January is my birthday month and my husband has been saying for the longest time that he was going to send me away. I was so excited when he said that he was going to send me ALONE. I have always been a “loner” type of person. I absolutely enjoy being alone. Lately, we have been going through it and I have had increased anxiety. So much that I haven’t wanted to sew, blog, and sometimes I would eat one meal a day. I haven’t felt this way since I had PPD after my first child was born. This vacation came right in time. I had decided early on that this vacation was going to be all about me being alone and doing things I love such as sewing, playing video games, watching movies and don’t forget sleeping! I cannot stress enough the importance of having the you time you deserve and need. If you have the means to get away even if it’s just for a day or a few hours DO IT! 

While I didn’t want to sew at home, this vacation really inspired me to want to sew. Right before I left I completed a pair of pants for the January sewing challenge I was hosting “sewsuitup”. While on vacation, I decided to take me sweet, sweet time to complete the blazer for it (separate blog post). Anyway, the point of this blog is to tell you how I prepared for my sewcation!

For my sewcation I knew exactly what I wanted to make. To prep my materials I chose the patterns I wanted to work on, I even brought one JUST IN CASE I had more time and one to START here and finish at home. I made sure to bring the materials needed for the particular pattern I wanted to make while I was on vacation. In my sewing kit, I packed the following items:

  • Sewing machine (because obviously)
  • Thread
  • Bobbins and a few extras just in case
  • Scissors (fabric AND paper)
  • Interfacing (needed for my blazer)
  • The pattern I wanted to work on plus extras incase I had more time
  • Pinking shears since I did not bring my serger
  • Hemming tape because I love hemming tape
  • Pins
  • Measuring tape
  • Thread clipper 
  • Seam ripper
  • Pressing cloth
  • Fabric for the main project and for any side projects
  • Elastic that one of my patterns called for
  • Marking tools (chalk and fabric pen)
  • Sewing gauge

I compiled a list of my materials by thinking of the essentials I use every day while sewing AND the items needed for the pattern I wanted to work on. Make sure that if you plan on taking a sewcation that you read your pattern instructions first so that you don’t leave behind the essentials. As I mentioned before, I did not want to sew while I was home. I started falling behind on sponsored projects and this vacation really inspired me to get all my photos done as well as get my “sewjo” back. I hope to see many more people going on sewcations and mental health vacations this year. Remember to take care of yourself first! See you at the next blog post!

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