What does it really mean to sew fearlessly?

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Sewing Fearlessly: A Mindset of Creativity and Growth

Ok, so I can see that some of this might sound a little bit twee, but for me, there is a lot in this.

I have always been told that I don’t think about things the same way as other people and will often find creative solutions to problems. In work, this has been a super-power that has helped me achieve success in my career. In reality, I have recently discovered this is likely due to ADHD (oh hello late adult diagnosis). Whatever drives it though, the ability I have to think bravely and creatively about how I go about things has definitely helped me to achieve sewing successes, and to learn from the failures. 

‘Just lately I’ve been asked by a few people about this approach and have even been asked to run a masterclass on what it means to ‘Sew Fearlessly’ and so I thought I had better try to articulate what might otherwise be seen as quite a gung-ho approach to my sewing.

For me, sewing isn’t about just one thing. It’s about creating something with my hands; its about learning new skills; its about creating quality garments from quality fabrics; It’s about creating items that are unique and fit just for me; It’s about doing something for myself; And more than all of this, it’s about a journey of creativity.

I ‘fearlessly’ approach every project knowing I can tackle every step, no matter how tricky I’m told it is.

Some might say this is stupid, bolshy or just down-right arrogant, but I think this approach counts a lot towards my success. I am not easily put off by something that is labelled as advanced. Instead I see that it is something new to learn and something that can be broken down into steps to achieve, no matter the skill needed.

If I take everything one step at a time, I can do it. Success for me is having a go and learning, not getting it perfect first time.

Pattern review of Closet Core Nicks Dress

It’s all in the mind!

Mindset counts a lot towards how we approach things. If we tackle something new with the perception that we don’t have the skill level to achieve it, it will be hard and our confidence won’t be positioned to drive our success.

If however, we tackle a new skill as an opportunity to learn – with that being the goal – there is less jeopardy over whether we succeed or fail because the simple process of having a go is a success. 

When the doubt set’ in

It’s not always rosy. I am not one of life’s naturally confident people, except when it comes to my view on what I am capable of making 😉

Day-to-day I can be a doubter, a worrier and I have always experienced a lot of anxiety. I have body issues, a lot of them and I hate having my photo taken.

On one hand I find it ridiculous saying all of this on my blog that is littered with photos of me, but I guess this is my point. Sewing, and making things fills me with a joy and confidence that helps me to push past a lot of my general issues.

There have been times, especially early on, when mid-way through a project that I would consider if I had bitten off more than I could chew. If this happens,  I bring myself back to my goal and try to stop thinking of the enormity of the task as a whole, sometimes take a break, and sometimes put the project into the naughty corner to come back to.

Sometimes that bit of time away from the machine is what I need to remember the project is always just a series of steps and there is no pressure to finish by a certain time.

I sew for fun and it’s important for us to remember this when the pressure feels real!

My Approach To 

Sewing Fearlessly

1. Embracing A Fearless Mindset

At the core of sewing fearlessly lies a mindset that embraces challenges with enthusiasm and excitement rather than trepidation. If we all start with the belief that we have the ability to learn, then we can improve with each stitch.

When we sew fearlessly, we approach projects with a sense of curiosity and openness, seeing our mistakes as opportunities for growth rather than setbacks that we can’t overcome. No matter how daunting, every project we tackle, whether it’s a masterpiece or something that’s not quite wearable, we contribute to our journey of sewing mastery.

2. Failing Fast and Embracing Imperfection

In sewing, as in life, failure is inevitable. This is an important step in any learning process and it is often the thing that ultimately unlocks  success.

The concept of “failing fast” is a key one for us all to embrace. With this in mind we can sew knowing that not every project will turn out perfectly—and that’s okay. When we embrace imperfection, we free ourself from the fear of making mistakes, because failing is all part of the learning process.

Importantly, failing helps us to problem solve. Each ‘fail’ can become a valuable lesson that helps us to hone our skills and deepens our understanding of our craft.

3. Understanding Different Learning Styles

We all learn differently, and if we can recognise our own preferred learning style, we’ll likely have much more fun in the process. Visual learners benefit from detailed diagrams and video tutorials, while tactile learners thrive through hands-on practice and experimentation. Auditory learners may find listening to sewing podcasts or instructional videos helpful.

I’m a real self-learner. I prefer to learn through my own experimentation, finding my own way with a variety of resources. What’s important for me is being led by my interests and not having to follow anyone’s elses curriculum.

By tailoring your approach to your learning style, you can accelerate your progress and build confidence in your abilities.

4. Don’t be afraid to break the rules

I hadn’t ever really approached sewing considering there were rules to follow but I remember feeling really knocked after attending a social sewing session and being told repeatedly that I wasn’t doing a particular step correctly.

I remember at the time thinking to myself ‘well my way gets the same results but much more easily’… but questioned myself to the many years of experience my sewing ‘buddy’ had.

I have since learned that sometimes my less conventional way is great and that by thinking differently and not having had a formal tutor means I am not restricted by perceived rules or right and wrong ways of doing things.

I am not suggesting that there aren’t best practices, especially when looking at really couture or tailoring techniques, but when it comes to how we handle most every day tasks, trust your gut and don’t be afraid to break the rules.

Finding the courage to sew bravely

Being brave in sewing doesn’t mean never feeling fear; it means feeling the fear and sewing it anyway!

It’s about pushing past your comfort zone and daring to try new techniques or tackle intricate patterns, knowing that the worst thing that could happen is that you make a mistake, but learn a lot in the process.

If your goal is to learn something new instead of having a perfect finished item, then you really don’t have much to lose!

What sewing fearlessly means to me

To be fearless in sewing is to really have a mindset of resilience, creativity, and continuous learning. I love to learn new things, to experience new patterns and to try new techniques or fabrics.

For me sewing is so much about a love of learning as much as it is a love of creating. This helps me to approach each project with enthusiasm and a excitement to learn.

I make mistakes – lots of them. But I know that every part of the construction or technique is simply a series of steps, so no matter how much of a mess I have made, I can retrace my steps (most of the time!) and try again.

This approach means I can take pride in all my garments, whether they are flawless, or featuring a few me-made imperfections. You know the kind that hopefully only other sewists will see 😉 .

So, sewing fearlessly is about mindset more than sewing. It set’s us up to embrace the challenges, learn from our failures, and always be proud of our creations.

So, grab that pattern and get your fabric cut out ready to get going on your next project, fearlessly! 

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