I often fantasize about all the sewing I would like to do in my lifetime. I think of the cute skirts, adorable bags, and reconstructed clothing I could make. The biggest problem? I hate sewing. Or, at least I convince myself that I hate sewing. The thing is, sewing requires the seamstress (or seamster) to be tied to that blasted machine. You can't take sewing on the plane with you. You can't throw it in your bag when you are on your way out for the day. You can't take it to the cafe with you. If you are going to sew, you are stuck at home cutting out patterns & fabric, stitching, or troubleshooting what is wrong with your machine at the moment. This attitude has resulted in several partially finished projects crowding my TV room/den/studio.
But when the sewing bug strikes, it can be quite productive. This weekend I was able to knock out four sewing projects and get close with one more. It all started out with a glam purse for cute Ms. Emily's birthday:
When I literally missed the boat to Jenica's birthday celebration on Angel Island, I decided to take the opportunity to finish my part of the book purse project we started last fall. Because it had been so long since I had worked on it I couldn't even find several of the pieces we had cut out. Thankfully, there was plenty of fabric so I cut out some more. All that remains is for the innards to be glued to the book cover. It will look something like this when it is finished:
Inspired by these victories, I dug up the pieces of some work out pants that I cut out the pieces for 14 months ago. In about 90 minutes, I sewed the pants together, inserted the elastic, and hemmed them up. I know they are crazy electric blue velour, but they cost $6 to make. Take that, Juicy Couture! I took them for a test run to the gym on Sunday morning:
I took a break to catch up on blogs and spied this cute top on SouleMama's blog. Since I didn't have the pattern, I couldn't whip one up before heading out to Emily's birthday party. Instead I took this dress that long ago became too short & too tight for a woman my age to wear:
And turned it into this:
You can see project five in the background of that shot. I was able to sew down the waist facing, but I still need to hem it. But this has taught me that unfinished sewing projects are a totally different animal from unfinished knitting projects. A critical mass of sewing UFOs presents a great opportunity for mass finishing. Now to start some more projects and leave them unfinished!