Sewing Confessions, Deluxe Edition

Ok. You guys asked for it, so here it is – my sewing confession. Here are a whole bunch of things I’ve started and never finished, with reasoning on why it lost my attention and whether it will ever get finished. Be kind, because I like to think I’m so organized and skillful and the master of all my sewing projects, so admitting this is a big step. Plus, you guys really pay attention, and notice when I don’t finish things!

So here they are, all of the sewing skeletons in my closet (or drawer, or scrap bin..)

Brown-and-blue wool coat.

Started: Fall 2011. (link to the last post mentioning it here. Stopped after making the belt and the back stay.)

Why I put it away: Because I was working on the Minoru Jacket, pattern testing for the Renfrew Top and realizing I needed to pick up the pace on pattern development if I wanted to be able to produce enough patterns in 2012.

Love or hate relationship: In the middle, I like the style, but I’m starting to think you guys were right about the bathrobe issue. The fabric is definitely a ‘love’ though!

Likelihood of it ever getting finished (on a scale of 1-10): 7? Seven seems like a reasonable guess. I like the fabric, I like the colours. It might be too bathrobe-y and for my lifestyle, it probably won’t be very bike-able. Which means it will only be worn on the weekends, maybe. There’s another good point on choosing sewing projects – know your lifestyle! Investing in killer heels is only good if you have many places to wear them. If you’re an on-the-go kind of girl, maybe investing a beautiful pair of well-made flats is a better idea. Same thing with sewing – if you wear a bathing suit once every two years, maybe there’s no point conquering the world of bathing suit sewing. And if you’re about to embark on a major sewing project like a coat, make sure it suits your lifestyle, so that you’re motivated to finish it and so it gets worn when it’s complete!

The ‘O’ Dress.

Started: Early 2011 (link to the last post mentioning it here. Stopped after the bound buttonholes.)

Why I put it away: When I moved to the office in May, I packed up a series of works-in-progress that I haven’t unpacked since. That and it became spring, and I lost interest in making a long-sleeved wool dress. Things really started to get busy once I got settled in the office here!

Love or hate relationship: Definitely love! It’s a great pattern, it was a thoughtful gift from a dear friend, and it’s a classy, elegant wintertime dress.

Likelihood of it ever getting finished (on a scale of 1-10): 9! Love it. I just know I won’t be finishing it any time soon. I have to be realistic about my time and priorities, and I know it won’t be finished during this winter, so there’s no point getting started on it again right now. It sure is pretty, and thinking about it again today reminds me of how much I do love that pattern!

Strictly Ballroom Dress

Started: Mid-2011 (link to the last post mentioning it here. Stopped after cutting the fabric.)

Why I put it away: Because I’ve changed my mind about wearing a full-on mustard yellow dress. I no longer want to wear this project and I have zero interest in finishing it! (Was that harsh? I’m sorry, dress!) After finishing the Lauriel Cardigan, I’ve determined that a long-sleeve sweater is the maximum amount of yellow I want to wear at one time. A long sleeved yellow dress is just not going to get worn, even if I were to shorten the sleeves it’s still too much for my comfort level. I’m not sure what I was thinking!

Love or hate relationship: Hate seems like a strong word. I’ve certainly fallen out of love with the idea of this dress and I’m pretty sure that I’d never wear it, because that is way too much yellow! Here is a good idea, something I should have done. Are you concerned that a colour might be too much to wear head to toe? When you’re at the fabric store, find a mirror, and unroll a little bit from the bolt. Drape it around yourself like a dress. How does it look? Intense, or awesome? If you’ve already bought the fabric, wrap it around yourself at home like a dress. Does it look too bold? How about a skirt? Drape it just on your lower half to get an idea what it might look like as a skirt.

Likelihood of it ever getting finished (on a scale of 1-10): 1. Likely I will re-purpose the pieces for a different project. Yellow skirt, perhaps? Panels of a dress? A dress bodice? I like all of these ideas better than the original dress, unfortunately.

