Sunday, November 15, 2009

Rediscovering the mojo.


More than two months. Man, really? Has it been that long?
Unfortunately my sewing time has been cut rather short (read: to nil) by a combination of DIY (husband building shed = me having to watch the kids so they don't play with the power tools = no sewing time); house-hunting (open homes all weekend + stressing about putting in offers = no sewing time, nor sewing mojo); and one half-finished Burda jacket sitting on the dressform awaiting a collar and a lining (= complete and utter sewing intertia.) I don't want to do the jacket, cos it's wool and we're now well and truly heading towards summer, and I don't want to start anything else, cos the jacket is sitting there staring at me saying "finish me...finish me....get me off the dressform and into the wardrobe before a small child spreads yoghurt or weetbix or kiwifruit over my woolly self."

Sigh. I really should suck it up and just sew a little A-line skirt or something, to break the drought, but I've got myself well and truly into a rut.

Anyhoo...enough complaints. I do have something to show; this is a top I made a couple of months ago using New Look 6648 and some very lightweight, floaty rayon (I think) knit from stash. The colour is a bit dark for this time of year, but in the interests of using up stash, it's fine, and the hand of the fabric is right for the style of top. I'm mostly happy with it; the kimono sleeves are really comfortable and breezy; and I'd probably make it again in a more summery fabric, as it sews up really quickly. My only complaint is that the gathering of the band is a bit of a pain; next time I might just gather it onto clear elastic rather than faffing around with gathering threads. I've broken the blogging drought, I'm all set to break the sewing one. What do you do when you hit the wall? I'm open to any and all suggestions :-)


  1. I like that kimono sleeve style! I would break the drought with an ultra simple <1hr a library bag, or pencil roll, or elastic waist pants for children...that way, if your mojo is still lounging or yet another house offer wafts by, you can drop everything and not have a project left on your to-look-at-and complete list.

  2. Hmmm, tricky Jen, tricky. Because in actual fact you have a lot of demands on your time and no easy way to palm them off !

    First, let's see, if it was me, I would count up shed building time and demand hour for hour sewing time to be redeemed at a later date.. just because I have a "everything has to be fair" chip on my shoulder...yeah, then I'd find a quick sew to knock off but you can bet your bottom dollar it would be a quick project for me, me, me.

    The top looks great by the way...

  3. Its ok, really it is. Put the jacket aside (wrap in tissue). Mark your diary for April to restart the jacket and make summer clothes in what time you can snatch. (From the Agony Aunt) PS I love the top.

  4. hm...Usually I do a tiny bit of mending. It needs doing and is usually tiny (mending a hole in my bf's jeans is a good one).

    By the time I'm done with it I feel so deprived of sewing that I do something right away.

    Glad you're out of the drought!