What Do You Like Best About Sewing Blogs?

Today’s question of the day: What do you like best about sewing blogs? Do you read sewing blogs to learn, to get inspired or to encourage yourself to try new things? What keeps you coming back to read more? Out of all the sewing blogs out there, what kind of blog posts do you enjoy the most?

I’m curious because sometimes I wonder what to write about. (Especially when there is a lack of sewing happening here, or at least a lack of photograph-worthy sewing projects.) I wonder if you guys are interested in knowing more about the business and how it works behind the scenes. I wonder if I should talk about future plans that may or may not work out, just in case they don’t. I wonder how much personal details to share because I’m really more of an introvert, even though you might find that hard to believe because I’m always on here talking!

I started blogging because I was full of ideas and sewing thoughts and needed a place to put them. Recording my sewing projects was fun, it gave me a place to make notes about what to do next time, and taking a step back and looking at my projects in photos inspired me to keep on sewing! Nearly three years later, I’m in a totally different place, work-wise and sewing-wise. I used to sew for fun, making stuff for enjoyment because my day job was uncreative. Now I have even more sewing-related things on the go, but often it’s way too early to start talking about them here or you’ll be bored by the time the pattern launches. (And I like the element of surprise!)

(what sewing-blogging looks like, from my point of view)

So I thought I’d ask – what’s your favourite thing to read about on sewing blogs?

Finished projects. I think this is what I like best about sewing blogs, seeing finished projects. I love to see the perfect match of pattern and fabric, and seeing someone’s vision come to life. It’s so helpful to read someone’s honest notes about what worked, where they got stuck, and how they made the project their own.

Work in progress or planned projects. Do you want to see works in progress, or just the finished garment? What if the project never gets finished? I’m totally guilty of starting and never finishing projects. Last year, I had more time available to explore personal sewing projects. This year, it’s been twice as busy, at least, with little to no time to sew things just because. Does it bug you or bore you to see things in the working stages?

Tutorials, demonstrations and tips. I feel like this is the good stuff, the helpful stuff that I can share that will be the most useful to you guys. There are so many little things I think of when I’m sewing that I want to share! I like writing tutorials and explanations and based on your feedback, my how-to posts are clear and easy to follow. And likewise, I enjoy tutorial posts on other blogs. Just when I think I know nearly everything there is to know about sewing, I discover a new method of doing something, or a tip that I’d long forgotten. I like to see the insides of projects, I like to hear tips that you used to make your projects come together easier. There are certain things I prefer to sew – woven fabrics, structured garments, retro dresses – but there’s also a whole world of things I haven’t fully explored, like sewing underwear, bras, bag-making, or quilting. So I enjoy tutorials on these subjects, as I love to learn new things!

Life stories. Do you enjoy vacation pictures or random life posts on sewing blogs, or do you prefer all-sewing content, all the time? I think I have a one-track mind, all sewing, all the time. Plus knitting. And crafting and re-fashioning. If it can somehow be tied back to the world of making stuff, then I’m interested. Even though I don’t quilt, or make hats, I’m still interested in watching these things come together. Do you like getting to know someone through their blog, or do you prefer crafting content only?

Inspiration posts. Colette Patterns does a lovely job of sharing beautiful, inspiring images. Who wouldn’t want to make a beaded bow? I know I thought about how I could work a beaded bow into a sewing project soon! (I thought about it on a sweater too. Wouldn’t that be so pretty, on a soft and fluffy sweater, maybe in a soft grey?) Do you like these kind of posts?

Question and answer posts, or discussion posts. Personally I find these posts fascinating! I love to hear whether you trust your drycleaner or not, or whether you’d spend $5 on just one button. I loved finding out about what taxes on fabric are like all around the world. (If you like these posts too, I made a link that will connect you to all posts tagged ‘your feedback’ here. It’s also in the footer of the blog under Sewing Questions and Discussions.) Do you find these as interesting as I do? I think what makes them so good is the interaction and variety of comments that these posts receive.

Behind the scenes of a small business (in my case, and in the case of other sewing-business bloggers.) Are you curious what happens around here? Sometimes I think it’s much less glamorous than you imagine it would be! Especially this week, I’m feeling the ‘before Christmas’ rush of wanting to get as much as possible done because I know there will be days full of other obligations. My office is still full of boxes, I’m trying out a few new things for the business, and I’m working on some amazing-looking designs for 2013. Caroline and I are on a roll! What I’ve learned is that there is so much more work involved in running a business than just designing, manufacturing and shipping patterns. If it were just that, it would be a piece of cake! (Or frosting.) And these things might be super boring to you, so perhaps we should just talk about sewing. What do you think?

How about a poll? I’m curious to know what you think, for my own purposes but also to hear what you have to say. I have my guesses on what I think the most popular answer will be, but I may be wrong. And if I’ve missed mentioning something that you love, let us know!

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ps. I tried the poll and if you click ‘View’ it will take you to a new website to view the results. Same thing if you click ‘Vote.’ Just in case you wondered!

pps. You’re allowed to vote on more than one subject if you want. I thought about only allowing one vote but felt like that wouldn’t give us an accurate picture of what people like to read about. Leave a comment if you have more thoughts to share!

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95 Responses to What Do You Like Best About Sewing Blogs?

  1. Janette December 5, 2012 at 6:16 am #

    I’m guessing people look to blogs for different things depending on where they are in their sewing experience. All the things you mention would be great to read about. I figure the blog is the author’s own and if I don’t want to see vacation pictures, I can skip right through and read the next post when it comes through my reader. You may have a different perspective since your blog is so closely related to your business.
    I love finished products (with size made) because it helps me determine how a pattern would fit me. and tutorials – especially around tricky parts (collars, etc..) or new concepts. As a beginner, everything is new! Simple example – when sewing the renfrew, I didn’t know where to place the twill tape. On the seam? inside the allowance?on the garment side of the seam? It’s so obvious once you’ve been sewing for awhile but I was stumped.
    Love your behind the scenes posts, especially.

