some thoughts on 15 minute projects – The Self-Made Wardrobe Week 34

The Self-Made Wardrobe is a project where I only wear garments I’ve made.
It’s a year long experiment in getting dressed without clothing labels –
it’s a year about noticing patterns, trying things, and observing what happens.


Day 232 – Friday, March 20th
purple sweater // black tank top // graphic silk circle skirt
black tights // brown boots // pocket watch necklace // various rings


Day 233 – Saturday, March 21st
Archer button up // black tank top // jeans!!
pocket watch necklace // various rings // sneakers


Day 234 – Sunday, March 22nd
handspun sweater // black tank top // graphic silk circle skirt
black tights // brown boots // robot necklace // various rings


Day 235 – Monday, March 23rd
Versio sweater // black tank top // jeans!!!
black heels // robot necklace // various rings


Day 236 – Tuesday, March 24th
purple sweater // black tank top // black maxi skirt
black tights // black flats // long necklace // various rings


Day 237 – Wednesday, March 25th
Versio sweater // black tank top // jeans!
black heels // robot clock necklace // various rings


Day 238 – Thursday, March 26th
black sweater // black tank top // jeans!!
black flats // long necklace // various rings // bracelets

Why is it, that small projects often take more time from start to finish than many larger projects do? Why does it sometimes take longer to put buttons on a shirt, than to complete a skirt (or a sweater, or all the previous steps of that shirt)? Why do we live with the little annoyances that could be solved with a super quick fix – missing buttons, straps to cut off, pants to hem?

Why is it so easy to procrastinate the 15 minute project, while diving head first into the 5 hour one?

Some thoughts on little projects this week – no answer required, just a question to ponder.

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2 Responses

  1. That’s a very good question! I was thinking the same thing as I sewed the buttons on Archer last night. The stupid shirt has been finished for like 2 months! You would think I would be really excited to get it done and be able to add one more handmade piece to my wardrobe. But no, it never seems to work that way.

    I think for me, it has to do with momentum. Once I’ve lost momentum on a project (or there is some question in regards to deciding the next step or a change I might like to make) it just stops me in my tracks. I think with Archer, it was the front pockets. I wasn’t a fan with how they looked on me. So last night I finally ripped them off and now it’s finished.

    1. Holly

      Love these thoughts Melissa!! Momentum certainly plays a part for me too.

      And a bit huge congratulations on finishing-finishing your Archer!!!!!!

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