My Sewing Circle, Your Sewing Circle?

Hey everyone! When we talked about our sewing lists spiralling out of control, a couple of people lamented that there was nothing quite like Ravelry for organizing our sewing queue. Then Alessa mentioned – a fairly new website that’s based on the Ravelry concept but hasn’t really ‘stuck’ yet. (Or maybe all the cool sewists are using it all the time, and I’m the odd one out!)

Anyways, I remember I signed up for it way back when it started up. A couple of you must have recently signed up as well, as I’ve seen a couple of you ‘friending’ me, yay! And I don’t know how we did it but Sewaholic Patterns is the first pattern designer to appear when you search ‘all patterns’ – pretty awesome! I’m sure that will change as more projects are added but that was cool to see.

There is my designer page and links to all of the current patterns. Just like Ravelry, you can click on the pattern, and look at all the projects people have made using that pattern. You can rate patterns with stars, and read notes and comments on the patterns.

I like the concept, I like that you can see a pattern and browse finished garments that were made using the pattern. I like that it’s pretty easy to use, based on the couple hours I’ve spent on the site. I like that you can quickly read someone’s notes on the pattern (fits small, cut a size 10, add 2″ to length) and know what type of adjustments you might need to make too. The clean white layout is easy to look at.

I haven’t spent any time in the forums but I bet they’ll be helpful, the more people use the site. I love that you can ‘favourite’ other people’s projects and keep a page full of inspiring sewn garments! And there’s great potential to keep your Pattern Library up-to-date so you remember all of the patterns you own! (Although, I do wish that ‘patterns’ was the first tab – I use patterns more than magazines or books!)

On the other hand, fabric isn’t the same as yarn, in that you can buy the same yarn as someone else bought across the world. Fabric is a little more elusive than that and if you find the perfect navy polka-dot fabric, you may never find it again! In that regard, I’m not sure it’s going to be just like Ravelry. I can see someone’s perfect red dress, but I can’t locate that exact fabric and replicate it. (Whereas with yarn, if I see the perfect knit scarf in Quince and Co’s Lark, I can go buy myself that exact yarn and make myself one!)

What do you all think? Have you tried out yet? What do you like or dislike? Do you see yourself using it now that you’ve found out about it?


38 Responses to My Sewing Circle, Your Sewing Circle?

  1. PepperReed February 20, 2012 at 6:07 am #

    I’m a Ravelry user, but I hadn’t heard about this, so I’ll check it out! Thanks.

  2. Casey February 20, 2012 at 6:13 am #

    I had heard about this a bit ago, but decided it wasn’t totally for me because I already have enough time keeping up with all my social networking sites! ;) (Heck, I’m rarely on Ravelry these days!) But I might go sign up anyway–just to check it out a bit more. ;)

  3. Mandi @ make it dear February 20, 2012 at 6:42 am #

    oh, neato :) will totally check this out!

  4. Katitarian February 20, 2012 at 6:47 am #

    I am very tempted as I keep all my lists in my head right now! Will check it out once I do a bit of work.

  5. Stitch Parade February 20, 2012 at 7:03 am #

    I signed up last week after Alessa alerted me to it and while I have not spent a lot of time on the site, I like what I see. I agree that fabric is not like yarn, but really like the fact that one can have access to comments and modifications made to a pattern by hundreds of users – way better than a random internet search!

  6. Christine February 20, 2012 at 7:10 am #

    Totally going to try this! Thanks for the post!

  7. lunachick265 February 20, 2012 at 7:13 am #

    Well, I just joined! We’ll see if I can put all my stashed fabric and patterns in it, or get any use out the circles part of the site. I joined the Pregnant Seamstresses circle (now 4 members strong!). I was looking for a circle for fans of Sewaholic Patterns, but I didn’t see one. I’m about to have a baby, so I don’t think I can take on spearheading a circle right now, but I would so join if some one else did!

