The Brazil SWAP
One good thing about having a craft allowance is that it forces you to focus and plan. I'm 25 days into the year and I'm pretty proud of myself for averting so much temptation so early on, such as the 5 for $5 Simplicity deal and 50% of the notions wall at Joanns and other friend-sponsored enabling (you know who you are)! One way to keep my eyes away from temptation is to devise a plan, determine a goal and to make sure my craft allowance brings me closer to that goal, my prize if you will. As they say, keep your eye on the prize. The plan and the prize .... *drum roll* ... is a new wardrobe!
Yes, you heard me right, a wardrobe. I'm traveling to Brazil at the end of May and I decided that I wanted to sew my wardrobe (most of it) for the trip. I'm officially going to be doing my own SWAP (Sewing with a Plan). I was first turned onto this through Pattern Review's contest last year. A SWAP basically involves coming up with a wardrobe based on key garments. PR's contest this year consists 4 tops, 4 bottoms, 1 jacket or dress and 1 accessory. I am by no means entering the contest this year but I am taking inspiration from last year's winner, Eric B, and Trena, who sewed a wardrobe for her Big Fat Greek Holiday.
This is where I need your input. I need to decide what garments I need and what patterns to sew. I'll be in Brazil for two weeks and want easy to care for (but not frumpy or boring) clothes and at least one "party" dress. It will be late fall but still in the 70s or so. So this wardrobe will definitely take me right into summer when I get back. I'm currently thinking about 11 pieces, 5 tops, 3 bottoms, 2 dresses and 1 jacket. Time to weigh in folks.