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Knowing When to Stop

October 26, 2010

Sometimes you see something in your mind, and when it comes to life it is even better than you could have hoped for.  And sometimes, it’s total crap.  I’ve been working on my costume for hours and hours.  And though I’ve learned some important things (I can do zippers!) I’ve concluded that it is falling into the latter category.  It’s total crap.

I might revisit this idea next year.  But for now, 60 yards of sequins, 25 yards of tulle, 10 yards of polysatin, and all my carefully planned out pattern pieces are going into this suitcase and I’m going to shove it under my bed.  And I don’t want to talk about it.  Actually I think I’m going to cry.  And then I’ll eat myself into a coma.  And when I wake up in 100 years tomorrow morning  I’ll feel much better.  And that one year I totally botched my Halloween costume won’t matter so much.  But right now, it matters.

peacock #1

Sometimes  you see something in your mind, and when it comes to life it is even better than you could have hoped for. But not always.

16 Comments leave one →
  1. October 26, 2010 3:56 pm

    Aw!!! You poor chicken! Why don’t you show us? Maybe it’s not as bad as you think! Lots of hugs anyway.

  2. Annie permalink
    October 26, 2010 4:03 pm

    At least you mastered the zipper!! Sorry it didn’t work out the way you wanted it to. I am sure that it is still pretty awesome!!

  3. October 26, 2010 4:17 pm

    Oh my goodness, this is just beautiful! Great job!

  4. October 26, 2010 4:19 pm

    Maybe what you need is to watch ME make something and then you will realize that nothing you could do would be as bad as what I would make. 🙂

    Sorry it’s not working out… my guess is that if you give it a day and look again, you will probably realize it’s still pretty awesome.

  5. Lanae permalink
    October 26, 2010 4:50 pm

    I came across your blog when I did a search for rainbow brite pictures in google (that’s my halloween costume this year!); your lil Twink was just so adorable! So I’ve been watching your blog ever since and I must say… I absolutely love your posts!

    I was so excited to find out what your costume was (creamie’s looks great!) !! So sorry it didnt turn out… If it makes you feel any better, I had to redo my rainbow brite arms THREE times, and it still looks like a 5 year-old put it together. Hope you find some new inspiration! 🙂

  6. Paige permalink
    October 26, 2010 6:53 pm

    I can’t tell you all the junk I’ve thrown away for the very same reason. yikes!!!
    Even my husband was like “Some projects need to be thrown away” – referring to mine of course. Maybe you can go thrifting and find something comparable to Creamie’s. Maybe something in the same color scheme.? Maybe a pair of black heels (unless you do a lot of walking) , black skirt and a top to match her skirt?
    Good luck! I’m sorry it didn’t work out!!

  7. October 26, 2010 7:37 pm

    Bummer, pal.

  8. Miss Karen permalink
    October 27, 2010 1:31 am

    I am soooo sorry! I wish I were there to give you a big hug and cry with you! Love you! xoxox

  9. October 27, 2010 7:39 am

    I had this happen to me in high school. Then I stopped sewing clothes! AT least you still have a cute kid with an AMAZING costume!

  10. October 27, 2010 8:51 am

    I’ve got so many of those projects stuffed into carefully labeled zip bags that it’s a wonder they haven’t over run the closet I hid them in. Although, I have to admit, sometimes when I pull them out a year or three later, they work out.

    Maybe this will make you feel better? Pyrex pictures! I took them just for you!

  11. lacey permalink
    October 27, 2010 9:13 am

    BOO! i am sure it isn’t as bad as you think . . . but i understand, when you aren’t getting what you have imagined, it just sucks. Well hopefully you can eat some deliciousness to put yourself into a coma! i think your great, if that helps?

  12. October 27, 2010 2:04 pm


    There is still time. Say the word and I’ll be right over to help you out with whatever you need. I’ve got a little experience in making patterns do what you want when they don’t come that way in the first place. Seriously. I pulled an all-nighter last night to get my kids’ costumes finished (and they turned out pretty good — hooray!) and I’ll totally do it again for you! You have my number. As a matter of fact, I have yours. So, I’ll bring my machine and we’ll get it done. Seriously.

    xo -El

  13. October 28, 2010 12:13 am

    I just saw this.

    and I’m sorry. 😦

    but your drawings and concept are amazing.

  14. michelle permalink
    October 28, 2010 11:10 am

    i’m totally sad for you. “fail” projects are never a good thing… especially when you’re on a deadline and you’ve already spent SO much time on it. so sad. on the plus side, creamie’s is darling, you mastered the zipper thing AND the sleeve thing, found an amazing dress pattern and made a cute clutch. AND it snowed. so many wins! i would have totally just done the food coma thing, so kudos to you. was/is there a plan B?

  15. Patti permalink
    October 30, 2010 11:03 pm

    Some projects are like that. Yeah they are.


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