Recently I started working a cute dress that I had high hopes would be my Easter dress. Minnesota had been experiencing some gorgeous, warm weather, so I choose a little sundress thinking that it would be a quick sew. (No armscye, boning, or tailoring to worry about!). I set to work making my muslin and soon realized that this would take a bit longer to sew than I had originally anticipated, but I wasn't about to let that put a stop to my sewing.
It wasn't long before I realized that I wasn't loving the way this dress was turning out. The straps were far to wide-set for my narrow shoulders. I didn't like the way the gathered and pleated skirt was laying against my body. The pattern in my fabric was doing strange things to the proportion of my chest - making my already tiny girls look lopsided and even smaller (any ideas on how to make this the next IT look?).
|No, this is not a problem with matching plaids, there are |
like a millions darts, tucks and folds in the bodice of this dress.
I sometimes wonder where my (ir)-rationality comes from. Thankfully, after the prodding of my hubby, I tried the dress on again. He told me that he really liked the dress! He liked the fabric because it was different (not sure what that exactly means, but coming from him this was a compliment). He also thought that it looked nice on me. I decided that with a few tweaks I would be able to have a wearable dress that I liked too.
Now these tweaks didn't make it in time for Easter - the partially seam-ripped dress is still on my dress form - but I am feeling tons better about this dress. Actually, I'm even feeling like I might be pretty good at sewing. Gosh darnit, I can make some lovely things. Hopefully I can carry this perspective to my next situation where I've failed to match stripes by 1 millimeter and therefore declare that the world is going to end. (Really, I haven't done that, but I also haven't sewn stripes yet).
I'm not going to ask about projects that you've screwed up on, rather I want to know - what gives you perspective? When something isn't going well, how do you tell yourself that you're not a failure and everything will be fine? If you are not a perfectionist of sorts, and therefore never have even remotely similar feelings of failure, how do you do it - seriously, I want to know!
Live in the moment and love life!