My husband's birthday is this weekend and we're planning a date night on Friday so a new top was in order. Luckily it's Selfish Sewing Week. I'm really into the shape of the shoulder of the Bess Top (*affiliate link) by Imagine Gnats right now AND it's a super quick sew so I grabbed the pattern and cut one out.
And then it sat for ages. Confession time: I was originally planning to sew this for Valentine's day. Blurg.
See what happens is this: I get the idea that I should sew something for myself and then lose steam before it's finished. The problem is that I only have short bursts of time in which I can sew and completing something for myself is difficult within those time frames. It will usually take about three or four "rest times" for me to get something completed for myself. In comparison I could get get three or four tops finished for Bean during that same period of time. It feels extra selfish to take all that time to make one thing for myself. Even during this Selfish Sewing Week I've had trouble focusing on making something just for me.
I know it's not really selfish and that it's important to take care of oneself and have personal achievements and all of that. I know it, but it still seems like an inefficient use of my time sometimes...
And then I finish something for myself and it feels so good that I make ridiculous crazy eyes like these when I'm trying to take decent pictures, hehe. I love making things for Bean and it makes me really happy to see her wearing all mama made clothes most days, but wow is it satisfying to wear something I made for myself. I don't know why I always forget that feeling, but I know I want to remember it.
So when the ladies at Shaffer Sisters asked if I wanted to CoHost their Sew-abration of Womanhood series I happily agreed. There are many reasons we don't take the time to sew for ourselves and this series really focuses on how we can overcome some of those issues to make lovely things made just for us. Starting tomorrow and throughout the rest of May we'll hear from a great group of bloggers, focusing on clothes for women and some of the challenges we face. There'll be a link up and a giveaway too so it should be a great month.
In the meantime SSW extends through the weekend so be sure to take the time to make something for yourself. For inspiration you should check out these amazing Selfish Sewing Week featured bloggers.
milkybeer · Behind the Hedgerow · jm_subrn · Sew What, Sherlock? Lladybird · sew Amy sew · the Brodrick Design Studio · adirondack inspired The Crooked Banana · Sewbon · Idle Fancy · girl like the sea oona aloona · Lauren Dahl · verypurpleperson · la inglesita Groovybaby...and mama · Buzzmills · La Pantigana · sew a straight line Dandelion Drift · JustMeJay · B Yazoo · Disaster In A Dress the quirky peach · Fishsticks Designs · Seamstress Erin · a happy stitch Casa Crafty · Sarah Jane Sews · YoSaMi · Call Ajaire · miss matatabi
And of course the Selfish Sewing Week giveaway too!
I hope you enjoy this little break from children's clothing. Don't worry, Bean and I will be back to our usual tricks come June and I have lots of fun stuff going on behind the scenes too!