In your blog feed, which designers dominate? Whose patterns will you see pop up at least once a day?
Those questions caught my imagination yesterday, for no apparent reason, so I went through and tallied up all the finished garments that showed up in my blog feed for the last
day two days three days! (I started with just a day, but thought more time would be more representative.)
Here’s what I found:
To my surprise, no one pattern company dominated! Grainline has the most makes by a bit, which I think comes down to well-designed classics…. self-drafting was popular, which I think is a nice indication of confident sewists… the “other” category included kids stuff, means wear, Japanese patterns and so on.
The biggest surprise to me was just how many pattern companies got blogged in those three days – I was not expecting my list to fill the whole envelope I was writing on! There’s no doubt that the indie pattern world has exploded in the past couple of year (and I bet we’ve all either rolled our eyes at yet another blogger starting a new pattern company, or felt overwhelmed while reading a “new patterns review”). What I think is so cool though is that the blogging community has embraced so many designers, and such a wide range of things are being made! Simple basics? Check. Vintage? Check. Modern, traditional, trendy, Big 4? Check, check, check, check. I was expecting certain designers to dominate, but turns out I’m so pleased that they didn’t!
Of course, you’d get different results if you tallied up your own blog roll, depending on who you follow, but I think the diversity would still be there same. I know this is hopelessly optimistic of me, but it just makes me happy that we’ve got so many patterns to choose from, and that each blogger can choose what suits them, and yet we can all be part of the same community! (Hey, I told you this was hopelessly optimistic. Go somewhere else for your snark today! ;)
The nice part of so many companies getting blogged is that I’m aware of their patterns, even if they aren’t my style (Tessuti, I’m looking at you!) The scary side of it is that I can picture designs by almost every single designer on my list off the top of my head. HOW MUCH BRAIN POWER IS PATTERN KNOWLEDGE HOGGING IN MY BRAIN? Agghhh! I dare you, scroll back to the list and see if you can name or picture at least 2 patterns from each designer mentioned!
I’m not sure I really have a point with all this, I just found it interesting… and I haven’t felt like sewing for a week, so I’m got time to sit and think!
Is your blog feed varied like mine, or do certain designers get made noticeably more often than others? What about on your own blog – are you loyal to a few brands, or is it a bit of everything? Were you happier a few years ago when there were just a handful of indies and Big 4 to choose from, or do you like the explosion or new choices now available?