Six garments mended and altered.
It is a large accomplishment over minor tasks that have languished on my to-do list and my sewing table since winter.
I recently listened to the audiobook of “Get Your Sh*t Together” by Sarah Knight. As self-help books go, it’s a fast and fun read. From overflowing inboxes, to dating, and career planning, the author unpacks many ways we psych ourselves out of doing things (or just get overwhelmed into a cycle of procrastination that leads to feeling more overwhelmed down the road). She also provides a number of “just do it” suggestions.
After we both read the book, my husband commented on my habit of not finishing any of the projects I had started. I thought about it and acknowledged that I was shying away from finishing things because I was afraid I’d take the wrong approach…that I’d fail.
Around this same time my husband decided he wanted to build an arbor in our backyard, watched a couple youtube videos, and then built an arbor in a couple weekends. His ability to just do a project and finish it blew me away. I am a talented and clever sewcialist, but damn it usually takes me a couple weekends to even decide WHAT I want to sew. Nevermind actually finishing a thing. (Measure 10 times, think about cutting three times, then actually cut once…well once for the muslin and again for the actual fashion fabric.)
Although, it still took me another 2 months to do any sewing. 😂
There isn’t a specific passage from “Get Your Sh*t Together” that explicitly helped me finish these sewing tasks. Sarah Knight does advocate for “making time for your hobbies” and “being selfish” with your time. I think she might have also addressed over-preparation as a stalling tactic. All together, I finished the book understanding that I can be a high achiever and high performer at work, and still be letting small things slip through (at home and at work) without a safety net of good habits. Her “get your sh*t together” declaration isn’t one of shame or reprimanding, it is meant to be a rallying cry.
So this weekend, I walked into my sewing room and finished a bunch of the tiny tasks so that I could free up my creative “to-do” list for bigger, splashier projects. When I started to stall out overthinking whether I should add a dart or change the backseam of RTW pants, I just went with the easy dart option first to see if it worked (it did!). My mantra was “wearable is better than perfect.”
(It is also worth noting that I started paying attention to how often I reached for my phone for that social media addiction dopamine hit. Every time I started reaching was a chance to ask myself why I was reaching, and give myself a chance to take a break away from the sewing machine or to refocus on the challenge at hand.)
- Jersey skirt (altered waistband and side seams)
- Drawstring pants (altered waistband and removed fullness at hips)
- Jersey cami (mended hole)
- Akita blouse (mended tear at armscye)
- Linen pants (reinforced mended knee patch)
- Knitted cardigan (repaired/darned a 2-inch hole)
And for the final icing on the cake:
I pushed myself to clean up the sewing table when I was done. We are ready for the next project!