Friday, March 8, 2013

Why Do I Keep Doing This to Myself?

Did I do anything last night that suggested I was sane?
~ Terry Pratchett (Going Postal)

Why do I continue to try to sew when I am tired?  

I (foolishly) tried to get a start on the A-Line Snoopy dress...  

My thinking was something along the lines of, "Yes, I'm a little tired, but it's an easy pattern.  It won't be any problem."  


As I mentioned yesterday, there are really only a few pieces - front and back of the main dress and front and back of the facing.  The instructions are such that you can hide all of your seams in-between the body of the dress and the bodice-facing.  

That is, IF you actually FOLLOW the instructions!  I skimmed and thought that I had read that I was to attach fronts and backs at the SIDE SEAMS.  In fact, I was actually supposed to attach fronts and backs at the SHOULDER SEAMS!  

And, of course, I chose to do French seams, which was sufficient to discourage me from ripping them out...  

This set me up so that I could hide the neckline in-between the dress and the facing, but not the raw edges around the arm openings.  

I decided to finish those with some leftover pink bias tape that I happened to have on hand.  

I think it's going to end up looking pretty cute - but I'm still annoyed at myself for making such a stupid mistake.  :(

The thing is, if I wait to sew until those times that I'm fully rested, then I only end up sewing a little bit each weekend.  But if I try to squeeze in some sewing during the week, I often end up making mistakes...  I have to come up with some way around this situation - any creative ideas for me out there?  


  1. Are you more a morning person? I don't know your work schedule but maybe try for a little sewing before work? It's amazing how much you can get done with just 20-30 minutes a day!

    1. Hey Debbie! Thanks for the suggestion - unfortunately, I'm not so much a morning person and am already getting up at 5:15 am. :(
      The problem is that I work long days and have a long commute - maybe this upcoming furlough will be a blessing in disguise...

  2. Hi Gwen,
    I struggle with the same problem and end up not sewing very much. My only suggestion is to work slowly when you know that you are tired and focus on enjoying the process instead of trying to get a certain amount done.

    1. Hi Ruth - that's a good suggestion - I should think differently during those times that I am tired... I will try to go into it with the attitude of being very deliberate. I will try to focus on the tiny details of each step, and not care about how much I get done. Thanks! :)