A small break from sewing. I promise that I'll get back to sewing very soon (I'm working on a post about cutting out & altering pattern pieces!), but I wanted to ask you all something: where did the last week go? Somehow I forgot this over the summer, but grad school is time-consuming! I read a lot of sewing/craft blogs, and so many of those ladies (and you ladies?) have families and jobs and sometimes Etsy shops, and yet they (you?) still manage to find time to sew and craft and write about it. It just blows me away, because I can barely manage to make time for sewing, and I only have myself to worry about. How do they do it? How do you do it? How do you find the time for all of the sometimes time-consuming steps involved in sewing, when there are always other things that must be done? I am determined to finish a muslin for the bodice of the dress this weekend (good call, Kelli, on not needing a muslin for the skirt portion), but I also have to grade 100 quizzes, read about 200 pages, and catch up on laundry and various errands.* There are only so many hours in the day, and I would like to spend at least a few of those hours with my friends and/or boyfriend. How do you find time to sew? Does anyone have any time-management tips? Do I just need to manage my time better and schedule time at my sewing machine? Perhaps I should stop reading sewing blogs for hours and just do some sewing myself? If anyone has any special tricks, help me out! And if anyone would like to just commiserate and share their tales of busyness and woe, that's fine too. And I promise, my next dispatch will be about sewing, hopefully about my successful experience altering the bodice pattern.
* One of those errands might be buying more fabric that I don't, strictly speaking, need. I don't mean to shill for a big huge corporation--I try to shop at local, independent fabric stores whenever I can--but Hancock Fabrics is having ridiculous sales all month. Kona Cotton is $2.98/yard (!!!) this weekend, and most of their stock is either 30% off all month or 52% off for a specific weekend. I would never encourage anyone to buy fabric or sewing supplies they don't necessarily "need" (that might be a lie), but if there's something you've been thinking about buying, check out the flyer at their website, because 52% off is just crazypants.
Posted by presserfoot at 6:27 PM