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Feb 5, 2016

How I Use Social Media



It's hard to believe, but on January 23rd, MPB turned six -- six!

How did that happen?

The blogosphere has certainly changed a lot since then.  Today it seems there are more social media platforms than ever before.  I've chosen to participate in some enthusiastically, dragged my feet with others, and rejected a few too (Tumblr anyone?).

Here's what I do participate in and how I use it.  BTW, it seems to be a matter of some dispute whether a blog is actually a form of social media.  I think it is -- it's a type of online forum, right? -- but today I'm writing about social media platforms people use to promote a blog, or to expand its reach or expression.

Facebook



I probably don't do as much with Facebook as I could.  I generally post a link to my most recent blog post there because I know that's where a lot of readers follow me.  It can also be a fun place for to leave short comments (I read them) or to message me directly.

I've always found Facebook to be a little bewildering, and I don't understand why some posts reach a lot of people and others do not. Perhaps I could invest more time in it and get more out of it.   Thoughts?

Pinterest



I've been a member of Pinterest for nearly four years.  It took me a while to join because initially, you may recall, you had to be invited by someone who was already a member.  It seemed like a hassle.

I've enjoyed Pinterest a lot.  I've found it to be a great place to archive visual ideas I have for projects, or to create an easy-to-access (and share) record of my sewing projects or obsessions-of-the-moment.  Now that the Powers at Pinterest have started suggesting images I might like ("Picked for you"), rather than just allowing me to see only posts by people I follow, I find it less enjoyable.  There are an infinite number of images out there, but it seems Pinterest picks many of the same ones for me (presumably based on what they think I'm interested in).   No more Lucille Ball, please!

Twitter



I have never used Twitter to do anything other than to post a link to my latest blog post.  Twitter has never felt like a good fit, frankly -- maybe I'm just too long-winded -- and I'm not sure how other sewing bloggers use it.

If you use it, what do you like about it?

Instagram




I truly enjoy Instagram.  I didn't join till last Spring because I didn't own a smart phone.  Now that I have one, I almost always have a camera on-hand.  I love being able to post images of what I'm up to and to see what other people are doing.

What's great about it for me is that it's immediate and I don't feel limited to posting just sewing-related images, though I often do.  It's fun to share other aspects of my life: my family, my dogs, food, curious things I come across during a dog walk, and so much more.  It doesn't require planning and it's totally spontaneous.   It's also fun to go back and look at photos I've posted in the past, or to use hashtags to see who else is posting photos of chihuahuas (or Elna Grasshoppers), for example.

YouTube



YouTube has changed a lot since I started blogging in early 2010.  I used to make a lot of short sewing-related videos and hope to continue to do more, but I find that they are very time-consuming to do well.  I enjoy watching other people's video tutorials, but I don't create many of my own.  I had a weekly vlog the summer before last, but eventually I ran out of steam.

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What else?  Even before I had a blog of my own, I was very active on Pattern Review, which I think is a terrific place for sewers to interact with each other.  BurdaStyle was another sewing site I enjoyed and where I posted sewing projects and wrote occasional articles.

You can run the risk of over-posting a sewing project as well as under-posting.  Once someone has seen something on a blog, they may not want to see it again on Pattern Review (the reverse is equally true: it depends on which sites you visit most frequently).

And that's my social media story in a nutshell.

How about you?

Which social media platforms do you enjoy most?  Which are the best for following the sewing adventures of your friends or for sharing your own?

Do you ever feel like if one more social media outlet gets invented you'll dump it all and go back to your manual typewriter?

Jump in!

Feb 2, 2016

Sheer Fabrics for Men - YEA or NAY?



Readers, I think of myself of as open-minded and I know you are too.

But it is my opinion that sheer fabrics, lace included -- as in that Versace number up top -- don't do most men any favors.  Do you agree?

Jan 20, 2016

2016 EPIPHANY: I don't have to sew EVERYTHING!



I don't know if if it's because I'm a Taurus or just naturally bullheaded, but for the last few years I committed myself to sewing everything I wore and to wearing only what I'd made myself.

Jan 17, 2016

SAVE THE DATE -- MPB Day WINTER FROLIC!



Readers, great news!

I've decided to organize an MPB winter event: the first annual MPB Winter Frolic, on Saturday, March 5th.

Jan 15, 2016

Jan 13, 2016

Decluttering 2016 -- Keep or Toss?



Readers, as you know, the ongoing challenge of preventing my stuff from overwhelming my apartment and its inhabitants has been a theme here at MPB since the beginning.

Jan 11, 2016

Michael Models His Liberty Shirt!



Michael's shirt is finished and you can see it on the man himself here!

Jan 7, 2016

First Garment of the New Year!



Happy New Year, everybody!

Dec 28, 2015

Peter's Holiday Hijinks + Another Tunic Shirt!



The last week of the year means festivities, friends, family, and sewing fun!

Dec 23, 2015

A beautiful knit shirt and I didn't make it!



With the exception of fabric, I don't get offered a lot of freebies.

But I did get an offer recently that sounded interesting.  A company called The Uniform asked if I'd like to sample a shirt they manufacture -- a white knit shirt styled exactly like -- and potentially a substitute for -- a formal men's dress shirt.  I said, sure!

Dec 20, 2015

Sewing For Money + Flea Market Finds



Behold my latest shirt, made for a male client.  I love this plaid fabric, which my client actually purchased himself and brought to me, unusual in my business thus far.

Dec 18, 2015

Dec 16, 2015

Adventures in Normcore: The Color-blocked Corduroy Shirt



I'm guessing that most of you are familiar with the term "normcore" which, when applied to fashion, basically means ordinary, boring style.  (You can read more about normcore here.)

Dec 14, 2015

A Second Stab at the Self-Drafted Blouse (for my Patternmaking class)



OK, so yesterday I swung by the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), where I'm taking a patternmaking class, since my Professor holds office hours on Sundays.

Dec 11, 2015

Lessons Learned Sewing My First Silk Blouse or "Never trace darts with red carbon paper"



Roughly three years ago, at the Chelsea flea market, I impulsively purchased three yards of lightweight silk taffeta in a gold, beige, and black plaid, at a very good price.
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