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