Sunday, January 10, 2016

Why I Never Get Any Sewing Done.

I have a really nice sewing room. It has a window and a door overlooking the old cemetery out back. It has two large utility tables with lots of room for my serger and sewing machine, a comfy office-style chair (in purple), lots of baskets filled with notions, boxes of buttons, bags of thread and trim and elastic, a bin full of different kinds of interfacing, and enough fabric to start my own store. Over my sewing table there is a bulletin board hung with pictures that are inspirational. My sewing room has an iron, a CD player (yeah, I know, obsolete but I have a lot of CDs and audio books,) It is across the hall from my bathroom and next to my kitchen. There is no reason on earth that I shouldn't spend blissful hours in there sewing. Except I don't and I blame the Internet and Pinterest.

There was a time when I would stop on the way home from work on Friday, buy a pattern and fabric, spend a happy weekend sewing, and wear a new outfit to work on Monday. Now I don't have to leave the house to go to work, I can wear whatever I like, and I have (theoretically) a lot more time. To waste--spinning my wheels trying to make up my mind. Let me show you why.

1. I see a picture of something I just love and would like to make on the internet. Like this asymmetrical top. I save it to a Pinterest board I have created for Inspirational Sewing Projects. I spend an hour looking at the other things I've pinned and start thinking about them, too.

2. I go through my fabric stash to see if I already have something that I could use. I really like the aqua-colored fabric in the picture above and I certainly have enough of it. But... maybe there's something else out there I'd like better. I spend 2 hours going to my favorite sewing sites--FabricMart. com and, though I don't find anything nicer, I spend $75 on other stuff I have to have.

3. I do not have a pattern for this so I start searching online for a similar pattern. This one is kind of like it except it doesn't have a pattern either. But I love that hood. So I start searching for asymmetrical hooded jackets and wind up pinning ten more things to Pinterest.

4. I find a similar design and it has a downloadable pattern in PDF format. YAY!!!

5. I locate the web site and find the PDF--it's not in English but I can work around that. I spend several hours fiddling around with the pattern, adjusting it to fit me and then think that I love the hood but am not crazy about the sleeves. This goes on all day.

As I am writing this it is 5:10 p.m. on Sunday and I have yet to go into my lovely sewing room. I have everything I need. Except a really cool button. I think this deserves a really cool button. 

I usually find cool buttons on eBay. See you later.

Thanks for reading.


  1. Yep, that's exactly the way it goes. I drooled over that same sweater in the first photo before looking in my closet and realizing that I had at least four that were near twins to it.

  2. It's good to know that I'm not alone!!!


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