Am I spending too much time on each garment I make?
I know, I know, this is very subjective, so I'm basically asking myself :)) But feel free to chime in with any thoughts you have on this subject.
After being part of the blog-world for many months now, I realize the majority of my fellow sewers are far more productive than I am (did you check out all Melissa has churned out recently???)
To find the answer I first needed to define what my sewing objectives are, and this is what it boils down to:
Becoming= Fit and design
Fit has been top priority for a while and I've reached the 'fairly capable' stage. And, since form follows function, the designs I select are, as a result, more deliberate. What this means; fit and design comes together reasonably fast.
Unique (can't buy)= Details
The first part of this process is usually all about planning design details, which can range anywhere from simple surface design, to the more complex, e.g. making the fabric (dye/paint/felt). The second part always includes a lot of tweaking during construction, and sometimes- if I made too many wrong choices- a complete overhaul.
So comparing the two objectives, details is the big time-gulper. No surprise of course, and there's not much I can do about it without compromising the very thing that draws me to it in the first place. But...
After taking another look... Within the details- deeply hidden, out of sight from anyone- lays the obsession factor. I don't like to admit it, but I am a perfectionist. And none of my garments are perfect and never will be- in anyone's eyes. What am I referring to is the quest for it, which steals away my time. And it's so not worth it.
So, to answer the question: Yes, I believe I'm spending too much time on each garment. And that's why I'm making an early New Years resolution:
From this day forward I will do my best to eliminate time spent on details/construction where the result will not be seen.
Only time :)) will tell if this is even possible, and whether or not it will make me more productive, but I got to at least try. Cause really, who wants to waste time?!
Thank you for lending an ear.