    • Anne February 20, 2012 at 11:48 am #

      Hey there.. what’s the website for pregnant seamstresses circle? I tied googling it but it did not come up. I am interested. Let me know please.. thanks!

  8. Noile February 20, 2012 at 7:14 am #

    I won’t join because apparently I can’t see what’s on the site without signing up. That’s just annoying, and also implies that they may do tracking that I wouldn’t like very much. A site has to be *spectacular* before I’m willing to sign in, and I want to know how it fits into my life *before* I do.

  9. Samina February 20, 2012 at 7:43 am #

    I hadn’t heard about this site until you mentioned it, either. So, thanks for pointing it out. I’m definitely going to check it out.

  10. Kristy February 20, 2012 at 7:46 am #

    I had not heard of this. Thank you for the link! I think Ravelry is a very important knitting tool, and I’ve been *waiting* for a similar site for sewing. Yay!

  11. K-Line February 20, 2012 at 8:29 am #

    Thanks for this info. Will check it out!

  12. Catherine February 20, 2012 at 8:33 am #

    I’ll definitely check this out once it’s back up. I think your post might have brought so many users that it went down.

  13. Jen February 20, 2012 at 8:37 am #

    I just signed up the other day but definitely am still confused as to the workings. I haven’t even figured out how to find people yet, but I’m excited for the potential!

  14. Susan - Knitters Delight February 20, 2012 at 8:59 am #

    I’m a big fan of Ravelry for my knitting and PatternReview for sewing. I’ll have to check out this site to see how if differs from PR.

    • Debi February 20, 2012 at 10:43 am #

      I’m with Susan…I’d need to check out how this differs from Pattern Review which already has a great community and ways to track your patterns, etc.

  15. Amy February 20, 2012 at 9:00 am #

    I signed up and joined a local group, but I’ve never been great at maintaining an online presence in social communities like this one. I like the concept a lot though.

  16. Nadia Lewis February 20, 2012 at 9:05 am #

    I like the idea. Even though I rarely post on Ravelry, I like using it to find where the meet ups are and to see the iterations of a pattern. Given that I sew vintage, I can almost never find pictures of other people’s version of what I’m making.

    • Judy February 20, 2012 at 9:25 am #

      I joined ‘My Sewing Circle’ nearly 2 years ago and I was very enthusiastic about it for the first few months. Then it went very quiet. People joined ‘circles’ but rarely posted. Now that people are signing up again, perhaps it’s a good opportunity to liven the site up again. After all it depends on us and it really is a good idea to have a sewing equivalent of Ravelry.

  17. Trice February 20, 2012 at 9:21 am #

    I signed up last week. It needs a little user interface work but the concept is great.

  18. Tiffany W February 20, 2012 at 9:41 am #

    I am a heavy User of Ravelry and was looking for something like it for sewing. I found this site last year. It has possibilities once they get more members. The thing that I love with Ravelry is that I can see many projects using the pattern I am considering. There are many fun groups to join based on you interest. You have to have many members to get that same vibe. I saw little active on the site last year which lost my interest. Maybe, I will have to give it another try.

  19. Kjersti February 20, 2012 at 11:41 am #

    I joined the site a year and a half ago, but haven’t used it much, mostly for reasons listed already. Too little activity to get the right feel, and the user interface is a bit clunky for my taste. (PR is a lot worse though, imho.) I think it has a lot of potential, and I keep checking it out at irregular intervals.

  20. Lucy February 20, 2012 at 11:49 am #

    Hadn’t heard of it before but I am so there! The interface of PR really puts me off for anything other than ‘functional’ use.

  21. CGCouture February 20, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

    I don’t like that they only link photos from Flikr–so I can’t link to them from my blog or Picasa. :-( I have limited bandwidth, so I dislike having to upload photos multiple times. :-(

  22. Caroline February 20, 2012 at 3:07 pm #

    I’ll have to check it out… But I already use burdastyle, my blog, facebook, ravelry, colette patterns forums, and comments on others’ websites. So maybe enough for right now!

