10 Years Of Blogging – Giveaway!

Ten Years Did You Make That

What were you doing 10 years ago? What the heck was I doing?!

Well, I guess in some corner of my house, I sat down with a laptop and opened a WordPress account. I remember being very inspired by sewing and wanting to be part of the online conversation.

Back then, it was all about leaving long, enthusiastic comments on other people’s blogs. If you want to hear how it really worked, you should definitely listen to this podcast I took part in. The online sewing community was US-focussed, fledgling, and vibrant.

Much has changed – other than the vibrant part. And I am sooooo happy to see how many people have filled this world of ours with thousands of Instagram posts and comments. It really is staggering to see how some of my peers have grown from isolated individuals (“You sew?!”) to being successful authors, business people, Youtubers and community hosts. What else is to be achieved, and by whom?

So, let’s celebrate with a giveaway!

To herald 10 – yes, 10! – years of Did You Make That I have the following giveaway:

lady mcelroy

All you have to do to enter the giveaway is leave a comment below saying what YOU would love to read in your next sewing book.

The competition is open internationally and will close at midnight GMT Sunday 23 February.

Good luck! And here is to the next 10 years…

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129 Responses to 10 Years Of Blogging – Giveaway!

  1. Linda Hinds says:

    I love to read a collection of biographies of indie pattern designers 🙂

    • Janet Lynn Hasselblad says:

      Congratulations! I really enjoy your blog. You are an inspiration to me and my fledgling sewing skills. I’d like to read about different body types making the same pattern/look, and how to adapt the pattern to make it look good no matter what body type.

  2. Tracey Bingham says:

    CONGRATS 👏
    I love to read the authors introduction (the longer the better). I need to connect with their inspiration before I consider buying the book.

  3. Tracey Bingham says:

    Congratulations.
    I love to read the authors introduction (the longer the better). I need to connect with their inspiration and ideology to sewing before I consider buying the book.

  4. Clare Baker says:

    I would like to read Top Ten Makes, to get inspiration for my next make and to encourage me to try something new and a bit different

  5. Jutta says:

    Good morning and congratulations, Karen 🎈 🥂 What an achievement!
    I would love to read about the history of pattern making. I believe in former times all garments were custom made. Have a lovely day and thanks for the chance. Looking forward to another 10 years of didyoumakethat 🥰🎈 Jutta

  6. Congratulations Karen. 10 years shows perseverance and persistence.
    Being all bout sustainability right now I have a massive amount of scraps that I don’t know what to do with. A book about sustainable sewing would be good.

  7. Shelley says:

    A decade of blogging, well done.
    I like reading of all things sewing. I like hearing about sewing memories from past generations and personal sewing stories. I like reading about top tips for tricky techniques, like wretched twin needle stitching. I like reading about the history and manufacture of different fabric and fabric shopping. Also learning from and adapting what could be perceived at mistakes. Sewing rituals – but maybe that’s just me (radio 4 drama, tea, cat). Gratuitous photographs of sewing with pets. Ideally I want to read a book that tells jaded 45 year old teachers how to carve out a new, fulfilling and profitable second career in something textile related.
    Seriously though, if it’s about sewing – I’ll read it!

  8. Katie Walton says:

    Congratulations!! I keep thinking about starting a hobby blog but don’t really know where to start… so I guess building a social platform around hobbies would be good!!

  9. Nicola Bostock says:

    Congratulations on 10 years! I would love to read about mending and refashioning in my next sewing book 😄 Thanks for the giveaway.

  10. Samantha says:

    Congratulations Karen! I would like to read about sewing the next level for advanced sewing, techniques, how to tackle complex projects and couture sewing.

  11. Kathy c says:

    Congratulations. What a lovely thing to do.
    I think the thing I’d most like to read is how I can find more time in my life for sewing. Having said that tips for things to do with all the scraps I build up would also be useful.

