Deadlines and stuff
Did you miss me? I’ve surely missed my mojo which has shown neither hide nor hair this past week. But I have a deadline and deadlines, I’ve just decided, are my new best friends. This Friday, I’m meeting up with some sewing friends to see the Balenciaga exhibit in NYC.I would love to wear my S2337 dress that evening. It’s been languishing on my sewing table (aka the dining room table) all by its lonesome. I’ve got most of the fit issues worked out. I think I will lengthen the bottom pleat or two of the tummy region as I mentioned in my last post about the dress and then finish up the dress. This is an unlined pattern, so I will have to wear a slip underneath if I’m going to wear tights with it. I have two more evenings to work on the dress, so I think I can finish it in time. *fingers crossed*
But this dress and the mysterious disappearance of my sewing mojo has got me thinking about my modus operandi. Do I need a deadline to propel me forward or to motivate me to sew? Is the joy of wearing something I’ve made no longer motivation enough that I have to add the pressure of a deadline to keep me moving forward? Sewing is my love, what I long to do all day long, and what I think about all day long. Why, when I get home after work, do I find my mojo flagging when, just an hour earlier, I could hardly wait to get home to sew?
Last night, in order to jumpstart my mojo, I shortened a pair of RTW pants I bought last week. Just a bit of hand sewing, but I loved every minute of it. And I loved not paying $12 to do such a simple thing. Maybe it’s just a matter of sitting down to start sewing and then I’ll get in the mood. Maybe I should reinstate the 30 minutes a day routine… It seemed to help me last time I did it. I know most people usually use the 30 minutes a day because they’re busy and can’t seem to fit sewing into their day, not because they’re lazythey’ve lost their mojo. It will certainly help me to have this Friday as my deadline to wear the dress. I know when I get home tonight that I will skip the glass of wine and go straight to sewing. If I’m smart, I will also put music on instead of the tv too.
So, what do you think about deadlines? Are they helpful or a hindrance to your sewing? Do you need them to keep you on track? Or do you find them negating the joy of creative process?