Jul 22, 2014

Planning Ahead - PPO

Project management, planning & organization (and thinking ahead).  As with any project, PPO is very important!  Unless, of course, you've already done it a million times before and you know the process inside out.  So when planning a sewing project, you kind of have to think it through on the front end.  Not just fabric you want to sew it from, but when you're designing from a your body blueprint (a sloper), you need to think through the entire project.

This is actually easier than it may initially sound, since the majority of you reading this blog already know how to sew.  The following are preliminary questions:
  • What do you want it to look like?
  • What are the dominant design features?
  • What pattern pieces will be the major players - like fronts - back - sleeve?
  • What pattern pieces are needed in the supporting role - like facings - plackets - collar - cuffs?
  • What length do you want?
  • How much ease do you want?
  • Will it be sewn from a knit or woven fabric?
  • How is it all going to go together - the sewing construction steps?
  • Do you know of a garment in ready-to-wear (or perhaps one hanging in your wardrobe) that you can copy?
  • Do you have an old commercial pattern somewhere in your pattern stash that can help?

To help you 'see your way' through the initial designing of a sewing project, we produced a video looking at what to evaluate when drawing and copying a ready-to-wear blouse.  Blogger cooperated this time and let me paste this video into the blog.  I hope you'll take the few minutes to watch my thought process and also where to get SFD resources to help you find the information you need for your desired sewing project.
Perhaps this will help you in designing your next project with your SFD body blueprint.  Whether it's a blouse (from the Dress Kit), pants or a dartless casual shirt (from the Shirt Kit) the information presented should assist.

Here's a photo of the finished blouse.   You know the old saying 'Practice makes perfect'... and though it's not difficult...it does get easier with each new project.

Yes, it's a sheer fabric, which I seldom wear.  And if you'd like to know more about working with sheers (and my sheer experience), make sure you reference these 2 short blogs:

Glenda...the Good Stitch!


  1. Very Helpful! Thanks for posting this.

  2. You are most welcome. The planning part is equally as important as the sewing part.

  3. Yet another very informative video! Nicely done. Seems like no matter how thorough I think I'm being, one or two design details manage to escape my attention and I have to figure out how to deal with it after the fact. All part of the learning process, right? It's been an adventure - mildly frustrating at times (because I'm an impatient perfectionist - LOL) but mostly a whole lot of fun.

  4. Thanks for these helpful posts. I can't wait to apply them.