“Kill your darlings” is common writing advice, meaning ditch anything superfluous that you are too emotionally attached to… and Tribute Month/Sew Style Hero is the darling that I decided to let go!
Tribute Month, when we sew something in tribute to a sewist we admire, was one the last of the original Sewcialists theme months before I went on hiatus in 2015, and the first theme month in 2017 when I restarted the site. I dreamed that August’s annual Tribute Month would be something people would look forward to every year, like Me Made May.
I adore the idea of taking inspiration from the style, colours palette, or techniques or a certain sewist, and interpreting it for your own wardrobe. Tribute Month inspired some of my own favourite outfits, and was a chance to let sewists know how much I admire them! Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right?
The thing is… not everyone loved this theme as much as me. Was it intimidating to copy someone else? Was is too hard to pick? Was it just not how other people got their inspiration? In 2018 we decided to change the name to “Sew Style Hero” in case the very-Hunger-Games-era “Tribute Month” title was throwing people off. Maybe we made it worse!? Naming someone your “hero” could be even more intimidating!
Sew Style Hero wasn’t a flop, but it wasn’t catching on as a yearly event the way I had hoped. I decided to let my darling go, and in 2019 we hosted Over/Under theme month instead.
Looking back, I’m a little sad that Tribute Month/Sew Style Hero isn’t part of our annual rotation any more… but it’s also ok, because every month is Tribute Month in my sewing room! I love nothing more than pinning a picture or saving an image on Instagram, and figuring out how I could make something similar myself. I’m so inspired by how other sewists play with fabric, dress their unique bodies, and create a “look”.
Did you participate in any of the Tribute Month or Sew Style Hero theme months? Do you think we should bring it back again, or keep doing new theme months every time? I’d love to know your thoughts!