Notebook of a Beginner Sewist, Sewing Journal

Notebook of a Beginner Sewist 14: Mental Organization

Evening. A quick post here. As I’m sure you may noticed, I haven’t sewn since March. I’ve been distracted by other crafts although I have had no trouble buying fabric ^__^ when there were sales.

To get back into sewing, I’ve been mentally preparing byself by getting somewhat organized to rev up my sewjo.

Sewing Bucket List

I’m sure many of you have some kind of bucket list? How do you keep track of it?

On IG you can save posts. For my sewing account I would save them in categories. In my sewing journal, originally I had made lists of garments I wanted to sew. However after a while, I found these saved items and these listings not helpful because I would forget what the patterns would look like. So I decided to do this:

  1. Screenshot the patterns I want to make or have made.
  2. Manipulate their pixels so they’d be smaller in size.
  3. Arrange the pictures onto a Microsoft document.
  4. Print them out (our laser printer only prints in black and white).
  5. Cut and glue them into the corresponding sections:
    • jumpsuits
    • pants
    • skirts
    • tops
    • dresses
    • keiki

Now I have logged visuals of what I have made and what I’d like to make some day.

Sewing Journal of Projects

I had another journal in stash, an A5 from Daiso most likely, and decided to use it for the details of each sewing make.

Project Details: Monthly Markers

I decided that monthly markers were necessary and used my journaling skills:

  • brush lettering
  • washi tape
  • stamps

Project Details: Sketches

I used to draw a lot as a kid. Now as an adult, my perfectionism gets in the way and makes me dislike drawing.

With this paper I was unable to cheat by tracing off of the instructions of patterns, but I was able to use the grid squares to decently draw symmetrical drawings:

Sometimes the monthly marker artwork from the back bled or showed up through the page. For the Cleo Skirt drawing I drew it on another piece of blank paper and cut it out to glue it into the rectangle. I may have to do more of this in the future.

Now I have no more excuses to procrastinate. I have fabric that needs ironing.

Two former, PTA mums and I have a scheduled GNO next Saturday. I was planning on making another Wiksten Shift in an espresso linen to wear with a turquoise-stone, Paparazzi jewelry set I had won during a live broadcast that my sorority sister had hosted on FB a few months ago. I got work to do!

Thanks for popping by. I hope you and yours are safe and healthy. TTYS.

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