i want to be a selfish seamstress, part 1

There’s a big part of me that wants to have the attitude and perspective of this gal. If there’s anything I’ve realized this year, it’s that as much as I love to sew for other people, I’m sick of never ever sewing for myself. I can count on one hand the number of things I’ve made for myself in the last two years and the number of bins in our basement full of fabric “for myself” has grown to 5. (And that’s after getting rid of 4 additional bins of fabric when we moved two years ago.)

But alas, it’s December 15 and I have exactly 10 days to finish…(counting on my fingers)…28 gifts. That’s right. 28 projects. I’m about 3/4 done with half of them and I haven’t even started a few of them. And I’m still writing my first (of three) comprehensive exam papers, due in January.

At this point, most people would just toss it and head to the mall, but I took the handmade pledge and I’d rather sit up long nights at my sewing machine than drive to the burbs. I can hear my mother-in-law now: “o, don’t be a mahtya” (insert Boston accent. translation: “martyr”).

Truth be told, I’m giddy about all the things I’ve made this month for family and friends and I can’t wait to give them out. I would post pictures, but then there won’t be any surprises.

I have decided this: 2010 is the year of selfish sewing. It’s entirely possible in 2010 that I may make you something and then decide to keep it for myself. I will not be hemming, or altering, or patching your shirts, or jeans, or whatever. Better yet, I won’t tell you I will and then never do it, like I did this year. Instead, I’ll tell you to swing over and show you how to fix it yourself while I’m making something else for me. And when you do a really good job of fixing your own hem, I’ll ask you to fix mine.

I realize this all sounds very selfish, especially for the holiday season, but it’s really just the results of a growing realization that I don’t tend to spend much creative time on myself and I think that needs to change in 2010. Check back for parts 2-100 in the new year. We’ll see how long this attitude lasts.

Until then, I hope you’re all making and/or purchased handmade for the holidays! I’m still flying high from all the wonderful things I saw (and scooped up!) at second storie and I can’t wait to see a few more of the custom orders I have coming in over the next week. Pictures next time.


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  1. Posted December 16, 2009 at 6:20 am | Permalink



  2. Posted December 18, 2009 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    I’m a big supporter of this selfish attitude and
    can’t wait to see you in your new gorgeous clothes,
    made by rach.

  3. Posted December 18, 2009 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

    Good for you!

    I think you have to take care of you first.
    Otherwise it sucks the fun out of doing stuff for other people.

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