybe get more done if I actually forced myself to stick to a plan but think it’d take the enjoyment out of sewing.Thanks for reminding me about vogue 1161…!

  2. Trisha June 30, 2010 at 7:53 am #

    This was fun to read. I also love to plan, but I tend to get distracted by interesting new fabrics or patterns that I come across…. Case and point— the project I finished yesterday— a swim suit! Not on the list! But I love it!

    I also make plans to sew for my man, but I haven’t completed many things for him.

  3. CGCouture June 30, 2010 at 8:57 am #

    I always just get distracted. No matter how carefully I plan out what I’m going to make, something else always gets in the way.

  4. Darci June 30, 2010 at 8:58 am #

    Love that you’ve got a list, but that you don’t let it totally dictate what your next project will be. I’ve got a rough list of upcoming sewing projects, separated by season so I can be sewing a little bit before the upcoming season starts. I DO get distracted by one-offs, tho. Like making my own bike shorts (with padding) wasn’t really on the list, but necessity required that they be completed. And then I get sidetracked by cute fabric (or as I like to call it, “Oooh, It’s Shiny!” Disease)

    That’s the great thing about lists ‚Äì they can change! I’m planning on making a red pencil skirt for fall, too, btw. Already got the t-straps! :) Still lusting after your new coat‚Ķ

  5. Kristie June 30, 2010 at 9:28 am #

    I am such lists girl. My purse always has an old list or two in it. I’m still so new to this garment sewing thing, but I recently started sewing for a wardrobe contest and making the storyboard/list of my plan has helped. BUT, I’m still getting off track a little with other projects such as gifts. Overall, a list helps me. Otherwise, I would get so distracted by all the patterns I get excited about and buy.

  6. Jessica June 30, 2010 at 10:57 am #

    I love to make lists. Seriously, every drawer in my house is filled with discarded lists. I don’t follow them as well though… for sewing I seem to usually make it through half the things on my list before I get distracted by pretty new things.

    You should finish that beignet skirt – it would be fab on you! The buttonholes are kind of a pain (my machine at at least 2 of them, but I find using rayon embroidery thread for buttonholes makes it less angry for some reason) but it’s worth it!

    Love your list, and I don’t sew the basics enough either. Maybe in the fall you’ll be ready to sew that tweedy dress?

  7. Ali June 30, 2010 at 12:10 pm #

    I love your list! (Obviously, I’ve made one on it and plan to make another in the fall) What I love is that it’s fluid enough to fit in lots of projects off-list in a year’s time, but it encourages you to make a few versatile, beautiful items that will definitely get lots of wear. That’s my kind of (loose) planning ;) I finally finished the skirt, btw, and love it :)

  8. Tilly June 30, 2010 at 12:29 pm #

    Wowzers! You have made some seriously nice things this year!

  9. ~Sherry~ June 30, 2010 at 1:59 pm #

    Halfway through your list, and it is halfway through the year = good progress! You must make a tweed dress – I just finished one and know I will wear it lots (but then it is winter here!)
    I’ve never made a list of what I want to sew for myself – I am definitely a random sew on a whim girl! Although I have lots of scraps of paper lying around with little sketches and ideas, many of them never come to fruition. Funny because I write lists for everything else!

  10. Brumby June 30, 2010 at 3:22 pm #

    Totally get distracted, I realized the same last week, but I was not smart enough to write a list, I just kept it upstairs in ye old brain – not a good system. Instead I am now slowly collating the list with patterns, inspiration and fabrics, once it is has progressed a bit further I too will then post it too my site!

    Oh and thanks for your congrats on the book thing!

