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…