I periodically binge on either patterns or fabric.... usually a sale I can't resist is the culprit. It seems one pattern company is always on sale at either JoAnns or Hancock Fabrics and there is always another sewing blogger that makes a really neat version of a pattern I don't have.
After some bingeing, then I get overwhelmed with all of the projects I'm going to have to complete. I HAVE to make things sooner rather than later, because if the fabric and patterns just sit there, it's kind-of like not having them at all. This is my brain, people. So I feel pressured and guilty.
In one of these pressured, guilty moments, I decided to tell my husband to give me a percentage of unused patterns from my stash that I needed to try before buying any more. I told him to be nice. Knowing a man's mind, he would have easily spat out "why don't you just use all of them before you get any more?" You and I know that that's just out of the question. Thankfully, in my moment of vulnerability, he was kind. He said I should sew garments from 50% of my pattern stash before I get any more.
Next step was counting. I really wasn't totally sure how many untouched patterns I had. My guesstimate was 25. I was close. I have 28.
It has begun, the countdown.. and the time period in which I do not worry about what cute patterns I might want to make one day. I instead focus on all the wonderful patterns I already have that I would really like to be in my closet instead of just in envelopes in my pattern basket.
I present to you McCalls 6559.
I have wanted a t-shirt maxi dress for many months. I began pinning them on my Sewing Inspiration board and then, as if McCalls had seen my pins, they released 6559.
I got the fabric here. It's so hard to imagine this much of it from just a swatch, but I got lucky. I really like it a lot.
After reading other's reviews, I raised the front neckline 2" and it's perfect for me.
I used Green Apples' method of finishing the arms and neck.
I pretty much have to have the belt. The fabric pools atop my ample booty. A sign of my growing knowledge, though: I knew this was going to happen. Without a waist seam, darts or at least a seam down the center back, there's no possible way to adjust for sway back. I wasn't surprised when it happened. I just went to my closet with the dress on to pick out a belt that would work and, voila, problem solved. :)
One down, thirteen to go. No rush. No guilt. I actually feel relieved and excited that I get to focus on the patterns I have without distraction.
Anyone want to join me with their own Pattern Pact?