….or, “Why do you sew?”
Dear readers, you may not find these questions annoying, but I do. I’ll try to answer the question in the title anyway. Below are my top 5 answers, starting with #5 when I’m least inspired. #1 is when I’m most likely to approach the sewing machine (which is almost everyday).
5 – I’m least motivated when asked to sew for others (not counting family). I have actually been asked by non-family to sew up or repair something for them when they find out I can sew. No deal.
4 – I’m a maker. Sometimes I get the urge to make something. Even so, it’s for the end result more than the process that excites me. That said I do love the sewing process and use the skills to make things I want, not just for the sake of using my machine.
3 – I want to (and need to) reduce the fabric hoard. I’m not afraid to call it a hoard. The hoard formed over many, many moments of purchasing weakness; that, over a period of a decade or more.
2 – Motivation comes from an exciting item or detail in the fashion and craft press; or seeing a live person in a gotta-have-it item. We’re sewers, people. We’re all about details. I’ve been saving this image of the mitered detail by Fendi for two years!
1 – Biggest reason I sew: to clothe myself in better clothes than are available in stores. The items can be as utilitarian as pajamas or something purely needed for an event (or upcoming weather change). Let me add though, that everything I make is not perfectly successful. Such as the newly made “butterfly” top below. It just does not suit me.
Another version of the above top is beginning to take shape, but not because I like this grey version that much 😦 . Upcoming blog post will tell all.
So, are there sewing related questions or comments by non-sewers you just do not like? Please share!