A handful of Pendrell Blouses.

Started: January 2011 (link to the last post mentioning it here. Plus, this sheer version here. Ok, fine, and this version here too.)

Why I put it away: I had a reality check at this point in my life. I thought – and I’m somewhat embarrassed about this now – that starting a business would take less time. It’s all right if you laughed at that statement! After all, I worked full-time at a fairly demanding job and still had plnty of time to sew and blog and even start working on my pattern line. After I was laid off, I thought I would have time to still sew fun things as well as run the business. Was I ever wrong! I thought I would have no problem sewing up these three sew-along blouses as well as the one I actually finished. I started school the next week and at the same time, the business got busier, and I realized that I would have to start being more realistic about my time. (Of course, that didn’t seem to stop me from starting the other projects in this post, but what can I say, I’m persistent..)

The cream one I believe is actually finished, the sheer one I stopped after cutting and basting the layers, and the lace one I never got the stains out of the fabric.

Love or hate relationship: Indifferent. Again, these are all packed away somewhere from when I moved out of our spare room and into my office.

Likelihood of it ever getting finished (on a scale of 1-10): 5. Never say never, but I have way more interesting things I want to work on than partly-finished blouses! They served their purpose, which was the tutorials for the sew-along. One day I’ll unpack those boxes and sift through the UFOs but right now, it’s onwards and upwards!

I think that’s it! I’m sufficiently embarrassed but happy to get that off my chest. Now when someone asks me ‘what ever happened to that thing you were making?’ I can refer them here. (Did I forget something? Let me know if I did, I sure hope I caught them all!)

You know what I just realized? All of these are from 2011. Which means, in 2012, I didn’t start any projects that I knew I wouldn’t finish. So I’m learning! (I’m also learning not to blog about a project unless the odds are good I will complete it. It’s annoying, you guys said, when people start talking about a project and then never mention it again..) Progress, right?

Want to make your own sewing confession? It feels good! Here, use my template if you like:

  • Name of Project:
  • Date Started:
  • Why you put it away:
  • Love or hate relationship:
  • Likelihood of it ever getting finished (on a scale of 1-10):

It’s OK to let go of a project that no longer floats your boat. Life is too short and exciting to focus on the failed projects or the half-finished projects you dread completing. Pass it on to a friend, re-purpose the fabric, cut a dress into a skirt, make a quilt – just don’t let it stop you from enjoying your adventures in sewing.

Does this make you feel better about your own unfinished projects? I was reluctant to admit to any of these but here they are, posted for the world to see! I’m not perfect (boy was that hard to type) and I make all kinds of mistakes, weird fabric choices and projects that utterly fail.

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50 Responses to Sewing Confessions, Deluxe Edition

  1. Alex December 12, 2012 at 6:29 am #

    I don’t have too many unfinished projects, but I do have an truly embarrassing amount of fabric for someone who hasn’t sewn anything at all in over a year.

    More importantly, I bike, a lot, and I don’t see any reason why that coat would be a problem on a bicycle. Is it because you think it’s too long? I ride in a long coat and it has never been a problem. I actually pin it closed across my thighs, but that is more for warm than because the length getting in the way. If you are worried about the style being like a bathrobe, can’t you alter it a bit? Why not add two rows of buttons and make it a double breasted coat? And/or turn the tie belt into a real belt, which would be quite trendy? It seems crazy to either waste that beautiful fabric OR make a coat you won’t wear.

  2. didyoumakethat December 12, 2012 at 6:39 am #

    Oh, Tasia, I already adored you but I LOVE anyone who can admit they’re only human. Good work, my friend!

  3. Helene December 12, 2012 at 6:51 am #

    Tasia, I’m in love with your ‘O’ dress! Could you please tell me what pattern it is, I just love it! Is it one you drafted yourself?

  4. PerlenDiva December 12, 2012 at 7:30 am #

    I hope you’ll find time to finish the O-Dress soon. It looks very promising!

