In my sewing room, I have a laundry basket holding various family clothing items which need some type of repair - tears mended, zippers replaced, seams repaired, elbow patches, etc. After reading Erin's blog post, I realized this basket has been sitting in my SR for the 14 years I've lived in my house.
Here is a really cute top and skort outfit I cut out for my daughter - in 1998 when she was 3 years old!! Now, in my defense, I did cut out two outfits from the same dragonfly-print fabric - one hot pink (as pictured) and one royal blue, which I did complete. She looked adorable in the blue outfit, which I've since donated to The Salvation Army many, many years ago.
I have a supply of "work" shirts which have been embroidered with my employer's company logo. These shirts, especially the denim chambray, no longer fit in my department's dress code, but I so disliked the idea of simply discarding them because the fabric and buttons are still useful. I've pondered what to do with them, but this has been going on for about 5 years now.
I recognize that I've suffered from Project Clinginess for many years. I can think back to outfits I've cut out and constructed, but because the event I intended the outfits for passed, they sat incomplete. For example, do you remember Butterick 4811? I decided to make this dress for a "Make It In Denim" day that my So-Fro Fabrics store was promoting - in 1987!! I remember being really excited about making this dress because it marked the one time it was permissible to wear denim at work.
I didn't get the dress complete by D-Day, so it sat assembled but unfinished for many years. I've since detached the top and skirt so I could figure out how to salvage the fabric into something I would enjoy wearing....still trying to figure that out!
While working at So-Fro, I picked up Vogue 9612 after it was discontinued. I like the overlay detail of the skirt and so I cut it out in linen-type fabric back in 2000. It sat for the next 7 years.
I finally constructed the pattern pieces about 3 years ago, but got stalled on picking buttons. I ran across this dress a few days ago and decided I don't like the boxy shape or sleeve design, and started thinking about how I could redesign the dress. Now, after reading Erin's blog, I'm wondering if it's worth the effort.
There are other projects I've started and fabrics I "want to do something with" which I didn't itemize in this post. So, thankfully, Erin provided a list of rules to help other Project Clingers decide when it's time to let go. My mission - should I choose to accept it - is to go through my pile of "zombie projects" and purge. I anticipate it will be difficult - especially since I didn't even commit on this blog that I will undertake this effort - but I know it will feel good to be free. It always does when you make room for other possibilities. What are your thoughts?