1. You find little bits of fabric and thread EVERYWHERE. No matter how careful you are when you snip the threads and trim the seams and no matter how many times you hoover, pesky bits of thread and tiny pieces of fabric will stubbornly hang around and turn up in random places like your handbag, hair, or shoes, or even attach themselves to your favourite jumper and come along for the ride when you head to work.
2. You know all too well how it feels to repeatedly accidentally stab yourself with a pin/needle. How can something so tiny hurt so much? And there’s always one sneaky pin that embeds itself unseen into the carpet and lies in wait for a bare foot to come along and step on it.
3. You can’t shop like a normal person anymore. I used to love browsing high street stores and little boutiques, but now I usually just look for sewing inspiration. Ready-made clothing has to be truly can’t-live-without-it amazing if I’m to part with my cash for it – it does happen, but not that often. This rule does not, however, apply to shoes, handbags, scarves or jewellery. Those I can very much still shop for.
4. Your fabric stash is as big as your wardrobe (if not bigger)… When you find fabric you love, you’ve got to grab it while you can, which can result in a rather extensive fabric collection. But just imagine if you never found fabric as perfect ever, ever again and you missed your one and only chance to add it to your stash. Just. Imagine.
Doesn’t bear thinking about, does it?
5. …and within that stash will be gorgeous fabric you’re waiting for the ‘perfect project’ to use (but actually never will because you’re too scared to ruin it). Whether it’s some gorgeous but pricey Liberty print you splashed the cash on as a payday treat, or some unique, one-of-a-kind vintage fabric, every dressmaker has a piece of material they just can’t bear to cut into because you couldn’t live with yourself if you made a mistake.
If you’re anything like me, you’ll probably take it out once in a while, gaze at it while dreaming of all the amazing things you could make with it, then lovingly fold it back up and store it away again. One day, lovely fabric, one day.
6. There will never be enough time to realise all the ideas in your head. With a vast, ever-growing array of fabrics and patterns to choose from in the world, the odds are unfortunately stacked against us crafters when it comes to actually getting round to making every project we dream up.
Even if you had no responsibilities and could happily sew to your heart’s content at all hours of the day (if you can do this, then I hate you but also want to be your friend) you probably still wouldn’t be able to create everything you wanted to. That’s the nature of being creative. This is why it’s totally OK to buy the boring things like plain tees, vests and underwear in the shops and to instead spend your precious free time sewing the fun stuff.
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