A Rejoinder and Statement of Principles

by Erin on May 15, 2008

I don't usually take the time to reply to negative comments that are left on this blog — why encourage people who are spoiling for a fight? I'm not bothered by their criticism, for the most part (and if it's justified I do try to take it to heart, however unpleasant it may be to do so!). But most of the time replying to negative comments falls under the heading "Never wrestle with a pig. You get dirty and only the pig enjoys it."

However, there have been a few comments on a recent post which I feel I need to respond to, if only for clarification. A commenter, mainly anonymous, but also signing one comment "7/10 split", suggested that I am a "professional what? writer/ advertisers? whose goal is to sell things", and also a "shill."

For the record: I am not a "professional advertiser". I am a writer, but of a very particular kind.

The same commenter (who may be this blogger) also suggested that I don't sew the dresses that I post here. If you would like to see pictures of ME in the dresses I have sewn (and I admit, I don't often post pictures of myself here because, all things considered, I had a better time in labor — and I didn't have an epidural! — than I do having my picture taken) you can see them in five out of the first six pictures here.
(The dresses shown in that link include a Duro, the pink jellybean dress, the blogiversary dress, the stunt Valentine's Dress, and the yellow-bird dress.)

Whether you enjoy my posts or not, I would like to state unequivocally that I do NOT accept money to post about any particular dress, fabric, pattern, pair of shoes, etc. There is NO payola or kickback scheme in effect on this blog.

For book reviews, I am, as is common practice in publishing, often provided with free copies of the book in question, to review or to give away.

The advertisers on the right-hand side are just that: advertisers. They have no influence on content, and I do *not* ask them for free stuff.

I accept pictorial ads ONLY from people who sell patterns, fabric, or vintage clothes, or are otherwise related to sewing. I must approve the ad before it will run. My ad rates are very low; $25/month (with a minimum three-month commitment, because I'm lazy and don't want to be bothered putting up and taking down ads all the time). I also participate in Google's AdSense program, which are the boxed text ads you see on the page, and in the Amazon Associates program, which gives me a commission on books purchased by Amazon customers who clicked on links to books from this blog. (To give you an idea of the revenue from those two sources; my last "payment" from Amazon was a $35 gift certificate which I used … to buy more sewing books. Google pays every two months or so; I think my last check from them was in the $125 range.)

I have set up "Dress a Day Inc" as a LLC company, so that, if I say something libelous and am sued, the company will be the target of any lawsuit (and not my family). This means I file taxes on all the income from this blog — if there is any, after paying hosting fees to my internet service provider.

As for the comments about the sweater in question, I am doing a little research on the subject; the commenter suggested that the sweater probably cost less than $1 to make, and that all the labor involved was sweatshop labor in Asia. I don't think that's right, given that the cost of a pound of even low-grade cotton is about .71 — that's a pound of unspun cotton. From what I can tell, the spinning of one pound of raw cotton fiber produces 840 yards of yarn. That seems to be on the low end of the number of yards you'd need for a sweater — any knitters want to jump in here? — and the sweater I posted about was 14 gauge, which is a fairly fine knit). So, at least .71 in raw materials, plus the spinning cost, plus the fashioning cost, plus the cost of the buttons — I think it would be hard to get the raw goods cost of this garment under $1. Even leaving aside that the garment is made in China (I called and asked) — there's the cost of the coming up with the design, a job almost certainly done by an American at American wages. (J.Crew employs about 7600 people.) The same commenter said that the sweater I linked to could be found in discount stores for under $20; if, in fact, that is the case — why haven't I found it there? It's not like I haven't been looking! Do you factor the salary of the designer into the cost of the sweater? If not, why not? Do you factor in the jobs of the catalog writers (Americans), shop employees (American and for the stores in Japan, Japanese)? The distribution center employees (in Virginia and North Carolina)? The UPS guy who will bring it to me? (Hi Luis!) The short answer, it seems to me, is that a narrow focus on manufacturing jobs is not helpful; if the company can't manufacture goods at a reasonable price, then all those other jobs I mentioned above — they go away, too. Despite conjecture about how much of the price of the sweater is pure profit, large retail chains have VERY small profit margins — one source puts it at 2%. Another source (from 1998!) puts the apparel profit margin at 5.4% … and given the rising costs of commodities since 1998, I can't imagine that margin has gone up.

I apologize for such a long and tedious post, without even any pretty pictures to enliven it; I promise not to make a habit of this kind of thing. However, I do treasure the trust you place in me by visiting this blog, leaving comments, and contributing to a little oasis of dress-loving camaraderie online, and I didn't want to give credence to accusations of shilling, payola, and "blogging under false pretenses" by letting them go by in silence.

(Comments of the kind "all her taste is in her mouth," "this is soooooo ugly lol", and "i cant believe u wear this!" will still be ignored. De gustibus, etc.)

