The busy life

Well, I am shocked at how long it has been since I’ve written a blog! So, I made myself a cup of coffee and on with it!

There are lots of reasons why it took me so long to write another blog, I went on a holiday for a week. Which ment 3 weeks no sewing, week 1 doing laundry and ironing and packing, week 2 was the actual holiday and week 3 was laundry and ironing and unpacking. By the end of the 3the week, I just went crazy. I’ve actually missed sewing so much, that I was even happy to cut some patterns, normally a part which I hate.

The second reason why it took me so long, is the fact that I am making lots of Christmas gifts which I can not show you yet, because you never know who is reading along πŸ™ˆπŸ™‰πŸ™Š. But let me tell you this, I can not wait till I can post them and show off a bit πŸŽ„πŸŽ€πŸŽπŸŽ‰!

The last reason why I haven’t been able to write another post lately, is just a lack of time. A lack of time to sew and a lack of time to write. I just doesn’t seem te be as quick as some of my fellow hobby-seamstresses. It amazes me every time to read post after post about the speed in which some seamstresses sew. “Made this shirt in an hour.” “Made myself another dress tonight.” “While my child was doing a nap, I made these shirts/pj’s/bags…”

I really don’t see how you are able to do this! Not just the sewing bit, making a sweater in an hour is amasing, I wish I could sew that fast! But also the amount of time spent on sewing. I am a stay-at-home mum, but even I don’t have enough time to spend hours each day sewing. When I was still working full time, I actually took a day off work from time to time, just to be able to sew again. It just boggles my mind to see my fellow hobbyist sewing such beautiful things in such short amounts of time whilst also having a full time job, being a mum and doing all of the household shores. I honestly get intimidated by it.

A couple of weeks ago I made a post about my sewing disaster, it got an amasing amount of views. Do people prefer reading about failures instead of successes? And if so, why?Β Is it because we are bombarded with posts about quick sews, posts with the most mindblowing beautiful creations and all these gorgeous successes that seem unreachable to a lot of us? Is it because we all fail in sewing sometimes, but reading and viewing success-posts make us feel like we are the only ones who screw up from time to time? Let me assure you, I screw up, a lot. I doubt myself with every single thing I make, and I am never completely satisfied. I am not able to sew something real quick, not if I want it to look decent. And I never have enough time to make everything I want, to the standard I want it to be. And I am certainly not able to make or even recreate all of these gorgeous things out there. And I am not embarrassed to tell you about it. And yes, the seam ripper is my best friend.

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So all seamstresses unite! Not only talk about your successes, but also the failures, it will make the garments that do turn out great even more impressive. Show us not only what you can do, but also what you can’t do, it will make us, your followers, feel better and like you even more. We are all hobbyist, we all love sewing, but sometimes seeing all these amasing creations is a bit discouraging and makes us feel like we are the only ones not capable of doing it.

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And to all that are able to sew a jumper in an hour, or a pj during nap time, please tell me your secret! Either to learn to sew so quick or to make my son have a nap long enough to do more than just getting my machine out.

 

PS: Since I started writing this post I had 2 cups of coffee, started my oldest son up with some arts and crafts, Β delt with a tantrum (2 actually), got my youngest out of bed, made them both a snack and had a “Why?”-marathon with my oldest son. Took me a couple of hours 😊

 

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The busy life

What a disaster!

I have a mountain of scrap fabric, an actual mountain, all sorts of fabric, all different sizes. Some so small that I wonder why I kept it! Don’t ask me why, but I just can not throw them away! You just never know what they could be used for! Yesterday, I was going through my closet and I just had enough. I wanted to finally use them for something usefull. So I came up with this fabulous idea! Something small off course, because there were only small pieces of fabric in this mountain. I decided to make my own Christmas decorations! Seemed so special! All kinds of bright fabrics in my tree, in different shapes and sizes. How cool would that be!?!

First, getting ideas. The fun part. Pinterest, Google. I spend a couple of hours searching and browsing for ideas. And I found a lot! And a lot of beautiful things. I really got excited! I started writing them all down, with little drawings on the site. I even drew a couple of templates. A star, 2 kinds of Christmas trees, a stocking, 3 types of balls… I started taking pictures of my work in progress to put on this blog to display my beautiful work. Well, turns out, I will use these pictures to display my failure. I still can not believe that I waisted half a day on this!

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I started going through my scrapes. That alone took me over 2 hours! Especially sorting them was a challenge, I tried by size, by colour, by type of fabric… Finally I went with 2 piles, one with colours that were Christmasy, and one with all the rest. There were so much fabrics in my Christmas pile that I then tried sorting that pile. I didn’t get very far. There were just too many kinds of fabrics and too many ideas in my head! The only solution I had was just to try something. To actually cut and sew.Β I took a couple of fabrics, 3 templates, cut out a couple of them and started sewing. Finally.

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Again, I didn’t get far. After the first one I saw that this wasn’t gonna work. It didn’t look good and I reaslised that I just don’t have enough patience to do such a delicate, fiddly work. I tried all the others, just in case and threw them all away. No home-made Christmas decorations in this house I’m afraid! Not this year, nor any year to come.

What was I thinking getting into this?! I think my mum, whilst reading this, will shake her head in disbelief that I even thought I could pull this off. I don’t have the patience for this kind of work, nor do I like the precision that is necessary to do it! Well, at least now I know never to attempt anything like it again. Or maybe use felt next time…

All was not lost in the end. After sorting my scraps yet again, I had another fabulous scrap-project-idea. But you will have to wait till after Christmas to read about it πŸŽ…πŸŽ„πŸŽ πŸ˜‰

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What about you? Have you ever attempted a project that turned out to be a huge failure in the end? Or attempted something that is just not you, like I did? And how much scraps do you have? And what do you do with it? Let me know! I have enough scraps left for a couple of more projects! Leave a reply and tell us all about it!

I actually hope some of you did make your own Christmas decorations. And if so, please showcase them with proud, not everyone can do it!

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What a disaster!