I’m not usually one for new years resolutions. It feels like so much pressure, doesn’t it? I almost kinda make a point of not making resolutions.
But sometimes you can’t help stopping to think about what you’re doing. And I’ve been thinking a lot recently about sewing and spare time and quality time.
So this year I’m sorta going to break my own rule.I’ve come up with a plan for 2016, a goal for how I’d like my 2016 sewing to play out. Maybe you’re thinking of something similar.
Whether it’s because of a busy life or bambinos, I don’t think many people have much time to sew. I guess most people are sensible. They might only do a few projects over a year, but not me. Oh no sir.
You see, my 2016 plan is to sew with intention.
No, I run on full speed, trying to cram in as much sewing as I can whenever I get the chance. This means I’ve been getting into the habit of sewing r-e-a-l-l-y quickly. Most times that’s been OK, but sometimes a disaster happens.
Like a week ago. I was desperate to get a sweater made up for Christmas so ordered some suitable looking fabric without ordering a sample. When the fabric came the fibres were just way too artificial to wear next to my skin. But instead of taking a breather and thinking things through, I just plowed on.
Rushing to get the sweater finished, I didn’t even notice that I cut the fabric in the wrong direction – so there was absolutely 0 stretch. Imagine how much fun that was – wearing a tight, overly-artificial fabric next to the skin. Yeah, you guessed it, not nice.
I don’t need to tell you how utterly disappointing it is to spend all that time and creative energy on something that just ends up straight in the bin.I love sewing my own wardrobe and want to keep it up in 2016, but I also want to take the time to really enjoy my makes. Not just charge through to fill my wardrobe.
I hope that if I slow things down and really enjoy the experience of sewing I’ll make less mistakes and sew more things that I love to wear. Plus I can really get down and nail some classic techniques (like FBAs and top class finishing).
What about you? Are you in the habit of sewing too much, too quickly? Do you find that wears you out? Or are you more measured? Maybe you have other goals you want to work on in 2016?