No blog updates lately, but I’ve been sewing!

I haven’t been posting as much lately, but I’ve been very busy!

It actually started getting to me, feeling like I’ve not been productive. Being able to mark something off of my To Do List as well as post photos online and update my costume gallery helps make me feel as if I’m making progress.

Unfortunately, many of the projects I have been working on need other layers or accessories I want to finish before I post photos.

I’m on a tight deadline to finish some outfits for upcoming events. I’m also trying some new things which probably wasn’t wise to do on a deadline, but I can’t help it — it’s what I wanted to do with this project.

Sadly, I’m having a little bit of a nervous “oh no, did I pick the wrong fabric?” moment with the current project, but hopefully it will work out in the end. That’s the trouble with working from a black and white fashion plate for inspiration. My mind made associations and then stubbornly stuck to it.

Also, picking the bodice colors I did will help me be able to pair it with other skirts for a specific event in July. If I had picked the color I have a feeling it was supposed to be, I would have needed a whole new outfit for the July event.

The “new thing” I’m trying was going smoothly until the last step I worked on Friday. I’m sure some of it has to do with the fact that I probably didn’t do something I should have, but the fabric itself keeps messing with my mind.

Sometimes it feels like it’s got a lot of stretch to it, and other times it doesn’t. I need to decide if I’ll flatline it with sturdier fabric or not for the next garment I make with it.

And as much as I love the sewing machine for powering through thick layers quickly, I keep realizing I have more control with hand sewing. Ah well. I’ll just have to ignore the mistakes as best I can.

Don’t you just hate those rollercoaster emotions though? Nervous to try something, suddenly excited to see it working, then various “oh no” moments or slight disappointments creeping in?

I have to keep sewing, though! I guess I’ll see in a couple weeks when (if!) I finish in time for the next event.

And, on a good note, we have a new camera so I’m looking forward to not only having a better camera for event photos, but also in-progress and better detailed costume photos!

About Cynthia Griffith

I have way too many interests and hobbies, and continually cycle through them -- paying attention to some, while others wait for when I can get around to them again. My main interests are sewing and costuming (I enjoy historical clothing, such as 18th and 19th century, as well as fantasy costumes like elves and hopefully someday even dwarves), as well as getting back to art by drawing fan art of Thorin Oakenshield and Company. My husband Christopher and I spend a lot of time together, enjoying the outdoors and shared hobbies such as juggling. This blog and website is my way to share what I'm up to with friends and family.
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3 Responses to No blog updates lately, but I’ve been sewing!

  1. I definitely look forward to you being able to take better photos of your projects and at events. The new camera will go a long way to making sure of that!

    It’s been very nice seeing new projects in the works. For me, when you talk about plans, most times I can see what you’re getting at in my head, but sometimes it doesn’t register until I see things coming together in person. And you’ve been pulling together some cool things in person, lately!

  2. Mary says:

    What I saw looked smashing! And you know I love the plaid. Looking forward to seeing the finished product.

  3. @Christopher: The iPhone cameras have done a decent job for some things, but it has limits. I’m hoping I’ll have less “gee, here’s a photo of __ but it’s hard to see the details because of the lighting” type of issues. Ha!

    And yes, I’m sure when I’m describing some of the things I’m doing it just sounds like babbling. Thanks for being so patient! πŸ˜‰

    @Mary: I’m glad you’ve liked what you’ve seen so far! I have less than two weeks, so here’s hoping the rest of it goes smoothly.

    Still, not much time to relax… gotta keep sewing! πŸ˜€

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