We’ve all got them, haven’t we? UFOs or UnFinished Objects.
Projects lying around the house that just need a hem or buttonholes – maybe you lost interest, or lost weight….or it didn’t turn out how you expected and you screwed it up in a ball and threw it at the wall.
I regret to admit that my UFO collection has been building up (for various reasons).
Here’s a catalogue of all ten, complete with excuses:
1. Pleated tops (two)
These are early samples of the pleated top from the December zine. At the time, I was still working out how to construct the top and sorting out the details (eg pleating, neckline, how to get it on, sleeves or sleeveless, low or zero waste, will the instructions fit in a zine? etc). These two tops weren’t suitable to use as finished samples, but they can be easily finished off and worn. They need neck & armhole binding, side seams and hems.
2. Pink corduroy jeans
The zero waste Carpenter trousers by Maison Deis. This is a trial I ran up in pink corduroy, which were then claimed by my teen who looks unspeakably cool in them. Unfortunately, I did this just before getting much worse with Long Covid (a reinfection? who knows?) and was too unwell to keep going. Then the weather got too hot to wear them.
3. Pocket on peanut dress
I’ve had a single patch pocket for it, pressed and ready to go, sitting by my machine the past several months.
4. Underarm gussets in orange top
The first and only pattern test for someone else I’ve ever done – a zero waste base layer top by Emily of Empty Hanger patterns. The underarm was too high but everything else was great, including the fabric I used. Ultimately abandoned by Emily due to underarm and grading issues. I still think it has potential.
I could wear this top if I added an underarm gusset, hemmed it, and added a neckband (I have perfect colour-matching ribbing to use).
5. Orange dress (complete remake)
Beautiful Japanese cotton, unwisely chosen for this dress. It’s a short-sleeved Eura dress that came out too small, but nothing a complete re-make won’t fix.
6. Bias cut tweed pinafore
Zero waste pinafore dress, from Birgitta Helmersson’s Zero Waste Patterns, cut on the bias.
Harsh reality: I really like it however probably will never wear it, but it should cut down to an A-line bias skirt very nicely (with in-seam pockets? Yes!).
7. Black top – needs sleeves
Holly McQuillan’s zero waste Arc T-shirt from the Zero Waste Fashion Design book. I had sleeve issues, but now have a way forward. This will look fab on my sister, who wear groovy black clothes.
8. Silk scarf – needs hem
An indigo dyed square of silk – just needs hemming! This has been sitting around since the fibre craft retreat we went to back in April 2023.
9. Zero waste coat
A quest for a zero waste coat with really great shoulders. Got as far as cutting it out, but then decided to write a book and the project got put aside (2 years ago!). A zero waste coat is on the agenda for 2024, but I don’t think it will look like this one.
Sorry, there’s not much to see in this photo.
10. Denim jacket with sashiko stitching
So embarrassed this one is on the list – it was the subject of numerous blog posts in November and December. I’ve since bound the hem, stitched the fastenings on and sewn the collar. It’s so very nearly done, and just needs a giant press stud on the collar, the topstitching threads fastening off and a little extra sashiko stitching.
I know what you’re thinking: finish these all off and it’s practically a capsule wardrobe!
I, Elizabeth M Haywood, formally pledge to the witness of all reading this blog post, that I will finish these UFO projects.