“Draw me like one of your French girls…”
I tell you what, SewManju is going to get a shock when this pops up into her feed! Do you have a sewing muse? I have! Can you guess who it is… Manju’s blog header reads ‘Make Your Own Style’.
No, Manju, I shan’t. I want to make yours!
I only recently realised this about myself, when one of her latest makes popped up in MY feed and my brain popped and fizzed. I loved this top so much – it’s the V8825 – and my hands were soon trembling over the keyboard, ordering … stuff. Isn’t it beautiful?
Once I’d, ahem, calmed down, I realised that a) I like a lot of what SewManju sews and b) that unconsciously I’d raised her onto a pedestal and she’d become my sewing muse!
So, what makes for a great sewing muse? Here’s my non-too-serious run down. Chime in if you have other thoughts!
An Aesthetic You Share. Goes without saying, really. SewManju’s life is very different to mine: she’s a wife and mother AND SCIENTIST who lives far from neighbours; I’m single, my child is a dog (!), I play with words for fun and I am surrounded by neighbours in urban London. That being said, I suspect our lifestyles do have a few things in common. We’re a similair age, we both juggle professional lives and sewing … and that brings me on to my next point.
Body Shape. I relate to a lot of what SewManju sews because I believe we have similair-ish body shapes. We both have curves, we both want to celebrate and flatter those curves. If something works on SewManju’s body, I figure it will work on me.
Geography Is Irrelevant. This is what I love about the online community. I’ve had sewing muses in the UK, America, Australia, France, Germany… Sewing brings us together, no matter how far flung we are.
Fair Critical Assessment. You trust their reviews of sewing patterns. They are fair-handed but honest.
Share Adjustments. If they have experienced a challenge with a pattern, they’ll share the adjustments they needed to make.
Is Accessible. A good sewing muse understands how to relate to their readers. That, in turn, allows you to relate to the writer. Sounds obvious, I know, but this is – I believe – a rare skill. I don’t want to worship distant demi-gods. I want to admire a person like me!
All of this mulling brings me on to my next point. READERS, I HAVE BEEN IN A SLUMP. I’ve been doing something I never do – skittering from unfinished project to unfinished project. Who even am I? Busy, that’s what!
But in just over a month, The Little Book of Sewing is launching. Advance copies are in and they look GORGEOUS. I’d like to sew a dress to celebrate publication.
Can you guess from the above what that dress might be?
And do you promise to hold me accountable? I need you!
Okay. Do you have a sewing muse, and who might it be? I know, I know… She has a big beard and an even bigger personality!
THIS WILL NEVER NOT BE FUNNY. FACT.