2012: Looking forward
As I did in my year-end post last week, I am not going to talk numbers today. Actually, I have only one goal for 2012 and that’s just to sew as much as I can. I don’t have a list of must learn techniques or a “gotta make this new type of garment” list. I am not going to set out to make 3 million dresses or participate in sew-alongs.
It’s really not about quantity anymore for me. What is it about now? Well, it’s an obsession, pure and simple. If I’m not daydreaming about sewing, I’m working out a sewing problem. If it’s not actually handling fabric in my stash, it’s buying fabric in the Garment District or online. If it’s not looking through my pattern collection, it’s perusing the pattern selection online. If I’m not creating something for myself, I’m reading about other people’s creations in sewing blogland.
I am 100% focused on sewing most of the time. And this makes me really happy.
Before I get too far into this post, I feel the need to tell on myself since you all know now that I tattle on myself all the time. Let’s talk about that elephant that’s been living in my blog that I have been ignoring since January 2011. I’m talking about the absence of SEWN Market, my Etsy store that never materialized. I had semi-grand plans if you will recall:
“I have modest goals for this new endeavor. I will sell things that are simply designed, small and that maximize the high quality fabric I will use. If I make just enough to pay for my fabric addiction, I will be happy.”
This Etsy store was part of the reason why I hired a designer in the first place to design my new logo/label and blog header. I wanted a cohesive cool look and feel for both the blog and SEWN Market. I wanted a brand.
But once I started digging more into my research on Etsy (how it works, who/what sells on Etsy), I realized something. I was doing the same thing to sewing that I once did with my singing: trying to monetize my passion. I know a lot of people talk about choosing your passion and the money will follow and maybe that works for some people, but it doesn’t work for me. One of the lessons I learned from my singing career was that trying to make a living doing the thing that I loved took the pleasure right out of it. I won’t go into the particulars of sustaining a classical singing career here, but suffice it to say that it wasn’t for me in the end.
Once I made that connection between a potential sewing career and my past singing career, I asked myself some important questions:
- What do I want to accomplish with my sewing?
- For whom do I want to sew?
- Will sewing in my private time be enough for me?
- Why do I want to make my living from sewing?
- Do I want to sew all day long every day for someone else?
The answers were either surprising or just plain obvious.
- I want to sew my own clothes
- I want to sew primarily for myself and occasionally for others
- Yes, sewing on my down time will be enough for me (this was the surprising one for me)
- I do want to sew all day long every day, but…
- I do not want to sew all day long for other people.
Those answers made my decision not to attempt to monetize my love of sewing really easy. The answer was a resounding NO. Was the blog redesign/new logo a waste of time and money? No! I love my new look and my still so shiny new name. My labels make me happy every time I see them.
Long story long: I just want to sew. That’s all. So that’s what I’m going to do.
Here’s my wish for you and your 2012:
May you all have endless sewing mojo and the time to use it.