After reading the same few sewing blogs, I set out to broaden my horizons and discover other sewing bloggers and viewpoints. Time for me to learn something new!
I read Saturday Night Stitch/Hila’s post about Instagram and decided to give it a try. There’s lots going on in the sewing community on Instagram: #memademay, #sewphotohop, #sewcialists. Popular posts get hundreds of likes! It’s a fantastic place if you like to look up makes of a pattern like I do: there are 7,000 posts for #gingerjeans (a Closet Case pattern) and 4,000 posts for#monetadress (from Colette Patterns).
I like figuring things out but I was really thrown for a loop when I tried to set up my account. I couldn’t even upload a profile picture from my computer. It’s an app meant to be used on a smartphone. I take some photos with my phone but not ones of me wearing my makes.
Google: How do I post photos to Instagram from a desktop computer? I learned that there is third party software available to install, and then I found out about Instapic, an app I could install on my Windows 8.1 computer. Done!
I was able to upload my first post with a few hashtags added:
Looking around Instagram, I noticed many of the popular patterns this summer are shirtdresses, wide legged cropped pants, and tops with a boxy silhouette. Linen is the fabric of choice, especially white or neutral shades of linen.
Which silhouette do you like to wear? I usually wear a fitted style, and have even added my own contour darts to patterns. I’d like to think I could have that effortless, minimalist, chic look wearing the boxy style like Ute. In the past, I’ve avoided that style thinking I’d look like a blob, but I’m willing to experiment.
I’m enjoying browsing, but I haven’t posted much. I’m still thinking about what kinds of photos I want to post. Maybe more of what I’m working on and what patterns or fabric I’ve bought. Maybe some of the nature pics I like taking when I’m out walking. Like these:
I was also inspired by Naomi Sews post on pattern storage, and her beautifully organized and color coded “popper wallets”. In American-speak they are poly envelopes with snap closures. I’m using more pdf patterns, and I’d been putting them in kitchen plastic baggies and then stuffing them in various places. My order was delivered just before 8 pm, and I spent the next hour happily filling and organizing several of my new envelopes.
While writing and editing this post, the season officially changed from summer to fall, but I’m going to be stubborn and leave summer in the present tense.