Thoughts on Sewing Contests

For the third year in a row, I made it to the second round of the Sewing Bee. And for the third year in a row, I won’t be advancing.

I gave up. And I am ok with that.

The PR Sewing Bee lasts four rounds. Each round you get a week to sew a project specified in the rules. The rules are somewhat open to interpretation. A panel of judges picks projects that advance to the next round. Only about half of the competitors advance.

This year the first round project was to sew a cardigan inspired by the Pantone color of the year, Living Coral. Here’s what I made, to go with a coral and white RTW dress I already had.

This pattern is the Jalie drop-pocket cardigan.

Because I know I won’t advance without some oomph in my project, I embroidered a coral motif on the pockets with coral colored embroidery floss and beaded the tips of the branches with some little pearly beads.

Coral embroidery and beading

I made it to the second round, where we needed to sew something featuring zippers. I have no fear of zippers and started on some trousers based on the Style Arc Jasmine pattern. I thought I’d add zippers at the ankles to jazz them up a bit. I had planned to make these and had all the fabric and zippers in stash, plus a TNT pattern. Easy!

I worked a few hours Saturday on them, and then I hit a wall.

I didn’t want to sew anymore. I had made a small cutting error and didn’t want to deal with it. I needed to figure out how to peg the legs, and didn’t want to screw around. iSo I called it a day and planned to get going Sunday.

On Sunday, I farted around. I did laundry, took a Pilates class, bought groceries, read over an assignment for grad school, cooked dinner and just actively avoided my sewing room.

Monday, same deal. I worked and then had time to sew, but I didn’t. I gave up.

I love sewalongs and contests, but if the joy escapes, enough! I hope I will get the motivation to finish to the trousers in a few weeks.

Author: shoes15

I live in Connecticut, USA with my husband and my dog, in an old house outfitted with a sewing room, a garden, an orchard, and a big liquor cabinet.

6 thoughts on “Thoughts on Sewing Contests”

  1. No… you shouldn’t do it unless you have lots of time and your heart is in it. I have so many things going on in my life I plan all sorts of wonderful sewing projects and then accomplish about 3/4 of them. That’s fine! I can carry over into to next year whatever I haven’t finished this year! I love your cardigan. You really made it special with the embroidery! ❤️


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