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A handmade wardrobe?

Suddenly there were more work than I anticipated. And hence, less time for sewing. Shoulders aching. No more knitting. In April I found myself either too warm, or too cold, not having a proper spring jacket to wear. So I actually went out and bought one, actually two if we´re being honest. And I didn´t stop there. For the first time in years, I planned and purchased several items for my wardrobe. And I´m not feeling guilty about it either. Because, guess what? Buying the things I dreaded sewing, or didn´t have time to sew, freed up time and sewjo to actually make some stuff I´ve been wanting to make. And so I made three dresses in less than a week. And I´ve been using my Fashionary again, planning the makes I want to make.

Of course I didn´t go out and frivolously buy clothes from wherever. I did check the sustainability trail of the chosen brands. And although you never can be 100% certain of a company´s CSR, a lot has happened the last couple of years. More and more brands are being more and more aware, and that is progress, even though it is moving sloooooow. The majority of my wardrobe still is, and hopefully will remain, handmade,  but actually buying some things from time to time doesn´t seem impossible any longer.

One Response to A handmade wardrobe?

  1. I read this post and laughed as I did exactly the same thing this spring! I really needed some trousers for work but I’ve still never made them & the thought of trying to sew them quickly was stressing me out, so I bought some. i still plan to sew some but I’ll take my time about it and enjoy the process, hopefully.
    And wow 3 dresses in a week! those Kalle shirt dresses you’ve made are gorgeous!

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The act of getting dressed

Recently I watched a very interesting documentary about Diana Vreeland, the notorious editor-in-chief of Vogue in the 1960´s. She was an extremely influential and inspirational woman for many of today´s leading fashion houses, and if you haven´t seen the documentary, Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel, and you are just remotely interested in either… Continue Reading…

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  1. It’s definitely a ritual. It’s the one thing I enjoy doing – getting ready for the day. I’m happier in winter when I can wear my fully fashioned stockings. That adds a whole new layer and element to the daily ritual.
    I usually check the forecast the day ahead the night before. This is Melbourne so it can be very unpredictable. But a days notice is usually enough 😉
    So the night before I usually have an idea of what I will wear the next day. I usually think about this just as I’m going to sleep. I know what accessories go with most things. And thankfully, if I notice any obvious gaps in my wardrobe, I can sew something up. My biggest issue is accessories – contradictory to most vintage loving gals, I don’t have a lot. And with bright red hair I usually have to consider how much red or clashing colours are in my outfit
    Other things – hair is a drama. I’m still learning vintage styles and with such fine hair it can be hard to create the ones everyone else does. So often I find myself running a bit late if my hair’s not working out.

    I think in modern times we are losing that ritual – it’s important to keep it I think.

    • I think you are right – it is an important part of life, and I really enjoyed reading your comment. What a good idea to plan right before nighttime.

      I have recently cut my hair, and am in awe of how much easier it is to do my hair now than before! 🙂

  2. On weekdays I get the baby dressed after breakfast, then get myself washed and dressed with her “help”, so it is tricky for me to have a calm, ordered routine. I usually plan what I am wearing in my head as I make breakfast for everyone, though on a bad day when we are running late I just reach for the nearest pair of jeans and cotton top, with cardigan. The rail in my wardrobe collapsed yesterday so all my clothes are currently in three piles awaiting a mended or new home. This makes getting dressed easier as I can only access those clothes on the top of the piles! Ah, the never ending glamour that is my life. xx
    PS A housecoat sounds great, what does yours look like?

    • One of these days I might blog about my little ol´ housecoat, but it rather is like a fancier kind of robe, so no buttons or such, but warm enough to walk around in! 🙂

      I am pretty sure that if I had a one year old, I´d not be able to spend a whole lot of time getting dressed either. With that said, I really love your style and am inspired by how you both have a very cool sense of style and at the same time have three demanding children! 🙂 That wardrobe rail collapse sounds like it´s working out just fine, then? 😉

  3. What an interesting post. I heard about that documentary a while back, would love to watch it.
    My routine involves getting up and hour and a half before I leave. Feed my chickens, put on some coffee, jump in the shower.
    After my shower I pour my coffee, put breakfast on to cook then look at blogs and the weather online. Whilst eating breakfast I decide what to wear, then get dressed, do my hair and make up, say good bye to my husband, who is more often than not still in bed, and head out the door.
    I hate being rushed in the mornings so I give myself plenty of time to get ready. I would like to have a bit more planning in my daily outfits as I tend to stick to the same things out of ease. I like your idea of themed weeks.
    Great blog by the way! Frankie

    • Thanks for the comment – I had to head over to your blog and read about the chickens. How neat! 🙂 Having plenty of time in the mornings sounds like a good idea, I would try that if I ever have a job that requirea early hours. But I am such a night owl, I´m not sure I´d manage it! 🙂

  4. I would say that I half-way plan in that I only have so many outfits ready at one time and I generally know what they are. And if I have a certain activity (or student!) that day I may choose a certain outfit or be sure to avoid a certain avoid. It seems odd, but for some students/classes I don’t want to wear skirts, for example, so I make certain to plan out the skirts on other days.

