Knitters are to Ravelry as Sewers are to....?
August 29, 2012 4:15 PM   Subscribe

Is there a community web site for sewers that is comparable to what Ravelry is for knitters? This means, in case you're not familiar with Ravelry, that I can use it to document my sewing projects, look at other people's sewing projects, search for patterns (or pattern reviews), and share information with other sewers in the forums.
posted by orange swan to Computers & Internet (10 answers total) 42 users marked this as a favorite
I am sort of hanging out on Threadbias. It's new and similar to Ravelry. Hopefully, it will take off.
posted by Duffington at 4:23 PM on August 29, 2012 [2 favorites]

The closest I have found is the "Projects" section on BurdaStyle. After a redesign, it's actually not too far off from the Ravelry pattern search. The only problem is that, obviously, it's a commercial site for BurdaStyle, so patterns available are kind of limited. You won't find any Vogue sewing patterns there, etc. But members can submit non-BurdaStyle creations of their own.

Sewers is such a confusing word. Even as someone who sews, I initially thought this post was about community sewage discussions...
posted by peacrow at 4:23 PM on August 29, 2012 [2 favorites]

I don't know about Ravelry, but is wonderful, much more than its name would suggest.
posted by crabintheocean at 4:24 PM on August 29, 2012 [3 favorites]

Sewers is such a confusing word. Even as someone who sews, I initially thought this post was about community sewage discussions...

Let me introduce you to my friends "seamstress" and "seamster"
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug at 4:37 PM on August 29, 2012 [5 favorites] is very Ravelryesque in its general design. I haven't spent much time there but some friends who are more actively bicraftual than I seem to like it.
posted by camyram at 4:47 PM on August 29, 2012

There are actually quite a few out there, some more exclusively sewing oriented than others.

Pattern Review

Burda Style Forums

Artisan's Square

Sew Mama Sew


Oliver + S Forum

(side note, I've always preferred the term dressmaker, but then I largely do garment sewing. YMMV)
posted by lyra4 at 5:18 PM on August 29, 2012 [1 favorite]

Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug: " Let me introduce you to my friends "seamstress" and "seamster""

Or, if you want something that's not gender-specific, "sewist".

Is it a beautiful word? No. Is it easily confused with sewage systems? Also no.
posted by Lexica at 6:03 PM on August 29, 2012 [2 favorites]

Seconding Threadbias. It sounds like just what you're looking for. Maybe we should start a MeFi forum there!
posted by christinetheslp at 6:05 PM on August 29, 2012

We All Sew is another, though I really mostly use
posted by annsunny at 8:02 PM on August 29, 2012

Lots of interesting suggestions and I have checked them all out.

Threadbias looks good and I like the interface, but it looks like it's mainly a quilter's site at present. Even the items that aren't quilted look liken they were made out of quilting fabric and are kind of kitschy. I might move to that site later if it gets more members who make the polished kind of clothes I like to make.

I'd have joined BurdaStyle if it included the other brands of patterns. It looks exactly like the kind of site I want. But I am a Vogue Patterns devotee, using their patterns for 90% of my sewing projects, and I want to be able to look up individual patterns and see what other members are doing with them.

Patttern Review looks like a great resource and I have bookmarked it, but it doesn't seem to have individual pages for its members where they can document their own projects. Nor did Oliver + S Forum or We All Sew.

I am a Craftster member and enjoy the site, but it's not really geared for the kind of sewing I do. I can't look up specific patterns and see what other sewers have done with them.

In several cases I couldn't really see what the site had without creating an account. Artisan's Square and Sew, Mama, Sew!, and My Sewing Circle all looked like they might be right, but I couldn't look at the member pages without joining. So I said screw it and just picked My Sewing Circle because it had the best-looking interface, and signed up. I've set up a sewing circle for MeFites called MetaStitchual, so feel free to join that and friend me there if you wish. Maybe someone more tech-savvy than I can help me create a emblem to display for our circle page.

Thanks all.
posted by orange swan at 9:57 AM on August 30, 2012 [1 favorite]

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