I surprised myself by taking this on. Time to write blog posts is not abundant. But lovely Sarah, from Ask Sarah asked me to participate, saying she was curious about my writing process. She’s actually pretty aware of it, thanks to the hoot of a time we have working together on the Australian Sewing Guild marketing team. And she still likes me. Click over to her blog to check out a fabulous mix of vintagey/refashionry/retrofittery sewing cleverness!
What am I working on?
The occasional post on the occasional things I pick to sew.
How does my work differ from others in the genre?
It doesn’t. I think my posts are classic sewing blog posts: pictures of sewn garments + commentary.
Why do I write what I do?
Purely to contribute to the sewing blog inspiration pool. I love reading sewing blogs and want to ‘pass it on’.
I generally post my interpretation of a pattern. Occasionally, I share info I’ve researched, eg: how to sew satin. I sometimes feel I am teaching people to suck eggs when I do this, but then I remember I learned most of what I know from reading other bloggers’ tips and how to’s. So, if just one reader has an ‘aha’ moment, I think it’s worth the effort to document some of my discoveries/epiphanies.
How does my writing process work?
It’s pretty random. I don’t rush my sewing or my blogging. I have more than enough time-critical things in my world! Sewing and blogging about sewing are my creative outlets. The ‘mood’ to write just hits. It tends to coincide with good light for photographs and being bothered to set up the tripod/camera.
I am, as Sarah joked (in a nice way), a perfectionist blogger. It’s true. I am fussy. I write, read, edit, read, edit, post, read, edit and edit again. Chances are this post will be slightly different if you re- read it in a week. I fuss about pictures, layout, tone, font, grammar and punctuation. (If you pick up a typo, let me know!) Yes, I am one of those.
But I am also a pragmatist. Sewing bloggers, I think, are interested in the pictures and the experience, not the literary merits. So, I go for short and sweet, with a twist of humour!