    If I listed my UFOs – I’m afraid the list would be even longer than yours! I often stop a project when I can’t finish it in the season I intended it for: no use for a summer linen dress when its snowing outside, right? Or something about the fit or fabric isn’t quite right. And in the past (hopefully I’ll change that), I sometimes used the opportunity of an empty kitchen table and cut out a few more projects than I then could handle. Well, something to keep in mind for new year’s resolutions ;-)
    Happy UFO-less Sewing,
    Constance

  5. Katy December 12, 2012 at 7:38 am #

    Tasia – thank you so much for this post! It’s great to know what happened to some of these projects. I had forgotten about your ballroom dress and the sheer Pendrell blouse! I love the O Dress and it’s good that you’re motivated to finish it.

    You’re going to hate me but I think I can remember something else – something in your archives that looked suspiciously like the start of a Macaron dress which I don’t remember hearing anything about!

    • Tasia December 12, 2012 at 7:57 am #

      You have a phenomenal memory! I never ever blogged about that, just had it lurking in the background of photos. :)
      Never finished that either – I didn’t make a muslin and so the sleeves were too tight, the bodice a little tight too. Note to self, make a muslin! Likelihood to finish, zero. I’m sort of over the style and I don’t feel excited to finish it.
      I’m glad you enjoyed the post!

  6. lisa a December 12, 2012 at 7:41 am #

    I have far more UFOs than I would like. I could use a separate blog just for catalogging them. Its nice to see that I’m not the only one out there.

  7. Jazzmin December 12, 2012 at 7:47 am #

    I love the O dress. Especially the glass button that you were going to put on the dress. I loved how the button put everything together. I also love the pattern! I thought about having my mom imitate it but I don’t think the style would be very flattering on me, I have no curves..lol. Either way, it is definitely a different style from the vintage dresses that we are used to. I’m rooting for you O dress!

  8. Sara December 12, 2012 at 7:52 am #

    Or you can do what my mother did with a sewing project when she was a teenager-throw it In the fire when no one is looking! I also learned my UFO lesson in 2011, no seeing UFOs in 2012 and only 2 knitting UFOs. Also I had one failed seeing project that I had the good sense to just toss in the garbage.

    • erinnb December 12, 2012 at 12:08 pm #

      I love that your mom would throw her UFOs in the fire. She is my type of woman! Very satisfying to see things go up in a blaze.

      • Tasia December 12, 2012 at 3:30 pm #

        I love it too! So dramatic. Way to make a decision and fully commit, no going back once you’ve burned a UFO.

        • Sophie-Lee December 12, 2012 at 4:27 pm #

          I need to do something like that. I never even comtemplated just throwing UFO’s away until this year – they always just hung around making me feel guilty for starting new projects. I used to be terrible at not being able to look critically at all the pattern pieces (which is improving, luckily) and I didn’t know how to fit stuff before cutting the fabric, leaving me with half-finished stuff that is NOT going to fit, and no motivation to finish them (I should really finish them and sell them but that’s not very exciting!)

          I think I just need a really good clean up of my sewing space to encourage me to finish things (or at least put them away properly) rather than things just laying around. Currently I think I have 5-6 UFO’s (including one that needs hemming but doesn’t fit so I need to give away/sell, and another that I need to figure out how to insert an external zipper so I can make it fit)

  9. paisleyapron December 12, 2012 at 7:59 am #

    How brave to list your UFO’s with such detail. Most of mine are relagated to a rubbermaid bin (uh, yeah, I have that many), but are in there because the season changes before I can finish my zealous plans. Sewing always takes longer than I think it will.

    I had an idea for your coat…how about shortening it to bring it out of Bathrobe Land and to make it bikeable. Obviously you love the fabric and a short wrap coat that hits mid to upper thigh is timeless. I have one made from a 70’s pattern that always garners compliments and has a permanent place in my closet. Changing the tie to a true belt like another commenter mentioned is a fantastic idea.

