This March, the DFWCG is having a steampunk tea party, and my plan was to make a super fabulous 1890's cycling costume based on this:
So the pattern is working fine, but here's the problem. I underestimated the amount of effort it is going to take to tailor this thing correctly. The lapels and collar are going to take a MASSIVE amount of pad stitching and stiffening to make them lay right. And I honestly have no idea how to get the sleeves to poof out enough that they won't look sad and limp. There is obviously some major engineering going on in a jacket like this, and I'm not 100% sure that my skills are up for the task.
I just don't know. Maybe I'll put it aside for a week or two and let it ferment. I don't have a plan B costume for this event, and I've already bought all the fabric for the cycling suit, so I sort of feel obligated to push on through. What do you do when you discover that you are no longer in love with a costume that you were once super-excited about? Continue anyway? Find something else and not waste your time and energy on something you no longer love? I usually try to keep going no matter what, but the results of that have been mixed in the past. Sometimes I'm happy with the final results and I'm grateful that I didn't give up, and sometimes I waste weeks or months on something that I ultimately hate and often never finish anyway. Maybe I should try a different plan this time and cut my losses now and start looking for another costume idea.