Monday, May 23, 2011

Sewing Productivity

While reading through blog posts yesterday I came across a guest post written by Debi from My Happy Sewing Place titled 'Increasing Your Sewing Productivity' on Tilly and The Buttons blog.

Now, this got me thinking.  Why am I not as productive as others seem to be?  I love to sew; it's something I have been doing since I was a young teenager, so why aren't I very productive?  Admittedly I have not been sewing for several years due to other commitments but these are no longer an issue.  So what's my problem?

Debi mentions procrastination as an issue.  Well, I think I invented the word!  I procrastinate about everything and believe me it is a time waster.  How do I get around this problem? I feel that Debi is right in saying that external deadlines are one way to achieve this however, I'm afraid that I would procrastinate on this also.  I agree that self-imposed deadlines are too easy to break 'cos the only person you are letting down is yourself and if that doesn't bother you, you will never meet any deadline you set for yourself.  I know, as I have done this many times and become so frustrated that I can't even make the commitment to myself.  So maybe I do need an external deadline.  Having said that, I don't think I could make the type of commitment  Debi made, sewing one outfit  a week for a whole year, but there must be some other external deadline suitable for me.  If you know of something suitable please let me know.

Now, there is also the act of negative thinking, another thing I excel at!  Why do I do it?  I don't know.  Generally speaking I'm a very positive person, an optimist, but you can be sure that I will have doubts.  I usually know what I want to sew to the point of having a vision in my head of what I want to make but somehow when it comes down to it I start to think to myself that I don't  have the necessary skills required.  I could always take classes to gain more skills I suppose.  I really haven't done that before as I was I so young when I learned to sew and classes for dressmaking are few and far between here in Melbourne.

And then there are priorities.  What is more important?  Do I need to do the housework? Do I need to sit and watch TV with my husband because I think it's the right thing to do? Perhaps not.  Maybe I need to change my priorities.  Maybe I should put myself and the things I love to do first for a change.

The outcome of all this; I do need to change my priorities and my way of thinking in order to increase my sewing productivity.  I make a commitment to myself that.....

'I will endeavour to sew something every day even if it's only for fifteen minutes.  I will try not to doubt my skills.  If I need to improve or learn new skills I will seek help in learning them but first and foremost I will start by putting something I love at the top of the list.  "My Sewing"!'


  1. Hi Shelly. I wanted to thank you for leaving a comment on my blog.
    As a long time procrastinator, I totally hear you.
    The few resolutions you've made to help you get focused on sewing are a good first step. Can I suggest that you pick a day (or evening ) and say that that is your special sewing time. Actually say it out loud to your Dh and whoever else . That way,you're committed and you'll soon look forward to your special time to sew!!!
    For me it's every Wednesday,all day and evening.My DH plays cards and I do my favorite thing!
    Happy Sewing!

  2. It's a pity you are letting thoughts of not having the necessary skills hold you back, because I'm sure that once you get back into it you will regain confidence. I probably sew about one thing a week too... and find myself wandering into my sewing area at all odd times to do just a little bit more... and more... and more.
    When the family is watching TV in the evening, I'm usually there with them, but knitting. They are used to it now... and we are still spending family time together!


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