What happens when you have tastes that reach far past your purse?
Do you automatically give them up?
Do you sit wistfully at your computer screen wishing for that million-dollar sweepstakes announcer to arrive?
Well, neither one of those is a very good solution – – at least it wasn’t for me.
I was always a take-action sort of gal, but neither did I want to settle for anything less that what I wanted. You might think that’s a good thing. But I’m here to tell ya – it makes for a very difficult person to please. I was always my worst client!
But here’s something I discovered along the way. Not only could I afford all those beautiful clothes that I couldn’t even think of buying, but I got to have them way better than anything I could have purchased…no matter how much they cost.
That’s what finally
obsessed sold me on sewing.
I got to have what I wanted, in the color I wanted, in the style I wanted and in the fit I wanted AND I didn’t have to go shopping.
But here’s the amazing part. I get all those wonderful outfits that are so fun and without any guilt. I get as many as I want, which makes it interesting cause I have to keep a good picture of what my style and needs are now so that I’m not out there wandering into fantasy-land with some far-fetched outfit that I’ll wear once and that’s it.
For those of you who think you can’t sew your own clothes and for those of you who think you can’t be fit. It’s not true. I know cause I’ve fit all shapes and sizes in my company for almost 40 years.
To quote a fellow blogger:
If you can read a recipe, you can read a pattern. If you can drive a car, you can operate a sewing machine. If you can shop, you can SEW.
And it is the truth! So don’t dismiss out of hand that you automatically can’t do this. And don’t dismiss that because you tried once or twice, that things haven’t changed or that is a final verdict. There are many different styles you can sew and many of them are not that difficult and have gobs of style and swagger to them. You don’t (and shouldn’t) have to make a tailored jacket the first time to find out if you can sew. There are tons of garments to make before that can serve you very well.
Most of all this process can be very cathartic and freeing. Being released from the dictates of fashion magazine editors, store buyers, designers and uppity sales clerks and doing exactly what you want. When you do this, magic things happen, like loving all your clothes, wearing all your clothes. And then something even more magical happens…..you don’t need as many clothes.
Pretty soon you are living in this far-away fantasy-land where your closet is filled with clothes you love wearing, look good in and are comfortable, and it’s not busting at the seams – OK no pun – really I promise!!!! But when your closet isn’t busting, you can actually see all the beautiful clothes in your closet.
So step outside your comfort zone and try sewing a garment or two. It doesn’t have to be difficult to start, but let that creative monster out and run amok!!!
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