I went downstairs this morning to try to finally finish the Liesl & Co Soho shorts I’ve been sloooowly working on all month. I spent about five minutes cutting and realized I’d rather write about sewing than actually sew.
Here we are well into May and I have yet to finish any projects and most certainly have not made good on my Me Made promise! I actually did the opposite and broke my 2017 ready to wear fast and bought several items of clothing I love.
Silk tanks and pants, a few really great button downs in silk, khaki cotton, and denim, an off the shoulder one piece bathing suit and one that laces up. I had planned on making one, and had my Jalie pattern set aside. But they fit perfectly. Some cute summer dresses that are totally me. And the perfect white linen cropped wide leg pants. I think I’m good for this summer. I know these pieces will get lots of wear as they are the exact things I was planning on making. . . But yes, I failed at being the Me Made Maven.
I think I was putting too much pressure on myself to make everything. That takes the fun out of it, doesn’t it?
If you are a sewing blogger, do you put pressure on yourself to make something new to share, even though you are happy with your wardrobe as it is? What happens when you don’t want any new clothes and you find yourself with nothing to show on your blog for weeks at a time? Is sewing a garment every week a pace that’s sustainable? People like to put down Fast Fashion, but sewing clothes at a rapid fire pace, many of which don’t get worn more than a couple times, isn’t exactly great for the environment, either.
Maybe I’ll become a Slow Sewist. That sounds like a great idea! We’ll see.
I know I feel a bit exhausted and kind of anxious after looking at my Instagram Me Made May feed about halfway through the month. So many clothes that I want to make! But only so much time!
We all need to take breaks to recharge. If we don’t, our creativity withers and our enthusiasm wilts. I know these few weeks away from my sewing machine and my social media have been good for me. When I feel ready, the shorts will be there to finish.
And hopefully, you will still be there to read about it.