Summer Of Selfish Sewing

selfish sew

Does that sound bad? Probably but learning to be a bit selfish is not always a bad thing, in fact sometimes it is necessary but this isn’t a psychology post so let’s move on!

At the beginning of the year I set myself some challenges and then I got a bit overwhelmed because work too over, the last few months I’ve been busily trying to fill up my vintage shop and run down old handmade stock so that I can start work on my new shop which is concentrating on making stuff that is more me and less generic run of the mill goods which I feel that I’ve been making, we’re calling those the practice years. So this means I haven’t really had much time to do any sewing or making of anything and that’s why I joined the vintage pledge to help me get back into sewing.

I managed to squeeze in a custom order for someone I know but I was so under pressure that I made a decision not to take on any custom orders until I feel that I can properly dedicate time to it. Also I need to gain more confidence and practice in my knitting skills.

But I digress, just because I haven’t had time to sew doesn’t mean I haven’t had time to buy fabric, in fact a buying ban is now in effect, though I did preorder some lush and very expensive fabric from the Outback Wife collection which has been pushed back until June so I still have a bit of time to sew something and make space for that.

But yes a buying ban is in effect until after our holiday (at least) and I’m going on a stash diet because look at this work room!!!! And this is the ‘tidy’ corner!!!

craft room

This is a combination of work and personal supplies, the wicker shelves house most of my art supplies and I really should retitle this post the Summer of Selfish Sewing and Making Art because I’ve been promising myself far too long that I will start making art again. Some of he tubs contain work supplies and once I’ve finished the bulk of Etsy listing (because lets’ face it, it never really ends) I’m going to decide what to actually make with them! The great big spring clean has been extended to a summer clear out as I’ve decided to stop being that lazy person who sends stuff either to the charity shop or recycling centre and try to sell some of it first and if that doesn’t work, recycle somehow in my projects before sending it to the recycle centre!

To be honest using up my stash is a rolling project, every year I’m like I’m gonna clear all this out before buying anything and I get part way through and replace it with twice the amount of stuff, hence why we are now at critical mass and literally have no more room. So summer project is to sew myself that wardrobe I keep saying I’m going to sew and then putting it off for whatever reason.

I’m taking my time on the new business, I want my designs to be me and so I need time to work on these and produce work that I’m happy with. I also need to reduce my workload currently as I’m reminded that I am just one person running a business and forget that you have to take on all the roles of a business and not just the ones you like and then pass off the rest to an assistant which would be awesome right now but obviously unrealistic! But I need to find more time for personal time, so am keeping weekend work free because you have to set boundaries.

So I will report back at the end of summer and see if by some small miracle I managed to exercise some restraint and not buy any more fabric or yarn and also got my butt into gear and made something! Though I definitely will because I need to make some clothes for our holiday.