I’ve always understood that, in order for my crafting to be successful (and for me to actually finish projects), the process needs to be enjoyable and satisfying. This is not to say that every single moment of the process needs to be filled with delight and joy, but that most of the moments need to be so. This project is a good reminder of that. For the entire month of February, I was working on a sewing project (for my quilt curtains) that I did not enjoy at all – – actually, I worked on the project hardly at all because I did not have a desire to spend time with it, but the project remained in progress for the whole month. Over the weekend, I forced myself to finish that project, and I hated every moment of its finishing, but my motivation was to begin work on a project that I was certain would be enjoyable and satisfying to work on.
I began work on this dress Sunday evening, cutting out all of the pieces. I took Monday off from work and spent the day sewing, mostly filled with joy, and finished this project less than 24 hours after I started it.
This is Simplicity 1882, which I’ve made before. I am so delighted with how well it turned out. As a recap, I used the smallest bust cup size with the “curvy” skirt pieces, it fits perfectly
This project was a 100% stash busting project! The main fabric is an Amy Butler cotton print, the yellow is some linen, and the lining fabric is a generic poly lining (for the skirt – – not shown), and they have all been in my stash for years. I’m participating in a stashbusting sewalong, and I’m finding it motivating to get my stash down to reasonable quantities.
This dress has some really nice pockets. On the last version, I added the pocket flaps (and love them) but when I was working on this version, I forgot that the pattern instructions for the pocket flaps don’t make any sense to me and I became so frustrated trying to install them that I threw the flaps away in frustration (this was the moment while making this dress that I was not filled with joy). Considering that I made the other version of this dress in January, one might think that I would have remembered this frustrating pocket flap business, but no, my memory is apparently very short.
Except for that pocket flap business, this dress came together so easily. I’m thinking that I should write down some sort of sewing mantra about only working on projects that I enjoy the making of, because otherwise they will sit on my sewing table, in progress, until I force myself, literally kicking and screaming, to finish them. Incidentally, I will not be blogging about my stupid quilted curtains because, even though they “technically” turned out okay, I really just hate them because they remind me of frustrating times. In fact, I want to throw them away and just buy curtains from the store… they have such bad memories for me.
What about you, Readers… are you able to motivate yourselves to finish a project even if you dislike working on it? Do you have any crafting mantras or ways to stay motivated to work on projects that are not fun?