Just over a year ago I committed to “The Stashbusting Sewalong”.
My goals for joining were to reduce the amount of fabric clutter in my life and do some sewing.
The good news is: I achieved BOTH these goals
There is no bad news.
The interesting news is: what I learned about myself through the process.
Yes, I have cleared my floor of fabric and removed those boxes shown in the original post (one of them is back temporarily – full of fabric waiting to find a new home with someone else).
Yes, I have sewed more than I usually would in a year.
And yes, along the way I have learned some interesting things about myself.
For me, the biggest revelation was discovering that I am NOT a person-who-loves-to-sew:
I can sew. It is useful for me to sew sometimes.
…if I want something crafty to relax with, it’s going to be something with yarn.
And if I want to get really creative, I am going to get dancing…
Sewing is just not my ‘Thing’. It is simply a skill I have.
The other main thing I learned about myself is that, in general, I’d rather buy my clothes (mainly from Etsy).
I don’t mind making coats on occasion.
I don’t mind making skirts (though all the ones I made for myself have found their way out of my wardrobe – either to be re-modelled or passed on. Yep, ALL of them.)
I just don’t particularly enjoy the sewing process or find it satisfying (especially when the garment doesn’t fit right at the end, because I’m not competent enough as a dressmaker to adjust patterns. And I’m not interested enough to learn.)
So, heading into 2014, where does this leave me and my fabric stash?
Well, I do still have significant quantities of fabric to work through and assess. I am considering paying someone to make some of it up for me. Some of it will be completely surplus to my requirements – once I work through my attachment issues!
Probably the biggest thing is much of my guilt about not sewing has vanished
The freedom that has come from realising that it’s okay for me to not be a person-who-loves-to-sew is HUGE.
I feel like I can now pour my energy into the things I LOVE to do, without carrying around the guilt of the things I ‘ought’ to do. That’s a fabulous (and ‘verdant’!) place to be I recommend it.
Tip: if there’s anything sitting around your house that you ‘ought’ to read or make or do something with… get rid of it.
De-clutter AND de-guilt in one easy step! Someone else out there will love it…