I finished making up all the patterns for my entries into the PatternReview Pattern Stash contest. In the last 2 months, I tried 19 patterns which I had bought with the best of intentions but never made up. They ranged from Vogue tops (a sure bet) to crafty home dec (bordering on kitsch) and farther afield into caftan territory. You can look through either my Picasa album or go to PR if you are truly interested. Much of what I made was for the purpose of testing the pattern so I did not put a lot of effort into finding the right fabric. Thus you will see some truly interesting double knit used for tops better suited to jersey, the same red fabric used for shorts, a ball cap and a home dec project, and finally a giant pink nightshirt! pattern stash album on Picasa
Finishing big projects like this makes me feel competent and ready to tackle whatever else might come my way. I also am thoroughly bored by making stuff "just because I bought the pattern". I've learned some interesting things doing the contest--->1) I need to trust my intuition and not try to make garments that I am unsure about. If I don't think it will work out, I am probably right. 2) When making anything other than clothing, I tend to rush and not put as much care into the project. I need to slow down. 3) I don't think I will buy anymore patterns for awhile.