Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Construction Details Yea or Nay

I've noticed a trend lately that sewing blogs have more pictures and less construction details.  Yes, there are still a few sewing blogs out there that detail the construction process...but it seems like so many more only post pictures of the finished garment with a brief paragraph or two regarding the sewing journey.


Is this the wave of the sewing blog future?  Is this what sewists want to see/read on a sewing blog now?  Are tutorials and construction details no longer relevant because there is so much information available on the internet now?  I'm curious because I'm feeling a little like a throwback...funny since I've only been blogging for six years.  However things move fast on the internet super highway.


So the question of the day is, "Construction Details ~ Yea or Nay?"  Do you look for techniques/descriptions/features about how a garment made it to the finish line?  Or are you just looking for pretty pictures with a brief synopsis?  Or is there some place in the middle? 


Okay talk amongst yourselves because I'm really interested in your responses...


...as always, more later!

114 comments:

  1. Me being a new sewer love construction details. I like showing my oops but havent posted much.I have learned so much from reading experienced and inexperience sewing bloggers.

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  2. Oh ps I love your blog.Please keep doing what you do. You encourage me by the wonderful clothing you make

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  3. I see sewing blogs as being one of two types. There are process blogs, like my own and yours, that get into the actuall construction of the garment. I love sharing that "stuff". And there are product blogs, where you tune in and bang, there is the new jacket, shown many different ways. They are the ones with more pictures, more designer links and pics, maybe just more fashion oriented in general.

    I like both. I love reading process blogs from those who are so skilled. But I also like the product blogs as they point me in the direction of the runway shows and glorious garments I might miss otherwise.

    Little subsets here are the sewing/religious leaning blogs, sewing/mommy blogs, and sewing/hardly ever any pictures blogs. I enjoy these but no where near as much as the first two, product and process. When you blog you can write about anything you want. When you read blogs you can be discerning and choose what you want to read. I actually think the trend toward product only blogs isn't a trend as such but more evidence of people jumping into the blogging world who really don't know what to say. It's not easy writing.

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  4. Guilty!! But only because im not a by the book seamstress. Guilty!!! Because i want to focus on actually wearing what i sew which is a big deal for me. Fashion blogs are really popular and inspirational to a lot of sewers now too. So its becoming all about "style." the last thing im guilty of is loving the sewing bloggers who show all the deets because then i dont have to read the pattern instructions or their techniques make me wanna pull out my reference books to study up for later when i might need that skill.

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  5. While I am looking for those construction details, I certainly appreciate garments made by hand even if I don't get to see the details. It may simply be that more people are posting who aren't necessarily technically skilled and are already overwhelmed with the process. Lord knows, I'm a geek and I don't get around to posting on my blog because there is always too much to do.

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  6. From someone who does not blog -- I love them both. Sometimes it's the details I love and sometimes it's the way the blogger (bloggess??) writes. And I always love seeing the finished garment on a live body (not a model or line drawing.) I do learn from the details (ok, I'm slanting toward the "I want details" side). Just don't stop sharing! :)

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  7. Your blog is one of the few that I dont skim thru. I love reading how you change your TNT dress to match the vision you have in your head. The post you did about drafting a sleeve to fit *you* is one of my favorties. I love to see the progress from start to amazing finish. Dont change a thing!

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  8. I love your details, they're soooo helpful...please keep them.

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  9. Funny, I was just marvelling at the new wave of tutorials lately... Embroidered belts, ingeniously shaped pockets and so forth..

    I try to strike a balance between great photos and construction details. I believe I have the tendency to put people to sleep when I do involved construction or drafting posts, but I do like to post them anyway for the (relatively) few who are looking for super-involved tutorials...

    There's a lot of things I don't bother showing in great detail, either because I've covered it in the past or because it's been done to death elsewhere. I do usually try to link to a more in-depth post on a technique when possible, though...

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  10. Love both, but realise that blogging about the process in insanely time consuming.

