Thanks for all of your feedback on my husband’s plaid shirt. It got me thinking about ways to overcome little dips like that in the future, and one way I came up with was to have a slow sewing project going on in the background. The obvious project for me to pick back up was Vogue 8333. It’s crazy to think that I’ve been sewing long enough to have an unfinished project that’s two and a half years old. But, I do.
If you’ve been reading this blog for long enough, you might remember I used to do a lot of weekly series. It all started when I took my first Craftsy class: Gertie’s Sew Retro – Perfect Bombshell Dresses. I found that I liked watching and completing the steps from a single video lesson in a week, and “Tuesdays with Gertie” was born. I imagined continuing the series with Gertie’s second Craftsy class, the one on jacket construction that has long since disappeared from their site, and then her books. But, I just couldn’t get her jacket to work for me (and I never ended up buying her books) and eventually switched my focus to Claire Shaeffer’s Custom Couture Collection Vogue 8333. Tuesdays then became “Tuesdays with Claire“.
I got as far as cutting out the exquisite silk and wool blend fabric that I’d picked up from FineFabrics.com when life got hectic. Plus, I’d also gotten more involved with the Bay Area sewing community and had begun dreaming of using the jacket as an excuse to study with Beth of Sunnygal Studio.
I never found the time.
Or, more precisely, I never made the time.
The cut jacket pieces have been patiently waiting for me to choose to make the time… for the last two and a half years.
Honestly, I still don’t have the time. But, like the idea of having a backup project whenever my main project is getting me down. Plus, I’m tired of seeing that beautiful fabric sitting in a basket in my sewing area waiting for me to magically find the time. So, I’ve decided to try to get back into the habit of doing one thing a week on the jacket. Or, maybe just one thing whenever I need the boost? I won’t ask you to hold me to it, but here’s to fostering good habits!