One week on

A week ago I hit ‘publish’ on my first blog post, and then a few minutes later hit ‘share’ on my first Instagram post. Posting pictures of myself online takes me about as far out of my comfort zone as it’s possible to go, so I thought I’d write a short post today reflecting on my first week of hashtags and selfies!

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(This is me NOT mastering the art of the selfie…)

Apart from a few years Facebooking when it first launched, I’ve never been much of a social media user, and half the time I don’t even have my phone in the same room as me. This stems from a time when I lived in a flat that only had mobile reception by the bedroom window, so I had to leave my phone on the bedroom windowsill and pop back in to check it for messages every now and then… so even though that was before smartphones, and even though mobile reception is pretty good in every room of our house, I still find myself in the habit of leaving my phone in the bedroom and just popping up from time to time. But I realise I have to move with the times and face facts: social media is just how the world works today!

I haven’t shared this new venture with anyone but my closest family: most people in my life don’t even know that I sew, let alone that almost everything they see me or my daughter wear is handmade! So for me this is about connecting with a community, not staying in the safety net of people I know will follow me and ‘like’ my posts, but rather putting it out there and seeing if other sewists/ crafters/ designers like it or not. It’s scary, and humbling, but also brilliant: I have connected with some amazing sewists, I’ve loved waking up and catching up on sewing-related banter, and I’ve discovered some great new (or new-to-me) blogs (right now I’m enjoying Dream.Cut.Sew, Sew and Such, Sewing Unaffiliated, Sew Ready, A Sewful Life, and I’ll add more links another time!)

So apart from taking more selfies in one week than in the last five years, what’s been going on this week? Well, here at Valentine and Stitch HQ we’ve designed a leggings pattern for girls (my daughter tried on version 2 this morning and loved them so much she wanted to wear them all day – that was the moment I realised she didn’t have any tops to match the fabric I’d chosen! But she doesn’t care, and I’m just happy to see her running and jumping around in her pink camo leggings.

We need to reduce the ease in the waistband before we start playing with design features, but that’s going on a back burner for now as I have to write up the instructions for the first Valentine and Stitch pattern, which just got a sneak peak on Instagram today!

Very excited about that, and I still have to sew up one more sample version so I’m currently in full-on fabric dilemma… the best kind of problem to have!

And what’s next? Well, I’m loving joining in with the #sewapril2017 challenge and following the hashtag – so the daily themes will keep me busy on Instagram. I haven’t written any ‘my makes’ type blog posts yet, which I thought would be the majority of my posts, so I have to learn to figure out how to balance that with Instagram. Lots of blog reading, to see what my new sewing friends are creating. And possibly definitely a few glasses of wine in the sunshine! Till next time, thanks for reading and wishing you all a happy and sunny week!

2 thoughts on “One week on

  1. Jolianne

    This is great! I am a lot like you about social media and smartphone but I am becoming less social media shy as time goes by. I am thinking of starting a blog too but I am only at the brainstorming stage at the moment. Since we have some of the same fitting issue (short/high waisted) I will follow you with pleasure! Good luck with everything!

    1. valentineandstitch

      Hi Jolianne, I’m so sorry I only just saw the alert for this comment! I am really a novice at social media… Thank you for your kind comments, and I hope that you will get beyond the brainstorming stage so that I’ll be able to follow your blog too! In the meantime, it will be great to stay in touch on IG. Thanks for leaving the feedback!

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