Yesterday I was having a conversation with one of my sew sisters about how much more excited and motivated I have been about my sewing these last few weeks.
99.9% of our conversations revolve around sewing. We are often caught up in conversations about what we want to make, what somebody else just made, the latest pattern releases, or some beautiful piece of fabric that we just picked up.
While we are both obviously OBSESSED with sewing, it’s fair to say that we both struggle to actually do the thing that we love…..that is SEW.
Staying consistently motivated to sew is a real challenge for most sewists and finding the fix for that dilemma can be quite elusive.
In today’s post I’ll be sharing the one thing that I was doing to myself that was slowly destroying my desire to sew.
Making Poor Choices
In a nutshell I was making all the wrong choices for the wrong reasons. (The subject of a future post perhaps)
- Sewing the wrong styles for my bodyshape – Doing this just brought on headaches caused by a multitude of sewing adjustments and finished pieces that didn’t flatter my bodyshape as well as it did the other person that I saw wearing it.
- Sewing the wrong styles for my personal tastes and/or everyday lifestyle – Although I love the drama of a full ball style floor length maxi skirt and the chicness of a slick jumpsuit neither of them work well for my everyday lifestyle.
- Making the wrong fabric and pattern combinations – Some visions can never be realized. A beautiful stiff fabric can never become a soft and flowy piece.
All of which either lead to an uncompleted or unwearable project.
And even if I managed to complete the project and muster up the courage to let others see it and they liked it, it still felt like a failure because in the end I didn’t like it and most likely didn’t ever wear it again.
My recent fasts and purges have really encouraged me to keenly tune in to what pieces work for me and what pieces don’t. Zeroing in on this has led me to make better choices in both my fabric and pattern selections which have in turn led to more successful makes, pieces that I love to wear.
The more successful my makes, the more motivated I am to keep making.
Of course your reasons for losing your SewJo might be a little different from mine but the first step to finding the fix is to first figure out your reasons for losing yours.
Once you figure that out you can start to come up with a workable solution.