August 31, 2012

On Finishing a Non-Crochet Project.

Filed under: On Creating. — Tags: , , , , , , , — amandajocrafts @ 11:10 am

I absolutely love crocheting for my Etsy shop. I love creating patterns, adding new product lines, and I especially love the new teddy bears I’ve been making. But sometimes, it’s particularly gratifying to complete something for yourself, something you know you’re not going to sell or give to a family member, something that is just going to be yours.

A little while ago, I had written about a “finished” dress I found in my closet–finished but for the fact that it was many sizes too big (how does that happen?) and the whole bodice would have to be taken out and redone. (Click here to read about it.) Well, I did it this weekend–mumbled and grumbled my way through the excruciating process of undoing all those stitches I had previously done and refitting, repinning, resewing, trying the dress on so many times I grew sick of it…and I had an epiphany. Sewing is the opposite of yarn art. In crocheting or knitting, it’s the creating that takes all the time–all those loops and yarn-overs and knits and purls and everything–millions and millions of painstaking knots. In sewing, however (at least with a machine), the sewing part is so fast–a couple ZIPS under that needle and you have a seam. But taking it out once you’ve made a mistake, without injuring the fabric, is both tedious and time-consuming. I mentioned as much to my fiance, and he just commented on my lack of patience.

At any rate, I successfully made it. I hemmed it all by myself. (Which is a feat for me, because I usually beg my mother to pin it while I’m in it to make sure it’s all even. But since she’s a couple states away, that would have been quite difficult.) I added some cute buttons. And here it is:

It’s not perfect, but I am proud of it. And now I have sworn off sewing for the next six months.



  1. very cute..and i agree…taking out a machined sewed seam is the pits !! it has made me ‘unfinish’ quite a few projects !! but this one is adorable !!

    Comment by jeanne — August 31, 2012 @ 11:59 am

    • Thanks! I have such little patience for undoing my projects that I can’t sew too often!

      Comment by amandajocrafts — August 31, 2012 @ 12:00 pm

  2. Very cute and congrats on finishing it. I, too, avoid sewing at all costs. I usually have my mom do it. But it looks very nice.

    Comment by Jen Anderson — August 31, 2012 @ 12:23 pm

  3. Well done for finishing it! It looks gorgeous. I tried sewing again recently and remembered that a sewing machine and me do not get on!

    Comment by Abigail — August 31, 2012 @ 1:49 pm

    • Thank you! I know what you mean–I feel like it’s a tug of war, and the machine ALWAYS wins 😛

      Comment by amandajocrafts — August 31, 2012 @ 1:52 pm

  4. Love your dress as it is very pretty. It feels so good to finish a UFO from the sewing basket. I have been sewing for my daughters and it is so fiddly getting the bodice fit just right. I am getting into the good habit of making a calico bodice up first so that I get the perfect fit on it, before I cut out the real thing. We all get sick of the trying on again and again. I love the feeling when I win over the pattern and the sewing machine. Keep on sewing as it gets easier the more you do.

    Comment by linnyjcreations — August 31, 2012 @ 9:49 pm

    • I love the way you say it “win over the pattern and sewing machine.” That feel so correct!

      Comment by amandajocrafts — August 31, 2012 @ 10:17 pm

  5. The dress looks great! But you can’t swear off sewing when today kicks off National Sewing Month!

    Comment by Sher — September 1, 2012 @ 1:10 pm

  6. Super cute! Looks to me like you need another date night for that one. Maybe picnic?

    Comment by Jamie "ChatterBlossom" — September 1, 2012 @ 5:33 pm

    • Absolutely! And you know what, I think my tickle me pink bow would go so well with that…. 🙂

      Comment by amandajocrafts — September 1, 2012 @ 6:21 pm

      • That would be adorable! I didn’t even think about that, but it has pale yellow stripes and everything! Score!

        Comment by Jamie "ChatterBlossom" — September 2, 2012 @ 9:11 am

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