    • Tasia December 5, 2012 at 11:03 am #

      That’s a good point about size made – I forget to mention what size I make sometimes in my own patterns, but I do think about it when I’m writing about another brand of sewing patterns. (Especially because I usually cut two different sizes, so it’s helpful to know that I’ve made alterations.)

      I agree, blogs are the author’s little corner of the world, so if a blogger feels like talking about vacations or shoes, that’s their thing!

      Sometimes I feel like I need to explain myself because I have a business, like, why are there no blog posts for three weeks? It’s because I’m on holiday. (Not because I want to brag about being on holiday.) That might be my own weird thing though!

      • Neeno - Sew Me Love December 5, 2012 at 6:45 pm #

        I always include size made and any alterations in my “finished project” posts… mostly as a reminder for myself next time I make the pattern :)

      • Laurie December 6, 2012 at 8:42 pm #

        I enjoy your blog but I know that if you don’t blog for a while you may be busy with the business or on vacation. I don’t think you need to justify why you’re not blogging…unless you are excited about sharing that piece of news. =) For myself, I blog about what I love and am inspired by and I just share it. I have a main blog that I post on every day and the one linked here is strictly sewing so that one is bare of new posts most of the time. But it’s amazing who all comes when I do post. A blog should fit who you are and your own inspiration. If you are inspired…you will exude the enthusiasm onto the rest of us…and that’s what drew us to you in the first place. =)
        Laurie

    • Tasia December 5, 2012 at 11:04 am #

      Did you figure out the Renfrew twill tape thing? I posted about it here!

      http://sewaholic.net/renfrew-top-sewing-stabilizing-the-shoulder-seams/

      • Janette December 5, 2012 at 11:18 am #

        I did figure it out (sewed it wrong though) – the funny thing was I did it a few days before your post. oops. well, it hasn’t stretch out so all is well!

        • Tasia December 5, 2012 at 12:32 pm #

          Oh good! As long as the shoulder seams don’t stretch, that’s all that matters!

  2. Jane December 5, 2012 at 6:19 am #

    My favorite blogs tend to have either (or both) great photography or great tutorials. I like really useful information or really beautiful inspiration. The inspiration doesn’t have to be specifically of finished objects or progress or crafting at all – sometimes just a view from a window or a cup of tea is enough, if the image is pretty enough. If a blog doesn’t have either of these elements, even if the blogger’s crafty production is really impressive, I find myself losing interest pretty quickly.

    • Tasia December 5, 2012 at 11:10 am #

      I like that – really beautiful, or really useful. I probably fall more in the useful category, although my photos are getting better the more I blog! :)
      That’s an interesting way of looking at it, I always think about the content more than the visual aspect but you’re right, I do enjoy blogs that are pretty to look at.

      • Laurie December 6, 2012 at 8:44 pm #

        This reminds me, but from a business aspect and when you’re busy, and you’ve done this a few times already, but when in the middle of a project you an take a close up of a certain intriguing aspect for us to get us excited and to stay tuned.
        Laurie

  3. Claire December 5, 2012 at 6:24 am #

    I would love to see what goes into creating a new pattern – inspiration, muslins, things that you tried and didn’t keep in the final design. Another thing I love reading on sewing blogs (but scared to admit!) are other peoples problems and failures. First, I like seeing how problems are solved especially when related to fitting. Second, knowing other people who are better at sewing than I am have failures as well makes trying new things less daunting.

    • Amy December 5, 2012 at 10:39 am #

      Seconded!

      • Tasia December 5, 2012 at 11:13 am #

        But what if I show you what I took out of the original design, and you guys are like ‘we liked it better the first way, put it back!’ :)

        I can talk more about what inspired each design if you like. (I wish it was something romantic like a sunset over a lake, but it’s usually function. A feminine sporty jacket, a tee shirt that’s easy to sew without a serger, pants that are easy to fit and adjust after they’re finished.) I’m a technical designer I suppose. I think of what I want to ‘fix’ about something, or a need I want to fill, and then work the design around those parameters.

        You want a failure, I have a semi-failure to show you then! I know what you mean, if everything is all perfect and sews up easily (from the reader’s view) it can seem a bit unrealistic.

        • Mary December 6, 2012 at 9:52 am #

          You wrote that you’re a “technical” designer. That’s one of the things I LOVE about your designs! They are garments I will actually sew and wear because you’re approaching them thinking about figure flattery and problem-solving as well as about fresh design.

          And I agree with Claire — I love to read about the work of creating a pattern, about problem-solving, about flops, about design and detail inspiration. I also love seeing what your pattern testers do with your patterns; it would be awesome if you featured even more Sewaholic garments sewn by your readers, especially if they use different fabrics or palettes or details!

        • Claire December 7, 2012 at 2:28 pm #

          Thank you!

          I suppose if people liked an original design that you didn’t end up using in the end they could figure out a way to make it on their own? I think that creating functional patterns, although not romantic, is what a lot of people are looking for when sewing so they (we!) can make things that will be worn all the time, not just on special occasions. Thank you for posting your semi-failure dress – it’s just what I meant about seeing other peoples issues when sewing. Thanks!

  4. Becky December 5, 2012 at 6:34 am #

    Finished products are great, of course! I may be in the minority here, but I do like seeing works-in-progess, too. I enjoy the process of sewing as much as wearing the finished product, and it’s interesting to me to see how people tackle different problems that come up in the making. Since I tend to do a lot of in-progress stuff on my own blog, especially when I’m tackling more complicated projects that take me longer to finish, I hope that’s not too boring for people!

    I think what I’m most likely to skip, on the days that I’m feeling rather behind on my Google Reader, are the posts that are just about someone’s kids or vacations or whatever. While I respect that people can post whatever they want on their blogs, I feel like for me, that’s not really what a sewing/craft blog is about. So I pretty much try to keep that stuff off of my own blog, unless it’s something I can tie in to the “main subject” (i.e. I posted about my engagement because I’m sewing my wedding dress).

    • Tasia December 5, 2012 at 12:49 pm #

      I think works-in-progress can be helpful, when there’s talk of problems or changes, or adjustments made. Something that you might want to know about if you were to make the same pattern or a similar garment!

