Thursday, 8 January 2015

::Blogging:: Top 5 Reflections of 2014

When I started this post it was a rambling mess about lots of things that have popped into my mind as I look back at 2014. It was all a bit much so I started from scratch again. I did a dot point list of the things that first came to mind and then went from there. So here are the things that learnt and continue to learn…

"Think sewing" is not actually sewing
I spend way too much time thinking about and reading blogs, perusing sewing books, pinning researching sewing and drafting than actually doing it.
For me, it’s really a form of procrastination; I don’t want to start a project because of my silly fear of not making a “perfect project” and “wasting” fabric.

Focus is not a strong point
I have obsessive tendencies. I can be completely infatuated with one topic or project and then the next week I will have moved onto something else. I can be that way about sewing sometimes. I’ll start a project and then not be that into it and move onto something else “shinier”.
“Shiny syndrome” also hits me when I’m going through my fabric. So, I’ll go to my stash to start a project and then an hour later find myself sitting on the floor surrounding by fabric and with a head full of ideas. But. Nothing. Has. Been. DONE. *Sigh* Oh well. I’ll just put my fabric away again…

Sewing productivity is about quantity of FO’s not quality
This is not really a new revelation after my reflections at the beginning of this year and seeing what I’ve made this year. All of the garment’s I made this year aren’t perfect, BUT, a lot of them are still in high rotation in my wardrobe. So at this time in my sewing career, my focus isn’t really on perfection, it’s more about getting a project (started; as per the previous reflection; and) finished.

Interacting with the online sewing community is fun
In the past I’ve not really interacted with people in the online community on a regular basis until this year. I suppose it reflects my extrovert tendencies. It’s been fun chatting to people online and have commenting conversations. The challenges I've participated in with TMS have been great to participate in and have helped push me to make things I probably wouldn’t otherwise.

Guidelines help make wearable garments
It has been really rewarding to wear more me-made in my everyday wardrobe, at the moment I'm usually wearing at least one piece a day. The S.W.A.P. Analysis from a couple of years ago has helped me make garments that get worn because they are the right colour, the right shape and suite my lifestyle. Although, I’ve felt of late that I don’t really have a ‘style’ as such.

~Final Comment~
I find it interesting the combination of new ideas and old in this post. I’m finding this series helpful to get the thoughts I’ve been having out of my head and making them ‘concrete’.

Do you ‘think sew’ instead of doing the real thing? 
Do you procrastinate instead of starting projects? Do you have ‘shiny syndrome’ too?
I’d love to hear about the your reflections. Leave a comment below :)

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  1. Very interesting list of reflections! I find that I'm "think sewing" practically all the time, including when I'm at work. :) I do spend a lot of time reading blogs, reading sewing books, etc., and I think it's because I don't have the energy to actually get up and sew all the time (like after work), but I still want to be doing something sewing-related. I learn a lot during those times though, so it's all good!

    I'm all about the guidelines too, as you know. It's so helpful to have some general ideas about what you like and what works for you. I don't like to call them "rules" though, because sometimes I just want to sew something fun. You know, like a skirt with 10,000 bright colors on it. :)

    1. That's a good point about 'think sewing' that I've not considered. Sometimes it's productive to learn new things that will come in handy later. Or be reminded of things you already know.
      I agree, there needs to be some flexibility with a sewing plan otherwise it begins to feel a lot like work.


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