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Pattern Queue or Pattern Scrum


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Sometimes stereotypes aren’t too wide of the mark. English people do take queuing very seriously.

If there is a line we’ll join the end, and we’ll proceed to the front in the order we joined. Anyone attempting to jump the rightful order of the queue will receive some very dirty looks. Unless they are over retirement age, then it’s ok.

With that in mind, I find it hard to describe my upcoming sewing projects as a queue. If it were a queue they would wait in line and each get sewn in the order they were added. What actually happens is that I have, in my head, a ‘huddle’ of patterns waiting to be sewn soon, not necessarily in any clear order. Even worse, newer patterns are liable to leap frog straight to the front, and some poor patterns wait for years before their turn comes.

A pattern scrum as it were, or, at least, not a very English type of pattern queue.


Author: Charlotte

Sewist, crafter & blogger, based in Birmingham, England. I'm spending the year growing and gathering to create natural dyes and enhance my sewing projects. Find me at www.englishgirlathome.com

14 thoughts on “Pattern Queue or Pattern Scrum

  1. I do the same, then lose track of what I was planning to make! I recently saw Lladybird’s sewing room and how she organises her planned projects, using swatches and line drawings for each one. Some thing clicked so now I’m planning my own!

  2. A scrum is pretty much how I’d describe mine! I start off with a vague idea of the order in which I’m going to sew patterns, but that always changes just because I fancy sewing something different. I don’t think it’s too much of a problem, but I could do with planning my projects better for the season.

    • Yeah I think it’s good not to be too organised at home, as setting too many deadlines just gets tiring. But agreed – I end up sewing summer projects in the winter & visa versa because that’s when I finally get around to them, & then can’t wear them for months😅

  3. Sometimes the fabric dictates the pattern choice so that one just has to jump the queue.

  4. Yep, it’s a scrum here too. I’ve decided that it’s betterthat way. That way if a spot a wardrobe gap or a “must-have” I don’t feel guilty that it’s jumped the queue. My goals for the year tend to be more skill-orientated.

  5. Pattern scrum for me, planning is for work, sewing is a hobby and fun, so I just sew whatever I feel like, which is constantly changing.

    • Agreed! I’m a project manager in my day job, but at home I prefer not to plan too far ahead. There’s definitely a risk that if you’re too organised it becomes like work

  6. I’ve started putting my sketches in a notebook that I fell in love with.
    I enjoy the drawing aspect and the cuteness level of the notebook appeases the stationary fiend in me.
    With the sketches I put any changes to the pattern I’m planning, possible colour/fabric ideas and any notions I will need. I think this keeps me in check with plans and so I don’t forget any dreamy combo’s that I magically come up with!

    • Good plan. I’m also a lover of nice stationary. I bought a Fashionary with the intention of planning outfits, but have so far neglected it. Keeping notes of changes, etc. also sounds like a good reminder for future blog posts – as I sometimes forget what I’ve altered by the time I get around to blogging.

  7. I made the lou lou dress. It works great ! You may want to check the blog post here: The Lou lou dress

  8. Haha that’s totally the way it is in my house. It’s cutthroat and you never know who might jump to the top of the list 😀

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