    And I have mini-rituals in the morning too. In fact, the first outfit I put on after taking my shower is not my “real” outfit for the day. It’s my “drinking coffee and reading email” outfit. I only put on my “real” outfit right before I leave the house because I don’t want to get it all wrinkly and cat-hairy. I’m sure it gets all wrinkly in the bus/tram, but at least it has less cat hair on it. 😉

    I need to do a better job at using all my accessories too. I have three (!!) jewelry boxes that are all full. I recently rediscovered several pairs of earrings, however, so I’m feeling smug.

    • Oh, I am relieved that I am not the only one with a ton of accessories that´s unused! 🙂 About dressing differently for different students/work – I can totally relate. I do the same. I dress differently for different jobs, even though I do the same work, the group dynamics might differ, or I just feel more comfortable in one type of outfits for one type of people/students.:-)

  5. That sounds like a nice ritual. I have to say, I’m usually too lazy for an actual morning routine. I’d much rather lie in bed for another 10 minutes… 😉 I also usually have a couple of favorite outfits that get rotated for a few weeks, before I switch them out for another set. If I’m not working, I usually do carefully chose my earrings to complement my outfit, though. 😉
    On the other hand, sometime I like to get dressed up just for the fun of it, including fun accessories, and maybe lipstick. It really depends on who I’m meeting, what I’m going to do, what the weather is like and if I’m in the mood for it…

    • Rotating outfits – that´s an interesting way to go. But I guess, I normally have it like that as well, whenever I make something new, I tend to wear it again and again for a while – it´s so fun to test the new garment in different constellations. 🙂

  6. That does sound like a nice routine, and I like your idea of weekly themes. It’s fun to mix it up and play in your wardrobe 🙂
    I’m quite spontaneous; sometimes I’ve planned an outfit in my head particularly if I have an event planned for that day, but more often I just pick something weather appropriate that hits my eye and takes my fancy at those first moment looking in the wardrobe. I wear the same jewellery ALL the time; I rarely wear any make-up, and I have a natural hairstyle, that I just brush and leave. I’ll put my hair in a ponytail sometimes, or a messy bun if I want to look “pulled together” but that’s it!

  7. It is fun to mix and play, and I really admire your project for this year with witch sketching all of your fabulous handmade outfits. I did the same thing with my hair when it was long as you do. Sometimes I miss having the option of just putting it in a ponytail or bun! 🙂

  8. I’m forever behind on everything, not just my blog reading. I literally have around 30 minutes to get ready in the mornings after walking the wolf and feeding both him and the cat. I plan my outfit for the office the night before if I’m being good, but sometimes wing it (and end up late for work too). My make-up routine has shrunk to nothing as a result, just a quick wash and moisturise, although hopefully the new hair do will help me at least put on blusher if nothing else. But basically it’s flail and panic before leaving and hope I have enough time to make lunch!

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Happy Pay a Blogger Day!

Last night, while I was catching up on my reader, I was excited to read about a new social micropayment system called Flattr. It was Diane at CraftyPod who wrote about this initiative. Now, I love initiatives like this, and went ahead and registered myself as a user today. I love the concept of a… Continue Reading…

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Admiration and respect.

So, people. What do you think about the whole follow/unfollow debacle over at Tilly´s over the weekend? Every so often, someone have an opinion, and every so often another person have an opposing opinion. And of course, the bigger the blog, the bigger the fuss. And that´s fine. It´s natural, even. But this rises a… Continue Reading…

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  1. I think you’ve said this perfectly!
    Tilly’s post didn’t bother me at all, in fact there have been very few instances where a post has really gotten too me. And if that does happen, I just don’t comment.

  2. Great post. I’ve certainly found that in really large blogs some of the posts seem to be very cautious of offending anyone to the extent that their point of view gets lost.
    As its a global community I wonder if cultural differences in how people interpret whats written is the main cause of people taking offence.

    • I think you might be on to something here with the global community, Lizzie. I have a generally high tolerance for things like sarcasm for instance, but I understand that others might have a completely different take on things like that than I do, depending on where they are coming from, culturally. 🙂

  3. Solvi, yes, I hear you and agree to a point. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. But when a blog is open to comments, there will be reactions to a post. I see a blog as a conversation, and sometimes things are said which incite a reaction. In that case, there is some back and forth talk until it is smoothed over or understood. I didn’t read all of the comments, but saw that there was some attempt by 2 people to talk about their thoughts and feelings. I will go see if the conversation continued.