      I know what you mean about tying personal facts into the main subject – that’s why I talk about vacations, because I like to buy fabric on vacation, and also I am not here to respond to comments or emails and such. Same with my engagement – I was going to make my wedding dress perhaps! How is yours going?

  5. O. Jolly December 5, 2012 at 6:50 am #

    Though I love seeing finished projects for inspiration, I particularly enjoy tutorials. I especially like the ones that include information on problems with the technique the author might have had. I learn much from these and also learn what to watch out for. Books sometimes don’t include that part. :)

    • Tasia December 5, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

      I like that part of tutorials, too – the personal notes about what works. Also, what was slow, or boring, or really hard to execute. Books are factual, they’re never going to write ‘this hand-stitch was so boring and took forever to finish!’

  6. Julie December 5, 2012 at 6:55 am #

    You write such a great blog that I’d love to hear you cover any of those topics! I voted for tutorials and behind-the-scenes posts, because I’m new to garment sewing and have learned everything I know from wonderful online tutorials (including yours). Entrepreneurship is also fascinating to me. Also, I think some of the greatest value in a blog comes from knowledgeable comments and the author’s answers. Best of luck as you brainstorm!

    • Tasia December 5, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

      Well thank you! I agree completely that the most interesting part of blogs is the comment section. (Especially for me, since I already know what I wrote above but have no idea what you guys are going to respond with.)

  7. Katy December 5, 2012 at 7:16 am #

    Number 1 for me is finished projects. I prefer the finished item to be modelled by the blogger and I get a bit sad if it’s just on a dress form. I know how horrendous taking pictures is so I always appreciate the effort of a modelled item. I like notes about construction. I have learned so much picking up little tips here and there. I try to put everything into my notes – mainly as notes for myself for the future but it’s nice when others also find them useful. I find detailed notes the most useful when I’m making a similar project. With the Minoru jacket I googled for other versions and I found it especially helpful if they had detailed notes. I’m not a fan of progress posts before the final garment is finished. It’s difficult to build up enthusiasm when you don’t know what the final garment will look like, so I’m only likely to look at them if I happen to be making the same thing. I also like random personal posts with holiday photos etc as I like getting to know the blogger better. I also like hearing about your business, and behind the scenes.

    • Tasia December 5, 2012 at 12:54 pm #

      That’s a good point about garments modelled on the person. Otherwise you don’t get to see how it moves, how it fits around curves and how it works with that person’s vision! (Although, I would probably take more dressform photos if mine was not purple. It’s harder to take self-photos than it is to take photos of a dressform. She stands still and never makes weird faces!)
      Thanks for the feedback!

  8. Elise Lin December 5, 2012 at 7:18 am #

    I clicked all the subjects. The sewing blogs in my reader are quite diverse, and I think I enjoy the tutorials, progress, inspiration etc. the most. What I miss sometimes, when someone posts finished results, is pictures with details. Like a hem, a seam, a close up of the fabric, things like that. But you’re doing a good job with that, and I don’t think you need to change anything about your blog! The more personal stuff is an addition to me, it is not necessary but makes it easier to form a picture of the person behind the blog.

    • Elise Lin December 5, 2012 at 7:20 am #

      Ps the progress posts I like when they have explanations, some details and such, not just a picture of a half finished project of course.

      • Tasia December 5, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

        Good point about detail shots! It’s easy to forget when you’re focused on getting the whole garment in the photo. I sometimes remember after the fact, and take them of the garment flat or on the dressform.

  9. Anne Martin December 5, 2012 at 7:31 am #

    I live in a small city and there is only one Bernina/fabric store and the big box stores as source of fabric. I would like some spires of good fabric on line.

  10. Susan December 5, 2012 at 7:45 am #

    I like finished projects best, especially if people explain the tricky bits. Tutorials are really useful I have learnt so much from them, since I discovered sewing blogs. Progress posts can be helpful.
    I can take or leave other peoples lives, they can always be skipped over if I’m not in the mood. As I don’t post anything about my own not very interesting life, I don’t feel in any position to look into others. ( I am a very introverted Briton of course)

    • Tasia December 5, 2012 at 1:01 pm #

      I think that people might assume bloggers are extroverts, since we’re always writing and talking and posting. That’s not always the case!
      Thanks for the feedback!

  11. Seraphinalina December 5, 2012 at 7:50 am #

    I voted, but I’m not totally sure I can even narrow it down to three. I read a lot of blogs and I like all of them for different reasons. It’s usually writing style that keeps me or loses me. I like blogs where I feel I know a little of the writer, it doesn’t have to be all about them, but if it’s nothing but sewing and tips, I dunno, I can read a book for that. Still, I do find blogs inspiring so I love the finished posts, I love WIP posts so I know I’m not the only one who struggles in spots. Tips & tricks float to my mind when I’m sewing so I become more efficient. Argh… I love it all.

    • Tasia December 5, 2012 at 1:03 pm #

      Interesting.. writing style is the main attraction (or turnoff) for you. I agree, there has to be some human element to a blog or it’s too much like a book or magazine or it feels like one of those ‘fake’ websites that’s just a collector of other blog posts.

      • CuriousGem December 7, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

        I agree, it’s writing style that keeps me coming back. Your mix of function and inspiration with a smattering of personal stuff I find interesting. I originally found your site looking for a tutorial on how to do understitching I think and found the clarity of the explanation and photos to be superb. Your sewing dictionary is very useful for beginners and I like the fact you include basics like understitching that seem easy – unless you’ve never done them and are trying to follow the instructions on a big 4 pattern.

  12. verna December 5, 2012 at 8:14 am #

    I wanted to click all of the boxes. Honestly, I read a lot of sewing blogs and I think I have a different reason for each of the ones I read. Since I am on the cusp of quitting my full time job and starting a small business myself, the behind the scenes aspect is what I enjoy the most about this blog. You are doing so well and are so hard working, truly an entrepreneurial as well as creative inspiration.

