52 Projects: Number One

Getting Underway, or, How To Procrastinate

Hi! So, I set myself a (public) deadline to start my year-long 52 projects project, and of course put off starting for as long as possible.

I got there in the end, but this is more a lesson in how not to start a project.

Here we go...

I chose to start things off with an easy sewing project from Tilly Walnes "Love At First Stitch". This book is lovely because it has patterns for pretty things that suit my taste perfectly, and it starts right at the beginning of dressmaking for newbies.  Although I have some sewing experience, it's been a while since I did anything more than sew on a button, and I haven't touched my sewing machine for about 2 years.

The first project in the book is the 'Brigitte Scarf', and it's super simple - if you just get on with it, which I didn't.

Here's how I did it:

  1. Make coffee
  2. Do all the ironing
  3. Make more coffee
  4. Notice dishes
  5. Do dishes
  6. Hang laundry
  7. Clean already clean bedroom
  8. Polish desk
  9. Clean sewing machine (genuine step - it was very neglected)
  10. Set up sewing machine, take ages because you've forgotten how
  11. Look for manual, can't find manual, google manual
  12. Spend painful half hour threading sewing machine, it's not like riding a bike, turns out
  13. Do the practise stuff - which is harder than expected
  14. Make coffee

And so on...

When I did start to feel a bit of momentum, I realised I'd sewn up completely the wrong seam and had to pick it out and start again.  Which was fine, it was totally fixable.  In fact, I was pretty relaxed about messing up the whole thing. I had enough fabric, plenty of thread, and that's really all I needed.  I could've made it all wrong at least 9 times before it was a problem. 

In the end, once I was set up and going, it was really easy and I love my new scarf.  I will definitely try again with some different fabrics soon.

Excuse my limp hair, it was 33°C

Excuse my limp hair, it was 33°C

What I'll do differently next time:

  • Start earlier, obvs.  
  • Pay more attention to the print on the fabric.  The flowers should've been right in the middle of the width.
  • Use a slip stitch to close the seam.  I used the machine to finish, as instructed by my book, but I would use an invisible hand stitch instead

Have you beaten procrastination lately?  Have you started something new?  If so, I’d love to hear about it. Please comment below so we can all catch up!