I’m working on a dress that is taking for ever. No kidding. It’s been an interesting journey in patience. I know that patience can be learnt. I know that because I sew. Darn, have I learnt to be patient! I don’t like it, but I do it.
I remember my first breathless, chaotic makes – determined to reach the finish line even if the zip was wonky and hem debatable. Most of those dresses have been thrown away, a fact I quite regret. A word to all the newbie sewers out there. Keep the bad makes. Or at least the bad makes you’re fond of. One day, you’ll cherish them, in the way you cherish your child’s first finger paintings.
Here are my five tips for learning sewing patience!
Hand Sew Hems. If you learn to love hand sewing, you’ll learn to slow down. It’s delicate, meditative and can’t be rushed.
Take Construction Photos. Nothing like a detail shot to force you to care about the finish. Documenting your progress helps you sew with care and patience.
Give Yourself A Break. I’ll indulge a six-hour sewing session in my jim jams with the best of them. But enforced breaks for showers, dog walks or meals can help you gain perspective. And with perspective comes … you know it!
Delete Deadlines. Do you really need to finish your dress in time for that party? Or do you already have six hand sewn party dresses hanging up in your wardrobe?
Use The Best. If you spend within budget but invest in the highest quality fabrics, you’ll want to repay your investment with decent work. And no decent work was ever rushed.
Now, all I have to do is listen to my own advice. Good things come to those who wait. Isn’t that what we’re told? I’m waiting. Gosh, am I waiting!
Do you have any tips for patience that will help me?