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Blogs To Follow

There are so many awesome blogs out there, and this list doesn’t even scratch the surface – not even close! Some of the blogs I enjoy reading are ones written by people as a hobby, to showcase their latest make or share with the world a little about their lives. Then there are the big ones, the ones that are a legitimate career, or at are at least part of their full time work. I love following these for their amazing photography and because I find them inspiring and aspirational.

I thought I’d share with you today just a few of my favourites, both sewing and non-sewing. But again, this is just the beginning of my obsession with them. Reading them has become part of my Sunday morning routine, along with a cup of tea and a warming bowl of porridge.

Let’s start with the sewing ones.

I’m probably preaching to the converted with these two ladies but I had to include them here. Tilly and the Buttons is probably the biggest name in the indie pattern industry, but as well as producing beautiful dressmaking patterns her blog is fantastic for inspiration, tips and advice.

Gertie’s Blog for Better Sewing is fabulous for some 50s vintage inspiration. I love her colourful style and full skirted dresses. Her blog is up there as one of those that first inspired me to start sewing. I was obsessed with vintage style and was mostly reading blogs written by those who dressed vintage on a regular basis which in turn led me to those who created their own garments to fit the 50s style.

Marie at A Stitching Odyssey is another lady who loves vintage style, so much so that she instigated the Vintage Pattern Pledge in order to inspire others to sew using those vintage patterns that so many of us have stashed away. I definitely have one ore two patterns from the 40s and 50s that I am way to scared to try and use. Maybe next year I’ll give it a go.

Lucy over at Smile and Make is absolutely gorgeous. She has the cutest style using bold prints to make her lovely dresses. They make me think of the kind of dresses you can find in Kath Kidston. Her story is a really touching and emotional one, so to see how she uses sewing and her blog to remain positive is truly inspirational.

Live it. Love it. Make it. written by Sammy and H is more of an all round crafty blog with some sewing included. They put together awesome DIYs and I love reading their interviews with other small, crafty business owners. They have put together some fantastic Christmas gift lists recently so check it out if you’re stuck on what to buy.

Abi at The Crafty Pinup is another lady with an awesome vintage style. I’m definitely sensing a theme here. I love how she injects a little bit of vintage style into her modern makes – for example her Archer shirt done Land Girl style – definitely a girl after my own heart with that one.

Now for a couple of Vlogs I love watching on YouTube. Lisa is the owner of my favourite fabric shop and pattern company Sew Over It and has a weekly vlog where she shares her makes, her fabric haul, and pattern reviews amongst other things. I love her easy yet polished style and her house looks amazing!! Just look at those stairs!!

Gabby vlogs at Gabberdashery and she always makes me giggle. She’s currently running Vlogmas – a vlog a day in the lead up to Christmas! Again she shares her makes, her fabrics and plans, but I mostly enjoy watching her and Megan sewing together, they just look like their having so much fun!

I’m thinking about starting a vlog after Christmas, just a once a month thing to start off with. What do you think? Time to push myself out of my comfort zone once more?

Of course I had to include The Fold Line the number one go-to place for finding out about new pattern releases, new sewing companies, and a weekly round-up of what the online sewing world has been up to.

As I said at the beginning, it’s not just sewing blogs that I read, so I’ve included my top 4 non-sewing people that I love to catch up with on a weekly basis.

First up is A Beautiful Mess run by Elsie and Emma but they have a team of contributors and photographers that work together to create the beautiful space on the internet. I’ve been following these ladies for years and they have been a huge source of inspiration to step out of the 9-5 and start my own business. Not least through taking a couple of their online classes on starting up as well as learning more about photography and using photoshop. On their blog they write about home decor and DIY’s, personal style, food, photography and business to name but a few.

Joy the Baker creates some seriously mouth watering recipes but I think I’m mostly drawn to the way she writes her recipes, as if talking to a friend. I recently made her chicken pot pie (although I cheated with the pastry) and it was omg delicious!

Carrie at WishWishWish is another that I’ve been following for years. It feels weird that I’ve followed her journey through moving to London for university, making a full time career out of her blog and writing and recently getting married. She blogs about fashion, London, food and her travels abroad.

And finally, Jenna Kutcher is a wedding photographer, but also blogs as an educator about running a creative business and using social media to improve your following and help in business. Her photography is beautiful and I am constantly re-posting her pictures. She has also just launched the Goal Digger podcast – for creative girl bosses!

Well, I think that’s enough to be going on for now. Do you have any blogs or vlogs that you love and you think I should know about?