As we enter into the last week of the year, I’m going to do a few posts to wrap up my experiences. First up? This list of hard earned lessons from the past year.
This wasn’t the greatest year for my sewing. I got a new diploma and a new job, and adjusting to the schedule changes has cut into my sewing time. Consequently, I need to be more focused in my making!
1. No more wrap dresses or tops.
For some reason I keep making wrap dresses, thinking to myself “I will wear this!” when the truth is I always think “No to anything that involves possibly accidentally exposing my underwear” and wear something else. In addition, because I am very high waisted/long torsoed the wrap never hits at the right place for me. No more of these.
2. Sometimes it’s ok to be in a rut.
I’ve made a lot of dresses that have my favorite sillhouette (full skirt, fitted top) over time. This year? None. I felt a little bit like I was in a rut, but it’s possible that I like these styles because they look the best on me. I think the high percentage of unworn garments this year goes along with that. So even if the fashion world keeps insisting that slim, body conscious skirts are the trend, I will realize that I don’t feel great in them, and make something else.
3. There is no such thing as too much frosting.
I’ll link to Tasia’s discussion of cake vs frosting in our dressmaking. If cake is the basics (pants, t-shirts etc) and frosting is everything else (pretty dresses etc) then I think I’m ok with making more frosting. I can buy basics. Yes, searching for pants is annoying, but not as annoying as eating up my limited sewing time with something that just doesn’t make my soul sing (note: I will still make interesting pants, but no basics!) In addition, I find that my life requires a rather high percentage of frosting anyway. This holiday season I’ve already run through all of my fancy dresses and started wishing I had more, and while the holidays are the busiest time for me they are by no means the only time I have to dress up!
4. It’s ok to take a break sometimes.
Maybe it’s the blog thing, but I’ll tell you that I feel sort of guilty when I’ve not got a work in progress. I do my best work, however, when I make a project I love rather than sewing just to be working on something. This is my hobby, not a job! I am… sort of OCD in general, so I really struggle with this issue. So if I want to take a week to paint my bathroom, or I have rehearsals every night til late, I need to not feel guilty. This one is a work in progress.
I’ll be back soon with the breakdown of my projects – it’s taking a bit to write!