Elves hijacked my sewing mojo!



For the last two months my life has been quite intense, emotional and full on events. I went on a two-week trip to Tokyo, a few friends came to stay with me in Dublin, another friend got pregnant and I am trying to spend more time before she becomes mum, my parents got married for the second time after being divorced for 19 years, and last but not least, news from Ukraine has not always been good! Due to all this, I have not had any significant progress in sewing.




Before my sewing enthusiasm left me, my latest achievement on the fabric battlefield was this shirt-dress with hip yoke which, due to a lack of fabric, turned into an asymmetric shirt.



The inspiration for the shirt came from the Talent’s sister blog. Not only is Nadia an amazing seamstress, she also has a great eye when it comes to working with colours and, when I saw her shirt-dress, I totally wanted one myself.

I chose to work with this delightful NaniIro fabric from my stash. The pattern required 2.25 metres of 140-centimetre-wide fabric. However, the two-metre cut I wanted to use measured only 106 centimetres across. (Do you follow me? ;O) It took me a while to play with placement of the pattern pieces, but in the end, I managed to save on the length of the garment, the sleeves and the collar.




Despite the fact that I used the fabric in the most efficient way, I don’t like this shirt and, objectively, it does not look good on me. I don’t like the yoke, nor do I like the asymmetric back. The worst part of it was that the day after the photoshoot my sewing mojo disappeared.



I’ve never felt so miserable sewing-wise before! In the course of the last two months, I attempted to work with three different patterns but none of them were what I wanted. I cut one in the fabric and, while sewing, realized that it was not my style. The other two patterns remain at the muslin stage and need some modification but I feel hesitant about the alteration process. I wish I knew why...




This weekend, when I took the time to reflect on it, I came to the conclusion that sometimes you need to step back from something you feel passionate about in order to move forward. So I decided to stop sewing and think about sewing, read sewing blogs or look at my patterns for a few days to bring my motivation back. Instead, I’ll try to start doing something which I don’t do well, like cooking. Hopefully, this will help!



What do you usually do when your sewing motivation disappears?

Comments

  1. Ооо, про родителей чудесная новость!:) Бывает же!
    Надюша молодец, она так здорово видит выкройки, которые вроде б кажутся никакими. Ее посты всегда в радость:)

    Про мотивацию - тут сложно, мне кажется, надо соскучиться по шитью, отпустить, а то ты как будто себя заставляешь и насильно шьешь. Нет такого? Может какое-то время стараться не думать, а потом щелкнет. Зайдешь в ткани и что-то понравится, и очень захочется сшить что-то конкретное. Или прилетит вдохновение с витрины какой. В общем, взять отпуск надо!:)

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  2. Wishing you and your family lots of love at this time.
    Happy to send you any recipes you want while you take a sewing break.

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  3. Hi Inna! Sometimes I get sick of sewing myself, especially after some intense sewing of wedding dresses. Once I finish a dress, I just get so burned out. Usually, I take a week off, watch TV at night instead of sewing or going out with friends for dinner. By the end of a week long break, I am itching to touch my sewing machine.


    I also find it helpful to try some new crafts, like knitting and jewelry making. Maybe home dec sewing too. I'm so into knitting right now! xo

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  4. Hmmm, yes it can be difficult to get excited about anything when you feel like you've left on bad terms. I think taking a break from reading blogs is a really great idea. I know we try not to but it can be practically impossible not to compare ourselves & our sewing output to that of others. Also, I recently unfollowed a whole lot of blogs because I felt like my head was about to explode from all the inspiration. A smaller blog roll doesn't feel as daunting or overwhelming- much more manageable AND enjoyable.

    Once you feel like sewing again, I reckon you should start not with a new pattern & toiles, but with a simple pattern that you've made before & know will work/ fit/ get worn. I also agree with Chie- do something else for a while. Forget about sewing! It will still be here when you're ready.

    Lastly... how amazing about your parents!! My parents have been separated & later divorced for 15 years now and the thought of them getting back together is about as likely as me ever going into space! It must have been a bit strange but also exciting for you.

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  5. i agree with jenny that all the inspiration from blogland can be overwhelming sometimes. sometimes i really enjoy it, and sometimes i feel it impedes my creativity... anyways, i'd say do whatever makes you happy and sewing will come back to you.

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  6. I understand how you feel, I'm also feeling un-motivated to sew although my life has not been as jam packed as yours! Personally I'm just trying not to beat myself up for not wanting to sew, because in my opinion, as soon as your hobby becomes stressful, something is wrong. I agree with the others, just keeping up with my blog reader can be overwhelming, so it sounds like you're doing the right thing by taking a break. Go take care of yourself and enjoy some well deserved down time.

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  7. Stephanie - Starcross Sewing21 November 2014 at 09:53

    If i see those elves flying by I'll rescue your sewing mojo and send it to Ireland with express post :) I've been the same recently, because I've moved country, am currently looking for work, etc. Etc. Just too much going on. I think you need to be in a safe and relaxed place emotionally to enjoy sewing. It will come back!

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  8. Wow, you have had a couple of months of mixed emotions and experiences! I'm just exiting a mojo-loss period. Sewing again but cannot get up the motivation to take pics and blog. guilt guilt - I feel like I'm letting someone down! which is nuts. This is supposed to be fun. What to do? just ride it out, as you are doing. Enjoy other things :-)

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  9. Girl, you've had A LOT going on! No wonder you're not feeling energetic or inspired! I've been struggling to keep up my sewjo lately- between a string of "meh" projects and the loss of daylight, I've been tired and unmotivated. I'm working on a coat right now that I'm pretty sure I'm not going to like, but hopefully I'll get a win soon that will help me feel better!


