"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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