Friday rolled around and no mojo and absolutely no desire to sew anything on my list. Which was pretty upsetting since I'd spent quite a bit of time thinking up that list, dreaming on that list and working out sewing directions for the pieces on that list. Hopefully they will come out of the dream state and into the real world...but at this point who knows?!
While I was wondering where my mojo had gone, I started to question the items on my "To Sew" list. Because seriously, doesn't this Roksana Ilincic dress...
...look like this Dries van Noten inspired dress that I made a few years ago...
...even my Valentino knock-off is a take-off on the pieced dress.
Why am I continuing to remake the same dress?
Then I started to question the leather/tweed jacket & dress combo. Where am I wearing this too? Would I really wear it to work after all of the hard work that I put into it? Now I'm sure you're pointing to the leather/ponte dress I recently made. Well I actually wore it with a cardigan and toned down the necklace so it didn't come off as va va voom as it does on the blog. The studded ponte dress was worn as it was shown with the brown cardigan. See I'm toning down my fashion forwardness for my job. So did I want to make this combo to chase the fashion dream or to actually wear? More questions and still no mojo.
Saturday morning dawned and I decided that maybe I just needed to rest. Maybe I wasn't suppose to sew this five day weekend. Sometimes you do just need to sit still and let your inner creative voice speak so that you are being true to yourself and not just chasing an illusion. Another day with no sewing but a whole lotta babysitting...which leads to Sunday.
After those grandbabies went home and I woke up five hours later, I realized that I needed to concentrate on some boring basics. I need a couple more pairs of pants. I need to repair the pants that I've started to dissemble...and it hit me. Basic, boring pieces don't bring glowing compliments in the comment section on your blog. Okay, I'm being real here people...beautiful fantasy garments interpreted into my everyday work life brings many comments and we all know that I'm a comment ho. My sewing list was designed to bring the most comments possible instead of being what I really needed in my wardrobe at this time.
Well dayum, maybe that's why my sewing mojo had fled. I wasn't being true to myself. I was chasing a comment. Are we all squirming now? I know I was when that realization smacked me up side the head! So I pulled out the wool crepe pictured in the last post and promptly started working on a new pair of pants. I also pulled out a rayon blend knit and I'll be making a cardigan too. Why? Because those are garments I actually need in my closet. To be real, I'm cold and I need pieces that layer to protect me from the cold.
I honestly got a little lost. I fell down that hole that so many sewists fall into...sewing for the life we want instead of the one that we are actually living. Now this doesn't mean that we don't like our lives, it just means that sewing the special & distinguished is so much more fun (and comment producing) than sewing the boring and the basic.
So you will be seeing several posts about pants...making pants...mending pants...the challenges of lining pants for the plus size woman. If you need awe-inspiring, come back in the spring when I go back to sewing amazing dresses and interpreting designer gear because right now it's too dayum cold for that and I need boring, basic pants.
Okay that was my self realization and very candid confession...
...as always more later!