|The ever-so-lovely Louise Brooks (from http://mysingerstory.com/)|
I'm not sure whether the title of this post is correct. A quick Google search indicated that "sewing block" referred to sew several blocks of fabric together, as in quilting, I don't use "sewist" and "sewer block" gave me a completely different response (all to do with blocked drains- lovely!). And I really, really don't consider myself a seamstress.
I've lost my sewing mojo (as a crafty Austin Powers would say). On Saturday I was alone in the flat for most of the day- a rare occasion and an ideal time for sewing. I started looking through my fabric, my patterns, my books, and then I froze. I was just too scared of starting anything, convincing myself that it would end up as mess, as usual.
I ended up cleaning the oven and the cooker, and feeling a bit rubbish because I messed up a precious afternoon when I could have done so much. It just has been too long since I've done anything on the sewing machine. On Saturday night my boyfriend rightly pointed out that I was stuck in garter stitch for a very long time because I was scared of trying anything more challenging, but that now I was much more confident in my knitting skills. All I needed was a little push to get back into the swing of it.
After much reflection, I have decided that I need a couple of very small, easy and enjoyable projects to gain my confidence back. Last week I found an amazing nightie in a charity shop, it's quite long so I want to shorten it and use the bottom part to make a slip (it has a lovely scallop hem so would look quite nice). The top is amazing, it drapes so well... I really hope I'm not going to mess up though. And today Casey's post inspired me to maybe have a go at the following pattern, it looks easy enough to make:
Do you ever experience sewing block or is it just me? If so, what do you do against it?