So, in a moment of wild, reckless abandon, I signed up for the Sewing Pattern Review Surprise Sewing Bee.
This is the contest where they don’t tell you what you’re making. The challenges are announced on a set date, and you have one week to complete and post your entries. Each week, a certain number of contestants are eliminated. The prizes are superb, and the challenge is intriguing.
There are so many reasons I should not do this. There’s no information about what the patterns or projects will be — no materials lists, no information other than, “If you have a normal stash of supplies, you should have what you need.” I don’t have a normal stash. Almost everything I own, fabric wise, is earmarked for a particular project. So if one of those particular projects doesn’t match the week’s challenge, I will have to go shopping for supplies.
There are worse things than shopping for supplies! Normally, this would be a point in the “pro” column rather than the “con.” But November is a tough month for me, with a lot of annual and semi-annual bills hitting due dates all at once, and money is always tight in November. So shopping isn’t exactly something I’m eager to do right now. I can if I have to, but I would prefer to avoid it for the moment.
And I have tons of projects on the go already — two jackets under construction (the faux fleece bomber jacket and the Ralph Rucci jacket), a Missoni dress that needs surgery and completion, and a couple of random bits cut out and awaiting their turn in the sewing room. My sewing time is limited — usually just a half hour a day, though sometimes I can squeeze in a full hour — so giving time to this contest is going to be a challenge.
So why did I pull the trigger and enter? Heck, I don’t know. Poor impulse control? It looks like fun, and sewing is supposed to be fun, right? I like hanging out at Sewing Pattern Review, and I’ve picked up some great tips there over the years. And the prizes are excellent. It’s unlikely that I would win anything (odds alone, with this huge number of entrants, work against that), but it will be fun to play along and see which entries win, and why.
Did you enter?