Snuggly #2 – The Sequel.
It’s funny to think I used to design and make my own clothes for a living* when
a) I hate sewing (now)
b) I have no interest in clothes (any more)
*Living suggests I made some real money by doing this. Ha.
Being some sort of famous fashion designer was a marvellous dream for a sweet kid. The reality of it was not so pretty; a fickle and TOUGH industry that had little room for a small fish. Actually the whole “fashion” world was so shiny and FAKE it just didn’t sit right with me…. I march to the beat of my own drum, and being someone else’s work horse did not appeal.
It’s a really tough call: a career following your ultimate passion(in an artistic sense)…. working working working….. that passion fading as it becomes WORK not a creative release. Some people are lucky enough to make it work; I found that my “passion” didn’t go as deep as I once thought. You’ve got to give things a try, right? In exploring my idea of working in fashion, I unlocked the creative side of my brain… designing and coming up with new ideas was something that I was good at – fashion just didn’t feel like the right platform for me.
Clothes really hold no appeal for me any more either. I was once that sort of “quirky” girl – wearing the weirdest things just because I could. Lying in bed dreaming up outfits…. sifting through opp shops for hours ….sewing bits and pieces together to make something outrageous. These days my uniform consists of flannelette shirts, tights and denim shorts. If it is summer, remove the tights and swap the shirt for a singlet. Thongs are my year-round foot vehicle. Easy, comfortable, no fuss. Don’t even make me look at a pair of heels…. you’ve got to be kidding, I’d be flat on my arse within two shakes of a lamb’s tail.
The only time I enjoy sewing now is if I’m making something for Misty. Something SIMPLE for Misty which doesn’t require pins, measuring, button holes, zips, pressing, overlocking or fiddling about. I just have no patience. I think that’s why I like cooking – I can bend the rules. Sewing, however is not so forgiving, and no matter how hard I try to be precise, my over powering urge to cut corners/try something new gets me in a horrible mess of un-picking every time. It just makes me angry.
“Snuggly #2″ is in reference to Misty’s first snuggly (history of the snuggly in this very old post) which he actually wore out he used it so much. A snuggly is basically a huge pillow case with velcro at the opening (so you can remove the stuffing and clean it easily). I stuff my snuggly(s) with baby blankets, doonas, sleeping bags, spare pillows – anything that is taking up precious cupboard space, and can be utilised for cosy cushioning.
If you have a sewing machine, and can sew in a (relatively) straight line then you can make a snuggly. Pets like snugglies too – Boosty has one (made in a more heavy duty fabric as Boosty is rough with her bed – ie – rips to shreds when bored). All you need is some groovy fabric and some velcro. Sew a few seams, tack on the velcro = simple snuggly. Misty is obsessed with his… I think that’s why he wore out the first one – the fabric just got too thin from all the snuggling that went on.
Misty is so happy with his new-improved-larger-than-life-mega-snuggly. I have more space in my cupboards, and I managed to sew without having a nervous breakdown/smash something. Success.