Inspired by Mary Rockcastle’s very poignant, and very true “Sharing Your Makes” post.

Mary Rockcastle has a fabulous blog at http://littlelambstudios.com/ and recently wrote the most beautiful and badass post on the Curvy Sewing Collective titled, “Sharing your makes: How to create a safe space for yourself on the internet.” 

Go read it! I’ll wait.

Maybe it didn’t resonate with you the way it did me, and that’s OK, but I am willing to bet if you are a woman, no matter what size, that you have met with some of the negative online experiences she describes. (This is not to say that men or non-binary folks are not exposed to these things, but I am speaking from my personal experience.)

At first, starting a sewing blog where I would post pictures of myself seemed daunting. What would people say about my body? Would I be embarrassed? Should I be embarrassed? Should I just drop a smiley face emoji over my face so no one could tell it was me? I had been reading all of these wonderful sewing blogs for months where fabulous bloggers twirled and smiled in their me made garments in photos and I so longed to be one of them. I longed to have my self-image anxiety stripped from me and to truly enjoy myself in my creations.

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Wedding Dress into Hair Flower

A family member asked if  I would like to use some sew some pieces of an old family wedding dress into the hem of my dress for a “something old.” I don’t really subscribe to all of the things “blue” and “old” that you are supposed to have for a wedding, but I thought there might be a way to honor her request and make something beautiful from a family heirloom. 
4 - May Phoebe Hinckley-Eyssell 10-21-1914

This dress is from a family wedding in 1914. All of those family members had passed away before I was born so I don’t have any sentimental connections to it, but it’s interesting to see this family photo from a wedding that happened over 100 years ago!

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