7 September 2011

My Sewing Chores Shame


Why is it that I can happily spend a whole month making a dress from scratch, but I can't find five minutes to stitch up a hole in a beloved blouse?


What is it that makes a self-declared sewing addict stay up late into the night mulling over the choice of seam finishes on a home make but not blink an eye at the trousers that have been sitting on her sewing table for three months awaiting hemming?


And speaking of hemming, how can this sewing machine fiend spend two years sleeping in a room with a curtain looking like this?


What makes a grown woman attempt to hide a much-needed cushion project behind their bedroom door?


How on earth can a pile of clothing needing adjustments pile up so quickly?

Sewing chores. Bores!

[Soundtrack: 'Whatcha Gonna Do?' by Clyde McPhatter and the Drifters]

47 comments:

  1. I just laughed out loud at this post. I'm on the same boat. My pile of sewing chores is looking very large these days but I've found every excuse in the book not to get to it.

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  2. Haha, I thought it was just me! I've had a vintage dress that needs taking up and the shoulder pads removing, a 15 minute job at most, I have spent months ignoring it. I even wore it trying to convince myself I didn't need to spend those 15 easy minutes working on it. Of course I spent the whole time getting annoyed with the shoulder pads and long hem!

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  3. Oh bless you - very funny post! It's the glittery new projects and not the poor old neglected ones that get all my attention too. Hehehe

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  4. Lol, ican totally relate. I got 3 out of the 4 u havhidden somewhere in thenhouse :) curtqin hem is the worst!

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  5. Such a good point! I have a HUGE basket of stuff that needs to be mended that has been sitting in my bedroom for a year! In that same time I've probably made at least 30new items! Ridiculous...

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  6. Brilliant! I thought it was just me and you were perfect. I just don't get a kick out of mending things and HATE it when people ask for my help but don't like to say no. I particularly like the curtains. Shameful! x

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  7. I had to laugh because I do the same thing! It's so much more interesting to make something new than to fix something old.

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  8. Chores are boring! I finally paid someone else to do my hemming.

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  9. Oh dear...this was the first post I read this morn that made me laugh out loud. More than once. Because, you know, well.....I can relate.

    As, apparently, can the other commenters here. Is it simply a part of the sewing gene? You're either a mender or a sewer?

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  10. Ha-ha! Thank you for this post, it's very re-assuring! :o)

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  11. I'm not the only one - hooray!
    I too can be obsessed with making dresses and blouses, while the mundane hemming and making blinds and recovering the cushions seem to get left behind!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Oh yes I am guilty of that as well. Then when I finally get around to them, it just takes a few minutes and yet they pile around for months beforehand!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  13. My poor boyfriend has been waiting since January for me to deepen his trouser pockets!

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  14. Too funny - I don't think there's a sewist out there who doesn't relate!

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  15. Hmmm - that looks almost suspiciously like my pile of chores - minus the jagged edged curtain....I just haven't bothered making any yet!

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  16. Oh, me, too! This cardigan I'm wearing? The bottom button fell off about a year ago. It's still off. The dress I made in a week. Last month.

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  17. HA! I have the same problem. It just isn't as fun or original to repair. Actually I just worked on 1 thing yesterday that had been in the dreaded "pile" for entirely too long. The rest, will have to wait!

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  18. I've only had one (of two) unhemmed curtains up for two years now too. :)

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  19. Tilly you are not alone.....

    And I'm relieved to know I'm not alone in this either!

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  20. seem to be a common problem! I too hate fixing stuff. My youngest waited 6 months for me to reattatch a pompom to a slipper - I'm not sure if the slippers still fit;)

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  21. Haha, this made me giggle so hard! Sewing chores really are bores! I find that unless I'm making something from scratch, I hate sewing!

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  22. I'm not going to tell you how much stuff I have like that under my sewing table...ahem...
    Px

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  23. I know! My husband has been nagging me to mend his tie for months and it literally needs two stitches. (I just tell him that he never wears ties anyways and feel better about myself.)

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  24. Creative sewing vs. Mundane sewing. A real and common dilemma.

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  25. Brilliant! I love the curtain hem.

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  26. :). Unfortunately there is a classification problem in this post. Mending and alterations are not sewing, they are chores. It is amazing to me that there are so many members of my family that do not understand this!

