Blog Review: Blog for Better Sewing

I am so glad that Past Me made a super detailed editorial calendar for this blog. I have material to run with until August! It’s fantastic! I’m a little bit behind schedule, but I’m still trying to get into the habit of writing every morning before going to work. Even if I had zero reader, I’m doing it for myself.

Today, I want to share with you one of my favourite blogs: Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing. I discovered her many years ago, and am happy to see how much she has grown. She started off as a gimmicky blog a la Julie/Julia with a simple goal of sewing her way through Vogue’s New Book for Better Sewing published in 1952. She has since become a retro fashion sewing guru, offering classes online and in-person. I personally signed up to her Craftsy class, bought a few of her patterns, and own her first book, Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing. I have made one dress out of one of her pattern, but truthfully, I needed tons of help from my mom.
I saw recently that she had organized a sewing retreat, and I was secretly jealous of everyone who was able to go and meet her.

Her blog is loaded with great tutorials and tips on handling retro sewing and fitting techniques. She does plenty of sew-along projects so that readers at home can have her explain the tricky parts as they go along. She even sells sewing kits that include all materials for certain projects on her Etsy page. It’s such a smart marketing idea! People love DIY, but it’s often a pain to find every material required (and expensive). It makes me think I should try to create some cute DIY kits: buy material in bulk and package them separately.

I don’t visit her blog as often as I used to, but whenever I do, I find myself inspired to create and to branch out on my own. Make my mark onto the world with something I enjoy doing.

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