(The header image above is not my closet but a free download. You can see my partial closet below).
Don’t be shocked at the title of this post. I don’t mean stop sewing permanently (hyperventilating). I’m referring to the fact that my closet is now sufficiently equipped for at least six months – maybe a year, considering the stay-home-some-more situation – without me making something new. Since I’m always eager to sew up a new garment and might well relent, there are two reasons to consider slowing down: fear of sewing burnout and an overstuffed closet.
Burnout: I do not ever want to suffer from sewing burnout. It does happen, and has happened to an old family friend. Do you think a pre-emptive cooling down of sewing activities might save me? I do. I am not a speedy sewer and I do not sew all day – it takes 2 weeks for me to finish a decent garment for myself. In 2020 I stitched a total of 28 items including masks (which I am counting as one item), a fabric basket, fabric bowl, an unselfish sewing project and other such things. Take those away and that leaves 17 wearables for myself. Truthfully, that is quite enough for my clothing and lifestyle habits.
Stuffed Closet: Even after purging old makes, my closet feels a bit claustrophobic. That might be due to not separating seasonal items and some heirloom clothing from my daily current rotation of garments. So, an organization focusing on separation of garments may be in order. Totally need that. And, new hangers.
Sewn wardrobe ninjas: Recently, I was gobsmacked by my YouTuber friend Nateida who made 85 pieces of clothing for herself in 2020!! Eighty. Five. Mathematically, that’s one complete wearable garment every 4.29 days if she sewed everyday throughout the year. She is not even counting things like masks and such. Just her own garments. Nateida is on a weight loss journey and therefore completely justified in making lots of new stuff and giving away her garment makes that now hang on her; but 85! Take a look at her video here: SewNaturalDane. Then, of course YouTube algorithms planted a bunch of “all-my-sewn-garments-in-2020” type videos in my feed.
So, January 2021 has slowed down my sewing activities; I’m working on (and taking my time on it) something as seen in the image below where I show you a sewing tip. This item is a needed wearable in my daily life, and the fabric has a small story behind it. So, watch for it in a future post.
Here’s the conundrum, though. I will still post new weekly content on this blog; since you’ll be seeing fewer posts about my own clothing, I will try and post sewing-related posts, inspiring ideas and techniques. Techniques require actual sewing so we’ll see how I reconcile that with fewer garments. Heheheh. Any ideas?
Here’s some inspiration (or not) from Pre-Fall 2021 collections from the fashion industry.
Stay healthy, my friends! Other things that gobsmacked me this week are events in Washington, DC. So, excuse me if you detect some anxiety in this post.