Monday, July 27, 2009

Been burned out...

After being worked to death, then going to Europe, then having oodles of house guests this summer, I have definitely been burned out and lacking in inspiration. I've basically stopped caring about fashion and only sewed a few items: a shirt for my husband that was WAY too big (that I stopped working on), a failed attempt at trying to make drop-crotch pants, and the occasional mending/alteration job. And, while I'm still knitting, I'm not at all feeling that interested in it...

Being the enthusiastic creative person I am, it is weird to me to have a moment where I'm not really motivated to do anything. It's bizarre to me that my interest in fashion could ever wane and I've been wearing jeans and T-shirt combos almost daily--and not in a creative way. Part of the problem is I haven't bought new clothes in awhile. There have been time constraints (and size constraints) and I consistently rationalize that I shouldn't buy anything I couldn't make myself (which is getting to be a lot). Plus, I have way too many clothes in my closet and I need to wear them!

Usually that attitude makes me more creative and inspired to create and put together new outfits, but not lately. Lately, I've just been sitting around the house thinking, "I could be sewing but I'm too tired. I guess I'll work on knitting this scarf that I don't really care about..." and I do, but I don't really enjoy it. Part of it is I forgot how LONG it takes to knit a darn scarf and maybe I don't like the yarn. Either way, I've been trying to find new ways to get inspired.

Last week I met with a group of women at a quilting store to meet a member of the Burdastyle sewing club of Mountain View that I am the founder of. And I very much enjoyed sewing my project. Then, when I got home, I didn't bother sewing at all to complete it.

But, I think now I'm feeling the burnout slowly melt away and my interest beginning to return. I am starting to feel a little more excited about putting together some new, cute outfits and I have a couple sewing projects lined up that I'm determined to do. They should be quick and use up some of my stash, both of which I find inspiring. And, I'm about to finish that darned scarf, after which I plan to finish up some old projects and start a new children's sweater I had an idea for (new pattern, I hope!).

At any rate, I'll post my motivation updates here and now you know why I haven't been posting so much fashion lately. But hopefully, I will be back in the swing of things very soon! :-)