Welcome back to the second in the Curvy Confidence Interview series! (Want to read part 1? Check out Monserratt’s story here). This time, I’m thrilled to be chatting to Carolyn of the popular blog Diary of a Sewing Fanatic.
Carolyn’s been a real inspiration to me as one of the first plus size sewing bloggers, and I’m in awe of the phenomenal skills she’s learned over 46 years of sewing. She’s known for her fantastic interpretations of designer outfits, or garments seen on TV, and sets a great example of how well-fitted TNTs can be hacked to fill your wardrobe. I wanted to learn more about Carolyn’s confidence, and her history with body image and sewing, so I invited to her to chat. I hope you enjoy this interview!
*Sigh* it’s better than it was and I believe the big 4 is truly trying to reach women of all dimensions BUT it’s been a long road. Especially since I’ve been sewing for over 45 years and I’ve seen a lot of the cycles of sewing. I do appreciate the fact that there are several indie pattern designers catering to plus size/curvy sewists and giving them fashionable choices but if you wear a size larger than a 26/28, you are still struggling as a plus size sewist. There are very few fashionable patterns available to women in those sizes. Also, we as a sewing community still flock to the smaller thinner bloggers. It’s really hard to be a plus size sewist in the internet community – just read some of the vile things that were said about me and my weight on an infamous online message board. Why would anyone who is plus size or heavier than I am want to put themselves out there for a community to mock you, your lifestyle choices and how you choose to live your life!
Thanks so much for sharing your journey Carolyn! Do you have any questions for Carolyn? And are there any other sewing bloggers you’d like to nominate to be interviewed?