Blogland news 3/12/07

This is one of those things I always mean to do but have never done, a blog round up. I follow a lot of different sites on different topics, today’s are all fashion or sewing related, some are new and others I already link to. Starting with my newest finds:

Sisters Sherry (one of our loyal visitors) and Sue are blogging about producing apparel for children with down’s syndrome. The inspiration for the enterprise is Sue’s daughter Helen. Most of the posts are personal at this point since they’re still developing their voice.

Speaking of developing voice is Mrs SXSW. Rosanne Auten is one of our sewing friends from Austin TX. This blog is her take on the annual SXSW film festival in Austin. She and her husband are the ones who put on the festival each year. If you’re interested on the inside tack of the festival, stop in for a visit.

My latest blog find is Bad Mom Good Mom from Grace Peng. A scientist, her primary blogging topics are science, sustainability and fiber arts, mostly knitting and sewing. Sunday’s entry is in part, an exquisite review of kimonos from the Riverside Metropolitan Museum.

Not a blog but finally, 3Free has a website! Their site was put up by a customer Ariel Stallings who was so astounded they didn’t have a site that she put one up for them. I love 3Free and think you all have a lot to learn from them (review) and vice versa.

Now a rundown from the usual culprits:


Counterfeit Chic: Susan Scafidi’s IP fashion blog with the latest news on copyright, knock offs and intellectual property with links to other IP sites. She posts frequently so don’t get behind like I have. One recent entry discusses the advent of knock off pet couture.

Karren blogs about the travails of shibori and fiber art. See Entwinements for definitive intellectual generosity in the fiber arts.

Jill’s blog fiftyRX3 is the best place to catch up on the latest on eco-fashion. A recent entry gives the latest on Bahar Shahpar, an immensely talented designer who’s gone through some ups and downs but always seems to end up on top.

Danielle continues to stretch her legs. She’s gone from blogging about her final year of fashion school to the frustrations and joys of managing an organic product line as well as news and meet ups in the Canadian fashion industry.

First Pullover is updated sporadically with “aspects of the footwear design and development process. Concept sketches, technical tutorials, trend forecasting, production in asia, trade fairs, development samples and more”. A recent entry is an excellent pictoral survey of the leather tanning process.

Project Rungay is about “Two fabulously glamorous fags ripping the show they L-O-V-E to watch.” Considering how I feel about the show, ’nuff said.

Stylebites is one of my favorite blogs so I have no excuse for failing to visit more frequently. Rachel is a fashion writer, editor and photo stylist who blogs about the mechanics and shenanigans that lie behind glossy fashion photos. Intellectually generous, I designate this as a must read for those looking for tips on photo styling, PR and working with fashion industry magazines.

Many of you already know Erin’s immensely popular Dress A Day. For those of you not in on it yet, cruise by for some lovely and poignant stories as told by dresses she’s found. I wish I’d thought of this first.

MondoMode is from Georgene, a long time fashion designer in the apparel industry. In addition to other entries, I concur with some recent entries on virtual fashion designers on Second Life.

The Sewing Divas is a one stop blog shop featuring five of our favorite stitchers (they each have separate blogs so this is a great place to catch up with all of them). The most recent entry posted by Gorgeous Things is Adjusting for a Full Bust on a Wrap Top. This site is another must read for the mechanics of sewing including commentary and in depth tutorials. The tutorials from Els set the standards for clarity and precision.

Mary’s site The Stitchery has moved from blogspot to wordpress so you may need to update your links as I did this morning. Her most recent entry is a sewing tutorial which required the ad hoc addition of an underarm gusset to make it work. She’s also posted an entry on the political economy of textile and fiber production.

Lastly, from a link on Mary’s site to The Sewing Fanatic, I took a quiz (I can rarely resist those) to find that I’m a “Mandarin”. I’ll have to go look that up now…

I’m a Mandarin!

You’re an intellectual, and you’ve worked hard to get where you are now. You’re a strong believer in education, and you think many of the world’s problems could be solved if people were more informed and more rational. You have no tolerance for sloppy or lazy thinking. It frustrates you when people who are ignorant or dishonest rise to positions of power. You believe that people can make a difference in the world, and you’re determined to try.

Talent: 59%
Lifer: 31%
Mandarin: 62%

Take the Talent, Lifer, or Mandarin quiz.

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