I finished sewing a shirt last week. I started it last year, but because every stitch is hand-sewn, it was taking a long time. Summer came, and I no longer needed a long-sleeve shirt, so I put it aside. But then fall came, and even though I wasn't sure it would be worth the time, I finished it. In the end, I could not get myself to waste the material, and I was curious if the shirt was going to turn out the way I hoped. The outrageously slow process almost caused me to throw in the towel, but suddenly I turned a corner, and was far enough along to see that it was working, and therefore worth finishing.
It is a hand stitch meant to produce a flat-lock effect, allowing the seams lay flat but remain stretchy. There are extra seams on the sleeves because I didn't have enough fabric to cut the sleeves as one piece, so even though it was more work that way, I was able to create the shirt using less fabric..
Now I just need to stop eating holiday cookies so that it will continue to fit the way it should.