Photo Friday: The Dress That Changed My Life!

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"Most people say it takes confidence to succeed.  For me, it happened in the reverse order."
- Carol Williams


Last week I posted a picture of a dress I knitted when I was in High School.  Some of you indicated you'd be interested in seeing some of my other creations so this week I'm going right to my proudest accomplishment as a seamstress.

This isn't a good picture, but here it is. This is the dress that changed my life.  This pink and white checked gingham dress won a National Sewing Contest in 1966, when I was 14 years old. Every single square matched on this garment and I hand smocked the waistline and hand sewed the hem with a blind stitch. There were 55,000 entries.

The prize was $200, a typewriter and a sewing machine. That was a big deal in those days.  I still have the sewing machine but not the money or the typewriter.  I do have $200, just not THAT $200.  LOL

How did one single dress change my life?  When I was a kid I was so shy I didn't even like to say "Here" when they took Roll Call in school.  Winning this contest changed all that.  It gave me a new found self-confidence and created a whole new set of expectations for myself.  My grades in school even improved dramatically.  Being the winner of that contest set a high bar for me to live up to and it made me want to do my best at everything I did.

This hasn't always been a good thing, though.  I became a perfectionist and sometimes that is a lot of pressure for me and creates unrealistic expectations of other people.   I'm trying to balance that out even though I'd much prefer to accused of being a perfectionist than being satisfied with mediocrity. 

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Carol Williams
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Hi Sheri Sperry - MCNE® ,
Good analogy.  It was kind of like winning the lottery but even better.  It was a priceless experience that can never be diminished (like money).  Thanks for stopping by to read my little story.

Aug 03, 2018 08:57 AM #11
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Carol Williams
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Hi Myrl Jeffcoat ,
I bet your Mother was an amazine seamstress and she taught you.  My aunt was my teacher and a very good one.  She showed a lot of patience with me while I developed my skills.  We should probably give all the credit to them, right?

Aug 03, 2018 08:59 AM #12
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Hi Alexandra,
Yes, being a perfectionist was a good thing in my sewing.  But it does have it's down side.  I try not to let it affect my relationship with other people.
Ron and Alexandra Seigel 

Aug 03, 2018 09:01 AM #13
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Hi Grant Schneider ,
I, too, am troubled by the trophy for "participating".  What incentive does that give kids to do their best?   I don't think we need to win all the time.  I just think people should want to do their best and have a desire to do better if they can.

Aug 03, 2018 09:02 AM #14
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
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What a cool story, Carol. I'm sure it was a huge confidence booster. It's so great that you found a true talent to tap into at such a young age.  

Aug 03, 2018 09:18 AM #15
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Brian England
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That is awesome, I love the story and hearing of your success!  I am going to show this to my Mom, she loves to sew as well.

Aug 03, 2018 09:42 AM #16
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Kathy Streib
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Carol- I admire people who can create as you do!  the only thing I sewed was when I was in college and sewed a stuffed chair for my boyfriend. I have no idea how I did it. 

Aug 03, 2018 06:23 PM #17
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James Dray
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Morning Carol.

What the heck is a blind stitch?  Smocked?  Terminology foreign to me

Aug 04, 2018 12:34 AM #18
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Carol Williams
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Hi Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD ,
Unfortunately I don't use that talent much any more, except for mending.  Too much other fun stuff to do.  But, someday when I am less active maybe I'll get back to it.  Have a great day, Debb.

Aug 04, 2018 07:11 AM #19
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Carol Williams
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Hi Brian England ,
Thanks for stopping by to read my ramblings!  I don't sew any more except to do mending.  Too many other fun things to spend my time on.  Happy Saturday!

Aug 04, 2018 07:13 AM #20
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Carol Williams
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Hi Kathy Streib ,
A stuffed chair sounds like an awesome gift.  I'd love to see a picture of that.  I don't suppose you have one, do you?

Aug 04, 2018 07:14 AM #21
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Carol Williams
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Hi James Dray ,
You don't need to know any of that stuff.  As long as you know "Par" and "birdie", you're good!  LOL

Aug 04, 2018 07:15 AM #22
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Oh I love this! When I was in 5th grade I won an American Legion essay contest. The topic was why I love the American flag. I think that started me on a writing track. Things like this matter.
Sewing, though. That's a skill!

Aug 04, 2018 07:41 AM #23
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Hi Carol

That dress is amazing, and what a great story that goes along with it! Thank you for sharing it with us!!

Jeff

Aug 04, 2018 07:48 AM #24
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Carol Williams
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Hi Candice A. Donofrio ,
It is interesting to look back at the events that changed us, isn't it?  I would love to read that essay, but I don't suppose you still have a copy do you?

Aug 04, 2018 08:58 AM #25
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Carol Williams
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Good morning Jeff Dowler, CRS ,
Thanks for stopping by to read my ramblings. I was so fortunate to have this happen so young.  I did give me the confidence to do many things I never thought I could.   Happy Saturday!

Aug 04, 2018 09:01 AM #26
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Laura Cerrano
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I’m having some trouble getting the photo to show up but I’m sure the dress is phenomenal! Love and light!

Aug 04, 2018 11:05 PM #27
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Laura Cerrano
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It’s always good to be able to appreciate these small things that mean big things that way! Jeff Dowler, CRS

Aug 04, 2018 11:07 PM #28
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Dorie Dillard
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Good morning Carol Williams,

What a priceless experience and one that you remember well. The dress you made was amazing and can see why winning the contest with this entry gave you confidence!

Aug 06, 2018 05:27 AM #29
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
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love the dress!  I remember sewing my own clothes - it was so satisfying - then cloth got more expensive, patterns are outrageous, and imports from the third world made ready made clothes much less expensive.  I quit sewing when I spend $100 on making a dress that looked awful! LOL

Aug 07, 2018 04:21 AM #30
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