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It’s time for a new sewalong here on BurdaStyle! For those of you who took part in the Bow-Tie Sewalong you should have your creations sent into BurdaStyle before the end of April. Mine will be in the post tomorrow!

For the next month we will be digging into the piles we have scattered around or sewing rooms and the rest of the house and pulling out those unfinished projects.

Maybe your unfinished project was left behind due to a problem you encountered or a mistake you made or maybe you didn’t feel the love anymore or just didn’t have time to finish it. Well now is the time to get it finished! Maybe you will love it again once it’s finished or maybe you would like to swap it or gift it to someone. You WILL feel good knowing you have finished it. EVERYONE has at least one unfinished project. I’m too embarrased to tell you how many i have!

Are you in?! I most definitely am and i will be starting with my Bella jeans and Ute blouse i have cut out and draped across my workbench and sewing machine. I also have a JJ blouse i started while still pregnant! (Heidi is now one year old). I accidentally cut a hole in it and promptly lost the love for it. So i’ll be making an attempt to finish that too.

Leave a message in the thread telling us which projects you plan to finish. If you need help with anything ask questions, there will be someone who can help you.

At the end of May we will all feel great knowing that we finished that project and will have something new to wear without having to go out and spend more money and that’s a good enough reason for me!


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    Jun 10, 2009, 11.04 AMby loulourosa

    I have a lot of unfinished projects. Too much! Sometimes they even dissapear, to show up a few years later. Last month I found a bag with 4 unfinished summerdresses, they hed been in that bag since 1987! Most of them don’t fit me anymore, but the fabric I used is still nice, so maybe I will finish them (with some adjustments:-)) soon. The first thing I want to finish before going on holiday, is my beautifull clouddress with silk chiffon lining. It has been on the dummy for two years now. I will not start other new projects or buying new fabric before finishing this!

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    May 6, 2009, 12.55 PMby Jodi Wade

    I have at least four dresses I have started and two (Winter) coats that are unfinished…. I have made a promise to myself – no new fabric until I finish at least two of these projects… I started making the Marie skirt too a while back but that is a lost cause I think… I chose terrible fabric for it.

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    May 5, 2009, 08.55 PMby solemnraven

    I started a Jacket for the winter that has sleeve issues due to interlining and lengthening truing. I have totally lost the love, its sitting out of sight on top of my dryer now. :(

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    May 4, 2009, 08.49 PMby ofec

    That’s a great idea!

    I have one more mandatory garment on my table and then I’m in.

    My Unfinished Business: 1. Dress that fit poorly, I’ll cut it into a top. 2. A dress with an undecided neckline. 3. dress that needs some finishing touches. 4. A dress that should have the zipper reassembled. 5. A skirt I’d like to re-do, this time with pleats.

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    May 4, 2009, 06.28 PMby calicogirl

    I’m going to try to finish my JJ blouse as well as a felt quiet book that I started for my son to take to church. Every Sunday after going to church wishing I had it, I vow I’ll work on it and get it finished and never do, but now’s the time!

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    May 4, 2009, 04.09 PMby whatever123

    I’m the worst at unfinished projects! I’ve got a hammock to make, a dress, sweatshirt re-sizing, a shirt, too many purses to list!, reusable grocerey bags, and tons more!

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    May 3, 2009, 07.18 AMby sew-pr-t

    Yes, i too will be participating in this sew along, unfinished is maybe what i should have chosen for my screen name. I am going to get on the good foot and start with a ethnic print, stretch fabric dress I began months ago that I was so crazy about, but put down when I ran into some hemming issues. It’s perfect for the warm weather we’ve been having down here in the south.

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    Apr 30, 2009, 09.54 PMby hayley28

    What a great idea! Although it’s not as interesting as everyone else’s ideas i’m going to FINALLY get around to finishing a whole lot of mending and alterations i have on the go. One pair of pants have been sitting in my sewing basket for close to two years! It’s just so much more fun to make new things than fix the old…

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    Apr 30, 2009, 06.15 PMby lilliedillies

    I’ve got a lightweight spring coat. I’ve cut it out and meant to sew it last spring but never got around to doing it. I had originally tried making it out of black denim but it was so stiff and looked awkward on me so I turned it into a small bag.

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    Apr 28, 2009, 06.20 PMby tonierenee

    I am in and quite excited to have finished some way overdue projects. Being a novice, I have issues with making up my own patterns or altering store bought patterns to fit my daughter who has an unusually large chest for a 14 year old. I just want her to feel good in what she wears. When I spend hours on a garment and she puts it on and it doesn’t fit just right, I put it to the side to decide how to "fix’ it. Now I have a pile that keeps calling me. I think it’s time to answer their call.

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    Apr 28, 2009, 05.02 PMby sewtp

    Just in time for summer, I am going to finish a young girls dress, size 3, that has a nautical theme. 100% cotton, it is navy blue with white polka dots for the skirt, white bodice and white trim around edge of skirt. It has a very full skirt, so I will be making a tulle slip to give it pouf.

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    Apr 28, 2009, 03.35 PMby harmony758

    I got down to work last weekend and got that zipper in! Unfortunately, I didn’t measure the bust correctly and it doesn’t fit :-( I’m going to give it to a friend if it fits her. If not, it’ll be time to get creative

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    Apr 27, 2009, 02.13 PMby tsuyako

    I’m in, I have a baby bag to finish (the baby is nearly a year old now) and a shirt that I sewing the collar on backwards. Must finish them!

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    Apr 27, 2009, 12.06 PMby katisue

    This is really cool! I have about 30 unfinished ideas, so maybe, with a little help, I can get some of them knocked out. Summer’s pretty much here and all I have are winter clothes. Thanks for this awesome Sewalong!


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    Apr 26, 2009, 04.34 PMby mmmrphs

    Ahh, my summer Danielle dress! It has been shifted from room to room. Nikkishell- you read my mind with this sewalong!

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    Apr 24, 2009, 09.17 PMby omgroar

    Okay. I leave to work at the costume shop at the Santa Fe Opera house June 1. I have a jacket to make and some thai pants that are a small girls size and i have to figure out a way to make it fit a very tall male. =/ This is the perfect incentive to get them both done before leaving.

    By the way- if anyone knows how to alter the thai fisherman pants, please contact me.

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    Apr 24, 2009, 01.59 AMby ichigogirl

    GREAT choice for a sewalong! I’m going to dig in my stash and finish something, maybe my Kasia…

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    Apr 23, 2009, 07.47 PMby schickchick

    haha! i have a vest thats seams got too puckered, a sweater i never finished…probably some other things too. but i think you just gave me inspiration to finish them!!

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    Apr 22, 2009, 05.22 AMby TerezaSews

    i’m in. I did try to do this as my new years resolution but alas I still have 6-7 projects in various stages of construction still. I think I will focus on a pair of plain brown work pants that I cut out but never finished. I also started an Emily blouse with the puffy sleeve variation, but my auto-buttonhole keeps getting stuck about halfway through a button hole and then rat’s nesting. Any ideas why? I don’t really want to hand sew all those buttons. (halfway means it runs down one side then does the endline but never comes back the other side…)

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    Apr 21, 2009, 07.04 PMby harmony758

    I’m in. I made a dress last summer—a simple, plaid strapless dress. Came out great…except I improvised and forgot to leave a way to get into it. I WILL put a zipper in! (So easy, yet I still haven’t done it…)

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