Tuesday 31 October 2017

Why do Some Projects Just Stall and Others Don't?

Why is it that some sewing projects are plain sailing from start to finish, whilst others seem to take FOREVER to complete? And, of course, there's those half finished items that may never see the light of day again.

Way back in July I began sewing baby items for charity...

I was on a roll churning out items in support of Sewing for Charity Australia and  Giving Grannies - until one spool of thread on the overlocker (serger) ran out without me noticing, and that meant rethreading the machine! 

And that was enough to bring sewing to a stop - on the harem pants at least. It's a bit fiddly to thread, but in reality, it only takes a few minutes.

Even when I did get around to threading the overlocker, I found I'd lost all interest in finishing the harem pants. 

I'm not totally sure why. It's a great pattern. They're easy to sew. And they look super cute when finished.

Even with Sandra motivating me from the sidelines, those pants just sat on my desk waiting to be finished.

In dribs and drabs I pushed myself to do the last of the sewing, and now they're done!!! It was such a relief to finally have this sewing job over and done with.

All up, there are six pairs of baby harem pants, all with matching bibs. Plus there's a seventh bib - Ha, ha... I cut out another pair from the zoo fabric, but unfortunately the animals were upside down.

I'm thrilled with how they look, and wondering why running out of thread made me come to a complete stop.

Just before I started on the harem pants, I also cut out 15 Boys' NICU outfits.

As they are made for babies weighing 1.2kg, they are tiny. The cotton reel gives a little perspective.

Can you see where I went wrong with the first one? Yep, I sewed the right side of the outer, to the wrong side of the lining!

Unpicking!!! I hate unpicking. I did about half, and that's where that project stalled, even though, in reality, they are not hard to sew.

I haven't been able to drum up enthusiasm to tackle these little tops. I thought about just leaving them packed away, but I've decided to send them off to Sewing for Charity Australia as is. Someone else is going to sew them up, and then they'll be sent off to Tiny Sparks.

Well over a year ago, Little Miss and her Mum silk screen printed the flower faces onto t-shirts...

... and I turned one of them into a maxi rainbow t-shirt dress. Little Miss loved it! Me, not so much. I wasn't entirely happy with the wavy part where the t-shirt meets the skirt. The original post details why this happened.

It was always intended that I would make another t-shirt dress with the second t-shirt - as Little Miss said, For a little girl who doesn't have many clothes.

Good intentions on my part, but I baulked at two things... Yep, that wavy effect, plus working out the measurements for a different sized dress.

My solution... I'm giving the t-shirt and the uncut fabric to Sewing for Charity Australia to do with as they see fit. 

I can now cross three things off my To Do list, and it feels good!!!

I do think that I need to stop cutting out so many projects at a time. I'm full of enthusiasm when I first think about a new project, but with time, some of that enthusiasm wears off, if not disappears completely.

What makes you stall, or come to a complete stop, on certain projects?

... Pam


  1. Oh Pam I hear you! We all lose our mojo for certain projects or even sewing altogether for a while. I go with it while I am gung ho, but I know I will stop at some point and put things away until I want to have a go at it again, but sometimes that still doesn't happen. I have found that cutting out more than one of the same project at a time doesn't work for me either. My first thought was everything will be all reedy to just start sewing when the mood strikes and I can get right into it. But I think I know there are so many I cut out in the back of my mind and I want to move on to something new. So now I go with one project at a time. I think boredom can set in too. Plus I see so many cool things on blogs, Pinterest, etc. that I want to try. When you know you will never finish something it is time to give away to someone who will finish it. Good for you for doing just that and feeling good knowing it will still get finished and given to those in need too.

  2. LOLOL as soon as I read the topic of this post in my blog reader, my mind yelled out ... "YEAH! WHY??!!!" ... then I realized it was your post :) I'm with you every step of the thought process you've posted - it happens to me too, and to most - if not all - stitchers, I bet! Sometimes, something happens during the process to stall us - sometimes we can get over it (like your harem pants), and sometimes, passing the project on (or throwing it away) is the best option. All work! Hopefully we get our mojo back sooner or later :)

    Good job on the harem pants and bibs - they are ADORABLE ... and good job at passing on the goodies that you know you won't get to - someone will have fresh mojo and will get them stitched up - and that's a great result :)

  3. "The Thrill Is Gone"... nothing like the song by Mr. King, but that's what has happened to me with (small) projects that have been thrown aside, never to be returned to again. Whatever the initial need, motivation or impetus to make the item dissipates and that's that. Excuses include found a better version, don't need it anymore, or just simply, got bored with it.

    All of that said, I also think those baby harem pants are adorable!

  4. I think we all suffer from that problem Pam, even if we don't all admit it :)
    Usually, I come to a standstill when I have mucked something up and can't face putting in the time and effort to redress the error. When I do eventually go back to the abandoned project I often find that the time and effort required is minimal, so I then wonder why I didn't bother putting it in in the first place!
    I do find it hard to pick up an abandoned project again when I really don't like the direction it is going in, they are more often embroidery projects than quilting or sewing ones, but there are a few of them loitering in the cupboard too. I have at least three finished quilt tops sitting waiting to be quilted and the main reason that they haven't seen any progress is because I hate basting quilts! I really need to be in the right mood to get down on my knees with those pins :)


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