Wednesday, 8 June 2016

A little post about nothing


Hello everyone.

Winter has struck in not-so-sunny-at-the-moment Sydney and I am going out on Saturday night with some friends from America to show them the lights of my city and to dine by the harbour. Whee! What's this got to do with sewing you say? I am going to wear a black outfit with my hippy tie dye velvet jacket on top. See previous post.

Sometimes I get a bit bashful about my love of colour and my love of the off beat and wonder um should I be wearing that? At my age? I have long loved the way French women of a certain age dress but they veer towards the classic with a dash of I don't care what you think. But that is not quite what I am aiming at and I did not know how to put it into words until I saw this post from Advanced Style



Photo from Advanced Style. See link.


Though I am not about to don a tutu any time soon the message resonated. Wear what makes you happy. If the joy comes from the feeling that you love what you are wearing then the clothes are an extension of it and not a costume.

Also, this seems to be an appropriate time to say I am slowing down on my posts but I will keep on with this blog. I have noticed many bloggers, especially those like myself that are not cultivating a profile on multiple media or a fan base or turn blogging into a job, are experiencing a natural division from the generation of me-as-product. Indeed many branch into selling products and being a brand. Who knows if I was a young thing just emerging if I would get fired up and follow the same path? If they offer a product people want be it style commentary or a sewing related product good luck to them.

All I know is from my viewpoint while readership goes up, commentary has gone down. I have wondered why I bother. Ultimately I still do it because sewing and writing about it still gives me a glimmer of joy. Thanks for reading.

Val.



21 comments:

  1. What a wonderful message, Val. Or messages! I'm with you, I love color and slightly off-beat, always have. I was a true boho aficionado in the 60's and 70's! and enjoy myself now.

    I totally agree with your observations on blogging, other media outlets. Love your term 'me-as-product', had not heard that before. And in the last several weeks, three bloggers that I've always enjoyed have posted a message of goodbye. A couple more have just disappeared, although I found one on Instagram. Just not the same, she's an incredible sewist, wonderful fun taste.

    Hope you enjoyed your LBD with your marvelous velvet jacket - queen of the Nile!!

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  2. Thanks, Val! I've been enjoying your blog for awhile, and I find that I'm not much of a multi-multi-media user myself. I agree, wear what makes you happy! (Though it can be tricky with an office job.)

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  3. Hi there Val,
    I keep on blogging because I do love to share what I've made, in detail, with others who love sewing, and I enjoy keeping a record for myself.
    Instagram is great for instant feedback, but it's transient and ephemeral. Whereas the blog has more substance, and it stays there. I use it as a reference. Others use it as a reference!
    Blogging takes time, and I'm way behind at the moment - but I know I'll get there, because I know that there are others like yourself who are reading.
    I am very glad that you will keep on blogging. I always perk up when something from you appears in my feed reader!
    Your jacket is wonderful. I am a strong advocate of wear what you like. If you can deal with swear words, I found this recent link summed it all up for me: https://warningcurvesahead.com/2016/06/04/24-things-women-over-30-should-wear/

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  4. I love this post! I for one would wear a longish tutu, given half a chance (or somewhere to wear it). And we all know I've got a few years on you, he he..... The blue of the jacket is so perfect for dining by the harbour, and you will have a magical time.
    I'm so pleased you are continuing your blog; like me, you like to write, and record things in this pleasant way, and I love it when you appear on the blog roll. Happy sewing Val xx

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  5. I read EVERY post of your but don't usually comment because lately I'm reading blogs on my phone and while it's great to read that way and gives me more opportunity to see more blogs, it's really, REALLY bad for commenting. At least for me ... I prefer to type with an actual keyboard and not fumble around on a tiny flat screen. Hahaha. Anyway, I just wanted you to know that I enjoy your blog and will be here no matter how often or few between the posts are. My blog has gone the same way the last few year with my sporadic posting. I so want to keep it up but it's got to be at a slower pace now since my life has changed (and whose hasn't!) since I started it.

    And I'd wear that tutu. :-)

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  6. I enjoy reading your blog and have been doing so for years through a blog reader which is why I rarely comment on blogs. :) I will keep reading and I am a complete stranger to you. I'm sure I'm not alone.

