A little back story here- I've been planning to start sewing. Just haven't started yet. There. Now you're all caught up.

With that being said...

Last Saturday morning afternoon I woke up with intentions of going to Hancock Fabrics and taking full advantage of their Spring Blowout sale, picking up any and every piece of fabric that remotely looked promising. Erica, who informed me of the seasonal sale, had recently made a number of purchases and showed me some things she'd been working on. I was so stoked for her! So with a surge of adrenaline, and admittedly, a bit of jealousy, I declared it was time for me to get to work as well. I have been procrastinating far too long. Although I don't have my sewing machine (my cousin Marlina has it- long story), I figured I'd start on a few simple things that I could hand sew. Time to head to the sale!!

Assorted scrap fabric from Hancock Fabrics and Joann


As I buckled my seat belt and slid my sunglasses down to block out the sun, I noticed that I felt... nothing. Nevertheless, I pushed on. Pulling into the Hancock parking lot and seeing the blow out sale signs plastered all over the storefront window, I briefly felt a jolt of energy. But it was only short lived. I entered the store and began walking up and down the aisles, running my fingers along the different fabrics, picking up some and pushing others to the side. Usually the sight of 30%, 40%, 50% off gets the blood pumping, but that day, not even the 70% off stickers did anything for me. I sent Erica the following text:

"How is it that I'm in Hancock with this WONDERFUL sale and wonderful prints 
and I am completely uninspired to pick anything up?"

Assorted fabric from Hancock Fabric and Joann


Completely. Uninspired. I felt nothing. Sigh. I guess it "bees" like that sometimes. So. I decided to give myself some direction. What piece would I like to make? There. That's a start. I would like to make a pair of harem pants. Now, to find fabric for harem pants. Still. Nothing. So I left out of the store. Empty handed.

Boning, rulers, markers, elastic band, etc.

After mulling this over for minutes on end, I finally contributed my un-inspiration to the fact that I hadn't yet made anything. Over the last few weeks, Erica and I have both been picking up pieces of fabric- beautiful, colorful, vibrant pieces of fabric- from Joann and Hancock, but to that point, that is all I had- fabric. I figured, maybe once I actually pulled out what I already had and began creating things, more ideas would start to come. Erica agreed as she's been on a ball lately, sewing pillow covers, springtime dresses, and summer ready tops. So, I guess that's where I need to start. Begin creating with what I already have. Sure, I'd miss out on the blowout sale at Hancock, but they'll have another one some day. I'm certain.


 Pattern making

How do you pull yourself out of a funk? What do you use to draw on for inspiration when you are completely uninspired? I'm thinking a quiet night, some smooth tunes playing in the background, and fragrant candles lit will get my juices a-flowing. Can't wait to start!!!





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