Loyal readers, you know we don't talk about UFO's here on MPB very often. (I'm an accentuate the positive type of guy.) And I have only two "unfinished objects" to my name, sort of.
First, my cranberry corduroy jacket (ugh):
Second, a black polyester crepe skirt for my mother (belch):
How about Michael's suit, you ask? I think to qualify as a UFO you have to have cut into the fabric, don't you?
What happens to me -- and it doesn't happen often -- is that I either run out of steam, run out of interest, or both.
Friends, I fear my rose-print dress is veering toward UFO status, though I am trying -- trying -- not to let that happen. But I'm experiencing strong resistance and the headwinds are formidable.
The first challenge is that I have to make a crinoline for it -- that's spooking me, though I have all the materials already: the tulle, the net, the ribbon, the lace, polyester fabric for the top, elastic for a waistband. I even have a pattern.
The second issue is that I'm still not sure what color I want the bodice to be. I blame you for that, and myself for asking your opinions. Who knew you'd be so persuasive -- and so polarized?
Next, I've fallen out of love with the pattern (particularly the raglan-sleeved bodice) -- and the fabric. I think it's all too girlish for Cathy. I fear she'll end up looking like Miss Yvonne.
Finally, the so-called Comeback event came and went -- and in an old dress with some new accessories, go figure. Now it's over and the momentum has vanished.
I do want to finish this project, and it doesn't even have to be that big a deal. I could probably finish it in a day or two and I don't have to make the crinoline; I can purchase one. I mean, I don't knit Cathy's pantyhose!
I'm a big believer in going where my energy is (following my bliss, as it were). I hate the feeling of pushing uphill and it always works out better in the end to work on what I enjoy.
So yesterday I poked my head into the fabric store and I left with five yards of this:
It's some sort of poly sateen (?) with a bold peony pattern. It's lustrous and dramatic and the wrong side is arguably better than the right side:
At $2/yd., why not? So I thought of revisiting this pattern from a while back, a formal cocktail dress with matching jacket.
I'd tried making this a year ago with the poly brocade-from-hell. It was a nightmare to work with and I threw the whole thing out.
Like it or not, this project sounds more gratifying to me than that rose-print dress right now.
Of course, this would mean another UFO to my name. Eek.
Friends, I ask you: what is your policy regarding UFO's? Do you have a lot of them? Where do you keep them? Do they depress you to even think about?
Do you ever re-visit them at a later date and complete them?
If I do assign UFO status to the rose-print Comeback dress, should I schedule a re-visit now (in two weeks, say?) or just stick it in a box and forget about it?
Guidance, please! (Motivational mantras especially appreciated.)
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns. I also sew for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!