Man of the Year

IMG_1457 As usual, a new trend was catapulted into the sewcial community by a post yesterday on oonaballona inspired from a post by Lori of Frivolous At Last about the heroics of their husbands during photoshoots. A well-deserved #unsungsewingbloghero hashtag was bestowed on them and I’d like to honor my man with one, too. Because he is the water that floats my boat. Especially when said boat is contorting herself to pin darts on her ass.

My husband, Matt is many levels of amazing. When Josephine was born, he was more than okay with staying home with her while I worked. His nickname is “MattGyver” because of how handy and resourceful he is. When I come home from work to my domestic hunk, I’m greeted with things like tomatoes from the garden, a DIY deck sandbox for our daughter, folded laundry, and an upgraded OS for my neglected computer.

Most importantly, he lets me sew ALL DAY on Sundays.

On one of these lovely Sundays recently, I decided to tackle a darted skirt muslin I’d been tinkering with for years. I’d finally worked out that three darts at my high square hip did the trick, but I was struggling to reach that part of my body to drape and pin the darts properly. Enter Mr. Carroll. All he says is “Here”, takes the pin from my hand, and starts to finish the job. Whaaaaaat? What is going on here? Is this really happening? Many women want their husbands to buy them flowers and take them out for fancy dinners…. I just want help with fitting.

DIY-ing a wardrobe is hard damn work and I always assumed I’d have to kidnap a local teenager to be my unpaid intern. But, so far, no felonies are required. It took him some time to get the pinning right, but I let him take all the time he needed. At one point, I started to nag about his technique, but stopped myself from ruining the beautiful, historic moment. Because I so want it to be repeated.

Now that I think about it, Matt has always been my sexy sewing assistant. There’s the floor-length hem he marked for my Amercian Geisha kimono, the photos he took for my Make My Lucky Day dress, and all the diva drama he endured while I rushed to finish the Driving Men Mad dress for a challenge deadline. He doesn’t even give me shit about the shirts I’ve never made for him. Needless to say, he is staying.

Tell me about YOUR unsung hero. Who in your life makes sewing or blogging about it easier?

10 thoughts on “Man of the Year

  1. What a man! My husband has helped me hemmed pants and has offered to wear some of my dresses so I can hem them. He’s a trooper! But one of his best helpful techniques involves shoe stretching! He and I are the same shoe size (big feet here!) but his are wider. He will stretch my boots/shoes while putting away his laundry. No blisters for me!


    • Oh, I need that in my life. I have small wide feet and my husband’s shoe-stretching thingys are too big. But, wait a minute…your husband offered to wear your dresses?! Obviously you didn’t let him or the story would be different, but I’m curious about your reaction. I think I would’ve laughed too hard to see it through. He’s too sweet for going there, though.


  2. what a mighty good man! i love it when they get that slight crease in their forehead, usually reserved for home improvement thinking, and then tackle a sewing problem. excellent decision to let him tackle without assistance.

    and i must give the credit to “frivolous at last”, have you visited her blog? her post made me laugh out loud!

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  3. Yes, the forehead is like a skill booster! Much like disco lip is required for my husband to concentrate on dancing. I totally checked out the blog that originated the hashtag (flipping off her man during a photoshoot was priceless)….but ended up crediting the trendsetter who brought it to my attention first. However, I just edited the post, though so our girl Lori gets a proper shout-out.

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