    • Tasia December 5, 2012 at 1:04 pm #

      You can click all the boxes if you want! Wow, congrats on the upcoming leap from full-time work to small business. Being able to make that choice sounds like you have a good idea and a good plan! I’ll see what I can include on the behind-the-scenes aspects of running a business that might be useful. Good luck!

  13. Melissa December 5, 2012 at 8:33 am #

    I actually like to see all of those items in blogs, even if they are only done infrequently. I think all of them give a different and insightful view into sewing and the people that love to sew. Seeing finished project, WIPs and inspirations help with seeing if something would work for me (for my shape and my skill level). Tuts/tips/tricks help me learn or remember things that make sewing more fun, enjoyable or easier. Life stories help me understand the writer and will keep me coming back if they ever need a break or switch the topic of their blog. The question sections make me think about more than just my sewing wants/need and look at the bigger picture (i think that the behind the scenes would do this too).

    I tend to base my reading more on how passionate a person is about what they are writing than what the material actually is. So as long as you like/love what you are doing and writing about, I will be reading.

    • Tasia December 5, 2012 at 1:07 pm #

      Passion – I have plenty of that! :) I agree, it’s more interesting to read when you can feel the energy and excitement of the person writing.

      I like what you said about the question sections making you think about more than just your own sewing needs. That’s how I feel too! I try to remember that not everyone thinks about sewing every single day like me, and people of all skill levels are reading, from all over the world. Things that are easy to find in Canada might be a challenge to find in other parts of the world, or very expensive. It can be very eye-opening!

  14. Ann December 5, 2012 at 9:19 am #

    I really like all of the above, honestly! I voted already, but I guess if I were ranking, I am in the minority but I would put tutorials towards the bottom. Except when they relate directly to a Sewaholic pattern. Sew-alongs are great! But I’m really interested in finished projects and works in progress for inspiration, and life stories just because they’re fun. Your blog is perfect, please don’t drop anything!

    • Tasia December 5, 2012 at 1:08 pm #

      Very interesting – tutorials are not that interesting unless they relate to one of my patterns. I can do that! :)
      Thanks for the comment! I don’t really plan to make drastic changes, I was mostly curious to hear what you guys like reading, and what you feel is the main attraction of reading sewing blogs.

  15. Whitney December 5, 2012 at 9:59 am #

    I read blogs for most of the reasons posted, but my favorite thing to read is WIPs. I learn so much from following along with other people during the construction and it helps me file away tips for the future if I can see it in progress. I personally find it a bit disconcerting to just see post after post of just finished garments. It makes it seem like they just whipped up something with no effort whatsoever.

    • Tasia December 5, 2012 at 1:09 pm #

      Ha, I agree! Especially if they seem to conjure finished garments overnight. Posting work-in-progress gives you an idea of how long things are taking to make.

  16. Claire December 5, 2012 at 10:04 am #

    I like seeing finished products and tutorials, but I’d love to see more “work-in-progress”. Not the whole project, just examples of problem solving or interesting decisions. Any help/advice on fitting is really helpful to me.

    • Tasia December 5, 2012 at 1:09 pm #

      Thanks! I like that, problem solving or interesting decisions. You guys are making me want to sew more things and experiment more!

    • CuriousGem December 7, 2012 at 3:11 pm #

      Yep and fitting for me too!

  17. CosIadoru December 5, 2012 at 10:14 am #

    I voted:)
    I love your blog and the way you manage it.
    Despite I am french, I love reading your explanations, they are so clear!!!
    You do a wonderfull job:)Thank you so much Tasia !!!

    • Tasia December 5, 2012 at 1:10 pm #

      Thank you! I’m happy to hear that you’re able to follow the tutorials even through the translation.

  18. Jenny December 5, 2012 at 10:19 am #

    I really enjoy reading blogs for all the reasons mentioned above. I like seeing what other people do and how they do it. It helps me along my own journey, especially since I just began sewing earlier this year.
    I would also really like to see more about the business side of sewing – from designing patterns to production.
    I always look forward to your posts, Tasia!

    • Tasia December 5, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

      Thank you! I will see what I can put together about the design side, and the business side.

  19. Kriston lion December 5, 2012 at 10:47 am #

    You know what else I love-and this is not always possible-but I love getting reply back from the blogger! You are like a sewing celebrity and so your opinion is a lot! Actually all people’s opinions I love! I love reading through the comments and picturing everyone’s new piece! I think you do a good job at this BTW, obviously you can’t write back to everyone but you take the time to answer questions and sometimes go check out the other people’s work and that is really awesome!

    • Tasia December 5, 2012 at 10:58 am #

      Thanks Kriston! This is something I wish I could do more of, I know that it takes time to leave a thoughtful comment and I do appreciate every one of them. I wish I could have a sewing conversation with all of you! :)

      I know exactly what you mean, I’d appreciate getting a response to my question as well. I love hearing everyone’s opinions on sewing topics, or hearing what everyone’s planning to make. It makes sewing, which is normally a solitary activity, feel more like a social experience.

  20. Tasia December 5, 2012 at 10:59 am #

    You know what I forgot to list in the poll? Outfit posts. Does anyone care what I wear? I know I’ve participated in ‘me-made’ monthly challenges, wearing handmade things every day, but I felt like people got bored of looking at me. (I know I felt a bit self-conscious, posting about my outfits regularly.)

    Outfit posts on sewing blogs – yes? no? Only interesting if the whole outfit is handmade or if it demonstrates something useful?

    • Caroline December 5, 2012 at 11:28 am #

      I like these kind of posts – not an overload of outfit posts, but I like the ones where the blogger shows several different ways they have styled the finished handmade garment.

    • Kriston lion December 5, 2012 at 11:29 am #

      Yes! As long as something is handmade, how you incorporate that into your look is interesting to me! Of course if you are wearing the same exact outfit combo (top/skirt, etc) every day you better have exciting shoes to look at!

    • Katy December 5, 2012 at 11:33 am #

      I like outfit posts and reading about people taking part in the me-made months. In some ways I prefer these photos to the finished project shoot as they are more real to life, snapped as people are going to work etc. Not that I ever do outfit posts but I appreciate the effort everyone else takes doing this.

