1. Knitting and crocheting gives me zen whereas I need to achieve a certain level of zen (lots of deep breathing) before I could start sewing.
2. Strange thing is, I can spend months working on a knitting project and feel perfectly fine with that but if I can't finish a sewing project in an afternoon or two, I feel really frustrated. (I guess I found out the reason/cause - sewing implies 'instant gratification' to me, so if the instantaneity doesn't happen, like I've programmed my mind to believe so, it makes me very uneasy.)
3. Buying fabric is kind of like buying skincare to me: I'm buying 'hope'. Sooner or later, I would realize that the lifting cream is doing nothing to defy the pull of gravity on my face or the whitening essence just won't give me the flawless skin like that model on the TV advert. While buying fabric, I dream of the beautiful garments that they will become and how nice I would look in them and blah, blah, blah. After one sewing session and I'm brought down to earth with the homemade look that I produce. Anyway, I continue to come back with more 'hope' from Shamshuipo.4. The Machine - For sewing, I have to control a machine and then I always have tension problem. I've thought of getting a new and better machine but realize that my sewing machine, a Janome, although basic, is not that bad. So I took it apart the other day to oil it, clean off the threads and tiny clumps of fabrics inside, change the needles, took out the manual to have a good look and it's working okay again. Guess, I have to come to terms with it and understand it.
5. For knitting or crocheting, I can do it at a variety of times and almost anywhere, mostly on the commute to and from work, doing homework with the girls, waiting for them to have their music lessons, etc. With sewing, I have to sit down with lots of concentration, meaning, I can't get involve with my children's activities while sewing at the same time. I kind of find a way out by getting them lots of craft kits for the summer holidays like making magnets for the white board, beads, new paints for colouring, clay, etc and we can all embark on our own crafty pursuits.
I used the same pattern but in a totally different fabric. Linen this time with rosette embellishment chanced upon while shopping for beads for the girls in SSP. They go just right with the linen. The sales lady taught me to use the zipper foot so that I could sew close to the rosettes.
And linen is perfect for the hot weather although it creases so easily. The linen is also bought in SSP. I have another in a blue and I so feel like going back for more colours. Plus they are on clearance.