I can’t seem to finish sewing anything! I’ve got all kinds of gorgeous fabric, all kinds of great patterns, and all kinds of excitement…and yet, I can’t close the deal. I haven’t finished sewing anything since December. I’ve got sewing block!
Exhibit A: This faux fur jacket has been cut, partially sewn, and hanging around our dining room like a vagrant muppet hoping for a meal for almost four months.
I think one of my cats may even have sprayed on it. (But really, can you blame him?? That thing looks like it’s going to eat all the cat food in the house.)
Eventually, I’m hoping it will look more like this — so that I can wear it and, y’know, turn myself into the vagrant muppet hoping for dinner:
I think what’s stopping me from completing it is that I’ve never done a lined jacket or coat before. I know it’s not all that difficult, but this is a Burda pattern so the instructions are very brief. I should’ve picked a coat pattern with drawings and detailed instructions. Plus now that Spring is here I have zero motivation to spend time on a fur coat at the moment. Timing is everything, isn’t it?
Exhibit B: this ‘spring parka’ is also underway:
Which is supposed to look like a slightly shortened version of this when it’s done:
I’m sewing it in a lovely blue silk. But I ran out of fabric before I could cut the collar piece. And again, I realize I kinda need more detailed instructions than what Burda supplies because I’m really not sure how to attach the collar and facings and all that business up in there. So it’s on hold at the mo’.
I decided I needed the SIMPLEST, most BASIC thing to sew just to prove I can actually complete something. So I chose this simple shift dress, which is basically a front, a back, pockets, and little strap across the back. Even I will be able to follow Burda’s instructions for this one, surely!
And I found this fantastic fabric for it. That large-scale print may end up wearing me instead of me wearing it, but it’s worth a shot. The fabric is chiffon or something along those lines. It’s gonna be finicky…so I think Sewzilla will likely make an appearance despite this dress’ simplicity. Maybe Sewzilla’s presence is just what I need to get something done!
Today I started sewing the lining as a way to test the fit before cutting into that loveliness. I wound up with Marty Feldman bust points and some slightly damaged lining fabric:
I suspect I need to use a different needle. This lining is fairly fine and has a slight 2-way stretch. Perhaps I need to use a Ballpoint needle to keep it from pulling those lengthwise threads out of place?
Anyway, dear readers, if you happen to know of a cure for sewing block, hook me up, k? 🙂