This blog began it’s life in 2010 when I finally faced my dream of wanting to sew all my clothes. I say faced my dream because really it was my fear. I was Scared Stitchless for about 4 years prior. I had a sewing machine and patterns and fabric and an insurmountable fear of failing if I dared try. But try I did.
I failed a lot in the beginning and that failure came in many guises. Sometimes it came in the form of a garment that was terribly sewn because I didn’t have the skills to execute it. Sometimes it came in the guise of making an awesome pattern with a truly horrendously chosen fabric. Sometimes it came in the guise of making myself something that looked awesome on other people but not me.
But I needed to fail. I needed to fail way more than I needed to succeed.
Only through ongoing failures was I able to carve out an idea of what I wanted to make for myself. I needed to develop my sewing skills alongside my curation skills.
Nowadays I’ve narrowed in on what it is I want to make and wear. I’ve honed my sewing skills and fitting skills to the point where I can make just about anything.
But it turns out that wasn’t enough.
Just as I was really getting a handle on my sewing skills and curation I had another dream surface. Shoemaking.
This time I didn’t wallow in the fear. I embraced it and set about failing as much as I could. In attempting to teach myself, failure came in the form of many guises as well. Attempting to work with a kit only after I had tried to modify a shoe last I knew nothing about. Attempting to work from a book when I had no idea how to make a shoe really feel like a shoe - rather than a glorified slipper. You name it I tried and failed and it was SO much fun!
There’s something peculiar about blogging through a learning process like sewing and shoemaking. It forces you to keep it real. In blogging your makes you’re reflecting on your processes in a way that wouldn’t happen if you just wore your clothes quietly without sharing it with the world - how boring would that be!
The act of sharing becomes about telling other people about your makes as much as telling yourself about your makes.
So here I am sharing my incremental failures with myself with everyone watching. One day they’ll morph into accomplishments. Or maybe they already have. Whatever the case I hope you enjoy the journey as much as me.
Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Fail again. Fail better. - Samuel Beckett