Thursday, July 22, 2010

Burda 10-2008-113






It's nice to see these friends reunited at last because last time they were together was when they shared an aisle at the Red Cross shop. The top is another $1.50 remnant and was intended to be a wearable muslin - once I'd checked construction and fit the idea was to remake it in my Karen Walker navy blue silk lycra - the gorgeous beautiful stunning fabric that accidentally got delivered to the outlet store instead of the designer store where I got it for a tenth of its intended retail price. Woopsie!

However, I need some help and encouragement blog friends. I am starting to tire, yes, tire of this 10 piece wardrobe business. Firstly, I don't give a rat's behind whether I have 10 interchangeable items of clothing. I don't even care if a single outfit matches. I don't care about the prizes, and frankly, now that spring is around the corner I just want to make cardys and dresses which would be verboten under the rules ( I would be allowed a single cardy or a single dress but not both).

In other words, then only thing that is keeping me on track is the promise to myself to have a subscription to La Mia Boutique if I finish it. And that my friends is a little silly because I could just buy it for myself anyway, whether I finish it or not.

In short, is there a single good reason to continue with this regime? At the moment I am only sticking with it for reasons of pigheadness and stubbornness. I suppose that is as good a reason as any.

Still, I'm open to words of wisdom from anyone who has been crazy enough to commit to this act of sewing stupidity before.

HOW DO YOU MAKE IT TO THE END?

17 comments:

  1. Well I haven't committed to that act of sewing stupidy before, but there are definitely things that I look back on now, things that I finished come hell or high water, and I wish I'd considered quitting as an option. I mean, if you're not having fun, what's the point?

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  2. Your FLIRT clothes are looking great, but I don't see why you need to press on if you have had enough. I am sure that your non-flirt clothes will also look great. I also think that you might as well get a jump on the seasons.

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  3. I think it is a wise person who knows when to stop. Lately I have been thinking that I actually sew too much...I sew too late at night, I sew when I am tired, I sew when I should be eating or bathing or exercising...all in an attempt to get through my own to-so list. Last week I stopped and thought that perhaps I would enjoy it more if I sewed less. Of course, I then get cranky when I can't sew. Balance is such a tricky thing.

    BTW I love that shirt. It looks very Burda safari! Not that I wouldn't love it in Blue silk, but your first version looks pretty good to me.

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  4. I don't know, but I LOVE this outfit. Great colours. You look so stylish!

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  5. If the thought of sewing anymore of your FLIRT wardrobe is leaving you cold, then it's time to either put it down and do something else or just forget the entire idea.

    Why do you sew? Is it for relaxation, stress-reduction, new clothes, fun? You aren't getting paid to make these things, it's not a job where you have to do something whether you like it or not.

    Maybe you should make some other items and come back to your FLIRT. Or maybe you should just make what YOU want to make.

    Ummm, where we supposed to encourage you to finish?

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  6. hm, would you like to trade? I am so done with sewing summer dresses and all I can think of is nice fitted fall jackets and skirts...which I can't wear yet. or fit.

    also, despite your saying that you don't care whether things go together all of the outfits you've posted recently have been maaarvelous.

    so i guess I second everyone else in saying sew what you want. and it will probably look smashing.

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  7. I know - buy the La Mia Boutique subscription now, and then you'll find so many nice things to make you'll be reinspired, and probably end up with a matching wardrobe of 20 garments!

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  8. I don't have an answer for you, since I'm in the same boat. I love your latest flirt clothes, though.

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  9. Lately I've found the best way to make sure I don't sew something is to put it into a plan, he he! Maybe you should draw up a plan to sew random, unmatched items.

    But more seriously...if you DO finish the wardrobe, you certainly won't regret having those nice items to wear.

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  10. I say stuff it, sew what you WANT! If you aren't enjoying it, your limited sewing time is being wasted. Get the subscription as a reward for the triumph of common sense over pigheadedness. Just my opinion, as one who hates "have to" sewing when I'd rather do "want to" sewing.

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  11. I think you have achieved your FLIRT goals but don't feel you need to make 10 items if you don't need them or want to make them. Move on to sewing you love.
    I have completed a 4 piece wardrobe contest and felt total burnout at the end. The burnout wasn't worth it (and that was only 4 pieces!)

    Buy the La Mia sub and find something fun to sew from it.

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  12. In my experience, when I have been determined to finish a 10 piece wardrobe because I said I would, I invariably ended up with 3 or 4 pieces that I made to fulfil the requirements yet I didn't like and have never, ever worn (and two of them just got chucked out). If you're over this wardrobe, then stop. You have all the pieces you need. Spend your time making something you really want to make and as Judy Ross said, reward yourself with the subscription for making a wise decision.

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  13. I really love the outfit - it's so great. I would totally love to wear that combo. Seems like you have more than enough advice about finishing the challenge. I'll be interesested in seeing what you decide to do. Marg

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  14. If you quit, you'll still have fun and if you have fun, you'll still sew and if you still sew, you'll still sew flirty things and those flirty things will be in your wardrobe so...

    If you quit, you'll still be sewing your flirt wardrobe. It will just evolved a little.

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  15. If it's torture then chuck the contest! But if it will bug you and make you disapointed in yourself then plough on.
    BTW I just found your blog and like it very much.

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  16. I saw this movie once where the heroine picks up her sewing, half finished and throws the whole lot in the fire pins and all. It was inspiring but I wasn't sure then if I could bring myself to abandon a project so completely 1/2 way through. I can now.
    That skirt is a winner and goes particularly well with the cut of the top. I'd be interested to see it made up in a stretch fabric if that is the correct interpretation from a slumbering sewer of what you said.

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  17. You crack me up -- I cannot tell you how many times I have stuck with something ONLY because I am too stubborn to stop!!!!!! One reason I won't start a wardrobe thing is that I just cannot wrap my head around trying to be that regimented about what I make. Plus, my sewing time is too precious right now - I can only squeeze in a little here and there. I only made ONE item the entire month of June and two so far in July -- I am feeling deprived!

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