Easy or Challenging? What Kind of Project Do You Like Best?

I was at a fabric store the other night, loading up on patterns that were all marked "easy." First, I am a sucker for a good pattern sale, which would explain my well-stocked pattern cabinet. Second, I was in the mood for easy. Time is tight these days and I want to keep sewing, without getting into something that's going to take more than a few hours.


I spent 100+ hours on this couture suit,
but that's not where I'm at right now. 

I was inspired to sew something quick and easy because I had spent some time in the mall searching for a specific style, and I could not find what I wanted at a price I wanted to pay. I needed a couple of skirts, and I knew I could make a modification or two to a pattern to get exactly what I wanted. Throw in some fabric from my stash, and that adds up to a real bargain in my eyes.

I wouldn't say that by nature I gravitate toward simpler projects. I like to add a lot of details and get creative with finishes and embellishments. I am inclined to line everything, put in zippers and set sleeves by hand, and in general just go a little bit overboard. I find doing a project that I love to be like reading a good novel. I'm always a little sad when it ends. And sometimes I don't know when to stop.

But that's not where I'm at these days. I have my eye on the prize of a couple of fast and cute skirts, and I don't intend to be deterred by couture touches. And that's perfectly okay. Sewing, like life, is all about balance, and some times are good for easy work and others are better for the challenging stuff.

For lots of easy projects, and a few challenging ones as well, you can pre-order Stitch Gifts 2014, which at the press as I write. I think this is the best Stitch Gifts special issue ever, with gorgeous ideas and projects by our talented community of designers.

Do you like easy or difficult projects? Do tell!

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Amber Eden is the editor of Stitch and SewDaily.com. She LOVES sewing and editing Stitch and SewDaily.com. She also loves dance, yoga, iced decaf triple espressos, and her two golden retrievers. She divides her time between Boston and New York.

12 thoughts on “Easy or Challenging? What Kind of Project Do You Like Best?

  1. You ask if I like easy or challenging patterns: This is not really the question. The question is whether I like the pattern or not! I became a little lazy lately, so I would prefer it to be quick sewing. But I don’t care if it is easy or challenging…

  2. You ask if I like easy or challenging patterns: This is not really the question. The question is whether I like the pattern or not! I became a little lazy lately, so I would prefer it to be quick sewing. But I don’t care if it is easy or challenging…

  3. I prefer fairly quick and easy projects – if it’s too difficult it can sometimes become overwhelming and the project is set aside for a later date (usually much later)

  4. Your newsletter really resonated with me today. I love being able to choose between difficult and easy projects. After a challenging project it feels good to do something quick and easy… Kind of like indulging in a little fast food. However, I soon crave “gourmet” and search for something that will take many hours, if not days. Both choices are satisfying and are what make sewing such a joy.
    Nini

  5. I don’t necessarily look for easy, I just look for what I like or need at the moment. sometimes easy fits the bill. What I do like to do is hang my project up in my living room to look at for awhile. I don’t know why, but it makes me happy in a way that shopping for clothes, etc., doesn’t.

  6. lately I have been very busy tweaking retail purchases. Changing and embellishing finished garments to make them my own is very satisfying. To see what I’ve been creating lately check out my blog WeSew.blogspot.com

  7. lately I have been very busy tweaking retail purchases. Changing and embellishing finished garments to make them my own is very satisfying. To see what I’ve been creating lately check out my blog WeSew.blogspot.com

  8. It depends on the project. As far as patterns go, I gravitate toward very classic designs, however, I love embellishing them to make them unique and fun. That’s where the challenging part comes in. So I like both. When I just want to sew, it doesn’t matter what the complexity is, easy or challenging, if I want to make it, I will. However, if I want them in a hurry, the easier the better, but make them look complex with design elements that I add along the way. I don’t always plan everything out but I do organize my things so I have everything when I am ready to get it done. – Darlene

  9. I have always chosen patterns and projects that are full of details and I think I really enjoy doing the extras that make something exceptional. When I look at patterns I often think they will be easy until I begin and then I add special touches so that they become complex. I especially like to sew seams correctly the first time so I don’t have to pick out stitches and re-do. This means reviewing the instructions thoroughly before I sew. Honestly, simple or hard I enjoy all sewing and find that it is a therapeutic stress reliever for me.

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