Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Sewing is my happy place

January is a pretty tough month for most of us for one reason or another, and my heart goes out to friends who are currently having the toughest of times. For me, this year so far has been a fog of illness. Well, actually, since October last year I've been suffering with pain. Mind numbing, exhausting, debilitating pain. I've been under the care of a consultant gynaecologist investigating possible endometriosis, but as yet a diagnosis is proving elusive. I have been fobbed off, patronised, ignored and made to feel like I'm wasting doctors' time. I am currently recovering from diagnostic keyhole surgery that caused so much bruising I still can't wear my normal clothes 11 days later. I can't work and am struggling not to worry all the time.

But sewing is keeping me sane. Sewing, and a wonderful family looking out for me. Sewing is keeping me calm and giving me something to focus on. It is keeping me occupied. It gives me something to absorb myself in and helps me switch off the mental chatter. It gives me something productive to do, and a small sense of achievement with each project completed. I can share my makes with people out there in the sewing community who care as much about sewing as I do. It has been a lifesaver.

I haven't felt up to sewing every day. Some days all I can do is plan projects, but even that is wonderful haberdashery escapism. And I'm thinking more about design. The joy of designing patterns and making them come to life is something I get more excited by every day. Even the geeky maths bits.

So, sewing is most definitely my happy place. It's a place I want to spend as much time in as I can just now. I'm hopeful there's a light at the end of the tunnel, my health will improve and I'll be back to myself again before too long. But in the meantime I will just keep sewing, and breathing, and sewing...

January makes

Liberty Kindle case

Sew Over It cowl neck top
Tilly and the Buttons cropped Margot PJs in Liberty tana lawn

Taken from Love at First Stitch by Tilly Walnes


  1. Oh you poor poppet! I really hope there's light at the end of the tunnel for you, you poor thing - There's nothing worse than chronic pain, I feel for you. So glad to see that the sewing is helping - and as ever, love seeing your makes xxx

  2. I'm sorry to hear you have not been well Alice, but it's inspiring to see how you've channelled it into such beautiful items. Not bad for a few weeks' work! I hope you get well soon x

  3. Hope you're feeling better! Those first few weeks after a laparoscopy is so rough, especially whilst you're fighting for a diagnosis at the same time. You're very right in that distractions like sewing help to stop that mental chatter, I think when you're stuck in at home that's just the worse! Good luck with your journey & if you need to chat/vent at any time you know where I am. :)

    1. Ah, thank you, I appreciate that. I'm recovered from the op and back at work now, but still fighting for a diagnosis unfortunately (just speaking to a consultant would be a start). Anyway, feeling a bit more like myself now, but still enjoying sewing escapism wherever I can fit it in xx