  10. Lauren M December 12, 2012 at 8:45 am #

    I am super impressed with how few UFOs you have! And ZERO in 2012? Kudos to you! Sometimes it feels that all I have is UFOs to show for my hours in front of the sewing machine…but that’s where you sewalongs are so valuable- you drag us through to the finish line!!

    • Sophie-Lee December 12, 2012 at 4:50 pm #

      Exactly the same for me! People keep saying “oh I’m so ashamed of my UFO’s, I have about 3″. Well, I have been ruthless lately at getting rid of things one way or another and I still have 4 or 5.

    • Tasia December 13, 2012 at 4:47 pm #

      In 2012, I have no UFOs because I was way too busy! There was hardly any time to start a fun project at all.. and if I did, I made sure I finished it or I knew it would be cast aside as soon as I got back to work. Now that I think of it, most of the fun projects I made (Chantilly #2, underwear, the failed dress from last week) were made on weekends where I came in just to sew and not to work.

      Plus with the pattern designing, I have something different from UFOs, patterns that aren’t quite right yet and need more changes before I’m happy with the design. It’s not quite a UFO but it’s not quite a finished project either. UPFs, I suppose! (unfinished patterns.)

  11. CJ December 12, 2012 at 9:39 am #

    Projects I haven’t finished – my first dress. And my second. I love the styles, but lost interest in the fabric somewhere along the way. And on the first one, realised that the style was awesome but not on my pear shape. Since then I’ve sewn things that I’ve worn but I’m not as in love with the finishing on my sewn projects as on my knitting. I sense another New Year’s resolution coming – buy an overlocker/serger and understand dress making fabrics better. You’ve inspired me – I must decide whether to finish or discard. Actually, dress number two looks great on my manequin in the sewing room! As she’s not my size – it was a gift from someone slightly larger than me and I was too polite to say so – that tells you another reason why the dress remains unfinished.

  12. LLBB December 12, 2012 at 9:44 am #

    How brave of you, Tasia! :) Really, it is interesting to learn why some things have worked and some haven’t. On an unrelated (well, opposite) note, I made PANTS!!!! I finished Thurlow yesterday and I did a good enough job of taking my time that they came out awesome! Lladybird’s sewalong posts helped immensely. Thanks for another great pattern. Now to get my hands on Cordova….

  13. Mitch December 12, 2012 at 10:02 am #

    I definitely have multiple UFOs hanging out in my sewing room – 1 that is on my must-sew-it’s-gone-on- far-too-long list is the Christmas placemats that I cut out about 17 years ago! They’re older than my kids. They are all savely packaged up with the pattern & the batting in a zippered bed sheet bag. But an idea with your too yellow dress – what about making it up as intended and then dying it. Just practice on the scraps it find out whether it’ll take dye and what combination works with a yellow base.

  14. jillyb3 December 12, 2012 at 10:32 am #

    Thank you for sharing your UFOs and admitting how you have changed your mind about those projects. I learn a lot about my own fabric and pattern choices by seeing not only successful choices but also ones that didn’t work out so well. I get so frozen with matching the perfect fabric to the perfect pattern that I don’t sew as much as I’d like to. This post has taught me that it is okay to jump in and make mistakes!

    • Tasia December 12, 2012 at 3:32 pm #

      Of course it’s OK! See, I made lots of mistakes, and not-so-great decisions. I can get frozen too, especially with super pretty fabric. Sometimes I find myself ‘saving’ the good fabric and sewing with fabric I like less. Weird eh? It’s totally OK to jump in and try things, it’s only fabric, no one gets hurt!

