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Ellee

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Date: 9/17/08 11:58 AM

I'm not sure if this topic will get off the ground or not, but here's a try!
I have a big ol' stash of UFOs which I need to finish or toss.
This finish sewing-along is about UFO's so add new rules, subtract rules, modify rules, anything to get those UFO's done!

My personal rules are:

1. 'Finish' means complete the piece or accept that it's a wadder! The point is to get that pile of half-finished items out of limbo.

2. I will finish my at least 2 UFOs AND review them before I start any ONE other project.

3. If i decide it's a wadder I will toss it OR decide that the fabric will be salvaged to be something else. If it's something else I will cut the fabric up, toss it in a ziplock, and label it thusly.

4. If I'm unsure if an item is a wadder or not, I will post a pic/description and solicit feedback.

5. I will get at least (X amount of) UFOs done (y amount of time).

6. I will post my non-successful UFOs also.

7. I'll add reviews in a timely manner.

OK! My plan is to get two unlined jackets settled. One is a from a vintage spencer jacket pattern I found online. It's the first pattern I tried to resize/reinterpret using my duct tape dress form. I need to add facings, collar, buttons. It's coming along so-so and may end up in the trash.

The second is a copy of a short sleeved RTW jacket I have with long sleeves. I need to finish the collar, hem, and buttons.

I have time tonight, so I hope I get them done. If not, I'll aim for tomorrow afternoon.
-- Edited on 9/18/08 8:47 AM --

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Date: 9/17/08 6:04 PM

I can't commit to finishing two projects a week but I'm loving this idea!! I already have two UFO's and I've only been back to sewing for about a month!

Great idea!

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Date: 9/17/08 6:30 PM

I think that it is a great idea! If you only have 2 UFO's you are very fortunate to start now and put a stop to it. I have no sewing room power yet, and I have already been told that I can't hook my sewing machine up to the generator. That hasn' t kept me from cutting out!

Off the top of my head I have: 1 pr dress pants that need the waistband finished and the hems. At least 1 jacket that needs finished.

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Date: 9/17/08 11:12 PM

I only have two unfinished outfits because I have a rule that I cannot buy more fabric for my stash until I sew something into an outfit. But I have a swimsuit.....and a 50's retro Butterick pattern (my mother wore this dress to Bingo)....that are cut but not put together. I will play if I do not have to finish two a week. I am a single mother who has a high pressure job. I sew an hour an evening and on weekends. One in two weeks is fast for me.

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Date: 9/18/08 0:02 AM

Great idea. I really need this as I have a horrible habit of starting and not finishing things. Count me in!

The first thing I need to do is go through everything, pull out all my UFO projects, and list them all with a target date to complete. Until I know what I have, I'm not ready to commit to a schedule.

I will, however, commit to posting my list of UFOs by Monday 22-Sep-08. Just the process of doing this may eliminate some of them if I decide now to officially abandon them.

Oh, and I will be including mending and alteration projects as well as non-garment projects such as a stuffed turkey I started on for a Thanksgiving decoration several years ago... Hope that's OK!

Glenda

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Date: 9/18/08 8:17 AM

This is an interesting idea. I don't have many ufos but those I do have been hanging around for a while. Maybe we could award each other a for each one dispatched.

Ellee

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Date: 9/18/08 8:51 AM

Quote: mandeedee
I only have two unfinished outfits because I have a rule that I cannot buy more fabric for my stash until I sew something into an outfit. But I have a swimsuit.....and a 50's retro Butterick pattern (my mother wore this dress to Bingo)....that are cut but not put together. I will play if I do not have to finish two a week. I am a single mother who has a high pressure job. I sew an hour an evening and on weekends. One in two weeks is fast for me.

I edited the '2 in a week' rule. Most of my UFOs are either need things like buttons and hems or really need to be put to rest!

The retro dress sounds very cute!!
Ellee

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Date: 9/18/08 8:53 AM

Stuffed turkeys are welcome too! I'm going through my wardrobe for the season change. My mending is in a color-sorted pile close to my machine, so I can fix stuff up while I have a certain color thread in there.

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Date: 9/18/08 8:59 AM

I envy the 2 UFO people! Sometimes I let them 'age' and feel less bad about tossing them later. Especially after I make something better in quality. I'm in spring cleaning mode right now, so I got a few things done. My progress last night and this morning was:

* The spencer jacket was really more of a muslin, and I zigzag'ed most of it. Easier to cut a new one. I salvaged a few squares as they would make nice contrast to a totebag I plan on later. Noted on pattern that it needed a lining next time around.
* Tossed out a muslin for another project that I kept for no reason.
* Bias strip to finish bottom of vest.
* Made list of buttons I need for vest, lace top, other jacket. Will make button pilgrimage later today.


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Date: 9/18/08 11:07 AM

Working on going through my sewing closet to inventory all my UFOs... I selected several items to go to Goodwill, and determined another 5 are going to get cut up for fabric re-use. Already feels like a victory of sorts!

Rather than set a number of items to complete per week, I am leaning towards designating a certain amount of time on specific days to work on them. Right now I'm thinking one hour each on Tues, Wed, and Thurs for repairs and alterations and a larger block of time on Mondays for bigger projects.

I love your idea of grouping things by thread color - that wouldn't have occurred to me but I can see how it could be a great way to save time. Thanks!

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