I, Kirstin, of Small Bobbins, do solemnly swear that I am up to no good.
(Wait, that’s not the right pledge, is it?)
MMMay is probably one of the “original” sewing challenges for the digital sewing community. Nowadays, there are so many challenges that it’s impossible to keep up! In fact, I’m even at a point where I’m (gasp!) challenged-out. So for my MMMay 2018 pledge, I’m going to focus on my massive pile of WIP/UFO’s (works-in-progress, un-finished objects) and follow a low-key pledge to wear me-mades when I can. I’ll try to document my daily outfits on my Instagram so that I have a record of what I’m actually reaching for, and maybe that will help me focus my plans once I’m open to starting new projects again.
Yes, no new projects until my WIP-pile is done. Honestly, I have too many! At least 16 projects that are either fully cut out, partially cut out, or need some mending/altering before I’d feel comfortable wearing them. I don’t think I’d reasonably be able to get through all of these in May, but I’m sure going to do my best, and I’m banning myself from new projects (besides pattern testing!) until I’m through.
So what’s on the menu? (click through to go to the designers’ sites)
- Ginger Jeans
- Archer shirt
- Helmi shirt
- Basic Instinct tee
- Frida dress
- Sierra and Noelle bras
- Jasmine bra
- Delphine panties
- Claudia panties
- Bella panties
- Jamie bodysuit
- Flint pants (to alter, the pocket opening flops out)
- Jim joggers (to alter, for my son)
- ‘self-drafted’ midi skirt
- Gaia wool coat (okay, let’s be honest here, this is in time-out until next October)
Yeah, so, omg.
I’m a big believer in checklist, so here’s how I’ll approach these projects:
- Grab one at a time: To me, this feels like a crucial first step to tackling these projects. Focus on one at a time! Give it my full attention, complete it, and then move on.
- Check where I’m at: did I cut out all pieces? What size? Did I make any pattern adjustments? Do I have all the notions/equipment? Matching thread?
- If I’m missing any notions/thread, I’ll make thorough notes and put it aside until I can head to my local shops.
- Read all of the instructions before getting started: if I have any qualms about the methods or the order of the steps, I can make notes before starting.
- Sew the dang thing.
What about you, have you pledged to participate in MMMay this year? Do you have an overflowing pile of UFO’s that keeps you up at night…? No? Just me? Okay then…! Has your approach for organizing and tackling your sewing projects changed since you started sewing? And if so, why?