If you ever have any questions about me or this blog, well, my email address is on the right-hand side, towards the bottom. I do try to answer all the email I receive.

{ 214 comments… read them below or add one }

Elle's Niche May 15, 2008 at 9:29 am

You go girl! People like that aren’t worth the frustration – they can’t seem to see the whole picture. Sorry you have to deal with that. I love reading your blog and I am greatly anticipating the delivery of my new ‘Brown Wiggle Dress’. Keep doing what you do! Even with the economy the way it is…It is always a welcome site to read your blog!

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Zoltar Panaflex May 15, 2008 at 9:31 am

The only comment I have to this well-written post is this:WHERE do I sign up to be a charter member of the “We Love Erin” Fan Club?Surely I’m not the only one who gets up way too early, cracks open my computer, ignores the scary news, and opens “Dress-a-Day” first and foremost?

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Anita Penny Hodgson May 15, 2008 at 9:45 am

I am totally stunned by this dreadful person’s accusations and/or comments.. Erin, you are a joy to the internet community and I agree with others, you are the way we start the morning… You are educational and interesting and I never miss a day! Anita

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Anonymous May 15, 2008 at 9:46 am

I went and read the blog of the 7/10 split blogger. Talk about a sad/pessimistic outlook on life.Go buy more sweaters and forget about this pathetic person.~Funky Kimfunkykim@comcast.net(i have blogger issues and cannot sign in)

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Teresa May 15, 2008 at 9:46 am

I’ll be the second charter member. Why do folks bother to read a blog if they don’t enjoy it? Why waste that time? Or didn’t their mother ever tell them that if they didn’t have anything good to say then they should just BE QUIET!!! Erin, I read your blog every morning and thoroughly enjoy it. I am an entrenched jeans and t-shirts kinda person but I enjoy the pictures, your writing is superb, and sewing is my hobby. Keep up the great work. Some of us out here can’t start the morning without a bit of Dress a Day to brighten the morning.Many thanks,Teresa

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sarajane May 15, 2008 at 9:50 am

Oh for Pete’s sake (thinking something stronger…) If you don’t like the content, DON’T READ THE BLOG! I don’t particularly care for short sleeved sweaters, but I don’t have my undies in a wad over it. It’s not like Erin is forcing everyone to exclusively buy J Crew Sweaters. Get over yourself, Mr or Ms. Pissy Poster – and get a life! (thank you for reading, I feel better now).I would also like to join the “We Love Erin” Fan Club.

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7/10 split May 15, 2008 at 9:50 am

What I said is that you could find a short sleeved cotton sweater for under $20. Go to Chadwicks, Clearance, Item 2108-32648-1264.You will see a very nice short sleeved cotton sweater at a price of $9.99. Additionally, if you search Google for Chadwicks coupons, you can probably get the sweater even cheaper than that. You might argue that the quality is not comparable, but I have already explained that it is comparable, and currently it is $55cheaper than J Crew’s sweater. It is more than 80% cheaper than J Crew’s sweater. Just because you, Erin, can not locate an item, this does not mean that the item does not exist. And, if Chadwicks has a cotton sweater, you can be sure that there are many other places besides that have a cotton sweater. And I’d be willing to bet that the majority are far lower in price than $65. As I said, if J Crew doesn’t get hip to the prices that our current economy can bear, those 7,600 people are going to join the other 20% of unemployed Americans who can’t even afford Chadwick’s prices.

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Ellie Finlay May 15, 2008 at 9:51 am

What a wonderful post. You obviously are a person of considerable integrity. Well done.I absolutely LOVE your site and I come here every day.

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lorrwill May 15, 2008 at 9:55 am

I still love you.I ignored the sweatshop stuff on the other post because I did not feel that A Dress A Day is the correct place for that discussion.Further, there were so many holes in several points of logic that I started to feel that it was not all an honest discourse on economics and human rights but little more than troll fodder. So I stayed out of it.And yes, I am one of those people who is trying to make all of her own clothes and/or buy non-sweatshop goods because I do have strong feelings on the subject. However, I refuse to preach about it and covert the masses and all that as I find that sort of thing to be in the poorest of taste.LONG LIVE A DRESS A DAY!LONG LIVE THE FASHION REBEL ALLIANCE!

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Erin May 15, 2008 at 9:59 am

7/10 Split, thanks for the link.Unfortunately, that’s not a comparable sweater.The J.Crew sweater has rib-knit trim at the sleeve and waist; the Chadwick’s sweater does not — it is completely ribbed.The Chadwick’s sweater is v-neck; the J.Crew sweater is jewel-necked.The Chadwick’s sweater comes in eight colors, mostly pastels; the J.Crew sweater comes in twelve colors, mostly brights.These may sound like petty differences to you, but I am very, very picky about my sweaters; if I am going to spend $9 or $65, it is going to be for exactly what I want — anything else is a waste of money, because if it’s not just right, I won’t wear it.

