I like to be honest on here and to be perfectly honest Sunday morning when I came to right this post I had nothing I wanted to write about. I do have a couple of garments I have sewn that I haven’t blogged about yet but the photos aren’t just right for those. I pulled a book off my bookshelf and thought I would write about that but the photos I took of the cover weren’t great and I just wasn’t feeling it. I seem to be in real sewing rut at the moment and anything sewing related just doesn’t feel right.
I think I know the reason. A couple of months ago I started to make a cloth bag to take shopping because in Australia they are phasing plastic shopping bags out in supermarkets and it seemed like the entire sewing community in Australia were making bags in preparation (I may be over exaggerating a little) I grabbed some fabrics from my stash to use them up and to be honest I only got the bag ½ finished as I just wasn’t like it. I think I will finish the bag but give it away to charity. I don’t want to keep. The other big reason is that the last garment I made (yet to be blogged) I had drama after drama with things going wrong and I put so much emotion into making it (it became bigger than just making a skirt) I became emotionally exhausted from sewing. After I finished it my mood was really flat. I have worn the skirt but I am unsure if I will continue wearing it, I’ll explain more once I take decent photos and I am ready to show it off.
I have done I think one session of sewing and that was one some WIRES pouches. That was only for an hour or two and I did enjoy that. I still have no real desire to pull out patterns and fabric and make something. I am behind on my gift making sadly because of this. I am trying to find my sewjo again. I have piles and fabrics and a to sew list that is a mile long but nothing is saying “do this now” I mentioned in last weeks post that I am doing a lot of knitting now and it is basically to avoid sewing. Well ok not to avoid sewing but knitting is making me happy or calm at the moment. I visited a small fabric shop last weekend because I needed to buy a zipper for a gift. As I always do when I go there I walked around the entire shop and I did find some cotton fabric that caught my eye. It kind of looks like stained glass. What it really reminds me off is when I was a teen I would get a piece of paper and with a black texta start at any point on the page and draw a continuous line all around the page over lapping sections creating small gaps until the page was full and I would end back at the starting point. I would then colour in each section. This was in the ’90’s” before adult colouring in became a thing. I can’t really remember what I then did with them once they were finished, I think some I stuck on my wall the others I tossed. This fabric just shouts those hours of playing around. I’m not going to just stash this fabric I am planning on making a Springfield top by Cashmerette with it. In my head I can see the top. I think this might help me get my sewjo back. I am not going to put pressure on myself to make the “perfect” top I am going to just have fun and enjoy the process of cutting out the fabric, sewing the different steps and eventually if I get a wearable top then I will enjoy wearing it. If it has flaws so what don’t we all.