Do you ever walk into your sewing space and feel overwhelmed instead of inspired? I've been feeling a lot like this lately and annoyingly it's all self-inflicted. I've accumulated too many patterns and fabric and I just don't know where to start. Then there's all the awesome sew-alongs and challenges that are constantly taking place and I just feel panicked that I can't keep up. As a result...I end up doing nothing and then feeling guilty about doing nothing.
It's a vicious circle and quite a ridiculous one at that! I actually know I'm lucky to have all these resources and in a moment of clarity, I realised that all I really needed was a manageable plan - serves me right for not setting myself any goals for 2012! A mini plan perhaps – something realistic to keep me focussed and productive in the short-term, yet flexible enough to change directions when I want to.
APRIL / MAY – I'd like to get three things sewn up by the end of the month if possible, but realistically the odd one may spill over into next month:
I'm making the view with the ruffle and it's all cut out and waiting patiently for me to get on with it!
I've also had Burda's Sleeveless Blouse cut out in a peach eyelet for a while. It was originally inspired by Ooobop's version, but seeing Karen's equally adorable take on it has convinced me that I need to sew mine up pronto!
I'm also tacking part in Karen's Pyjama Party sew-along and I couldn't help but be drawn to some cotton viscose animal print...I just love me some tacky fabric!
MAY / JUNE – I'm allowing myself plenty of time for these next two projects as they will both be challenging for me and also May's a really busy month at work:
Inspired by our Walthamstow outing, Rachel is organising a blogger picnic in June. I'd love to turn up wearing something made from our swap, so I decided to put Michelle's red wool, some polka dot lining and the yellow view of McCall 6916 to good use. I've never made a jacket before, let a lone a fully lined one, so this will really test my skills!
After seeing this and this version of Rachel Comey's Vogue 1209, I thought it would be perfect for my boyfriend's brother's wedding in July. The boyfriend's not convinced about the floral print, so this fabric isn't yet set in stone.
Now, I know this doesn't sound like that much...but I'm a truly slow stitcher...especially when new techniques are involved. Fingers crossed I can pull this lot off in time...eeek!
Either way, I do feel relieved to have regained a sense of stitching purpose again!
Do you ever feel like this, or am I just a weirdo?