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melissapedsrn May 15, 2008 at 10:00 am

Erin…Of all the ridiculous…I just don’t even have the words. I will never understand why people have to be so meanspirited. If that person wants something to rant about,, how about world hunger, war, abused women and children,, childhood cancer or any other of the millions of things one could crusade against…This person is not worth your time..or mine. Done dealLove you, love your blog, you are a postive light in a very negative world. So there.Melissa

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Catherine May 15, 2008 at 10:08 am

Knitter here – for that fine of a gauge, I estimate you would need considerably more yarn than that – probably almost double. A normal sweater often takes 1000 yards.

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Catherine May 15, 2008 at 10:09 am

PS. The anonymous commenter is kind of an ass. I love your blog.

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Deirdre May 15, 2008 at 10:12 am

Erin!You are in Wikipedia! That’s soooo cool.I want to be in Wikipedia. I figure I can get listed as “totally anonymous American.”As for the rest of it, good on you for responding. It takes a strong character to know when to be quiet, but a stronger character to know when, and why and how, to speak up.

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7/10 split May 15, 2008 at 10:12 am

And, why would you think that the design had to be originated in America? Don’t you know that all of our engineering jobs are gone along with our manufacturing jobs. Don’t you think an Indian or an Asian can engineer or design just as well as an American? If you don’t have any factories, you don’t need any engineers/designers. And, if you are a real person, and if you aren’t being paid to advertise (and I don’t believe your claims to the contrary) then the only conclusion I can draw is that you are very out of touch with the actual economic condition of the vast majority of Americans. Because I’m speculating that there are very, very few who would be willing to pay $65 for a short sleeved cotton sweater. And, the vast majority would find that price to be obscene. In fact, I’m going to speculate that if that sweater is comparably priced to J Crew’s other merchandise, they won’t be in business for long. And as for the rest of you, who are probably all the same person, I have already spoken to the only response you can come up with: “you don’t have to…and why don’t you go away.”

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Catherine May 15, 2008 at 10:13 am

I’m awfully sorry for posting 3 comments, but I just had to say this – why does Anonymous think you posted that affecting and heartfelt tribute after your father died? To sell more dresses that you didn’t make? Jesus!

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Kristy May 15, 2008 at 10:13 am

810 yards of yarn will yield a sweater if it’s knit up at about 4 stitches per inch– if it’s 14 sts/inch, you’ll need a lot more yarn than that! (Going on my sizing, 38B, size M/L)I think that, sometimes, these petty anonymous commenters cannot find anyone to read their own blogs, so they attempt a hijacking of one that is more popular. I’m sorry that it had to be yours.

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Sharon May 15, 2008 at 10:18 am

I really love your blog and enjoy reading it as the first blog each day. It would seem that their are a few readers of blogs that enjoy leaving negative comments all over blog land-I guess that is how they get their “jollies”. What a sad life they must live-and they seem to be the same people on each of the blogs-re: confessions of a cf husband. If they get off on getting a reaction from people, I guess the best is to just go ‘pffft’ and then ignore them. I think that, in a way, they are secretly jealous of you! Speaking of that, I hope we get another “Secret Lives” soon, maybe on the dress from yesterday!

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Erin May 15, 2008 at 10:19 am

7/10 Split: If you don’t believe that I’m a real person, I don’t see any further value in arguing with you (not that there was all that much value to begin with). (But do I at least pass the Turing Test?)

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Megan May 15, 2008 at 10:21 am

AMEN, sister!

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The Rotund May 15, 2008 at 10:23 am

*boggle*You know, I care about the ethics of shopping but to even pretend that the Chadwicks’s sweater and the J. Crew sweater are the same is ridiculous. Alas, J. Crew does not clothe the fat, but I’ve ordered from Chadwicks and the quality, as well as the design, is not comparable.While I’d love to see Erin talk about the ethics of shopping, if she were so inclined, there is no excuse for the rudeness displayed by annonymous/ 7/10 Split.

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cidell May 15, 2008 at 10:24 am

There are many things to love about this post, but the BEST (because it’s what I was thinking) is the bit on J. Crew. Stores, websites, designers, advertising ALL TAKE MONEY. It’s like saying the dress I made for you only cost $50. There was my time and labor and my thought. You pay for that too.