    Great photo above-I am married to an amateur jazz musician and wish I understood some of the new stuff.

  4. I didn’t read the original post until after reading your response and think that your thoughts are balanced and the way I view things too.I don’t tend to look now very often at the “larger” blogs and much prefer the smaller more intimate ones.I like to read of peoples sewing endeavours and have been really encouraged by the nice comments that people have taken the time to leave regarding my paltry efforts.My daughter encouraged me to start a blog just as a record of all the things that I make regardless of whether or not anyone reads it and this is how I view it now.It might not be of interest to any one much as my writing style,use of grammar,poor photographic skills and subject matter might be dubious but if someone takes the time to comment I LOVE IT!!

  5. Completely agree! Tilly’s post didn’t bother me either, I’m constantly going through my blogroll and rooting out those that no longer post or inspire me, so I don’t see what the problem is. My blog will be what it will be, I don’t have a long term plan in place to build it up, if people like it that makes me happy but ultimately I blog for personal reasons with personal opinions.

  6. Beautifully said, Solvi! I had no idea that Tilly’s post had caused such (needless!) kerfuffle. After all, it’s her blog, her blog reader, and her time, so she can do as she pleases. Everyone has criteria the need to be met when they choose to read a blog, whether they admit to it or not.

    I think that once you start censoring yourself, you are blogging for others and not from yourself. You end up writing what you think others want to hear and not what is important or inspiring to you. 🙂

  7. Not sure what you are talking about –
    or where Tilly’s blog is.
    Can you provide a link, please?

  8. Love all your thoughtful comments, everyone!

    @chris: link to tilly´s original post is now added! 🙂

  9. I din’t really want to jump into this but, since you ask. . . .In general, I had no problem with her discussion of culling the blog roll. We all do it all the time, and I think it’s fine to ask for suggestions. But, I think some of the post was a bit thoughtless. I always tell my kids, that if you have to preface a statement with a phrase like, “this might sound harsh, but” and it has the potential to hurt feelings, then you should shut your mouth.

    If you don’t want to see peoples vacation snaps, don’t read them. But, it’s not really such a mature idea to broadcast your dislikes of others blogs in a public way, especially as they might very well be reading it and then see that she is no longer a follower.

    The thing is: there is a huge difference between being opinionated and not wanting to censor that and being thoughtless. Most of the post was opinion, but there were sentences mixed in there that seemed to lack good judgement. When we blog we are part of a circle of people self-publishing. We are all reading each others blogs, so I think it makes sense to remember that our readers are not some abstraction, it’s also the person whose pictures of their kids you just mocked.

    • As a mom who likes to (heaven forbid) sew for her child, the derisive comments about people who blog photos of their kids definitely rubbed me the wrong way. But personally, I love blogs that are full of life and personality. To each their own, I suppose. 🙂

    • Haha, Sigrid. Nice touch there! Not harsh to me, not at all! 🙂 I think you have a valid point. And I also know that I have seen the kind of criticism that Tilly got before on Norwegian blogs, where a blogger who have grown large constantly gets comments about how people wants her to write. And it is that kind of behavior I oppose against. I don´t mind that people have different views, and state them as well, I just don´t understand why larger personal blogs should be more careful than others. So my post isn´t as much about this specific post by Tilly than it is a general discussion about what we should and should not expect from our fellow bloggers as they grow more popular.

  10. I left a (somewhat critical) comment on Tilly’s post. Of course she’s entitled to her opinion. So are her readers. I don’t think popular bloggers should censor themselves, but I do think a popular blogger with lots of followers should be kind and respectful to her readers. And explaining why those 50-odd blogs, written by regular people, didn’t “make the cut” and “live up to expectations” just seemed unnecessarily harsh to me, especially since many of those bloggers are likely readers and followers of her blog. We don’t blog in a vacuum. We have an audience. So if you blog something that seems harsh or hurtful to your readers, you should expect to hear about it.

  11. I think my favorite part of the online sewing community is how nice and supportive everyone is. There is very much an attitude of “only say nice things, or move on to another page.” It’s not like many other parts of the internet where people only want to cause hurt/harm. A lot of those negative comments were overly dramatic, and she was speaking generally and not at any one person in particular!

  12. Tilly says: “I’m not interested in seeing people’s holiday snaps (sorry!) or read about what their little sprogs have been up to at school.”

    Personally, I agree with her. I just click right past the entries that don’t interest me. I have limited amounts of time that I can spend on the internet.

    Sometimes, I think bloggers use off-topic entries as fill. I follow a lot of blogs in Google Reader. Sometimes I see bloggers apologizing “Sorry, I haven’t posted for a few days.” I really don’t care if a blogger only posts once or twice a month. And, as far as sewing blogs go, I certainly don’t expect a blogger to sew an outfit a day and post about it.

