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Learning by video, musings

So I am curious to know what you think about learning with video?  It seems to be a growth area with both Tilly and the Buttons and Sew Over It embracing this more interactive approach for learning in their business offer.   While video is still a bit of a novelty in sewing blogs, who can bypass Karen’s Christmas message , and recently I have enjoyed Lisa’s Vlog (Behind the Seams) tremendously- you just know she is having so much fun behind that camera!  Rachel, our resident sewing muse, supports us bloggers with ‘posing tips‘ right here.

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There is also the recent foray into video that Colette Patterns have introduced with Sarai’s video guides – here’s a link to the film  helping with buying knits  .  Don’t you love hearing the real voice of the blogger, and being surprised and knowing at the same time? Karen I think speaks as she writes- optimal word usage, with precision, style and always there’s a twinkling of amusement.  It should not have surprised me that Sarai’s got the most dulcet honeyed tones but being British I would have read the words from the blog in my own English voice , so delight in hearing her authentic Portland accent. And Rachel, the exotic enthusiastic warm hearted Brazilian, her vlogs bring bursts of sunshine.

So video is definitely a curiosity as a blogging medium, especially for me when it adds another dimension to what you think you know about the blogger.  But for learning, with Tilly’s online sewing class and now Lisa’s (Sew Over It) does this herald a swell in online learning ?

Craftsy of course have hours of friendly footage with teachers covering so many different crafts- some free, but most is paid.  If you do invest make sure to wait for the crazy deals in the sales that come around fairly frequently.  yes,  if you do invest, the Craftsy platform app is now even better with the ability to download for offline viewing which I really appreciate, frequently finding myself with dodgy wifi .  And the ability for replaying a 30 second loop when trying to understand and master a new step?  Much used in my current knitting project – the Artemesia sweater (more on that another time).

So both Tilly and Sew Over It already offer face to face sewing classes.  Video classes should bridge the gap between   written instructions, or step by step photos and being able to attend a face to face class,    Learn to Sew Jersey tops  by Tilly and the Buttons gives you a live view of what your sewing should be looking like whilst Tilly guides you through every step of the process.  And all the time getting a Tilly fix.  ( I remember hearing Tilly on an American podcast last year and the host being fixated on Tilly’s very English accent.  Plenty of that going if it facilitates your sewing experience- it’s the equivalent to my Portland comment above!!)   I have had a dip into this class, but am not giving a review, but can tell you that The lessons I’ve looked at so far are filmed around the construction process and are very cleanly captured- different angles provide the view that you need all the while Tilly’s demonstrating and providing guidance.  It is aimed to be used with the Agnes top, and you get a digital copy of the sewing pattern included.  But the principles for using a regular machine to sew knit tops can be applied to any standard knit top pattern you already have.  A proper confidence boost I reckon, launching you into making more with knits.  A good pattern / concept to start with?

But what provoked me to muse over video learning was the recent launch of the Grace dress online sewing class from Sew Over It.

Whilst I haven’t seen any of the lessons, the content looks more than just a video showing you how to sew the basic dress- as well as the expected lessons, steps include Lisa’s top tips for sewing an invisible zip and even when and how to do an FBA or an SBA.   Relatively complex procedures, but the things that will make the difference to get a more customised fit and polished finish.  By distance learning!  And judging by the video tutorials on the Vlog, (eg adding a waistband to the Ultimate Trousers) you will be in a pair of very calm, knowledgeable and safe hands.

So I am not reviewing these classes by any means, I’m just curious.    Youtube has so much free content- but I suppose it’s a bit of a lottery finding exactly what you need to know, and then how well the youtuber is explaining and filming it.  No guarantee on a. finding exactly what you need and b. quality.   Making an online video class must take such a lot of time, effort and investment – I hope that these online classes do well, I know how useful i am finding following a video knitting class, as I am such a basic knitter and this covers a whole load of new knitting techniques & I make soooo many mistakes.  I just wish someone else would do the ripping back for me!  What do you  think? Are you a video learner?  Is youtube a frequent port of call & what have your experiences been like?

and no, I am not writing this as any kind of market research.  And no again, I am not planning to stick myself in front of a camera and either make some parody of myself with an overdone Somerset accent or go through that trauma of hearing what you really sound like to other people. Too freaky for me!  I’m just musing …. What do you think?

