A few weeks ago, we posted a survey asking what sort of content you’d like to see on the Curvy Sewing Collective blog in 2019. Over 300 of you responded, giving us some really helpful feedback! Today, I’m posting to share the survey results with you.
Of our regular post series, which one(s) do you find the most helpful in your sewing? (Check up to 3.)
Most of you clearly love the Same Pattern, Different Bodies series, which even slightly beat out standard Pattern Reviews. This should come as no surprise, since ever since the beginning, we’ve heard that one of the main values provided by the CSC is showcasing a variety of patterns on underrepresented curvy bodies. Not surprisingly, Pattern Throwdowns were also quite popular, since those are a great way to see how similar patterns compare side-by-side on a curvy body.
I’ll make a quick note here about the Pattern Roundups, which we included as an option to gauge interest in possibly bringing those back in some form. Many of you seem to enjoy them; however, they are a ton of work to put together, and frankly, they also generate a LOT of complaints. First of all, it’s difficult to keep up with all of the new releases in a month, and we’d get complaints from pattern designers whose new patterns weren’t included. (Never mind that we’ve never framed those posts as a comprehensive new pattern release guide.) We’d also get complaints from readers about the lack of curvy bodies in the promo photos that we’d repurpose for those posts. (We can’t really do anything about that, as we’d use the promo photos made available by the pattern designers.) We tried cutting back the length of the posts to a “top 10” list, but we received complaints about that, too. With this in mind, we’re evaluating if there’s a way to bring these back and maintain our sanity. On that note, we welcome anyone who wants to volunteer to write the pattern roundup posts. If you’re interested in taking over pattern roundups, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Which pattern companies would you most like to see featured in pattern reviews and other posts in 2019? List up to 3.
We saw a very obvious theme in the answers that we received about which pattern companies you’d like to see featured: size inclusivity. We had very few mentions of Instagram indie darling pattern companies such as Tilly and the Buttons, Sew Over It, or True Bias–all of which are popular companies with cute patterns but limited size ranges. Instead, you want to see more reviews for StyleArc, HotPatterns, Burda, Ottobre, and Seamwork. (The one exception to this is Closet Case Patterns, which many of you do want to see more of, and I’m suspecting that that’s because Heather has a slightly more generous size range than some of the other straight size indies.)
You’re also interested in seeing reviews for patterns from designers who have recently expanded their sizing, such as Megan Nielsen and Helen’s Closet. Going forward, we’ll be putting more of an emphasis on featuring more size-inclusive patterns in the posts that you see on the CSC blog
Do you have any ideas or requests for posts that you’d like to see on the CSC in 2019?
We received a wide array of responses to our “requests for posts” question. Many of you re-iterated your desire to see us feature more patterns from size-inclusive companies. Even more of you asked for us to include more posts on fitting, with requests running the gamut of more fitting tutorials to showing how we work through our muslins. I think that this feedback really hits at the core of what we set out to do with the Curvy Sewing Collective–empowering curvy women to sew the garments that they want to wear.
We also received some requests for specific fitting tutorials that we’ve previously featured on the Curvy Sewing Collective. With that in mind, I encourage our readers to check out our Tutorials page–we might have already written the post that you’re looking for:
Are there any specific patterns that you’d like to see reviewed or otherwise featured in a CSC post?
In response to asking if there were specific patterns you’d like to see featured, we received requests for many popular indie patterns that haven’t yet made an appearance on the CSC, such as the Closet Cast Patterns Sasha Trousers, Sew House Seven Burnside Bibs, and the new Megan Nielsen jeans patterns.
At a high level, you also want to read more about curvy lingerie, curvy activewear, historical/vintage sewing, tailoring, and sewing more professional/business attire. (Note that in some of these categories, we’ll largely be seeking out guest contributors, as most offices have relaxed dress codes these days, and Tanya and Jessica are the only ones on the editorial staff who really sew vintage.) That said, we would welcome guest posts in any of these areas, if you’d like to contribute. Please email us at email@example.com to share your knowledge with the rest of the CSC community.
We received a lot of really thoughtful feedback in response to our poll, which we’ll be using to help guide us through our next year of content. A number of you also expressed positive feedback for the Theme Months and Curvy Year of Sewing challenges that we’ve run for the past two years. While we love that so many of you enjoyed those challenges, they are a ton of work to coordinate, and while we won’t be hosting our own versions this year, look for more collaboration with the Sewcialists going forward to create a fun atmosphere for sewing motivation. Additionally, a number of CSC editors and regular contributors will be taking part in the #2019makenine challenge this year–look for an upcoming post about that and sew along with us!
We’re also working hard behind the scenes of the CSC right now to bring you more inclusive content on a number of levels. Some of you who indicated that you might be interested in writing guests posts for us have already heard from us; those who haven’t heard from us yet will likely be hearing from us in the coming months as we look to celebrate a wide array of curvy bodies of all shapes, sizes, and ages throughout 2019.