Monday, September 22, 2014

Blog hopping!

It seems like we go through blog hop phases her in sewing blogland, and I've been tagged for the latest. Thank you Becky! If you haven't been by her blog, give it a visit. She's a charming and talented lady, and I always enjoy reading what she has to say.

This hop has questions for me to answer, so I'll jump right into those.

1) Why do I write?
My first blog post! The whirl/walk away dress
That's a simple question with a complex answer. I started this blog, lo those many years ago as an offshoot of my family blog. I had just returned to sewing as a hobby after a long hiatus. I was a new SAHM with a couple of toddlers at home. Although Facebook and Twitter were around then, they weren't the social media dynamos they are now, and so my blog was my way to get out into the world and be heard. I had a somewhat difficult transition from the working world to motherhood, and it helped to have contact with other like minded people. I wanted a way to keep track of my projects and share with the community at large. I've been amazed at how much the community has grown in these 6 short years since the blog began. It's amazing to me that the community of sewcialists and crafters has expanded to include so many varied and interesting people and artists. I just love the way that blogging lets me give a little back and also connect with those who "get" the sewing bug.

2) What am I working on?
Did you know the Hosh Pants
were getting a wide leg option?

Right now I'm in the middle of back-to-school fall sewing, filling in gaps in the kids' wardrobes as well as my own. I've been testing a couple of patterns, so the blog has been quiet, but there has been a lot of sewing in the background! I also pretty much always have a Barbie project in various stages of completion. It's funny, with human clothes, I am very much a project monogamist. I have to finish one before I start another. With Barbie, I tend to get a project going, then let it percolate for a while as I build inspiration.

3) How does my blog differ from others of its genre?
That's a tough one actually. There are so many blogs out there with a specific focus, but my sewing has never been like that. I sew what I want, when I want. I sew for me, for my kids, sometimes my hubby, often for Barbie and her friends. I make a variety of things with a variety of fabrics, from jeans to swimwear to knit tops to vintage dresses. I like to vary my projects greatly, as it keeps things interesting to me. For me, that variety is what makes my blog different. I do a lot of different things, and I do them well.

4) How does my writing process work?
I've honestly never really thought about it. I make a thing. I take a zillion pictures of the thing. I write about the thing, including lots of pictures, because I like lots of pretty pictures when I read a blog post. I have always been a very concise and to the point writer, so I let my photographs do most of the talking and keep the text to a minimum. I myself read a ton of blogs of different genres and I notice that when there is a long stretch of text without something pretty to look at, I tend to lose interest, so I try to make my posts as easy to read as I can, assuming you suffer from the same blog post reading ADD as I do. Actually, this post is already so word heavy that I'm getting tired of staring at it. Off to find some pictures!

The last step is to nominate two more bloggers. I'm going to be a blog hop rebel and leave it open. I've enjoyed reading these posts on many blogs, but if you haven't had a chance to answer these questions, I hope you'll consider this post your invitation! I'd love to hear what you have to say.


  1. I might do this since I'm lacking in actual finished make photos to post about. And you are so right about how much this community has grown in the past half decade, i'm absolutely chuffed about it.

  2. I think your Barbie outfits and stories make your blog unique, I love them! I really like what you sew for your yourself and your kids too.

  3. Finally getting to reading in a place where I can see the pictures and comment! The wifi at the hotel was rather slow. :) Anyway, I did enjoy reading your answers, and I agree with Helena that the Barbie outfits are definitely a unique twist! It's always fun to see what you come up with for them on here and Instagram.