    I'm at the point in my sewing now where I'm really trying to improve my technique. I LOVE (and appreciate) the details that YOU share, but I tend to skim the blogs that show in minute detail very basic techniques - just because I'm not at that stage any more.

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  11. Pictures are good, but there are sometimes to many or to large for me. I like to print out tutorials. I gave up on that.
    Many bloggers post those BIG pictures and one line of text. All those pictures are NOT necessary. My webpage also loads slow because of all of them...
    Me, I'm taking those blogs of my bookmarks.

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  12. I think that I fall somewhere in between on the product/process debate. I love the Sew Weekly gals for their very inspiring projects sans most construction detail because the format doesn't allow for it. I also adore the multi-source referential process/technique blog posts. What springs to mind immediately is Karen (from did you make that) posting about her bound button holes on her lovely wool coat. (http://didyoumakethat.wordpress.com/2012/01/13/opening-up-rear-bound-buttonholes-aka-having-a-nervous-breakdown/) She referenced Gertie's bound buttonhole tutorial and then improved on it with some tips that worked for her. I've bookmarked it because I thought she did such a fantastic job that I wanted to be able to find it when I do bound buttonholes.

    One other thing about the blogosphere -- what I really truly love about it is reading about the lives of people (women, mostly) from all over the world who also love to sew. I guess I think of them as one of my "tribes." There aren't that many sewists in my community, and my schedule makes it difficult to get to the few organized events. I've noticed when I read about an event in the news it doesn't have as much impact as when I read a post from someone I've gotten to know through their blog talk about what it means to them. For example, summer in Australia or the Japanese earthquake last year.

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  13. Two hands up in the air for construction details. I look at lots of blogs, but only subscribe to those that help me be a better sewer.

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  14. Sometimes. I only give details when I run into problems or if it's something that I don't understand.
    I will generally ask questions if I have a question about the pattern. Especially if it is one I'm about to make or currently working on.

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  15. I noticed the same thing. I think its more the type of blogger. Some blogs I catergorize as quick hits. Some of my favorites are more detailed, skilled, insightful and informative. I love your blog and a few others because they act as a resource. But I love the fun stuff too.

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  16. I put up the construction details especially the alterations because I'm interested in 'the fit' processes. Any construction learnings are what motivate me. I also enjoy seeing the final product and how people get there in their own way and in their own time.

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  17. I don't think you should change a thing about how you blog. Please. Writers and sewists like you have a wealth of information to share. I don't have the knowledge or skill level that you have, and I have learned tons from reading your blog.

    Please don't change a thing, I love you just the way you are.

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  18. I love seeing the detailed posts.

    I'm like you in that I slice and dice my tnt's for different styles so I enjoy seeing how you got from point a to point b.

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  19. I love construction details. One of these days I will sew for myself (again) and use the details I have seen/read. Love your blog, just wonder how you have the energy to sew after a long day of work.

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  20. I'm in favor of construction details and tutorials. I'd love to see more of it, but I realize that some people just aren't into posting all of that.

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  21. I like them both and believe that your blog should be whatever you want it to be.

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  22. I'm in favor of construction details. I know I learn alot from construction blogs and I would hate to see yours and others disappear.

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  23. I like seeing construction details, especially if it's something I might want to sew myself. I also want to learn new techniques and see how more experienced sewists tackle problems. Thumbs up for what you're doing!

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  24. I love the construction details. I don't give them myself because I'm rather a hack - but do I love seeing them. g

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  25. I love your detailed blog entries, because you really know what you are doing! Please keep up your great contribution to my limited sewing and fitting abilities!

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  26. I always feel bad when I make something and want to blog about it but I either forgot or didn't have time to take process pictures along the way. I think because of the realization of the extra time & effort it takes to put all of that extra in I am not bothered when usually 'process' bloggers post several 'product' posts. I love seeing how different people use different techniques but I also often use sewing blogs solely as inspiration.

