I have nothing new to show you today, yet I’m still feeling an immense sense of accomplishment. Last Year Jenny would scoff at me for my twenty-minute-a-day sewing goal (she was a little hoity-toity, if you ask me. . . ); even Just a Few Months Ago Jenny was quite the fervid sewer, often spending hours and hours at a time trying to complete a dress for the next day or attempting to sew up a shirt to wear out that night. But those Jennys (Jennies?) were stressed out and tired and were too focussed on having something to wear that they never took the time to really finish things properly. In short, they had lost (perhaps never even found) the Joy of the Craft.
And referring to my past selves in the third person is officially freaking me out, so let’s stop.
Since I have spent this year (you know, the whole month we’ve had so far) taking my time and really striving to get things right (please don’t judge me entirely by my recent collar disaster), I have found that I actually enjoy sewing again. Sure, my productivity is down–but then again, is it really?
I went searching through my blog archives (some of my earlier posts are terribly whiny–I don’t recommend you read them. Honestly.) to help me remember what I made last year. And then. . . I Made a Bar Graph.
As you can see (hee, hee–I’m still so excited that I just made a graph! Go here and you can do one, too!), garment production is down from a few months ago, but accessory production is up. My wardrobe may not be expanding as fast as I’d like, but I’m still exercising my creative muscles. Also, I’m pleased to note that I’m not making as many clothes that I can’t wear or end up giving away. That’s happy progress! (And, yes, I realize that this doesn’t give the most accurate picture since, say, a blouse doesn’t take as long to produce as a dress and it doesn’t include muslins and such–but still . . .)
So, I guess my point is this: Always, always sew at your own pace. Don’t feel pressured by those amazing bloggers who somehow manage to whip out a new outfit every week. And, if speed-sewing, fast production techniques, and sly short-cuts are your cup of tea, well then, drink away! Don’t feel guilty because you’re not using “couture,” Khalje-approved methods.
I think this principle applies to blogging as well. Blogging isn’t a competition to see who can get the most followers or the most comments (of course, this is coming from a small-time blogger with only a handful of readers and commenters–so maybe take this with a grain of salt? 🙂 ). I absolutely believe you should write and share what makes you happy, as often as it makes you happy.
When I set myself the goal of posting at least twice a week, I did so because I really enjoy writing. It’s something I want to get better at. And the only way to improve at something is to practice regularly, even when you don’t feel like doing it.
I say all this because I am always comparing myself to others; it is absolutely the worst bad habit I have! I am officially Working on It.
I resolve to be pleased with my own pace; to be inspired by and never jealous of the progress and successes of others; and, above all, to never be anything but myself, however wacky that may be.
And I encourage everyone who chances to read this blog to do the same 🙂