I know it wasn't that long ago, but remember I told you last week about being featured on Vogue's Facebook page? Well there's something I want to say about it.
A day or so after that went online, I checked it again to see if anyone had liked it or posted a comment and found that quite a few people left lovely comments about my dress. However on lady posted that she liked the dress but didn't understand the zip being put in 'backward' and another agreed with her saying that she also 'disliked' that trend. Is the whole point in sewing not that you can make things to suit yourself and design and manufacture your own wardrobe? If it isn't clearly I'm missing something and have being going about my sewing entirely wrong. I accept that others have their own ideas and opinions, each to their own. But I don't agreed that the facebook post is the correct forum to air that kind of view as they don't know me or my sewing style.
Secondly another lady left this as a comment:
"Next time, take longer than three hours so as to get the fit right; a pattern is only a guide; therefore, this dress could've been a bit longer."
To which I replied:
"I would disagree, the length is perfect for me as is the fit. I make all alterations on the pattern before cutting my fabric so I can have fast easy makes, esp as I'm a student and don't have much time to sew. 3 hours is more than ample to make a dress of any description."
I don't think this is a fair comment. As most of you will have come to realise, I sew fast. Some things I can make in as little as three hours, especially a Very Easy Vogue pattern others take me a few nights to complete, like my as yet unworn Gertie dress. Most people I speak to both at work and online agree that having the ability to sew quickly is a good thing. And I don't understand why this dress should have been longer. I may be 5'8" but I'm 22 and if I can't show my legs on a summer day at this age then I don't know when I'll be able to!! This dress hits just above my knee, I fail to see what's wrong with that?!
What I've found most annoying about this is that the online sewing/blogging community is soo supportive, encouraging and never critical. Yet these faceless people (the above commenter didn't even have a profile picture of herself) feel the need to write such things and find it acceptable. That one comment ruined that whole facebook post for me, even although there were other such lovely comments that I appreciated greatly.
So sewing friends, am I over-reacting and taking this too much to heart, or am I right to be annoyed?
On another note, have any of you joined Look What I've Made? I only found out about it when Minerva Crafts commented on one of my instagram photos telling me I could upload my projects there. I've only just had a chance to check it out and I'm pretty impressed! It appears to be a bit like Kollabora (you can find me on there here) but a little less graphic (you'll see what I mean). It's super easy to use and upload to, so for the rest of the evening, that's where you'll find me!
I know this post became a bit of a rant and I do apologise for that. I've been sewing up a storm this week, so expect to see new garment posts soon!