When do you sew?
That’s the question of the day folks. When do you sew? I have arranged my life so that I could, if I wanted to, sew every evening after my son goes to bed. I am very lucky now that I live so close to work, only 2 blocks away. So I can grocery shop at lunch and be home cooking dinner by 5:45pm. I can spend time with Jack before we start the bed time wind down and he’s in bed by 8pm the latest. So the entire evening stretches in front of me. That’s how I was able to sew my last dress in one evening (prepping the pattern and cutting the fabric aside). I’ve also, since having a child, changed what kind of sleep person I am. I used to be a morning person, waking up naturally around 6am every day, even on the weekends, and barely able to keep my eyes open past 10pm. But now I am a night person, rarely going to bed before 11pm, and more often later than that. Jack used to wake up at 4:30am every day, so I was a zombie and very cranky for a long time, but (knock on wood) now he regularly sleeps until 7am. So even if I don’t get to bed until midnight or 1am, I am still getting 6-7 hours of sleep a night. Truth be told, I go to sleep earlier on the weekend since it’s important for me to be well rested when I am home with Jack. I don’t want him growing up thinking I’m grumpy all the time. 😉
So, now that I have described my awesome potential sewing schedule, have I sewn since last Thursday night? Not really. Although I did hem Thor’s shirt sleeves and the bottom of the shirt on Tuesday night. I still have to pound the snaps on and do the extra thingy that I can’t tell you about yet (sorry, can’t spoil the surprise). Maybe I’ll do that tomorrow as I am off from work. And then I can give the shirt to Thor at Easter! Sounds like a plan.
Now back to incorporating sewing into your life. I know Cidell is finding a hard time of late fitting it into her life and is chafing at the bit. Carolyn has always been a weekend sewer since her commute is so hellacious. But why don’t I sew every night when I can sew every night. After my sewing marathon on Thursday night, I was so tired, that I needed a few nights to recover. And then the few nights turned into a week (not including hemming Thor’s shirt). Maybe your sewing mojo needs to recharge. I thought that it would catch on fire, but maybe it just fizzled out.
Whatever the case was, I have not much to show this week. But I am proud that after a year dedicated to learning to sew, I have worked out a successful schedule that includes all the different yet equally important parts of me: Mother, Worker Bee, and Creative Person. I am really happy right now. I just realized it the other day. I had been thinking about my schedule and how it really works for me and Jack. — that I am starting to make some really great stuff, and I came to the conclusion that I am happy and satisfied. How often can one say that?
Anyway, sewing is my hobby, not my job, so if I feel like it, I can sew. If I don’t feel like it, I can do something else. And I have the time to do both. I am a very lucky person.
So, now it’s your turn. How do you manage to incorporate sewing into your life?
Happy sewing everyone.