Monday, April 11, 2011

Lacking Sew-spiration

Readers, when you get in a rut, where do you turn for inspiration?  Do you look at sewing blogs, current fashions, or your friends' wardrobes?  I need some ideas.  The last couple days I've gone in my sewing room and just stared at the wall.  I have no idea what I want to make next!  I have no patterns I'm excited to try, no fabric I'm dying to cut into, and a half-finished dress I've lost interest in.

I bought this pattern today, and while I'm sure it's going to make a cute summer dress, it makes me realize I am always buying "easy" patterns.  Why am I so scared to try a Vintage Vogue?  Why can't I tackle a dress with real sleeves?  Will messing something up make me think I'm a terrible sewer?

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I don't want to get to the point where I'm literally sewing through the motions, so I need your help.  Help me get back my sew-jo.  (Wow, I can't believe I just said something that lame.)

I did sew a dress last weekend I'm pretty proud of, so that is something good.  I used Simplicity 5891 and a thrifted bedsheet from Target.  My friend Ellie recently saw the bedding in a movie!

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I think it turned out great and it even got an outing to the Art Museum with my friends Ellie and Janie.

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I think it looks prettiest hanging in my sewing room, so that is where it will live until I get my inspiration back and something prettier takes it's place.

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7 comments:

  1. honestly when i get into a lack of sewing motivation, i step away from the machine for a day or two. sometimes it's a super cute pattern that gets me fired up, sometimes a cute fabric, and sometimes it takes more than a couple of days. this past time (the past week or so), it took just pressing thru not wanting to work on unfinished projects (still unfinished btw) and then i got a stellar idea and whipped up a quick knit shirt. knits....so easy and so fast to finish!

    you'll get your mojo back! btw, i LOVE that simplicity pattern (views 1&2 are adorable). in the meantime, i worry about working on harder projects when i get an idea that might use them (last night it was sewing lace applique, it was sleeves another time and piping).

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  2. I back away as well...I go out into the world and ignore sewing. And don't fret too much about buying the "easy" patterns. They seem to be all I ever buy. But sometimes, you need to tackle a pattern that seems really scary to get you back into the swing of things. You'll know how to do all the basic stuff and then you'll mentally challenge yourself otherwise.

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  3. I know what you mean, sometimes I don't know why but I just 'ain't feeling it'. Hang in there, your sew-jo will return. Love the dress! That bedding fabric is beautiful and it looks great on you with the jacket. Sam xox

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  5. Don't be so down on youself. Your dress looks really pretty, and doesn't look easy too sew either. You'll get the sewing drive back. Maybe pick a harder pattern and take it one step at a time.

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  6. I get lulls now and again, usually it is when I get too caught up in the next project then don't want to finish the current one or if I am tired from everyday life and just don't get the motivation to sew.

    Have a break, have a warm bath, watch your favourite film and forget sewing for a bit. Then flick through your pattern or fabric stash and wait for that project you have forgotten about to jump out and grab you.

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  7. I'm just completely obsessed with Pinterest. I go hunting for designer dresses that I would never drop $200 on and then think of how I could make it better. Great inspiration!

    Here's a cute board to start with: http://pinterest.com/labigotera/dresses-i-d-love-to-possess/

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