Back in the day when blogging was the main form of sharing our sewing, there was one unspoken rule: Every post must contain front, back and side photos! How else is a person to know how the pattern really fits? But now that many people share on Instagram more than blogs, we often don’t see the full 360° view. I think it is time to change that!
Whether you mix your photos in a collage, as I usually do, or feature them individually, I think it is so important to include all angles. I also try to stand straight and relaxed, so that I’m not distorting the fit with a hand on my hip etc. Are they the cutest pictures ever? Nope, but I hope they are useful.
In particular, back and side shots can really reveal when the fit is off, like with the teal ponte dress above. Looks fine from the front, but there are hidden problems behind!
One way to share a full view is the #iamnot2d hashtag on Instagram started by @minimalistmachinist . It basically involves videoing yourself turning in a circle. (She was also on Love to Sew recently, but I haven’t listened yet.) I’m going to start using the hashtag myself when I post front, back and side photos.
So here’s the point of my wee rant: Let’s remind the community that seeing clothes from all angles is necessary when offering any kind of review. Show the good, the back and the ugly, even if you hide it in an Instagram slideshow after all your cute pictures!
Anyone else share this pet peeve of mine? I’m curious too what other features of blogging get lost on Instagram – close ups of details, detail about fit adjustments, or other things, perhaps?