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Sewing Mojo

September 19, 2010

I spent the day yesterday immersed in my sewing project. This is one that has been going nowhere and has a looming deadline. It occurred to me recently that I was intimidated. Hmm. By my sewing project?? Once I realized this was the problem I took a good look – actually, a mental inventory – of what steps were upcoming, and which I had accomplished. I realized that there was nothing new or difficult about what I was doing, I loved the pattern, and I am working with exquisite silks. Where was this intimidation coming from?? I tip-toed through the next few steps and still wasn’t getting very far with anything except frustration. I continued to ruminate over this project and finally realized it was the occasion for which I was sewing – the whole concept around which this project had evolved – that was intimidating me. What it boiled down to was this:

I’m afraid she won’t like it.

Once that hit me square upside the head I smiled. What’s not to like? Teal dupioni, A Vogue classic design, and the fact that I am sewing this as a gift? I then had a little talk with myself about the fact that I really am pretty experienced in constructing beautiful clothes. I was hesitating on things I thought I should do to adhere to strict couture requirements for some undefined reason, and in places where it wasn’t truly necessary. An example is that I kept feeling compelled to hand overcast all seam edges because that is couture. What I really wanted to do was get these raveling silk edges under control with my serger – which was threaded with the coordinating color already. I thought to be couture I really should do a hand-picked zipper when I really wanted to do a machine sewn one and move on to the lining. To be beautifully made clothing doesn’t require hand-picked zippers.

The funny thing is once I realized what my real struggles were – internal and not technical – a comment heard routinely from a friend of mine popped into my head and made everything better. Ironically, he’s a maintenance planner and scheduler and probably has never had a needle and thread in his hand. My sewing mojo returned the moment I pictured him with palms moving downward in a consoling manner while saying,

It’s OKAY.

I smiled, then serged the seams of the skirt, inserted the zipper, and proceeded to hand sew the entire lining into the dress with under-stitching around the neck and armholes done by hand leaving me feeling quite couture and accomplished. We are now ready to mark the hem and construct the jacket. With my sewing mojo back in place we should be done in no time at all!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. ttykes permalink
    October 27, 2010 6:45 pm

    Thanks for your story. I can really relate to it. I have put projects off because I’m afraid they won’t turn out well or customers won’t like them as well. Your story inspired me to forget my apprehensions and just get the project done.

    Lori Sadowski
    Trendy Tykes

  2. October 27, 2010 9:54 pm

    Thank YOU! I know I find myself in this stuck spot quite often, but then, we do what we do because we love it, right? Tapping into that instead of imagined critique works!

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