Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Sew Weekly Reunion!



When I first started sewing, there were four blogs I read regularly:

  1. Ikatbag: a blog by an Asian mom with excellent tutorials on both sewing and making things from cardboard...she is everything I want to be should I ever be responsible for SHBs, and it was a total thrill when she commented on my Squidney post.
  2. Tanit-Isis Sews: I was agog and aghast (in the best way possible) at her jeans and coat-making, and I might've had a tiny crush on her hair. I never would have thought I'd one day do a Spidey dress throwdown with her!
  3. The Selfish Seamstress: I don't think I need to explain how hilarious and awesomely snarky Elaine is; I can only say I wish she still posted regularly!
  4. The Sew Weekly: Back when it was just Mena posting her weekly projects, I took to heart the idea of just sewing something, anything, every week. That, more than anything, is what helped me improve in my own sewing. As everyone likes to say, you know, Malcolm Gladwell said in Outliers that you need to put in at least 10,000 hours to be good at something! 
Once The Sew Weekly moved into its second year, I followed along avidly as Debi, Adey, Sarah, and Veronica sewed up their own themed outfits. I loved that Adey was an Asian woman sewing up vintage garments, and I even had the privilege of meeting up with Debi in Edinburgh last summer. And then TSW went into its third year, and I so enjoyed getting to know other bloggers like Meg the Grand, Another Sewing Scientist, and Oonaballoona. I was devastated (okay, not really, but I was slightly disappointed) when TSW didn't continue this year, which is why I was so excited to see an email in my inbox announcing that there's going to be a TSW reunion next month! 

I missed my high school's ten year reunion, but there is no way I'm missing this one. There's something thrilling about sewing up a specific garment and knowing that there are ladies around the globe all doing the same thing. I like having the theme direct my otherwise aimless sewing (which is why the HSF is so helpful to me), and I love the camaraderie that develops in the sewing blogiverse. So if you've missed TSW, or just want the fun of being a part of an international sewing challenge, join us!

I don't know about you, but I can't wait to find out what the theme is going to be! 

15 comments:

  1. Ooh, thanks for the heads up! I wasn't around for the first part, but I love challenges. Hopefully, I'll be able to participate, depending on the challenge. Thanks!

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    1. I hope you do participate! It's fun to know you're all in it together for a sewing project!

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  2. I love ikatbag, she has such a classic simple approach to sewing and tutorials and life in general, I'm a bit of a stalker where shes concerned, but thats also one of the reasons I like your blog, theres a great similarity between you, maybe its the teacher gene coming through! BTW, I told her about your squid!

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    1. Aww, thanks for telling her about my squid! I, too, love that she's a science teacher!

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  3. It seems like most of the blogs I followed from 2009/2010 have fallen off the wagon; I also loved Elegant Musings, who thankfully has started posting again. I initially found everyone I followed through Burdastyle, which is how I found you! Even Burdastyle doesn't seem to be what it used to. :(

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    1. I know that bloggers don't owe us anything when it comes to posting, but I can't help but wish they'd at least let us know, hey, I'm not planning on posting ever again, don't bother adding my blog to your reader...I'm glad Elaine still posts periodically though!

      I've totally stopped using Burdastyle, just because it was so fussy to use and the projects started seeming less creative in general.

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  4. I'm so excited too! I've only sewn about 5 things this year, and I thought it was a bit of burnout, but it turns out that I needed the incentive of a group challenge too. Now my mind is turning with project ideas.

    I was actually up late and online when Adey sent the email, and I may have replied so quickly that my keyboard was smoking. :)

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    1. Sometimes having that deadline and directive is really helpful! And I saw Adey's email right away too, but waited a bit so as not to seem overeager ;)

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  5. OOOH YAY! You always make AMAZING things so I bet you'll be a wizz kid at the reunion! xoxo

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    1. I'm so excited to "meet" up with everyone again! I really missed it!

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  6. Aww---sweet shout out! Have fun with the reunion, too! I was never really active in The Sew Weekly, but it sure seemed like a great community for those who were. :)

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    1. Seriously, you are one of my sewing idols!

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  7. I wasn't sewing yet for the first round of Sew Weekly, but am participating in this years challenge, can't wait!

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  8. I loved watching the Sew Weekly, and am looking forward to seeing what everyone does for the reunion! I don't think I'm going to participate though... I haven't got the hang of participating in things yet! I always start feeling burdened and weighed down by the obligation, which obviously gets in the way of having fun. Maybe I'll figure it out someday!

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  9. Wow, thank you for letting us know. I'll also join! And thank you too for introducing us to those wonderful bloggers.

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