Can you believe it, So What If I Sew is one year old! The fact that a year has gone by is stunning to me – my blog and instagram account and youtube channel have grown more than I ever would have thought possible when I dipped a toe into the online sewing community.
Although I’ve not blogged as regularly as I did when I first started the blog I still find this space an important space to explore my deeper thoughts and feelings about sewing topics as well as to provide accessible pattern and fabric shop reviews.
So, I wanted to take a moment to reflect and since I’m a data driven person I thought I would have a look at my stats. In the last year:
- 3,224 of you have followed me on instagram
- 1,845 of you have subscribed to the So What If I Sew YouTube channel
- 59 of you have subscribed to the blog
- I’ve had 9,481 views on this blog
- over 500,000 views on both instagram and youtube individually.
What a year it has been!
How did So What If I Sew come to be?
28th June is a very special day as on this day one whole year ago I first considered having a sewing blog and Instagram.
I have tried to blog before and Instagram a hobby before but I could never keep up, I lost motivation and most times I tried to blog, my blog died in a few months. However at the time I was also struggling with sewing motivation and after a friend of mine shared a sewing account I went down an Instagram rabbit hole and discovered that there was in fact an online sewing community – a really really big one.
I wanted to really commit to a blog this time as well as to a hobby I love and to creating personal space. I also wanted to take the plunge and give up fast fashion. So on the 28th June, in my pyjamas, watching treasure planet in bed at 11am on a Sunday, I started brainstorming blog name ideas with my sisters over messenger. I am proud to say I am actually the one who came up with ‘So What If I Sew’. A few short clicks later and the blog and Instagram were born!
I wasn’t really sure what to post first so I posted my first logo effort, not fantastic but not terrible, and a few facts about me. Then I posted a couple of the pieces I had made and slowly started to expand my fabric and pattern horizons.
It was at this point that I did my first ever fabric haul on Instagram which I just decided to do for fun with some stunning fabrics from Rainbow Fabrics Kilburn. After this I started to get more traction, I started to review fabric shops on the blog and posting more regularly.
Then on 17th August I started the So What If I Sew Youtube channel. I’ve never been so nervous in my life but sure enough 100 of you lovely people subscribed in the first two weeks and allayed my fears with your very kind comments.
In September I hit 1000 followers on Instagram and things began to grow and grow and here we are today, I hit 3k followers a few weeks ago and I’m sewing regularly.
How have I celebrated my first year?
By organising a sewing challenge on Instagram with a giveaway – how else would an events manager celebrate!
The ‘Sew New In June’ is a challenge designed to celebrate how far we have all come and challenge us to get out of our cosy sewing comfort zones and try projects we’ve always wanted to try!
Whether that’s plucking up the courage to sew with silk, insert an invisible zip, try a pattern RTW fashion tells you you’re not allowed to wear or all of those things together I want you to step out of your comfort zone with me and explore new sewing horizons.
Find out more over on YouTube where you can watch all of my vlogs from this week. Or head over to Instagram and search #SewNewInJune to see all of the amazing garments the community have stitched up this week.
So what have I learnt?
If there is one thing I have learnt in the last year its that the sewing community is an incredible space full of caring, talented and friendly people willing to support one another when we share our failures and celebrate each other when we make something amazing.
I’ve learnt so many new techniques, sewn with new fabrics, tried new patterns and explored new fabric shops. I’ve made some lovely new sewing friends and found a community in which I truly feel comfortable.
Nothing astounded me more than the response from the sewing community to Sew Yellow For Endo, I’m still blown away by the £1738 we raised as a community to support women with Endometriosis.
So as I head into my second year I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for letting me be part of this wonderful community. I have learnt so much from all of you and my sewing has improved immeasurably just by seeing all the beautiful things all of you have made.