The past month or so, Sewing Report has been rather quiet and I have no regrets about it.
Since starting this website – I’ve been putting all of this completely self-induced pressure on myself to write articles, shoot and edit videos, and keep up with all of the countless other sewing sites.
What I was forgetting was the reason behind this project – the enjoyment of sewing.
Admit it: when you know you plan to blog or vlog a sewing project, the process is much different than simply sewing for the fun of it. Knowing that I would be posting a project on my blog would at times deter me from doing it at all. It had to have the perfect fabric choices, workmanship, and photography,
Whether we realize it or not, we are constantly comparing ourselves and our handcrafts to everything on Instagram and Pinterest. It is painful to see other photos, videos, and creative works that are “better” than our own. Often I wonder, How do they have every room of their home staged and styled? or How can this person possibly have this much time on their hands to complete X number of projects?
Recently I started getting into Snapchat (username: sewingreport) and find it to be refreshing. It more or less puts all users on a level playing field as far as photo/video quality goes. You can’t Photoshop an image to perfection and post it on Snapchat. The social media app does have a few basic filters, but nothing crazy. Using Snapchat feels so much easier and carefree.
Another reason I wanted to take a step back was to evaluate the content of Sewing Report and look at how visitors to the website/YouTube channel are really utilizing it.
Originally, I pictured this as a true news feed for the sewing community.
The reality: you enjoy reading feature articles, editorials, and video pieces rather than just “news of the day.” Moving forward, I’m going to focus my energy and efforts on the content you are gravitating toward, rather than low impact blurbs. I will use Facebook and Twitter for industry news instead, since it’s a much quicker method of sharing this information.
There are several projects that have long been in the works that I hope to bring you soon. I really want them to be rich and high quality – so I’m not going to rush them just to get them on here.
Unapologetically, I have been sewing.
Lots and lots of sewing.
Pink Peony Bag (free pattern) in MiKri World Supplies Glitter Mirror Canvas Vinyl
Purl Soho City Gym Shorts (free pattern) in Robert Kaufman chambray and Cotton+Steel prints
Baby leggings and hat (free patterns) in Cloud 9 organic cotton striped aqua/navy knit
Same baby leggings and hat set in Valori Wells designer cotton print
While there are many, many topics I hope to touch on here – this is the most important one of all.
Learning to sew is amazing, mind blowing and life changing.
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