      • Tasia December 5, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

        Thanks for the feedback! I know what you mean, it’s easy to pose and pretty yourself up to show off a garment for the photo shoot, but how do things get worn in real life? That’s more interesting to me too. (And more real.)

    • Mary December 6, 2012 at 10:03 am #

      I only like them when they show how to incorporate handmade garments into everyday wear. In other words, give us cake. : )

  21. Barb December 5, 2012 at 11:03 am #

    Guess I didn’t read the poll instructions correctly – I voted for them all ! Something else I would like to see are recommendations for sewing resource books and online fabric shops that I can access in Canada. And of course it’s always interesting to see what readers are doing, reading, recommending, learning during their sewing journey.

    Getting to know you, bit by bit, would be great too. I have a picture of you creating and sewing, but I would like to know what else rounds out your life? Nothing too detailed or too frequent, just include a bit here and there about things like:

    What other things do you do when you’re not sewing, like other interests, such as sports, other hobbies, family events, what you enjoy reading, where you would like to go on a holiday, or where you are going.

    Just something of your day-to-day life. If you collapse in front of the TV after working in your studio/office late each day, that’s fine too. I have operated a small business and understand somewhat what is involved!

    Love your blog, the comprehensive explanations, and what you have been covering to date. Keep it up!

    • Tasia December 5, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

      There’s no right way to answer the poll, it’s just for fun!

      I commented above with a link to the post about buying fabric online.

      Here’s the link
      http://sewaholic.net/buying-fabric-online/

      And then I compiled a list here:
      http://sewaholic.net/online-fabric-shopping-the-big-list/

      Most days that’s exactly what I do – bike home, eat something, change into pj pants and curl up in my comfy chair with my knitting. Some days I cook. (I’m a big fan of slow-cooking a bunch of stuff on the weekend to make the weeknights easier.) I’m flattered that you guys are interested in my regular life!

  22. Paloma December 5, 2012 at 11:23 am #

    I pretty much selected all of the above as well. I like all of it, though sometimes I’m more in the mood for one thing or another. I’m not as big a fan of the works in process unless there is a specific challenge or technique being addressed, it just makes me impatient to see the finished piece! But I do love seeing how people brainstorm for projects before they get started: what they are thinking of sewing, different fabric options or finishes they are considering, I like getting to be a part of that world of possibility.

    • Tasia December 5, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

      I like that too – seeing what people are planning, what fabrics they are considering. It’s like I get to imagine the finished product along with them!

  23. Lucy December 5, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

    I was just thinking the other day that I kind of miss some of your non-Sewaholic Patterns posts. Don’t get me wrong – this is your little corner of the internet, and it’s your chief marketing vehicle, and I completely understand using it to promote your own patterns (especially when that’s all the sewing you really do these days!) – but I’ve always enjoyed reading about your WIPs and other things. Though I do also completely get that the last thing you want to think about outside the office is sewing!

    Like Whitney above, I also really love when people show the whole process, because it can be so, so demoralising when bloggers come out a couple of times a week with this amazing new thing they made…and I haven’t even looked at my sewing machine for a month. And I’d love to see the end-to-end process of releasing a new pattern.

    Life stuff – I don’t mind it. I dislike post after post about people’s kids, but I enjoy the odd personal post. I like seeing how people in other countries go about their day-to-day lives. But you don’t always want to share that! And I bet it can be hard to know what people will actually be interested in there as well. (But on that note, I have to ask – how’s the wedding planning going?)

    • Tasia December 5, 2012 at 1:24 pm #

      I know exactly what you mean! It’s OK to say that you miss me sewing things just for fun. I miss sewing things just for kicks, too! I wish there were more hours in the day so I could sew more projects that aren’t work-related.
      In fact I was just at Spool of Thread dropping off more patterns for them, and picked up materials for a new project just because! (I’m trying not to think of when it will be when I finally get time to make it.. I’ll make it work somehow!)

      Oh, wedding planning! This is the danger of writing about life on the internet, people want to know how it ends. Not that there’s anything wrong with you asking me, I started it! Honestly, I haven’t done a thing. There’s just so much excitement (and stress) happening with work right now that I can’t take on anything else. And to be honest, I don’t want a big wedding at all! Practical me can’t justify spending a lot of money on just one day. And that’s also why I haven’t talked about it, because I know a lot of people do (or did) and I didn’t want to make one decision sound better than the other. It’s so intensely personal, you know? I’d be the happiest girl in the world if I had a city hall wedding, just the officiant and us, and then a romantic weekend away together. That’s what I want – which luckily, is super easy to plan! (And I’ve moved away from making my dress. But I recently picked up a book called Adornments, that shows you how to make beautiful headpieces and accessories….so maybe I’ll make something after all..)
      So yeah, life stuff. I think overall, I’m too private of a person to open my life up to criticism and discussion. Sewing things, sure, and little things, but nothing that is too personal or could invite debate and discussion over life choices. (But I might still post when I do get married!)

      • Amanda D. December 6, 2012 at 9:56 am #

        I know exactly what you mean, Tasia, about being private. I’m actually amazed I even have a sewing blog and put photos of myself on the Internet! I don’t really find myself on the Internet if it’s not sewing related, oddly enough. Takes away from sewing time!!

  24. Shannon C. December 5, 2012 at 12:40 pm #

    I look to sewing blogs for different reasons. It just depends on where I’m sitting creatively at the time. Sometimes I have sewer’s block and look to blogs for inspiration. Other times, I want to “up” my sewing skills, so I’ll seek out interesting tutorials. And when my “big dreams” get the best of me (ha!ha!), I search out behind the scenes info to help me remain positive, keep pushing toward my goals, and give me perspective. I definitely look to you for behind the scenes sharing and sewing tips (which are amazing by the way). Everything else that you offer is just added awesomeness!

    • Tasia December 5, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

      I like how you’ve explained this – it depends on where you’re sitting creatively at the time, and you seek out the information that you’re needing at the time.
      So glad you enjoy the sewing tips and other posts!

  25. Laura December 5, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

    I like seeing works in progress, but I’ve seen a lot of blogs that don’t ever show the finished garment. I wish they would do both.

