“If you sew for fun, don’t feel like you’re falling behind if you see others talking about their sewing progress. Stick to what works for you – time & budget. It’s not a race. Enjoy the ride accomplishing new designs & techniques.” ~Jennifer Rosbrugh
The response I got from posting the above status on the Historical Sewing Facebook page totally surprised me. It was not expected. But yet, I think so many of us who enjoy historical costuming occasionally feel like we’re not keeping up with the leaders in our hobby.
It’s not wrong to have the inner drive to keep up, to be personally inspired by others’ projects. But does this feeling of not being good enough or fast enough take our passion out altogether?
Sometimes I’ll see other fellow bloggers (like my friend, Lauren’s Wearing History blog) post pictures of their progress on a certain project. This is on Monday. Then by Wednesday they’re posting photos of a completely different project. Whoa! But then a week later they’re back to the first project. – And it’s nearly finished!
What astounds me is the amount of photos they are posting. Indeed. If you’ve not taken photos as you progress through each step in a costume, you may not realize just how time consuming it is. And then to add to that – these amazing costumers have the time to actually sit down and write a blog post with several pictures.
(I say “have time” as our lives are really set by the priorities we take the time to allow for.)
But I have to wonder if I’m just abnormal with a full-time day job, husband, two cats, friends online & off and trying to run an online website with active classes PLUS get in sewing time now & then.
Really? (Said sarcastically) “These successful bloggers must have no employment and must be rich with both time & money to produce costume after glorious costume.”
Well… at least that’s what it seems to me (on the outside looking in). But I know that’s not the truth.
That I currently don’t have a life of leisure to stay at home all day and sew up lovely articles for my historical wardrobe while my maid cleans the house and fixes all the meals must mean I’m falling behind all those other successful costumers, right?
Why can’t I keep up??…. argh…
But that’s not the point, is it?
I would LOVE to have more time to sew. To finish that 1884 red day dress just because I want to; to complete a new lovely lime green 1916 dress for a Downton Abbey gown of my own….
I deeply admire my fellow costumers who dedicate themselves to continually working on their craft, their skills. That doesn’t mean the rest of us aren’t doing the same thing. It’s merely that we’re all on various tracks to different destinations.
The best way to stay on YOUR track and arrive at YOUR destination is to acknowledge the limitations you have. Accept them. Recognize that another costumer may have a larger money bag than you. That’s completely ok because they are at another point in life that’s different from yours.
TAKE HEART – your skills will improve by using them… free time comes & goes… and we all live through the highs and lows of financial well-being.
Our individual projects reflect particular points in our lives. Isn’t this the same for the REAL antique clothing that exists? It was a reflection of the wearer at the time – who they were, what they did, where they traveled. Copy this idea into your own sewing and you’ll find that those projects reflect the real you at this point in your life.
And the fun thing is, they will each have a story to tell about YOU….