Sometimes, I’ll hear a comment about a historical costume movie or TV series that says “sure, I watched it while sewing.” Now, obviously many fans of frock flicks enjoy making and wearing historical frocks themselves, and many of us are historical reenactors in some way, shape, or form. And I certainly understand wanting some kind of entertainment when you’re working on a tedious task.
But maybe I’m dim, because I have never been able to watch TV and sew at the same time. Both tasks use my eyes and some of my attention! If I’m just listening to the movie/TV, then I’m missing out on what makes historical shows particularly interesting to me: the costumes and historical setting. Sure, there’s dialog, but without the historical stuff you can see, it might as well be any old modern show.
Again, people will say they might rewatch historical movies/TV series over again while sewing, and since it’s a repeat viewing, they’ve already paid attention to all the pretty dresses and fancy houses, etc., so they can just be entertained with the dialog and plot. But again, I want the whole package! That’s why I liked the frock flick in the first place. Besides, unless it’s literally Shakespeare, the dialog isn’t always enough to convey what’s happening — the action on screen is important too.
When I’m sewing, I’ll listen to music or podcasts for background entertainment because that doesn’t require as much of my attention. Maybe I’m the freak here though. I guess there’s only one way to settle it — with a poll!
Feel free to tell me I’m ridiculous and should just watch frock flicks while sewing like everyone else in the comments.