Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Confessions of a distracted seamstress...

...if I can even call myself a seamstress!

So I have discovered that I have a terrible habit. I LOVE planning what project I should make next. I love looking through pattern books, surfing ebay and etsy for vintage patterns, browsing and fondling fabric, making sketches in my little note book that sits snug in my get the idea. But it seems that once I go out and finally buy the pattern, fabric and required notions, sit down and start to sew...I get distracted. Daydreams come into my head of other wonderful things I could make and I end up planning something else and my old project sits rejected and lonely on my (rather messy) sewing table.

If you don't believe me, I refer you to the following exhibits:

Exhibit 1: New Look 6895
I started this way back in June or July when it was still nice and hot ( by N.I. standards...reaching a balmy 17 degrees C on a good day!). All I have left to do is bind the sleeves and hem it...but I keep putting it off. That material has a mind of its own and I know that the binding is going to be a real pain! So it sits, waiting....

Exhibit 2: New Look 6902 muslin
Mysterious photo right? I made a muslin ages ago for New Look 6902 and progressed to making the dress up in purple and red, but I always thought that the dress looked really nice in the cream, with a quirky raw aspect to it. I had a brainwave to try out a new technique with it and I have to say it turned out brilliant. I'm so pleased with how it turned out. But I wanted to add a black band to the hem...and it's still sitting at the moment to be finished!!! This will definitely be dealt with soon because i really want to share this project with you!!

Exhibit 3: Matching bag for the muslin dress
I'm a little bit sad about this project. I started off super excited to make a matching bag to my muslin dress (exhibit 2) and I used the curvy clutch pattern that I used for my Queen of Hearts bag. The first time I made this bag it turned out really well, but for some reason the lining of this one didn't sit flat. I was really disappointed because i had been beavering away at this with the plan to wear the dress and bag out for my 30th birthday, but once I got to the lining problem I knew I didn't have enough free time to fix it before the big day, so it sits waiting.....

Exhibit 4: Butterick 5353
I mentioned in an earlier post about my plans to make this dress. Well here is a shot of my progress with the muslin! I decided to make the muslin in this nice Ikea fabric in the hopes that if it turns out well I will have a wearable dress out of it. But so far I have just sewn the two front princess seams in the main fabric. The next stage is to sew the princess seams in the lining...and it's so slippery and unfriendly that I'm a bit nervous to start it. So it sits waiting....

Exhibit 5: Straight skirt from Burda Magazine
Oh dear, I don't even want to talk about this one! From the same post as before I foolishly announced to the interweb my intentions to make this nice straight skirt from Burda Magazine out of this navy check. I worked away at this and kept trying it on along the way and all looked well. Then I sewed on the waistband and sewed in a really lovely invisible zip, even if I do say so myself. I was feeling rather pleased with myself. Then I tried it on...what the heck?!!! The waistband was massive and the skirt sat in the wrong place on my waist/hips. Waaaa. And to make matters worse I learnt a valuable lesson about working with lines....don't trust them!!! I 'straighted' up the hem prior to hemming and discovered I had made it soooooo much worse and the skirt was now way too short to fix. So this project has turned into what the sewing world seems to call 'wadder'. I could try and tackle the waistband again, but to be honest I can't bring myself to look at it yet!!! So it sits waiting...

Exhibit 6 (yes 6!!!): Secret Project
Ooooo another mysterious one! Well the only reason this one is mysterious is because it's nearly finished and I have a horrible feeling that I'm not going to like the end result!!!! Keeping my fingers crossed that it will all come together at the end, and with a little bit of accessorizing it will be great, if perhaps a tad eccentric!

So there you have it - is that enough proof of my problem?!! Does anyone else suffer from this terrible disease? Does anyone have any solutions or remedies? Will I ever finish another project again?!

And do you know what...I have two NEW projects I'm about to start - I'll post about them next!


  1. Ha ha! I understand where you are coming from. I love to start a new project-- read through the pattern, choose new fabrics, etc. But I also tend to lose steam sometimes. Good luck finishing some of these up!

  2. I'm the same. My favorite part of the project is the very beginning. Which means I constantly have a massive to-sew pile!

  3. Hi Girls - glad to hear it's not just me that has loads of projects on the go at the same time!!! Thanks for your comments :)

  4. I'm the same, I always have lots on the go! I actually think I'm more productive that way, as I jump around doing whatever I'm most interested in. Eventually it all gets done!
    I love the planning phase best, too. Good luck getting it all done!

  5. You must finish the Butterick pattern with the Ikea fabric! I made this one and it turned out even better than I expected! Here is a link to how mine turned out:

  6. Oh wow ApachesPrincess - your blue version of the Butterick dress is stunning! Yep, I def need to get moving and get that dress finished - I'll be happy if it turns out even half as nice as yours! Thanks for your comment :)


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