Hello Sewing Rabbit readers! Tara here from Girl Like The Sea with NO TUTORIAL. You’re disappointed; I can hear the wind blowing out of your sails right now. But I do have something fun……
I know it sounds far fetched, but hear me out. Sewing may not involve you tottering around your house on cankles, or running away from the smell of broccoli, but there are some striking similarities between a love for sewing (or crafting in general), and carrying a little human around in your body for 9 months.
Here are 7 funny ways sewing is actually A LOT like being pregnant.
1. The Cravings
Don’t believe me? Try and tell me that things like these haven’t ever passed through your lips:
“Man, I could really go for some wide wale corduroy right now!” (Ok, I’ve said that, but wide wale corduroy may not be universally crave-worthy)
“I’m in the mood to do some hand sewing….what’s up with that?”
“That print is SO YUMMY!”
“That fat quarter stack looks good enough to eat”
“I feel like I need to sew a freaking cardigan so bad right now”
“If I can’t get an order of double gauze soon, I’m going to die.”
“Stop tempting me with your instagram fabric porn!”
*Upon seeing something sewn with buttery leather* “Om nom nom”
Yep, sewing cravings indeed exist! We all get in these weird little sewing moods where we just have to do this one thing, sew this one pattern, use this one fabric, or we can’t cope with life. What’s your craving right now? Are you northern hemisphere dwellers starting to crave fall fabrics like you are pumpkin spice in your food?
2. The Emotional Breakdowns
You’ve just burst into tears with your seam ripper and a pile of mangled fabric and tattered threads, the result of countless hours of work, and you’re just hoping that nobody walks through your sewing space and sees you like that. I mean, it IS just sewing, but it can really drive you batty.
I’ve unleashed a tirade in my kitchen over a pile of plucked zipper teeth, threatened to toss my sewing machine out of the window because of skipped stitches, and felt my bottom lip being to quiver over a bodice sewn wrong sides together and then topstitched before the mistake was noticed. To the outside world, it probably looks pretty silly. But pouring your time and energy into something like a sewing project can really make you emotionally invested.
3. Birthing Creative Projects
You may have heard the idea that creative projects like writing or producing a piece of art are like birthing processes, and the products feel kind of like your babies. Sewing projects can feel the same way. I’ve taken projects from a hand drawn original concept in my journal, to fabric choice agony, pattern hacking puzzling, and hand sewn finishes. It’s especially hard when your beautiful, lovingly crafted item is destined to be dragged through the mud, or languishing at the depths of the dresser of your real kid. Nobody puts my baby in the reject pile! I can’t even imagine handing off a super involved quilt as a gift.
Having said that, I’ve given birth three times. Two of those births were (intentionally) in my bathroom tub, and the other a nightmarish 48 hour marathon. Sewing is not pushing out a baby. I don’t care how freaking hard that blazer was to sew. And I will never agree to wipe poop off of some random tote bag in the middle of the night like I will my real baby.
I think we have investigated this metaphor well enough now…..
I’m going to admit right here that I’ve never taken a birthing class or a sewing class. But most moms and sewists do tend to do those things, right? You flock in groups to learn controlled breathing or how to sew a floor pouf, and you come out with friendships. Though you’re more likely to be served wine or coffee at only one of those classes…..
I’m going to group these together because they both pertain to your environment. Pregnant chicks start hoarding baby onesies and hats and tiny fingernail clippers (that you’ll be too scared to use. trust me), and sewing chicks hoard fabric scraps, buttons, and piles of beautiful fabrics (that you’re too scared to use). We also have major nesting similarities. Psycho fabric destashing and hauling bags of who knows what to the thrift store to make space, reorganizing, picking lint out of door hinges and sewing machine bobbin casings. It’s what we do to get by.
6. Keeps You Up At Night
Wicked leg cramps, baby kicking, your body is like a furnace, heatburn, worrying about the future. The things that rob you of your sleep during pregnancy. Wondering how to construct that halloween costume, assemble a quilt block, design a graphic tee, do an important photo shoot, or pair the fabrics in a dress. The things that rob you of your sleep because of sewing.
7. People Don’t Understand
When I’m struggling through an outing with my three kids who are 5 and under, I get a lot of looks and comments to the effect of “why do you need that many?” or “wouldn’t life be easier if you had just had one?….” But you do what you do because it feels right, despite whether it makes your life more difficult than it could be otherwise. The same with sewing.
I make probably the majority of my kids’ clothes these days. Not totally out of an ideological stance on it or even a conscious choice. I just like to sew them clothes, and if I have the will and the desire to buy nice fabrics, I need to do something with that. But of course it IS easier to just buy stuff at Target, and anyone who doesn’t feel the same thrill of the sewn garment won’t understand why you would bother or make time to do such things. I’m not sure anyone has the time these days to keep making more kids to take care of, or sew things that you could buy from a store. But we do! For love, guys. For Love.
So, do you have any other ideas for this list? Can you relate to any of it?
What are some ways sewing is exactly like being pregnant to you?!!
Thanks for reading!