  23. Debbie February 20, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

    I signed up last week but haven’t had time to really check it out. I use Pattern Review as well which might be similar, but that means time away from sewing to do the research!!!

  24. Becky February 21, 2012 at 7:44 am #

    I’ve been on there for awhile, though I haven’t delved into it that much because of how quiet it was. Now that it’s starting to get more exposure again, I might have to give it another shot–I’ve kind of drifted away from BurdaStyle since they merged it with the magazine, and never really got that into PR in the first place, though I have found some of their classes and the reviews helpful. It just doesn’t have that community feel that I’m looking for and that I feel like I get to some extent through blogging. I’ve loved being able to find groups on Ravelry that match my interests, and have hopes for this other site.

  25. Beth (SunnyGal Studio) February 21, 2012 at 8:39 am #

    Hmm, another web site that could take me away from the sewing machine? I am always trying to resist the temptation. (which is the reason I am not on Pinterest) Also – I like to look around a site before I join, so that is a another reason I have not signed up. How can I see if it has any use or attraction to me if I can’t see it before I join? I hope they change that.

  26. Steph A February 21, 2012 at 8:53 am #

    This is interesting, so many good points. I’d never heard about before, but have been hoping to find something like Ravelry (which I don’t use yet as I have hardly knitted in years.) I have used PatternReview quite a lot for a few years now – it’s a good resource for reading reviews of patterns and seeing the finished garments, it has great online courses, and there are loads of user tips/techniques and forum discussions, etc., but I agree with the others about PR – it’s starting to look pretty dated now and it seems a bit clunky.

    I’m going to check out this new site, as it sounds like it has the community aspect I’ve been looking for, and was one of the main reasons for starting my blog.

  27. Amanda February 21, 2012 at 12:41 pm #

    I haven’t signed up because from what I’ve heard, it’s pretty similar to, which I pay a membership fee for, and works really well for me. :)

  28. Shona February 21, 2012 at 5:05 pm #

    EEEEK! I’ve been wanting someone to make a “Ravelry for sewists” for so long! I’m gonna go check it out. Thanks for sharing!

  29. ilse February 22, 2012 at 6:40 pm #

    I’m a member there, (ilse466), and I enjoy it, though it IS quiet, as some people have said. However, that can change when more people join, and actually stay to use it.
    I love browsing other people’s projects, it’s very inspiring.

  30. Amy February 23, 2012 at 6:59 pm #

    I don’t use Ravelry but it’d be so great if there was a site to organize sewing stuff in a similar way. I don’t use the social networking part as much, but I love sites like Ravelry or Pinterest for their simple, graphic interface, making things so easy to organize visually. PR has an abundance of the sewing content already that it’s hard to imagine another site catching up to that content, but that content isn’t not interlinked or designed in a very web 2.0-friendly way.

  31. Alessa February 24, 2012 at 3:50 am #

    Heh, thanks for linking me, Tasia! :) I see the fabric stash feature more as a way to keep track of my own stash, as for now I’ve been to lazy to put it into a spreadsheet… Now I only need to photograph and measure it… ;)

  32. Jill February 25, 2012 at 12:41 pm #

    This sounds like exactly what I’ve been looking for! Thanks for posting! :D

  33. Stephanie February 27, 2012 at 12:45 am #

    This looks great. I’d really like to use it. But it seems like a lot of work to put all my stuff up there. But it would be great if it could work as a community if more people signed up. Right now it’s awfully quiet on the site

  34. velosewer February 28, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

    I have a PR membership and am delving into Ravelry and Pinterest. Sounds like Sewing Circle is worth looking into, when there’s time. I tend to sew faster than I can plan.

  35. Sarah January 29, 2014 at 8:52 am #

    This is interesting, Just going to have a little look now. I’ve just signed up.