I don't usually post about upcoming projects, preferring to blog about completed ones instead. I guess I want to avoid any feeling of expectation in case I decide to go off on a tangent and do something different instead. But for reasons stated above, this project could do with a catalyst and maybe announcing my plans will provide that. So let me divulge. My intention is to use the vintage Vogue pattern pictured above that featured in my Recent Acquisitions post. Incidentally, if anyone knows of a site that can date undated vintage patterns, I'd be very grateful if you could leave a comment. In that post I mentioned a desire to basically recreate View E, the green version. However, after a trawl of Brighton's limited range of fabric shops, a lack of suitable green fabric resulted in me coming home with some lovely midnight blue wool instead. Ok, so squint and try to invision this in midnight blue:
Nice? Let's hope so. However, I find keeping the momentum to continue through a major project very difficult to sustain, and it's easy for such a project to become a drag rather than a pleasure. The aforementioned leopard coat, for example, had me going crazy after weeks of staring at the same unfinished garment, the progress of which appeared to move at the pace of a snail. So, to keep myself plugging forward I'm going to treat each stage of planning and construction of this coat as a series of little goals. And to help me to this, I am going to deploy a new piece of technology that my boyfriend recently discovered: Todobedobedo. This beta site was actually developed in Hove, just down the road from where I am currently typing. It allows you to create lists of tasks that you can 'tick off' as you complete them, and you receive encouraging little missives for your trouble. In no way does this offer you more you could achieve with a pen and paper and a little self-congratulation, but for me the process of seeing each planned task on a computer screen somehow make it feel more official and, therefore, me more accountable!
So, I thought out the first chunk of steps required for my coat project and created a new list (careful not to add too many steps in advance that may make the project appear too intimidating) and so far it looks like this:
I'll update you on this method as a way to structure a scary sewing project. In the meantime, if anyone has any other tips on how they passify themselves in the face of a massive project or ideas on how to break down and structure the construction tasks, please share!