It was pretty quiet for me on the blog front last week, but I plan to make this week more productive. For today, I have the pleasure of participating in the Around the World Blog Hop.
I was nominated by Kyle, from Vacuuming the Lawn. We met through the blogosphere, and had the opportunity to meet in-person in Atlanta a few years ago. She has much more sewing experience than I do, and I have always admired the garments she has sewn. I love the embroidered labels she does (so creative), and she seems to have the same fascination with New Look patterns as I do! Thanks for the nomination Kyle!
What are you working on? What would you like to work on?
If you have been following along with me (thank you) then you know I am working on my first pair of jeans! I thought they would be finished by now, but alas, I have more work to do. My projected finish date is October 1st. I am figuring out that I may have to skip a lot of TV shows in order to accomplish that goal.
I am also working on another stylish tee that I will be posting this week. My Fall sewing plan is pretty extensive (see right), so I am trying to figure out a way to balance productivity and quality workmanship.
I would really like to work on a little bit of everything!! Really, my Fall sewing plan encompasses every category of item I would like to sew, so that is taking priority right now. After that, who knows what I will do? I am open to sewing a lot more pants, for sure. I would like to see where that goes.
I can tell you what I DON"T see myself doing, though. I do not have a desire to sew
bras or coats. Whenever I see people who have sewn either or these items, my mouth drops open in awe. I respect all the time and hard work they have put into these items.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I think my story is what makes me unique. When I started sewing, it was not for myself. I had two young children, and really wanted to find a way to create special items for them. I enjoyed the creative aspect of sewing, and while I sewed various items for myself along the way, my main focus was sewing for my children. It is only my undertaking of the RTW fast this year (sewing anything I wear) that shifted my focus from kids to me. That shift has exposed aspects of sewing I never thought about such as proper fit.
Overall, I would say my work is as varied as I am. Sewing is a great tool I have used in direct relation to where I am in life. When I had a lot of friends having babies, I used sewing to make cute baby outfits, and even a quilt. Now I am using sewing to explore fitting my own body, and developing techniques so I can learn, grow, and pass it on.
Why do I write/create what I do?
Because I love it! I have always loved to write while growing up. I was an avid reader, and was fascinated by imaginative storybooks by authors such as Roald Dahl. I loved reading about faraway places, and lands where limits were stretched. It was only natural, then, for me to blog about my sewing journey. It just seemed like a natural transition since I enjoyed reading and writing so much. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine people would read my blog, but I was hopeful they would.
Blogging was also a great outlet for me in my early days of having two kids under 3. It was hectic! Sometimes taking the time to sew during my kids' naps was a challenge, but I still remember the peacefulness that would sweep over me when I did. It made it all worth it, and helped keep me moving forward as a mom. Forward, past the sleepless nights, cranky moods, and toddler disobedience. The feedback and encouragement I received through my blog motivated me in that season of life.
How does my writing/creative process work?
I never anticipated how much work it would be to create a blog! It is one thing to finish a project. It is a whole other thing to photograph that project, edit the photos, create a post, and insert the photos.
It can all be a little overwhelming, and I often find that the pressure of getting a new post up can dampen my creative flow. So, most times, if I know what I will post about, I begin my writing a few days in advance. I start a preliminary post that has some of the specifics of my project, or what I want to say, and save it for later. I then pull up my post and add the final touches before I publish it. It works out pretty well to keep me from getting too frustrated.
So the next stop on the Blog Hop is...
Olivia from the Sewing CPA!! I recently discovered her blog a few months ago, and I am amazed by the wonderful projects she creates. She has a way of taking a simple pattern, adding a fabulous fabric, and constructing a beautiful garment in the end.
Please look for her post next week, Sept. 22nd.