I have been sewing a good bit, especially with SWAP, yet hardly any of it makes it here because I don’t take the photos. I have major issues around getting any selfies!
First, I have bitchy resting face big time. My dad was an avid amateur photographer, he even had a darkroom at some point in the laundry room. I am sure he gave it up because his inability to get a decent smile out of me for photos made him think he was not good. Sorry dad, I was not being a brat. I have bitchy resting face! (I think it is hereditary.)
Second, I’ll just put this out there. I am fat. Wow I said it. Not fat like those sewists that say “oh I am in the zone between misses and plus patterns.” Fat like “oh, I often have to grade up plus patterns to fit me.” I also have to add about 6 inches in length to most things. The internet is not a safe place to put one’s fat lady selfies. You get used as before photos. People comment on the position of your boobs. (Since I sew, I know precisely where mine are thank you, you don’t need to point them out to me. I also know they are uneven, the result of a hack job gall bladder removal that acted like a one sided mini tummy tuck.) Just try to remember, fat people are real people with very real feelings.
Third, my house is tiny and cluttered. We are a family of big people in a little townhouse, so really there is not room to get a full view camera angle and not get too much evidence of life around here. So I pretty much always take my photos in my tiny back yard, where you can see my aging fence, and my electric meter and sometimes a 5 gallon orange bucket from Home Depot.
I needed to get my SWAP photos taken, so I bit the bullet and got to work starting yesterday. Yesterday, when it was 80+ degrees out. Suddenly my “cozy” SWAP was causing flop sweats. I would style my hair, and then after a few photos I would have to pull it back in a rubber band to keep if from sticking to my face. I would iron everything, but my body would steam wrinkles back into them before I could get the photos! I will never again think “ugh why didn’t she iron that?” I know that there is a chance she did. I took about half the photos, figuring I would finish this morning. My hair drooped and ended up pulled back before I finished the ironing. It was not any cooler this morning, plus there were all these giant fuzzy pollen balloons floating around!
But woohoo! SWAP is done and photographed! I know I might not get even one vote in the competition- there are some amazing collections posted already, and mine is pretty basic by comparison, but I am thrilled to have worked out some patterns that I can wear and made 11 new pieces for my wardrobe.