I never knew there were mean girls in the world of sewing and blogging. I’ve received nothing but kindness and love from fellow sewists and crafters. So to the women who were ridiculed for their sewing projects, patterns, and tutorials last week: You handled it with such grace. If some bunny hopped over here and stole pictures of my children, published them on her site, and trash talked me; Ida hadda git ig’nant.
I never thought people were trolling around, laughing at my projects; but the whole thing got me paranoid for a minute. What if someone calls me out? I’ve published some really bad stuff. Especially my older posts. Shudder.
My Most Embarrassing Sewing Projects
Like this one: Refashioning a Dress Into a Skirt. It should be called, “Cut a Dress in Half & Add Elastic”.
This dress is whoa. I was so proud that I used a pattern and it turned into a dress; that I didn’t even notice it was hideous. See worse pics here: McCalls 6590.
I named this post The Cutest Baby Outfit Ever. Because I thought it was. The pants were so far up Sofie’s butt that they are about to be eaten by a diaper.
McCalls 6638, aka gnome costume. I didn’t even realize there was a sock on the ground. Why is there a sock in my yard? I didn’t care; this dress had buttons!
More Embarrassing Sewing Projects:
Off grain. Funky neckline. Bad buttonholes.
There are so many more. Plenty of recent ones too. In some the old posts, photos are so bad you can’t even tell how crapped out the sewing is. I just loved wanted to share my progress. I know a lot of the people who read my blog noticed this stuff. They never called me out, judged or ridiculed. They guided me. And I learned.
The point is this. If it weren’t for all those bad projects, I would’ve never gotten to the good ones. (Halfway decent, at least.) I know the ugliness was aimed at bloggers who sell things- I guess they shouldn’t be able to earn money because they aren’t as experienced as others? Anybody can learn to sew. Not everyone can inspire.
Those blogs are popular because aside from their talent; they are fostering a love for sewing. Encouraging us to keep trying. They help us get better at the craft. That’s a beautiful thang!
I commend every single person who shares their sewing and crafting journey. There’s a whole generation or two who mostly dropped the ball on sewing. Without moms to teach us; a big portion of people leading this sewing resurgence are self taught. None of us have to sew in order to clothe our families, either. We do it just because. I feel blessed to have such a strong online community.
A big thank you to our stitching veterans who teach. To the designers who inspire. And a big, fat thank you to every single person who has helped another with a kind word or a sewing tip along the way.