maybe i’ll say something interesting

no doubt you’ve seen the blog hop going around talking about why we bother with this whole writing and blogging thing. Heather from Handmade by Heather B passed the baton along to moi and so, like a good sport, i joined in! i don’t remember exactly when i came across Heather’s blog, but i’ve been thoroughly entertained ever since. she regales us with funny stories and frog adventures all the while claiming that the writing is often a struggle. however, i think she’s just saying that to make the rest of us feel better about our own inadequacies… yeah? oh, and let’s not forget her mad sewing skills. this fine lady is single handedly raising the style bar for moms everywhere. i think the world would definitely be a better place if more of us wore tiki dresses to the grocery store, doncha think?

why do i write?

i think it’s true for a lot of sewists that our overwhelming need to chat about the nitty gritty of sewing is not shared by most of the adults encountered in daily life. finding the right fabric, how should i apply this binding, should i machine hem or hand stitch, what sort of interfacing should i use, and how the hell do i insert this zip?!?! are not typical conversations when chatting up the cashier at the grocery store or the moms in the waiting room of the dance studio. but you guys—you get it! after reading sewing blogs for a while i found myself wanting to get into the conversation and add my own (meager) knowledge to the pool instead of just correcting people in the comment section… ahem.

as a side benefit, this blog helps me keep up the practice of writing. i graduated from college with english and history degrees, so yeah. i spent a LOT of time writing research papers and poetry analysis. then, after college, i never embarked on a “real” career and ended up being a stay at home mom. that wasn’t exactly my intention, it’s just how life panned out. now i don’t expect my blog writing will ever land me a job in the future, but simply the practice of writing gives me the confidence that i can write. like any skill—if you don’t use it, you loose it.

how does my writing process work?

so you might come away from the “why” question thinking that this whole writing thing comes naturally to me. not exactly. just because i have a lot to say in my head, doesn’t always mean those thoughts translate into coherent sentences. i’m not a chatty person by nature, so it takes me a long time, hours even, to put together a simple post. if i’m really having trouble, i make a simple list of everything i want to say, then expand on each individual idea (kind of like those topic outlines you probably hated making in high school). my initial rough drafts are indeed rough, peppered with cute phrases like SAY SOMETHING INTERESTING HERE. eventually i smooth out the edges and hit “publish” when i’m about 75% happy. then, i pray that no one makes fun of me and hope that maybe i said something  interesting.

how does it differ from others of it’s genre?

this is a tough one for me… i think what i do, or what i strive to do, is pick out the technical aspects of sewing that can take your sewing from eh to what… you made that?! i don’t have any formal training, but i do spend a lot of time trying to figure out the best way to construct garments to get professional, long-lasting results. my attitude is that if i can do this, so can you. broadly speaking, my goal is to build an interesting, long wearing, and wearable wardrobe and if i figure out a great technique, i try to pass it on to you guys. i can’t really claim any of that sets me apart from other sewing bloggers, there are just so many talented people out there! the fact that anyone reads this blog is a constant source of surprise, to be honest. (thanks guys, you’re the best!)

what am i working on?

i don’t have a WIP at the moment, but i just finished up a new archer (SHOCKING). also if you check out my IG feed you’ll discover that i have a serious backlog of unblogged projects… really trying to fix that. oh wait, i have one WIP… it’s sitting around half finished, and i have every intention of getting back to it soon! ugh i seriously hate WIPs… i was stalled in the spring by zip ordering complications, making design changes, etc. whatever. i’m determined to finish it!


ah, on to the fun part… so with greatest humility, i would like to nominate Morgan from crab & bee, and Melanie from poppykettle. both of these ladies you are, no doubt, familiar with. Morgan always inspires me with her ability to make everyday wearable clothes interesting, and her focus on sustainable fibers is truly the way of the future. and Melanie… her impeccable sewing, tailoring, and incorporation of couture techniques is nothing short of awe-inspiring. i mean, THAT WEDDING DRESS. truly, it belongs in a museum. swoon… (and ladies, if you don’t have time to write up a post, please don’t feel obliged!)

thanks again for the nod, Heather—it was fun to explore and really think about my own writing process!

—lisa g.

16 thoughts on “maybe i’ll say something interesting

  1. gingermakes says:

    I totally agree that what makes your blog and your garments stand out is your dedication to good technique. I feel like my sewing has improved through your blog! You really pursue excellence in your sewing and it shows!

  2. crab&bee says:

    You should have mentioned “topstitching” in the section about what sets your blog apart 🙂 I always like hearing about college majors – what areas of history and english did you study? Last but not least, thank you so much for the nomination – I’m very flattered!

    • lisa g says:

      haha topstitching, yes! my studies were pretty broad, so we covered everything from the Epic of Gilgamesh to alan more’s The Watchmen. in history it was the british isles, the renaissance, american history… the usual stuff. ah i used to know so much! sadly most of that info is gone… if i had gone to grad school i wanted to study Russian literature or history, i always found those topics fascinating!

  3. gilliancrafts says:

    I had to laugh at your “SAY SOMETHING INTERESTING HERE” because if it was me, I’d forget all about it and hit publish! I’m finding it so interesting to read about people’s writing style – and it’s making me feel like my posts are so slapdash compared to those of you who really think it through. For what it’s worth, i always enjoy your posts! 🙂

    • lisa g says:

      i know if i ever accidentally hit “publish” instead of “save as draft” it would be super embarrassing… your posts are always so thoughtful and and purposeful, no need to feel like they’re slapdash! i’ve just never been a free-flowing writer.

  4. Susan (moonthirty) says:

    Hahaha I totally do that — INSERT SNAPPY INTRO, etc! When I do write, that is. 😉 I completely understand — it takes me so long to do, a fact that I’m sure isn’t helped by all the rules I give myself about everything my blog posts have to be. Ugh, own worst critic. This was a very interesting post, definitely got me thinking. 😉

    • lisa g says:

      we’re all plagued by self-imposed rules… i’ve let so many of them go because i’d rather have useful/interesting content than fulfill specific parameters that are completely arbitrary. hope you do come back to blogging though! 🙂

  5. dokucug says:

    So fun to read this – it’s really cool to get to know people a bit better through this type of post!

    I love all the technical tips you give – I really do think it’s one of the things that sets your blog apart. So yes, you do say interesting things 🙂

    • lisa g says:

      thanks Gail! i’m rather inclined to hide behind my blog rather than dish about my personality… i guess i just find myself excruciatingly boring! but you’re right, i always enjoy the glimpses of who these crazy bloggers really are 😉

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