How Is Your Sewing Confidence?

Disclaimer: This is a follow up to the latest YouTube broadcast of the Tailor and the Dressmaker, co-hosted by Victoria Baylor and Jim McFarland, a.k.a. Gentleman Jim.

The Tailor and the Dressmaker

As I watched the show in the wee hours of the morning, I found myself captivated by the 52nd episode, "How Do You Rank Your Sewing Confidence? ".  They both make some valid points on the subject. And, your confidence is  not just relative to sewing. But, your level of confidence dictates the success of whatever it is you are trying to accomplish or will ever achieve.
Bottom line, know you. Know your skill level, and/or lack thereof, and do something to improve on it or keep growing your skill level.
You, FIRST, have to believe in yourself. If you think you can, you will. NEXT, decide where you want to go with who you are, and with what knowledge or skills you currently have. And, LAST, do something with what you have discovered about yourself.
Now, be honest with yourself. DO NOT think of yourself more highly than you ought too. Meaning, don't think ahead of yourself. You may want to be what and where you are not. There is nothing wrong with taking your time and building on your skill set before you get to where you see yourself.
Example: You may want to start a sewing/craft business, but you have just started sewing 2 weeks ago. Say with me, " I AM NOT READY FOR BUSINESS. There is so much to learn before you get to that level. At the same time, DO NOT "dumb down" yourself. A lot of us walk around with a false sense of humility. You will not say to others how good you are. Lack of confidence is not pretty on anybody. Do not mistake confidence for arrogance. Especially, if you are talking about doing business, you have to be able to sell yourself FIRST. In order to get the most for your skills, you have to be confident enough to know your worth.
With that being said, HOW DO YOU RATE YOUR SEWING CONFIDENCE? Rate yourself on a scale of 1-10, 1= No confidence at all, 10= I have much confidence in my sewing skills. Leave your ratings in the comments below and let's talk!

“The education of a man is never completed until he dies.” – Robert E. Lee


  1. So needed this. My confidence level is not high as I want it to. But one day I will get there. Baby steps. Thank you Alethia.

  2. You changed your blog didn’t you? -very pretty! Yes that episode was very thought provoking indeed. I live the skills that I have acquired but hesitate rating myself because I don't want to get the big head. After all I still make mistakes but then again people who are "10's" still make mistakes too. I know that I stI'll have room for improvement.

    1. I did Faye! And, it's okay to tell the truth about yourself...if you're good, you are just good...Say it!! (smiling)

  3. I've never thought about it like that but I think over all about 7 or 8 if I'm sewing for children or myself. If I make one mistake on a project ( and I always do) my confidence is rattled somewhat. Thank you for this articIe, it has been enlightening.

  4. I'm always conscious of my sewing level for I know I have not sewn with certain fabrics and fitting. I would give myself a 8.5-9 and always looking to upgrade my skills. I am good at my craft and take pride in it. I have started to venture out with other fabrics that I have not used before like faux leather, vinyl, etc. and finding out it ain't nothing but a try. If it does not work out make it work out. Keep On Trying for PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT (or close to it)


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