I finished two projects this weekend that I just wasn't all that happy with. I know it's a pretty minor thing to worry about in the grand scheme of things, but I ended up feeling a little discouraged.
I had drafted four patterns (for now) from this book.
I made the first three and finished my last one this weekend. I loved the pattern, and I had picked out a gorgeous Kaffe Fasset Shot Cotton from Alewive's. It's mostly pink, but there's some magenta and orange threads woven in. I was excited about working with this lightweight fabric. I thought it might be a good, cheaper substitute for my favorite double-gauze.
Looks pretty good, right?
I was a little worried about it buttoning up the back - that Addie would never ask for help buttoning it and thus never wear it. I thought I would try just unbuttoning the top two buttons and see if she/we could just pull it over her head. Really dumb experiment. It ripped the first time she put it on.
You can also see from the photo above that the fit isn't great. It's too long and a bit tighter than I like it in the middle.
The skirt was a super easy pattern from the next book I'm sewing out of (4 more patterns drafted and ready to go).
I ended up being a bit discouraged about the skirt, too. I was worried it would be too long, and with the binding, would be impossible to hem, so I cut off two inches before I even started. It's still a bit long, but I also mis-measured the elastic for her waist, so it's a bit loose, too. I can fix that by just ripping out a few stitches, and I can probably find a way to mend the shirt, but I was a just a bit bummed about making so many mistakes in a row - and with some precious Lizzie House fabric no less.
The skirt is reversible which is really cool.
Of course, Addie likes the side I was considering the wrong side, so it's not as neat as I would like. And if that adorable, precious Red Letter Day fabric wasn't going to show. What was that point?!
I think what I really needed was a day off from sewing (which for me is more punishment than reward) and some new perspective.
I had to do some cooking/baking for a Superbowl party we were going to, so I swore off sewing on Sunday, and stayed in bed reading until 10 then made Gooey Butter Cake to bring (I have a super-easy, 5 ingredient recipe that I will share soon). I read a bit more, took a shower then made mac & cheese to bring, went to the party, came home after half time, fell asleep on the couch trying to watch the rest of the game, and woke up for the last exciting minute. Tough day.
As for new perspective, I had Addie try on the same pink shirt with the Oliver & S Sailboat pants I made recently. Now I love it. It just didn't work with the skirt, and is much better tucked in. Maybe even a bit Downton Abbey-ish?
Don't worry, she actually does have two legs.
I'm feeling as good as new now and ready to get back into sewing, full swing. If only, work and all that other stuff didn't get in the way. Ready to get back in full swing, that is, after I pick my daughter up from dance and feed the kids.
Do you ever get discouraged like this? What's your cure?