Knickers. Shorts. Kidney warmers. Bikinis, brazilians, midis or thongs… Call them what you will. Sometimes, we fly by the seat of them.
There’s a shared joke in the author community that a writer is either a plotter or a pantser:
Plotter – you plan out your entire book carefully before committing a single word to paper.
Pantser – you plan out your entire book carefully before … NO, YOU DON’T! You get bored after filling in the first index card and start scribbling furiously, making it all up as you go along. You fly by the seat of your pants.
I have a theory that Sewists are the same. Me? I’m a pantser. I have tried to plan my sewing. But honestly, my creativity hates it. I prefer to wander from project to project, waiting to spot a bolt of fabric or sewing pattern that inspires me.
I’ve learnt a few tricks along the way to ensure I have a wardrobe that actually works – select use of prints, careful choice of fabrics, eyeing up the more eccentric details of a pattern – but other than that, I dream, I hope, I play. Planning doesn’t happen much at all.
Of course, just to make matters even more complicated (and why the heck not?) you can also be a plantster – a combination of the two! So, which are you? If you tell me about your indexed 5-year-plan I’ll gasp in awe. Or fear. No, definitely awe… 😉