Hello friends, Happy Chinese New Year! I hope the year of the goat will bring you all great energy, perfect health, and wonderful sewing mojo!
Here's something you may or may not know already. In China, the lunar new year is called "Spring Festival", which celebrates the end of winter and the start of spring. This makes a lot of sense as the lunar calendar was and may still be relied on by the farming communities, so a new year to them would begin when spring arrives.
So if we were to have faith in my ancestors, spring is just round the corner. What better time to talk about seasonal sewing than the beginning of the four seasons?
Allow me start off the discussion. I, for one, really am affected by the seasons when it comes to my sewing habits.
I enjoy making spring/summer clothing, but I find it harder to actually make them then - the weather is great (or better, at least), and days are longer, so more time is spent outdoors hiking/picnicking/shopping/having fun or renovating the house! I almost feel guilty sewing when the sun is shining outside...
When autumn approaches, I suddenly feel the pressure to squeeze in the "last summer dress for the year". Because of this, despite my long-held desire to make myself a cool mac for spring and autumn, I have managed to let springs and autumns pass me by as I was busy making warm weather clothing.
Then winter arrives, I suddenly find myself with a lot more time to sew. Normally I engage in some "off-season sewing", making items for the next spring, but I am proud to say that I actually managed a couple pieces of cold weather garments this winter - a wool coat and a plaid skirt! The result has been so rewarding, as I was able to wear them straight away!
After all this blurb, I suppose what I'm really trying to say is that 1) my sewing habits are somewhat sporadic throughout the year -- but generally with level of sewing activities and temperature outside enjoying a negative correlation (sorry for the geeky moment); and 2) having engaged mostly in "off-season sewing", I am planning on making more of an effort to sew "in-season".
How about you? Do you sew seasonally?