Sewing guilt, or finishing unfinished projects
Does anyone else do this... not let yourself begin any new projects if you have a couple of unfinished projects hanging over your head? Especially if those unfinished projects involved an outlay of money? I do this all the time. Part of my reactionary nature involves never wanting to do the things I have to do, even if they are self-imposed 'have to's'. I love beginning things, but have never been so good at finishing them. But then I feel guilty about not finishing them so I can't enjoy my new project, and so on, and so on.
Well, this week, I alleviated some sewing guilt. First, I finished a dress I had been working on for P. I didn't mean for this to turn into a long term project, but it was a far fussier pattern than I had anticipated and took twice as long. I love the way it turned out, and better yet, P. likes it. But since it has taken me so long to finish she will have to layer a turtleneck underneath to wear it.
The front (the blue fabric is some I picked up on sale at IKEA):
And the back:
The other project I tackled was to cut into the fabric I bought to make a new futon cover for the schoolroom. It was not inexpensive fabric, even though I found it on sale, and it has sat in my bedroom for over a month waiting for me to get up the nerve to cut out the pieces. Having made that first cut, I'm zipping along putting it together. Well, until I ran out of thread this afternoon, that is. I should be able to finish it this weekend. Can you hear my deep sigh of relief? I'd much rather sew clothes than home dec projects, so I will be happy when it's done.
Because what I want to tackle next is making a skirt pattern from scratch for A. She and I have picked out the fabric from my stash and found a style that she likes. All I have to do is follow the instructions and draft the pattern. I'm excited to try. Plus, I learned (finally) how to put in zippers and not have them look like a 9th grade home ec project and I want to try out my new skills.
I see much sewing in my future now that I have cleared the mental decks from unfinished project guilt.