I was zoning out on the treadmill, mindlessly flipping through a magazine (Real Simple, I think). All of the sudden, this quote jumped out at me: 

“Make your home as comfortable
and attractive as possible and then
get on with living. There’s more to
life than decorating.”

– Albert Hadley

Isn’t that fantastic? I’m only wikipedia-familiar with Albert Hadley, but I love the idea of making the best possible space for yourself to enjoy and then enjoying it.

That’s also how I’d like to approach my wardrobe as well; I want to lovingly make them (or thrift them), put them on, and feel good enough to forget about them while I go to work, go to school, hang out with people. It’s an interesting balance to strike, making and enjoying one’s handmade clothing while not obsessing about them! I’m no expert at it – there are full days where all my brain wants to think about is making new clothes – but it’s an exciting idea and one I’d like to practice.

Do you have a philosophy around sewing and clothing?


6 thoughts on “Words

  1. I hear you about the full days thinking and obsessing. I've been trying not to let the '10 more mins of sewing' become much longer… but I haven't got anywhere close to succeeding. I think I need to put a timer on 😦

  2. Ooh! I love that quote! It's so easy to get obsessive about things like sewing (who knew?! I never would've thought I would daydream about what I want to sew next!), but it's smart to not let it take over your life.

  3. Isn't it great? (Full disclosure: I couldn't sleep last night and spent a lot of time looking at pocket options for the Minoru (that I have resumed sewing after almost a year) on my phone!)

  4. I definitely agree with that quote in terms of wearing my me-mades – I want to make clothes that are fun to put on and wear, but don't involve any fuss or worry during the day! But I love the obsessing about what to make next. It's how I know that I love the making more than the wearing!

  5. You know, I think you and Ginger nailed it – wearing is a totally different process than creating and thinking about creating!

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