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Deirdre May 15, 2008 at 10:27 am

Also! I just read 7/10 splits comments (above). I bought three cardigans at the JCrew outlet store for $45 each. Then I went to Steinmart and found very similar cardigans, in the same colors, for $20 each. The Steinmart cardigans were thicker, to boot!So I returned my JCrew cardigans and bought the Steinmart cardigans.Sounds simple, right? Wrong! I’ve been looking for these sweaters for WEEKS. I looked at JC Penny, I looked at Sears, I looked at Kolhs, I looked at Target, I looked at Walmart, I looked at Dillards, I looked at Belks, I looked at Macys, I looked TJ Maxx, I looked at Marshalls, I looked at Nordstrom, I looked at Eddie Bauer, I looked at LL Bean, I looked at Land’s End, I looked at Chicos, I looked at Geoffrey Bean, and I looked at Izod.So when someone finds the Holy Grail of cardigan (and those of us who love cardigans will understand exactly what I mean) and posts the link for the world to see, it’s like manna from heaven. I think you’ve missed the point entirely, 7/10. The point isn’t buying the cheapest clothing you can get your hands on. The point is FINDING the clothing you want to wear.And for pointing all of us to a wearable, attractive cardigan that is remarkably difficult to locate, Erin gets my unreserved thanks.

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Sydnie May 15, 2008 at 10:30 am

I *heart* Dress A Day!I have plenty of thoughts on anonymous/7/10split… however, expressing those would just add to the number of bad things said on the internet, and he/she wouldn’t pay attention anyway. It’s unfortunate that he/she feels the need to spread his/her poopy attitude by encroaching on other people’s happy places! :) Erin, I do love your blog! I read it every day, I look forward to every post, I refer back to several of your posts, I share your posts with my mom… You are more inspiring than you know! Thanks for all you do!

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Deirdre May 15, 2008 at 10:31 am

And finally, after reading both of 7/10′s posts, I see that s/he is kind of out of touch with reality, so I for one am going to wish him/her well and let it go at that.

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Fiona May 15, 2008 at 10:31 am

Hmm…all interesting stuff. I can see many of the points of view here are valid: I have seen (and been horrified by) TV programmes about children sleeping in the same room where they hand-embroider fabric to be sold at enormous prices when made up as garments, I don’t give a rat’s whatsit about designer labels, I have donated clothes to and bought clothes from “thrift stores”, I have made my own clothes and finally, I have been persuaded – after reading this site – to buy Liberty fabric from a seller on eBay to make into a fabulous gift for someone (can’t say who, it’s in the post and the recipient does not know yet!) Where do I stand?Well, I have my principles and my ideas but I don’t argue well, so I’ll keep all that to myself. However, when my gift-garment is received I will send you a picture of it (and to the eBay seller you were kind enough to point out to me!):-)

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Theresa May 15, 2008 at 10:32 am

7/10 split probably doesn’t know what a Turing Test is. What I don’t understand, if he/she disagrees with your blog, thinks we are one person…why is she wasting her/his breath hear. If you want to buy a $65 sweater and you can afford it…that’s your perogative. I’m probably wrestling the pig right now… but I just can’t saty quiet. You have been an inspiration to me as both a hobby sewist adn a writer. Thank you.

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Tara May 15, 2008 at 10:33 am

There’s no point arguing with someone who is determined to be obdurate (a very good word, no?). As you say, arguing with a pig etc. But I have to say that I’ve appreciated the thoughtful comments and your post for their thoroughness and logic. Your sincerity speaks for itself but I particularly appreciate the precision and directness in your argument. As for your J.Crew sweater – if all of us only ever took the economic factors of each purchasing decision into account, wouldn’t we end up dressed very much the same? And history has shown that social models, based on some utopian version of economic equality, seem to end up being more oppressive to the very people ‘They’ were trying liberate.It’s your sweater, if you can afford it – morally, ethically and economically. It’s your choice to make. Mao suit, anyone??

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Kristen May 15, 2008 at 10:35 am

Forget Joss Whedon.Erin is my master now.

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Su May 15, 2008 at 10:39 am

Some people are just rude. Msotly, they’re jealous of you & your talent!Dress a Day is the first thing I look at most days, keep up your great work!

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jen May 15, 2008 at 10:41 am

first i have to say i love the pig quote – seriously, i hope to use it sometime in the near future! a lot of people don’t realize what it takes to produce a garment. i sell patterns but when some people ask me how much it would cost (for them) to buy an actual item made from my patterns, they are floored. part of me does not blame them but the other part reminds me all that goes into the design and creation process, and that my time is valuable.anyway, before i forget, thank you for the google pics. the most fun part for me was reading more about who you are and what you do, aside from writing the blog.

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Erica May 15, 2008 at 10:43 am

Why are you still here, 7/10 split? I thought you weren’t coming back?

