Hello December! We are so close to having 2020 in our rear-view that I can taste it! It tastes like the spiked dirty chai I made the last night. Speaking of things that make me happy, a new issue of Seamwork is out right now! The theme of this month’s issue is “Nurture” and I think I can say with certainty that all of us need a bit more nurturing in our lives. Sewing truly nurtures my creativity and my spirit. There’s nothing like taking a pile of fabric and turning it into a beautiful garment. It sometimes feels like magic.
Using Ankara from AKN Fabrics, which is currently on sale ($15 for 6 yards), I sewed the Campbell jumpsuit with bonus long sleeves. Because my sewing machine’s buttonhole function and I are currently involved in a heated fight, I sewed on snaps instead of buttons. I also graded down the sleeves a few sizes so that they would fit better my lower arms and wrists. This is such a fun pattern and it’s a great cool weather outfit. You can easily dress this jumpsuit up or down depending on the type of fabric you use. It takes a little more time than normal Seamwork patterns, but that’s kind of the beauty of the season. Taking more time to really indulge in and enjoy the pleasure of making is a wonderful way to feed your creativity.
To photograph my makes, I use a setting on my cell phone called Single Take. It takes video and turns that footage into photos, short movies, gifs, etc. In case you can’t tell by my random dancing in 30° weather, I really, REALLY like Campbell. It actually started snowing shortly I took these pictures and video.
Seamwork shared some great tips on how to nurture your creativity and I want to piggyback that idea with a few tips on how to nurture yourself throughout this frantic holiday season.
Send out holiday cards this week to avoid the stress of it later.
Give a small gift to your postal worker. I’ve seen him more this year than I’ve seen my own parents.
Practice self-love and self-care in your love language.
Move your body in ways that feel good.
Rest. No seriously, put the phone and the tablet and the laptop and everything away, get in the bed and rest.
Why are you still reading this? Close your device and rest.