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  27. I love reading about the construction details. I love reading your blog. Please keep writing about the details. I have learned so much,

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  28. I like reading about construction details. I probably don't do too many because I think there are so many more talented bloggers/sewers out there and they have better methods. Keep the details coming, please.

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  29. I like a bit of both. The most popular posts I have done on my blog are the construction tips ones, but I don't have a lot of time so don't do it as much as I would like. My blog has in many ways become a 'show & tell' blog and it suits me.
    Personally, too much detail and I tend to zone out, but I do like to refer to these posts (if I can remeber where I saw it) when I need the technique.

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  30. I sort of lean both ways on this issue. On the one hand, if a blogger is skilled and experienced, then I really appreciate their tutorials and sew-alongs because I find them to contain a wealth of information that I can use as a reference later. On the other hand, I do think it can be tiring reading about in-depth construction details on a day-to-day basis. I think it also depends on the garment. I mean, I love looking at the insides of tailored garments, or when the insides of a garment are particularly nice, but I don't have the desire to see the serged seams of every knit top on the blog-o-sphere.

    Since I am newer to sewing, I don't have a lot of sage wisdom to share with the interent, and I don't often report a lot about my construction techniques since they are still at a fairly basic level. I guess I feel that if I am still mostly following the pattern as drafted and using the direction that come with it then I don't really need to share every step of the process. If I do something unusual (like with my in-progress raincoat - I had to use seam sealing tape for waterproofing), then I will post some construction details, but nothing so detailed I would consider it a tutorial. Perhaps in the future I would feel more confident about sharing techniques, but as of now I am happy with, for the most part, showing off the finished product.

    As for this blog - I think it is fabulous as it is. You clearly have a lot of experience and have lots of great ideas. I love how you can look at designer fashions and make them fit your personality, style, and life. I find the construction posts helpful and inspirational, and I don't think you should worry about what everyone else is doing - do what you like and people can choose to read it or not.

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  31. I'm a feast or famine blogger, myself. LOL. I do like reading process blogs - even though I sometimes skim through them, I often can still recall the project and go back and read through the posts if I am doing something similar.
    I only tend to post my process if I run into a snag or happened upon something cool/interesting in my process (and that I remembered to take a picture of...)

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  32. I guess I am somewhere in the middle. If a blogger has done something different to the instructions, discovered a nifty way of doing something or overcome a really tricky step then I love to hear about it.

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  33. I've often wondered about this myself. Sometimes I'm just too lazy to document the entire process. I wind up doing the same alterations on all my garments and feel I'd be rehashing the same things over and over again. Unlike you, I don't follow designers close enough to translate and interpret their designs. I'm happy to sew right from patterns. What you do is so amazing, I enjoy the way you work your magic with your TNT dress pattern.

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  34. I love it when you share your thinking/planning process... and show how to take that into a real garment. I hope you continue to share the process as well as the end product.

    I wonder if some bloggers are getting tired of all the work involved with sharing the process (because it must take an amazing amount of time to share the "how"), and move more to the "show" and away from the "tell."

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  35. You do a great job writing about the process. I find I just don't have the words to write about the 9-20 times I always end up ripping out seams and obsessing about everything I notice that no one else ever does. On my blog, I really just show and talk about the finished products, though I like to show the details and the insides. I personally like blogs that show the details like lining, hems, zippers, collars - all the little details that personalize an outfit. I have a couple pet peeves. I personnally don't like sewing blogs that don't show faces. I understand if you don't show your kid's faces, but I just can't bond with pictures of clothes. Maybe it's because sewing is such a personal past time. I also find myself shuttering when I see unpressed seams on sewn garments. It is such a glaring newbie mistake. I never ever criticize, so I don't comment on it, but it sets my eye to twitchin'. Oh ya, and machine sewn hems on skirts with materials that should be hand sewn. I have to scream into a pillow for that one. No negative comments ever though.... Sometimes it might be someone's first garment, and I would hate to think I would ever discourage someone from sewing.... humm a bit of a ramble tonight. Anyway, love the blog and read it faithfully. Wouldn’t change a thing.