  12. Lisa Gregory says:

    Well done on 10 years Karen! It’s interesting to hear how things have changed in the online sewing world. I’m relatively new to all things here although not to sewing. I’d be interested to read about inter generational sewing having had my interest piqued by my late aunt leaving me her amazing fabric and thread stash (how lucky was I?) and the recent vintage exhibitions at the V & A which took me back to my aunt’s creations of my childhood. Keep doing what you’re doing and welcome to the 50 club!

  13. Els says:

    Congratulations Karen! You were the first blog I ever read, while I was working out in Namibia between 2009-2011, getting back into sewing. I was always eagerly awaiting new posts (still am!).

    I would love to read how sewing has transformed people’s lives, through reading personal stories from history up to now.

  14. Rene says:

    I love to read about the history of clothes, not the fashion items but the practical, work wear,fabrics used, designs and reinforced stitches and seams used.I’ve always been fastenated by fisherman’s smocks, land army girls clothing and the herring girls attire and considering what’s happening with our environment I’m sure that way of making modern but practical clothes that last is definitely needed again today more than ever.

  15. Jenny Williams says:

    10 years! Well done Karen! I would love to read successes but also failures – I always find the failures equally as interesting as the successes as you learn so much! I love the end of year round ups people do about their top 10 and bottom 10 and also which ones they enjoyed sewing most. I find these types most fascinating.

  16. Harriet Donovan says:

    I would love to read people’s stories of how/why they learnt to sew, especially those passed on from generation to generation.

  17. Congratulations! That’s an amazing achievement. I’m interested in quilting, mending and upcycling, but I love reading about pretty much everything!

  18. Lydia Speakman says:

    Common mistakes and how to avoid them

  19. anne stevens says:

    In a general reflective book (not just a how to manual – or perhaps even in that!) I would love to see a discussion of the evolution of sewing methods, from the days when almost all middle class women had at least some of their outer clothing made by a dressmaker, and amateur dressmakers copied their methods – pin, tack all the main parts together, try on, fit, retack, try on again, take apart the tacking as necessary, then sew, to today’s tendency to make straight from the pattern, with perhaps some pattern adjustment first. Likewise the evolution from the home dressmaker’s ideal of emulating couture (no stitching showing, invisible hems etc) to today’s preference for ready to wear methods, topstitched hems, bagged linings etc. And then an in depth consideration of the pros and cons as the author sees them.

  20. Becca says:

    Congratulations! I’m trying to think what I would love to read about, other than the obvious being I buy sewing books often for the patterns included. But I think maybe something around in depth histories of certain parts of sewing, say certain techniques, or companies or inventions?

  21. rtrittel says:

    Congratulations on 10 years – wow! I am so impressed that you have remained loyal to your blog. As to what I’d like to see in a future sewing book – hmmm – I guess it would have to be fitting yourself, as that is what I struggle with the most. Thanks for all of your encouragement through your blog over the years. I truly enjoy reading your blog each and every time you post.

  22. Marilyn says:

    I would love to read a book of Designer’s Secrets. By this I mean what do they do special to make their patterns different for fit. On the Good-bye Valentino Blog, she showed the armhole of the Chanel Jacket and compared it to todays patterns. I would love to see more of these comparisons all grouped together in a book.

  23. Claudia B. says:

    I love to see straightforward pattern and read about how to twist them with some details to one’s own fit or style.

  24. Martina says:

    Congratulations!!!
    I love reading about how people started to sew/make, their journey, their ups/ downs, mojos lost and gained. What has changed throughout the journey!

  25. Linda Stewardson says:

    Congrats on 10 years! I would like to read a step by step guide to making a first
    garment.

  26. Nikki says:

    Congratulations, I love to read about all things sewing related but especially what sewing means to the author and why.

  27. Hales says:

    Hi Karen, congratulations on 10 years your blog has been consistent and enjoyable. I would love to read how people have overcome sewing issues whether that be working out the fit of a garment or when things haven’t gone great but managed to rescue the item.

  28. Kim D says:

    I would love to read a pattern designers story of development of a pattern. From how the idea sparks, how it develops, and they nurture it to the final product.
    Congrats on 10 years!

