Unfinished projects are probably the most uncomfortable aspect of living the life of a creative person.
Can you imagine how many times I looked in this bag, a suite case, the attic or the basement, going there full of motivation to pick an unfinished project and get it done? Then you open the box and a wave of things you completely ignored the existence of crashes over you. You see piece by piece going through your hands followed by imagination and pictures of how awesome those could turn out, if you would finish them.
You think you found the one you’ll attack this time, but oh there is another one, even better… or another one… and so on. Suddenly you realize you spend hours looking through the stash, because you are getting hungry, and there is no worst moment to start anything then getting dizzy because your body is asking for food. So, you don’t start anything at all, once more the projects are getting abandoned…
I am not even mentioning all the new Ideas and inspirations I get in my everydays life. So, at what stages is a project becoming a neglected WIP, or just a new idea? Maybe something between two weeks and years…
I must draw some separations between different sorts of abandoned projects though. There are fabrics, some already have ideas attached to them of what they should become. Some are more of a material supply to choose from.
In my case I have lots of secondhand clothes, I wanted to upcycle, mainly men shirts.
…and things I made, even finished but still would have to take some adjustments. Or wanted to make some addition out of the leftovers.
As this fabric is, for example. I made some trousers out of it, convinced to create a matching top for it (might still happen). Meanwhile I got to use the leftover fabric as a backround for photos, and like it too much that way to turn it into a top.
Now that that’s said you have a bit of an idea how I feel about all my unfinished projects.
So, let’s get into the projects I will finally face now during the next two months. To be honest I wanted to do that for ages (obviously, otherwise it wouldn’t be work-in-progresses), so thanks to @crosheille to make this a subject in the @needleworkmonday community! And make me do it finally! :)
To begin I choose those two projects; a ramie shirt/dress and a silk dress, that I wanted to upcycle for ages.
Usually, I choose the project I want to do by the fabric, that inspires me most by its color and touch.
The ramie dress is about a year old (or even older) I got it in a secondhand shop, because I liked the fabric. I thought I could wear it as it was, as a dress meets shirt kind of garment. I didn’t like it.
So, I started to change it and had in mind to turn it into a nice, cute simple summer dress. Therefore, I dyed it with black tea (which gives this gold-brown color it has now).
…that’s where I gave up.
…and that’s where I’ll start again. With a different idea though, this time I want to go for an apron-dress. Kind of a mix between dungarees and dress as well. That you could wear over your clothes or as a dress itself.
The second project is going to happen with this purple silk dress, that I got on a flew market (also for the fabric). I find it quite cute but still thought that it could have even more potential. So here we go after I neglected it for about half a year…
I want to turn it into a two-piece, crop top with same fabric shorts. In addition, I am going to use some linen fabric that has just the same tone of purple.
And hopefully we will see some outcome of those Ideas by next Monday:)
Thank you for the time, the exchange and encouragement!! Have a lovely week!