    • Tasia December 5, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

      Perhaps they never finished the garment? I know I’ve done that, started a project, started posting about it enthusiastically, and then never finished it for whatever reason.
      I know what you mean, I would like to see how the story ended too! (I’m trying not to write about things that aren’t finished for that very reason.)

  26. Tracy B December 5, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

    I started reading sewing blogs as I enjoyed seeing other peoples finished projects; and also to learn new techniques, and get valuable sewing hints & tips. However, what I really enjoy and find helps me so much with my sewing, is also reading about other sewists mistakes, problems, difficulties and failures! Not put of any nastiness of cpurse, but purely to reassure me that these things happen to us all, even the most experienced sewist. I get disheartened when my projects don’t go to plan and it helps me to know that I am not alone.
    The ‘best’ example recently was a blog by a woman who has been sewing for over 20 years, but still picked fabric for a garment that just didn’t suit that particular garment. I’ve learnt that we ALL have ‘wadders’ on occasion!

    • Tasia December 5, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

      I love it, I know exactly what you mean. You aren’t hoping that people fail and screw up, but if they do you’d like to know about it, so you can learn from it and see that they’re human too!

      We do all have wadders, no matter how long you’ve been sewing. I have a wadder to post coming up next then. It’s not terrible but it’s never going to get worn – and just like your example, due to bad fabric choice!

  27. soisewedthis December 5, 2012 at 1:53 pm #

    I see that “behind the scenes” is not getting a lot of votes in the poll, but as an independent designer, your behind the scenes posts are so interesting!! There are a lot of sewing bloggers that i follow, but not many are independent designers putting out patterns like you are. So that’s something special that you have, and i for one would love to hear more about what goes on in your pattern making, printing, selling, etc. process. Maybe you can do one post weekly (like every friday) or every other week, that is a behind the scenes of sewaholic.

    I find that the blogs i follow either:
    A. have gorgeous finished products
    B. provide great tips, tricks and tutorials
    C. make me laugh (although i wouldn’t want someone to try to be funny if it’s not their style)

  28. Abby December 5, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

    I also really love blog posts about wardrobe planning, combining me-made garments into multiple outfits, and discussions about how sewists have/could modify basic patterns to make them their own. I loved your frosting vs. cake posts!

  29. Alicia December 5, 2012 at 4:26 pm #

    I have to say, being a novice seamstress, I love reading everything an expert has to offer. Tutorials, works in progress, finished products, anything really. I think this even includes every day talk.

  30. sallyann December 5, 2012 at 4:54 pm #

    Great post. I love reading sewing blogs – I feel connected to other seamstresses out there. Finished projects let me see what others are sewing, what patterns look like on “real” people with all of our different fitting issues, and the variety of fabrics that are chosen for different patterns. I have often overlooked a pattern or design until I see it pop up on a blog and think, yeah, that would look nice on my petite frame. Your tutorials are so comprehensive and clear that I am going to try for the first time to work with knits completing the Renfew top.
    And here’s a possible topic for your blog. What would the modern seamstress like in her Christmas stocking?

  31. Sue December 5, 2012 at 5:29 pm #

    Hi Tasia, hope you get time to read all these responses. I enjoy reading your posts. I am not a pear shape, so I haven’t bought any of your patterns. However some of my students are, and one in particular is thrilled with her Thurlow trouser fit. We have been working on it in class.
    I am a ‘goblet’ shape – thin legs, flat derrierre, big bust and tummy. I am interested in what you need to do to start and keep going in your business of independent patterns. I have read the article in Threads. It gives some hints, but a bit more detail would be great. Designing and marketing patterns for the top heavy woman is an idea that’s been percolating in my head for some time. But I’m not sure where to start.

  32. Rachel December 5, 2012 at 5:59 pm #

    i love just sharing/reading others obsessions – that usually why we start blogging, right? i especially enjoy reading about your design process and your behind-the-scenes of a new business owner stuff. it’s inspiring and when you share the various things you are thinking aobut, it helps to know what to expect when setting up a small business :)

  33. Neeno - Sew Me Love December 5, 2012 at 6:43 pm #

    I love seeing finished projects and tutorials :)

  34. Brenna December 5, 2012 at 7:46 pm #

    I like seeing everything you listed in a blog. As a beginner sewer, some of the tutorials, finished projects, daily activities, and other hobbies, make me feel normal (Not lazy). Sometimes it’s discouraging to only see finished project after finished project in a blog. It’s a breath of fresh air to read about knitting or tutorials on how to deal with troublesome knits. Only taking on one part of sewing doesn’t show the whole glorious picture of the sewaholic. In my head, there is so much more to a sewing machine than just needles and thread. Sometimes it’s also the boyfriend (or fiance, congrats) in the background patiently waiting for you to step away from the machine to hang out. All of it is important. You’re an inspiration!

  35. Lorinda December 5, 2012 at 8:25 pm #

    I like all of those choices. Great photos, finished projects, planned projects, life stories although I find it hard to share a lot of personal information. I like to know the inspiration behind a project and even the things that don’t work. I like seeing the person model and the comments. The more variety the better the blog because if it is only all finished all of the time then I spend much less time reading and more time scanning. But the thing I like most is when something inspires me to take action and try something I might not have considered.

    Keep inspiring us!

  36. Elisabeth December 5, 2012 at 8:50 pm #

    Chalk me up as another person who enjoys all of your poll topics. A significant part of what keeps me coming back to a blog, though, is the person’s writing style and whether they update their blog frequently. I enjoy reading upbeat posts by people who are very enthusiastic about their subject matter, whatever it might be. I appreciate a little humor, too.

    The one thing I don’t particularly care for is a blog that does too many instructional sewalongs (that is, not only are a group of people sewing the same thing, but the blog author is taking them step-by-step through each part of the construction). I’ve never been able to participate in any sewalong on any blog so far (my life rarely operates on the same schedule as the sewalong schedule) and post after post of nothing but instructions on how to make something I’m not making gets tedious. I know there can be good information in those posts that can be applied to other garments, and I’m sure that if I ever make that particular garment the archived posts could be very useful, but I usually end up skipping most of the sewalong posts and if there are too many sewalongs, I drop the blog.

