Keeping busy and burned out of steam!

Hello darlings,
Let me start saying this is me raising my hands up and realising I cannot do everything.
Since project sewn I haven’t stopped sewing. I mentioned that my machine went for a check up service beginning of april, returning to me just before Easter. When I tried to used it, I felt it wasn’t right and took it back. My gut feeling was right. The thread cutter was broken. To say I was a bit gutted is an understatement. She was gone for a month and came back without been completely fixed? WFT! I am still without my baby ( maybe I’m feeling lonely without her) and been sewing with a second machine (very cheap model I’m taking with me to Brasil) just to keep going. 
My work in progress has increased to a level I never experience before. A mix of sewing commitments- It’s pattern testing season, my machine problems and late fabric deliveries. 
Sadly I even missed feedback deadline. Have you guys seen the nettie. My beau is waiting for me to finish and spill all the beans. Adding injury to the wounds, everyones version is so fab so I cannot wait to finish mine. *social pressure alert!
If you think 10 wips aren’t driving me crazy enough, the unblogged items are staring at me. They are: 2 BHL Flora and one Georgia dress, a very cool french blouse made on the most delicious turquoise washed linen, my rain-florest datura and a floral maxi dress to photograph and write blog posts. Oh, I planned to write a tutorial on ‘how to make the datura top into a dress’ for VH, as part of promoting my class. BTW, class was awesome. Teaching is so rewarding.
Oh man! You don’t want to see my to do project list! I didn’t sewn anything yet to the meet up and I’m considering not to and just raid my closet. Got to find something clean as mmmay is making my current handmade closet work. Loads of old makes are too big right now.
Took me a while to realise how burned out I’m feeling and recently saying “no” took a lot courage as there are a lot of cool stuff going on but its making me feel better. I will just focus on fulling what I got committed and take a blogging/making break. In which during these time I will be indulging friends and family during my 30 days stay in Brasil. You will be catching up on my over-productivity on pre written posts. (hopefully I can get some posts pre written)
Till then, slow on the content to get my sewing life balance in order.
Anyone else felt overcommitted recently?
  • Take it easy you awesome lady! Xxx

  • Absolutely feeling the same Rachel! I think we need to be kind to ourselves and take some of the pressure off! Quality over quantity has got to be the way forward for me this year!

  • Nhi

    Don’t be so hard on yourself. We all appreciate what you have time to share with us. You’re volunteering your time and knowledge. What more could we ask for? Although I don’t sew and blog as much as you. And my photos don’t look like I’ve step out of a photoshoot. I’ve got 5 WIPs littering my sewing area. A handful of half written blog posts. That’s ok because its suppose to be fun not give me stress. That’s what work is for. ::hugs::

  • Yes, definitely feeling it at the moment! There have been quite a few posts lately relating to this feeling. It can all get a bit much. Enjoy your times in Brasil! Beijos

  • I can relate to that feeling so well. Lately I have been thinking about what I was doing with all that time before I started sewing. Well, I read, I met loads of friends, just hung around drinking coffee and talking to people. I will never regret expanding a hobby like sewing so extensively, but sometimes I miss these days where there was just…nothing. These days there are never ending to-do lists, unfinished projects and a big mess which keeps growing faster than I can tidy up. And whenever I decide to “take a day off” the lists get longer and the conscience worse. Man, hobbies can be so stressful at time πŸ˜€ i should probably step back and think about sewing life balance, too… but I need to finish that hem first.

  • Wow! That’s a lot going on! You deserve a break!

  • Rachel, I’m so sorry to hear that you feel that way. Please know that I appreciate the hard work and commitment you have to sewing. I feel the same pressure as you do. I was asked to pattern test for several new patterns and could only commit to one. That’s all I could do without putting aside what is my main goal – to learn something new with project and to become a better seamstress. I have to take care on Maddie before I take care of others.

