I've always been the kind of person who needs a plan. Since the P in SWAP stands for Plan, I believed I could finish a SWAP. Several days ago, my SWAP felt more like a SWAMP and I didn't know how to move on. I wasn't enjoying the project, but I still was compelled to finish it. The problem was I had no direction – no plan.
The SWAmP was the last item in my queue and I felt lost not knowing what I was going to do next. I felt obliged to finish the wardrobe because I didn't have another project lined up. This problem was easily fixed. I had fabrics on hand and an occasion to sew for (PR Weekend) but, I hadn't assigned the fabrics to any patterns yet. So I spent a relaxing evening going through my pattern index and assigning patterns to fabrics. I added four projects to my queue; enough to keep me busy for weeks. Once I had goals and a direction, I was able to enjoy myself again.
In addition to formulating a plan, I took the advice of some commenters from my previous post. Charley gave me good advice. She said, "What if you sew it by outfit? Do one top/bottom/jacket then move to a different project and come back to the SWAP pieces and pick a skirt/top, etc." So, that is what I did. I already sewed the two blouses. I'd only have to finish the pants or skirt and I'd have a completed outfit. Best of all, I wouldn't feel like a failure. Once I decided on the pants, my mojo was freed and I got back on track. Then Carolyn, in her much appreciated, no-nonsense way, said, "Sometimes it's okay to put the fabric back in the bin and wait for the next season. If you need permission, then I'm giving you permission. Move on and sew spring because your hobby should make you happy not tense and uptight! :)". I happily put away the rest of the SWAP fabric and I'm ready begin the next projects in my newly revised queue!