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  27. Ha! good of you to put that out there for all of us - so we can all laugh with you about our own "chores"

    and, not that you asked, but I do have a solution!

    get together with some sewing friends, who all bring a stack of "chores". sit in a circle, and pass the stack to the right. it's lots easier to do them for someone else than it is to do them for yourself. back in college, when I worked in a sewing shop, we did this about once a semester - worked like a charm!
    works best if you can all gather someplace with machines to work on, but I bet you could do a meet-up & trade, and arrange to meet back up later that same day (or the next) to return the fixed/finished goods.

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  28. Along with you and most of your commenters, I, too, have a giant pile of clothes waiting to be mended. But, what do I do instead when I can spare a minute? Break out a new pattern and my scissors. The only thing that's helped my mending pile lately is necessity. When I really, really want to wear something that's in the pile, it gets mended, but, unfortunately, nothing else does. I should have a rule that I have to mend at least two things at the same time. That would help my pile dwindle a bit...

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  29. we all do this, I suspect it is part of the creative/sewist/designer profile!

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  30. Because hems are just so boring. I think my problem may be related to my tendency to have 3 sewing projects on the go and several more knitting projects on the needles at any one time. Some may say I'm easily bored...

    Oh, and your blue IKEA fabric looks familiar; I have some sitting at home waiting to one day become a skirt. Just as soon as I sew that button back on my trousers....

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  31. Phew, I'm glad it's not just me!

    Kbenco - I know, how do they not understand the difference?! It's pretty clear to me.

    Bookette - that sounds like a great idea. Still can't be bothered though!

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  32. I had to laugh at this post. I thought I was the only one who was like this. I have a pair of RTW pants that have been waiting for mmmm....2 maybe 3 years. Sad, I know! But that's how it is. It's just easier to start from scratch, I guess.

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  33. My sewing chores were like this until a couple of months ago when I realized they were making me feel uneasy! So I decided to do two mends or finishes for very new garment (knowing that this would also bring several old garments back into circulation to go with the new ones I was making did help my motivation). And guess what? The repairs absolutely flew through my hands! All the 'real sewing' I had been doing had improved my skills and speed, and in fact I finished the whole lot in a snap! Biggest choice of garments, no more unease. It's really worth doing!

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  34. oh god!! this is me all over I've had things pile up for over a year before doing them, and I find that whilst I'm happy to make things from scratch and make sure all the threads have been sniped I will walk around in bought clothes with threads hanging down, buttons missing, un-mended holes and scragley hemed trousers.
    I think it's a sewers prerogative to do these sorts of things!

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  35. Agreed! It's so hard to do those little mundane things even though they would go so quick.

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  36. I'm definitely in the same boat!! I've been meaning to hem a pair of pants for four months - oy!

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  37. I have a funny confession to make: I cleaned out my studio today..a deep to the bones clean out. I found 2 pairs of pants I was suppose to take in at the waist for my husband. They've been there so long,(and he's gained a few lbs)that they fit him. lol!

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  38. I had a friend give me a pair of jeans to hem back in jean, and I didn't get around to doing it until just last week, before I moved out of town. At my going away party!

    I think we want to make new things instead of just fixing them. Fixing stuff is more of a guy thing, maybe??

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  39. My to-mend pile is never-ending too (and I try to mend at least one item per week!) I can't work out if it's due to poorly made (shop-bought) clothes, and if so, am I just more pedantic about fixing them these days? Perhaps I would have walked around with the hem on my trousers coming down a few years ago, where as now it goes straight on the fix-it pile.

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  40. Tilly! Once again you've hit the nail on the head. I spent 3 hrs playing w/ a quilting pattern, trying to figure out a way to not waste so much fabric...but did I get to the 5-minute-sewing-a-button-on-the-Roommate's-pants job? NOOOOOOO!

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  41. Oh, I so understand! A couple of months ago I decided, right, enough is enough, and have set myself the task of tackling one thing from my mending/alterations/UFOs oil every Monday. And blogging about it, to prove I did. Finally starting to get through some of those chores that have been around for years too long.....!

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  42. "Asking a seamstress to mend is like asking Michelangelo to paint your garage" (unknown)

    One day I'm going to embroider that quote and hang it above my sewing machine. :)

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  43. Since this seems to be a guilt purging experience, you would be even more shocked to see how desperate my bedroom blinds are to be mended/ replaced, how my lounge is bare of cushions and the curtain header tape is being spoiled by use of wrong curtain hooks. There. I should feel better but I dont!

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  44. You have just described my life. I am glad to know I am not alone in neglecting the (ever-growing) pile of sewing chores that threatens to take over my entire my sewing table...

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  45. Okay, I feel a bit better now! The Roommate's pants got the button re-attached, plus I ironed 2 pair of his pants & 3 shirts. Back to quilting, guilt-free!!

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