  15. Stephanie December 12, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

    How timely: just yesterday I collected all the garment UFOs (most in deep stash in the closet)… and was horrified. There are so many more than were on my mental list.
    Some just need a final detail, others are technically done but the fit isn’t quite right and I haven’t decided whether to call it “good enough” or continue trouble-shooting. Those are now in a bin by the sewing table for priority attention.
    Most of the rest are failed muslins for which I have not yet made a “try again or give up” decision. I have set all those aside for deep purge mood day.
    My goal for 2013 is to put off starting any new garment projects until this UFO list is reduced by at least half. And then to sew only from stash for rest of the year.

    (The quilting projects are a whole other story, with their own UFO mountain and stash-sewing vow.)

    • Tasia December 12, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

      I know what you mean – I forget about most of these in today’s post until a reader says “Hey, whatever happened to… I’d like to see it finished!” And then I feel guilty about the poor neglected project.

      Good for you for having a UFO-goal for the new year! I hope it inspires you to complete more and be more ruthless when it comes to the try again or give up items.

    • Tasia December 12, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

      PS. I like your gift ribbon pillows! Very pretty, and festive!

  16. Heartofstone December 12, 2012 at 2:12 pm #

    Oh Tasia, where do I begin?! It seems like my life is one big unfinished project lol. I am a master procrastinator with a dash of ADD and tend to change my mind more than I change my underwear!!

    My oldest project was a pair of jeans I started when I was in fashion design school back in 2001. I don’t know why I put them down because they are very cute, if I may say so myself ;)
    I am proud to say though that I did complete them this past summer!! Unfortunately they no longer fit, but they’re finished!! Woohoo!!!

    My most recent unfinished project was a summer blouse I made this last spring. It’s pretty much finished except for a couple minor tweaks and finishing the hem. I will get to it soon but I have a few more projects in mind. I have my Muslims cut out for a crescent skirt, a Pendrell blouse (and yes I am the one that lives on Pendrell St. and thought it was neat that you noticed and mentioned in your blog, heehee) oh and also a pair of Thurlow shorts. These I am actually working on right now and am so excited for the finished piece!! Yippee!

    Don’t get me wrong, I have a lot of completed items, I just get distracted with all the pretty fabrics and want to make everything all at once!! Lol

    • Tasia December 12, 2012 at 3:26 pm #

      Oh, me too! I am much better at fabric-buying (and imagining the lovely finished project) that I am at actual project completion. So many pretty fabrics, so many theoretical clothes! And yet not as many finished things as I’d like.

      That is so cool you’re making the Pendrell in your home on Pendrell St! You must pass by so many pattern-names in your regular life as I borrowed so many from the downtown area. Here’s hoping all of your half-finished projects get completed soon!

  17. Laurie December 12, 2012 at 4:47 pm #

    You’ve encouraged me once again. If you have abandoned projects, like I do, then there is hope for me perhaps! Thanks for sharing! BTW I do like you wool coat.
    Laurie

  18. Suzi December 12, 2012 at 4:55 pm #

    …maybe we could have a UFO amnestiy and swap? There are lots of reasons we do (and don’t) finish items and I for one see my UFO pile and cringe at the $$$ sitting there. If I’m totally honest with myself I can confidently say that for every UFO piece I have, there is a corresponding store bought item in my closet…

    I went through my five most recent UFO’s and the main reson they aren’t complete is that I ran out of time for event it was meant for and simply lost interest in completing it once I no longer had a “purpose” for it. While I’m confessing I should probably add that I sew project-to-project and it’s usually “special” pieces (or what I now call cake and frosting pieces!).

    I’d be interested in sending some of my UFO’s (that i know i will never complete) off to a new home with the faith that it will be finished and worn with all the love that was initially intended!

    At the very least, it helps you rationalise finishing something you’ve invested your time and money into when you contemplate giving it to someone else!

    • Tasia December 13, 2012 at 4:44 pm #

      I love the swap idea. One person’s resented UFO is someone else’s exciting new possibility!

      I totally can relate to the ‘bought for a purpose’ projects that never get finished. I have that happen with the seasons, summer items that get stashed as the cold weather comes around, winter projects that are no longer interesting when it’s sunny out.

