Facebook Groups. They’re everywhere, and there are always so many ruuuuules.
Well, I have a Facebook group called “The Self Sewn Wardrobe by Mallory Donohue”, and it has RULES! Prepare for THE RULES! Rules are important, right? This post covers one aspect of the group- the themed “Months of Making”. 2018 has had the “Month of Planning”, the “Month of Making Pajamas”, the “Month of Making Pants”, the “Month of Making Activewear”, and “Fancy Month”.
What does that mean for you as a member of SSW? Not a ton. Be a good human and share sewing pics- actually, now that I think about it, that is kind of a lot of things to do.
Give the People What They Want! (Themes)
Lots of people like themes and challenges, and we have found them useful too!
Do you LOVE themes? Cool! Zede, Sam and I have chosen themes for the coming months of the year. It gives us an opportunity to organize content and direct the focus of the group. We publish a wardrobe planner and a zine as premium content for our members, and we use the themes to guide the topics and illustrations for these things.
Do you HATE themes? Cool! Make whatever you want. Share it. Ask questions about garments that are part of the theme or not part of the theme. It’s fine, in fact, it’s AMAZING!
You may make light-hearted jokes about being a few months “late” by making a garment we focused on previously. You may make 5,000 of the garment we are focusing on.
There are no rewards, no judgements.
So, don’t sweat the themes- simply wallow in the awesome.
The more important rules are: offer words of encouragement, resources, and funny GIFs on the posts of other group members. Only share links to your own blog on the Sewcial Saturday post, and feel free to swear in times of excitement or frustration.
Above all, be inclusive of all the stitchers in our group by addressing the group as “Stitchers”, “The Sewing Hive Mind”, “Fabric Lovers”, my favorite “Sewing Machines” or some other cool moniker you make up- but not with the ubiquitous and exclusionary “ladies” that we sometimes see. Be thoughtful before hitting “enter” and “Don’t yuck someone else’s yum” (credit to Noah for that phrase).
See something off? Tag me, Mallory Donohue, and I’ll be there soon. Honor yourself and other stitchers in the group by making the internet an awesome place to learn and grow.
See you around the inter webs, my sewing BFFS!