  • I tend to forget how many hours there are in the day when I’m planning out my week and my deadlines! But I just took a 10-day break from the city and from sewing and am feeling really refreshed and ready to roll (though not at a crazy pace!). It’s easy to forget, but we tend to put worse pressure on ourselves than other people put on us. Hope you get a good rest during your trip home and spend quality time with your family and friends there πŸ™‚

  • Kat

    I can totally relate to this. I’ve been feeling quite overcommitted lately to the point where my sewing room started to feel, well, uncomfortable for a lack of a better word. I knew right then and there that overdoing it wasn’t helping me. I didn’t want my love to turn into my burden. I think what was getting my down the most was trying to make all my clothes. I go shopping and see a t-shirt and say “I could make that!”, but the thing is that making takes time – what you save in $$ you make up for in time. And I just don’t have time to make *everything*, so I’m learning to compromise and make more precious things and buy the rest. It’s definitely not worth your health! Plus, when you’re fully charged you think better and the quality of your output is better too – well, that’s how it is for me anyways. Take care of yourself πŸ™‚

  • May is just an awful month. Everyone I’ve been talking to is just completely overwhelmed with a huge list of musts and shoulds. Give yourself (and us) a break and I’m betting that your whole outlook will change. Best wishes on your trip. And although you’ll be missed, I’m sure we’ll all make it through just fine.

  • I don’t know how you do it, really admire your drive!!
    Can’t wait to see the finished BHL dresses, am following your progress on Insta!

  • You make such beautiful things Rachel, please don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Hope you have a fantastic time in Brazil!

  • Overwhelmed? Too many demands? Yes I feel like that all of the time, it is the nature of my job. I always feel I am climbing a mountain with a very slippery slope. The key is to prioritize and do the tasks that will keep you at that point, or edge you forward, and not do the tasks that will send you to the bottom of the slope! What do I do? Primary school teacher!!! Paperwork, paperwork, paperwork!!
    You do a fabulous job. A break in Brazil will recharge your battery. I promise.

  • yes know exactly how you feel – enjoy Brazil and bring back the warm weather with you.

  • Oh Rachael Honey, I know how you feel. I say YES!! to things I want to do because I want a life full of the things I enjoy doing!! But then there are SO many boring things I absolutely HAVE to do that get in the way. It’s such a drag. I am very thankful I am neither popular enough nor slim enough to be asked to test patterns! πŸ˜‰

  • Yes, I’m there, too πŸ™ I have a pattern test I missed the deadline (but not completely my fault, actually), a “few” wip’s that I never seem to get to, a new day-job that should pay the bills, some other minor jobs that will be helping with that, too, and a lot of things on my projects-to-be-sewn list. I need to slow down and just enjoy sewing.

  • If sewing is your hobby, it should remain a pleasure, no question. Do what you want to do, not what you think others expect of you. Have a great time in Brazil, and come back to us refreshed and well rested!

  • Oh yes, very familiar. It’s why I no longer try to have sewing deadlines. Everytime something NEEDS to be finished it gets stressful. Take a deep breath and decide what’s really important in your life right now and set the rest on hold.
    Enjoy your holiday!

  • I hope you enjoy your break in Brazil and that you come back with your batteries completely recharged. At that time, though, you still need to prioritise and cut down so you don’t get this way again. You can only cut a cake into so many slices! (My mother says you need to start to economise at the top of the pose – same idea). Anne x

  • I know it gets overwhelming hun. You are under so much pressure but a lot of it is self inflicted. If you ever need our help for anything, meetup organising or otherwise just ping an email over. Also I know its hard saying no but you have to have a life. I said to Marie the other day this is supposed to be fun not stressful! I find that saving up projects and photographing them all in one block helps. That way I can edit in a block and queue posts. Sometimes I don’t even realise I’ve put a blogpost out! (like yesterday) Have a fabulous holiday you deserve it! I will see you Saturday x

  • I’m really astonished with you being as productive as you are. I learned very quickly that I’m a slow sewer and also now to put too many deadlines on my sewing as I have enough stress doing my PhD and I want to keep sewing (& blogging) a stress relief. So I’m trying to do 1 thing per month…

  • Oh gosh, yes! I get this quite often. So many, many things I want to do/see/make/etc, and not enough time! I find it so, so easy to over-commit. πŸ™

    Good on you for taking a break and slowing down. I hope you have a fabulous time in Brazil, and come back feeling all rested and wonderful! πŸ™‚ *hug*

