Don’t let yourself be intimidated by the Hero aspect. The purpose is not to worship but to find inspiration. That’s why the guidelines for the theme were broad: “Choose someone online or in real life who inspires you with their sense of style, techniques, colour choices, or attitude. It can be a fellow sewist, a celebrity, or fictional character! Either copy something they’ve made/worn directly, or ask yourself, “What would they sew with this fabric?” And you, Sewcialists, became very creative with the theme.
Now who are our Sew Style Heroes? I browsed through all the blog posts and Instagram entries and tried to filter out some categories, which you can find below. I listed them in a non-particular order because it was not a contest. All the makes are super-fabulous!
Sewists — Seamstresses — Makers
I love that most of the Sew Style Heroes are fellow sewists.
For this colorful look, Atia from The Bright Blooms let herself be inspired by not one other sewist, but by at least five: @houseofpinheiro, @madebytoya, @annaroslily, @joliesbobines, @androsabella.angelica.
@gilliancrafts was back with another make, taking the #sewstylehero to a higher level when she made a direct copy of the fabulous @sewuthinkucan dress that she shared with @sewcialists for #sewstripes month!
In her blog post here at the Sewcialists blog, @suestoney proves that it is not easy to have only one Sew Style Hero. There are several makers who inspire her. The outcome of this inspiration is this remarkable top.
For her Coffee Date Dress, @tanitisis was inspired by the Selfish Seamstress. Sadly sometimes a project doesn’t work out like we envisioned it, though her dress is beautiful nonetheless. We’ve all been there.
@jorden.sewing.studio, a sewing teacher, is inspired by one of her students, @thriftynotion, to make this fabulous top, cut on the bias.
@faithstjules was inspired to wear more colours by her mother’s words: “When you look good, you feel good. We are Jamaicans, vibrant colors are a part of who we are. You look like you’re going to a Marilyn Manson concert all the time.”
On the Sewcialists’ blog there are two touching stories of sewists who were inspired by their mothers.
Also daughters can be Sew Style Heroes. This is what @garichild tells us: “My daughter! My Demi! She is my muse, my inspiration, the reason why I wear what I want.”
Celebrities could be movie stars, artists, fashion designers, or style gurus
Check out this Carolina Herrera inspired gingham ball gown, sewed by @byluciagrace!
Looking fabulous in in sequins and crushed velvet is Sewcialists editor @chloe_deadlycraft. Blake Lively is the inspiration for this remarkable outfit.
Your Style Hero can also be someone who has had the same experience. @crafty_alibobs is dedicating her project to @fehrtrade , whose own journey from bone marrow transplants to running marathons gave Alison the courage to regain her own fitness during cancer treatment.
@Ihkedunne is totally inspired by Frida Kahlo. She went to the V&A in London wearing a top in a flowery print.
For the Brisbane Frocktails, @sunnydayz06, sewed this Maven French Dart dress inspired by Jackie Kennedy and Audrey Hepburn.
@rare.device made a stunning dress inspired by Keira Knightley on a cliff in Pride and Prejudice. The dress is also a tribute to Janelle Monae’s Pynk. And don’t forget @rare.device inspired @sewprettyinpink (see above in the sewists category).
Sewcialist editor @sewbeckyjo had not one but two Sew Style Heroes that were fictional characters. For herself she sewed this amazing outfit inspired by Cate Blanchett’s character in Ocean 8.
She also designed and sewed a costume from one of the My Hero Academia characters for her daughter.
Speaking about Heroes, Wonder Woman couldn’t be absent! @pimp_slapped made some bracelets and a cuff in Wonder Woman style.
Wow! I’m a little overwhelmed with all these fantastic #sewstylehero makes, aren’t you? I can say with certainty that the Sewcialist Sew Style Hero theme month was a success!
(P.S. It’s a pity there are no entries from #menwhosew!)