Don’t be afraid to cut out what’s not working.

Life February 6, 2013

I’ve been in a sewing mood lately.  With me, craftiness is an all-or-nothing endeavor.  Sew all day for a week or sew not at all.  I’ve been having fun making handmade birthday presents and baby gifts.

And as much as I’ve struggled in the past with sewing anything other than a straight line, I even whipped up some skirts and a dress for Leila last week. She helped me measure fabric, put away pins, guide the material towards the needle, and model her new creations.

At one point, a skirt I had finished was entirely too long for her.  Even though I had already hemmed the fabric, I decided to cut off three inches and hem it again.  It was then that a thought came to my mind, “Don’t be afraid to cut out what’s not working.”

See, I had done a good job hemming the skirt the first time.  Everything was finished.  It was good enough.  But I didn’t want to settle for good enough.  I wanted that skirt to be great.  Cutting out the excess fabric and re-hemming it took a “meh” project to something I can be proud of.  And I realized, there are so many things in life that are good…but some of those good things are getting in the way of great.  Sometimes too much of a good thing really isn’t so good at all.

Is there any good in your life that might be getting in the way of great? 


(Side note: the skirt Leila is wearing with the pink shirt is entirely too big, does anyone know of a little girl who could wear it?  Leave me a comment!)


Links to the tutorials I used to sew the dress and skirt:
{Pillowcase Dress Tutorial from LBG Studio}
{7 Days a Week Skirt from Sewing in No Mans Land}

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  • Erin Rhineheimer February 6, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Kinley could totally sport that skirt! Love the print 🙂

  • jen February 6, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Great blog!!
    Would the skirt that’s too big fit Lily?

  • Robin February 6, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    Could you hang onto it until it fits her?

  • Kristen February 8, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Your talents never cease to amaze me. I’m so impressed with your sewing (and your metaphor for life)