  11. Renay June 30, 2010 at 3:28 pm #

    Oh gosh. I love that lady grey so much! I have the pattern but it is just sitting there, waiting fo the right fabric…. we are not spoiled for choice here…
    I think the little black dress is a good staple and also the pencil skirts. Cant get enough of them. good luck for the rest of the year! :-)

  12. Jaime June 30, 2010 at 5:48 pm #

    I’m totally guilty of getting distracted! But I jumped from one list to another this time since I’ve jumped on board with Self Stitched September so I don’t feel too bad. But I did finish my ” must-sew” list before jumping around on my personal project lists so lists did help in that instance. :)

  13. Wanett June 30, 2010 at 6:34 pm #

    I love your list/goals! I need to work up something like this. Though, I am having a hard enough time sticking to my Pattern Review contest list ;o)

  14. Tasia June 30, 2010 at 8:08 pm #

    Oh fantastic, so glad I’m not the only one who makes vague plans and gets distracted by new pretty things!
    @Clare: I agree, too much planning sucks the joy out of sewing! And you’d look fabulous in Vogue 1161!
    @Trisha: Oh wow! I have to go check out your swimsuit now!
    @CGCouture: It’s ok to get distracted, see you’re not the only one!
    @Darci: I totally have ‘oh it’s SHINY’ disease too. I can’t help myself! Padded bike shorts, wow, that’s impressive!
    @Kristie: Good for you for making lists, especially if it helps you stay on track!
    @Jessica: My machine eats buttonholes all the time, which is why I’m afraid to start on the buttonholes for Beignet.. Thanks for the tip on rayon embroidery thread! And you’re right, I’ll probably be into tweedy and wooly things as soon as it cools down.
    @Ali: Your skirt is wonderful! So delightfully feminine and classic. I’m with you on the ‘loose planning’ method.
    @Tilly: Thank you Tilly! I loved your vintage dress you made recently, especially with the little belt.
    @~Sherry~: I’m surprised you’re a ‘sew on a whim’ girl, you’re so detailed with your sewing! And will have to check out your tweed dress now…
    @Brumby: Yup, you’re not the only one who gets distracted! It results in some lovely things though, like the jeans you just finished.
    @Renay: Thanks Renay! Make the coat, it’s such a flattering style. It would look great even in the simplest fabric.
    @Jaime: Ah yes, see, the Self-Stitched and Me-Made challenges are fun new reasons to get off track. And good for you for finishing your must-sew list first!
    @Wanett: Thanks Wanett! Even if you don’t stick to them (like me apparently) it does help give you direction.
    Wow, great comments and feedback everyone!

  15. petite josette June 30, 2010 at 10:10 pm #

    Hey Tasia
    Even though you haven’t gone through your whole list yet, what you’ve made is still quite impressive. And like you said, it’s hard to get on to sewing a “winter” dress, when it’s the middle of summer (even though it doesn’t really feel like it around here).
    I don’t sew with a plan. It’s usually my fabric and pattern finds that decide me on the next project.
    I actually recently made myself a “log” of all the patterns that I like from Burda magazine (with the photo from the website and the list of notions – or how to spend even more time on a computer that you should…), and I sometimes take it with me when I go fabric shopping. So if I see a fabric that I really like, if I don’t have a specific project that comes to mind I’ll go through my log and often times there’ll be a project in there that it’ll be right for…Is it a bit overkill ? well…maybe :P So it’s more of a random way of sewing I guess…

  16. Rachel July 1, 2010 at 3:24 am #

    V9668 is my ultimate favourite of your creations. I love, love, love the red wool crepe version. I love it so much I went and bought the pattern and some red wool crepe — lucky I live on the other side of the world to you!

    I get completely distracted. Especially when I see a beautiful garment a blogger has made – I get completely sidetracked making my own version.

  17. Katie July 1, 2010 at 8:14 am #

    Hey there! I just started reading your blog and I wanted to tell you you’ve inspired me to start sewing. I’ve never sewn anything beyond a pillow case before and now, just two weeks after I started reading your blog, I’ve made two dresses and a shirt and it’s been tons of fun! Thank you so much for the inspiration!

  18. Tasia July 2, 2010 at 8:54 am #

    Katie! I am so thrilled that you’ve taken up sewing after reading my blog! That’s the ultimate compliment. Let me know if there’s anything you’d like to see me write about that would help you out!
    @Rachel: Thanks so much for the compliments on my red dress – and I’d love to see your version. That’s the great thing about sewing, even if someone makes the same thing as you, there’s still only TWO dresses the same out there, instead of thousands when you buy a dress in stores.
    @petite josette: It’s never overkill to plan – I also keep a little journal with magazine tear-outs, sketches, and little notes to myself. Whatever works!