It usually happens just as I have attached the skirt to the bodice, or joined the pants-legs together… I sit up, stretch my arms, crack my back, and a feeling of hopelessness comes over me. The object in my hands looks like a bunch of fabric scraps – threads hanging everywhere, mishapen and wrinkled – it’s never going to turn into something beautiful I want to wear! I want to toss it in a corner and forget about it, but I know I will never pick it up again if I do.
What are your tricks for pushing through when you’ve hit the sewing wall? Do you start playing with trims or picking out buttons? Do you have a sketch of your idea to keep you on track? Do you walk away and have a cup of coffee? Usually I get this because I have lost the initial vision of what I was hoping to make, and a few hours of sitting at the machine have made me a bit crazy in the head! There comes a moment when the damn thing starts looking like a dress again and you can see it working out, but sometimes we have to help that moment along a bit!