I admit it.
For the last few months I have been having problems with my sewing mojo.
There were moments, in fact, when it seemed almost like work, particularly when I was struggling to get a few things made before I went away.
I haven't felt like this in a very long time, and it worried me.
Then last weekend I had a conversation with my middle son, who is a lot like me, and the lightbulb went off.
The gist of our discussion was that we are both only really happy when we are learning something.
This, I realized, is exactly what I was feeling about my sewing and why, lately, I have been feeling there was less in the tank than there used to be.
I had got myself stuck in someone else's lane.
Let me explain.
Different lanes for different sewers.
I figure there are some sewers who are highly energized by fit.
Robin seems to me to be a sewer like this. Her muslins and alterations produce beautiful results reflecting her wonderful mathematical/musical mind.
I figure there are some sewers who are energized by fabric.
Carolyn is a sewer like this in many ways. Her famous TNTs are a canvas for her wonderful fabric collection and her creative fabrications. Her inspiration seems to come from fabric and she does things with her fabric I wouldn't even see or think of.
I figure there are some sewers who are energized by technique.
Bunny seems to me to be in this category. Bunny to me is a classic sewer and exhibits a level of care and skill in her work the rest of us can only aspire to.
I figure there are some sewers who are energized by wardrobe planning.
Ruthie is a sewer like this and I would love any one of her many capsules wardrobes. Ruthie understands mix and match, do you know how hard that is?
I figure there are some sewers who are energized by fashion.
Erica Bunker is the queen here, her eye for fashion and her translation of the trends into clothes you can make yourself has given her a unique reputation in our world. Skip Style.com just read Erica.
And finally there are sewers like me.
I have a bit of all of the above, in varying degrees, but primarily what I like best are new patterns. What gets me up in the morning and rushing off to the sewing room is the element of surprise.
I love a new pattern.
I love learning how to do something I haven't done before.
I love pulling something new and probably half done over my head and not knowing until I open my eyes in the mirror if it is a disaster or a nice surprise.
I love good instructions and figuring out strange new pattern shapes.
I like every new project to be a new pattern.
Pretty nutty I know. Risky for someone who doesn't like to fool around with fit (which is why a well drafted pattern means so much to me) but perfect for someone who likes to be learning something, and is a total optimist.
Now what about you?
What kind of a sewer are you?
Have I missed an approach?
- 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