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Anonymous May 15, 2008 at 10:50 am

Love your blog Erin, keep it up! To 7/10 split: Where do you think the Chadwicks sweater was produced? We are moving into a global society with all kinds of jobs dependent on jobs in other countries. It’s the same kind of shift that happened when manufacturing moved from northeast America to the south. What line are you in? Can you say that you are not in a “global food chain” in your line of work. I doubt it if you look closely enough. Finally there are plenty of foreign owned companies who provide jobs here. Check into some of those big names you see everyday and find out just where they are headquartered. As someone who works in the financial services industry I can assure you there are plenty. (And yes there are still people who can afford it.)Jill

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MEW May 15, 2008 at 10:50 am

I love you, Erin!Were I to show all those comments on the third-world economics of cotton cardigans to my boyfriend (the Master’s candidate in International Development), he would probably start to cry just from the stupid. So I won’t show him. Not unless he annoys me, or something.In conclusion… We love you, Erin! Never stop being you!

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Toiling Ant May 15, 2008 at 10:52 am

Responding to 7/10′s comment-”Don’t you know that all of our engineering jobs are gone along with our manufacturing jobs.”That’s absolute bull CRAP. I’m a technical recruiter and there are at LEAST 25% more engineering jobs available in the US than trained talent available. There is offshoring, sure, but it’s happening because we’re not growing our own engineers here. The US is losing the competitive edge because there is a CRYING need for both engineers and designers in almost all technical fields. ANYway. I just couldn’t let that pass.Erin, you have a lovely and inspiring site which I check every weekday without fail! Please keep it up!

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Nicole May 15, 2008 at 10:52 am

Erin, I hope you know most of the people who visit this site love your blog and appreciate your posts.

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Just sayin.... May 15, 2008 at 10:57 am

Re: 7/10 split’s comment: “Because I’m speculating that there are very, very few who would be willing to pay $65 for a short sleeved cotton sweater. And, the vast majority would find that price to be obscene. “Maybe if 7/10 spent less time posting negative comments on blogs all day, she could get a better paying job an then it wouldn’t seem so obscene. And now, I’m going to work because I saw a $65 sweater I really want. I’m going to go earn some money so I can buy it.Someone had to say it.

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Mikhaela May 15, 2008 at 10:57 am

Erin, I’ve never commented here before but just wanted to say I love your blog and think you’re awesome.Is there a reason you don’t moderate your comments or have a comments policy prohibiting trolls? I had to start moderating my blog (granted, I do political cartoons, which attracts more trolls) after one troll repeatedly left disjointed rants that eventually became racist screeds. Your blog is YOUR house, and you set the house rules. While you might choose to allow one comment by someone who disagrees with you, someone who repeatedly attacks you and claims you’re not a real person deserves to be kicked out of the house. You can also prohibit anonymous comments, too. Finally, it is NOT obscene and BS to post about the fact that you are going to buy some fancy sweaters that suit your taste or that it is hard to find the perfect short-sleeved cardigan–speaking as a cardigan lover, it’s DAMN hard! Even the Budget Fashionista will link to some more expensive items. Personally, I am quite cheap, and buy a good portion of my clothes at thrift stores. Which frees me up to buy the occasional perfect item at retail price if it is an item I know I will wear repeatedly–cost per wear is hugely important. I have some cardigans that are cashmere that I paid $60 dollars for (on sale, of course) and I have worn them so many times in the last four years that their cost per wear must be something like 2 cents.

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Erin May 15, 2008 at 11:00 am

Oh, I forgot — I do have a comments policy, it’s here:http://www.dressaday.com/2007/02/everything-in-moderation.htmlI just really don’t get enough trolls to justify banning people. (They always come back as sock puppets, anyway.)

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cpeep May 15, 2008 at 11:01 am

Good lord, it’s not as if Erin is compelling us all to run out and buy a $65 sweater. It’s her blog. She gets to talk about what she likes. My personal preference is for V necks with sleeves, that cost a bit less. Do I feel I need to tell Erin what SHE should wear? As we used to say, “Not.”

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wundermary May 15, 2008 at 11:06 am

I had to google Turing Test.7/10 split appears to be struggling with the alienation that happens when you watch your hometown’s economy dwindle and the culture along with it. It’s not that I lack sympathy, this just isn’t the forum to discuss it.If this were all one person posting here, I’d say you know a heck of alot! I doubt that any one of us has the time or the inclination to run this many accounts in order to make this many comments.Like most of you here, I check out this blog in the a.m., looking for a little inspirational tidbit before I move on to the serious matters of the day.Thanks Erin, for providing this forum. If you were making more money from it, that wouldn’t bother me. It is a fortunate person who can make a living persuing their passion.

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Anonymous May 15, 2008 at 11:06 am

Oh, dear. I’ll just add that 7/10′s comments remind me of Grandpa Simpson (you know, from “The Simpsons”), who’s always afraid/angry because everything’s too fast and loud, and the kids play music he doesn’t understand. Next he’ll be telling us to get out of his yard, and that gas should be a nickel a gallon, like when he was young.

