Something interesting happened this week. I noticed three blog posts in my reader, each celebrating the launch of three different new patterns.
Sheesh, I thought. I can hardly keep up!
I didn’t read the blog posts at the time, but later that day thought I’d check out these new patterns. I tried to remember their names and who they were from. Hadn’t a clue. Couldn’t remember. Poof! They’d disappeared in the ether and I wasn’t quite curious enough to start Googling new sewing patterns. After all, I already own a lot of patterns.
Some sewing friends and I were reminiscing recently, over 5+ years of blogging. ‘Remember when it was the Big Four and Colette?’ one of us asked. We nodded sagely, in the way people do when someone mentions the heatwave of 76. (I can still vividly picture the melting tarmac on our street!)
Choice is a wonderful thing. But I feel a bit like the sewing fanatic who wanders into a huge fabric store and leaves empty handed because I’m overwhelmed by options. I need help, and so do those designers. When you launch a new business or new range and four hours later a potential customer can’t recall your name – I’d say that’s a problem.
Books have publishers, physical stores and online shops who all help the reader find what they’re looking for. What Other Customers Are Looking At Right Now … Inspired By Your Browsing History... Museums have curators who select what to put in front of the viewing public. There are always more artefacts in the bowels of a museum than ever sit in glass cabinets.
Do we have anything comparable? Knitters have the peer reviews of Ravelry. Sewists have Pattern Review, but have you visited that site lately? Me neither. Last year, Abby Glassenberg wrote a really interesting article about Why Isn’t There A Site Like Ravelry For Sewing? A lot of the points she made still stand true.
Interesting times, but I can’t help feeling that there’s a way forwards for both designers and home sewists. We all want to play together. We just need to work out what the rules of the game are, as more and more people join in.
Do my experiences and feelings chime with you? And do you have any answers?!
Which pattern qualifies as vintage?