Hi sewing friends!
Today’s blog is a bit personal and a tad emotional for me. As you know, I started 2021 with the idea that I was going to be more intentional with my sewing. I wanted to sew things I truly love and would wear. Well it’s literally March 1st, and I can already say I’ve failed. February was a really tough month for me. Specifically because of another lockdown phase that left me sewing from my stash and taking indoor shots. It was easily one of the most stressful times I’ve experienced recently. I knew I was heading down a familiar path. I knew I was falling into the Instagram trap again this year but because of my role as Co-host for #bhmpatterndesigners, I put those thoughts aside and pressed forward sewing up all the fancy garments. It was a combination of having to use stash fabrics I was no longer into and shooting in night lights because of our restrictions. Right now my grid is definitely not an accurate reflection of Keira if I am being 100% honest.
It took someone special asking me yesterday to describe my style, for me to realize I had no idea what project I would move on to now that #bhmpd is over. And the problem is.. we are still on partial lockdown, so outdoor photos are still iffy. I really really don’t want anymore night time shots although you all seem to love them. In real life, I literally don’t go anywhere at night. And if I do, I am wearing the same sandals, flip flops or sneakers I was wearing in the daytime. The same old jeans or casual dress. Now don’t get me wrong, I have all intentions of making more of an effort when it comes to dressing up. But it would never be a sequin dress; I have no intentions of ever sewing sequins again unless there is a very special occasion that requires it.
The long and short of it is that, how I described my style to answer the question yesterday vs my current Instagram grid are so very different right now. I am really eager to get back to my true island style. I am so ready to start back taking photos at the beach and with greenery in the background. And most of all, I really want to be in love with my wardrobe again. My sisters in law are going to be over the moon when they see how many bags of clothes they will get first picks from. It is actually ridiculous! You’re probably wondering why I can’t take beach photos right now, aren’t you? our restrictions only allow us to visit the beach between 6am-9am and 3pm-6pm and we must only be swimming or exercising! It is actually driving me and my husband crazy! We have not gone to the beach in probably a year now! If you know me, you know we are avid snorkelers! It keeps us sane!
I’ve always struggled with fitting in when I was growing up and it was really easy for me to slip into those same thoughts again on my sewing journey. Instagram is an intimidating place. It’s really hard to find balance because the fancy clothes and photos get way more love than my simple island girl shots. I even found myself looking at patterns and fabrics going ‘but that’s not instagrammable’. Needless to say.. it’s definitely time for a break!
So I think I am going to take the next few weeks off, especially with outdoor photo taking still being uncertain. I need to regroup, and rethink some things. And I definitely need to plan my new wardrobe so that as soon as fabric stores reopen, I can go in with a clear mind and know exactly what I want. It’s sad that I have so many stash fabrics I am no longer into but I think I’ll use this time to sew for my mom and my husband instead. I have so many fabrics that were promised to them that just sit there now. I think it will be a great palette cleanser to do some selfless sewing.
Another major thing that has affected my sewing lately is weight gain. It is absolutely necessary now for me to work on getting healthier. Having to relearn my body every few weeks is really demotivating and makes sewing a lot more difficult than it should be. It has definitely changed the types of styles I pick and I think I use the fancy garments and photos to detract from fitting and sewing actual styles that are true to me. Even fabric choices.. I keep gravitating toward knits for easier fitting.. but wovens are my first love.
To wrap up this very long winded post.. I will be taking a short break from my IG to get myself together and plan a new wardrobe. I also have new exercise equipment on the way.. yay! (I do have a make to share from pre-lockdown and a fab pattern test in the works – one that is very me!) You will still see me around! I did want to make my style very clear.. I love a classic with a good modern twist. I think you guys know already that I like a mix of classic and trendy. I love adding something creative to a basic design. And I want my wardrobe to be filled with versatile pieces that I can wear with sneakers or flip flops in the day, and swap out for sandals or heels at night. I love a garment that can be dressed down or up. Of course you’ll have a better idea when I resurface! But think cute little dresses, flowy maxi dresses, breezy woven tops! See you soon!