Last night was a different matter.
I fell in love with the Oliver + S Jump Rope Dress when I saw it made up at the Sydney Quilt Show earlier this year. Trying to be a little more organised than usual, I started making it last night for Madeleine's Christmas Dress. The instructions in these patterns are fabulous. I haven't made many O +S clothes, but each time I do, I learn something that makes all my sewing easier. So armed with the instruction and the added information from the wonderful Sew-Along at Sew Mama Sew, I decided to attempt the placket.
Reading the instructions resulted in thoughts like - You want me to cut right down the middle of the front? And you want me to fold the fabric how? It felt more like origami than sewing.
I suppose it felt different. I learnt something new. I concentrated. I worried about accuracy and I took my time. Believe it or not, working out how to match up all those stripes pushed me to the edge of my intellectual ability!
It meant I couldn't think about the mess that surrounded my sewing machine, the unswept floor beneath my feet or the pile of washing that needed to be folded. (Yes, I am as messy as Caroline!) I just read and did.
In the end, I was also pretty happy with the results.
So is sewing good for your mental health? Last night it felt like it was.
Hopefully sewing the collar tomorrow night will be equally therapeutic!