Yes, is so easy for me to make! Basic even: I even found a perfect pattern (McCall’s 6988)
BUT that is Ok! right? That not everything I wear has been made by me. The pressure of caring the “handmade” baton is wearisome. Now, everyone I know assumes I make everything I wear and when I say I don’t, that strange glare on their faces. Disappointment? surprise? confusion? My face justifying “No, I haven’t made that but don’t judge me for it: I love sewing!“
I love being creative! I heart making stuff but I am also a child of the capitalism that even tho I am a much better and more educated shopper, I still want to buy cool stuff and wear it with anyone. Even among the sewing community.
What I mean to say is that I feel it is ok to have days off. Not to show up wearing everything you made. I often see beginners feeling uncomfortable what they made and the first thing they do is to apologise as their makes don’t fit, or they don’t like it etc.. Often I say: wear what makes you feel proud and happy, don’t wear what makes you feel uncomfortable. I won’t judge how well it was made. My first makes are horrendous. I care to be supportive and encouraging.
What I love about wearing handmade is the feeling of my personal accomplishment, not complements that it brings.
Since my personal blog resolution, I have only have said “yes” to projects already on my sewing plans (either for me or for my friends and family) or I would buy it anyway, because I think it’s awesome. That’s narrowed it to a few commitments a month. Who doesn’t love interesting interviews and/or thoughtful reviews. I already have a few lined up I’m so excited to share.
So easy to get catch up on excitement saying “yes” to everything, pressured to have/make the latest stuff, always wearing handmade, and so on! Be true to my own personal journey is my guideline.
Not often I blog so many personal views at once. I let those discussions for private conversations however how can I be inspiring and encouraging without sharing some downfalls of writing a sewing blog.