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  36. I love the construction details. There is always more to learn. And...the details are just plain interesting.

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  37. Carolyn,

    I don't blog. I am a chronic lurker. I love to see how you made your garments. I love to see how you take a runway dress and make it your own. You are the type of sewist I aspire to be and I appreciate all the work, time, and pictures you share with us. Thank you!

    Sue

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  38. YEA!!! You have a perfect balance of pics and instructions/details. I read the details because I learn from you, so please don't change the way you blog!

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  39. Being new to sewing I find blogs like yours really help. I have found lots of wonderful information on the blogs where there are construction notes. I have learnt a lot from the sewing community.

    However - I also enjoy the ones with a picture and a brief description. I like to see how the garments turn out and what they look like on a real person (not a stick). If the blogger doesn't have the time or the experience to post the construction details - then I am still happy to have a peak.

    I have found some blogs with lots of talk and no pictures whatsoever in any of the posts and they are the ones I don't linger much over. But I am sure that some people will enjoy them.

    Bottom line - I think there are readers for all types of blogs but PLEASE DO NOT STOP the - you call them construction - I as a learner call them instruction - notes.

    Thanks for the teaching - keep it up.

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  40. I love the details. I am inspired by the difficulties and the triumphs.

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  41. love to see contruction details they really help

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  42. Construction, please! Yours is one that I axtually read, rather than skim. It would be a huge loss to me if you no longer posted construction details.

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  43. I like both, although I often don't post many construction details on my own blog. I enjoy other people's though! A finished garment's lovely to see but it's only half the story. I think my favourite is hearing about how someone recovers a garment that's going wrong.

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  44. Definitely a YEA on my part.
    Especially the construction details about pattern-changes interest me.

    Both the fitting-issues that people solve by changing their patterns, but also the pattern-adaptions that are necessary to make an idea come to life.

    The finished product is nice to see, but without the journey, it's not all that interesting to me :-)

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  45. Great post and intersting comments too. I love both type of sewing blogs.
    I confress that I don't post as much constructioons details as I would like because it is so time consuming but I love a good tutorial.

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  46. I like both kinds of post on blogs - but far and above I prefer all the nitty gritty on construction - I enjoy sharing the journey someone took to achieve their goals, and the lessons/tips/tricks they've gleaned from each new garment.

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  47. I like both! I'm trying to do more construction details on mine, mostly so my friends don't think I'm doing rocket science. Somehow it doesn't help.

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  48. Please, continue with the construction details - I have learnt so much from you, and read these blogs through several times to get it into my head. Planning to have a go at piecing my TNT pattern soon. You are inspirational!

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  49. Definitely a Yea, I love the construction/fitting details as there is always something new for me to learn. I tend to share pattern adjustments not so much technique however I enjoy reading both types of blogs, just take a lot more time with the construction/technique blogs.

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  50. I don't have time to read/review a lot of blogs. I have a few favorites which all have details, i.e. what fabric was used, where did you get it, how did you make it your own. I am a big fan of your blog and enjoy the details.

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  51. Your blog is wonderful just the way it is. Some people are gifted at explaining how they sew by providing helpful tutorials.
    Others are better at explaining why they so or what inspires them to sew.
    Both types of blogs are worthwhile to me!

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  52. I write both types of posts: construction details and finished garment pictures. If it's a garment I've made and discussed before, I am not going to include the details again. Instead, I'll link to a prior post. Oftentimes, I detail the construction as I sew along and then write a final 'xxxx: complete' post.

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  53. I like both but perfer construction details the most.

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  54. I want details! I admit that sometimes the patterns are so basic that there's nothing out of the ordinary to talk about. I do appreciate hearing about changes made to the patterns, either for fitting or construction. We learn so much through others experiences!

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  55. YAYYYYYYY for constuction details! in general.

