I thought it would be nice to take a little break from clamming and show you what I’m working on. Once, I asked my husband to make me only work on one project at a time. He is a wise man, and did not attempt to do this. Seems like having multiple projects happening all at once is the way my creativity works best. At least that way, if I’m procrastinating on one project, I can move ahead with another.
As I mentioned previously, I’m working on sewing something I said I would never sew: a bathing suit. This is one of the projects I am procrastinating on. Here’s what I’ve got so far.
Cutting out the bathing suit
The bathing suit so far
In case you are interested, here is the pattern that I’m using.
So far, it’s going ok, thanks to numerous blog posts around the web, but I keep avoiding it because I’m afraid I’ll mess it up. That’s pretty silly, though. I mean, really. If I could master bathing suits, I would probably be tapping into one of the few areas of home sewing that’s actually still cost-effective. It would be SO GREAT…so I’ve got to get moving. You can all hold me accountable to actually finish it. Plus, I need a bathing suit that fits.
One of the projects I am using to procrastinate on my bathing suit is this shirt, made with a pattern from Alabama Studio Sewing + Design by Natalie Chanin (one of my all-time favorite sewing books). This is the sleeveless t-shirt top.
So, this was meant to be a quick project. I need a few of those to motivate me through the long projects. The book I got this from is all about hand-sewing, which is really fun, but when I need a quick project, I cheat and machine-sew one of the garments. They come together really fast and all the patterns that I have tried have been flattering at various sizes. This one is made from a bed-sheet and an old t-shirt. (Incidentally, the bed sheet is partly made from recycled plastic bottles AND I got it at a thrift store, so it’s like it’s been recycled multiple times!) But…
I decided it needed some details, so I added the contrast binding and then tried to add some crochet trim.
Above is the marking I made for the trim, but the trim was too white, so I dyed it in black tea.
Above is the original white, and the tea-dyed piece, but now the white still seems too white and the tea-dyed piece looks…dirty. See what you think:
Not to fear, though! I decided to procrastinate on the t-shirt with this!
This garment is the Long Fitted Dress, also from Alabama Studio Sewing + Design. This was the quick project that was to save me from the avoidance of the other two. But then I faced a few decisions. What color binding to add? Contrast like the t-shirt or the same fabric? How about keeping the binding the same as the dress and adding some crochet details to this garment? (I’m starting to sense a trend in both crocheted details and decision-making leading to procrastination.)
Maybe something like this? (The trim on the bottom would actually be on the back side. There is a small train on the dress–similar to a high-low hem but, being a maxi dress length, it’s more like a small train.)
I was trying to actually make a decision, but it was tricky. I tried the dress on to see how it looked and realized that the fabric is pretty thin and, rather than skimming curves, it reveals the curves and lines that you usually want fabric to skim over. So now I’m procrastinating on this project, too.
But I did get something done today! I have a very weedy garden, but I actually weeded a small part of it. Want to see? Yes, you do! (Because if you stop reading now, I can’t tell, so I’m just going to assume you are still going strong.)
I also made a little sign with paint pens on some bits of slate to mark our morning glories and moon flowers. I’m hoping they take over the deck rails.
Lastly, check out my leeks. They flower every year and look so cool. They also attract all kinds of very waspy looking insects, so I admire them from afar or in the evening, just to be safe.
What are you procrastinating on?