September is National Sewing Month. Now for me, that doesn't really make much of a difference, I sew nearly every day, lots and lots! It was nice to get extra deals and steals from my supplier to help "celebrate" but other than that, I don't really think about how much I sew, it's just part of my life. However, The final week of September has been deemed "Selfish Sewing Week" in the world of sewing bloggers. Some call it "Self-care Sewing Week" because nobody wants to sound like a selfish jerk. Either way, I REALLY REALLY LOOOVE this idea!
Here's a little secret of mine, I don't sew for myself. Ever. I don't hem my pants, I roll them up and look sloppy. I buy dresses at consignment stores and never adjust for fit. (Do as I say, not as I do, ahem.) I spend hours each day sewing, hemming, fitting and creating for other people, but I never take the time to do it for myself. I don't do it for my loved ones much either, It's that whole "the cobbler's children go barefoot" thing.
So, this Selfish Sewing Week, I decided, to be, well, a bit selfish! I made myself a lush wool skirt in burnt orange, lovely for autumn! I'll be debuting it at the Entrepreneurial Women's Expo (EWE) next Wednesday. I just have to finish hemming it first!
I also bought a bunch of fabric to make other things for myself throughout the year, I feel like Selfish, strike that, Self-Care sewing is something I need to do a bit more of. In addition to just making myself pretty original things, it's also a way for me to try new things. I can practice with different techniques, fabrics, finishes, shapes and trims working out the kinks on my own projects. I'll have great innovative ideas perfected for when I sew for everyone else.... see I'm not really being selfish after all!
I'm Denise Meyer, apparel designer in State College, PA, saving the world one clothing problem at a time!