Journal

How Do We Combat Productivity Guilt?

How Do We Combat Productivity Guilt?

I was reading up on a new to me concept called productivity shame and something clicked. In creative pursuits, shame and guilt are just perched on our desks watching us. The problem is society has taught us that we must do all the things. Rest is secondary to productivity. The solution, monitoring ourselves more and trusting our bodies. Why are we always apologizing for needing to rest? Why are we apologizing for days we haven't created something? Creativity in general is a frowned upon expression of self. To express yourself and pursue your joy in play seems silly to some. I...

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Me Made May and Comparing Yourself to Others

Me Made May and Comparing Yourself to Others

With Me Made May approaching I realized it was time for me to refine my plans. What started as a reasonably ambitious goal for me (in other words extremely over-ambitious), became a list of garments I really had no interest in wearing. My original plan was to have each week free to just sew for Me Made May but my life does not accommodate that kind of time. With my senior collection due in two weeks, a poetry book in the process of being published, and my first live show coming up in May, I needed to rethink my sewing by...

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Burnside Bibs (Both Versions) Pattern Review

Burnside Bibs (Both Versions) Pattern Review

Burnside Bibs Started Early September 2020Version 2 Completed 8th of February 2021 Version 1 Started 26th of March (pattern pieces already cut and marked beforehand) Completed 27th of March 2021   Presenting the Burnside Bibs!  I purchased this pattern in July at Josephine's Dry Goods (Bini convinced me they are awesome), and I was so excited to enjoy these into Winter. A season late, but on time for our brisk mornings and the Mendocino fog.These took so long. I spent a few hours on a rainy day cutting out the pattern and sewed for a good 8 hours on the next. I...

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My Ethos & Vision: Becoming a Creative Philanthropist

My Ethos & Vision: Becoming a Creative Philanthropist

I create all my businesses with a plan in mind, but I realize I have yet to share that plan with you all.⁠⁠ With each business I create, my end goal is philanthropy. I am a humanitarian, and I don’t openly advertise and share my plans as I felt that it wasn’t necessary. I now realize this can hinder my growth. I need to grow so I can give more to organizations I support and ultimately, create a legacy so that the world can become a better place.⁠⁠⁠⁠I planned to start this when I launched Bambini Del Mare, but I...

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Photo of white fabric by Susan Wilkinson

What is the Difference Between Cotton Voile and Cotton Lawn?

Recently, I noticed I had been calling Voile Lawn, and almost made the mistake of re-ordering the wrong fabric! So what is the difference? Blog posts can be wonderful, but sometimes a bit wordy to read. I have kept this one short and sweet. Cotton Lawn is a fine shirting, a bit more firm than voile, and opaque. Popular companies such as Liberty of London release many of their florals in a Cotton Lawn. Usually preferable for garment sewing and good for dresses, shirts, and skirts. Cotton Voile is sheer, soft to the touch, and has a looser weave. It...

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