Spring Sewing Projects - What Do You Plan to Sew?
We've been talking here in the Threads offices about sewing projects - we do that all the time, of course, but in this case it was about our own sewing projects! Every sewer has their own system for getting things done - and if you're not able to accomplish what you set out to do, it's frustrating. It's also very difficult to get yourself out of a workstyle rut.
I think sewers fall into two primary groups: The Finishers and the Fresh-starters.
I admire Finishers - they have their eye on the prize, the completed project. They rarely start another project before they complete the first. They follow through, and I suspect their projects are successful more often than mine because they are completed in a continuous process. I should know better - if I get frustrated and put something aside, I'm not going to magically know how to do it when I pick it up again months or years later.
Fresh-starters on the other hand - and this is the group I fall into - get all excited about starting a project, but their enthusiasm and energy wane before the project gets done. Unfortunately, unfinished work doesn't deter them from starting something new.
I told April Mohr, Threads' adminstrative assistant, about my new "system" - a seam a night. You can rarely stop after just one seam, but it makes projects less daunting and you always make progress. April says it's helping her accomplish some sewing and I hope it gets me through these simple projects - three dresses I'd like to finish this month. A Burda 7517 dress in linen, Vogue 1091 by Tom and Linda Platt in a lightweight knit, and Vogue 1150, a Cynthia Steffe mini-dress with topstiching and a zipper with constrast applique.
I'm not allowed to start anything else until I get these three done, but I'm hoping that slow and steady progress with these dresses will turn me into a finisher of projects. I'll give you an update near the end of the month.
What is your advice about finishing sewing projects? Do you have a system? Or do you approach sewing as wholly creative outlet - to be worked on only when you're inclined to do so? I used to do that, but I've reached a point where purchased fabric and patterns are encroaching on project space!
Posted on Apr 1st, 2010 in sewing, seam, vogue, zippers, commercial patterns, Burda, sewing projects, dresses, sewing patterns, garment making, tom and linda platt, cynthia steffe