First off, yes, this about my SIL.
Ok now that we got that out of the way. This is the only proof I have that she drives me absolutely bonkers. So this time I took photos to "prove" that she drives me crazy. Is it really bad bad? No....but it is enough to irk me.
Ok so around March 1st, my SIL sent me a picture of a backpack she wanted made for her daughter.
This one's design
With a free pattern too! If I wanted to use it.
So I made sure I was straight and to the point so we would both work together well. I put her on what I thought was a short enough leash, with enough rules, so she didn't go over board.
Apparently, it wasn't "short" enough. She emailed me and said she wanted a few receiving blankets made for her baby due in June. No big deal, cut and serge. And a few is usually like 3 or 4, I could do that easy!
So we set a date, I told her to sketch out what she wanted, and she would come over for a consult.
Well she didn't show, and it started to stress me out. She finally calls and says she'll be late, and she is. I don't know what I expected her to be on time but that's ok.
She shows up and starts telling me everything she's brought. Here's the pile, with the detailed sketch that she drew out for me. And it's NOTHING like the original agreement on a design for a back pack
And a picture of how she laid the fabric together for the back pack to fall.
So now she has just dropped enough fabric on me to make 7 receiving blankets, a back pack. Possibly a bonnet if I have time, and as many nursing pads out of the left over flannel from the blankets.
Yes I'm serious.....
So I finish the bonnet and the receiving blankets first, they're the easiest.
Then I finish the backpack and it's a total FLOP. It has no structure no support, her design is to big and it just folds in on itself.
Disappointed she agrees to come back for another consult to figure out how to make it work.
When she gets her. She says she has a surprise for me. And pulls out MORE fabric. Says of course I can do it when I have time. But I mean I hate seeing that I have an "order" out that I can do whenever I want. I now have to make a cloche for her older daughter for summer. She makes her changes to the backpack. Many of which I take into consideration, and this takes a super long time as we're testing out the old backpack, before I jot down all her notes and toss the old backpack only saving the flap.
I then find a pattern on line for a cloche, that's the style she wants. And the pattern is no good and it turns out like this.
It works but it's raised in areas it shouldn't be. So I offer to make her another one if she has any more fabric.
Then I finish the backpack. Which all of my ideas WORKED! It has structure, and support and it looks super good and I love it. Well except for the harness. But that's because I don't harness my kids and I think it looks weird but it's full functional now. With 2 elastic pockets high on the front, 2 high elastic pockets on the back. Snaps on the side to draw it in for smaller object, open for larger items. (Like the box of cereal I put in the backpack for pictures).
Now I'm not sure how this is going to fit on her daughter, because well, her daughter is 2, and really petite, and it fits my 3 year old really well and she's chunky!, but this is what her momma wanted.
Then my SIL decided she wanted a matching cloche with this fabric to match the backpack.
So I did that too.
And FINALLY finished up 4 pairs of small nursing pads. Which I probably didn't make right, she wanted them contoured and they didn't turn out contoured at all.
And now I'm finally done.
This is why I don't do business with my SIL often. This experience was 100% better than past experience. And I just love what my MIL said when I showed her, "Well you know her, she has lots of ideas."
So there I did it.
How 1 backpack turned into 1 elaborate backpack, 7 receiving blankets, 1 bonnet, 2 cloches, and 4 sets of nursing pads.
At least that is all done!
And ETA: Yes I designed the backpack with a pattern I made myself, it's completely 100% my design. I still am amazed I did that.
And I can also add, she was "nice" to a point through the whole thing. Trying to say that she understands she has lots of ideas, and that she doesn't want to give me a project that will take up a lot of time. She just wanted lots of small items that didn't take a lot of time. Like I said, it's 100% better than we've ever worked together before.