I wasn’t a blogger last year, but I am now, so I wholeheartedly want to participate this year, especially after reading everyone’s posts from last year. I was a blog reader, not a blog writer, yet, but I read each word and cherished them and longed to be a part of the online sewing world.
I will begin my Top 5 of 2013 with my Top 5 Reflections: What did you learn about myself or sewing this year?
This was definitely a year not just for sewing growth, but also for the personal growth that many of us experience that goes hand in hand with sewing your own wardrobe.
1) I don’t have to settle for ill fitting ready to wear clothes, I can make my own that fit and flatter.
2) It’s not me or my body that is the wrong size or the wrong shape, it’s the mass produced garment hanging on the rack. I am as I was made and I am beautiful just the way I am (even if I have to remind myself of this daily).
3) I learned to draft a bodice sloper, skirt sloper, and sleeve sloper based on my measurements and can make garments from them.
4) I have grown comfortable enough with my sewing skills that I have become brave enough (and successful) to hack or alter a pattern into something else, reinterpreting the pattern into my own vision!
5) While reticent to start a blog, join Twitter and Instagram, I did ALL of these this year. I was so afraid I wouldn’t have a voice, or a purpose, or enough skills to cultivate a meaningful online presence with the sewing rock stars whose blogs I devoured. But, in a moment of bravery, or insanity – you decide – I started this little blog, piped up on Twitter, and downloaded the Instagram App to my smartphone (what?? who IS this person?).
And there I found such a wonderful and inviting world of amazing sewers who have welcomed me into their clan with open arms.
Thank you, all of you.