Designing is an iterative process for me. I've said this before, but I usually need to physically do something to figure it out and having a finished thing in front of me helps me envision more clearly how to make it better. I do sketch a lot, and though I'm getting better at swatching and plotting measurements beforehand, most of the time I still end up diving in with little more than a rough idea of what I want.
I finished this prototype a few weeks ago. I've been inspired lately by garments with simple but interesting constructions and minimal shaping - I love how clean and modern they look, and not having to fiddle too much with calculating increases and decreases is a plus in my book. This one still needs some work - I like it but it's not quite what I imagined. Now that I've worn it a few times to test it out, I think I know what needs to be adjusted and will be starting work on version 2 (hopefully) very soon. Stay tuned!