Today I want to cover unfinished, almost forgotten, and sometimes headed for disaster, crafts of long ago. Unlike the last two posts, some of these crafts/projects were abandoned on purpose, so if I’m going to finish those, there will be some imaginative re-planning to be done. Let me break it down for you, there’s… The Good – projects that were either going well or could easily go well; The Bad – projects that I likely started and didn’t have a clue what I was getting into, usually above my skill level at the time; and the Ugly – horrible, bad ideas, the type that make you wonder what you were thinking.
My best friend Kelly and I really shouldn’t be trusted in craft or fabric stores. It feels like we always walk away with more than we should! This first project is an excellent example. We went to a small fabric store to get lace for my wedding veil and walked out with that plus a pattern for cupcake shaped potholders and enough fabric to make almost a dozen of them. Do you think any have been made yet? Nope!
p.s. My wedding was almost a year and a half ago
This next one is all me, and sort of wedding related as well. I was struggling with ideas for bridesmaid gifts for a while, and for some time this was my favorite idea. I planned to make myself, my maid of honor, and my bridesmaids all nice kimono robes to wear the morning of the wedding while we were getting ready. Cute, right? Well, I’ll spare you the details, but that didn’t happen. I’m left with a half made robe (the blue/brown fabric) and a bunch of uncut fabric.
I’m not sure whether to call this a dressform or a mannequin body. I’m going with dressform. I bought it from the Casual Corner where I worked vacations when they were selling everything off. The measurements are decently close to my measurements, and the $15 i spent on it was a lot better than the dressforms at the fabric stores. I need to get a stand for it, and if its reasonably possible, get the measurements exactly the same as mine.
Remember, this batch of projects had the best of intentions, but usually due to inexperience, I either picked bad materials or generally screwed them up.
This dress is the perfect example of inexperience leading to the wrong fabric choices. The pattern was great in theory for this dress, it has the boho hippy thing going on, but its such a thick fabric. Really, it’s better suited to pillows or curtains, but I didn’t know any better. Not sure what to make of it now; it’s all cut into pattern pieces.
I tried to make this corset as a top for the renaissance fair, but time ran out before we went, and it got shoved away in a drawer. I don’t even know where the outer fabric has gone — I can’t find it anywhere. Maybe I should finish this one anyway, it would be a good sewing exercise.
Another renaissance fair fail. This one only got to the fabric buying stage. The funny thing is, this isn’t even a project for me, it was for my friend Kelly. Well, I’d forgotten about the fabric and now it’s with me in California, and she’s in New York. I’m going to ask her what she wants me to do with the fabric, I could send it back or maybe make something nice for her or her daughter. Any ideas?
When I first got my sewing machine in college, a friend and I bought all kinds of crazy patterns and had all sorts of ideas. I started trying to sew this little handbag, but got so confused by the instructions at the time that I just gave up. I’m not even sure this is the pattern I was using.
I have quite a few…
This little thing makes me happy. I started knitting a rectangle one day, and decided it would make an adorable little bag. I’m torn if this belongs in this section or in the “The Good” section, but it’s here because I don’t know how to finish it. It would need a pretty strong lining, and a zipper.
Another bunch of Kelly’s fabric. We thought we could redo all the upholstery in her truck with this stuff. It’s so soft and snuggly, but it’s also not very strong and it sheds a lot. I’ll have to ask her what she wants done with it because I sure don’t know.
Originally I had this crazy idea to attach these 3 canvases onto top each other and paint a big picture over the lot of them. Then, I quickly changed my mind. Now I have 3 blue canvases that each have some unpainted edges (I can’t remember why I thought that part was a good idea).
These beauties are another failed bridesmaid gift. Don’t worry, they girls all got lovely earrings and necklaces. I found these at Hobby Lobby for like 99c each and couldn’t resist. The plan was to paint them all in colors that each girl likes and put the jewelry inside. Time and energy, as well as a couple of other things, put a damper on that plan. Now what do I do with 6 ceramic cupcakes?
Oh, the ugly…
Ok, so what you see before you is the bodice and lining of what could have been my junior prom gown. I don’t think this fabric is ugly in and of itself, it’s more that I’m now in my late 20’s and not in need of a shiny silver and black prom dress. I’m not sure what to do with this now.
A more recent attempt at sewing. This very bright red thing is the result of last minute panic at the lack of a Halloween costume a couple of Halloweens ago. Yeah… I’m just going to go ahead and say this is so not much style and should just be stopped. So, I have lots of bright red shiny/satiny fabric and black frilly lace trim to use up.
Ok, digging up these pants made this whole undertaking worth it. I remember the exact moment when I realized what a horrible, horrible idea these were. They don’t look so crazy on the lady on the pattern, but when you have them in front of you in real life, well, that’s a whole other matter.
I don’t think a photo of these pants on the floor do their insanity justice. For your viewing and laughing pleasure, I put them on. Please bear in mind that these were made exactly according to the pattern instructions, no extra width or panels sewn in. Oh, and they’re huge on me and I’m pretty sure I weighed about 10lbs less when I made them.
I hope you enjoyed this dive into my sewing and crafting past. Check back Monday for your next installment, Craft Debt Pt 4: The Ghost of Crafting Present. In the meantime, feel free to check out the rest of my posts or let me know all your crafting failing/abandonment adventures.