  29. Rosalyn Laney says:

    Congratulations on your ten years!
    I still struggle as an absolute beginner… So anything basic yet inspirational would always be welcome.
    How easy is this! Look what you can do in ten minutes!
    Thanks 👍👍

  30. Kat says:

    I would like to read about sewing accessories, not just clothes, I love to make purses and bags and would love to read about others that do so. Congratulations on your 10 year anniversary and here’s to another 10 years!

  31. Kat says:

    It doesn’t look like my original comment wants to post 🙁 I would like to see sewing accessories, not just clothes. I like to make bags and purses and would be interested in reading about others that do too. Congratulations on your 10 year anniversary and here’s to another 10 years! x

  32. Louisa says:

    I would love to read about ways to make my sewing more sustainable, like tips for extending the lifetime/wear of garments, visible and invisible mend methods, ways to use scraps creatively..

  33. Helen Gray says:

    Congratulations on 10 years blogging. I’ve only just found you but I’m so glad that I have. I would love to read personal stories. Real women making wearable clothes.

  34. Lisa Bonds says:

    I’d love to read a book that has a clear, funny and non-terrifying take on fitting.

  35. Jenny says:

    Congratulations on a momentous anniversary! I would like to read about others’ experiences of how sewing has made a positive impact on their own self-confidence and self-worth, and how it’s inspired and helped them to cope when times are tough – an expansion of the hashtag around sewing as therapy.

  36. Rebecca says:

    I want to know when to “finish” the seams on garments.
    What’s the best way to get a nice non fraying inside using a sewing machine
    Not everyone has a serger.

    • Pal K says:

      Until the book comes out-Sewcialist had an article on this last August
      Be sure to read the comments too
      (BTW: these days I am doing a lot of pinking )

  37. Chloe says:

    Congrats to 10 years! Thank you for making this blog a fun weekly treat!
    For my next sewing book I’d love to read more about coat/jacket making and tailoring. Especially how to choose interfacing and interlining for speedy tailoring methods.

  38. Elizabeth says:

    Congratulations, Karen. I found sewing blogs after retiring three years ago and I really enjoy yours. I learned to sew from my mother and grandmothers and would like to read about sewists in previous generations and how they learned and passed down their skills.
    Thank you for the opportunity to join the drawing.

  39. Jo Batey says:

    Congratulations Karen. I like to hear back stories on what brought people to sewing and what influences them in their design choices. I also like lots of suggestions of how to wear various makes.

  40. Meta says:

    Congratulations and thank you for all those years of sewing inspiration, I really enjoy reading your posts. I’d love to read more about mending (other than the basics) and ways to use up scraps to make garments (colour blocking, piecing, etc?). Looking forward to the next ten years!

  41. Christine Taylor says:

    Many congratulations on reaching the first 10 years and here’s to the next. I have enjoyed reading about your makes and your travels. I would like to learn a little more about how designers choose their fabrics, how they commission them and get the appropriate haberdashery.

  42. Congratulations Karen, one of my favorite sewing blogs. Not sure how many of the ten I’ve been reading, but many. I’d love to see more on sustainable sewing. I’m very concerned about the future and sewing is a big part of my world. I’d like to find ways to continue making and still help cut down on waste. Love to Ella.

  43. Hanna L says:

    I really enjoy your blog and my fox terriers send their love to Ella!
    I’ve wanted to become a petit main in some extravagant haute couture atelier. (Unfortunately I just might be competent enough to make tea and empty the trash cans…)
    I would like to read about someone without professional sewing training tell how they tackle tricky sewing, and also about their mistakes and mishaps and how they solved problems and what would they do the next time.
    I would also want to hear what advice professionals would give to amateurs.
    And then maybe more about your experiences with classes (Beth in California, English Couture, etc) and tips about sewing holidays!

    Looking forward to seeing your future projects!

  44. sheila says:

    Thanks for your blog Karen. Your personal sewing journey has taught me loads and given a me lot of pleasure.

    I would like to learn more about individual characters in the sewing world, the stories behind specific garments and small sewing related exhibitions. For example I love the stories behind garments displayed at the V&A and a treat is discovering less well known exhibitions such as the sewing machine museum in Balham and Queer Looks at Brighton Museum.

