Here at the Sewcialists, we explore and amplify the voices of sewists from all walks of life. Everyone has a story to tell, and over the course of our “Who We Are” series, we hope to explore how identity does (or doesn’t!) affect your sewing and participation in the online community.
Now, we’re ready to put out a call for contributions from a few more categories of sewists:
- Plus size, curvy, people of size, however you identify yourself and whatever term you prefer! Do you struggle to find patterns you love in the right size? Are the styles offered in your style what you want to wear? Has sewing affected the way you see your body? I was a proud editor of the Curvy Sewing Collective for a year and a half, and I think it’s time the plus size experience was not just shared within our community, but also made visible to sewists of all sizes!
- Does sewing benefit your mental health? It’s a big part of how I manage my anxiety, and I know I’m not the only one. How does sewing help you? This is a very personal topic, and if you prefer to share your story anonymously, that’s always ok.
- Did you learn to sew from other people in your family, or are you the first to sew? Many of us learned from grandmothers, mothers or aunts… but many others learned at school, from the internet, or in classes. We’d love to hear your experiences of passing on skills between generations, or teaching yourself a skill that is new to your family. Does how you learn to sew affect your sense of identity as a sewist?
If you identify as any of the above and would like to share your perspective in a community like this one, send in 1-3 paragraphs to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you feel passionately about any of these topics and would like to write a stand-alone post yourself, please email us an outline of what you’d like to say.
In the mean time, we’d love to hear in the comments if one (or all) of these topics resonate with you! Sharing our unique experiences helps us grow stronger as a community, so all voices are welcome. You can also join our community by participating in our quarterly sewing theme months, like February’s #SewStripes, or follow us here on the blog and on Instagram!
Dear Reader: Our goal is to build community and make everyone feel welcome. We support crafting as an inclusive and welcoming space for people of all ages, abilities, ethnicities, genders, orientations and sizes. Regarding sewing challenge themes, we ask that you take each challenge as you see it fitting in your life, and express your involvement how you like, at the given time. Our challenges are for the pure enjoyment of participation and the love of community. Extended Mission Page Here.