Even though I'm a rather messy, creative type, I do love organizing. My buttons are sorted by color into little bins, My bias tape is folded and stored in rainbow order. My fabric is neatly folded and organized (until I decide to take it out and start playing, then the fabric is EVERYWHERE). When it comes to organizing my sewing projects, I'm a little more haphazard. I keep a very long list of things that I'd like to make and put the top ones on my blogging calendar. Nonetheless, I'm very easily distracted by new ideas and occasionally make detours from the list.
Last month I made a visit to Portland and was lucky enough to stop by the Colette studio and meet the wonderful folks behind Colette Patterns and Seamwork Magazine. It was really lovely to see their space and meet them in person. While I was there, they gave me an advance copy of their new Sewing Planner. It's a fantastic journal/planner made just for us garment sewists. And just the thing to up my project planning game.
The planner is a beautiful spiral book with a hard back cover. It will lay flat for all your note taking and be protected by the sturdy cover. It starts with a section to make notes about your style, preferences and measurements. Then there are two big sections where you can plan your projects. One section is for Spring/Summer and the other for Fall/Winter which is a nice way to keep your seasonal wardrobe organized. I really love that there are lots of project pages cause I love making LOTS of things. Then in the back of the book is a section of helpful resources with sewing term definitions and information about needle types and things. Throughout the book are little sewing tips. I've already found a few helpful gems in there!
I've really been enjoying playing with the journal and taking my planning from apps into a physical form. I love that I can flip through the pages and get visual of my current and future wardrobe. I'm also hoping that it will help me keep better notes on projects because sometimes I just can't be bothered to go to the ol' laptop and write something down. Plus I'll be able to keep all my drawings in there too.
To get your own Colette Sewing Planner, head over to their shop. It's a great resource to add to your collection and as the holiday season approaches it's a great item to add to your wish list and your gift list too!