      If I were the organizing type, I would find a way to make the swap happen! In the meantime if anyone decides to organize a UFO swap, let me know. :)

  19. Debbie December 12, 2012 at 5:48 pm #

    I’m happy to say that my UFO pile is zero and pretty much always has been! If I get to a point in a project and find that I’m lacking the spirit to finish it I know there’s a reason. Style, fabric, fit whatever it is that’s causing the procrastinating. Many, many years ago I would have finished every project and worn it at least a few times before it would get tossed to the back of the closet, but not anymore. Now if I get to a point that I know it’s something I’m not going to wear I have NO hesitation in tossing it in the garbage.

    I’ve had a few times where the choice was really hard. A navy wool melton coat comes to mind. But I know I made the right choice.

    • Tasia December 13, 2012 at 4:39 pm #

      Zero UFOs!! Wow. I’m impressed with your attitude and admire your guilt-free approach to failed projects. Thanks for sharing!

  20. Molly December 12, 2012 at 5:52 pm #

    Lol what a shameful feeling, I am making a grumpy cat face.

    My vintage Vogue wool coat (http://mollysews.blogspot.com/2010/07/vogue-755-muslin-in-progress.html) is still unfinished.
    I made a muslin and bought the fabric at Mood in summer 2010. I cut it out and underlined it in January of 2011. And that is it…
    It got warm out and I lost interest and then we moved to Chicago and I haven’t even looked at it in a year and a half.
    I give it an 8. I want to finish it, it is cut out and ready, and the wool was expensive! Making a coat is so time consuming though!

    • Tasia December 13, 2012 at 4:34 pm #

      I think that’s part of my problem with the wool coat, too. It’s so time-consuming, and there’s no way I can spend that many hours on pleasure-sewing when there’s so much work sewing to do! If I only worked on it for half an hour a week it would never get done. So it’s put off in favour of faster, more satisfying projects.

      Your coat pattern is gorgeous, and I remember how excited you were at the start! Maybe the enthusiasm will return, maybe it won’t, either way I would wait for the passion to return. It’s much more fun to sew with joy than with resentment! :)

  21. Debbie December 12, 2012 at 7:26 pm #

    I love this post. I feel so much better about my UFOs. Over the Christmas break I am going to get ruthless and rate my UFOs on a scale like you have. Then anything rated 5 or under, I am going to seriously think about getting rid of. Did someone mention a swap of UFOs?That would be fun!!

    Sometimes the thought of my UFOs keeps me away from sewing. So in line with my 2013 goal of moving towards a more minimalistic lifestyle, I will be ruthless!!

    Thank you so much for the inspiration Tasia and please finish the O dress soon. Looks like it is going to be stunning!

    • Tasia December 13, 2012 at 4:37 pm #

      I like your ruthless approach to rating and tossing your UFOs. We don’t need to be feeling guilty about failed or less-than-perfect projects!

      I like the swap idea and would happily hand over my yellow dress as part of the swap. Someone who likes organizing, let us know if you decide to organize a swap!

  22. Major Moma December 12, 2012 at 11:08 pm #

    I have a half sewn muslin for a wrap dress I really wanted to make. But other projects distracted me so the muslin has been just hanging on my dress form for about 9 months now.

  23. Lynda December 13, 2012 at 3:08 am #

    I went through a Pantone(r) period, I chose clothes for a winter based on it. I should have known better, I realized I would look like the great pumpkin. Your mustard made me laugh, it brought back memories. I took a detour from clothing construction. I am losing a lot of weight and learning to make alterations.

  24. El December 13, 2012 at 6:45 am #

    I think if you changed the style of the belt on the blue and wool coat, it would help make the coat not so bathrobe-y. A more fitted belt (not tied) with a clasp of some kind? Perhaps even make it out of a coordinating wool would be nice.