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Jennifer May 15, 2008 at 11:08 am

Oh dear. This person is a troll. I am all about being green and avoiding sweatshop-made items, but let’s have a bit of perspective here: this blog, correct me if I’m mistaken, is in large part about *making your own clothes*. That’s about as far from sweatshop as you can get. (Unless you want to start growing, spinning and weaving your own cotton or linen–which is crazytown, really.) For all of the clothing you make for yourself, I think you’re entitled to an off-the-rack cardigan once in a while. Please.And as another knitter, I can attest to the fact that a sweater at that fine gauge is at least 2000 yards. Though finer gauge yarn will weigh less, I doubt the sweater would be less than a pound.

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tcarole May 15, 2008 at 11:08 am

7/10 split, are you completely clueless about how Blogger works? Now, that you’ve figured out how to add your name, can you not see that there’s just no way we could all be the same person? You can follow the links (non-anonymous users names are links) or our pictures (which are also links) in the comments to all our individual blogs and user accounts. Who would create all those accounts just to fool you??? Accusing us of being one person is preposterous. Are you a conspiracy theorist or something???Seriously, that’s most ridiculous. You lose more credibility every time you post.For the record, one person’s vote: I CAN afford a $65 sweater. I find J.Crew’s quality pretty good. In other words, I don’t need to buy a new sweater after 3 washings which is what happens when you pay $9.99 for a sweater. So, in the end, I’m spending my money more wisely because instead of buying throwaway Forever 21 crap, I’m buying clothes that will last, I’m investing.

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Chris May 15, 2008 at 11:09 am

Hi Erin, hi everyone.I don’t comment often, but check in most days, and love the blog. It’s been part of the motivation to get me out of my jeans and into more interesting things – including some home-made skirts and dresses in lovely Liberty prints now that it’s finally warming up.Any “regular” will know how genuine Erin is….so…STEP AWAY FROM THE PIG everyone!Chris x

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Tricia May 15, 2008 at 11:09 am

Erin, I’m so sorry you had to put up with that crap. I know it’s hard to ignore it. I’ve learned so much from your blog and am geeked to discover you’re a lexicographer!Enjoy your beautiful sweaters!(Maybe you could get someone else to model your creations? Seeing dresses on real people instead of on a dummy really makes them come alive.)

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Rachelle May 15, 2008 at 11:11 am

Anyone who actually READS your blog knows that you’re not a shill. You like stuff, you write about it, end of story.I read your blog because it’s funny, and it’s relevant to my interests, mainly vintage clothing and sewing. I also read your blog because it’s an entertaining read, and I appreciate your sense of humor. Those of us who read your blog regularly know you’re not a big spender, and you’ve posted on more than one occasion that you love an item, but would never buy it because it’s too expensive for what it is. That’s hardly inducement to be called a shill.I know you’re not one, because I read the blogs of several writers who ARE shills, and frankly, I don’t mind it. As long as the content entertains me, I consider the time well spent, even if the blogger IS trying to induce me to buy a spiral ham, or some incredibly expensive fabric. If there was a blog out there whose content I didn’t enjoy, I’d simply stop reading it. I certainly wouldn’t be ridiculous enough to post a “Screw you, goodbye” comment. And then keep coming back.Bottom line – negative comments won’t keep me from reading your blog, and they won’t keep your regular readers away.

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Lydia May 15, 2008 at 11:12 am

I have never–and will never–understand trolls. What a strange, strange compulsion/hobby.Erin, you know I’m 100% in your fan club, and while we don’t always agree on all fashion options, I think you’re swell.*waives Erin Fan Club flag*–Lydia

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a fan of both blogs May 15, 2008 at 11:15 am

Looks to me like someone was fired from JCrew, and can’t get past the anger. Ignore the trolls – eventually, they’ll get bored and go somewhere else to be jerks.

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Anonymous May 15, 2008 at 11:25 am

Erin, the first thing I do at workis open your site which brightens my day each morning.Ignore the jerks – there will always be the nasty people in life who just want to crap on everyone -it’s plain jealousy.You go girl!

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Ruth May 15, 2008 at 11:27 am

Perhaps 7/10 splits mum didnt tell them that if you cant think of anything nice to say not to say anything at all.Erin I enjoy your sartorial style and your writing style. Through this blog I have re-discovered my sewing life and now am a member of a lovely sewing forum. Thank you.

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Rachel May 15, 2008 at 11:32 am

I’m a faithful reader here, but don’t often (ever) comment. HOWEVER… I had to say good job. This was a very well-written post, honest, and to-the-point. :) If they don’t like your blog, they don’t have to keep coming back!! :D

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Sara May 15, 2008 at 11:33 am

Dear Erin,Keep up your blog. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!I thank the day I found this blog by googling “wrap dress”.Dear Anonymous or 7/10, Please do consider NOT reading this blog as it is making you a bit tense, no?Sincerely, Sara– A “Real” person who wishes sometimes that she could be Erin

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Theresa May 15, 2008 at 11:34 am

we can employ the amish practice of Shunning. If we act like they don’t exist they will get bored and go away.

