You know those people who say that knitting relaxes them or sewing brings them a sense of calm or embroidery allows them to tune-out the problems of the day? I don't get those people. Probably because this is the internal dialogue that goes on in my head when I'm crafting:
"This fabric was really expensive. Don't screw this up."
"Oh my God, is this even going to fit?"
"Eww, this is not what I thought this was going to look like."
"Crap, I cut a hold in my fabric."
"Double crap, I sewed this inside out."
"Ughh, I hate this project."
Yeah, not so relaxing. And to be honest, some parts are worse than others. Take buttonholes for example. Buttonholes scare the crap out of of me.
Just think about it. After working so long and hard on a project and getting everything just right (or just good enough), you have to sew really thick lines of stitching and then intentionally cut a hole in your fabric. It makes me perspire just thinking about it...probably because I've made every mistake that can be made while making buttonholes.
Put them in the wrong place and then spend way too long trying to un-pick them without damaging the fabric? Yep, I've done that. Cut past my stitching when trying to cut open the buttonholes? Yep, I've done that too.
And so when it came to putting button holes on my latest project I began to sweat once again...and apparently for good reason. Of the four button holes that I needed to sew, two of them ended up a little bit wonky and I had to spend a good half an hour hunched over the project trying to unpick those suckers (and unpicking on flannel is not an easy task!). But after much unpicking, re-sewing, and a wee bit of cussing, I think that the buttonholes are finally done. They may not be perfect, but they're definitely good enough.