Sewing basic, daily-wear garments is a top priority on my list of sewing goals for 2013. Yet, three-quarters of the way through the year, I haven't worked very diligently towards achieving that priority.
It's very easy to fall in love with the envelop art on vintage dress patterns, regardless of their practicality. I have a hard time trying to convince myself against sewing them exclusively. However, my daily uniform is much more consistent with the list I made here than it is with tulle petticoats and frilly dresses.
So, why is it a complete chore for me to regroup my focus towards more versatile and practical garments? In addition to their overwhelming function, garments like this Scout Tee or the Datura Blouses I sewed earlier this summer are MUCH simpler and far less time consuming than say... the 40's dress I sewed for Rochelle's Sew for Victory SAL.
As a person with limited sewing time, isn't that time better spent working on garments that will see repeated use and wear? While making 'staples' doesn't excite me quite the way it does to hand stitch a hem on a full skirted party dress, I do adore them when they're finished. I've already worn my scout tee a handful of times since I finished it.
Or, should a crafter with limited hours to devote to her craft work exclusively on projects that make her heart flutter?
How do you choose your projects? Are you the type to sew/knit only those things that you know you'll wear, or do you throw practicality to the wayside? Have you discovered the secret to achieving balance and harmony between these two worlds? Do tell!