Individually, sewing and blogging are hobbies that can take over your life if you let them – do both, and you may find yourself having no time for anything else. A lot goes into creating a successful blog post – photography, photo-editing, writing, yet more editing, promotion on social media, the list goes on – and when you add the fact that you have to sew in order to have something to blog about, you could end up with blogger burnout.
I still have much to learn in this area, but there are a few rules that I try to live by in order to avoid getting overwhelmed – hobbies are supposed to be fun, after all. Here are my top three tips for sewing and blogging while still having time for work, rest and play. Continue reading “Top 3 Time-Management Tips for Sewing Bloggers”
A couple of weeks ago an exciting email landed in my inbox from Octane PR inviting me to a blogger event on the terrace at the swanky Square Club in Bristol, held on behalf of Rainbow Club shoes. Billed as an evening of colour and cocktails in celebration of Bonfire Night and the launch of Rainbow Club’s latest collection, we were told to wrap up warm and come prepared to turn ‘naked’ shoes into something a little more interesting.
Rainbow Club has been designing and making satin occasion shoes since the mid 1980s and is known for its stunning bridal heels and accessories, but is also branching out into party footwear too thanks to its unique Colour Studio – Rainbow Club shoes are handmade in a beautiful satin that can be hand-dyed to match any item of clothing or accessory. There are so many gorgeous designs on offer, from pretty peep-toes and comfy-yet-chic mid-heels to glitter-covered stilettos, so you’re sure to find a style (or three) you love among them. Continue reading “Cocktails, Colour & Crafting at the Rainbow Club #MixMatchMake Blogger Event”
Aside from a few popular titles such as Mollie Makes, Love Sewing and Sew, sewing and craft magazines can, in my experience, be a little twee and uninspiring – since Cloth magazine left the newsstands, there’s very little out there that focuses on trend-led, fashion sewing. This is soon to be rectified, though, thanks to Colette Patterns, who will be launching a digital magazine in December called Seamwork.
Borne from founder Sarai’s need for quick yet challenging projects, each issue will come with two downloadable digital patterns that can each be completed in three hours or less – including useful wardrobe items like knitwear, accessories, lingerie, loungewear, bags and beautiful basics – along with in-depth articles on new sewing techniques, embellishment ideas and fabric guides, plus top tips from designers. The great news is, it’s going to be affordably priced, and anyone will be able to read the magazine (although only subscribers will have access to the patterns).
I can’t wait for the first issue – if you fancy a sneak peek, you can sign up to the mailing list (word is there’s some behind-the-scenes info and pattern previews in store for those who sign up).