Why do some projects get sewn up in a few days and others sit half done on the end of the sewing table muttering imprecations and gathering dust?
I started this coat last Autumn, when the weather was just cool enough to need a top layer, but still warm enough to consider an edge to edge style.
The Big Idea was to make the coat Chanel style, not using interlinings and interfacings, but keeping it light like a cardigan by quilting the outer layer to the lining piece by piece. The quilting was going to be decorative, with birds swooping down the front. Swallows were all drawn up and ready to fly.
Then it fell at the first fence. The bubbly surface texture of my wool didn’t sit well with the quilting. The stitches just got buried, whatever thread combination I tried. I gave up and went for a loose lining.
The original design had a neckline raised at the side, cut away at the centre front. I ditched this too after a toile. That left a decision of the edge treatment and leather binding seemed the best bet. With that half done, impetus went the way of the weather. It’s ok battling on with long winded techniques if the end product stands a chance of being the thing you thought it would be, but when the swallows flew south they took a fair chunk of enthusiasm with them.
Through gritted teeth I got to grips with finishing it this week.
Not the coat I intended, but still not bad. I’ve gained a useful coat and space on the machine table.
Do you find it hard to complete projects when it means a compromise?
It’s the first of May. MMM 1 for those brave enough to sign up. Reading a few blog commitments it struck me that until I slung the coat on, I was all rtw. Quite unusual, for me. Ten year old jeans ex Asda sale, five year old cashmere jumper ex TKMaxx with, hey! hand embroidered flowers over the moth holes, positively ancient silk top ex Patra Selections and silk scarf from an Oxfam shop. Sorry to let the side down ladies.