  • Oh gosh, You have so much energy, I would have been on my back long ago!!
    I’m struggling to get going again after a holiday and then coming down with a cold and before I could starting doing ‘my’ sewing I’ve now been inundated with alterations for friends and family. I swear it’s either all or nothing.
    I bet your holiday can’t come round soon enough! I’m sure you’ll have a lovely time and come back feeling refreshed πŸ™‚

  • I’ve been having some very similar feelings lately and have posted something similar last week about feeling under pressure and just basically taking on too much. I always get stressed out about sewing things for other people but thankfully have got a couple of the WiPs out of the way, and although there are more, I made myself a dress last night instead of starting another for someone else.

  • Rachel, it’s good you realized you need a break before it’s too late. I think we should all try to weigh our commitments and not overdo it. For you sewing has taken a new level…no longer a hobby but a job so it’s important you don’t get overworked! It’s great you’ll get to spend some time in Brazil where hopefully you will relax a bit. Recently I am taking it easy and like in the past weekend I focused also on other chores!

  • Nods knowingly πŸ™‚ there’s time enough in this life and even Brazilian superwomen need a break. Take care of yourself precious xxx

  • Oy, I’m right there with you! I’ve been making a conscious effort to say no, even though I’m a yes person and LOVE to try new things and make everyone happy! But I haven’t been stringent enough and have found myself with so many commitments and a pile of WIPs. The other bad thing is that when I agree to pattern testing and sewalongs, most of the time I don’t have proper fabric at hand, so I buy more fabric to suit those patterns instead of finding patterns that work for the fabric I already have. I’m going to try this summer to stick to a plan and get through a big heap of stashed fabrics. I feel so burnt out with my hobby sometimes instead of energized! I hope you’re able to get some of your WIPs out of the way just for your own peace of mind and that you can relax completely in Brazil. πŸ™‚

  • Do only what you can and most importantly makes you happy. Take care of yourself x

  • Rachel, I recently joined your blog and I so enjoy it! Take a break, renew yourself – you deserve it! We will all be here when you get back…..

  • puu

    i think this is the time of year when we all feel over-committed – all that stored-up energy from over the winter, and now we can finally be outside and enjoy things! i gave up a few weeks ago, for example, trying to finish anything new for our weekend (THIS WEEKEND!) and will just bring old favorites for our adventures. xoxo devra

  • Enjoy your break, and relax. I don’t have lots of sewing commitments but with three small children I know what its like to be constantly under pressure to give of yourself until there is nothing left. Hope to see you back renewed and rested.

  • I completely understand. I am in the same boat with finishing my project for the school’s fashion show. I had to turn down pattern testing.

    I really hope you get to enjoy your trip to Brazil. πŸ™‚ Also have a great weekend, this weekend. Wish I could be there.

  • You have lots of talent and energy and you amazing energy will return once you’ve had a great break. The fabric, patterns and talented designers who want your amazing skills will be there for you.

  • Rach, you go, girl! Priorities sometimes need refreshing and so do our bodies, minds and souls! So enjoy a bit of peace and freedom from self-imposed deadlines! Enjoy your man and your family and friends. And I bet you’ll come back feeling so much the better! Can I just say here, too, that I’m grateful for you & your blog/ online presence? I think you’re kind of like social glue- you have amazing ability to get people together and we all need people like that around! Its brilliant fun! TTFN xxx

  • Have fun in Brazil.. Enjoy your family and friends.. I think we all, over commit [not just sewing, but in all task].. Sometimes it is best to “take a leave of absence,ha]”

  • Sounds like your holiday is coming at just the right time. Have a fabulous time and until then…breathe!

  • Sometimes the universe aligns to make sure you get what you need – in this case, it might be that you needed the break. Sewing is supposed to be a stress-reliever, a hobby..its not meant to overwhelm you so maybe the break has been good…enjoy it. Look forward to meeting you on Saturday. x

  • Saying no is so hard sometimes! Everyone needs to take a break and recharge the batteries. Enjoy yourself!

  • You guys are amazing. THANK YOU!!!!