Making Time to Create

I get asked a lot how I have time to get anything done with all the stuff I’m doing… I currently work a full-time job with 40+ hours a week, help out with marketing for a store run by friends of mine, and then run my own store. In between all of that, I work on costumes for myself. I’m getting better with planning and budgeting time, and I’ll be doing a review of a product to show you how you can do the same in a later post. For now, though, I figured I could share some of the things I do.

To start off, I’ve been sewing for over fifteen years now, so I quickly learned ways to build things at a decent speed when I need to. That doesn’t mean I like to rush, but I can if I’m nearing a deadline (like Denver Comic Con in June).

  1. Get everything cut out all at once, or separate it into major sections so you don’t have to spend too much time and energy on something so tedious. I just did a bunnysuit recently, so I cut out all the fabric one night, then the lining the next, and the interfacing on the third night.
  2. Pin everything you can so you can just toss under a machine when you have time. As I cut out the bunnysuit, I would pin pieces together, so I could just start sewing as soon as I was done with all the time-consuming stuff. I would also skip ahead and see where I could pin other pieces not involved on what I was sewing, so I could just do it all at once.
  3. Do all your ironing at once, if you can. I did this with the interfacing and as many seams as I could, just so I wouldn’t have to get the iron ready and let it cool a lot. Plus, then I had more space without the ironing board out. 😀
  4. Save the most time-consuming aspects for the last part if you can and plan to do that when you have the most time. For me, that’s installing the zippers, handstitching, etc.
  5. A trick I like to do is sewing a hem in one spot before heading to work, and pinning another to do when I get home. If I have time, I repeat, so I can do the same thing the next day before work.

Those are all my major cheats I can think of. Do you have any that you want to share??

About Yunie

I am a cosplayer, a nerd, a geek. I am whatever you call me. However, I have a brain and tend to use it.
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