I used to give myself a huge guilt trip if I didn't make my costumes for every event in my life. See, I studied costume design in college and while I am proud of this, sometimes a girl is just plain TIRED.
Back at CSUN, I was a full-time student with access to an amazing costume shop. The various machines received daily maintenance, there were dress forms in a variety of sizes, irons and accessories galore, plus OMG so much table space! But now, I work full time, have two temperamental machines I lack patience to fix, only myself to measure (do you know how hard it is to measure yourself? So inaccurate!), limited supplies, and only a circular dining table for counter space.
To be clear, I'm not complaining. Having a costume shop in my home is not anywhere close to the top of my to-do list. What I am saying is that I have finally learned to be gentle with myself. The time and resources I used to have are not an option right now and that's okay! Sure, I can try to make it, but do I really want to squeeze 40 unnecessary hours of work into my schedule, just because of guilt? That's a HARD pass.
Big events, especially around the holidays, are known to add a whole lot of stress to our lives (not to mention we are still living through a pandemic). Remember to be gentle with yourself. Know your limits. Take a moment each day to see what is and what isn't working for your mental health. I realized that just because I have the ability to make something doesn't mean I have to. It's okay to pay for convenience. I am allowed to buy my costume, so I did. In fact, I bought three LOL.
Rockford Peach from A League of Their Own
Xena: Warrior Princess
Renee Montoya from Birds of Prey
Hi! I'm Amy
I draw, make, and occasionally tell a story.