  45. Pam Kocke says:

    Yay for 10 years of blogging! I always want to read tips on getting better at sewing, but I’m still pretty new at it (two years this week!)

  46. I would like to read about sewing families who have maybe started sewing domestically and turned it into a thriving business over the generations.

  47. Pam Holmes says:

    Congratulations on ten years! I love having your blog pop up in my inbox! I would love to read more about the history of sewing and gaining a connection to all the people before us who have taken up a needle and thread to create a garment.

  48. Beth Woolsey says:

    Congratulations Karen! I would like to read about inspiring a love for sewing in young people. I have two young granddaughters and a grandson, and my desire is that they become interested in sewing and allow me to teach them everything I know. When I sew, I often think about my mother and watching her sew when I was a little girl. It’s some of my fondest memories of her, and I would love to continue the family tradition.

  49. skaapie says:

    I would like to know how to sew a perfectly straight waistband on jeans where the centre front meets the top of the zip. I always get a little bump there…

  50. Janet Bruce says:

    We cannot avoid it. Climate change is real. All of us in our own individual way MUST take responsibility and change our expectations. And yes that includes our sewing. What we buy, how much we buy, how much we sew, how long out garments are likely to last and be worn, how much we need in our wardrobes. Here’s what I think we need to discuss. How can we use our skills to lessen the impact on the planet? How can we support others by using our skills? How can we reduce, reuse, recycle and repair with our sewing? How willing are we to put it at the forefront of what we do?

  51. iribeiro says:

    Wow! Congratulations on the big 10!! And thank you for the giveaway. I’ve been thinking what I’d love to read and I’m torn. I mostly buy books about pattern making or fitting, but I feel that there is already plenty on that topic. Maybe an update on fabric libraries, every fabric book I know just sticks to the basics and sometimes I either have no idea what a fabric name is, or I never found any fabric named as is described in those books.

  52. Amy Lawes says:

    Congratulations! 10 years? Oh my. I moved to Canada from the UK a little over 10 yearsa go. Found you along the way at some point after that — and have been trying to work out how to wangle a visit to Walthamstow market ever since!

    Hmm…I like reading about the mistakes along the way – and also about the long-term successes. The garments that are worn to death, be they the dress that works for every occasion, or the pyjama’s worn for years.

  53. Rachel P says:

    Congratulations! I would love to read a book describing 100 outfits you can make from 5 or 10 modules and patterns.

  54. Helen Shaw says:

    I’m glad I found your blog a couple of months ago and I look forward to the next ten years! There would be three things on my wish list: 1, more practical tips that you wouldn’t necessarily know unless you learned to sew as a child, like how to thread a needle from the Little Book of Sewing. 2, stories from sewists about how they have grown their handmade wardrobes and their sewing skills. 3, my biggest wish, reflecting where I am in my sewing life, would be something accessible about getting garments to fit well. I’d love it if your next book covered any of these!

  55. LIZA FRIESEN says:

    I would love to read about the fails or mistakes made in sewing and how to salvage the project

  56. Kath Slade says:

    Congratulations on 10 years blogging about the fantastic world of sewing. I would love to read others ideas for re-using/remaking items of clothing from existing items that have sadly been out grown or were deemed failures (I’ve quite a collection of both of these!!) And as someone else has also mentioned the history and practicality of clothing and couture methods I would love to know more about.

  57. Kyla says:

    Congratulations, Karen! I would second the idea of a book about the history of pattern making, or about the history of fabrics.

  58. Melwyk says:

    Congrats on 10 years! I’m only at 6 for my sewing blog but now up to 14 years of book blogging… time does fly 😉

    I love to read about everything sewing. Patterns, history, biographies, give it all to me! I just read a book about making changes to base patterns to switch them up a little, but it was from the 90s. I’d love to see a modern take on changing pattern elements to make new and fashionable items from what is already in your stash.

  59. Congratulations, Karen!
    You probably don’t know it, but we have been together for these last 10 years, haha! I have been reading every word you’ve written, seen every picture you’ve published. I think I know even what is in your wardrobe! Well, It’s been a pleasure, and please go on.
    My favourite sewing book is about famous dresses and their patterns, so I guess that is what I’d like.

