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Subject: Sewing tutes & PDFs, can we tell the good from the bad? Date: 12/4/13 7:05 AM

I found these tutorials out there on the web from monetized blogs. Talk about setting the bar!

hand worked buttonholes

Facings

fitting princess seams

And a couple of PDFs:

-- Boy's suit

child's coat

Would love to hear your opinions. Thanks for the input. FWIW, I have MANY more examples of this sort of thing but these will suffice to get the topic going.

One of the things that sticks out in these is the total lack of ironing anywhere. Iron? What's that?

Sorry for all the edits. One link didn't want to cooperate.
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Date: 12/4/13 8:19 AM

My reaction is that we need higher quality sewing instruction. I am impressed with the quality of the pictures in the one on facings but I am pretty sure that someone new to sewing would be very unhappy with the result. (They would not be able to make something that looks like the pictures, let alone produce a high quality garment.)

I believe in learning by exploration. I remember trying to do facings that way when I was trying to improve on what I had been taught. I have drafted facings that were wrong, and had to put up with the awful result, and only years later found instructions that taught me how to plan them. But this was OK because I knew I was exploring, so I did not think of myself as incompetent because my product was faulty.

When someone is new to an area they judge the quality of the information based on picture quality, and layout. This can be very misleading. Whether you are cooking, sewing, plumbing, or gardening.

The bottom links make me sad. There seems to be a bit of a glory in ill fitting clothing for children. I think in some sense folks think it links us back to a better time. It makes me sad because to me the clothes look burdensome and uncomfortable, and fitting children is easy as long as you are a fast enough.

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Date: 12/4/13 10:28 AM

There's plenty of bad information on the internet just as there is good information. There's plenty of bad information given here on PR also, but people carry on.

People teach what they've learned. I think that's why there are so many terrible drivers out on the streets. Teenagers are learning from their parents, and their parents can't drive.

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Date: 12/4/13 10:59 AM

That little boy's suit is just a travesty in general. I realize they rarely fit well because they grow so fast, but what's up with that lapel?

I agree about the ironing. I always think that if you're taking only ONE photo that will possibly be on the Internet for forever, surely it could be made to be memorable in a good way!


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Date: 12/4/13 11:16 AM

I hope that new sewers who see those links also see links where the work is well done, pressed, where care is taken so that the clothing looks like (or close to) high end RTW. Those exist as well.

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Date: 12/4/13 1:40 PM

They absolutely exist and are wonderful. I'll see if I can pull up a few links tonight! If we had more education in schools regarding consumerism at least there would be a base line for those seeking sewing info to compare with.

While people do teach what they learn I think in these cases not much has been taught to them. There are many excellent stitchers who are totally self taught so that's not the issue. I do think if these marketers (because I refuse to call them stitchers/sewists) just don't have a baseline to compare to. It takes a lot of snoop shopping in high end stores and internet viewing of designer sites as well as great sites like PR to get what a quality garment can be. I see making something to look like it came out of WalMart a total waste of anyone's time. But to make a garment that would sell in a high end environment is such doggone fun and so satisfying. It takes education, by self or others, to figure out what that actually is and to aspire to it.

I acknowledge that it can take years to get to that level and I certainly went through years, lots of years, to become a decent enough sewist. But to sell something while in that learning curve, well, that's why I am posting this. Is it OK?

As a side note, this past weekend my sister and I went snoop shopping in Lake Placid, NY. One particular shop didn't have a child's outfit under 160.00 dollars and most were over 200.00 but what we saw was just incredibly inspiring and just beautiful. Love those informational trips!
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Date: 12/4/13 7:37 PM

hand worked buttonholes
quick glance. Love the larger print and the pictures are fabulous. I wish I could take that good of photos. The content is easy enough that the tutorial makes me want to work some of my own.

Facings
Same as the above. I like how she uses contrasting colors to give examples.

fitting princess seams
Sew Mama Sew is a great site which I have bookmarked.

-- Boy's suit
What's up with the coat?

child's coat--She'll probably be one of the sponsors here now that you mentioned her. Her coat looks a little too floppy, but who am I to judge? She's a pattern maker wanting to get a start.
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Date: 12/4/13 9:49 PM

The Shwin&Shwin tutorials directions look ok but the examples are appalling. If my facings or buttonholes looked like that I would give up sewing. It might be ok for a very first time ever test piece to look like that but the impression is that is how it is supposed to look if you do it well. Horrible.

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Date: 12/4/13 10:10 PM

On one hand, I don't want to discourage anyone from sewing and learning by trial and error. I still consider myself a beginner and realize there is still a whole ocean of knowledge out there to learn and the way to get really good is to practice. If I make buttonholes that don't look so hot I would welcome constructive criticism because I want to get better at what I do.

On the other hand, I think the problem comes when people who just aren't experts at what they do put tutorials out there and attempt to sell PDF patterns that aren't up to snuff. I like to sew but I am no where near the level where I would feel comfortable trying to post a tutorial or design and sell a pattern.

Perhaps, this should be a separate topic, but many times it seems younger seamstresses (of which I am one), sometimes over estimate their skill set and are over eager to begin sharing tutorials and patterns with others. I am not saying that younger people cannot be excellent at sewing because they can and many are. While I appreciate the ability to sew any which way I choose and not to feel bound by any sewing "rules". I don't want to do so to the detriment of becoming better at sewing.

I think this phenomena also is evident by the love for indie patterns and how the patterns seem above reproach at times. Indie patterns have fan clubs that will defend their honor no matter what it seems. If we can't have a community that can offer gentle, constructive help then these types of tutorials and patterns will become the norm.
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Date: 12/5/13 7:34 AM

I am trying to find some good tutorials online. That is very very easy as there are many wonderful bloggers out there sharing their knowledge. What is harder to find are good tutorials on a monetized site selling PDFs and other patterns. Colletterie comes to mind as the gold standard, IMO. Also Marcy Tilton's site.

Colletterie tips and tutes

Marcy Tilton

And there are just so many bloggers that have really great tutes like those who are on the Mood Sewing Network:

Mood Sewing Network

I've tried to find sites that are businesses and have tutorials. These are the cream of the crop in my opinion. I know there are more. Sew Mama Sew does have some great tutes. I think the issue is they are by various bloggers of various skill and need to be edited a bit but most are pretty inspirational and cute. There are numerous threads on PR about great blogs and tutes but many/most are not businesses and my whole point on this thread is about "business".

I didn't want anyone to get the impression that my comments are solely about bad examples. We need to share these good examples as well. It's even more important. Gotta keep this artform alive and well!

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