Sewing a planned wardrobe has not been as much fun as I originally thought. I feel like I'm bogged down and plodding through quicksand. So much is working against me.
- I just don't have the temperament for a SWAP. I prefer to work projects from beginning to end but I'll be bored to death if I stay with this SWAP. I may have to put it aside in order to save my sanity. I'm considering interspersing SWAP pieces among other projects. Following this schedule, it might very well be August by the time I finish my SWAP and that may make me crazier than if I stay with it until the end. I do much better when I can make two pieces - a top and a bottom - and move on. Two coordinating pieces is a SWAP in the broadest sense, isn't it?
- So far, my blouse fabrics have not been user-friendly. The print fabric is very stable and the sleeve caps didn't ease well. The solid color fabric ravels and frays like crazy. I basted a pleat, then by the time I got back to it the fabric frayed beyond the line of basting and the pleat had disappeared. The fabric was heavily treated when I bought it. I had no way of knowing it would fray so badly until I got it home and washed it. Things will get better (I hope) when I get to the skirt, jacket and pants, which will be made from a lightweight wool crepe. This brings me to the next problem.
- Time has not been on my side. Sewing wool crepe makes me think of Winter just when I'm finally seeing hints of Spring in southeastern Pennsylvania. (It hasn't snowed in almost a month!) After a miserable Winter, I want to sew Spring fabrics. I'm already looking ahead and planning pieces for PR Weekend in May. Yet here I am, fussing with 5 yards of wool crepe.