Nominate favorite posts

I need a favor. Would you all mind nominating your top ten (or twenty) favorite posts that have appeared on this blog? Those of you who’ve read from the beginning could be a big help. This request is in response to the many people who’ve asked me to pick out the highlights of what this blog represents. If you like, you can nominate your top posts as per given category. You know, your top three picks for sewing, top three for sales and marketing, top three for lean manufacturing, and top three for this blog’s philosophy. Whatever you like.

I know there are people out there who spend hours a day on this blog, you’d be in a good position to know so I’m counting on your input. Lately, I have one reader that I think has broken all visitor records. He/She logs in from his/her job at ceegeebeegroup (don’t want to get him/her in trouble so I’ve altered the login address), he/she’s spending several hours a day on site with seemingly untold pages read (I wonder if he/she’s bought my book -the sales of which support this site). Anyway, please nominate your favorite or most useful posts. I would really appreciate it. Thanks!

[post amended]
I need a lot more nominations folks, please help out. To make this easier, please refer to this complete listing of all posts in the archives. The posts are listed in decending order, newest ones at the top. I know there’s a lot to wade through with 427 posts in the archive. Thanks!

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  1. Jess & Josh says:

    ::aproaches podium and adjusts microphone:: and the nominees are…

    February 17, 2005
    Thrift store shopping

    March 03, 2005
    Product Review Style# 12658

    April 13, 2005

    April 12, 2005
    Me and my blog

    April 01, 2005
    The legalities of labeling

    The Bagging Tutorials

    Welt and paper jig
    Welt pocket construction!!

    July 15, 2005
    Hangtags, labels & domain names- competing with your customers?

    August 25, 2005
    10 signs of a problem designer

    August 23, 2005
    Ironies of fabric sourcing

    August 15, 2005
    Interfacing: 10 tips

    September 23, 2005
    How to hire a pattern grading service

    September 13, 2005
    Name this tutorial

    October 31, 2005
    Poka Yoke pattern making

    October 21, 2005
    Copying processes

    November 21, 2005
    Saran wrap pattern making method #1

    December 27, 2005
    If I were to produce a line

    December 19, 2005
    Which fashion school is best?

    December 01, 2005
    What is Kaizen?

    January 20, 2006
    How to make a line sheet

    January 11, 2006
    Top 10 lies of designer-entrepreneurs

    and the Oscar goes to…. ::opens envelope::

    Welt and paper jig
    Welt pocket construction!!

    ::aplause:: ; P hehe

  2. christy fisher says:

    My favorite is DRESS KATHLEEN :-)
    Also : If I were to design a line.
    I love seeing others POV.

    I also love the tutorials:
    Bagging and the Invisible zipper techniques were both insightful.

    All of your blogs are very helpful for DEs and I wish this had existed 30 years ago..

  3. Karmen Flach says:

    I loved all the tutorials, especially the ones on the welt pocket. (I use that at least once a week!)

    A close second was the zipper series and then, of course, the Saran wrap info.

    Since my focus is custom work and I’m not doing any manufacturing, my interests are more toward the sewing or pattern making side of your info. Please keep it coming!

  4. Dave says:

    “This request is in response to the many people who’ve asked me to pick out the highlights of what this blog represents”

    Kathleen, I think your blog is important for many reasons. It has quickly become a very valuable resource center for people within our industry.
    You provide a vehicle for anybody seeking assistance or guidance, and this service continues to be free of charge.
    Topics you cover are informative and necessary for DE’s to get a better grasp of before making costly and fatal mistakes in the field.
    Your approach to topics and issues are thoroughly researched, so only pure accurate information streams through . You speak your mind, using an assertive style that is required at this point to insure our industry survives and hopefully flourishes once again.
    Like Bill Clinton, you delegate and give due credit to others in the wings.
    Some people may say you started this blog to sell your book, but I do not view it this way at all.
    You are passionate about bringing about positive change, and the book is only the first necessary step in the process.
    I too wish this resource as available 20 years ago. If it was, I don’t think our industry would be at the “bottom of the valley” as it currently sits.
    Your piece on Project Runway was priceless as well. I think it really “put you on the map”.
    I also wonder if the Carmelite Sisters knew what Mother Teresa would accomplish when they dispatched her off to Calcutta many years ago ?

  5. Lorraine says:

    Hi Kathleen,

    I check into your site every day.

    I am a fashion student in Melbourne Australia and in my final year, so,really, there could’t be anything more appropriate or informative for me to be reading!

    I have purchased both the book and the dvd and found them to be extremely helpful and insightful.

    The tutorials are of particular interest to me. You often have opposing views to my lecturers and present an alternative way of thinking or of doing certain tasks.The sleeve (cap) ease debate was great, my lecturers just couln’t accept that it wasnt neccessary to set in a sleeve without extra ease.It really got them going!! He He!

    I am hoping to set up my own enterprise upon completion of school , so have enjoyed also, the articles on Lean, and any information with regards being a DE infact!I drink it all up as this kind of information is not taught in school , which is frankly ironic , as most of us want to set up our own enterprises.

    I recomended your book to the school, but dont hold your breath with regards orders, the school library is sadly lacking and students are not permitted to borrow books overnight, but I felt that the school could at least promote it to students.

    With regards analysis of your blog my partner who hosts says there are plug ins available to help you analyse your blog.

    Top 10 (can show you the 10 (or as many as you like) most popular posts since the plugin was installed:

    Popularity contest (shows which of your posts are most popular through a %):

    Another, possibly better, plugin:

    There is a drawback though, you need a wordpress blog to be able to do any of this, sorry, I know you use movable type .My partner informs me its incredibly easy to move a blog form movable type to wordpress (“hassle” I hear you say !)

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  6. Carol Kimball says:

    Okay, separating out the ones liked best wasn’t working, so I tried the ploy of sifting out the ones that weren’t as interesting to me.

    That isn’t working either.

    The welt and zip tutorials spring to mind often.

  7. #1
    Almost everything in the “Lean Manufacturing” category is a true gem, but this is my favorite:

    December 06, 2005
    Project Kaizen: Tuesday

    August 26, 2005
    My dirty laundry

    Nothing else so eloquently underscored the importance of our industry, and I have this whack-o need to feel like what I do is important.

    #3 The Centered Zipper series. I extracted/extrapolated about a dozen useful practices from those posts.

    Again, almost everything in the “Sourcing” category is deeply valuable, but the link to Style Source was particularly fabulous, because they have a nicely edited list of valuable links, each of which linked to a host of other valuable sites….

    July 13, 2005
    Kudos: Style Source

  8. “#2
    I said:
    August 26, 2005
    My dirty laundry

    Nothing else so eloquently underscored the importance of our industry, and I have this whack-o need to feel like what I do is important.”

    Geez, I talk like I’m already in this industry. Okay, I’m an industry wanna-be, but it’s these posts that make me want to be in the industry.

  9. Big Irv says:

    Your Dirty Laundry post of Aug 26 th was especially poignant. It portrayed the owner in a very gracious way. I wish I can be as generous and thoughtful to the factory employees as he was.
    Maybe that is what is lacking in today’s clothing business. Compassion and respect for one another
    at all levels of the supply chain.

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