Source: PhD Decal
An article from Threads Magazine got me thinking about Sewing UFOs (Unfinished Objects) and PHDs (Projects Half Done). l recently reorganized my sewing studio and came upon a bunch of sewing projects I didn’t finish for one reason or another.
I had to decide which UFOs and PhDs might actually get completed. I had a pile of over 30 different projects. There was absolutely no way I would ever tackle them all. So I sorted them into 3 piles:
1. FINISH – These projects would be my sewing projects for the next few months. Most of these were either important or nearly completed.
2. REUSE – Most of these projects were barely started. The fabrics for these could be put back in my fabric stash and used for another project.
3. DUMP – These projects were ones that went terribly wrong or no longer held any interest. Out in the garbage they went.
Once I sorted through my pile, I evaluated each of the 13 projects that made the cut. Here’s what I ended up with:
Project: My Godchild’s Bedding which includes a Queen Size Quilt, 2 Pillow Shams, Dust Ruffle, Throw Pillows and Doll Bedding. This is a massive project that I started at least 2 years ago.
Problem: This project was first delayed, because the fabric had been discontinued and it took me more than 3 months to locate enough yardage. But that was only part of the problem. See, I don’t know how to quilt, nor do I really want to learn. And then there’s the Queen Dust Ruffle: 630 inches aka 52.5 feet aka 17.5 yards = panel of fabric I had to sew together to make the Queen Dust Ruffle. Did I mention it’s a one-way directional print? That’s 14 sections. And honestly, the thought of having to gather 630 inches is a bit overwhelming to me. Lastly, I have to find some oversized sheeting material for the Dust Ruffle deck (base) that is at least 80 inches wide.
Progress: So far, I’ve only completed two throw pillows (a ruffled one and a print one) and some doll bedding. This week, I managed to cut, serge and sew all 14 sections of the fabric together for the Queen Dust Ruffle. I smartened up and solved the oversized sheeting problem by purchasing a Queen Dust Ruffle for $13 to use for the base. I ripped off the tailored bed skirt and serged the raw edges of the base.
Plan: Once I gather the 630 inches of fabric, I’ll attach it to the base for the Dust Ruffle. For the Queen Quilt, I found a great tutorial on Sew4Home for a Queen Duvet. I’m going to use the diagram to make the quilt top. Then I’ll send it out to be quilted and bound (because if I don’t, it will never get done).
Probability: High. Serious Guilt Factor.
Project: Four Embroidered Bath Towels and 4 Embroidered Hand Towels for my Sister-in-Law. This project started 5 years ago when my Sister-in-Law asked me to make her some embroidered towels for her bathroom. I finally purchased the blank towels this past Christmas. Gave her them all gift-wrapped and then took them from her.
Problem: My son busted my dongle (necessary key) for my embroidery software, so I had to order a new one from Husqvarna Viking (which took about 3 months to receive).
Progress: Washed towels to shrink before embroidering. No other progress.
Plan: Need to design a monogram in my embroidery software, test it and then stitch it out on the towels.
Probability: Medium. Will become a high priority as we get closer to Christmas.
Project: Silk Curtains for the Bagel Store
Problem: This project is stalled until my BFF decides what height she wants to hang her curtain rods.
Progress: All that I need to do is sew the headers and bottom hems.
Plan: I’ll sew the headers while I wait for her to hang the curtain rods. That way all I have to do is sew the hems when she’s ready.
Project: Baby Ruffle Pants, Baby Shirt and coordinating Burp Cloths.
Problem: After spending time on this project, I find out the recipient is
having had a BOY! FML.
Progress: I finished these Baby Ruffle Pants.
Plan: To figure out what to make for the baby boy. Something Blue.
Probability: Pink – Low. Blue – High.
Project: When my 9-year-old son outgrew his favorite Yankee shirt, I thought it would be perfect to make him a simple pillow out of the fabric. That was more than a year ago.
Problem: I could not bring myself to throw out my son’s $27 NY Yankees baseball shirt. Only problem is I’m too lazy to just get it done.
Plan: Cut out a square and sew it up next time I have Gray thread in my serger.
Project: In order to get my sizing perfect for this Christening Dress, I made two other silk bodices.
Problem: I simply couldn’t throw the unused bodices out in the trash…so they need to become baby dresses.
Plan: None at the moment.
Probability: Very low.
Project: This turquoise silk was supposed to become a beautiful little girl’s dress. I dyed the purchased entredeux and some vintage lace bright orange.
Problem: I was new to sewing entredeux, so it didn’t come out perfect like I had pictures.
Progress: I recently purchased a beautiful soft orange netting to use as an underskirt for this dress.
Plan: To daydream some more about this magnificent creation in my head.
Probability: Someday I might finish this dress, but don’t count on it.
Project: I started this silk baby jacket back in September 2007…umm, that’s 4 years ago to match the silk baby bottoms.
Problem: I got the pattern from the Baby Couture book (and no, I don’t recommend buying this book–it’s one of the worst I’ve seen for children’s garment construction). The collar pattern was so wonky that I trashed it.
Progress: The base of the jacket is sewn.
Plan: Hem the sleeves and the bottom of the jacket. Then draft a new collar pattern and finally finish this jacket.
Probability: Yeah right.
Project: Started these two pairs of girl’s capris probably more than 5 years ago.
Problem: Took so long for me to get them half-done that they no longer fit my daughter.
Progress: Solid black pair needs waistband casing, elastic and bottom hem. Polka dot pair only needs elastic in the waist.
Plan: Complete them for another recipient.
Project: Started this peasant top for my Godchild when she was a size 2T. She’s now a size 6x/7.
Problem: The arm elastic was too tight for her.
All I needed to do was gather the ruffle, attach it to the bottom and topstitch it. Complete!
Plan: To give this top to another little girl.
Project: Three pair of boys pants done with the exception of the inseam and bottom hem.
Problem: Too many projects. Easily distracted.
Progress: Inseams done on two pair now.
Plan: Finish 3rd pair of inseam and hem all 3 pants.
Project: I started this boy’s beach shirt in May 2007.
Problem: It’s done…only need to add 5 snaps. Talk about lazy!
Plan: To attach the 5 snaps.
Project: Silk Christmas dress for my Godchild.
Problem: She didn’t like it. That and I hate doing buttonholes.
Progress: Need to make buttonholes and attach rhinestone buttons.
Plan: To wait to find the right recipient before attaching buttons (to ensure perfect fit).
Ok…so there you have…my shameful UFOs and PhDs. So tell me, how bad is your pile? What keeps you from finishing yours?