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 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!