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  7. I just recently found your blog and went back in the archives and read the whole thing. I like your creations and your writing is very enjoyable. I also am glad you are going to keep your blog going.

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  8. Thanks for your comments.
    Coco, I have noticed bloggers, good ones, either pulling the plug or getting discouraged too. Because I am a bit of a mule that's part of the reason I am continuing. The other is that I want to hear from sewers like yourself- we've been there, done that and don't need anyone to tell us what to do. We can pick and choose from the technologies of a rapidly changing world but still say 'here I am'. P.S. It was you who inspired me to get on Pinterest, purely for my own ends to keep an Inspiration File andI am enjoying it immensely.
    Patricia, You are a friend in real life. I like your grace and your courage and your genuinely positive outlook. And if I ever get to Brisbane I am bringing you a tutu.
    Debbie, I am like that with phones as well. Thank you for telling me you read my posts. I believe you could do the whole outfit, not just the tutu ..
    LindaC, JenL and Heather thank you for coming out of lurkdom to tell me you are reading, it means a lot.
    Thornberry, Wow, thanks for sharing that link. Yes, women 'over 30' (can I amend that to 'pushing 60?' ;) should wear Whatever They Want and the women listed all look visibly happy in their own skins and with what they are wearing. They all look fabulous don't they!

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  9. Love your style Valerie and I say where what you want, I love my loud tights just need to find the fabric to make more. Hope you had a fantastic time on the harbour and you would have looked and felt amazing!!

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    1. Yes we had a great time even though the view made for expensive though very good food :0

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  10. I'm 41, and just getting into my 'f#ck it' years. I've spent way to much of my life looking the way other people told me was 'appropriate'; it's time to start wearing what I want!

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  11. I would never wear either of these outfits. But I love that they're out there by more adventurous people than myself, it's art, living art.

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    1. Yes! I love genuine eccentricity.

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  12. I love reading your blog, I am far behind in technology and find it impossible to comment as I have no profile as asked in your comment section. I want you to know that I look forwarto see what you have made next, your style is very similar to my own. Lets see if I can work out how to publish this...

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    1. Thank you for going to the trouble of telling me that!

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  13. I love reading blog posts...as reference, as Thornberry says; as inspiration; for entertainment, and for education. I do not want sewing bloggers to stop sharing what they do! Also, reading people's reflections on their sewing helps me to feel part of a community. I only have one friend who sews, so it's nice to see all this variety. I am slow at sewing, so I'm slow at posting. Also. Blogger doesn't let me post with my Wordpress name, so I have to post with my real name, which I don't like to do.

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  14. I'm struggling with blog posts - bloglovin and my tablet don't like each other and has been unstable on my home computer. I've just migrated all my followed blogs back to blogger. Fingers crossed. Personally, I think the notice of personal style is overrated. We should pay attention to colours and shapes that suit us, but not get locked into a particular look. My advice, look warm in winter and cool in summer!

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  15. Oh, please keep blogging along! I started reading your blog because you're in Australia, and I've been madly in love with your country since before you were born. Now read your blog because you're fearless with your sewing. When I first saw your velvet jacket, I thought, "WOAH!" Now I want one, too. Of course, with my lifestyle, I've nowhere to wear one - splitting firewood? fishing with my grandson? - but who cares. I'm always sewing for other people, currently 27 table runners for my great niece's wedding, and you make me want to sew for me. Maybe it's time to get out of my uniform of jeans and T-shirts. Keep blogging, Valerie. I want to keep reading!

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  16. Dear Valerie,
    Just found your blog. Love what you are doing. I am in your age group, so empathize with your views.
    Started a blog of my own last year. it is slow going. I had to THE reason for blogging. It is to have a record of what I do. If any one likes my efforts, well and good.
    So find a reason that resonates in you.

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  17. I just came across your blog and I love it! I am a lady od a certain age who lives in Texas so I can empathize with you about the hot weather! I work in marketing so I totally understand what you are saying about the migration of blogging. That's why I find your blog so refreshing. You are sharing your life and your love of sewing and your beautiful work with us. I have enjoyed meeting you here!

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