    I DO like tutorials because those are usually just one post, not days and days of posts. And, I do like seeing works in progress and if there is a tricky bit of construction, a tutorial on just that thing is great (sort of like what you did with the Renfrews you made a couple months ago).

  37. KathleenS December 6, 2012 at 1:19 am #

    In a case like yours where the blog is supporting a business (it is now, I know it wasn’t always), I look for slightly different things from other blogs. I like to see finished projects, hopefully more than one for each of your patterns, to inspire me. (I really enjoy looking at your pattern testers’ versions). I like lots of photos, especially of the details, the tricky or unusual parts of the construction. Also posts about ideas for each pattern – of course you don’t have time to make up all the ideas you have, so instead posting images of suggested fabric/trim/button combinations would be helpful, again to help unimaginative me see how it could look very different.

    Tips and tutorials are useful, again, particularly in relation to your patterns. I’m very curious about behind the scenes too, how it all comes together. I like when you tell us about the inspiration behind each pattern.

    As for other content, we sort of feel like we know you, so it’s nice to have a little content about other things you’ve been doing. Not too much, but I think you have a nice balance already.

    If you happen to have time to sew up other patterns, then it’s nice to see those too (though not essential) – I expect a lot of us are here because we like your style, not just your patterns, so your other projects are interesting to us. Although you can expect a clamour of “how can I get that pattern? Is there a similar pattern?” if you happen to use a vintage or not readily available pattern.

    (In the case of personal blogs I like to see the finished projects, with lots of detailed photos again, and tips or tutorials of any unusual techniques. I only like to see partial projects when they get finished fairly promptly and then I can look back over the step by step making of the garment. Garments that stay incomplete for a long time, or get forgotten about altogether, are a bit frustrating for me. (I have enough of my own!))

  38. Thea December 6, 2012 at 1:26 am #

    Hi Tasia, interesting question! I clicked all – I’m really curious :-) What I really like is seeing how people make up different garments, so I can imagine which different fabrics might work, and what that would look like. I still feel like a novice with regards to fabric, so others imagination here really helps me. With regards to this, I think outfit posts would also help (for the sewaholic patterns, ha) so I can see how it looks combined with different things. For example, I would love to see how the Cordova jacket looks with a Cambie or a Londsdale! It’s a large part of what I love about sewing blogs – new ideas of how to wear and combine things. (I love the sewaholic blog either way – I always get very excited when I get home from work and realize there might be a new post!)

  39. Joost December 6, 2012 at 1:26 am #

    I like finished projects, with details on how they were constructed (I like it in that order, first the ‘tadaaaa’ post and then the details).
    I also like to hear about things that were difficult or that were learned in the process. It’s always nice to read that you are not the only one struggling and the problems are there to be fixed.

    In general (not limited to sewing blogs) I look for beauty. A neat seam, an old sewing machine, or anything really. Something that speaks to me.

    Last but not least, I know almost no people who sew in real life. Reading sewing blogs is a nice way to confirm that I am not crazy to think it’s worthwhile to try to make your own clothes :)

  40. Lizzy December 6, 2012 at 4:06 am #

    I adore a good sewalong and I am secretly (whoops not now) hoping for a Cordova sewalong. I love the sense of community they bring with them and also the drive to complete each step in time for the next – plus it helps me slow down and produce a better project sometimes. These posts also make excellent references for later – I am going to start the Lonsdale sooner or later and will definitely be using your sewalong as I go. Maybe not all of it, but certainly major construction issues. I really find these posts add greatly to the value of the patterns and encourage me to take the plunge because I know there is great help at hand as I go.
    I appreciate that you might not always have the time to support your patterns this way but think it would be interesting to explore the possibility of other bloggers taking on these duties for you – perhaps you advising on content and reviewing the posts prior to posting so readers know that the sewalongs are ‘the real deal’. Blogging is a very cooperative environment and I think this would work beautifully, a way to enpower all your fanatical followers.
    I don’t mind ‘life stories’ or ‘thoughtful’ posts as I call them. However I do like them to be triggered by something sewing related, or something about sewing and the process that gets you thinking about the ‘big picture’ of life. The few bits and pieces I have thrown out there have sometime elicted really interesting responses and as the writer I have really enjoyed that.
    I find posts about taxes and the prices and patterns in other countries really interesting, I was also amazed to see on the Lonsdale posts that voile and lawn are ‘hard to find’… seriously? I can’t buy wool fabrics because there is SO MUCH voile and lawn in my fabric shops!
    I really enjoy the other crafts that stitchers make. In fact, I was inspired by your Idlewood and other stitching blog’s knitting posts to join Ravelry and start knitting again. Idlewood is down for my 24-hr flight to London next year!

  41. Rebekah December 6, 2012 at 7:10 am #

    Something I love about yiur blog is the great care you put into documenting your sewing prjects! It inspires me to do better on that(I’m horrible). I am new to sewing and so.prefer a blog of tutorials,and inspiration- love the sew alongs- but I think the blog would be dry without the personal info as well. This may be one of my favorite blogs, just the way it is.

  42. Shari December 6, 2012 at 8:52 am #

    I like variety in a blog, but mainly I read to learn. Explanations of a technique and why it’s used, how to deal with a fitting issue, how to work with different fabrics and detail photos of parts of a garment to show it’s construction.

  43. Amanda D. December 6, 2012 at 10:31 am #

    I really enjoy your blog, I actually think you already do a great job mixing things up. If there’s one thing about your blog that I do miss it’s your personal sewing projects. You have great style and are so knowledgeable that I really loved seeing and reading about your experiences with certain patterns. Your tutorials are my favorite. Obviously this is very tricky to do when you’re justifiably spending your sewing time for business purposes! On that note, I’d love to see behind the scenes stuff if you have time, but coming from someone who posts very infrequently on my own blog, I know writing/prepping a post takes up precious time!

