July 26, 2011

Start at the very beginning....a very good place to start...

First post! Woohoo!  Being new to this whole blogging thing, I decided the first post should be to explain what I want this blog to be about.  Also, I like lists.

Things This Blog Is About
  1.  Sewing.  Obviously. But specifically sewing with no illusions.  Sewing for my real size, clothes I will actually have places to wear, in fabrics I can afford, in the limited free time I have.  I see lovely dresses, in expensive fabrics, and then I remember that I work in a chemistry lab and have a grad student budget.  Hence, the name of the blog. 
  2. Sharing said sewing with people of all skill levels.  If nothing else, I hope to be just one more blog to push someone thinking about sewing to try it and find the love for it that I have.  On the other end of the spectrum, if the experts I see on other sewing blogs even look at this here humble blog, I’m doin’ alright.
  3. Learning through explaining. I can sew a straight line and know the basics, but by no means am anything other than a novice.  But if there’s one thing I’ve learned from trying to teach organic chemistry, it is that there is no better way to learn (and often see things in a completely different way!) than to try to explain a concept to someone else.
  4. Kicking my own butt into gear. Hopefully by plotting things out for the blog, I will do better at planning and following through, as well as just plain sewing MORE.  In addition, I’ve already learned so much from other sewing blogs, that I can’t help but believe that starting my own will definitely be a catalyst for increasing my technical sewing skills.  

Things This Blog Is Not About
  1. Fashion.  In the sense that I am not now, and probably never will be, on top of what is trendy.  I wear what I like, period.  That said, that doesn’t mean I don’t want to look good in terms of flattering my shape or having garments fit well.
  2. Tearing others down.  I will be doing my darndest not to bash things on this blog; be it patterns from a company, someone else’s work, a way of performing a task.  The world is a negative enough place without me adding to it.
  3. Weight Loss.  This comes up in a lot of sewing blogs because fitting to your actual measurements, instead of imaginary"ideal" measurements, means sewists are confronted with this issue head-on; however, unless it directly contributes to the conversation, I will not bring it up otherwise.  The girls of today have enough sources telling them they must lose more weight or fit into some sort of mold.  That's why we sew, right?  To flatter who we are now, not who we wish we were.

I think that’s enough for now.  Next up will be the current state of my sewing “room”. 


  1. Welcome to sewblogging!
    You don't have to talk about what's trendy now to talk about fashion! Talking about what was trendy 500 years ago (or 50 years ago) is ever so much more fun anyway!
    Ability to sew a straight line is relative. Dfr is always saying she can't sew a straight line, but that never stops her from anything!
    And yanno.. FabricMart is still having a big 75% off sale.. (NAYY, although I certainly would be affiliated with them if they had an affiliate program! I've been at fault for *ahem* a few FM addictions.)

  2. Thanks! That's true, some of the most interesting conversations I've seen have been about vintage or renaissance styles and what they meant for the women of the time.

    I haven't succumbed to Fabric Mart yet, but not for lack of looking. I've given myself a goal to clear out a certain amount of fabric before I buy any more. We'll see how long that lasts though.

  3. Well that's the important part of the affordable fabric-buying challenge. Only buying fabrics that you actually want to sew and wear! There are few sewing habits more expensive than buying fabrics (no matter how cheap, or how good the deal) that you don't really want to wear.