Desert Island Sewing: Our third castaway, Rachel from House of Pinheiro

I happened to be paddling my canoe one day when I came across another desert island, & guess who I found?  Why Rachel from House of Pinheiro, much loved Brazilian blogging from the UK who I have to say stuns me with her modelling looks nearly as much as her prolific & stylish sewing.    Added to that the tempting baking treats that she has been known to blog about means that I am frequently inspired &  wish I lived close enough to visit House of Pinheiro’s House (I can write that, can’t I?! 🙂 )!

Setting the scene then …

You are stranded on a desert island, surrounded by beautiful crystal blue water populated by turtles & tropical fish (no sharks!). You have a comfy cosy shelter, an abundance of food & drinking water & a solar generator. Upon exploring the island you find a container that has fallen off a cargo ship & guess what? It is filled with what seems to be a never ending supply of fabrics of all descriptions, threads & notions!! What chance!

You are allowed to take your sewing machine & sewing box but which would be your 8 desert island patterns? (Note I will leave it up to my interviewees to imagine that their desert island’s climate & their adventures did not only require bikinis & sarongs but maybe more of a variety of clothing- but up to them! This is about designing their dream but limited wardrobe.  The patterns might be practical choices, or maybe they have more sentimental meaning).  So what will it be?”

The weather in the UK is grey, cold and uninspiring… Thank you, Winnie for sending me a ticket to the Desert Island Sewing…  Yupiiiii…
I spend ages thinking what to pack: With only 8 patterns from a personal collection of 100 plus and wish list of thousands. Serious decisions ladies!
Excited to see what I have packed? To give you an idea what I would sew, I have attached some inspiration….
The first pattern was an easy choice: Vogue 8766. With 6 variations already in the pattern cover this pattern will offer me endless fun of mix and matching…
The second pattern, very useful for the masked balls I will be hosting… Simplicity 2253
Rachel Simplicity 2253
And a chance to tackle some fabulous and difficult  fabrics.
Of course, I need to run chic errands while away and I love comfort of trousers/pants… I have in my stash the perfect pattern and fabric (found the perfect fabric on Edinburgh) that is dying to be sewn! Vogue 8604 offers a cape and high waist skirt too.
Rachel Vogue 8604

Topless isn’t illegal on the sewing island, however I think Butterick 2682 vintage shirt would do the trick to keep me nicely covered and I would own a few shirt dresses too…

Rachel Butterick 2682

My most used & loved garment of last year (Ikat dress) was made using the dress pattern from Sew U by Wendy, so that’s also packed.
Rachel Sew U
You probably don’t know yet but I have a personal obsession with trench coats. I have my eyes on Threads Simplicity  4084 for ages. I am actively seeking this pattern like a mad woman. Can someone swap with me?? I am in a constant scan of ebay and etsy. I promise It will be so loved.
Rachel Simplicity 4084
Of course,  my Sew-resolution dress for this year, the bombshell.
Rachel Bombshell
And lastly, Elisalex…. I had a blast sewing it and would be great to sew more versions. Have you head of the reversalex? Elisalot? [Editor: Lol…..]
Rachel Elisalex

My sewing book.. yummm that decision was even harder because I am a bookworm nerd with a shrine of books around the house… I own more than 55 sewing books. Don’t get me started on the baking books. One would think I own an independent book shop lol.

I’m taking my Brazilian pattern design book. I have made a toile for trousers, jacket, dresses, skirts and tops from the instructions.
Rachel Sewing book

I simplified its instructions to draft a pencil skirt in 4 steps. I was very lucky to take one week course when I was on holiday home and really enjoy their pattern design techniques.

On my ipod, I would be listening to Seu Jorge, specially ” American Brasil” album…
while re-reading Sherlock Holmes Complete Works from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Like Winnie, I would take a notebook as my luxury item. I cannot sew without one… I also like drawing, writing lists and secrets..
Ps, Did you notice the lack of bikini patterns? Well, I got to wear my 32 pairs I have stored in my wardrobe…
Well,that’s all from me, see you all in the island!
Sources: Fashion Clothes courtesy of Style.com
Book Cover courtesy of Penguin
Thank you Rachel for such inspiration!! I have loved reading your choices & seeing your images.  There are some patterns I never knew existed that are incredibly swoon-worthily stylish (very you!).  I am also Spotifying everyone’s music choices & what a wonderful way to discover new delights.  🙂
Coming soon to a desert island near you ….Sarah from Rhinestones & Telephones….