  44. Laurie December 6, 2012 at 9:03 pm #

    I like everything in your poll, but as I was reading through the comments I was thinking of the bigger things that bring me in to a sewing blog. Just because a sewing blog has the things listed in the poll does not draw me. Within those items the blog that is inspiring, has variety and is personable and friendly, they draw me in. Your blog does that and so I come every week day to check in and quietly look at the latest you might have to share. I’m enormously busy in my homeschool life so I don’t have time for deep analysis to improve my sewing skills, but I get ideas of what is available here for when I do a certain project or pattern and know where to find it. Here! I also like to read the comments because you are so personable, as in the posts themselves, to help everyone and sometimes I pick up a few details to help me and that keeps bringing me back. Oh, and the very first thing that drew me here…I saw a link to your blog with one of your first patterns for the pear shaped body. I have a pear shaped body. I found a kindred spirit! So I come back to keep getting inspiration.
    Laurie

  45. Michelle December 7, 2012 at 5:23 pm #

    I love your blog Tasia! I am planning on buying your Cambie dress pattern soon. I would really like to know more about the business side of it.

    Michelle

  46. Lora December 8, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

    Tasia:

    I read sewing blogs for all of the above mentioned reasons: inspiration, to learn, encouragement…to name a few. I have a 2 questions about the dress you consider a dud. First off, I notice you had finished the seams open with the serger. I had a mini Singer serger and loved it. I just upgraded to a brother 3/4 spool serger. From what I have read, it is customary to finish the seam closed together. However, doing so makes getting the crisp pressed seam impossible. You finished your seams open–which is what prefer. I’m kind of wondering why in other places the seam is sewn closed. Finishing both sides of the seam takes more time, but allows for proper pressing and makes for a flatter seam. Can you shed some light on this. Is there ever a time serging the unfinished seam closed on th inside of the garment is the way it should be done?

    Another observation/question: what would you say the moral of the dud dress is? I’m wondering if one lesson could be “if a garment has special design seams, go for a simple print or a solid in order to properly highlight the special design.” What do you think?

    Thanks for your blog. I check it out every week at least once and sometimes more. I also like hearing about your entrepreneural endeavors. One of these days, one of the big pattern companies is going to come knocking at your door trying to buy you out because you are so competitive.

    Lora

  47. Sandra December 8, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

    I subscribe to blogs that are clear about their topic. I don’t read blogs that talk about a lot of things (crafts, cooking, gardening, sewing, etc) where only 1 out of 5 posts might interest me. I like to read about fabric choice with pattern selection, detailed techniques – for example your stay tape post, why you use it, what side to place it on, what other choices there are …. The explanation behind the use and what advantages you glen from it. I love your relaxed style of writing that just draws me in. Thank you.

  48. Lora December 9, 2012 at 4:50 pm #

    Tasia–humble apologies for my breach of etiquette in calling your dress a “dud.” I’m glad you shared it with us, though. I actually got burned out on sewing many years ago because I had a long streak of “duds.” They were awful. Your’s isn’t awful. I love the print and the style.

    I do know what you mean about taking care with fabric. I actually just bought the book by Claire Schaeffer about fabric because of that dud streak years ago. I hope it helps me to develop more of a sense of what will look and hang well.

    Anyway, my apologies for being too blunt. I also admire the care and finishing touches you took on the inside of the dress. That “couture” attention to detail is part of why I love sewing…along with the creativity, self-therapy…etc. It is also a gift of love that warms the cockles of the recipient’s heart when you take the time to sew something in the receiver’s favorite color choices that actually fits. Both make it a very personal gift.

    Lora

  49. Jessica December 9, 2012 at 6:42 pm #

    Just a random thought – I like seeing how people style their handmades (in real life, not just for the photoshoot) – it lets me see possibilities in patterns that I wouldn’t otherwise think up … and I bet your readers have created a multitude of looks from your patterns! (One of my definitions of a versatile pattern is one that can be made up multiple times and not look like the same pattern — or else spread out through the year so that nobody notices that the fall corduroy dress is the summer sleeveless blouse is the spring dress with sleeves) So, that could be something fun to run. But personally I like a lot of variety in posts, too many technical/tutorial posts tend to leave me a little bored, probably because I’m more interested in the person behind the blog and the way that creativity and inspiration leave me feeling more optimistic (which is why I like to read blogs). So, keep doing what you’re doing, it’s obviously working!

  50. Sara December 13, 2012 at 10:20 am #

    I like very specific, new explanations of techniques. I know this is often considered secret information, but it’s really helpful when someone shows the best way to do a jacket vent, or put on a collar, or just knot the thread!

    Sometimes I wish someone would do a very basic series of posts on how to use a sewing machine, esp. my old Singer 201-2 – I’ve learned a lot about it through trial and error, but there are things (like how exactly to thread the bobbin, putting the thread through that little notch on the side) that took me literally years to figure out.

    Also I like pretty pics.

  51. Irina January 17, 2013 at 12:36 pm #

    I recently discovered your blog and love everything about it. I do read it to learn, to get ideas and to get inspired, and also to push my limits and try new things. Similar to you, I started my blog to have a place where I could put my ideas and have a record of my projects. But I am also very interested in the business side of things. When I found your blog I was very impressed with your bio and definitely want to learn more about the behind the scenes part. I think anyone who wants to make sewing into their career is interested. It is definitely inspirational to see finished projects and educational to read the ‘how-to’ posts. I still have a lot of exploring to do on your blog, but will check back again. Thank you for your wonderful blog!

  52. Catherine October 7, 2013 at 7:17 am #

    I know I’m really late commenting on this, but I only recently discovered your website (like Irina) and I love it. I’ve read most of it (it’s exciting, like a biography) and what I’d like to see again is an overview of your self-made stuff. A while ago you showed what you had in preparation for me-made June, but I’m thinking you must have a lot more now, with your own patterns and your knitted items. You gave us a shot of your wardrobe – I bet it’s much better stocked now! Any chance of an update? You have really inspired me to make much more of my own stuff so I’m learning to knit properly and aiming to improve my sewing skills. I may be ready for a me-made-May (light version) in 2014!

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