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Is it valuable to post "reviews" that are really tutorials?
SpitfireGal
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Date: 6/27/14 4:29 PM

I recently drafted my own pattern for a shirt for my daughter. I was copying a RTW shirt she already had. I would like to share how I did it, because it came out nice and someone else might want to make one.

Is that something better kept to a blog post? Write a "review" that directs one to a blog post?

When I first started using PR, I would buy (or lust after) a pattern, then check out the reviews. Now I am starting to "snoop shop" the Review Gallery to find stuff that looks good on other people, then go get the pattern. In the first case, my review would be lost because nobody would know to look for it. In the second case, someone might see my review and try making a pattern.

What do you all think?

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Date: 6/27/14 6:18 PM

Hi SpitfireGal,

Great of you to ask such a relevant question! This is just my "personal" opinion.

+ A "pattern" could be a physical item that can be purchased on paper, downloaded, or even be a set of calibrated instructions to arrive at a tangible end.

+ If you have one of those elements, and the "pattern" is also accessible in some way for others... then in my opinion, you do indeed have a "pattern" to review that others can benefit from, obtain, and use with your input in mind. Also helping them decide of course if it is worth the investment of their precious time and materials.

+ If it is a special sewing or fabrication technique that you happened to use on that pattern, but it is also applicable to many other patterns or applications, then you have a tip or tutorial depending on how complex or extensive your lesson and content is.

I don't see that it would be a problem to do a review on your "self drafted" pattern, and if you have "secret sauce" on how to execute it- additionally post a Tip that both link back to each other.

The goal here is that if you have pattern reviews, tips and tutorials that would benefit the PR community... that (as you pointed out) you make it easy for us to discover, and sometimes that might be presenting it from a few different outlets.

I enjoy it when a PR post, tip, or review is fairly complete in and of itself..... and if there is a link to a corresponding blog post, it's because there is even MORE expanded information should the reader care to dig even deeper into the content.





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Date: 6/28/14 2:39 AM

I draft a lot of my own patterns and only recently started buying much in the way of commercial patterns and review some, not all. A reason people may look at reviews apart from trying to decide whether to buy a pattern or not, is to see how a style works, or how different fabrics and fabric patterns look. So, I think self drafts, and vintage patterns no longer for sale still have aspects of general interest. Also, more and more members draft patterns. I look at others' self drafts, maybe other pattern makers do too.

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Date: 6/28/14 3:08 AM

I find reviews of self-drafted patterns useful, especially when the reviewer really takes the time to walk us through the creative process and the construction of the garment. One can learn a lot from these specific details -- I know I have in the past. So by all means, post a review of your own pattern and give us all the details!

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