As someone who spent a decade as a high school teacher, long term planning is apart of my DNA. And even if I hadn’t spent years in the profession, my personality definitely lends itself to organization and lots of templates….except in my sewing studio. That looks a hot mess most of the time! Creativity doesn’t always lend itself to order, however, I have found that planning out projects has been vital to not only accomplishing my goals, but feeling focused. Whether I need to complete a gown by a certain date, remember to try a new technique on an item, or take advantage of a fabric sale because I know I will have a need for it, being organized is so helpful!
I find that many naturally feel this way around the New Year. And while I still feel that my “new year” always begins around September (once a teacher, always a teacher), I find my creative juices practically explode come January. So in case this sounds like you, I have decided to share with you all the templates I use when planning not only a projects, but also for the year as a whole. I added a few instructions as well!
I usually try to plan a few gowns (at least one from a new time period), repair any worn undergarments, and then make sure that I have left enough space to take on any custom orders or stock items that are needed.