**LONG POST ALERT**
Because we’re already halfway through 2011 and because the only sewing I’ve done in over two weeks was to badly patch my boyfriend’s ripped jean’s pocket, I decided it would be cathartic to reflect on the year so far. It was like opening a can of worms!
To say I haven’t been productive would be a lie, for in the last six months I have achieved a fair bit that I’m proud of, including:
- custom-making a Parisian Princess
- making a top for a friend
- taking part in Casey’s Swing Dress sew-along
- custom-making a couple of baby pinnies
- completing Tasia’s Crescent skirt sew-along
- making not one, but three Sorbettos
In terms of my Ambitious aims for 2011, however, I’ve been a terrible failure so far! Aside from ticking off sew-alongs from my list, the Pattern Cutting and Garment Making course I attended was very disappointing and resulted in an unfinished muslin, I'm still nervous about sewing some of my older patterns, I’m taking more than I’m giving back to the generous sewing community, my overlocker still terrifies me and I've not even touched my poor UFOs yet! Pretty abysmal, no?
My biggest failure though is not having opened an Etsy store yet. The idea of selling my pinnies and maybe even other things for a living (or partial living), could well be a pipe dream. But if I don’t try though, I’ll never know and I’ll forever be unhappy at an office desk wondering ‘What if?’. There are many reasons I haven’t been able to get my Etsy dream off the ground yet of course – mainly it’s trying to find the time to sew. But when I look at people like Ohhh Lulu who manages to hold down a full time job and create the loveliest lingerie ever whilst also organising her own wedding, I feel ashamed. If you want something bad enough and you’re driven, then I guess you really can achieve it!
So when I get back from a break in Portugal near the end of July, I’m going to knuckle down and get some pinnies made. I have all the inspiration and fabric I need, right here in my very own stash:
Would any of you like to earn money from your sewing? Do you think it’s a pipe dream or do you think it's achievable? Maybe you already do sew for a living…any advice?