Today, I have a different ‘all sorts’ blog post for you. It’s all about my Autumn plans and organisation inspiration. If I were you, I’d grab a hot beverage…it could be a long one!
In the UK, our Summer was a bit of a washout, then in early September, we got treated to a lovely hot spell, just as I started to think about Autumn and contemplated putting away many of my Summer clothes. I ended up shelving those thoughts for a while…
…Now that it’s finally feeling Autumnal around here (we had our first proper cool morning and some mists today) I‘m excited to think about some new projects.
So What are My Autumn Plans And Organisation Inspiration?
Glad you asked!
But first…I already have one item made and it’s a truly practical piece in the form of a fully waterproof (unlined) hooded jacket. I’ll be sharing that in my next post so I won’t go into too much detail here but it’s in a lovely burnt orange colour and is right on trend with a hood. Dealing with waterproof fabric was a whole new experience that definitely proved to be a learning curve. I love the finished piece though 🙂
A few things on my to-make list are wide-leg jeans, a sleeveless vest in a chunky knit, some slim-leg scuba ponte pants and a shirt with a difference.
For the wide jeans, I’ve got a length of dark olive green denim and I’ll be using Grasser 710. I want to do a contrast topstitching but haven’t decided on a colour yet (feel free to suggest one in the comments)
Sleeveless vests were very popular in the Autumn runway shows and I fancy dipping my toes into the trend myself. I’m going to use the new Viola vest pattern by Swimstyle Patterns and I might use the same type of chunky rib knit that I used in my Nikki Sweaters. I’m undecided on a colour but it looks like a great pattern and those side slits can be rotated back in and closed up more depending on your preference.
For the slim ponte pants, I have a lovely faux suede scuba from Croftmill in a rich tan/camel shade. A possible pattern for that is the Sage pants by Style Arc. I think the seam lines look interesting and I see the possibility for zips to be inserted in the angled hip seams.
In my trends post of a couple of weeks back I hinted that I might be tempted to make a shirt for myself. Well, I let that idea bubble along in the back of my mind for a while and then I saw a post on Instagram that inspired me. The post was from Lekala Patterns and it featured a new design. It’s an oversized shirt with an asymmetric closing and collar. There’s an exaggerated high-low hem which I’m not keen on, however, I love the idea of a bit of asymmetry so after a little thought I bought the pattern.
Now, the way the design is drawn it looks very voluminous, too voluminous for my preferred fit (it might just be some artistic licence being exercised in the sketch though) so I’ll reduce the wearing ease and omit the high-low hem. For this shirt, I’m going to use a length of wool muslin from my stash in a golden caramel shade. It’s the same fabric quality as the one in my Fibremood Harper which feels fab to wear so I’m quite optimistic about this project.
I have a whole lot of other project ideas all rumbling around my brain as well as these few and I don’t know about you but when I’m like that I struggle to pick which one to start with. I hope I can get focused 😊
Fabric and Patterns Organisation
Talking of getting focused…I recently became very focused on organisation. It all started when I saw an Instagram post on the Sewover50 page. The post was all about fabric, haberdashery and pattern organisation. There were many great suggestions and the actual post mentioned an app called Stash Hub which can be used to catalogue fabric and patterns.
Shortly after that post my dear online friend Karen posted about how she used Trello for her organisation and I was intrigued because I’d dabbled a bit with Trello for other things before.
I messaged her to find out more and this was just the push that I needed to get going and get organised once and for all.
I decided to go with Trello for myself. I started off using it on my desktop PC but now I have the synced app on my phone too. I’ve heard really good things about Stash Hub as well so if you fancy trying a bit of organisation I’d research the two and see which one you think is right for you.
Now, obviously, it all depends on the size of your fabric and pattern stash but the whole process of cataloguing everything could potentially take a long time. If I were you I’d make sure that you have some free time set aside to get it all done. The first step is to gather images. I used screenshots of pattern drawings or saved images from the pattern/fabric company websites. If that’s not possible you’ll need to take some pictures yourself in good light.
I have a few folders of Burda magazines and for those, I was very unclear on how to go about making it easy for me to see what patterns I had without having to search slowly through each book.
Then I had an idea…I took a photo of the double-page spread of line drawings that appear in each book. I uploaded those photos and underneath wrote what year and month each set of drawings was from. It’s easy to view each photo and enlarge it to see the designs, then I know immediately what book to get out for that design.
Overall, I think I think the whole process took a good 2-3 days or so to get all of my fabric and patterns into Trello but I absolutely love it now. I like that I can create a set of different labels that I can add underneath my photos. I can label if something is woven or knit fabric, or I can say if a pattern has already been made up and if I’d make it again or not. I can also add links and more images too. Whenever I buy a new pattern or a length of fabric I can add it to Trello straight away. Once the initial hard work has been done it’s easy to upkeep.
As for the physical organisation of my patterns, I have all of them including PDFs in clear plastic envelopes and I try to group them into similar garment types…as tops and sweaters, coats and jackets, dresses and skirts and so on. I’ve got cube storage boxes of them on shelves in my sewing room. My fabrics are in drawers folded up…though currently not organised into type/colour yet. How about you?
Wardrobe Organisation And Planning Apps
And finally, let’s chat wardrobes. A while back I heard about a wardrobe organising app whilst watching a fashion blogger on YouTube. The app is called Open Wardrobe. A long time ago I had a go at doing something similar but the app I used wasn’t very good and I didn’t commit properly to it.
This time around I felt intrigued by the idea. Maybe it was the aftermath of getting into Trello? But either way, I had the organising bug.
The idea with Open Wardrobe is that you upload photos of everything in your wardrobe and then you have to ability to keep track of outfit combinations, track item wears (or cost per wear) etc. The main reason I wanted to try this out is to be able to use it as a way to remember outfit combinations. Sometimes I find myself looking at my wardrobe and thinking “What do I like to wear with that top, or those trousers and what shoes worked with that skirt last time I wore it?” I figure if I use the app to document combinations that work and which I feel good in then it *should* make life easier for me.
Well, if I thought cataloguing my fabric and patterns was hard work it was nothing compared to doing the same with my wardrobe….I had to photograph everything….and not one to do things by half, I decided that it should include shoes and jewellery as well as clothes so it took a very looooong time (and my wardrobe is very modest in size too).
To get good photos of my clothes I set up a makeshift backdrop area in my sewing room opposite the window (it involved a sheet a mirror and a piece of cardboard…needs must!). Then I just kept hanging my clothes on the backdrop and snapping a photo.
I have all of the photos done now but I haven’t finished uploading them into the app yet. I like that the app has an automatic background remover so that all of my clothes turn into nice single images. It’s a work in progress but I’m looking forward to putting the app to use soon.
By the way, I believe there are a few other wardrobe organising apps out there besides OW, so check those out too if you’re interested in using one.
I’m so glad that I found the time to do all of my organisation because it’s kind of freeing and so nice to see everything I have at a glance It brings clarity. I bet it proves to be a timesaver in the long run too. You should try it!
Ooh, this turned out to be quite a long post! If you read this far, thanks! I really appreciate it.
Feel free to share your sewing plans, thoughts on organising fabrics/patterns etc. in the comments below. It’s always good to bounce ideas around.
On that note, I’ll sign off and I’ll see you soon!