Several seasons ago on Project Runway, Nina Garcia told a contestant, with utter disgust, that her garment looked: “a little home-sewn.” I laughed out loud when I heard that. On the show, the phrase has become one of the worst insults they can throw out.
Home-Sewn in this way has nothing to do with “hand-made” which would be something artisan and fancy. Home-Sewn means clearly not quite right. Like maybe the buttons don’t exactly match up.
Once, my grandmother was comparing her sewing ability to that of her sisters.
“Their dresses were perfect. You could wear them inside out, the seams were so well done,” was her recollection. For her own dresses, all she cared about was how they fit and how they looked. So what if the fabric was totally bunched up inside? As long as it looked good on the outside, that was all that counted.
The previous owners of this house were MAJOR home-sewers. I’m still surprised I haven’t found duct-tape holding things together.