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2014 July 6
by elizabeth_admin


Long time no write, right?  Yes I did make it up to LA.  Bought only one fabric, intended for my nieces’ bday dresses.  I did wear my new top but forgot to have Sherril or Jeanette take a picture.  That’s ok though, because I was having a really bad hair day.

However, the real reason I write today is to give you a heads up that I am taking a break.  I think every sewing blogger eventually hits a period where blogging becomes a chore or where you lose the blogging mojo or y0u just plain run out of things to say.  It usually hits around the 5-7 year mark.  So I’m right on time, n’est ce pas?  A lot of the sewing bloggers that I loved when I first discovered sewing blogs no longer post and haven’t for years now.  Others have trickled down to fewer and fewer posts.  I think there might be a life cycle for blogging and I might be near the end of mine.

I am definitely taking an internet break this summer.  I’ve stopped looking at Facebook.  I am no longer logging onto my blog reader — I haven’t read a single sewing blog in over two weeks.  And I think this will be my last post on SEWN for the summer at least.

When I first learned to sew after the little boy who lives with me was born, finding sewing blogs and becoming part of the sewing community was how I learned to sew.  Some of my best friends in real life are sewing friends I met online, whom I would never have met if not for the interwebs.  I am very grateful to have found the friends I know and love.

The sewing community online has changed so much since I first joined it.  There are so many young, enthusiastic new sewers out there now.  They have a lot more to say than I do right now, so I defer to them to pass the torch.

I will check in at the end of the summer and see how I feel about continuing SEWN again or not after my little hiatus.  In the meantime, I am so very thankful to all my readers for the encouragement, advice and comments over the years.

Thank you!  Have a great summer y’all!


17 Responses leave one →
  1. Vancouver Barbara permalink
    July 6, 2014

    I will miss you. I applaud all who blog, have blogged, will blog. I realize how much thought and effort goes into each post. I don’t have the wherewithal to do it and I am very grateful for those who do. I like being part of this community even if it is on the far out fringes.
    Have a great summer yourself.

  2. July 6, 2014

    Sad to hear you won’t be posting, but I am over hear nodding my head in agreement with the plan to take a break. My blog isn’t quite at that 5-year marker just yet, but I have been slowing in my posting now that I spend most of my sewing time on things that aren’t for me. I’ve never felt comfortable posting about things I make on commission, and, honestly, it just sucks so much of the fun out of sewing I don’t think I would want to blog about it anyway. I haven’t been on facebook for years, and while I am still perusing a lot of blog posts, there are only a few that I actually read – mostly I just look at pretty pictures. I spent the week of skating regionals without a computer and it was actually really nice. I had email access on my phone, but not a convenient way to surf the internet. The digital detox was quite welcome. I just got so much more done in the real world when I don’t have the distractions. So I will say I’ve very much enjoyed reading your blog, and while I hope you come back to it, I also completely understand if you feel like you are ready to move on and do other things with your time. There are days when I think I am. Either way, I hope you and the little boy who lives with you have a fantastic summer!

  3. Dilliander permalink
    July 6, 2014

    Take care Elizabeth and thanks for sharing your sewing journey during the early blogging years.

  4. July 7, 2014

    Always enjoy your posts and this one resonated for me too. My blog is much newer than yours, and I go through writing spurts too.

    Enjoy your break.

  5. July 7, 2014

    Hi Elizabeth,

    I would just like to wish you a very good summer. I’ve read your blog for years and enjoyed your posts. Like you, I’ve seen many of the blogs trickle down to nothing over time. But for me, you’re the first who comes right out to say you may not be back.
    I’ll miss you in the sewing bloggoshpere, but of course there are so many more important things in life than blogging. And I understand the feeling of ‘digital overload’.
    Take care and enjoy!

    P.S. If you have any pattern making issues and you think I might be able to help, don’t hesitate to email me.

  6. July 7, 2014

    Sorry to hear that – you are one of my favourites 🙂 thanks for all the great posts!

  7. July 7, 2014

    Thanks for sharing your projects. Your blog was one of my favorites because you kept it real and shared the wadders too. I will miss your blog and hope you will resume posting after your break. All the best!

  8. July 7, 2014

    Thank you, for all the inspiration, reviews, and candor through the years. It is refreshing to see a sewing blog authored by a peer…with similar fit and taste issues!

    Enjoy your next adventure and The Little Boy Who Lives With You.

  9. Judi permalink
    July 7, 2014

    You will be missed! Have a fun summer…both you and Jack!!!

  10. Susanjay permalink
    July 7, 2014

    Hi Elizabeth ~ I will miss your blog postings. I just started sewing clothing again after a 20 year break. (Good lord, I didn’t have all of these fit issues way back then). I’ve purchased several patterns after seeing your finished project and reading your review. I think I first read about fabric sold at the National City swap meet here. Maybe I’ll run into you there. Hope you and Jake enjoy the summer.

  11. Janis permalink
    July 7, 2014

    Will miss your blog. It has been one of my must reads. Take care!

  12. July 7, 2014

    Sorry to hear this Elizabeth, I always looked forward to your sewing tales but like a few others have already commented, I too sat nodding my head as I read. I thought I was just fed up but maybe you ‘re right, just run out of steam. Have a great break regardless.

  13. Ann T. permalink
    July 8, 2014

    I am sorry to see you go. Although your blog has apparently run its course, I discovered you only recently, and have not had my fill! Nonetheless, I understand and agree that it is best to stop, when what once was a pleasure or adventure has become a chore. I wish you well.

  14. July 9, 2014

    We’ll be here if you choose to return. Have a great summer!

  15. TinaLou permalink
    July 10, 2014

    I’ve always been excited to see a new post from SEWN pop up in my blog; as others have said, your posts have always felt honest and true. I hope you and the little boy who lives with you have a great summer; I too will be here if you return. Thanks for being you! Tina

  16. July 11, 2014

    I think you’ll be back–you’re just in need of a break. 🙂
    Happy Summer Vacation!!!

  17. Martha Ann permalink
    July 11, 2014

    Hate to see you go as I only found you fairly recently! I bought a shorts pattern that you made because of your post about it and the pictures. Naturally, not made yet but you inspired me as you have with the knit dress recently – please don’t go away forever! take a summer break and come back in the fall – at least every once in a while! The very young sewists are adorable, as are their clothes, but heavens, I have grandchildren that age – not wearing the cute, tiny things!

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