Whats Your Process?

You wouldn’t think that one appointment in the morning would throw my whole day off, but apparently it has – what a late post this is for me! I did manage to ‘pull’ some fabrics for muslins, prototypes, and actual mock-ups of my future Sewing Republic projects. I managed to jot down some construction ‘notes’ (although one is almost finalized) and need to spend some time finalizing them – I have decided I need a new system of writing tutorials. Currently I hand write notes and steps as I think they should be followed, then I make a ‘mock-up’ following those notes that way I can determine what works, what doesn’t, and what needs clarification. Then I type the instructions with the changes, make a final project (taking photos, etc.), and then make a final draft of the project instructions (with any changes I may have made during the last mock up). So I guess this leads me to my question: For those of you who write tutorials, patterns, sewing instructions, or even just a quick write up for a friend who likes your designs, etc. what’s your process? It just seems like mine has too many steps…..

6 thoughts on “Whats Your Process?

  1. sassypriscilla

    Stacy – whatever you are doing, you must be doing it right.
    My process is to fly by the seat of my pants. I might start a project and think – oh, perhaps I’ll blog about this and take some pictures while working on it. I jot notes down while doing a craft/sewing project but usually not when sharing a recipe.
    I used to be a technical writer so you would think I would have a more streamlined process…

  2. Arabella

    I haven’t written any tutorials, but when I write recipes, I usaully take pictures and write notes while I am making it, then type it up afterwards and add the pics in.

  3. bernadette

    Your process seems like a very good one! You test your instructions and make the actual item more than once. Some designers seem to skip these steps and mistakes crop up. Anyway, it is always better be over-prepared than under-prepared.
    The ‘gold standard’ would be to have someone else test your instructions before you publish – but if you aren’t being flooded with questions, you are probably testing well-enough on your own!

  4. CGCouture

    Instead of writing it out by hand, I would probably just type it into a word document on my laptop (I type much faster than I write)–that way if I had to re-order steps I could just cut/paste them. Other than that, I don’t think it’s possible to shave too much more time off of what you are doing. But then, I’m more a seat-of-the-pants person myself. 😉

  5. Erika

    Let’s see – I’ve never thought about the process before! First, I finalize my pattern or design and work out any bugs. Then, while I am making the final sample, I stop after each step and do a couple of things: take notes on the computer for the instructions on that step, and make sure to take several pictures of each step in the process. When I’m finished, I go back to the computer and edit down my notes, adding in the pictures. Finally, I wait a day or two before going back to proofread and make the final edits.
    I usually have at least one other person proofread the instructions, because I tend to add in random comma’s where there aren’t any needed. Ah-hem.
    So I guess the only difference in our methods is that I make the notes on my computer where you are using paper!

  6. Sharon

    Stacy, I think you’re process is good. I’m more like CGCouture – fly by the seat of my pants.
    I usually have an idea if I’m going to create a tutorial or not before I begin. I have a notebook by my side and jot measurements and notes down as I go, being sure to take lots of photos. If I think the final product looks okay, I type out my notes and there ya have it. A tutorial.

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