    I started sewing the first time a few decades ago, had a huge break, and am now working on getting back into it. I've forgotten so much, and it's been from reading blogs that I learned new pattern instructions are usually lacking. I also have learned different ways of doing the same step (now if I could just find those blog entries when I need them again!). And that fit issues are not just my problem.

    BUT, having said all that, I'd much rather have people put up results-oriented posts, than not do them at all due to time/energy issues. I have a rarely used blog, because I rarely get anything sewn (other than mending), and I know how much effort it takes! Thank You for taking the time, Carolyn.

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  56. Yea for construction details. That is why I read sewing blogs. I am sooooo tired of the "what I wore" posts that some bloggers are so fond of. I don't even go to those blogs any more. Why do I need to see what you wore? I can look out my window and see what people are wearing. I want to see how you made it and what troubles if any you encountered etc. I am always looking for new sewing techniques I can learn. Not how some one styled their outfit. I can read magazines for that.

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  57. I love reading your blog. I know you will give me the details. I refer back to your old posts for details and pictures. Please continue to give us details and photos.

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  58. I much prefer the blogs which show the details as I find the thinking process of other sewers very helpful.
    I so appreciate your blog for that very reason. You always give me something to think about.

    Thank you
    Marie

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  59. I love to read both construction details and fitting solutions. Those were the things that originally attracted me to Pattern Review, however the balance has shifted to less-experienced sewers (Not less talented, just less experienced). A mix of both is fine, I always enjoy the "shoe and jewelery" posts too...you have a good mix.
    Gail

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  60. I LOVE the way you blog and I learn a lot from reading it and looking at the pics that you take of your processes. In fact, yours is one of the few blogs i frequently use as reference as i am very new to sewing garments. I truly appreciate it! I do have books, but often feel like I need someone to translate/demonstrate the instructions. Like many, I too jumped into blogging - my intention was just to record my "achievements" for myself, sharing with a very tiny circle of close friends and anybody who found my online space :)

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  61. I enjoy both, but for myself, I'm more in the camp of posting the details! For me, sewing is as much about the process as the product, and it's fun (and helpful) for me to be able to go back in my own blog and see what did and did not work for certain projects. And if I only posted finished products, especially when I take on more complicated things like my most recent finished product, I'd hardly be posting at all! So, if you enjoy writing about the details and the process, keep doing it. It's your blog, and you can write what you want to! ;)

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  62. I think you have hit a nice balance. You post photo(s) of your inspiration source and then show details specific to that garment as you make it. I love reading your blog and look forward to see what you've been sewing over the weekend. Kudos... keep on doing what you find works for you!

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  63. I like the balance you have. I don't want to see every seam sewn but I like that you show a lot about pattern alterations as that's something that can be challenging because it's unique to each person.

    I don't like those blogs that jsut show "what I wore" every day but I like your weekly summary (even though you've said you're not going to do it all the time).

    I think you have a good balanced perspective and that's why I enjoy following you.

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  64. I personally love seeing and posting construction details, but as I've been participating in Sew Weekly challenges lately (where I can't write about the construction process) I am posting less and less about them.

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  65. YEA! YEA! YEA! I get SO upset when I go to a SEWING blog and all I get are pretty pictures. I've been sewing for years, but I still want to see HOW you made it. I may learn something. And not just the deets, but show the pattern too. There's nothing worse than seeing a dress I'd like to make and can't find the pattern #. If you mentioned it in a previous post, mention it AGAIN in the current post.

    I LOVE construction details and yours are fantastic. I think it's time for you to do a sew along. :)

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  66. I love construction details - I might not pour over them right away, but I will mentally note where I can find them if I'm looking...

    On the other hand, I'm one of those photo-only bloggers, I think - but that's just cause I don't feel expert enough to impart advice on sewing process.

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  67. As one who reads sewing manuals rather than fiction for entertainment, I vote for including construction details and design decisions, every time. Yay for this question!

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  68. Yea to construction details! The journey to the finished garment is most interesting to follow. Seeing only the finished garment and brief notes is NOT that interesting.

