Sunday, 10 April 2016

Changing plans

On Friday I am graduating from university. I had been planning for a while to make a little black dress for the ceremony using B5281, a very elegant reproduction vintage pattern from 1946. Last night, I scrapped this plan and will be wearing another dress I made last year instead.

I have always been someone who enjoys taking on large, complicated projects, and I immerse myself in them. I even get everything done on time. But this time I decided I needed to take a step back, and remind myself that it's okay if I don't follow through this once. I got to the stage of having the wearable muslin finalised, and the went to bed last night, and started scheming how I could fit sewing a fully lined crepe and silk dress in four days around university, assignments and work.
 When I started panicking over needing to thread trace all the darts and tucks due to the black fabric, and realising slippery fabric is horrible to cut, I decided to call it off. Actually, I'll be wearing one of those academic gowns, so it won't matter what I am wearing to a great extent. Not enough to need to sweat over a new dress. I am in love with this pattern. The details on it are exquisite, and I have bought the most gorgeous fabric for it. I want to take my time and ensure I have a really well made dress at the end of the process. A good LBD will become a proper wardrobe staple in time. I'll be graduating again next year anyway from masters! I am very relieved I can have some breathing space this week, and am looking forward to getting stuck into this dress when I have the proper time to devote to it

8 comments:

  1. That's a wise decision! It's not fun at all to rush through a project!

    I am very bad sewing with a deadline. I get stressed out and don't enjoy the progress as much like I do when I take the time.

    Congratulations with graduating!

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    1. Thanks Anthea! Usually I don't mind sewing to a deadline, as it can make sure those final touches et done, but this was not going to be a fun deadline project at all.

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  2. Good choice, Kaitlyn! You're so right, it is more important to have time to breathe, so to speak, than to to be rushing like crazy to finish a dress in time. Way too much stress, especially at an exciting time like this! :) I too made a black crepe dress from this pattern, and it was quite the headache trying to mark the darts and tucks on that fabric! I used chalk, but it still didn't work the greatest.

    Congratulations on graduating, and have fun sewing the LBD when you get to it! I love the mockup version too; it is so pretty.

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    1. I jut went through your blog archives and found yours, so elegant! Yeah, I felt such a relief when I took the pressure off myself.

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  3. Good idea to step away. I know for me, I make the most mistakes when I feel rushed. Congratulations on your graduation!

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    1. Thanks Tomasa :) I certainly did not want to be making mistakes on a deadline

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  4. Takes courage to step away from made plans. Good for you. Enjoy your graduation ceremony.

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