If you follow a lot of sewing blogs, you’ll know that some people have used the new reality to ramp up their sewing practice. Not me. I was already in a sewing slump before Covid 19 changed our lives. Standard patterns weren’t coming out well, and my efforts to create a better fitting pants block had stalled. Then came the lock down and I wondered why I should make more clothes when I had plenty for my quarantined life. I don’t know about you, but this global pause has made me grapple with what “enough” means.
What about sewing for others? At first I resisted the mask making frenzy, wondering if it was not just a kind of feel good make-work, covering up our general lack of preparedness with homemade bandages. But as it became clear that we were in this for the long haul, I have also revved up my sewing machine. First I made masks for family and friends; now I’m sewing for the university hospital.
I can’t say that this activity brings me joy. Although I’m following the hospital guidelines, it is hard for me to imagine that my hand crafted creations are as effective as something made by professionals from materials designed specifically for this purpose. The masks seem more like good luck charms than real protection in a crisis.
But who doesn’t need a good luck charm right now?