The pile of shame aka the fickle sewer

I, like many other sewers have work in progress projects (WIP). Sometimes projects get shelved and they end up in my WIP pile. Often they are shelved because I’m avoiding a tricky sewing technique or more likely I’ve gotten distracted or worse I just can’t be bothered to change the thread in the overlocker! Yes I am a terribly fickle sewer. When a project gets shelved it either ends up on a pile or it gets shoved under the table my sewing machines are on with the thought that ‘I’ll get back to it soon!’.

Getting set up for my first sewing of 2017 I noticed to my horror that the pile is now so big it’s difficult to sew as bits keep falling on top of the foot peddle and I can’t get my legs under the table! Alright I’m probably exaggerating but it’s definitely gotten out of hand (a bit like my fabric stash!).

I decided it was time to have a sort out and delved into the pile. I discovered a few things I didn’t even realise I’d started and it was at this point I realised that I need to start working on my WIP stash.

So here’s what I finished this month …


I think the pattern was the BHL Charlotte skirt made up in a grey pinstripe wool that was gifted from my Mum’s stash.

The skirt needed a bit of hand sewing which was very therapeutic. I find it a good task whilst watching tv like pinning seams or taping together PDF patterns.


If I’m honest I don’t remember much of the construction although the darts are at weird angles which I think was an adjustment for fit at the time. 

Having finished and worn it the skirt is a little on the snug side for me these day but it looks smart and it’s a great addition to my work wardrobe. If I can find the pattern I might make another with a tad more ease around the bum!


Now the confession is over I’m hoping I can keep up finishing items to get the pile back down to a more sensible level! I’ll keep you posted!

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