  60. Jackie Nixon says:

    Love Reading your blog, so thank you and hoping there will be a following 10 years! I would love to read about vintage patterns and their rise and fall in popilularity. I know very little about the large pattern companies, but always drawn to buying vintage patterns in charity shops.

  61. susan roberts says:

    Hi Karen and congratulations. Yours was the first blog I started following back in 2011, so thank you for all the inspiration.

    I´d like to read about 10 iconic patterns of the last 10 years…their inception, their launch and how they have been interpreted.

    Cheers to the next 10 years,

    Suzy….@sewing_in_spain on IG

  62. tarnia says:

    Congratulations. I love to read about people’s creative journey, how they arrived, what inspires them, and how they fit it in to their daily lives. I also like a bit of studio touring, looking at all those racks of aurifil, arranged artfully by colour.

  63. Sandra says:

    I would love to see a sewing book that showed easy professional tricks that are sewing industry secrets.

  64. Cindy S. says:

    Congratulations on 10 years of blogging! I would enjoy reading about projects scrapped, and and later reinvented. Those kind of stories inspire me to get back at sewing when discouraged.

  65. Ann says:

    Has it really been 10 years? I’ve enjoyed every one of them! Next up for study is couture finishing techniques, if you’re willing to dive in and write it I’m certainly willing to read it!

  66. Sarah willis says:

    Congratulations on 10 years! I enjoyed your Little Book of Sewing – lots of takeaways for a less-experienced sewist like me. I would love to read/see how people combine two or three patterns together to create a Franken-pattern that fits together and actually looks good!

  67. Pal K says:

    Congratulations
    My suggestion is inspired by my reaction to a post by Carolyn, a Sewing Fanatic with an online diary…
    She noted that she uses usually continuous lap on her shirts instead of a tower placket
    I had completely forgotten that I used to do that
    Therefore, my suggested topic is: revisiting

  68. Denise says:

    I love seeing projects done, and the thinking behind them – why a certain material was used, what alterations were done. And I love seeing sewing workspaces. Both give me inspiration to look at things from a different perspective, to see how I can incorporate these into my own sewing practice.

  69. Jo says:

    Oh wow, 10 years! I love that you’re still blogging, especially as you’ve not turned indie pattern designer or made a career of your sewing in the meantime. I really appreciate reading your musings as still a ‘plain old’ home sewist like the rest of us (although many of your makes are far from plain!)

    I’m not really a great reader of sewing books, I only have one or two I use as fit and technique reference guides. But I think it would be really interesting to read some personal stories (current or historical people, companies, inventors…) that say something about the socioeconomic aspects of sewing. Kind of tying together past, future and present through the role of women, handcraft, business, sustainability… I bet there’s a lot of really interesting untold stories and fascinating facts, and food for thought about where we’ve come from and where we’re going. Actually that’s exactly the kind of book I’d love to research and write myself! In a parallel universe where time and money are no object 😁

    Anyway, congratulations on 10 years so far, and looking forward to the next!!

  70. Helen Jones says:

    Well done on your 10 year anniversary! I would love to see a book on how to develop patterns from a bodice block when you’ve finally got round to making one & achieved a good fit.

  71. Wendy T says:

    Though I’m an experienced sewer, I’m interested in draping and fitting so my home-sewn creations look even better on me. Id also read a book of essays on the relevance of sewing throughout history, up to and including today and the future, as well as I fluential sewers and designers of their day and why they were/are successful, not in an economic sense, but in a fashion, design, sewing sense.

  72. Nyssa Lesniak says:

    Congratulations Karen! I am always after tips on how to tell if a pattern needs alterations, like interpreting wrinkles and dragging and knowing what changes you can make to the pattern to fix that.

  73. Bridget says:

    I’d love to read about how to maintain your makes. Things like cleaning, storage and repairs so I can keep my makes looking as good as new.

  74. Stella says:

    Congratulations on 10 years! Thank you for the giveaway. I would like to read about fitting and tailoring.

