Onwards and Upwards

It’s no secret that I’ve been in an extended sewing funk lately. I haven’t made anything new in ages (not since April!) and I’ve been dealing with scores of small personal traumas which really put a damper on all sorts of creativity. Plus, it’s summer. I have never in my life been able to accomplish significant things in the summer. It’s hot and muggy, my brain is mushy,  and all I really want to do is lie around and play video games.

Usually by the time August rolls around, my brain starts to awaken because Autumn is Coming which means it’s time to start thinking about cooler weather and the wardrobe it will require.

But until then, I refuse to admit Defeat by Humidity. It’s time to fight the funk. So, over the past few weeks, I’ve been developing a plan of attack.

First, I’m ditching all other plans–specifically, my plan to “bust” most of my stash of lightweight fabrics by making a whole host of summer dresses. I started sewing up my first dress (well, the second–the first is a whole other post) and had so much trouble fitting the bodice that I gave up in frustration. And if I had so much trouble on that bodice, then I’m sure there’s more trouble to come with future bodices. So, obviously, what I need to do is develop my bodice block.

I’ve spent a lot of time on this before, but since then, I’ve dropped a size or two and several of the measurements are now wrong. So this means starting all over again. I’ve been absolutely salivating over the new Craftsy course “Fast-Track Fitting.” If ever there were a course designed for me, I believe this is the one! But, I have so many courses that I’ve signed up for that I haven’t completed, I feel sort of guilty about adding to the queue. And I kind of want to wait until it goes on sale again, or Craftsy sends me one of those promo discounts when I haven’t bought any new classes for a while. But then again, if it’s going to get me out of my funk, won’t it be worth it?

Sage advice, anyone?

Update: Never mind–I bit the bullet and bought the class. Lack of self-control? Maybe. Single-minded determination? Yes–let’s go with that. . .

So, July is going to be all about getting caught up. Now that my computer has a working power cord (GLORY!!) I can start blogging regularly again. I have quite a few posts already in the works that I’ve been meaning to put up for a long while now.

I will also be getting caught up on all my Craftsy classes–trying to at least get the lessons watched even if I don’t tackle the projects quite yet. I’m one of those people who watch all the classes before starting to sew.

Of course, I will be working on my sloper. If all goes well, I should be done by August. Fingers crossed!

I have a handful of blog awards that I really should pass on already! Apparently, I’m picky about who I nominate 😉

I have got to get caught up on my blog reading–still over 200 posts I haven’t read! And I’ve been trying to be better about commenting. I’m a bit shy about commenting on new blogs–especially if the blog already gets tons of comments. Apparently, I’m not so great at the social part of “sewcialism.”

And, finally, I’ve been chatting with a friend about a blog revamp. I’ve been feeling for a while that it’s a little too cutesy and cluttered. We have some ideas that I hope I’ll be able to implement by August.

Until then, here’s a quick pic of upcoming events:



9 thoughts on “Onwards and Upwards

  1. Hey Jenny! Glad to have you back to the online world! I can only imagine what the humidity must be like for you, as we have temps of about 16 deg C/60 deg F, which is about average for here!

    I have signed up for the Fast Fitting course too. I was also planning to hold off, with a couple of other courses in the queue, plus an actual face to face bodice pattern drafting course in a couple of weeks, but the discount proved too much of an incentive! Let me know how you get on with it!

    And don’t stress too much re the sewcialist stuff. I recently just deleted loads of posts because I had over 300 unreads and was never going to catch up! I just read my faves and left the rest. And finally, only comment if you want to! There is no pressure to do so. This is meant to be fun, remember?

    Wow! Long comment! X

    • Thanks–it’s good to be back! 🙂
      I’m so jealous of people who can take actual pattern drafting classes! Here in my area, there are mostly quilting, crafting and garment construction classes. The garment construction might be fun, but I can’t justify spending $200 to have someone hold my hand as I make a Colette blouse when I can do very well on my own!
      I do find that there are certain blogs that I actually enjoy reading and look forward to new posts–and there are others that I followed because “everyone else was doing it.” I guess I should just quietly clean out my subscriptions.
      I always appreciate it when people leave comments on my posts (thanks 🙂 ). Writing the posts is always enjoyable, but it’s way more fun when it prompts a response. So, I’d like to be better about thoughtfully reading posts and thoughtfully responding. I think whittling down my subscriptions will help with this–I won’t feel so overwhelmed to think of lots and lots of things to say. But, you’re right, I don’t need to stress about it!

  2. Also- only comment if you want to! I comment here because I love your projects AND your books. Craftybloggers seem to be a pretty friendly crowd, so don’t fear!

  3. Aw man, I hear you! Funk happens, yo! My advice would be to make a favorite pattern, one that you’ve used before successfully so you don’t have to struggle with fit. There’s nothing like a straightforward project to help you regain your confidence!

    • Hmmm. . . I could remake my most recent successful pattern (it should still fit, as opposed to patterns I made last year that absolutely DO NOT). It was easy-peasy and I LOVED it. Haven’t blogged it yet as I have no pictures. But I have two fabrics in mind I want to use for it. How many is too many versions of the same dress, I wonder . . .

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