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S. R. May 15, 2008 at 11:36 am

I would also like to join the “We Love Erin” Fan Club. I love that this blog is the first thing I read online in the morning and often it keeps me smiling ( or cying from the post about your Dad) all day. I called my Dad after reading the post aobut your Dad!The fact that you posted a well thought out response to 7/10 only reaffirms my high opinion of you! Can’t wait to read more!

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Susan W. May 15, 2008 at 11:37 am

Erin, and commenters, please don’t feed the trolls. Is everyone here too young to remember the Star Trek episode in which we learned that evil thrives when you feed it fear and attention? http://www.ericweisstein.com/fun/startrek/WolfInTheFold.htmlYour troll has now harvested enough to feed a family of four (trolls) for two weeks!

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Anonymous May 15, 2008 at 11:37 am

I love your blog. I went to high school in the early 60s (grad in65) and love seeing your dresses. Reminds me so much of what we wore to school–no jeans allowed in my day! I’ll keep checking your site daily and enjoy the dresses you make from all those wonderful patterns you find. I’ve even bought some patterns even tho I don’t have anywhere right now to wear one (I’m retired). Maybe a wedding or something will come up and I’ll make one. I’ve been sewing since I was 11 and would not have had school clothes if I hadn’t sewen them (we were very poor). Wish now I’d have kept all my patterns–even tho they wouldn’t fit me now. Keep up this wonderful blog! Ignore the pissy losers!Linda, Stanwood WA

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Zazzu May 15, 2008 at 11:37 am

Trolls thrive on attention. Any attention.Erin usually gets nice comments. It’s easy for a nasty troll to stand out here.I actually feel sorry for 7/10 Split. What a joyless, lonely life someone like that must lead.

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Anonymous May 15, 2008 at 11:39 am

As a person who actually knows you in real life, the thought that you’re not an actual person makes me laff and laff! (Who could come up with a character as interesting as you?) And you’re such a shill, with your sewing machine-buying guides and links to vintage dresses on eBay! Yeah, not so much. xoJesse

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Eirlys May 15, 2008 at 11:43 am

Erin, I’m really saddened that you have been backed into a corner of such a messy pig-pen. There’s a rule of thumb in mental health services to detect when somebody needs help or intervention; basically, if they’re upsetting enough people as a matter of routine in their daily doings, they need help. I sincerely hope that anonymous:7/10 takes this as a wake-up call and finds a sympathetic counsellor and/or medicating doctor. It’s just not right to be foisting this behaviour on good, warm-hearted people like Erin and generally jangling the nerves of this “oasis of dress-loving camaraderie” (lovely description, Erin).You’re a fantastic blogger, Erin, and my admiration for you is enormous. You can be consistently relied upon to brighten the day (early afternoon, in my case) with your pithy observations and lightness of touch. Keep it up. I look forward to the return of pretty pictures of whatever the heck you choose to include. I’m never, ever disappointed.Meanwhile, a bit of tough love is in order for the persistent trolling. The oxygen of attention should perhaps be withheld from here on – can we all promise not to snap up the bait anymore?

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Coco, not as in Chanel :) May 15, 2008 at 11:44 am

Good gosh, some people really get wound up like a cheap watch sometimes, huh?I am a lurker who reads your blog regularly. Kay

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Coco, not as in Chanel :) May 15, 2008 at 11:44 am

Good gosh, some people really get wound up like a cheap watch sometimes, huh?I am a lurker who reads your blog regularly. Kay

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Elizabeth May 15, 2008 at 12:00 pm

Hi Erin! I have been reading this blog for about a year, but this is the first time I have posted a comment. Reading your blog is honestly the best part of my day. I get it in my RSS feeds at work and always start my day by reading your blog, because it makes me happy!Don’t spend another minute on this negative person. It’s one thing to care about the environment or human rights, but it’s another to attack someone for sport. And really, what is she accomplishing? She is not getting her message through to anyone by being to abrasive. I love your blog, I love the patterns you post and the dresses you make. You are a huge inspiration to be as a beginner sewer. Keep doing what ya do and know that you obviously have a great group of readers who always got your back!!

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Jean C. May 15, 2008 at 12:03 pm

You know, there is an old addage that says… “If you can’t say something nice don’t say anything at all!” Funny that 7/10 split gets their feathers ruffled so easily… if you weren’t doing something right/interesting/or /of use to usWhy Does this person keep coming back? It is interesting to me (although I am sorry that your the one that has to endure all the garbage!) that if supposedly you are doing something that is sooo wrong, why do you have so many readers, including 7/10? Keep up the good work, you know, even if you were not sewing dresses etc… if you were just showing patterns and not sewing… your blog would still be worth reading. I’m thinking enough said! Jean C.

