Have you, like me, been enjoying the blog hop about blog writing that’s been going around? Imagine my delight when Catherine of Cyberdaze asked me to be part of it!
So, here goes.
What am I working on now?
This dress for my daughter is the current WIP
BurdaStyle 03/2013 #110.
I’m using a gorgeous textured Japanese cotton.
How does my work differ from others in the genre?
It really doesn’t. There are lots of sewing blogs like mine, and most of them are more interesting. Some have recipes too, and post about travel and fabric purchases, just like mine does. Lots of sewing blogs have lots of technical detail too, just like mine. Nothing to see here, just another sewing blot.
One very minor point of difference is content. I make and blog about a lot of BurdaStyle Magazine patterns. A lot. Almost everything I sew is a BurdaStyle pattern. My first blog post was about a BurdaStyle pattern.
What a cute little girl she was in 2010! Burda Style 02-2008-114
How amazed I was with the first comment I got on this trench coat blog. How did they find that post so quickly? What an amazing world the sewing blog world was! I still feel like this.
More grown up in 2013. BurdaStyle 08-2012-113
Lots of BurdaStyle isn’t a deliberate point of difference to make me stand out of the sewing blog crowd.
It’s just the way it is.
BurdaStyle 08-2009-124 and 12-2012-117
I like lots of things about BurdaStyle Magazine patterns.
I like the fit, the edgier European styles, the fact I get lots and lots of patterns every month for a moderate price.
I also don’t mind the bit about the issues being the wrong season for Australia. This gives me time to see the patterns made up by others before I dive in.
The jacket is Burda World Of Fashion 12-2005-113 (sometimes it takes me more than one season to get around to sewing up the patterns!)
Why do I write what I do.
I started* this blog a year or so after I discovered the wonderful world of online sewists. I wanted to be part of this fabulous community!
Since then, I’ve also found my blog to be like a very useful journal. I like having my makes documented for my own future reference. Even the images of my fabric purchases are a useful reference for me when I’m not home and am thinking about sewing
My first online fabric purchase!
I find it amazing that other people like to read the stuff I write. And comment. And I love the community that we have as sewing bloggers. It’s awesome that even one thing I share might be helpful to someone else, because I have been helped so much by others.
* I didn’t really start this blog, He Who Cooks did. It used to be a cooking blog called Beurreblanc before I started posting. He graciously changed the name to He Cooks…She Sews.
For a while posting was a joint thing, but his contribution slowly petered out. Now it is me who writes the baking posts. He Who Cooks might have found the attention the sewing posts were getting a bit discouraging ..
How does my writing process work?
Most of the time, blog posts are about finished projects, so nothing happens until I have photos of the final garment styled on my daughter or myself.
Then I write the blog post. Usually after Sunday lunch or late at night. Blogging feels a bit like stolen time. Anyone with children, elderly parents and a demanding full time job will know what I mean!
It’s usually stream of consciousness stuff with a section of technical details at the end, for my future reference. I do a bit of editing to try and improve readability (but not much, as you already know because you read this blog!).
I enjoy putting together blog posts and I love being part of the online sewing community. I don’t want to spoil it by making myself worry too much about perfect writing. You, my wonderful blogging friends are delightfully forgiving of the poor quality of my expression.
I have enjoyed these three blogs for a long time. They are inspiring, stylish, talented and thought provoking. I’d love to know more about how they do it!