My current project is making me feel a bit overwhelmed, as though I'll never finish it! So I need to share my thoughts out loud...
I really want to make a dress for my beautiful niece, but I've not made anything before for someone outside the immediate family - I'm getting a bit freaked.
I knew I wanted to make something from HappyHomemade Sew Chic Kids. This book is AWESOME. I've spent a long time umming and ahhing, before choosing which one I'd go for: design E with beautiful pin tucks on the front.
Once I'd chosen, I thought "Cool, let's rock!" I traced out my pattern and bought my fabric. But then I had doubts about my ability to "finish" it nicely enough to give as a gift. I worried about the elastic in the neckline.
I've never had these anxieties sewing for myself or my own children. Why am I so freaked out? She's only 8 years old, so rationally I know she won't judge my sewing. But I do want it to be nice for her, something special just from me. My word - I feel as though I've never sewn before!
My doubts multiplied until I gave up on dress E and decided to opt instead for design J - the V neck dress. It looked easier to achieve. So I drafted the pattern, cut out my fabric, then realised there will be raw edges on show around the neckline hidden only by some lace. After mulling this over, I've decided to abandon the lace and line it instead.
Still haven't put needle to fabric yet; and, to procrastinate further I've decided I'd do a "practice" version in miniature for my young daughter Immy, to iron out any construction worries. Now I just need to crack on.
Did anyone else feel this way the first time they made something as a gift? How do you feel when you sew for others?