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 self-taught sewing fanatic! I've been sewing obsessively since 2009 and today make all my own clothes using mostly vintage patterns and vintage sewing machines. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!