If y'all haven't noticed (oh hush, dfr -- I hear what you're thinking! :P ) I'm in a bit of a sewing slump.
I've been spending a lot of time out in the garden, and I guess it's gotten me out of my sewing mindset. I want to sew, really I do. I just don't know what I want to sew.
I stare at my stash.
I peruse my patterns.
I just don't do.
I browse pattern sites, even though I know perfectly well that new patterns aren't going to get me sewing. Yea, there are patterns I like that I don't have, but there are also plenty of patterns I like that I do have. And appropriate fabrics for most of them.
I browse fashion sites, staring at styles and looks that I might like to try.
I have patterns.
I have fabric.
I have reasonably matching thread for most of my fabric.
I'm not one of those people who feels overwhelmed by their stash. Maybe it's just because I haven't been sewing long, and maybe it's because I learned to start being picky after six months or so, but I generally find my stash inspiring rather than intimidating. I don't necessarily know exactly what I want to do with a particular fabric when I get it, but I usually have some idea.
I just don't know what to sew.
I'd like to make a Rennaissance Venetian Camicia. I don't have enough white linen, but I do have plenty of that steel grey handkerchief maybe-linen that I could wash up and probably use, and I've got some cotton gauze that might work. I want to make a Venetian dress eventually, and really do need to make the underthings for it first. I could even do it out of some nice cheap white broadcloth. I certainly have plenty of that to play with.
I want to start a coutil corset, but that means committing to an exact pattern. I know I want to use the pattern I drafted according to the FR instructions, but I'm not sure if I want it to be exactly the same as my denim version, or if I want to decrease the cinching a bit. The curve of the denim one is a bit much for wearing under modern clothing. And while the English coutil from King and Company on Etsy is cheaper than anywhere else, but it's still nice English coutil, and I don't want to ruin any! And do I want to leave it white, or maybe tea-dye it? I find white difficult to wear since it shows any little speck of dirt so easily. (Not that I don't generally wear my corsets under my clothing anyways.) Or do I want to use some of my dupioni from the Silk Baron scrap sale as the fashion fabric layer? And if I do that, do I want to fuse it to the coutil or not?
I think I'm stuck in one of those "want to use the nice fabric, but don't want to hurt it" spots.
So just how does one go about regaining sewing mojo?