I am so annoyed at myself right now for my self imposed rule of creating no new UFOs. Sure it's meant that I've finished every project I've started for the last two years, thus not wasting fabric or effort but right now it's killing me! I've started making this cute jacket from Burda 9/2010 #126 :
from a piece of black wool melton that I happened to have in the stash. I actually started it over a month ago and haven't sewn a stitch yet. It's progress was interrupted by making Anna's dress for my grandfather's funeral and my sequinned jacket for the party (both necessities), but really I've dragged my feet on all the steps so far: steaming the wool and pretreating the interfacing, cutting out the pieces, block fusing all the pieces and marking the darts - which is where I'm up to now.
This would have been a lovely jacket worn over all those colourful summer style dresses I made during winter and that is the real problem. It's spring around here now, and we are having glorious sunny days, so my brain is telling me I don't need a cozy jacket made from wool melton no matter how cute! So every time I go into my sewing room instead of sewing I've been going through my stash picking out lovely cottons and linens for summer sewing, flicking through my patterns and - the ultimate sign of procrastination - cleaning up the sewing room!
But I will finish it because I shan't let myself break my no new UFO rule now. I'm hoping that by posting this I will shame myself into finishing it quick sticks so I can report back next week with a photo of a sweaty me out in the sunshine wearing it! This post is a virtual kick in the pants, hope it works....
Thanks for all your lovely comments on the sequinned jacket, it is a surprisingly great addition to my wardrobe. And I've even found the perfect thing to wear with it over summer:
These sparkly Seed shorts in an oh so flattering boxer short style, available for the bargain basement price of $249.95.
Oh that's right, I have lost my willpower not my mind! But jokes aside, if you look closely you can see these are constructed with a silk underlayer, and the sequinned layer is a separate outer layer which is a good way of dealing with the scratchiness of sequined fabric. Ah there are lessons to be learnt everywhere we look.
Mysummertouch - I too thought that to sew sequinned fabric you needed to cut the sequins off from the seam allowance, but I tried just sewing over this fabric as normal on a scrap bit and it worked just fine. I did break one needle when I went too fast, but by going a bit slower it sewed together like normal fabric and the seams pressed flat. I think it's because this fabric is actually tiny little metal rings, instead of small metal discs like traditional sequins, so the needle was able to sew in between and in the middle of the rings. I'm glad it worked out like that, because cutting out the sequins from the seam allowances sounds pretty tedious, and I probably would have procrastinated on this one too!
Samina - I am not really a fan of sequinned garments either, and in fact when I was in the fabric store I was actually looking for a nice embroidered silk or some other textured colourful fabric when this caught my eye. Again I think it's because it's not the traditional large, reflective sequins in gaudy silver or gold ( or red shudder) but is a little more subtle.... I hope.
Vicki - how could I have forgotten Sofie's formal dress? It is the perfect balance of fabrics and colours. I wish I had worn something with that level of style to my formal instead of the black sheath dress I wore (thinking I was uber cool).
Anyway fingers crossed I report back in with a finished jacket.......