Here’s my viewpoint on UFO’s. I CAN’T! I usually work on one project at a time. My personality is such that I MUST finish one before starting another. Although I’m really great at multi-tasking, when I have an unfinished garment put away while I work on another, it’s like clutter in my brain. If it’s not complete it bugs me.
Now that you’re aware of my dislike for UFO’s, you may be surprised to learn that this top I’m showcasing today has been hanging in my closet, unfinished for about 2 years. Oooh, the SHAME!!!
So, how did this top become a UFO, you might ask? It started with the fabric. When I purchased the fabric, I loved it, but when I began working on the top I wasn’t too sure about the print. Then, I remember not wanting to deal with the sleeve construction. Therefore, I put it aside, for what I thought would be just a little while, so I could decide if I would complete it or just forget about it. Of course, I started a new project in the meantime. My “one-and-only” UFO hung alone in my closet, waiting to be loved.
With each new project I started, my UFO sunk deeper and deeper into the that dark place called, “forgetfulness.” She hung in the closet of my sewing studio, only to be seen when I ventured to that side of the closet. From time to time, I did consider getting rid of her, but for some reason I didn’t. Even when we moved to our new home recently, she survived the declutter session, and made it into the new closet of the sewing studio. Only this time, she claimed a spot that made her visible daily.
Every time I heard a sew sister mention anything about her UFO’s, I would think of mine. Then last weekend, I had a rough 3 days of sewing. I made 2 garments and neither one made me squeal. One was so bad that it actually made it to the trash before it was completed. The other one I will wear. Sometimes (not always), when I’m disappointed in a garment that I make, I feel a little frustrated. So, after making two that didn’t wow me, I needed an easy project for success. Every time I make a bad one, I always want to redeem myself. I guess in my mind I’m proving something to myself–that I can do better. Hahaha!
My UFO had been on my mind already earlier that week, so I decided, why not? The only things she needed were sleeves, button holes and buttons. Yes! I was ready to complete my 2-year UFO! Hmmm… Perhaps I held on to her for such a time as this.
Somehow, over those two years, I misplaced the pattern that I used to start this top. I looked through all my patterns and couldn’t find anything. It turns out that I didn’t need the pattern anyway because I no longer had the pieces that were cut to finish the sleeves (if I ever cut them to begin with). If I remember correctly, there were either cuffs or bands with plackets on the sleeves. I also didn’t have more of this fabric to construct my own sleeve ends. Perhaps I could have added a contrasting cuff or band, but I didn’t want to or feel like doing that. I just finished the sleeves with a 5/8″ hem instead. After sewing in the button holes and attaching the buttons, she was done. I tried her on and I LOVE this shirt The fit is right on and the princess seams (which are kind of lost in the print) are always my favorite. I redeemed myself for that weekend, AND I’m UFO Free! Double bonus! This shirt was made using an ITY knit that I’m sure I picked up from either Michael Levine’s or JoAnn’s. It was two years ago, so I really can’t remember. I anticipate getting a lot of wear out of this top, dressing her up and down with jeans, skirts, high heels, flats, boots, and sneakers. She’s certainly being added to my favorites. My plan is to never have another UFO, but then again, I’ve learned to “Never say Never!”
What About You?
How do you feel about UFO’s? Do you have any UFO’s? If so, do you have a plan to complete them?
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