  13. wow, i tend to read things in reader without clicking through to comments, had no idea such a kerfuffle had arisen until went back after seeing this post.
    a personal blog is a personal blog so no matter how popular it gets i would hope that the writer retains what it was that made them popular in the first place (what a circular self referencing sentence!)
    i’m not a big commenter because i’m often dipping in and out of reader to give myself a tiny brain break in work, or else reading on my phone which isn’t “smart” enough to let me comment, but also i tend to only comment on blogs where i feel i know the person a little, mostly through those flickr groups, like you or molly or sigrid above, because i think twice about how the comment could be read if its not someone that i’ve “talked” to before. kinda like whether you’d make a joke or throw a flippant comment into conversation with someone you don’t know. so in a way i censor my comments more than i censor what i blog

    rambling aside, i love the little group of blogs that i do follow and comment (irregularly) on 🙂

    • Louise, that is an excellent point, and I think I do the same as you. I might censor my comments more than my blog, especially if I comment on a blog where I don´t, as you say, know the author.

      • i think maybe thats a difference that disappears as the blog gets bigger/more popular – commenters may just shoot their mouth off withoutgiving as much thought to what they’re typing because they think less about the person more about the blog

  14. A great and thoughtful post Solvi. I went and read the original Tilly post after reading your blog. I don’t have a problem with what she wrote after all blogging is a very personal thing and she wasn’t really attacking anyone. Personally I am quite careful with what I put in comments as things can easily be misunderstood. I think maybe when you have such a big readership like Tilly that statistically you can offend someone without intending too. I quite like having a small blog, and I feel that the regular commentators to my blog whose blogs I, inturn, read make up a nice-sized group that I am happy to be a part of. Like you I like to read blogs with some humour in them and I also like to see items about sustainability, other peeks into peoples’ lives as well as sewing. But I am aware that is just my personal choice (I am a nosey person). I think we have all made decisions about which blogs to follow and which to stop reading, it is just not something I explicitly write about.
    PS: your major was Jazz? I think that is a new fascinating fact about you! x

  15. I felt bad for Tilly- I don’t think she thought that asking to see some new blogs would turn into this! Perhaps there is safety in being small- blogwise. If I get too much traffic I’m sure I’ve offended someone- ot they are just laughing at my butt!

  16. Well said, Sølvi! I do kind of understand Sigrid’s criticism that Tilly might have been a teensy bit more careful with her words, but she only expressed and opinion and her personal likes and that’s what a blog is for, isn’t it? 🙂 Personally, I’m as curious as Debbie and like having little personal tidbits interspersed with sewing…

  17. How interesting solvi. Like some of the others I had no idea Tilly had generated such drama! When I read it, it certainly made me pause to think. I’m with the others. We are all interested in different things in a blog, and choose to follow according to our own preferences, and i follow all sorts ( arguably too many to keep me productive! But there’s so much inspiration !!) I don’t have strict criteria, and if I did, I’d be very unlikely to share ( come on, I have a much smaller readership and wouldn’t expect anyone to be interested!) I enjoy the kinship through the little community of commenters I’m part of and love that aspect of blogging! Would hate to stir it up!

  18. Thanks, Solvi, for this thoughtful post. I’ll admit to being a little rebuffed a bit by the post but mostly by some of the comments. In fact, it’s usually the commenters that turn me off “big blogs” — either exhausting to root through so many comments or just a whole lotta negativity that will inevitably come with the mass. And sure, it stung a bit, but I’m with you: What I love in a blog is personality, that it’s a personal publishing platform. I’m terrible at commenting, but I love reading blogs. They’ve provided me so much inspiration and food for thought.

    And I also appreciate what you said about self-censorship and I’m approaching something similar. Since I’ve started my blog, I’ve changed, so does my blog change too? Or do I start a new one? Through my wardrobe I’ve become more passionate about sustainable practices, which means I want to make less (and thus, blog less), and am interested in applying these lessons to the rest of my non-sewing life.

    P.S. I started knitting, which means I’m also going to start stalking you on Ravelry. 🙂

  19. I suppose it comes down to why you blog and/or read blogs. Mine will never be “a sewing blog” or “a health blog” or “a knitting blog”. It is a “me blog” and I have an interest in all those things. I know that some people come to my blog only to catch up on my husband’s health, while others would probably prefer not to know – but that’s fine! My problem with T’s blog-post was her consumerist stance – it was all about what she would get out of a blog, as if it was a commodity she had paid for and wasn’t getting “value for money” if it didn’t tick all her boxes. I read the blogs of people who interest me, and I enjoy the insights into their lives that their holiday snaps or recipes provide. I might not read these posts with the same care as the ones about sewing, but I appreciate that it is that person’s chosen method of self-expression and that’s enough for me!

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