Excuse the musings. I’ve written about this here before, but over the past year or so I’ve been really working on my patience when working on costumes. Contrary to what people tell me and give me praise for, I’m not very skilled at all. When I rush it’s very noticeable so I wanted to find a happy medium where I can work on things at my own pace, make things to a great standard and most importantly, be happy with the result.
Now, I’ve had issues in my own life and with my health that have made this more difficult, but I think at long last I’m at a stage where most of the costumes I make are much better quality and are actually things I’m excited to rewear, rather than something I’d like to shove in a closet and forget about.
So what changed? Well, I’ve been making my own costumes since 2009 and I’ve always been a little hothead who would get upset that things ‘weren’t done’ and rush everything, resulting in crappy costumes. I was also the sort who would attend every event ever with about 6 new costumes to each one, which was a big part of the problem. Making so many new things for every event and generally having no idea what I was actually making was my biggest issue – I’ve never really done any kind of tailoring or even sewing before in my life – so everything I do is self-taught, and I never stopped to learn what I needed to improve. I’d just work on things constantly and if they weren’t perfect I’d just have to deal with it.
That said, I don’t think it was a bad way to learn – it’s just been difficult to improve with this mindset, and I think if I had slowed down a bit or had taken a class I’d have been more patient from the start. I’ve always been the sort who’s managed to make something out of nothing (even if it has been sub-par a lot of the time) and it’s a bit of a testament to that.
So what have I learned? A lot actually. I tried to write it down in a nice comprehensive manner but bulletpoints deliver it better.