    What is sooo interesting is to see where there were hiccups on the way, and how the sewist solved the problems.

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  69. I'm mostly a lurker, and I haven't had a chance to read through all the comments just yet, but I wanted to voice my opinion.

    I've been sewing for a couple years, but I'm self taught. I LIKE seeing the construction posts and how you take your inspirations to the final product. It's a skill that I don't have just yet.

    If I can see how you interpreted a design, I can more likely find a way to make something my own.

    I can respect the idea, that doing construction posts might just be too time consuming. But I just don't gain that much from a final photo saying "here it is".

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  70. Yes, I love the sewing details and the finished garment on the owner as well.

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  71. Another hand up for construction details. I love seeing how you solved problems. As others have said, I do appreciate the time it takes to write one of those detailed posts, which makes me appreciate your efforts all the more.

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  72. Don't change a thing! I love seeing what you do and how creative you are. I read both types of blogs and especially those who blog regularly keeping us in the loop.

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  73. Yea for construction details! But I appreciate anyone who takes the time to blog and share their work- even when I just get pretty pictures. I don't have any sewing friends IRL so it's nice to have a little sewing community online.

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  74. I love getting the construction details! Most of what I've learned has been from blogs like yours. Your sewing has been a real inspiration to me, and I very much appreciate how generous you are in sharing so much of what you do. It's very helpful to women like myself just getting started who don't have an aunt or mother they can call with questions!

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  75. Lots of details as usual please...the more tutorials the better. It helps me to see that I can do that same thing too!

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  76. I enjoy construction details (including the mistakes), pretty pictures, and a bit of personal information. Posting construction details is time consuming. I appreciate those who do so (including your excellent posts) and often use the imformation to improve my own sewing. This year one of goals this year is understanding patterns making. I don't want to draft patterns, but I want to do the "fit me" pattern work more efficiently. The way that you use your TNT patterns is so helpful to me.

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  77. I like reading about construction details from experienced sewers such as yourself. I consider myself as advanced intermediate.
    I learn new things from your blog all the time, it may be just the order sewn or a detail in construction or your eye for designer fashions to wearable clothes.
    Thanks for sharing all your sewing.
    Annette

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  78. Oh gosh YES, I want to see the construction details. That's how I'm learning, from all the wonderful seamstresses/ers like you who do things the right way.
    I occasionally show my own sewing details in my blog, but it's usually because I did something different than expected (or very wrong!)
    Please keep it up!

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  79. Without doubt, Carolyn, you are my favorite blogger so I guess I prefer process blogs. Your writing style is comfortable as well as informative. I believe achieving this is difficult and I appreciate your ability to write as well as sew.

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  80. I like construction blogs especially when they are relevant to something I am sewing. I can read the details of other things, but sometimes I only really "get it" when I start doing it myself. That's just me I'm sure. What I really like is going back to a blog and being able to locate a specific detail by searching the blog. That is super helpful. I've done that several times on your blog and it's very helpful.

    Keep up the good blogging. I love it that you are a consistent blogger and I look forward to reading your posts.

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  81. Yea please! Thanks for your great blog!

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  82. I prefer the process because I learn so much. When someone includes a lot of text about what modifications they did, I generally don't understand them. That being said, I enjoy the eye candy of finished products to help me learn about fabric choices and how certain styles look on certain body types.

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  83. I actually read sewing blogs for construction details, realistic pattern commentaries, and the smart secret things that good and experienced sewistas invent!

    I also love pictures of course. But pictures aren't good enough for me if I don't know how the garment went through its construction!

    Thanks Madame Sewing Fanatica for your excellent posts!!

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  84. I like the construction details plus your "fashion and construction philosophy" posts. That is, how you plan your sewing and use TNTS and make everything coordinate without so many "misses". You have really made my own sewing much more effective. I always use Burda magazine patterns just because their sloper is so close to my own shape, but the way I use those patterns is now much closer to the way you work. For example, I no longer trace whole patterns much of the time. I have my Burda TNTs (skirts, pants, blouses, etc) and just impose the details from later magazines on them. Works a charm. Saves masses of fitting time. You have also converted me to having several pairs of pants with eleasticated waists. No one sees the elastic, I can make them in an hour and the give me lots of outfit options. I owe you!

