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Friday, August 26, 2011

Interview with Leanne Barlow from Elle Apparel

I'm currently vacationing in California, so I've got a few fun posts for you this week. Enjoy! 


A while ago, I had to interview a blogger for a class assignment. I emailed many different bloggers, and didn't hear back from them until after my report was due, but now that many of them have responded to my questions, I decided to post them on here. 
You can read the past ones from Jessica and Lindsey. 
This is from Leanne Barlow, author of Elle Apparel. Her blog is a sewing blog, and she's extremely talented!


1. How did you get started with blogging?  

I started out just creating a family blog to document recent happenings in our lives for our friends and family.  I would share things that I created on the blog, and got lots of positive feedback.  I loved reading design blogs and thought it would be nice to have a blog separate from our personal one just to showcase my designs.


2. Where do you get your craft ideas from?  

I love following the current trends and fashions, and a lot of my ideas come from shopping online at many of my favorite stores (Anthropologie, J.Crew, etc).  This gets my wheels turning and gets me really excited to create something that incorporates various aspects or designs I see online.


3. What would be your greatest advice to a beginning sewer? 

Take a sewing class!  You might think you can wing it for your first couple projects, but I can't tell you how many times I have relied on basic techniques that I learned in my beginning sewing class. 

6. What advice would you have to beginning bloggers? 

I know this sounds super cheesy, but find something that you really love to do, and are good at.  If you have the talent, people are going to be interested.  Also, put yourself out there.  Email various popular blogs and ask them to check out your blog or something you've created.  Kari at UCreate is really great at showcasing other talented bloggers.  This will get your name known and drive traffic to your site.

7. What was it that made your blog attract more followers?  

I think the fact that I sewed clothes for myself.  Many blogs out there show tutorials and project of clothing for their daughters and kids, but very few actually show how to make clothes for yourself.  Since I have a little boy, I wasn't whipping up little circle skirts.  But I loved sewing, so I decided to give it a go and sew things that I would want to wear.


9. If you could have dinner for anyone, alive or dead, who would it be? 

Michael Jackson


10. What is your favorite thing to sew? 

Skirts!


11. What is the most rewarding thing about being a blogger? 

The comments from others.  Most of them are strangers that I don't even know!  It is such a rewarding feeling to hear that others are looking at your blog and like your work.  


12. Do you get sponsored by businesses/individuals for giveaways, advertising, etc? If so, how did you start doing that? 

Yes, I just added the option on my blog to contact me to become a sponsor.  The more followers you get, the more interest potential sponsors will have.

13. Do you have any other advice? 

Take the time and work on your over all appearance of your blog.  A great header can go a long way.  I paid a friend to design my logo and it was worth every penny.

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