This ‘Southern Charm’ Cast Member Was Mocked for His Hobby

Southern Charm is now on its sixth season with Bravo, smack dab in the middle of some serious court battles between Kathryn Dennis and Thomas Ravenel. That means there’s drama to spare as the two duke it out in court. This is especially true now that Thomas Ravenel is dealing with assault accusations as well — suffice it to say it’s probably a stressful time to be close to either of these two reality stars.

Luckily, it seems one of our favorite cast members has developed a healthy coping mechanism for dealing with stress. That, or it’s just his favorite hobby. Craig Conover of Southern Charm fame is in fact, an avid sewer.

Making pillowcases with Patricia

Craig Conover
Craig Conover | Roy Rochlin/Getty Images

Craig Conover’s focus was originally all on law school. When Southern Charm first began, Conover was wrapping up school and preparing for the bar exam. Nowadays, however, it seems as if Conover is much more interesting on collaborating creatively with the grande dame of Southern Charm, Patricia Altshcul.

As a matter of fact, the two actually share a line of pillows and designs together. On Patricia’s Couture, fans can buy “Special Edition Craig + Pat Pillow Covers” for $59. They feature dogs and cats having a great time with cocktail in hand — not unlike Patricia herself.

After Conover’s first failure at working with Patricia — trust me, he got a pretty severe scolding from the acerbic matriarch of the show — it’s exciting to see him back on the scene with some hip new designs. And Conover has hinted that there’s more on the horizon. On April 1st he announced new designs and clothing via his Instagram account, @sewingdownsouth.

Getting seriously roasted

Ramona Singer and Craig Conover
Ramona Singer and Craig Conover | Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Craig Conover received his fair share of ribbing over his interest in sewing. Some even wondered if the Southern Charm star’s sewing had something to do with his breakup. On that particular point, ex-girlfriend Naomie Olindo cleared the air.

“People think, ‘Oh, why can’t you support his sewing?’ It had nothing to do with me not wanting a boyfriend who sews. I don’t care at all about that. Hobbies are important, and I thought it was great,” explained Olindo. “The reason I had a problem with it was Craig is a procrastinator, and he was using sewing as a way to procrastinate doing things that he actually needed to do, you know, important things. … Instead of doing something that he had a deadline on or whatever, he’d just sit and sew all night, not the actual fact that he sewed.”

However, some viewers seemed willing to give Conover flak for his interest. Unfortunately, many view sewing as a particularly “feminine” activity, and likely tried to shame Conover for his interest.

“At first I got a lot of heat for sewing, but then, people started messaging me and thanking me for sticking to my guns and doing something that I enjoyed,” explained Conover. “It was at that moment that I realized, maybe I could help all the others out there that enjoy sewing, or doing anything ‘uncool’ who do it because they love it. I want to build a platform and a cool brand for us. Sewing isn’t just something for grandmothers — I mean, they’re great at it! But sewing is a craft, and designing pillows is a form of art and personal expression — at least for me it is.”

Why sewing?

Kathryn Calhoun Dennis and Craig Conover
Kathryn Calhoun Dennis and Craig Conover | Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

For Craig Conover, sewing was a therapeutic way of getting over difficult times in his life, most notable his breakup with Naomi. Conover also sees sewing as a form of expression and artistic exploration.

“It’s about embracing your uniqueness. I’m different, and yes, I was made fun of for it when I was little. But hey, just embrace it,” explained Conover to the Daily Dish. “I want to reach people and let them know that if they just suck it up and make it through high school, everything works out. High school can really suck sometimes and people can be mean. Basically, everything that you’re gonna be made fun of is going to make you awesome when you get to college, whatever you do. I’m kind of trying to figure out a way to let them know to be OK.”