See here’s the thing. I’m very good at starting projects. I’ve got the finding new fabric, new patterns, new techniques- NEW NEW NEW feeling down pat. What I’m not so great at is actually finishing projects. Especially when it starts to appear like the project might not look like the perfect image you have in your head. When the dream gingham dress I’ve been planning for literal YEARS can’t fit my waist, when the cream mushroom Regilisse dress just kinda looks meh, when the butterfly Datura blouse I’ve made my sister’s partner is too tight on her bust, when the hours I’ve spent making a garment look like they are going to waste; not to mention the days I’ve spent daydreaming about the project, imaging the outfits I’ll wear, the events I’ll go to.
Most of these projects just need hemming, a couple of buttons, an hour tops. But there they sit, neglected and ignored.
So here’s to finishing things, to creating garments that you did not imagine you’d make, to changing your inspiration and not allowing your own trepidation or fear of ruining a garment, to accepting that vision in your head isn’t going to happen and that THAT IS OK.
This is Papercut Patterns Saiph Tunic and things did not go exactly as planned. After the generous sizing of the Coppelia wrap I thought I could make it in an XS. I could not. Not wanting to ruin the poly silk-feel fabric I bought in Hong Kong (off a street vendor in a dirty alley no less) I had a Tim Gunn moment sans the impeccable suit. I chopped off the sleeves that were cutting off the blood supply to my arms and gathered what was left of them into a ‘pleated blob’. The back wasn’t ever going to be able to do up so I folded in the neck opening to create the V-back. As the dress is tight it doesn’t flap open and generally sits much straighter than the picture would have you believe.
This one it to making things work. And if all else fails, looking moody in a leather jacket.