Contests are an opportunity to focus solely on the challenge presented. There are rules to follow and deadlines to meet. Contests serve as a good motivation to try something new or hone old skills and there's a sense of accomplishment when the contest is completed. The excitement of the start of a new contest brings about creative ideas and the prospects of planning fabric and patterns.
come to realize that
while contests are fun and challenging, I also hate them. It's not the
contest per se, but the feeling that I can't begin other projects until
after the contest is over. As a result, I end up rushing to finish a
garment and making far more mistakes. Plus, right now I can't help but
think of all the new sewing possibilities for Spring. The fact that
it's 40 degrees outside...in February...in
Mchigan is NOT helping. (What is up with the weather?? I am
not at all a fan of the cold, but it should not be this warm in
mother's daffodils broke ground last month due to the abnormally mild
winter. That is not good!)
Case in point: I am working
on two more pairs of jeans for the Jeans Contest. On one pair, I have
sewn and unpicked the waistband three times. On the other pair, it took
me forever to come up with the simplest back pocket design - and I'm
not even a big fan of it. With just over a week to go, I don't even
know if I'll finish the contest.
As for the SWAP, I am
still committed to finishing, though I am stalled on the jacket. I got
the fit to a point where I like it and now I need to insert the lining.
The problem is, I neglected to make the same adjustments to the lining
pieces when I adjusted the fashion fabric. I only vaguely remember what
I did. I usually write these things down as soon as I do them, but
didn't this time. I just hope the lining goes in smoothly.
Finally, the Fashion in Detroit show is coming up in a month and
I want to make a dress for that. After viewing the comments left on my
last post, I've decided on Butterick 5559. There are only three
pieces, it's knit, and I should be able to sew it up rather quickly -
thus freeing up more time and energy to devote to my SWAP.
I think these will be my last contests for a long time. I might
join a sew along or two, but I'm over competitions. Anyone else have
experience with contest fatigue?