immobilized with indecision

I’ve been a bad blogger, because I really don’t have much to show the last few months and certainly nothing this last week. I *really* thought I was going to sew all weekend. But, I was immobilized with indecision. I thought I wanted to start a HP coat that I have, but it’s not quite fall here yet and I didn’t feel like tracing anything off. Then, I thought of some skirts I wanted to make. But, all my transitional fabric is plaid and I didn’t feel like matching. Then, I thought I would do a knit dress. But, my zig-zag machine is with the couple that I’m making curtains for. Then, I settled on some Patrones pants. But, they got a great, big, fat #EPIC FAIL in the muslin process. After that wadder, I took a stab at one of my Kwik Sew bra patterns. It seems destined to be an UFO. Here’s where I’m at (never thought my travel pillow would be so great for this kind of photo):


You may not be able to tell, but this image represents me spending most of today looking for the lingerie elastic I bought at G Street and in NYC last year to start making underwear. I can’t find it. Grrr. Honestly, I’m starting to feel like this wasn’t the weekend for me to get back to the sewing machines.

Tomorrow, I plan to return to a project of success!! Simplicity pants #4237. Those pants were a keeper and I’m thinking I should go back to a good thing!


  1. Always a good idea to go back to a TNT to get your mojo back. The bra does look really good at this point. If I come across your elastic I’ll let you know and if you can find the 5 jalapenos I bought yesterday, can you return them? Honestly, I’ve looked everywhere. I know how frustrated you feel.

  2. I’m also a great procrastinator when picking what to make next and often pull out many different fabrics and patterns out of envelopes only to end up doing nothing (except making a big mess). After my last wadder I wanted to make something safe and easy too, just to get back in the swing of things.

  3. Yeah, I know what you mean . . . despite the lovely fall clothing patterns, it’s hard to think about cutting into heavier fabrics when it’s still so hot outside!

  4. We all have days like that. Going back to a tnt pair of pants, which are fab by the way, is the way to get your mojo back.

  5. I’ve been in the exact same frame of mind this weekend. But, I want you to know that I have taken all of my ling erie sewing supplies to my crash pad in B-more and I am happy to share if you ever need anything. You know how to find me!
    And BTW, both of my first 2 attempts at bras were long hard days of frustration that ended in wadders. But #3 was a charm and now I am hooked. Don’t give up!

  6. You may be feeling a little down about the patrones wadder and having to rummage around for your lingerie supplies. It’s hard to have disappointments, especially when your sewing time is so precious. Since I am still sitting here in my after-shower kimono (at least it’s after-shower — LOL!), I am completely unqualified to offer anything but sympathy and understanding. Oh and one more thing, I can offer the fact that I am awestruck by your first bra-making project. Wow! Also, who would have known that a travel pillow would make such a great bra-form 🙂

    I totally love those Simplicity pants and making another pair of those sounds like a fabulous idea.

    And Robin, I loved your little pun — “now I am hooked” on bra making.

  7. I know the feeling! It can be so debilitating to be unsure what to make next!! I agree that going for a TNT will surely help your motivation and give you a lift. A couple of ‘sure to fit’ garments will enthuse you again – shopping also helps IMO Lol :-))

  8. I’ll be looking for your elastic and Sherril’s five jalapenos if you can help me find the six chicken wings, one eggplant, three zucchinis and a bottle of lemonade I mislaid somewhere between the shop and my office.

    I’ve had the same immobilisation this week. I need to do one simple hem to finish a dress that I could be wearing today, but I can’t seem to do it. The machine is threaded with the right colour, the hem is pinned and all I have to do is sew. Three minutes max – it’s taken me longer to write this message!

  9. Well, I’m not going to be much help! My mojo has been missing most of the summer. Made 4 knit tops in June, decided after wearing 2 of them they needed to be 1″ shorter, took out the hems and that’s it. All I need to do is mark, cut off and hem and they’re done. Can’t get into it. I have 2 more cut out ready to go and can’t even muster up the umph to do those. And they’re TNT’s!

    But in all honesty I’m an avid gardener so I don’t usually get much sewing done in the summer.

  10. I’ve missed your blog also so it was great to see this note — even though I’m sorry if the projects didn’t go the way you like. I find at times I go through stages like this — and sometimes I just putter in my sewing area and reorganize things. After a while, I’m ready to go again. Never tried a bra before but Robin’s advice seems apt.

  11. Start with a success, good idea. It worked for me–I’m wearing my fourth of a series of successful Burda pants, all made in a week.

  12. It doesn’t seem like indecision at all, that’s plenty of things you have thought about. Just not the sewing type of weekend. Go ahead and sew something you totally love like you have planned.

  13. HA HA! LOVE the alternative travel pillow use! But what does ‘HP’ stand for? The first thing that comes my mind is Harry Potter (yeah, I’m one of those), but I’m guessing you wouldn’t be making a Harry Potter coat.

    I can also totally relate to indecision, although as Jali said right above me, I don’t think that was it. It was more like obstacles in your way. It could be too that you’ll just be happier doing a TNT (I do know what that means! lol) after being away from the machine for a while to get back into the groove.

    I *wish* indecision was my problem. Instead, I’ve got a wedding dress plus other commissions, and a thesis to write in my way. Boo-urns.

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