Can you snap out of a sewing slump during lockdown?
Lately, I’ve only been sewing items for the home. I couldn’t get my head around sewing scrubs or masks. Equally, I felt no compunction to sew pretty dresses.
But then, I had a stash that was sitting there doing … precisely nothing. In a fit of desperation, I closed my eyes and reached into my secret cupboard, pulling out the first bolt of fabric that my fingers closed around.
Bought a couple of years ago in a sale from Ditto Fabrics. At the time of purchase, I was on a fairly unsuccessful solo break. Desperate to get away from home, but with no strong desire to see anyone else. A seagull stole my lunch. Ella and I battled our way through a stormy beach walk beneath heavy, gunmetal-grey skies. We arrived at a pub, drenched and oh-so-startlingly-solo.
Yes, it was quite the weekend.
I felt sorry for myself at the time. Couldn’t quite look at the fabric again.
And then Covid-19 happened.
I had fabric that deserved to be treated well. I deserved to treat myself well. And so, I began, with Ella by my side.
It’s another Myosotis Dress. I’ve made many of them now!
The linen has a loose weave, so I underlined the bodice in muslin.
I also hand stitched the hems, as I couldn’t bear vulgar machine stitching on this oh-so-beautiful fabric.
Because my concentration was so poor, I sewed in five-minute moments only.
I’m glad I took my time. This dress has brought me joy and distraction.
How are you keeping yourself sane with sewing?