Design Process

I’ve been thinking alot about the process of design lately particularly because I’m working on some of my own designs right now. I’m feeling a little chaotic about it and have identified the problem as simply being too organic in my approach of the bigger picture. Or maybe it’s just that I’ve got ideas buzzing around in my head and the ideas keep evolving and spiralling out and growing arms like an octopus. Fair’s fair, I’m still developing it but I’m starting to feel abit bonkers. The bottom line? I’m too damn freestylely and it leads to dispersion not consolidation.

Anyway, three things have happened over the last days:

I saw my friend who is branding her new business and had done her branding book thingy – it was impressive and I could see SO HELPFUL.

I had a conversation with my BF about his Architectural design process and it was enlightening (more on that in another post it’s too long for this one).

And I got a newsletter all about how being super clear about who your customer is will help you get making again when inevitably your ideas and inspiration dry up.

It all points to adopting a methodology for my creative process – something to jump off of, to fall in to and fall back on. I think this is the way of being satisfied and successful.

Action / Inertia / Micro Movements

Still no time to sew lately but am getting into my pattern making bit by bit. Had an idea that if I wrote a list of goals for every day it would help me be more focused on getting things done in the days even if that just means ticking off the fact that i got my book open to the right page and read some design notes. It’s helped not only to get me moving again (have had epic inertia due to time restraints coupled with overwhelming list of ‘want to do!’) but it’s made me much more cheerful. This is a super improvement as I don’t like myself when I’m all negative and sleep dep makes me so.

Yay for me. And for baby C he’s almost crawling.

Separation Anxiety, Sleepless Nights and (no) Sewing

This week has been tricky. Actually the last couple of weeks have been. Baby C has developed separation anxiety and will NOT go in the pram, will NOT go to babysitter, will NOT be put down. Not even for a seam. And the nights aren’t going so well either…I am so bleary eyed and lacking in enthusiasm due to sleep dep things have ground to an almost halt around here.

We had family visiting the week before last (before the anxiety set in) which meant that I did finish the collar for my dress but when I went to attach it it didn’t fit properly. I fiddled with it for awhile then put it down again. I really want to finish that dress but with so little time on my hands am now thinking I should put it away for later (since I prob won’t be wearing it) and do fun things. *Sigh* The problem with that is it makes me feel defeated. So maybe i’ll just give the collar a break and go on to the sleeves when I can get back to it.

How on earth do women manage to have children and do stuff? I understand the work / life / child balancing act issue now, phew, any advice won’t go unappreciated!

OK, off to mash some banana for C to smash down. At least the burp cloths are still coming in handy.

Seersucker dreaming

Whoa Baby!

I love seersucker. You don’t see it around much. I found this in a secondhand store. Can you imagine my glee – 3 metres of original seersucker from the 70’s!

It was the perfect summer look for a heavily preggas lady.

Pip Lincolne’s book Sew La Tea Do has some super easy patterns of which i’ve made a few.

This is the Sunny Day Dress.

Sunny Day Dress

Classic Retro Seersucker

Classic Retro Seersucker