I’ve been feeling really down.

This whole lockdown situation has got me feeling quite down lately. While I’m enjoying working from home and being able to enjoy my own space all day every day and not having to be around people, it’s gotten to a point where I realized I don’t have the self-love I thought I had.

I’ve had a lot of time to reflect and think about this, and I discovered that when I want to be healthy – physically and mentally – I’m not really doing it for myself, I’m mostly doing it for others, because I care too much about how others view me, and this has taken its toll on me.

With that said, I have decided to embark on a journey of self-acceptance, self-love and self-appreciation – to figure out what makes me truly happy and not what I think is expected of me. I’ve been feeling so down that I’ve been binge eating my feelings to the point where I feel like my body wants to explode and I feel sluggish and awful. I’m so tired of letting my emotions dictate my actions. I need to get back into the driver’s seat of my life and take charge. I know that this rut I am finding myself in is only temporary. Maybe it’s just PMS, who knows?

The Tudor Blouse | Scarlet Stitch
Pattern: Stitch Witch Patterns The Tudor Blouse // Version: Long // Size: 10 // Fabric: Cotton Sateen

Either way, I want to be the best version of myself. I want to get up and show up each and every day and grab life by the lemons. I know what I need to do, and now I just need to do it.

So as a start, I decided to tackle sewing projects that excite me and are a little out of my comfort zone style-wise. I’ve been seeing the #TudorBlouse all over Instagram lately and it beckoned me, so I knew I just had to make one for myself.

It was such a quick, easy and satisfying sew that came together in an evening – well, apart from the buttons. I had to go thrifting for these adorable flower shaped buttons the next day, but it was so worth the wait, because I am obsessed with the look. I paired my blouse with this faux suede quarter circle skirt I made many moons ago and love this look so much! As hubby was taking these photos he told me I remind him of those Oktoberfest girls, hehe.

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