Procrastinators of the world unite – tomorrow!
If you are a historical costumer, you probably put off doing certain tasks to finish a project. I do. You WANT to sew. But you want to finish surfing Facebook or reading the new blog you found. You agonize over picking up that skirt to sew the final hooks & eyes on. That hem has been calling your name for weeks now….
To save that UFO pile (that’s Un-Finished Projects), here are 3 really useful tips to pick up your stalled dress and “get ‘er done”!
1. Take Action!
Has your sewing been attacked by Jack Frost? Your dress sitting for way too long? The very best way to overcome your knack for putting off your sewing is to get moving again. Now.
Don’t delay anymore. Take a step. ANY step – be it one button, four inches of a hem or even completely setting in both sleeves.
Any action you take will inspire more action. Your brief bit of work will help you feel accomplished and you’ll want to do more. Plus, your project will be that much closer to finishing!
2. Admit that Perfection Doesn’t Exist
Perfectionism is a close cousin of procrastination – and we all know how family get-togethers can be.
We want that bodice to be perfect in its fit and trim so we linger on the “what if” possibilities of what will happen if it doesn’t turn out exactly the same as the picture in our mind.
Notice: your garment will NEVER come out perfect! There will always be a fabric flaw, a tiny hole left by the seam ripper. A buttonhole set 1/32″ further in than the others.
Such peace comes when you know it won’t be flawless. Admit you are human and that is what gives a project your own special touch. Your imperfections will contribute to the beauty of the artful costume.
3. You Can’t Wait For the Last Minute for Inspiration to Strike
You’ll do a better job tackling that costume a little bit at a time rather than at the last week before an event.
Hello! Can you say we’ve all been there?? Don’t let this happen to you! Rather, make the decision to NOT go there again on future projects.
Plan ahead for those times the sleeve gets set in upside down. Know that the skirt panel can get stuck under the machine needle when it’s decidedly inconvenient. Allow time for the skill of producing beautiful hems knowing it eludes you and takes you hours to finish.
Waiting until you want to sew will not get your project finished. Nope. ‘Cause who of us gets anything accomplished if we wait until we’re ready to work?
That costume deadline is out there. Keep it from pestering you by getting started NOW. One little whipstitch at a time.