Once upon a time, I had a normal life.
A relatively normal life.
OK, fine, a semblance of a normal life that’s actually a bit nerdy and old-fashioned and packed full of random roadtrips.
Now? Now, I have a #sewingvloggerlife.
There was no gradual change to this new life. No, it just rocked up on my doorstep, let itself in and made itself at home. And just like that, I went from someone who liked a little bit of sewing and knitting and also happened to own a camera to someone with a #sewingvloggerlife and an ovewhelming suspicion that nothing was ever going to be the same again.
But what does a #sewingvloggerlife look like?
In my case, it began with showing everyone my underwear.
Yes, really. In my former life, I tended to keep my underwear under wraps, or at least in the top drawer, but in #sewingvloggerlife, I had to show it to hundreds of people around the world as part of the process of explaining my desire to sew my own undies. Because when I say I want to sew all of my clothes, I really mean all of them.
Speaking of which: my sewing production levels have increased at a ridiculous rate since entering the #sewingvloggerlife. There’s nothing like making a whole bunch of plans in front of an audience for inspiring you to follow through on everything. These sorts of videos are among the most popular in the sewing vlogging world – everyone wants to see what everyone else is making! And for every ‘plans’ video, there’s a corresponding ‘makes’ video and it’s kind of nice when the two match up.
This has happened once for me so far, when my plans for March involved making a grand total of two garments. Which I did. Because there’s nothing like setting the bar at an extremely achievable level.
As a result of this – let’s be honest – underwhelming success, I may have gone a little over the top in my plans video for April…
So there’ll be a lot less Netflix and a lot more sewing and knitting this month, which is quite a pleasant prospect.
All of these increased levels of productivity and vlogging don’t just affect me. When one is a sewing vlogger, one’s family and friends tend to become accomplices in everything one does, willing or otherwise. My mum doesn’t know this yet, but when I take my new-old sewing machine up to the parents’ place during the Winter months, she’s probably going to be in a video I’m planning.
(There’ll be a vlog about that new-old sewing machine coming soon. Obviously.)
The Chef has already been roped in to record rather rudimentary outfit videos. Because while I seem to be good at sitting down and rambling on about sewing and knitting, I need a little practice when it comes to wearing what I’ve made and modelling it. (See examples of this in action (or kind of not) here: February Makes & #sewingtheseventies Plans.)
The cats are pleased as anything. They’ve embraced their part in the #sewingvloggerlife as they now have more opportunities to share their cuteness with the world whilst also applying as much fur as possible to my current knitting and sewing projects. Seriously, you should see my sewing chair; it’s meant to be black but it frequently turns a furry sort of grey. The cats have been ignoring it for months, but now they know I need to use it regularly, it’s become their very favourite spot in the house.
They’re lucky they’re cute.
This weekend I’ll be recording my twelfth weekly video. I haven’t missed a weekend yet! It’s strange to think that I held back on promising to do a video a week in that first, fateful vlog, yet that’s what I’ve achieved. It’s too much fun.
Even sewing to a deadline is fun, as I discovered in the week that led up to the deadline for the Sewing the Seventies challenge run by the Steely Seamstress. At the beginning of the last week before the challenge, I still had to:
- adjust a skirt pattern
- cut out and sew up said skirt pattern
- block the front and back pieces of my jumper
- knit the collar of said jumper
- finish knitting the sleeves of said jumper
- hand-sew the entire jumper
- vlog everything!
“I can’t do anything this week,” I said to the Chef. “I’ll be sewing and knitting the whole time, then talking about it to my camera. It’s the #sewingvloggerlife.”
It was worth it because I made the deadline and I’ve had such lovely comments on the clothing I made. Even better, I won the challenge! I must admit, in the midst of the whirlwind of sewing all of the things, I’d forgotten there was a prize to begin with.
Yes, the #sewingvloggerlife comes with distinct perks, chief amongst which is the community itself.
You would not believe how lovely everyone is. Sewing is not an exclusive club, where knowledge is clutched tight to jealous chests and new-comers are looked at askance. Not a bit of it. We want everyone to sew. We want everyone to see how much fun it is and how rewarding it can be. If we have knowledge, we need to share it. And when new sewing vloggers slip in to the fold, they’re welcomed and encouraged.
I bet you didn’t even realise there’s a huge sewing community on YouTube, did you? Well, who would? But there certainly is. And you can totally join it any time you like. If you can sew, you’re in. And unlike certain other clubs that encourage silence at all costs, you’re encouraged to talk about your sewing adventures with everyone who will stand still long enough to listen.
Yes, once upon a time, I had a sort-of normalish life, but this is how my life is now and I couldn’t be happier.
If you’d like to follow along with my #sewingvloggerlife, you can subscribe to my channel here: Sew Old Fashioned on YouTube.