How Procrastinating Can Help You Sew More…

Yes, it’s been a while. How many times have I said that in this little blog? Um, let’s leave it at several.


I have struggled with a focus for what I should write about – there are lots of bloggers out there who are VERY good at what they do and seem to make it look effortless – no effort of mine would even begin to compare (perfectionism -> procrastination). I kind of like the “that was then, this is now” thing I had going, but that topic can only last so long, and really, who (other than me) is really interested in what I was doing 40 years ago?

In case you ARE interested, on June 22, 1974 I had recently graduated from high school and attended the wedding where I had been “hired” to make all of the bridesmaids dresses – my first REAL, PAID, sewing job! After that, made a futile attempt at getting tan, which doesn’t happen easily in the Pacific Northwest) and tried to play tennis. I still can’t do 2 of those things very well.}

Something else I over-thought was how cute, young, and creative these bloggers were! How could I, practically a senior citizen with no thigh gap, find a place in blog land? Nothing I had to say could be anywhere as compelling as the stuff they were writing about (hmmm…perfectionism ->procrastination again??)

Merricks Art – this girl is DARLING, talented, skilled and a creative inspiration.

But, I have found some really wonderful women who are close to my generation, who sew, and who probably have no idea how they are motivating me to kindle the passion I had for sewing 40 years ago. When I read those diaries, I realize how much of my clothing I made for myself then. And really want to do again. 

So, while I still follow some of these darling young things, and am inspired by them, I have made an effort to find some “kids my own age” to play with. My current favorites are Talk of the House (she’s a mom, teacher and loves to share her love of homes – hers and others she finds on the web and in “real life”), Goodbye Valentino (a Mood Fabrics Sewing network blogger, inspiring seamstress – I live vicariously through her and her sewing!), Outfit Posts (granted, she is young enough to be my daughter, but I’ve learned to shop my closet and create some wonderful outfits from her), Tea Time With Trina (just found her this week – I think I want to be her friend!), to name a few.

Talk of the House

So the result of my blog-posting procrastination? I really have been sewing a lot more in the last year than I had in years. I will be sharing some of the results of my time with my Pfaff and challenging myself to do more. Two projects I am particularly proud of were making my daughter’s wedding rehearsal dress and my MOB (mother of the bride) dress for her May, 2013 wedding. Here are some pictures…

I refashioned my wedding dress for Kate to wear at her rehearsal.

I refashioned my wedding dress for Kate to wear at her rehearsal.

My mother-of-the-bride dress.

My mother-of-the-bride dress.

{I am struggling with formatting so pictures are side by side…help!!}

So, here I go again – am going to try to keep this updated, share what I’m up to in FACS land and weave in (hah, pun NOT intended…) the projects I take on. There are some things I really do want to do – and just need a push – or two.



About Susie

I teach Family and Consumer Sciences at a large suburban high school in the St. Louis metropolitan area and have been in the classroom since 1985 - my goal is to stay relevant and innovative even though I've been around long enough for Wilma Flintstone to have been my mentor! Married since 1983 and mom to two adult children who live out of state. About to become a first-time Mor-Mor (grandma) in December.
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One Response to How Procrastinating Can Help You Sew More…

  1. Holey Moley! I’m famous! Thank you for including me here…and I can sew straight seams for curtains! Aren’t you proud?! LOL No seriously, I am proud you got another post done. So I am pushing you. Yes, you can do this. Love love your remade dress and your dress..both of which are gorgeous, and if I tried to make them they would fall apart – unless you are Scarlett O’Hara and are wearing a dress made from drapes…I could do the drapes. 🙂

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