Why do I actually bother blogging about my sewing?

Well this is really a question I have asked a few times. Why do I bother blogging at all? It all started, as you probably know, when I decided to keep a record of my sewing. We are nearly 2 years in and, surprisingly, I’m still going. Ok this year I’ve not blogged nearly as much as I wanted and honestly, blogging takes time!

Blogging Laptop

I’ve read the ‘How to make millions from blogging’ books but of course this isn’t what this blog is for. No it started as a simple way to record my sewing but people actually read it! I still find it weird to think people around the world are actually interested in what I’m doing. Well the blog has grown with more followers and more and more people every month visiting.

Blogging table

Of course, as a blogger, it is nice to receive comments and people liking what you write about but there has to be more that keep us bloggers, well blogging. My problem is having time; I said blogging takes time and it does. It’s not just writing but taking photos (possibly editing them too) and research. Then there is the actual writing which includes adding links, the photos, proof reading, plus other all the other little things.

Blogging about sewing.

Blogging about sewing and any form of crafting, I think, is more difficult as there is the constant battle between actually making something and having time to blog about it. I normally have a few things on the go at any one time and often ‘forget’ to blog before I start making something else. God knows how some of the amazing bloggers I read manage it: As for Vloggers, well they must have some sort of time machine!

The other day I received this email:

Dear Mr Kemp,

I have been meaning to get in touch with you to say how much I enjoyed
this year’s Sewing Bee. I was so sorry when you had to leave, it was
unfortunate because we saw your great tailoring skills in the previous
episodes. All of that is way behind you and I can see from your blog
and articles that you are now in your element. I’m full of
admiration for you managing your family life along with your tailoring
and sewing.

A few weeks ago I was reading an old copy of Threads magazine about
double welt pockets and decided to look on You Tube … doesn’t
everyone do that these days. I found someone called Gentleman Jim – a
tailor of some 53 years, anyway, I loved the way he demonstrated how
to make these pockets, he called them Beesom pockets. One thing lead
to another and hours on the net looking for other demonstrations and I
came across your site.

I just wanted to tell you how much I have learned from your tutorial
on tailored shirts, especially the section about the plackets, your
clear explanation and photos of each stage was just the very thing I
needed to spur me on to practice making some again. In the past I
have followed David Page Coffin’s instructions in his delightful book,
Shirtmaking – you may have it – indeed I have made good plackets but
seeing and reading your method … THE BEST! You put everything
together in a logical way and explain everything very clearly.

Another day, I read your description of the light Italian jacket. Oh
so gorgeous!! Now I’ve sent off to Amazon for one of those bias
binding feet you recommend, after struggling with the more traditional
contraption of whirly metal bits and more viewing You Tube learning
how to use it. Hopefully it will arrive in the next few days.

Loved your article on Work Clothes and have been onto the Merchant &
Mills site to see some of their garments and drool over their fabulous
laundered linens. Many years ago, I lived in Norfolk and visited a
shop in Holt called The Old Town, who made the sort of practical
clothes needed in the country. Maybe you know of them but if not, I’d
like to share with you that they are very much in existence and make
the plainest, utilitarian, work clothes in traditional fabrics, all
cut by hand, I could go on forever about they way they do things.

Looking forward to reading more of your blog and articles, it’s
generous of you to pass on your expertise and encouragement to all of
us who love to sew.

Wishing you all the very best for your work and creativity.

With kind regards

Now that’s why I bother blogging and has inspired me to go one better in 2017!


Until next time……Happy Sewing!


5 thoughts on “Why do I actually bother blogging about my sewing?”

  1. Hi Jamie, this is an interesting read. You are right, blogging takes a lot of time and effort and there isnt always as much time to do it as we’d like. I’ve always said blogging can be a full time job in itself if we let it. I havent blogged as much as I would have liked to either but hope to change that in the coming year now I have pledged to make all of my clothes! As for sewing bee, I also enjoyed your makes on there and was surprised to see you go. My husband had you down as the winner from week one 🙂

  2. What a lovely letter.
    As you say it all takes time but your great at sharing your knowledge so I hope to read many more of your blogs.
    I have no where near as many readers as you but I also feel amazed that people from all over the world take time to read what I’m wittering on about😃

  3. I know exactly what you mean! I have hundreds of photos and at least 3 blogs in draft format but I’m just too busy to actually finishing them. I’m often far to wrapped up in making things and moving on to the next project to actually sit and write about the last one. So many bloggers are so good at being disciplined about making time to blog… to coin an old school report phrase we ‘must try harder’ in 2017!

  4. Dear Jamie,
    I very like to chek out your blog regularly because you make beautyful graments and you like the artisanal craftsmenship as much as I do. And there is Always something to learn from others.
    I consider to start my own sewing blog, too, but what holds me back is the time aspect and my doubt that anyone out there in the web might b interested in what I am sewing I guess I should give it a try. It might be a nice alternative to my burastyle profile.
    Wish you a happy sewing year and a lot of creativity!


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