Art, science & tools for sewing blogging: Part 1 – Starting a blog

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WordPress reliably informed me that this is post number 100 on Sewrendipity!

As a relatively novice blogger, it was a steep learning curve for me, with so many things to figure out in areas that were completely unfamiliar. Probably more experienced bloggers (sewing or otherwise) will have more words of wisdom and tried and tested methods, but sometimes, if you’re a newbie, it might be easier to talk to other newbies, or at least to those who went through these things not so long ago. So here are my two pennies’ worth and a few of the tips and tools I picked up writing my 100 posts!



Blogs à la Français

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Hello sewosphere, hoping you are all warm (or cool) and safe wherever you are!

This is not the post I intended to write today, but because of the cold weather we’ve been having this weekend in London and a silly accident I had last night (slipped on ice and hurt my back), I couldn’t take pictures to show you the latest creations. Hoping to sort it out by next week.

But there is another reason, much more tragic and heart-breaking that, although more than week later, has not faded from the news or our consciousness. Completely by coincidence, I have recently been falling in love  with a lot of French sewing blogs and pattern companies, some of them perhaps less know in the English speaking sewosphere. So I thought it would be a good time to send some love to these inspiring ladies, and urge you to visit and maybe follow them as well.


Trials and tribulations of my life on sewcial media

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Hello sewing girls and boys! Tonight a bit of an opinions and debate piece, rather than sewing, but I hope you don’t mind too much. I’m not going to lie, this is partly because I have finally started to tinker with the wedding dress (very early days, not much to show for at the moment) and I haven’t finished any new projects, but also because I really wanted to share my woes.

So up until a year or so ago, i was sewing in my sewing room, all on my lonesome! Then I went through the wonderful (and a bit) scary experience of sewing on the telly in the Great British Sewing Bee and I realised there were so many sewing people out there and so many blogs, not to mention Twitter, Instagram and other social media outlets. So after I recovered (took a few good months), I decided to take the plunge and start this blog, and I also created a Twitter and Instagram accounts – I know, I have been living under a rock! Then I started making friends, finding out about this and that inspirational blogger, indie pattern company, fabric shop, you name it…