Sew Every Day Challenge: Week 5 (or, “taking for fricken ever to finish”

The past week has been super busy. We were at my parents’ until Wednesday and then spent Thursday and Friday getting caught up on laundry (#momlife, amirite?)… so very little sewing happenend this week. I’d planned to have my dress done before going on this trip, but obviously that didn’t happen. But, I got that scarf done (you know, the one I started after Christmas?)! That must count?

Date: Monday, August 7

Time sewing: 20 minutes

What I did: I hand-sewed a few buttons onto the button band. That’s it.

Date: Tuesday, August 8

Time sewing; 0 minutes

What I did: Nada. But, my husband and I went on a bike ride while my mom watched the baby. It’s all about balance, right?

Date: Wednesday, August 9

Time sewing: 0 minutes

What I did: I could lie and say we were in the air all day, but it was actually, like, 4 hours total, so, yeah.

Date: Thursday, August 10

Time sewing: 20 minutes

What I did: I finished sewing on the buttons and started on sewing down the button band.

Date; Friday, August 10

Time sewing: 20 minutes

What I did: I finished that sucker! Sewed the last bit of button band and it was done. Finally!

Date: Saturday, August 11

Time sewing: 25 minutes; 25 minutes

What I did: I finally got to start a new project! Whee! I’m on to fall/winter sewing now and have a bunch of tops and a dress planned and my goal is to be done by October 1 to get maximum wear out of these items. First up: the Linden sweatshirt from Grainline Studio. I feel it’s time for me to retire my belovedMcCalls 7195 (I have made at least eight tops with it) and I think the Linden is its replacement. I took the first chunk of time to cut out and alter the pattern and the second to pin and cut out pieces for what should be a wearable muslin.

Date: Sunday, August 12

Time sewing: 17 minutes

What I did: I got my machines ready by changing thread on the serger, spinning bobbins (yes, plural) and swapping out my regular needle for a twin. This took longer than I expected as my light burned out and I hurriedly took it out, hoping the hubby could grab a new one while picking up groceries. Alas, the store wasn’t open yet while he was out, so I’m confined to my serger for the week. (Unless anyonr out there has a useful hack for me?)

Total time sewing: 2 hours, 7 minutes

What I learned:

  • I felt like I hardly got any sewing time in, but still it added up to more than two hours. That’s not too bad.
  • Planning to sew on vacation is a lot of work, but motivating oneself to actually do it is even more difficult.
  • I’m comfortable knitting in front of others because they’ve come to expect it of me. I’ve brought my knitting with me pretty much everywhere for the last 7 or 8 years, but while people know I sew constantly, they don’t often see me take it out in front of them. I plan to change this.
  • I need to stock up on essentials so that silly things (like a burnt out light) don’t slow me down so much.

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