Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Plugging Away

I am still sewing that garment.

Vast amounts of hand-basting. Vast, I tell you.

My current garment progress rate is approximately one seam every three days + one dart every month. Let's play Count The Darts in the picture below! All together now: one waist dart + one french dart + one armscye dart = THREE! 

Per side! SIX for the front alone! (My patience dried up four darts ago.)

And my frog button progress rate is approximately 2" every 2 weeks.

So maybe "progress" is kind of an exaggeration.
Which is not good news, given that Chinese New Year is in ten days. 

But I'm not panicking. 
The way I figure it, I adopt this exact leisurely sewing speed (often even slower) every Halloween, right? 
And the children still miraculously have costumes to wear, right?
(Sometimes even in time for Halloween itself.)

And I can always fall back on Plan B, which is to conveniently pretend I'm not really Asian and eat lutefisk or something.  

But I would like my needle back, because that's the only hand-stitching needle I have in the house that isn't bent, meant for upholstery, cauterized at the tip (sometimes I use needles to remove wood slivers from feet) or plastic, that came with some kid's yarn art kit. 

And I can't have it back if it's trapped in mid-frog, can I?

So I guess I might as well finish the garment. 



  1. Yes, you MUST finish it! It's so beautiful! But I hear ya on all the basting, etc. Not that I would baste that much myself... I don't even attempt such a project! My hat's off to you! You're gonna make it... keep going... it's almost Halloween! ;)

    P.S. I shouldn't tell you this, but you COULD buy another needle. I didn't say that.

    1. Yes, GG, I could. But that would mean leaving the house. And this weather is not pro-leaving-the-house.

    2. I sure won't argue with that! I'm hibernating, too! (And sewing my bag... not done yet.)

  2. I think I'm getting you needles for your birthday, then! Looking forward to seeing the finished product!

  3. I'm excited to see the finished product!

  4. "conveniently pretend I'm not really Asian" HAHA. Your frogs look beautiful.

  5. I am waiting for the frog button tutorial, myself!
    I love your feet-of-clay realism and humor mixed with insanely exquisite talent.

    Happy New Year

  6. This is so beautiful. Right after Chinese New Year 2013, I told myself that I must at least make a top with a cheongsam collar, but 8 days to CNY 2014, nothing has been done. I kept procrastinating as I do not know how to draft the collar. If you have a tutorial on the collar, I forsee myself wearing one next year in 2015 :)

  7. Hit publish too soon. I want to say, Happy New Year!!! It is so neat to be in California where there are a bunch of people who actually celebrate Chinese New Year properly. Johnny's kindergarten class even had a dragon parade - it was incredible, and all the more because the older kids were so excited to watch the parade!


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