Ah, the lure of the empty page. All that potential. A story waiting to be scribed onto virgin paper, that will make your fortune and bring you lifelong applause.
Can you guess? I’m crowbarring in another of my sewing analogies. But bear with me, I think there’s real substance to this one! I have a theory, you see. That there’s a reason people around the world have cupboards brimming with fabric and drawers stuffed with patterns. It’s the potential, the fantasy sewing of the future, unsullied by mistakes and ripped out stitches. A clean page.
This shall be the dress to top all dresses! With my new pattern, I’ll finally sew the perfect outfit. Surely no one could go wrong with zebra print fleece! I’ll buy five metres to be on the safe side. Just in case the first version goes wrong.
Sound familiar? Do you spend all your hard earned wages on fabric and patterns because of the lure of creations that exist only in your head – that you may or may not get around to sewing?
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying this is a bad thing. It just makes me roll my eyes slightly when I stumble across the neon pink silk twill that was definitely going to become a rad outfit. Or the Egyptian sphynx sequins that I’d transform into the best dress ever, even buying a pattern to use – see below. Lots of hopes. Lots of dreams. Lots of fabric!
Maybe one day, I’ll get round to sewing all those outfits. Maybe I won’t. I’m not going to stop dreaming. Maybe I just lock up my purse instead? Any tips for an eternal optimist?