A Fun New Challenge

Hello Everyone!

Today, I have a bit of something different for you all.  I have dreamed up a challenge for myself and am so excited to share it with you all!!  To start, I am sure you are all aware of my constant striving for a capsule wardrobe.  I spoke about it a little in this blog post.  The thought of having a wardrobe that is easily mixed and matched, fits me impeccably and is made to last fills me with all the heart eyes.  

So, this brings this tale to the past week when, in my quest to tidy up my sewing space (and to do some de-stashing), I realized that I am, in fact, a pattern hoarder.  Now I realize that many sewist share this affliction, but really, it's out of hand.  While I sat amidst a pile of unwanted patterns, it occurred to me that I would never in my lifetime have the time to fit/muslin and sew up all of these patterns.  It was a heartbreaking realization because I love them all so much (don't judge).  However, It was in that moment of dejection that I had my grand idea of a challenge!

Drumroll . . . . . . . . . I have picked one pattern that contains a dress, jacket, skirt, and pair pants.  For the rest of March, I plan on fitting each of these four garments to my person, then for the remainder of the year, I am going to hack and pattern draft the you-know-what out of these four patterns.  What do you think?  Here is the pattern I have chosen:

I know what you all must be thinking.  Really?  But it's so forma and "working woman"?  Well, you would be right.  However, I have mentioned in the past the importance of ignoring the artwork on patterns and instead just looking at the line drawings, which are here:

As you can see, there are actually five patterns here, but since B is really just A with long sleeves and a longer body, we are going to count them together as one.  Now look at this pattern.  It is full of basic shapes.  Also, this one comes with the customizable bust pieces (we all know my love for these!).  My mind is already overflowing with the pattern alterations/drafting I can do to each one of these.  I'm so excited!!!!!

So, here is how the challenge is going to go.  For the first four months (April, May, June and July), I will pick one pattern that I will then change into all sort of iterations, starting with a garment made from the original so you can see the difference.  The last half of the year (August, September, October, and November) I will make all the pieces again, but as winter versions to show how easily adaptable this pattern can be for all seasons!

What do you say?  Anyone else as excited as I am to see how far one pattern can go?  Here is a breakdown of the schedule going forward for the rest of the year:

April - Spring/Summer Skirts

May - Spring/Summer Dresses

June - Shorts

July - Spring/Summer jackets

August - Fall/Winter Skirts

September - Fall/Winter Dresses

October - Pants

November - Fall/Winter jackets and coats

December - Round up!

In an essence, these patterns will become pattern slopers as I move forward in changing and adapting their lines.  If anyone else is interested in joining me, let me know and I can set up a Facebook group and hashtag.  Also, as we move forward, I will be showing an overview of what I did to the base pattern to achieve the new look, but if anyone is really interested in a tutorial or YouTube video, let me know that as well.

Until next time!