I spent the afternoon taking apart a brown silk skirt from Goodwill (I ♥ Goodwill!) with the intention of turning it into a cowl. I have an embarrassingly large pile of skirts that I have purchased for this purpose but I’ve never gotten around to it, which is why I thought it would be a great project for MSED.
However, I ended up running into some “issues” after I triumphantly turned the cowl right-side out and discovered that I hadn’t made a cowl – I had made some weird sort of sleeve-looking moibus tube thingy!
After consulting my favorite sewing teachers (aka Google and Youtube), I think I know what I did wrong but by that time it was too late for me rip out the cowl and sew it again, so I made these cute little hearts instead, using the Love Rocks free pattern. Okay, I admit that I modified the second heart (the pink & brown one) a bit to make it more “polished.” 😉 And the best part about this pattern was not only did it only take about 10 minutes to make a heart, but it only took about 3 yards of sock yarn! At approximately 1.5″ high and 1.75″ wide, I think they will be perfect for Valentine Cards.
January 4’s project: Small knitted hearts
Even though my planned project didn’t work, I still don’t consider today a failure because I really did learn a lot, not just about about woven vs knit silk fabric, taking apart clothing to upcycle and the physics of sewing cowls. I also learned more about my tendency to procrastinate, specifically when starting clothing-related sewing projects, but in a more general way when starting projects that are outside my comfort zone.