Have you heard about the Sew Grateful Week event Debi is hosting? Such a brilliant idea! Lots of giveaways, reflections, tutorials and projects are pouring in from sewing blogs. I think it’s a fantastic way to celebrate the amazing sewing blog community, so of course I wanted to participate. Unfortunately, because this week has been insane for me and my mind has been elsewhere, I didn’t get my ducks in a row as I would have liked. But I thought I’d combine a reflection post with my weekly vintage inspiration anyway!
It’s rather funny how Debi’s event falls right after I passed the eight-year mark of blogging; in a way it’s made me realize how much the online sewing community has changed in less than a decade. We’ve gone from a tiny handful of blogs scattered across the internet, to an enormous community spanning a variety of sewing interests, countries, ages and skill levels.
I can honestly say that without the internet community, I wouldn’t be at the point where I am with my sewing. While I’ve always been the bookish sort and loved to raid the public library for sewing books, the amazing variety of knowledge shared on other sewing blogs means that there is something new crossing my radar all the time! I have learned how to padstitch and the fundamentals of tailoring thanks to Gertie, beading from my (real life!) friend Jenny Rose, pattern drafting techniques from countless individuals, clever fitting and construction from Sunni, embellishment touches from the team at Colette Patterns, and clever techniques from Tasia.
But it doesn’t end there! The inspiration from sewing blogs is another vital componant to our little community. People like Lauren M., Jane, Tilly, Lauren T., , the entire group of Sew Weekly contributors, and Patty. Even when I’m feeling a bit burnt out or indifferent to sewing (usually when life gets too busy to have time to sew!), these blogs excite me with ideas, fun details and fabrics, and new patterns.
The amazing thing is this is just a small sampling of all the informative and inspiring sewing blogs out there. We’ve gone from just a handful (literally!) of bloggers writing about their handcraft of choice, to thousands. So I’d just like to take this moment to thank all the fanastic blogs out there who have influenced, taught and inspired me over the years. I can’t wait to see what the sewing community will be like in another eight years…
What are a few of your favorite sewing blogs that you’re “Sew Grateful” for?
(And just so this post isn’t completely pictureless, I decided to continue posting a few more of my favorite patterns from my grandmother’s collection! Enjoy the sewing eye candy!)
Be sure to check out the back of the envelope for full details!
This post is part of an ongoing series cataloging a collection of my grandmother’s patterns. To view previous posts, please click here.