Now that I have finished sewing, I need to take photographs for the Stitcher's Guild Sewing With A Plan challenge.
This is harder than it may seem, particularly as the only way I seem to be able to manage to fill the requirements of these plans is to sew more garments than are actually required. Now I have to choose.
This year, I was aware of my basic planning problems, and did not start out with a strict storyboard and list of patterns and fabrics. Instead I made a knitted cardigan first, and pulled out all the fabrics that I thought might co-ordinate with the cardigan. I started sewing outfits - a bottom and a top, pretty much as patterns took my fancy, only restricting myself to wovens, and "office suitable" patterns. This random tendency meant I had to meet the extra criteria (buttons as a feature and pattern or stripe matching right at the end- but I have already ranted about this and am trying to forget how tricky it became)
I ended up using mostly fabric I selected at the begining, only introducing some white batiste at the last stages.
I have 7 blouses, 6 bottoms, and 2 short sleeved cardigans from which to select 6 blouses, 4 bottoms, and one additional item.
First I think I will exclude the non-photogenic items. One of the blouses has a slight rayon shiny stripe through it which looks smart in real life, but very tacky in every photograph so far. This is rather annoying as it is one of my favourite garments. Another 2 bottoms, made from the same fabric as each other, show every minor crease and wrinkle in photographs, but I may end up including one of them because I really like the topstitching.
Just to make things more tricky, the weather is very windy, and now raining.
I am almost sure that photography is harder than sewing.
I think this is the best wardrobe I have sewn so far. I wonder if it becomes easier with practice?