  75. Jacana says:

    I’ve enjoyed reading your blog for most of the 10 years you’ve been writing it and it is still my favourite sewing blog. I’d like to read more about the professional tips and shortcuts that we could employ as home sewers.

  76. Lynda Korn says:

    I would love a book on pattern making.

  77. Ruta says:

    Congratulations on your ten years, dear Karen. I would like to read about sewing around the house, what and how is possible to change the interior, about all the small tricks and tips. And thanks for the Giveaway!

    • Anne says:

      Congratulations on such a milestone! I am looking for books on the development women’s garments through the industrial age and women’s liberation. Pre-industrial crafts allowed for greater independence, it seems. have found a few but always love a good essay on that. But you might mean a little more ready to sew 😉

  78. Beth says:

    Congratulations!! I love that your blog is still going strong, especially since so many sewing bloggers have defected to Instagram as their main platform. It’s always lovely seeing new posts from you in my feed 🙂 I’d love a sewing book that gave a lot of pattern hack and embellishment ideas – I’m not usually very good at making a pattern my own, so it would be good to see loads of different ideas over how to adapt a basic pattern. Thank you for the giveaway!

  79. Laurinda says:

    Congratulations on 10 years! I’m not a new sewist, but I’m not advanced either, & because I’m product driven, not process, I like to read the mistakes. The ‘I just added a panel/patch/new hem & called it good enough’ type of inspiration

  80. Katie M says:

    Congratulations Karen. It’s been an amazing 10 years. I only discovered you 5 years ago, but I went right back to the beginning and read everything. It’s been an fabulous journey. In my next sewing book I would like to read stories about what inspires people to sew, how they got started and their favourite makes.

  81. Melody Srygley says:

    Here is to a happy & healthy next decade!
    I always need advice on my nemesis- fitting fitting fitting!

  82. janet says:

    karen…congratulations to you….an accomplishment to be proud of for sure….and well deserved.
    i would love to read about the projects that went wrong and either how they were corrected or if in fact one just had to move on. i am not on social media, however, watching youtube monthly makes everything is always “beautiful” and “perfect” …. we all know this is not always the case. there are some brave vloggers out there who are willing to talk about the “ut-ohs” or where in a particular pattern to be careful of some quirky problem… but they are far and few between. so much can be learned from one another by seeing those projects that for whatever reason just did not work. it would benefit so many of us when we ventured out to try a particular pattern.
    another topic is helpful tips and tricks…people might feel this topic has been covered over and over but you never know what little tidbit brings on that ah-ha moment.
    thanks for the chance to win this very generous give-a-way.
    janet jecagain@gmail.com

  83. Barbara Gerovac says:

    I’d love to read a book that encourages you to think about sewing what gives you pleasure, not just copying what you see on Instagram.

  84. Jessie Houston says:

    I would love to see information on drafting a basic sloper. There’s some stuff on the Internet but having it in an easy to grab book would be awesome.

  85. Rena says:

    I echo all the comments in support of stories of favourite makes.

  86. Renee Grandinetti says:

    Congratulations. I would love to read how to break down projects into simpler steps so that they are easier to tackle.

  87. Congrats on ten years. That’s amazing!

  88. kristimcgree says:

    Congratulations on your 10 years. What an accomplishment!! I would love to read about making multiple looks (like 10 each) from 3 or 4 pieces.

  89. Ann watts says:

    I would love to read about failures / mistakes and how these were salvaged – in a light hearted way

  90. Elizabeth says:

    I love it when sewing a long project that takes me to other places. I often daydream about the background to the pattern company as I’m picking a pattern. Then as I’m stroking the fabric I wonder where it was made and how. I love a good manufacturing process. Cutting it out I reflect on the scissors – I’ve enjoyed the Earnest Wright clips.
    As the project develops I want to know more about button factory, history of sewing machine, where the interfacing was made and who invented it. Etc
    I’m rambling but someone who knows how to write could make something I’d love to read!
    Happy 10 years!

