Feliz dress from Etsy.com and the book "Swing clothes kids love"
Some of what I have learned following sewing groups on FB:
* You can get tuned in to museum shows and runway designs. Certain pages have major access to behind the scenes and it's fun to visit.
* You definitely get notice of every new pattern, PDF or paper, to hit the market. There are so many it can be overwhelming at times.
* Many groups are "closed" and you have to be "let in", aka, "approved" before becoming a member/friend. One of my favorite groups, a really productive one with lots of serious convo ,does not allow any "designers" in the group. If you are selling patterns you can't get in. And in case you are wondering it has a very positive vibe and lots of open discussion.
*New sewists are craving a place to talk about their sewing and patterns without the intrusion of fangirls or the attitude that can sometimes be associated with Pattern Review. Closed FB groups provide that.
*Most new sewists really want to learn how to get to the next level, zippers, plackets, etc but have very little time to invest with small children in the landscape. I admire their tenacity and still getting out cute garments. I did no machine sewing at all when mine were little.
* Lots of self taught new sewists have lots of respect for those who have been sewing longer and really appreciate knowledge shared.
*Younger sewists will frequent blogs but then leave messages on the blog owner's FB page, not the blog. So next time someone says "she hardly gets any comments, how is she so well known?" ---she's getting the feedback and following on FB.
* FB is frequented a lot more by new sewists than Bloglovin' or Blogger and many of the sewing forums out there.
*PDF Designer pages are extremely proprietary. Disloyalty, shown by critique and legitimate questions is not well tolerated.
* Some pages are just put up to post your garment and wait for the attagirls, not much substance there, but often inspiration from a quick scroll through. I enjoy these as well and can always count on a quick pik me up with these types of pages.
*Following sewing pages on FB is definitely worth while. I suggest a variety of pages for the most substantive participation.
Now that I have gotten that all out there, whew, these are my own personal observations and others may have their own. All in all I think the sewing pages on FB are a lot of fun, and good for a quick sewing buzz. Some impart a lot of knowledge and provide a real service. Others truly inspire and some are just good quick fun. I know you all follow blogs and Instagram, but do you follow FB sewing groups and what are your experiences?
To show my appreciation to all my blog followers and FB sewing friends, I have an awesome book, "Sewing Clothes Kids Love" to give away. It is in never used perfect condition. All of the patterns are included and have never come out of their envelope, so factory folded perfect. The designers are European, Farbenmix and Studio Tantrum and therefore seam allowances need to be added. The Feliz pattern was very popular among my heirloom sewing friends. If you would like to be in the running for this book just leave your name and sentence or two in the comments below. I will take names until April 15th and sorry, continental US, only. Now I just have to get going on Instagram! ............Bunny