Friday, November 8, 2019

Why blog?

There is nothing worse than having to do something creative when given a deadline.  Even a self-imposed deadline.  



I got out of the habit of reviewing my sewing, and when that started, I also stopped sharing most of my sewing projects on other platforms.  As time went on, I couldn't convince myself of any of the benefits of writing a pattern review, or photographing a garment, or sharing a project here or on Instagram or Facebook.  

For awhile, I was happy to be all by myself in my sewing room.  I planned a project, I sewed it, and then I wore it.  After a time, I realized some things.  One, my work was suffering because I knew I was not going to analyze my work, much less photograph and publish it.  Two, I was losing some creativity because I was not feeding that part of the process.  Finally, I realized I was lonely for the community.  

So, why blog?  If you ask that question of Google, you will get a lot of information on how to build a blog following.  Oh God, just kill me now. 😱  That is the farthest thing from success in my little blog world.  What I do know is that there are many ways to share projects, and each has benefits.  Blogging allows me to ramble, think aloud, and to just have a brag session from time to time.  

Above is V1395 in a cotton voile from Fabric Mart.  The dress is very blousy with ties as part of the back overlay.  It is an interesting pattern to sew and a pretty dress.  The style works best on a rectangle figure type, in my opinion.  I am not that; I am curvy with the usual age-related changes.  Pattern review here.

Below is B5997. a very popular tunic pattern with loads of options.  I LOVE this pattern-someone please remind me to trace it or interface the tissue.  I've made it many times and always am pleased.  This was made for riding.  Tomorrow we have a group ride going out at 7:15 am-this plus a light jacket will be perfect in the chill of the desert morning.  Pattern review click here
Thanks for reading! Mary

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  2. Yay, a post! I miss hearing about your horse and riding, seeing your pup (how IS he???), and admiring your style even though I do not sew (I LOVE that dress on you!). When people I follow go silent, I feel bereft even if we've never met. (I miss Theresa something fierce....)

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    1. Oh my gosh, me too. Blogging is so personal and I think sometimes it is difficult to be real but not too detailed. I promise to be more active!!

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  3. I like reading blogs. I like blogging better than instagram, because insta feels like more of a show-and-tell with not enough details about the process. Great to have TNT patterns and yes, that dress is very pretty. Happy sewing xx

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    1. Thanks katherine h. I agree with you about Instagram, and I do use that platform.

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  4. Good to hear from you. I get that blogging sometimes gets to be a chore. That's why I go a while between blogs, but I'm trying to do better, as that's where I keep track of what I'm sewing and even sometimes the alterations I've made. Have fun on your ride!

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    1. Hi Lynda, pattern reviews on PR are my main tracking avenue, and blogging for other details. Your blog is far more detailed than mine and I am always impressed with your alterations.

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  5. I love reading your blog, so I'm happy to see a post from you anytime! I completely understand your sentiments about blogging. It's really nice to have someone to share your projects with, as well as that visual of how your skill set is expanding. Some of the things that I've sewn have left my closet for one reason or another, so it's also helpful to have a record of them to remember. Of course, sometimes I'll see something on the blog from years ago that I've given away, and wish that I hadn't parted with it so soon. I really love your version of Vogue 1395- you look so pretty in it!

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  6. I enjoy reading your blog too but I want to say too , to not feel any blogging pressure from us ! it's amazing these days that we can see what people are sewing and doing from all around the world. Even though instagram is much easier and quicker blogging is much more personal and I feel connected to people I've never even met. In that regard I echo the above reader who misses Therese whom we kniw you are friends with. I hope she is OK and it's great to know you are around and looking well.

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  7. Blogging seems to have a natural ebb and flow for many reasons. Taking pictures and writing well considered prose sometimes is too hard. Whenever it becomes a chore it is time to take a break there are so many things we have to do and blogging certainly isn't one of them, especially if you are not seeking world sewing blog domination.
    It is great to see you back writing and showing us your sewing makes. The dress looks as though it would be lovely and cool for Summer. Must investigate the tunic pattern looks really good on you. Looking forward to whatever comes next.

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    1. World sewing blog domination..hahahaaa
      You have been posting beautiful needlework lately.Thank you I wish I was able to view it in person.

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  8. Your post got me thinking about the reasons I blog. My reasons have changed over time. I still prefer blogs to other forms of social media for sewing community. The blogger's sewing process, thoughts, challenges, lifestyle, interests, etc. are what I enjoy reading. The Vogue 1395 dress is so pretty. Glad you made it, as the pattern is in my stash but I wasn't sure it was something I could wear at my age. Looks like it would be the perfect summer dress.

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    1. Hi Audrey, glad I could show you an example of the dress on a regular body :-)

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  9. I prefer to read about sewing projects on blogs, hands down. I like that it's "google-able". I hate that I see something IG and forget finding it later...if I navigate away from the app *poof* it's gone. I want to see the details! I want to hear all about it! I don't want to just see a pretty pic - though your pics are pretty! :)

    Blogs are definitely the meat & potatoes and that's my favorite thing. Also, as Audrey says, I like getting to know the person too, which many of us who blog share much of who we are aside from our sewing.

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    1. Hi Nakisha! Yes to the IG comment. I love to scroll through but that is all. I miss seeing reviews and blogs from some people as I learn so much from reading.

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