It’s my birthday Saturday, and so I bought myself some new sewing patterns since Vogue Patterns is having a sale today and tomorrow. In the process of playing with the images, inspiring myself, I thought of my post for today.

1. Sewing, like any craft, has its share of work. Stuff one doesn’t necessarily like doing, or things that are necessary for the final product. These are part of the process.

2. You know how they say ‘enjoy the ride,’ like you’re supposed to enjoy the process of doing something and not really focus on the product?

Yeah, that’s really hard.

3. I sew slow.

4. #3 is okay, because #2 is true.

5. #1 is also true.

6. Even so, I love to look at patterns and imagine what I can do to design things. I like to design.

7. I’ve been a designer my whole life. It started in calligraphy, and branched out into needlepoint, music, writing, and knitting.

8. It’s not really a surprise that I’d like to sew; it’s tactile, it’s like sculpting with fabric, AND I get to wear what I design.

9. I’m scared of #8.

10. #1 is still true. And because of that, I’m reminded of another truth: the verb is “to sew,” not “to have no fear.”

11. Sometimes, I’d like to run over whoever came up with the idea of Zen. And flow. And process over product. And all that crap.

With a hummer.

12. It’s my birthday Saturday, and I’m excited about the patterns I just purchased.

13. COME TO MY WRITING CONFERENCE! (This is not a non-sequitur!)

9 thoughts on “Thursday 13 – 13 Sewing Truths

  1. I wish I could sew. I wish I had the time to learn to sew. I have designs for clothes in my head but no skill or spare time to do so.

    So in the meantime, I’ll just sit back and be both envious and admiring of your patterns and patience!

  2. Peach says:

    Great picks! I take sewing in spells, when I have the patience. I tend to want to change patterns, maybe borrow a sleeve from another that will look better, change the neckline, etc. Have a Happy Birthday!!

  3. Elise Logan says:

    I can barely sew on a button. I wish i had some interest or talent for sewing, but I just don’t. Which just means I admire those that do all the more.

  4. Those are gorgeous! I hope you have a great birthday! *Hugs*

  5. Alice Audrey says:

    I love the look of Vogue, but I hate following their instructions. I’m just not on the right wavelength for them.

  6. Sasha Devlin says:

    I had to have some girl scouts help me sew a button. Not because I didn’t know how, but because I was scared I was doing it wrong. I’m taking your #10 and adapting it to writing. This is sooooo important.

    Oh, and I really love your #11.

    Happy Birthday!!!

  7. This is a skill I’m going to have to learn in a hurry – because I can’t afford to go to the US every time I need new clothes, and the clothes in Italy for, *ahem*, women of substance are just too expensive.

    Consider me envious of your skills. 😉

  8. Me, I found some really good seamstresses. In fact, the ladies moved to a new location but turned out to be the same ones who altered my wedding gown! That was nice. Now, I am thinking about having them make me some curtains. 🙂 While I made one, now I’d rather just write. Happy sewing!

  9. You picked out some really nice patterns. Looks like you are very creative. Hope you had a great birthday.

    Have a Happy Thursday! My T13 is at this link:
    http://joyofdesserts.blogspot.com/2010/05/its-strawberry-time-enjoy-season.html

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