In an average day, I peruse dozens of sewing/craft blogs and one of the things that I notice is that everything looks so PERFECT. Now, I can confidently say that there is no sewer/crafter on the planet who doesn't struggle regularly with flaws and imperfections. We are often dealing with things that don't work out the way we want them to - our tools go wonky, inconsistencies in our materials, etc... But, no one wants to post their failures on the internet, right? We want pictures taken in the perfect light, at the perfect angle, hiding that errant wrinkle or jagged stitch. We want people to "ooh" and "aah" over our skill and creativity even though, in reality, our skirt hems are often jacked up, and our fabric was chosen based on the "what coordinating fabrics do I have the most yardage of?" criteria.
Well, folks, I'm not feeling it today. I am tired of all of the perfection making me feel like I'm not good enough. We learn best from our mistakes, and I think that we should showcase those every once in a while- in the interest of being real with each other.
My biggest failure during the past month of making girl's dresses came from this pattern that I LOVE:
In my most recent attempt at it, I chose a white textured fabric that was absolutely see-through even with 2 layers. So, I selected a pink cotton to line the bodice. Smart, right? No. It looks...weird. I probably should have lined the bottom flounce as well, but I wanted to keep this summer shift as light and airy as possible.
Honestly, it is not the pattern's fault that I am a hot mess with this. It's me. I think that I need to set it aside until I see how these dresses actually fit my niece. Once I can visualize the drape on a human body, I may be able to construct it more effectively.
The point is, my mistakes and imperfections encourage me to do better. Perfect pictures may inspire us, but knowing that we are not alone in our flaws provides the comfort that we need in order to push through the creative road blocks.