    If I was in your shoes, I would just take some time to chill out and read, knit, or watch TV... low maintenance tasks that don't require a lot. It sounds like you're very tired and burnt out! I bet you'll feel like coming back to sewing when you're ready.

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  10. You've had a ton of big things happening. Of course you don't feel like sewing.
    When I lose my mojo, I take a break for a few weeks. Then I sew an easy TNT pattern that fills a wardrobe hole. That way I remember what I love about sewing, making tangible objects I use everyday.
    Good luck!

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  11. I do exactly what you wrote - I step back. Sometimes I don't knit for some months, or don't sew, or I left my dolls unattended... I'm waiting for the mojo to come back because only then I can enjoy the process again! Good luck with your sewing, I'm sure some inspirations kicks back soon. *^v^*

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  12. Да, надо взять отпуск! А то от сильного думания лучше не становится :)

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  13. Thank you, Maria! I still have not tried the recites you sent me a while. I have already purchased the ingredients for cheese triangles :)

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  14. I saw your knitting pictures on Instagram and you do it so well! Knitting is, actually, something I considered doing during the break. I bought some gorgeous yarn in Avril, a Kichijoji knitting shop ^.^

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  15. Excellent idea about unfollowing blogs! Unspoken social pressure can be daunting indeed! I'll probably pick up my knitting needles again since the weather is not getting any warmer on our island. Regarding my parents, it's very difficult to believe in it but they are happy together and this is what matters :)

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  16. Thanks, Joëlle! I will follow your wise advice! :)

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  17. This is exactly what happens: I blame/beat myself for not being able to create. By channeling energy into something different yet demanding the use of my imagination, may transform my misery into something more positive :) Hopefully!

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  18. It should be excited as well for you to be in a new place ;) I wish you all the best in your research. Let me know when you are 100% settled and I'll come visit.

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  19. I know this feeling of guilt! Who are we fooling? :) As you said, our hobby should be fun and not a torture. Let's go dancing! Maybe this will bring new ideas and unlock creativity

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  20. Thanks, Sonja! I felt like instead of going to a therapist I should blog about my frustration and a good advise or just a virtual hug will make me lots of good :) I am so taking a few days off sewing!

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  21. After years of sewing, I realized that I have so few basics! Thanks for this valuable advise. I'll go through my wardrobe this weekend and try to figure out the gaps ^.^

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  22. I've got a few valuable suggestions and will immediately start bringing them into life: knitting, cooking, dancing and, when I come back to my sewing routing, working on TNT basics. Excited to see you soon! XXX

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  23. arrrrghhh ... those nasty elves! Sounds like you had a lot on you plate lately! No point trying to chase elves - I'm sure they'll be back soon - you are such a talented sewist! one day you'll be looking down at your outfit and will be a piece you made and realise how good it is and how much you love it and your mojo will be back - just like that.... at least that's what happens to me all the time with my painting

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  24. Sometimes it's ok to give yourself a break. If you don't feel like sewing, don't sew. I'm also going through an insanely busy period, and having made a few meh toiles, I decided to have a little break and follow the Colette wardrobe architect programme - if I can work out what to sew to suit my lifestyle, then maybe I can get back into it quickly. Cooking also sounds like a good option - if it goes well, then you'll improve; if it's awful, then you can seek comfort at the sewing table!

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  25. I'm hearing you, when life is emotionally draining I find that I don't switch my brain on when sewing so end up with garments are just meh. So I've revered to making my second little french jacket, using the pattern I know fits and just slowly but surely plodding along - the hand sewing seems to be so much more relaxing and fulfilling. I find new patterns require so much more attention than my brain can sometimes provide, without me actually realising it. I'm sure that this is just a phase and your sewing mojo will return soon :-)

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  26. Crikey Inna, it seems like it's been such a big year for you that you deserve to not feel pressure to have any sewjo! I'm sure like Sonja says, focussing on other things like knitting and dancing and cooking and cocktail making will have your sewjo return and if not your sewjo then just some good energy. Oh and I love Jenni's suggestion of a smaller blogroll. I feel I need that on instagram as well. Re our shirt - I actually quite like it on you and the colour is lovely and wintery. Lots of love from Australia xx

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  27. Thanks, Kirsty! I am doing my best, to be honest. When are you going to France????

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  28. Don't tell me about new patterns! Especially, when my creativity is down, I cannot even work on simple adjustments. I could not agree with you more about slow sewing: I am making some plans already hehe

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  29. Lovely Inna, 2014 has been an absolute whirlwind of adventure for you. No wonder you are feeling exhausted! Take some time for self care- treat yourself and enjoy all the other hobbies and interests you have. And, if I may say so, I find the best treat for me are hugs from a dog/cat/guinea pig (animal nerd!) Take care and sending lots of good vibes from Oz! xx

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  30. Thanks, Laura, for these encouraging words! After a few days of doing something else, I realised I should go back to sewing :)

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  31. You are woman of many talents! How often/serious do you paint?

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  32. ... lately not as much as I should, would - my mind has been wandering off the canvas towards other things (just started my journey towards an MFA in fashion design ;)

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