  25. Juliette December 13, 2012 at 6:53 am #

    As a shameless copycat, I just made a blogpost on the same model as yours, Tasia. Turns out I even have some projects that were “killed” even before they started…

    • Tasia December 13, 2012 at 4:31 pm #

      Oh I’ve done that too! Bought the fabric and pattern, and then decided it wasn’t meant to be. The good part is the fabric can be used for something even better!

  26. maddie December 13, 2012 at 9:45 am #

    you’re a real seamstress and I thank you for admitting that!

  27. Sara December 13, 2012 at 10:38 am #

    Name of Project: Tova sleeveless in AMH voile
    Date Started: last summer (June 2012?)
    Why you put it away: Looked weird on me, a bit, and I realized I’ve been sewing things from my full bust instead of my high bust which is why the weirdness. Tried it on my mom, and it fit her perfectly! Then I got to the bias binding of the armholes and realized I’d given away the scraps (including the potential bias binding) in a fit of clean-out-the-scrap-bin. What to do?
    Love or hate relationship: meh. It’s okay, great pattern, amazing fabric (that is some good voile), but I’m busy with Etsy and it doesn’t really fit, so.
    Likelihood of it ever getting finished (on a scale of 1-10): 6. Someday Mom’s going to guilt me into it.

    Thanks for that! a relief to get it off my chest. :)

    • Tasia December 13, 2012 at 4:30 pm #

      That’s wonderful that someone else looks good in your unfinished project! At least it’s not a total write-off, right? I hate when I realize I’ve tossed the scraps of a project and need them.
      Thanks for sharing your confession! :)

  28. Catholic Bibliophagist December 14, 2012 at 5:59 am #

    Oh gosh! I have so many lengths of fabric that were bought certain patterns and then never even got cut out.

    I probably have still more unfinished quilting projects, but I consider them to be works in progress rather than abandoned.

    –C.B.

  29. Lessles December 14, 2012 at 12:41 pm #

    Dear Tasia, it has been some time since my last confession but I feel I have to get this off my chest, I don’t have any UFOs! I went through my pile and finished a few things a while ago and have made a solemn vow to never start and not finish a project. That makes me a very slow sewist, but I do finish items even though I reckon 7 out of 10 projects go to the clothing bin at the local shops! I maintain that even though I don’t like the finished project someone else may and the garment has a better chance of being worn if its finished!!
    I have noticed something quite alarming. I love all the bloggist’s vintage inspired garments but when I make them, I loathe anything waisted and then it just sits in wardrobe. So I have a new strategy, I make clothes that resemble shapes I currently wear and voila – it has worked. Recently finished a beautiful silk kimono top, wore it to my hubby’s Christmas party and it looked so chic and fab. I figured if I’ve never bought a waisted full skirted dress there must be a reason for that, lo and behold, its working!!! Great post and I do think a swap site for UFOs is a goer!

  30. Lora December 26, 2012 at 11:31 pm #

    Ladies,

    I just messed up a pair of pant scrubs for my daughter ending up with 2 very nice left legs. I had very carefully marked the inside/outside. Then, somehow I thought I had made a mistake and ended up with the two left legs. I should have believed in myself. I knew I was marking everything carefully. Since the top is already done, I will head down to the fabric store and try to find a match to make a right leg. The morale of this ‘OOOoops” is…believe in yourself…or mark projects in bold colors…or don’t watch tv mini-series while working on a new pattern…or… Anyway, I’m definitely going to try and finish this project because my daughter said she is needing some new scrubs for work. The top is completed and waiting for the pants. Both legs have pockets at the side waist and down near the knees. They really are a nice pair of “left” legs. Lora

  31. Kathy January 1, 2013 at 11:18 am #

    Hi,
    I just used your template to type out my UFOs. Sad to say, some are from 2011 but I do only have 3 in total. Unfortunately, I don’t sew much but have lots of fabric.
    Thanks for the template. I am going to keep using it to keep myself honest.

  32. Karen July 24, 2013 at 11:27 am #

    Mustard colour tulip shape skirt and black blouse? Lovely fabric.

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