Unfinished Business

I don’t talk much about WIPS because honestly I don’t have that many. If I muslin something and don’t like it, I don’t make it. If a projects isn’t quite turning out how I like it, I discard it; either using the materials for something else. If it’s nice enough, I’ll give it away or give it to a second hand store.

I spend so much time thinking about things I could make, then putting them through a filter to then decide what I will make. Cost, deadlines, whether I like it enough for me or just as a design all play into it.

I like lots of garments but I won’t make them all. Below I give you the few (and I looked in all the bins) unfinished projects:

All the denim skirt needs is a waistband and a hem. I don’t think I like it enough to keep it even for a costume. I’m gonna scrap it and use the fabric on something else.

The black with pink and grey flowers knit Blank Canvas Tee just needs to go be stitched up. This would take 10 minutes at the most and I’m still just staring at the fabric. I think I’ll dare myself to finish it as part of my sewing dare to use a pattern more than once.

The butterfly chiffon is supposed to be a huge skirt and it was going to be this dress (scroll to the bottom of the post) but I think a skirt is as much as I can deal with right now. I had every intention of finishing it… until I realized that I cut one piece wrong and I have no more fabric left. I might just make it and put the reversed piece on the side.

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Clockwise: Denim Victorian skirt, Knit Blank Canvas Tee, Butterfly chiffon

I was going to make my 6yo this awesome cape but made her the muslin and she said she’s rather have one like her brother’s cape. So, while this isn’t quite a UFO, I’m kinda unfinished about it. The cape she wants calls for more fabirc so now I’m “stuck” with this gorgeous magenta merino wool. There’s only like a yard and a half. What should I make? I’m still gonna use this QC with cats and cuteness on it for the girl’s cape. I’ll just have to find another fabric for the reversibility.

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The main reason why I haven’t finished the butterfly skirt is because of this mess of tulle. It’s supposed to be a huge 50s petticoat. I already applied satin ribbon to the whole thing. I’m crazy. I need to just do this but I’m not ready for it.

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I made my daughter this dress several years ago and blogged about it on my old blog. While my daughter can still fit into the dress, the bodice doesn’t fit her anymore and she really doesn’t like it so open in the front chest so I’ve been sent off to fix it. I have the fabric to do it. I just haven’t processed which bodice pattern I’ll use. I already changed the pattern I started with so I’m not going back to it. I need to find another bodice to start with…maybe the one I used for her Alice costume. 2013-01-07 11.52.08

I also started this jacketty/top thingie thinking I’d use it for my costuming endeavors but I haven’t finished it. Usually, what that means, is that I don’t like it enough and I should just let it go and move on. But I don’t know…I like the fabric and I keep hoping one day I’ll come back to it and finish it. Not now, though.2013-01-07 11.53.14

I like the gigantic collar I started…but it’s not interfaced yet and there’s so much more work to do. It’s staying in the unfinished business pile2013-01-07 11.54.01

So, there you have it. I don’t finish everything I start but most of the time I do. I power through, especially if I really like something. Remember the little cape I made that I went back to after 2 years and did buttons for? That’s a long time for a WIP.

At what point do you let go of a project? Or, really, how long do you let a project sit? How long have you let a project sit before coming back to it and finishing it? Have you ever given a project to a friend just so they can finish it for you?

12 thoughts on “Unfinished Business

  1. black label says:

    🙂 I just wrote on my blog about WIP and UFOs. One of my NY resos was to tackle my alterations box because it was causing me to lose my mojo on new projects. I feel so guilty not finishing things so Ive now completed the cardigan that sat for 3 years & im now onto the coat that sat for 2 years! Im ploughing through them to release this insane guilt!
    But for real, if Im really not feeling something, I usually give it up quite quickly & toss it or recycle the fabric pretty quickly.

    • Leila says:

      I love the jacket material and I hope I can finish the jacket. I think I’ll want to build it up a bit as it’s really drapey and I don’t think it’ll hold up well. And yes, the butterfly material is just so pretty. Way to go on getting your quilt done!

  2. Brooke says:

    My unfinished pile looks a lot like yours – a couple things just need hems, at least one thing needs a neckline shape change before I put the zipper in (I liked the shape/level of the mockup’s neck but it looks too high in the print of the real thing), and a have a couple long-sleeved thermal tops and an apron cut out but not assembled. I will probably tackle them once I feel I have a good start on my etsy stuff – gotta go where the motivation is first!

    You could use that magenta wool for a variation of a TNG jacket or even another skant! You would just need some black wool to go with it. Or probably even easier, make yourself a little elbow length cape just to cover your shoulders – that would be cute!

    • Leila says:

      I like the TNG variation jacket idea a lot! I think the wool is too precious to make another skant. I have to show you the one I’ve made. It’s skant-ish and I need to pick out some puckered parts. Oi! Not looking forward to that day. I’m working on a massive cape and I have the little black one so maybe no cape, but great idea.

    • Leila says:

      I’m curious whether I can beef it up a bit. I’d kinda want to add a twill lining (maybe) so I can add boning. I just need more time to mull over the few ideas I have. but thanks for your lust. lol

  3. 5currantbuns says:

    I love the wool, its a stunning colour…and the butterflies look life fun

    I don’t have many WiPs because i sew mainly for my boy and if I leave things too long then he’s usually grown too much… with knitting I try and get it finished within 12 months, if I don’t I think carefully whether to frog it or finish it…although I did have 1 jumper that was 15 years in the making, I eventually frogged it because the intended recipient had died !

    • Leila says:

      Sewing for kids does have that growth deadline. I like how you look at stuff and either frog or finish it. I’m like that with most of my knitting, too.

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