Learning through blogging.


Time flies while sewing and having fun

Do you knew it´s been almost ten years since I started blogging? In the beginning I wrote very random stuff in Norwegian. At the time I had only just begun to sew, and I saw myself more as a crocheter than anything else. After finding futuregirl.com, I was so inspired! Both by her awesome crochet and felt projects, but also by her social awareness. In 2008 this here blog became a sewing/craft- blog. In 2010 I made my pledge to not buy any RTW clothes that year, and I can honestly say that it changed my life. Since then, I can count the RTW clothes I have bought on, maybe not one hand, but at least only two, and I feel so much better about my wardrobe now than I ever did before.

Knowledge & friendships

Blogging has given me new knowledge about building websites, using social media and lots of techy stuff as well, and more often than not, I have experimented with new things here first, before applying it to my workspace homepage. Last but not least – blogging has given me a whole new community of friends and like-minded people from all over the world. I have been fortunate enough to have met with some of you IRL as well, and I can´t wait for the chance to meet new people in the future.

Fast learning

I find that blogging about something you really enjoy enhances the feeling of joy, and it gives you new insights and skill faster. Once I write something down, it is easier to reflect on it later. Also – once I started to take photos of myself in different garments, I learned what works for me and what doesn´t. My blogging has always been a bit arbitrary, and non-consistent, but I have been sewing consistently, and never given up on my principles of buying as little RTWas possible.

Let´s keep on blogging

I will keep on blogging and sewing and hope you will too – so that blogging doesn´t become something only for the professionals and business owners, but continue to be the voice of keen sewists everywhere.


  1. Philippa on 20/08/2015 at 06:59

    Agreed! Happy blog anniversary!

  2. Kathryn on 20/08/2015 at 14:56

    Happy Blog anniversary Solvi! I always enjoy your blog posts, and it was lovely to meet you when you were in London. My blogging is also very sporadic, but I definitely still get lots out of it – community, advice, a bit of perspective and contemplation on my own makes, and of course as a means of documenting what I’ve made, all the same things you list above. I’ve recently stopped reading quite a few fashion/lifestyle blogs I used to follow as they were becoming just way too sponsored, like whole posts where the sole purpose seemed to be highlighting a particular product that blogger had been ‘gifted’. I’ll stick to sewing blogs from now on!

    • Sølvi on 20/08/2015 at 15:09

      Thank you Kathryn! I loved meeting you too – I hope I´ll be able to go back to the UK soon again. 🙂 I know what you mean about sponsored blogs like that, I usually run into them when searching for more DIY/craft things, and also at times if I am searching for instructions for baking. i find that most sewing bloggers who are sponsored are quite transparent, in comparison, thank heavens. 🙂 I love reading your posts as well, although I am not always as good at commenting….;)

  3. Crab&Bee on 20/08/2015 at 18:54

    Happy 10 years! Finding you during Me-Made-May and seeing the amazing variety of clothing you’d created was a huge inspiration to me. I love the world of amateur sewing blogging, too.

    • Sølvi on 21/08/2015 at 08:41

      Thank you! I really am very happy for meeting so many wonderful sewists online – I am so in awe over the wedding dress you made for your sister – such a beautiful piece of craftmanship! 🙂

  4. Sarah on 21/08/2015 at 00:02

    Yes, please keep on blogging! I love your blog and look forward to your posts 🙂

  5. Jenna on 24/08/2015 at 11:58

    Happy 10 years! Please keep blogging! I love reading your blogs and find your makes very inspirational!

    • Sølvi on 28/08/2015 at 13:13

      Thank you – and you too! 🙂

  6. PinhouseP on 27/08/2015 at 15:57

    I totally agree on all points! Ten years is a long stretch, I’ve started on my third year, still it seems only yesterday I posted my first post 🙂 Keep it going:D

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.