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  85. I like construction details, and as someone best described it product blogs. Its the best of both worlds.

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  86. I love to read the construction details of others work, so don't stop. However, I am guilty of no construction details on my blog. This is mainly because I don't do many changes and I don't have time at this point to make really beautiful outfits. I am sewing quickly and things that don't need much fitting because I need stuff to wear, don't want and can't afford to buy and have too much going on to get into much detail. In the distant future when two big things get off my back I will try to devote more time to my construction.
    I appreciate everyone's efforts and find it helpful.

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  87. I love your blog because you show both. I learn alot by just rading your blog. I find each day I look forward to what you have sewn. PS...can you tell me your pattern you use for your twin sets?

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  88. I love both but seeing construction details and tutorials help me a lot more as I try to go from beginner to advanced beginner. Sometimes I'll read a blog and wonder how they made the alteration they made but feel a bit shy in asking for them to post more details about it. The blogs I find myself returning to more often are ones that fall into two categories: ones with tutorials and ones where the blogger has a similar body shape as myself.

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  89. I love the balance in your blog. I enjoy seeing what inspires you, and how you then make it work for you. It helps push me to try new things too. Thanks!

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  90. The construction process is something I go searching for when a specific project/technique calls for it. If I am just reading casually I tend to skim the construction details - unless it looks like something I do differently or have never done before.

    I love a good tutorial although would never write one.

    I think some people are just better at conveying the details of their work than others. So I leave that job in better hands than my own.

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  91. Please. Don't. Change. I think you have the perfect balance, not too technical, just the right amount of detail and pictures.

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  92. I do like the process type of blog the best. When I post, I sometimes have forgotten to take pictures of the process or the mistakes. What I try to do though, with some techniques, is link to a tutorial on You Tube or a blog that does have a tutorial. I also sometimes link to a blog where I followed their process.

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  93. Don't change a thing. I like it as it is and I learn so much.

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  94. I love to read construction details, but I'll admit that I alternate between being brief and going into all the details. I think for me it is a time thing, but also because my blog isn't a traditional sewing blog but more of an everything mashed together type of blog.

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  95. I have a soft spot for process blogs. I love learning and teaching, so process blogs feel like they are contributing to that rather than just being like, "Looky what I did!"

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  96. I rarely comment although I read all of your posts. I prefer to get the details of construction because it helps me understand what I am trying to do better. So please don't stop.

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  97. I enjoy reading construction details on other blogs, but leave mine out, since I'm more of a "wing-it" sewer. When I have the details, I am happy to share.

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  98. I do love to see the details of construction if there's something to tell about it or how someone came to make a garment like they did (like you often do with your inspired by garments.
    I like to make tutorials myself. They are time consuming and due to some personal issues I haven't had the energy to do them last year. But just having finished a series of 4 about making a bra really was fun doing again.
    Blogs with no details can be inspiring as well, as some said because of the way they learn me look at a garment, or show a pattern that I never thought about, have more fashion sense than I have etc.

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  99. A few days late to the party, but I have to say that I like construction details. Probably because I need to make so many modifications myself when I sew. Very often, I will read and research blogs ( especially yours) to see construction before I do my own. Because I like to also interpret trends and change things up from the standard pattern, I am always especially inspired by others that do the same thing. When I blog, I try to remember that my blog can be a resource, but I also love to share my life too..I believe that both aspects are an inspiration to people. And the finished garment shots? Love them...love to see how others style an outfit that they have made. I guess the fact is, when it comes to sewing and fashion, I can't get enough of it and will read just about any blog on the subject!

