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Sewing Tidbits

Sewing Tidbits is the sewing blog written since 2013 by Delphine, the co-founder of Just Patterns.

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A move, exciting news and what to expect around here in 2018...

Sewing Tidbits

Dear readers, 

The last quarter of the year just seem to have been on fast-forward. Life has been busy at Tidbits HQ!  The main reason behind my silence is that I traveled to France for holidays (Yes, I saw the Dior exhibit and yes, it is absolutely amazing!!). Upon coming back to New York, I learned that I would be moving back to Haiti (on Thanksgiving weekend...) less than 2 months later. Things were hectic… I had to break my lease, sell all my furniture in New York, organize the shipment of the rest of my belongings aka the sewing room ;-), find a place to live in Haiti and start my new job! 

I'm going to miss my friends, the Garment District, my nice apartment and New York City in general, but I'm also really glad to be back. Haiti is a beautiful country and I managed to avoid the freezing New York winter!

Christian Dior Exhibit by Sewing Tidbits

Things are finally starting to slow down but I started writing this post 3 weeks ago… I initially thought that I could write some more before the end of the year, but that quickly became unrealistic. So I figured that I may as well make it an end of the year kind of post. Currently, my sewing room is in a container somewhere in the port of Port-au-Prince and I'm trying to arrange for customs clearance and delivery, right between Christmas and New Year. This is going to be fun... But in the mean time, I am completely restless! Without sewing to keep myself busy, once the little human is asleep, I just don't know what to do with myself!

(My last sewn garment in while in New York, a Stephanie Skirt in a gorgeous cashmere/wool coating from Mood that will see very little wear in Haiti…)

Sometimes, I feel like every other post here has me questioning the very fact of writing a sewing blog. And yet, Tidbits just celebrated its 5th anniversary. This is quite incredible considering my bad record at any documentation effort. I never thought that I would actually make it that long, so I spent time reflecting on why I managed to keep the blog running and I think I have the answer: it's you! No matter how much time pasded in between 2 posts, you were always around to welcome me back and engage, so I want to say a huge thank you!

I hope you are all having a peaceful end of year and I look forward to hearing your thoughts about what 2018 has in store for the sewing world!

Ramblings on 1 year of blogging. Asking for your opinion!

Sewing Tidbits

1. It's been a year... Phew, I never thought I would make it! This blog is not my first try and all the others failed miserably after a few weeks so YAY ME!2. After a year it is still very small, growing little by little and I like it. I cannot say that I have found my "voice", it's more of an experimentation. I'm not extremely comfortable writing for some reason. Which is weird because I write all day long (reports, notes, minutes and such...) and I read so much about sewing everyday that it could have imprinted (I can never say this without thinking about this creepy part from twilight, yes I read twilight AND saw the movies AND no I'm not 12...) but apparently not. Maybe I'm not dedicating enough time to it, it's like I'm trying to write the post as fast as possible... Any advice on better writing ?3. I'm still very uncomfortable in front of the camera. I think it shows (that's what The Old Man told me when he saw my blog. Doing it by myself with the tripod helps a little, at least there are no witnesses and I can delete dozens of embarrassing pictures!! But my point and shoot camera was already very basic when I bought (in an airport on my way to Zambia) 4 years ago. So now my Iphone takes better pictures. Should I invest in something else or not, the question open for debate... 4. I would like to do more informative content (tutorials, uploading patterns, etc.) but I can't seem to find the time. Also, I'm always wondering about my added value compared to all the amazing stuff already out there. What is missing really? I'm thinking about steps to make your finished results closer to nice RTW, information is available but sometimes hard to assimilate or to adapt to home sewing patterns users. I'm also thinking about how to make them all visual, no text (kind of the makeup/hair ones on pinterest) would it make any sense or am I just being lazy not wanting to write ? 5. I'm also reflecting on how to integrate better the blog with my Instagram account, I like Instagram a lot: pictures, no need to talk too much, nice small sewing community... I even toyed the idea of having an instagram only presence... I've read with interest this post by House of Pinheiro. I've been trying to interact more on other people's blog, but using feedly to read, it makes it inconvenient to comment. FourSquareWalls also mentioned Instagram as a blogging supplement in her 2nd blogoversary. 6. Speaking of FourSquareWalls, her blog has been one of my favorite reads over the last year so I was totally shocked when she mentioned my Lagarfeld for Burda skirt as her inspiration for her Green Army Skirt (although the first commenter said I look weird. Don't worry commenter, while having my picture taken, I feel super weird so I end up looking the same!). Other highlights have been to have the Ready-for-the-Office Dress and the Open Back Dress featured by Burdastyle.

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7. I'm soooo bad at sewalongs... I completed my Thread Theory Jedediah muslin last weekend... Should I keep trying? I think I may want to limit myself to the PR RTW Challenge. 8. Finally, blog looks... Not much to say here, It's extremely basic, sometimes when I visit other bloggers I get a little envious but then I remember that mine is not a business, I have no design skills and I should focus on the content... That's it! Loooong wordy post for my standards and I'm ready to listen to all your suggestions and advice !!