Ugh, what a title. That’s too much. That title is like when you say ‘just one piece of broccoli Mum’ and she gives you 3 and smiles at you like she’s giving you a gift. The gift of NOPE. Nope, and vitamins.
Hennyway, this week for me has been about knocking a few projects off the Unfinished Business pile. That psychological barrier to new and exciting projects. The mountain of YeahIWillGetToItShutUp.
My piles, let me show you them (I messed them around a bit to make you feel better, honest)
First cab off the rank is a shirt I’ve had cut out for about a month now. Ugh. It’s in this beatiful thick cotton and it’s covered in beetles! Yay! Which works in well for my Witching for Winter fashuns theme. I am lazy, and not in the mood for drafting, so it’s sleeveless. Which hopefully means I can be Satanic in Summer or something equally flippant. Yeah!
I used my tried and true blouse pattern for this one (remember?) and I’m happy with it. Bit … gapey in the sleeve holes, but I’ll be wearing it with long sleeve tops over/under it so who cares, mang. I used a slightly different technique in attaching the tie to the neckline, in that I paid attention to the line I was sewing and ironed things. It’s worked marvellously in the past for things I’ve made for other people, so why not for me!
Second project is the horror of the tracky dacks dress. I’ve made one of these before and while comfy, definitely makes me feel about 4 years old. I’ve made it into a more low cut, flouncy skirt thing, to give it a bit of difference but let’s be honest kids. I’m dressing for a play date. I remember Mum once telling me that she used to get a bit of grief for dressing me in black when I was a baby. Thankfully, that was in no way a precurser for how I dress as an adult. Now look at me! Wearing colour all the…oh.
This dress was a bit finicky to do. Tracksuit pant material can be a real bastard to sew. It stretches as you sew, almost like lycra, if you’re not painstakingly guiding it through and not allowing it to stretch, you’re gonna end up with this noise.
ROLLED EDGES. UGH. RAGE. Well, it would be rage if a) it wasn’t a tracksuit dress that I will only be wearing on weekends and b) I was making it for someone other than me, the sloppiest of all slops. This dress is comfy as hell. So warm! And FITS LIKE A GLOVE. It’s about as sexy as a tracksuit pants material dress can be. I think. It doesn’t look too bad and will break me out of my jeans-long jumper-sneakers uniform when I’m not working. That’s all I ask.
Look, these two pieces are not much. And the photos are terrible. But they’re two projects I wanted to get done in a pile of about 30 for myself and 12 for other people. I will always put other people’s and paid sewing work ahead of my own stuff, because that’s the professional thing to do but sometimes I just need to make things that remind me of why I started sewing to begin with. Fun clothes. Stuff that no one else has. Me stuff. Me me me. And if you’re wondering why I’m not in the pictures, it’s because it’s COLD and RAINING and I DIDN’T WANNA GET WET. So ner. But yes, sewing stuff for myself makes me feel good. Even when it fucks up. Because I made it. Let’s not get all metaphysical here, but I think the completion of two projects I’ve been putting off has brightened my world a little.
So. The REAL purpose of this post though, is to gee-up other people into completeing one thing off your Unfinished Business pile. I want to see some commitment, you guys, and I’ll accept small projects. What’s something you’ve had cut out and waiting to go for ages, but you just can’t bring yourself to make?
Tell me. I’ll listen. I’ll encourage. I’ll send you a lolly for finishing. A real actual lolly. We can all look at our finished products and feel nice and say nice things to each other!
Won’t that be great? We’ll GET STUFF DONE. We’ll ACHIEVE GOALS. We’ll KICK ARSE. We’ll GROW BEARDS.
Well, maybe not that last one.