Busy But Happy

5" off my hair length last week and I don't even miss it. Having fun with this "just woke up like this" look #hairstagram #springcut #shorthair #chopchop

Whoa you guys, it’s almost April. Where did March go?  I think in the past month since I returned from vacation in FL, I sat down at my machine maybe two or three times.  Absolutely crazy, right?  And that’s kind of how it’s been around here lately.

This month I took a new position with my company and no longer work from home…which is a good thing, but also a big adjustment for me!  I’ve been spoiled these past two years working from home – I could pick up groceries on my lunch break, throw in a load of laundry at the laundromat between emails, and my commute was nonexistent (and living in yoga pants and hoodies all day everyday had its perks).  Now I have to go to bed at a reasonable hour so I can get up early for my drive to work (no more midnight sewing sessions), and weekends are the time now that I have to get “life stuff ” done like laundry, groceries, and chores.  I come home from the office and just plop down in front of the TV at night now, no energy to do anything other than cook dinner.  I know I sound whiny…but I’ve never had an office job with a commute before!  It’s an adjustment I’m getting used to, and I think I’m starting to settle into a routine now.  Once travel kicks up into high-gear, that’ll be another story…

And with a new job comes a need for more “office appropriate” clothes, even though our dress-code is pretty lax.  I have a pile of fabric from my last NYC trip and plans for everything I brought home, but it’s been difficult to find time to cut anything out and whip up some new spring clothes.  This past weekend I made two Renfrew tees and came to a realization that now that my time is so limited, I don’t want to make basics anymore – I’d rather spend the time I have making things I can’t find in the store, like cute dresses and pretty tops.  I’m also ok now with not having a completely handmade wardrobe, which I was striving towards this past year and really limited the clothing I bought – it’s just not possible to do now with the time I have.

But let me tell you – it’s been hard finding RTW things I like out at stores!  Just this evening I stopped at the mall to find some things for a long trip next week and I was non-plussed by the options out there.  Everything was so blah – the colors, the shapes, the styles.  It made me really happy that I don’t have to be a prisoner to RTW, but on the flipside, I don’t have the time to whip up a whole new wardrobe (I wish!!).  After avoiding retail for so long, it was a bit of an eyeopener to see what options are really out there.

Well enough with the rambling, just wanted to share what’s going on over here since it’s been pretty quiet this month other than my wrap dress sewalong stuff.  Oh, and I cut my hair, too this month – 5″ off and I don’t even miss it.

Hope your March went well, will it ever warm up???



  1. March 31, 2015 / 12:35 pm

    Hang in there! Welcome to the world of only having time/energy to sew on weekends. 🙂

  2. March 31, 2015 / 1:11 pm

    I think your new attitude toward sewing and work is good. Sometimes I'm actually happy when I find RTW I want to buy, because then I'm like, ok, phew, can scratch that off my sewing list. Like you said, only make the things that will give you loads of pleasure sewing and then wearing. Everything else just buy and keep yourself sane. —Meg

  3. April 1, 2015 / 6:41 am

    Good luck with the job and you'll enjoy the sewing time even more. I find for work the mabel skirt (made a bit longer) is great, smart but comfy I have 5 different colours!

  4. April 2, 2015 / 11:21 pm

    Once you get the hang of your routine, you'll find yourself quickly adding to your work wardrobe. Don't entirely discount those basics, either. With the right skirt, a Renfrew can suddenly go from basic to business casual! Add in a cute infinity scarf or a great necklace and a sassy belt and you're good to go!

  5. April 3, 2015 / 9:15 am

    Best of luck for your job.I really enjoyed your interesting post and Thanks for this.

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