  91. Ursula Underhill says:

    Congratulations on your sewing journey! I would like to see something which would give advice about how to assess whether a pattern/style suits your particular figure or, if you really want to go with it, how to adjust that kind of style so it is more flattering. I have a few items in the abandoned/donate pile which could have been saved if I had thought about this first!

  92. Ulla says:

    Congrats! I don’t think I’ve been following your blog for the whole ten years, but at least for some of them ;o) As I am almost incapable of following recipes or pattern instructions as they come, always feeling compelled to put my own spin on things, I always prefer sewing books that give me that room for customizing: one pattern done with different materials or quirky ideas to add to the basics.

  93. Congratulations on 10 years. Interesting the suggestions above, because I can think of blogs and/or books that deal with several of them that already exist.

  94. Lesley says:

    Well done Karen. I started reading your blog after an article in the Guardian. I’d love a book to talk.about fabric types, how they are made and perhaps where technology is taking us in terms of new fabrics and processing methods.

  95. sewsew2015 says:

    Congratulations Karen! I should like to read about domestic sewing and how it it has evolved over time, and what today’s bloggers envisage for the future. I have followed your blog, which I came across by accident, since you began writing, Coincidentally I returned to sewing around the same time! Although I don’t comment very much, I do appreciate your candid, thought-provoking posts: they are always well written and entertaining.

  96. Mary says:

    Congratulations on 10 years! I’d like to read about sustainability in sewing and how to get the most from what we have.

  97. StitchNSew says:

    Happy 10 years!!! I would love to read either a book of sewing failures (what was I thinking 😂) or a book on practical things to make for a household of 2 people no kids

  98. Debbie Evans says:

    I would love to read about other sewists like me who sew with a disability – for me it means I sew in bed, machine on overbed table and pedal under my thigh and as I don’t get out much I have to accept that making all those gorgeous dresses I would love to make would just be a waste of resourses and need to concentrate on making beautiful PJs and nighties. Maybe there are bloggers out there who write about how they manage being stuck in bed and making gorgeous things but as I have only been sewing for 18 months I am still new to the community and not found any others like me as yet. If there was books written by such sewists I would buy them as what I could learn from them and their struggles to create doing what they love within their limitations would be amazing to read.

  99. Christine schwab says:

    Happy anniversary! I would love to read a book filled with sewing suggested challenges…prompts if you will, about what do do faced with certain situations. Start with a piece of fabric and consider what actions/items? Start with a pattern then look for what alternative fabrics or materials? Jasonofalltrades on YouTube did a back back out of an out billboard sign ( the covering, I think it was like Tyvex?). Suggestions to make you go hmmm.. or little skill builder challenges like just for practice make four different kinds of buttonholes. A memory jogger of things to try when you aren’t quite ready to start your next big project but your hands are itchy. Best wishes for the next ten years, Christine

  100. Erika says:

    Ten years, that’s quite the milestone!

    I’ve moved recently and I have been struggling with making my new sewing space feel like the creative sanctuary it should be. I’d love to read small tips on making a (small) sewing space feel unrestricted.

  101. Simona says:

    Waw! I offer a drink to another 10, 20 .. .to as long as you feel inspired to share your sewing thoughts with us.

    I love to read about what inspired the writer to develop a certain patterns for their book and maybe their moodboards.

  102. Congrats! I only took my sewing seriously for about two years now althoug it has always been in my life. I love to read about upycyling in luxury, upcyled items that make you go ‘vow’. Good luck in your venture!

  103. Cherry Heinrich says:

    Some really interesting ideas here, so a great question and thank you for many happy reads. Yours was possibly the first sewing blog I found when I took up sewing again after retiring.
    I’m drawn to the various suggestions already made about the evolution of sewing over time, so a little history of sewing or a garment based approach to explore methods, materials and the social history side of clothing. (I loved Amber Butchart’s tv series, A Stitch in Time in showing how garments were made before sewing machines.)
    Congratulations on 10 years and here’s to the next 10!

