I hope you’re not all sick of the writers’ blog hop just yet, ‘cause I’m the next stop & am here today to share my thoughts on the subject! I’ve been really enjoying hearing about everyone’s writing inspirations & processes so I was pretty chuffed when Nicole who blogs over at The Somnolent Dachshund deemed my lil’ ol’ blog interesting enough to hear more about.
Over the past little while, Nicole & my friendship has progressed from sewing buddies to actual buddies. These days we catch up over Japanese beverages- sake for Nicole, umeshu or yuzu for me, or beer for both of us. This is the power of our online musings. New buddies.
Anyway, without further ado (or waxing lyrical) let’s crack on with business.
Why do you write?
As some of you know, a little while ago there was a bit of an issue between Tumblr & Bloglovin’. What this meant for me is that none of my posts were showing up for anyone following along on Bloglovin’. It was very quiet over here & I was considering changing platforms like Gillian did. But then I had a bit of an epiphany because I realised:
I write for me.
I’ve always been a bit of a closed book. I was once told that I’d erected a big wall around myself & that there were a whole lot of people banging on the outside to get in. So obviously, being open does not come easily to me, and this is me trying my very best to put a bit of myself out there. Even if sewing may seem like folly, it’s been a great vehicle for me to share, which is not something I’ve ever done a lot of. And even if no-one is reading, I’m still sharing.
Having said that though, I guess I also thought I had nothing to say that would interest anyone, so to read your comments is such an enormous encouragement. You are all the people banging on the wall… thank you!!
What are you currently working on?
In every other aspect of my life that I can think of, I tend to be disciplined. Sewing however is a different story altogether, and it makes me very happy to write that. First & foremost, sewing for me is fun. It’s my way to unwind and to remove myself from the pressures that I put on myself by being disciplined, I guess.
So that’s my way of saying, no judging my massive jumble of WIPs:
In my infinite wisdom, I decided I wasn’t going to have a bar of that million kilometres of binding business, so instead I’ve made my life really difficult by drafting facings & adding a lining. Not my finest hour but I’m chipping away a little bit at a time. It WILL work.
I’ve made 2 pairs so far, have another 2 cut out & there will be more on top of that. Most comfortable undies I have ever worn. Full stop.
- A whole bunch of singlets.
I made a rub-off of my favourite singlet earlier in the year & it’s always first cab (singlet) off the rank when it’s out of the wash. I’m also working on a tutorial on how I bind the neckline & make the straps.
**Anna, I actually have something for you! A test run actual top. For real :) **
Initially I drafted my own using my block but, well…….. yeah, nah. I’m now trying Burdastyle 03/2014 #115. They’re ok, but I think I’m going to have to franken-pattern the top half of my block with the bottom half of the Burdastyle pattern. It hasn’t been a walk in the park, I can tell you that much.
It looks like I’m about to teach myself how to do an FBA with a French dart dress. Hmmmm, this project may just have lost some of its appeal ;)
I was soooo close to having this one done, but I need to go back & do some unpicking & bring in the sides. The unpicking is going to involve some of the understitching; the thought of which makes my blood run cold for some reason.
This is how I roll, people. Just try & imagine the state of my apartment right now. Bedlam I tells ye, BEDLAM.
How does it differ from other sites of its genre?
Much to the disappointment of my Grandma, I was never interested in trying to be different (this is not the same as saying I want to be the same as everyone, oh no! I am me, and I don’t much see the point of trying to be different just for the sake of it [read: to get more followers], is all). To be honest, I’m really not sure what keeps my readers interested & coming back for more. I don’t have a particular style and I find myself jumping all over the place. I don’t think I’m privy to any secret sewing know-how. I don’t take pretty ‘location’ photos. I’m not a comedian. I dunno. Maybe you all dig the complete random selection of stuff that pops up on these pages.
Besides, I think we can all agree that humans have come to far too many blows, and will continue to do so, over focussing on differences. We are all one, yo.
How does your writing process work?
Usually, although not always, I take my photos, edit them & then base my words around that. I’ll take notes as I sew if I think of anything that might be of interest or use to others, or if I think of a witty little quip (this in particular does not happen very often :p ). I’ve never been an especially eloquent person so writing gives me the opportunity to slowly put my thoughts together & say what I want to say, in the way I want to.
Sometimes writing is HARD. I’ll go through a patch where I haven’t really felt like writing & when I come back to it I’ll read what I’ve written & it feels incredibly dry. Those are the times I start to question why I write because I feel like I have nothing interesting to say. At other times the words flow more freely and I feel like I get ‘me’ down on the page. The biggest compliment I can receive about my blog is when an IRL friend reads it & tells me “I can JUST imagine you saying that, Jenny!” That’s the best.
Writing for me is a pretty slow process. It takes me several hours to write each post, not including all the time taking & editing photos. I write & re-write, read & re-read probably at least 15 times for each post. I usually write in the afternoon when I get home from work & when I do, it’s basically the whole afternoon/ evening gone. How people like Peter from MPB post nearly every day is beyond me.
Passing the baton
As a wannabe 2nd & 3rd language speaker, I’m ever impressed by the likes of Inge & Yoshimi (& others, of course!) who write in a language that is not their first. God knows I have enough trouble in English, so I really don’t know how they do it. Ladies, if you’d care to share your thoughts on your writing process, I’d be all ears, but of course, there is no obligation and there will be no hard feelings if you decide this isn’t your cup of tea.
Thank you everyone who stayed with me this far, it’s been a wordy one today. Looks like you caught me in an especially introspective mood, Nicole!