Thinking v. Doing

I’ve been thinking about sewing. I’ve been drawing, reading, and experimenting. I haven’t been sewing. Honestly, it’s been good.

While in Brazil, I read two textbooks about fashion design and fashion illustration. They were quick reads and filled with exercises and assignments. While I didn’t do all the homework, I enjoyed the space and time to grow mentally and artistically.

I visited my favorite fabric shop while there. I bought a little but mostly just enjoyed browsing.

I recommend pausing sewing to think about fashion and project planning. For me the online sewing community is inspiring but I feel like some are falling into a produce and publish mantra similar to professors who must “publish or perish”. Consumerism and fast fashion has impacted the DIY world. I really want to embrace my personal aesthetic and slow fashion for ethical and environmental reasons. I’ve already stopped buying synthetic fabric because of the wash pollution. I even label check for fiber content in all clothing purchases for my family. I plan to use stash fabrics and notions while thoughtfully planning a project here and there. I want my art to be something I can enjoy and be proud of.

My kids are my priority. Designing and making are forms of self-care. I will never be able to keep up with professional bloggers, but that’s not why I blog. I needed to say that for myself a lot recently. I don’t know why I feel like I should do more or be more, but there it is.

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6 thoughts on “Thinking v. Doing

  1. Welcome back from Brazil! And thank you for your thoughtful and honest posting. I also spend a lot more time thinking & reading than sewing.
    You’ve written a very excellent post. Do you mind if I reference it in a future post of my own? 😘

  2. Looks like you were in a lovely fabric shop there. I understand what you mean about fast paced DIY. I have been spending last weekend with my sisters and this weekend with my own family so there hasn’t been much time for sewing. I did have a wonderful time with my sisters though. I have a lot to learn about synthetic fabrics, but reading blogs, etc., is very helpful!

    1. Family is so important. I’m glad you got to spend time with them. I miss family time when our weekends become overbooked or interrupted by my husband’s job.

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