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  100. Oh my! Excellent question. I'm seeing the same thing. I think sewing blogs are evolving to become fashion blog. Many are only highlighting the sewing process. My plan is to continue including construction details in my reviews. It may help or inspire someone. Plus it's my way of giving back to the cyberspace sewing community. I love the extended photo shoots, but I also like knowing the construction of the garment. It helpful.

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  101. I love the construction details! As long as you enjoy sharing them, please do! Thanks for your sewing and sharing!

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  102. I love to share construction details... but it takes SOOO much time! It took me two or three hours to make a skirt this week -- and two or three MORE hours to photograph it and write up a blog post including lots of details. I think I might cut back on the construction details in order to make more time for actual sewing!

    BUT I love reading construction details!

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  103. I follow both process and product blogs. I think yours is one of the best process blogs out there.

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  104. I like to know construction details, especially if it's a new skill to me. I post my own construction details as often as I can, mostly because I believe the internet is made for sharing information.

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  105. Very interesting post, I am a bit behind in my blog reading so I really appreciated seeing all the previous comments. I was inspired to do my sewing blog after reading so many interesting ones, and being a lifelong sewer in the advanced category - I still learned LOTS from all the many process blogs. I felt it would be fun to contribute as well. And sewing is a "solitary sport" so the community of comments is very rewarding. I am not so interested in fashion blogs, there are only so many reading minutes in a day - so if someone is posting about the sewing process, that is what I am looking for. Keep up your great blog, I really enjoy how you adapt designer styles to your career wardrobe.

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  106. I thought this was an interesting topic. I don't write any 'how to' posts because it seems like there are already so many tutorials out there which are really well done. I love being able to use other's blogs as resources for techniques, so I truly appreciate the hard work that a blogger puts into teaching a technique. I personally don't feel called to do that as I just plain struggle with getting any sewing time (or having the energy). If I want to know about a particular pattern or a technique, I will google it but include the word 'blog' in my search because bloggers are the best (and I hate the way patternreview.com is organized--drives me nuts).

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  107. Wow your "question of the day" sparked a lot of interest! I have been pondering it this week too. I dont think it is necessarily tutorials that I look for but I do want to know construction info - what fabric was used? Did it need a special treatment, like underlining for example? How did you pretreat it? How did you alter the pattern? I guess what i mean is, you can read all the sewing texts in the world, but sewing bloggers are putting those techniques and rules into practice and testing out what works and what could be improved on. I dont have the time to try everything out myself so reading good sewing blogs means you can learn from other peoples experiences. It is always nice to have some good photos and to see a pattern on a real body but blogs that talk "process" keep me coming back for more.

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  108. Well Carolyn, I love your blog, your construction details, and your photos. I also realize it takes a great deal of time to put together posts such as yours. I also appreciate those that only show the finished project too. I like seeing how it looks on real people, not just stick figures. So I like all the blogs, I wouldn't worry about a thing, your blogging style seems to be quite popular, so you are definitely doing something right!

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  109. An earlier comment by Bunny resonated with me. I will add that blogging is deeply personal and I am looking for that voice as well when choosing which blogs to read.
    It is not easy to write well nor is it easy to take consistently good photos to illustrate.
    Stay true to who you are now.

    "Now" is relative. We all go thru changes - what I liked ten years ago is not necessarily what I like now.

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  110. I'm not sure I've commented here before, but I love seeing your garments!

    I like to see the planning, construction along the way, special techniques and wonderful tutorials on how those were achieved. Some of my favorite sewing blogs have turned into more of a "here's what's going on with my life/family/job" blogs and I'm just not interested anymore.

    It seems to me the "real" sewing blogs are becoming more scarce and I don't know if it's boredom by the blogger or what.

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  111. I'm in favour of seeing/reading construction details. I feel kind of cheated with "bam, here's my new garment" posts (and guilty when I post these types of posts). It is kind of like going to the mall and seeing a dress and not appreciating all the work and detail that went into creating the garment.

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  112. I enjoy your construction details and you sharing pattern alterations. I appreciate your blog.

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