Sometimes sewing is a quick, gratifying experience for me. Other times, I feel like I am doing the same thing over and over again.
I’m not talking about the act of sewing in general, but rather perfecting a project.
Sometimes I feel like I’m spinning my wheels.
There are times I find myself thinking “aren’t I finished yet?” before I even start working on the actual piece.
Of course, a lot of that is my own fault — I’m not working from a purchased pattern. I’m working from a drawing in a book, and trying to size it or make changes to it. It doesn’t help that I’m still learning as I go along.
For example, on my current project, I’m trying to make a jacket to wear in time for an 18th century party in a couple of weeks.
I made the initial pattern from the drawing, and then used some scrap fabric to test it out on my dress form. I made the changes I needed to make and then made a better mock-up that I tried on myself. It fit better, but there are still a few final things I need to adjust.
I just feel like I wasted even scrap fabric (an old sheet, so it got some use before it was tossed out) and the “fabric” I use to make my patterns. The sort of changes I had to make would have made a mess of piecing it together, so I started from scratch on some of the pattern pieces.
It doesn’t help when you’re still not feeling great about the project itself.
I keep second-guessing myself on this project. It wasn’t going to be my first jacket, and the style is different than what I’m used to seeing.
I’m still unfamiliar with 18th century clothing and how it’s supposed to feel to start with, so add garments that are even a little different than I expect (and working from drawings only, no less)… well, it can seem a little bit like wandering around in the dark.
I also have some other projects I want to finish in time as well, so I really need to get finished with this jacket!
I’m still happy with any small victories.
Even still, I’m very pleased with the sleeves so far. I did have to make a second pattern piece for the sleeve, because it wasn’t as full as I thought it was at first, but the mock-up sleeve turned out very nice. I’m hopeful the final version will be just as good.
Also, as I mentioned I’m still learning, so I’ve been happy with my ability to see an issue somewhere on the garment, and be able to adjust it to fit better.
Now to make the final pattern and start working on the actual jacket. I just hope it turns out nice enough. I’m sure once I’m dressed up and having fun with my friends, I won’t worry about it, but I’ll probably see photos later and pick out all the details I don’t like.
I just keep reminding myself it’s more important to get some things finished and worry about the bigger details later.
I still can’t help sometimes but look at my “To Do” list, how much is left on it, and then stare at the current project/s and feel like I’ve walked into a very tall building with only a stairway winding up and up and up. You think of all that repetitive work just to get to the top, only to walk back down and do it all over again.
Then again, there are all those pretty-pretties to be made and worn, so obviously it must be worth it.
How about the rest of you? Do you go through the same frustration with things, especially when it comes to perfection and fitting? How do you keep your spirits up? Especially when you need to hurry up and finish something, but don’t want to end up hating it later.