O.K. note to self.
Do not blog after you have just tried on five pairs of pants that don't fit. Nothing, repeat, nothing gets to me like having sewn multiples that don't fit. And don't write those blog posts late at night.
Today my daughter read my last post and said to me "Mom, what's up? You are always so cheerful, this doesn't sound like you at all."
"But I can't wear all those pants I just finished," I said.
As if this explains absolutely everything.
Which it should.
However I am happy to report that I have put all those pants away for another day (somewhere I can't see them) and actually went out and bought two pairs, on sale, that fit me just fine.
My morale has returned.
I need a holiday.
I have been doing a job and a half for the last twelve months and figured I was managing just fine, but I am beginning to think it has depleted my resources more than I thought. You probably figured that out. I have that female taking on too much thing going on and I should have outgrown it by now. I have pretty much made up my mind to go part-time, no negotiation, in the next year.
Now I firmly believe the universe speaks back to you. And because I am incredibly deep I figure finding pants that fit just fine on sale, was a lesson to me.
I don't have to do everything and I don't have to sew everything. In fact why am I spending so much time sewing something I can buy?
So I'm thinking it is time for me to revisit my I don't have to do that list.
A wise older woman I know once told me that she has a dinner party rule. She makes one course and does it well and buys the rest. She is a great, relaxed hostess. Real lesson there.
So I am going back to my sewing list, right now, updated this is what it looks like:
Dresses ( I am going to sew nothing but dresses all summer I think) - I can't get buy them to fit or long enough and I like to make them.
Bras. The only ones I find comfortable are the ones I make.
Tops and shirts. Again my long body and few fitting issues like square shoulders make this a good use of my time and I can be creative.
What I don't really have to sew:
OK pants, except for a few TNT like the Lindas. I am not going to be making jeans in my lifetime.
Winter coats and jackets. I have made these a lot in the past but really they are pretty detailed and I can buy, if I shop well, exactly what I want.
So that's me being sensible.
Now what is your sew and not sew list? Or are there a few things you have crossed out in other areas of your life.
I am really interested to hear how you negotiate your balance.
- I am a mother, a new grandmother, and a teacher. But whatever happens in my life, I keep sewing. I have worked as a political communicator and now as a teacher in my formal life. I have also written extensively on sewing. I have been a frequent contributor and contributing editor of Threads magazine and the Australian magazine Dressmaking with Stitches. My first book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge will be published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon