Well, peeps, I’ve been tagged by the wonderfully inspiring Mrs. Mole in the current game of Blog Hop. Thank you muchly, Mrs. Mole. And to plunge right in….
Why do I write?
Well, I’m an introvert’s introvert, so writing is a safe way to express myself, I guess. Saves me from all that anxiety and energy expenditure required for smiling and being social. I can tuck myself into a corner and type and edit to my heart’s content and never once have to think about my facial expression. And I get to write about the projects I’m happy with, or I hate, or pattern instructions that frustrate me, and I get to edit. Editing is important, because I often want to edit what I say, but by then it’s too late. Writing gives me the chance to really say what I mean. If I’m motivated to, of course. And after I edit it.
What am I working on?
A spidery lace overdress for DD1 from Burda February 2014. We haven’t decided on the t-shirt dress fabric (or if we’ll bother with it). No. It’s not for a celebration of dead scary things this Friday, October 31st. This is a fashion statement dress that she will wear out to dinner.
How does my blog differ from other sewing blogs?
Um, honesty maybe? And copious amounts of ordinariness? There’s not a lot of people in my life who sew at the level I do, and this blog (and PR and BurdaStyle) is a way to get feedback from others who know when fabric is off-grain or can interpret those darned drag lines that a non-sewist would never see, even if they hit them over the head and restricted every move they wanted to make. I love to sew. I love working with needles and thread and embroidery (don’t do enough anymore). I love fabric. I almost always do waaaay more imaginary sewing than real (frustrating, but true… especially at night). So I’ll blog my makes and dreams, and share my failures because everything I sew is not perfect, and, quite frankly, nothing is more off-putting than a blog where everything is photographed perfectly and made perfectly and there’s nary an error to be seen. I have Vogue magazine for that kind of thing if I want it. My sewing blog is a hobby, period. I’m not ever going to market my blog, garner newspaper and media praise or sign up affiliates or hope to have this earmarked as a trendy fashionista-sewista blog. This is my way of taking pictures to check fit and document what I’ve made and connect with others in the sewing community. From the safety of my sewing room, of course. :)
What is my writing process?
True to my character, my process is as variable as the project. Sometimes stream-of-consciousness – particularly if I have a proverbial bee in my bonnet about something or other and can’t get my thoughts out fast enough. Sometimes each sentence is edited within an inch of it’s punctuation because I don’t know WHAT to say about a project, and I’m hoping editing will provide inspiration. Mostly I’ll take pictures and then hem and haw away about what to say about them, but a picture is worth 1000 words, right?
And now to pass on the baton: I’d like to nominate Allison because I love seeing her makes, and often times I’ll laugh because she’ll have sewn and blogged a project that’s in my queue! And Chris from Said & Done: Handmade by Chris because … Well, because she has an “ordinary” sewing blog like mine, and I like being allowed a glimpse or two into other not-for-profit-or-fame sewing worlds.