  104. Debby says:

    Wow that was quick. I’m sure I only closed my eyes for a minute. 😂 I love to hear about the inspiration and experiences the author has been through. Positive or negative. I feel it makes it more real and to me and that my experiences to have meaning. de

  105. Tracey Nixson says:

    I think I would love to read about how to make clothes i actually would wear😂 I dont seem to have the skill of choosing fabric and styles that work for me – I am great at rtw but i want to sew my own things

  106. Anna says:

    Congratulations Karen on 10 years of blogging. I would like to read about how the same patterns would work with different fabrics.

  107. Jess says:

    I love the stories behind the sewing – the survival, the empowerment, the enlightenment. Sewing is so often transformative. Congratulations on 10 years! Xxx Jess

  108. Congratulations! I would love to read about how sewing has had a positive impact on people’s lives.

  109. Congratulations! And cheers for 10 more. I would love to read about the positive impact that sewing has had on people’s lives.
    I apologize in advance if my comment appears twice. I had problems while posting it.

  110. Kirsten says:

    I love reading about how people got started and how they developed their skills. Congrats on 10 years!

  111. Nane says:

    Congrats’. Been following you for quite a while now ;-). Happy you’re still around and the on line community grows.
    I would love to read in my next sewing book about what one could call « old fashioned » techniques…, the ones our grandmothers might have learned when they sewing basics (and more) were still taught in schools (to girls only, right… but at least it was taught to someone ;-p ).

  112. Chris says:

    I would like to read descriptions of what different fabrics actually are and what weights are good for which garments.

  113. Liz says:

    10 years! Congratulations indeed! I’d also love some ideas for sustainable sewing, I’m really interested in where fibres come from, which ones are more economical in terms of fabric choice, and how to recycle scraps. Also love zero-waste pattern cutting ideas, it seems to be very much circular – in the past I doubt any scrap of fabric was wasted, so maybe we need to go back to historical ideas!

  114. My ideal read would be about the history of sewing in the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s. Such a wonderful blogging milestone you have reached. Congratulations, Karen!

  115. Congrats! I would love to read about finishing a garment ( neat seams, beautiful buttonholes, lovely hems)

  116. Liz says:

    What an achievement – congratulations! I would like to see step by step guides on fitting on a real person. I find the instructions just showing layouts not that helpful – more worked examples.

    Here’s to the next 10 years!

  117. Congratulations. I would say sewing related historical fiction.

  118. Marieke says:

    Congratulations on 10 years! I love reading about sewing techniques and pattern making. It would be great to have a book about that!

  119. Sewingelle says:

    I know this so not helpful but if it’s about textiles or sewing I’ll read it. I’ve just ordered a book on mending. See what I mean?! Seriously though. I’d love to read about how to match fabric to pattern and achieve ageless style. And see lots of example a of this on a diverse group of people.

  120. Lee Ann says:

    Congratulations on 10 years blogging! I’d like a book to give me some ideas on upcycling clothes I have in my wardrobe that no longer fit. Previously I donated lots to charity shops but am unhappy about the reports that lots of donations end up in landfill abroad.

  121. Karen Kershaw says:

    Well done Karen, a great achievement and very down to earth throughout.
    I would love to read about lingerie, making your own, lace and stretch satin. But also about making do and mending; being aware of our wardrobe, treasure, upcycle, re- cycle, mend and transform. Let’s dig deep and learn about what we really can achieve.

  122. Susan Allan says:

    I’m sorry to say I haven’t heard of you! I recently did a dressmaking weekend and loved it. (Merry Christmas to me 😁)
    I bought a copy of Sew magazine yesterday, it mentioned your blog in Stay Tuned. I’m now following your blog and entering a competition for a copy of your book. I think it’s fair to say, that 10 years ago sewing didn’t register on my horizon. Oh, how times change. I now knit, crochet and have joined a sewing class.
    I have a FB feed full of crafting groups, and I’m amassing supplies by the week but I’m loving it. I now know what a toile is and what’s more, have made one.
    Well done Karen on your journey, I can’t wait to see where mine takes me 😊

  123. María says:

    Congratulations!!! You have such an interesting and personal blog! I would love to read the definitve guide for easy fitting, or, at least chosing the right size before cutting the fabric!! That would save my sewist life!!!

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