Oh, this is a tricky question for me. It always trips me up when people ask this because I don’t always know how to best answer.
When I begin to sew I never know what I’m going to make so it really depends. Sometimes I see a textile in an antique shop and immediately know what I want it to become, other times I’ll get an idea for a garment at the most ridiculous time, like while I’m in the shower or while I’m at the grocery store and I’ll have to drop everything and rush to my sewing studio like a madwoman.
Once I’m there, I pick up the first fabric that catches my eye and make the piece before I lose the thought. I don’t use patterns, so my process is pretty sporadic and spur of the moment, it does make for truly one of a kind pieces, though! I like to use the unusable because I feel like they have more personality, the pristine pieces are too straight and narrow for me, I almost feel like they judge my process. The pieces with flaws feel authentic and real.