Two posts in one day – I’m clearly on a roll! As you may have noticed, I’ve been away from the blog for a little while. This definitely wasn’t intentional. I found myself falling into a hole of ‘well, I haven’t got anything to show, so why post?’ I wouldn’t be surprised if this was something felt by a lot of crafty bloggers, making it all the more difficult when life’s events stop you from making any real progress on your craft projects.
I made a promise to myself when I started Sew for Victory that I wouldn’t let it become a source of stress or pressure. Unless your blog is your main source of income, you will, like me, have a life outside of the blogosphere. I have a PhD to contend with, as well as family and friends to spend time with, and sewing/blogging often takes a backseat to this. This hasn’t been a problem for me – I sew when I’m in the mood and choose projects based on what I want to make (rather than what I think I can whip up most quickly). But the success of this strategy was challenged last week when one of my current makes went totally to hell.
You might remember my post a few weeks ago, spotlighting the blouse and skirt that I had decided to make. My first stop was the blouse – a gorgeous pattern that I decided to make up in a deep blue silk. Perfect, right? Wrong. As soon as I started cutting out the pattern pieces, I just had a feeling that this pattern was going to be a MASSIVE challenge. This was largely to do with the fabric choice – silk is slippery. This is no newsflash. But for some reason, it hadn’t occurred to me. When I finally got it onto the machine, it slipped around, messing up my darts. I unpicked and unpicked again, leaving small holes all over the place. At this point, my spirits were totally depleted. I cried, I cursed, I shouted ‘I’ll never sew again!’ at my lovely, understanding fiancé. An overreaction perhaps but the only thought swirling around my mind was ‘what kind of sewing blogger can’t sew?’
Fortunately, being English, a cup of tea solves a plethora of problems. After calming down, I realised that I was departing from the original purpose of Sew for Victory. I started the blog to document both my successes and failures with sewing – a blog written by an amateur seamstress with a passion for vintage. As the blog has expanded, it’s content has grown. I write about style idols who inspire me, vintage magazines with their ridiculous advice, and replicating vintage style through sewing projects. It’s as much a blog about my life as about my sewing endeavours.
I decided today that I needed to write an honest post about the difficulty of the past couple of weeks. Because this is as honest an insight into my life as the posts of me wearing successful sewing products. It really is ok to have a bad day (or few days). It’s ok to feel undermined by an attempt to sew flimsy silk. And it’s ok to question your progress at your craft. But, at a certain point, you pick yourself up, put things in perspective, and move on. I decided to put my blouse to the side for a while and get to work on my skirt instead. And my motivation (or ‘sewjo’, if you will) has totally returned.
So remember that whether you’re just starting out or have been in the sewing game for years, it’s ok to have a bad day. Half the battle is in picking yourself up, dusting yourself off, and starting over.
Thank you all for your support, encouragement, and being the most fantastic blog readers in existence.