Oh dear. Not only am I suffering from a serious case of Unfinished Object Overload and Fabric Stash Expansionitis, I'm also down with a touch of Unfinished Blog Post Overload, as you can see above. Fellow bloggers, does this ever happen to you?
In addition to the 66 posts I've actually published in the month since I launched this little blog, I have 30 other pieces in various stages of completion. Some are just titles or ideas; others are elaborate manifestos, essays or tutorials in need of editing or completion. The problem? It turns out sewing and style blogging is just WAY too much fun!
But I'm a tired pregnant lady with too little time for all my bloggy ambitions, and I have come to accept the fact that some of these posts will forever remain unwritten, just as some garments will forever remain unsewn.
Here's some of what I have planned for you lovely readers if you stick with me... (with likelihood of completion in parentheses):
- "Sewing at a Moving Target: Maternity Style Strategies." My pregnancy-modification magnum opus, an illustrated compilation of various strategies and methods for maternity sewing, with notes on adapting non-maternity patterns and the potential for post-preggo wear for various styles. (Fair to middling).
- "Polka Dot Crush: New Vintage Lady" The first in a series of mash notes to my favorite sewing bloggers, reverse-inspired by the Selfish Seamstress's sinister parade of nemeses (Sometime next week).
- "A Life in Mail-Order Patterns": The story of a collection I acquired via Ebay that belonged to one woman who sewed from mail-order patterns from 1954 to 1990. Her size changed over the years; her love for simple shirtwaists did not. (Quite likely, as I've already photographed all 23 patterns).
- "Hair Lessons, Part 2: It's All Good Hair." In the first part of this series, I chronicled my own cluelessness in all things hair-related. I want to change that both for myself and in anticipation of the arrival of Cartoonist Baby. So this post is a review of a book I bought ("It's All Good Hair") that teaches a variety of natural hairstyles for black children (including braids, twists, dreads and more). Plus my thoughts on the promising-but-flawed Chris Rock documentary Good Hair. (Fair to middling--this is such a complex topic I want to get it right!).
- "Tutorial: Try on Patterns Before You Sew--Or Buy--Them!" This is the one I'm most excited about--it's a tutorial aimed at helping non-artists create their own personalized croquis for envisioning how patterns will look on their unique and fabulous figures! It'll be like the ones I use to sketch ideas and play with alterations and color, but a bit more basic. Better yet, it's illustrated with examples of a few of your favorite sewing bloggers (plus me and Masheka, as I wanted a male model in the mix)! I'm working up versions of how to do with both pen and paper and free online image software. (My top blogging priority!)
- "On Pregnancy and Body Image." My personal take on pregnancy, and--you guessed, it--body image. (If I have time between massaging my puffy ankles and inspecting my new stretch marks to get to it).