Monday, November 2, 2009

Where's my sewing mojo?

I have a fabric forest growing in my spare bedroom/sewing room. I should be sewing every spare minute that I have so I can enjoy all my wonderful fabric finds and finally have clothes that fit and wear well. So why don't I want to sew?!!!

Hubby keeps saying to me, "You look bored or like you are looking for something to do. Why don't you sew something?" I think he really wants my piles of unfinished projects to just get cleared off of tables but I still appreciate the encouragement.

I was reading Marji's latest post today and it hit me. I'm fat and don't like my body as it is now. I don't want to waste my fabric on clothes that hopefully will be too big in the coming months. I wanted to reward myself for exercising and eating healthier by making new clothes. I can't seem to find the motivation to eat well or exercise. Everytime I put on the frumpy clothes that I have now, I hate my body even more.

Bottom line:

"Sew for the body you have."

So simple but I forgot that along the way. I know I will feel better about the way I look if the clothes I wear are more flattering to my body as it is. A little good feeling will go a long way...maybe I'll even exercise?

When the clothes are too big, I will have to practice altering finished garments. I usually just donate them because I never enjoyed unpicking a finished garment, homemade or store-bought. This will be good practice for me. If I can't make it smaller, then I can also practice repurposing. Maybe a shirt will become a purse, blanket square...or something else for the cats to nap on.

I have some doubleknits at home that are desperately needing to be made into cardigans. The weather is finally cooling off and I need some new layers to wear. Sew for the body you have. I can always buy more fabric! (wink, wink)


  1. Hi Julie! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving such a nice comment! Your wedding dress is absolutely stunning! (I went to your Flickr album and saw more pictures.) Good luck with your sewing mojo - I think it comes and goes sometimes for most of us. I can get "sewing block" when I "should be" working on a project that just doesn't excite me (something for someone else) or when the rest of my life gets so stressful that I don't have the energy to do ANYTHING. But it never lasts - and once I wander back into my sewing room and pick something up, the love affair starts all over again! Just give it some time! :)
    Take care,

  2. I'm glad to see that you're getting inspired to sew. Obviously I've struggled with that issue. There are some orders of construction you can change so that it's easier to take in clothes that you make that you like well enough to alter. And you know, sometimes it's just a matter of sewing to fit yourself now, and being willing to let go of the items as they don't fit, and yup - use different fabric to create new as you size down. Good luck with it all.

  3. Still struggling but I'm going to take some "me" time and sew this weekend. I don't even care if the garments look terrible. I just need some stress relief. Thanks for the encouragement!


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