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crescentaluna May 15, 2008 at 12:04 pm

Funny, but upon hearing the little “You’re a shill!” thing I flashed immediately on this … which neatly sums up Erin’s take on actual shills. And the “You’re not a real person” accusation is especially interesting; I’ve sometimes been amazed about how open Erin is about who she is, what she does, where she is. I guess one interesting insight I’ve gained, meditating for five minutes on this, is that the most faithful of us D-a-D readers are fairly literate, word-loving types, people who would read long and deeply before coming to conclusions about who a blogger ‘truly’ is. For me, the “Secret Lives” series really illuminate something about the heart and soul of this whole blog and its beloved writer {wistful sigh}. Who knows, even ‘anonymous’ might be touched if she/he slowed down and actually, y’know, READ.

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Anonymous May 15, 2008 at 12:05 pm

I also have never commented before and ALWAYS read your post in the morning with my coffee. I find it very enriching and inspiring. I am almost ready to attempt sewing again for myself after many, many years. Thanks for what you do. Eileen

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anthrokeight May 15, 2008 at 12:05 pm

I like expensive Liberty fabric, this is true. I would spend money on it if I wanted some, also true.But my appreciation of Liberty is not the reason I loved the “$45.00 Fabric Post” below.Nope, that post was a much needed insight into the nature of taking risks and learning from mistakes. I’ve already incorporated “cut the d*mn fabric” into my Stock Of Useful Phrases. I am sure I will continue to use it in the future.Erin, if you are in fact some kind of Internet Salesbot, I am paying more attention to the things you can’t buy rather than the things you’re trying to sell.You’re a really lousy shill.

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xstpenguin May 15, 2008 at 12:14 pm

Personality number 312 checking in to say I love Me, em, I Love Erin, uh I love cardigans? oh dear, I can’t seem to keep track of my identity.The problem with you being an actual real person, is that occasionally you miss a day and there is no Dress for that day and I go into withdrawal – sadly clicking refresh periodically, just in case you are in a different time zone and the post will appear later. And *that* is the only complaint I can make about things here.Vote Erin for Supreme Ruler of the Universe. :D

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Beka May 15, 2008 at 12:14 pm

Oh, good grief. Seriously, you’re trying to force us to buy stuff? I’m easy, let me tell you, and I’ve never once felt like I was being compelled to buy something. That is utterly ridiculous. I love this blog and I will continue to reading for a long, long time to come.BTW, 7/10: price is relative. Three years ago I would have been appalled at the idea of spending $65 for a sweater. Today, I would consider it depending on the company. You see, quality matters. I’ve spent $60 for a pair of shoes that have lasted me three times as long as the $5 pair of shoes I used to buy from WalMart, and they are still in good condition. That company (Can I name them or will I just be trying to force anyone who reads this comment to go buy from them? Oh, who cares what you think: SKETCHERS) produces quality shoes that are more expensive than most, not as expensive as some, but the quality kicks butt and makes that $60 worth it and then some.Oh, yeah: you found ONE sweater under $20 on sale. That doesn’t prove your point nearly as successfully as you’d like to think it does.

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Cordelia May 15, 2008 at 12:16 pm

I didn’t know you were a lexographer. How cool.

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tea May 15, 2008 at 12:16 pm

Ooh! I love the pig quote, too. That’s a good one I’ll have to remember. Also, it makes me horribly sad that a posting about a sweater should stir up so much controversy. I feel a little sick upon reading about this. So sorry you should have to endure the crazies. I’m glad, though, that it doesn’t deter you from continuing to share dress love with us. It’s probably obvious, by now, that those of us who get a spark of joy from reading your blog FAR outnumber those who get a stray hair up their hinders.

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Sally May 15, 2008 at 12:26 pm

Erin, I also love DRESS A DAY – and if I see something that is “not my thing” – like a post on cotton cardigans – guess what? I don’t read it!Remember before blogs when we were all on lists and people loved to “flame”. This is the same. And for the same person to come back and continue the arguement – well it ain’t worth your time to keep it up.Relax. I haven’t thought you were selling me anything. If anything you indicate when a dress is something you made, or is not. Let ‘em eat pins!

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Nancy (nanflan) May 15, 2008 at 12:33 pm

Whatever…Love the blog; I hope you can get back to your primary subject matter soon. Mwah!!!

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Amy G. May 15, 2008 at 12:35 pm

Well, if I had to be one person (or join a single Person in blog form) I think I would be Erin. Sorry it’s not so, 7/10, but what a nice idea!

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Jen - The Alien Spouse May 15, 2008 at 12:35 pm

As a long time reader I’d say that Erin is clearly a real live person, with thoughts and opinions of her very own; where as 7/10 Split sounds like exactly the sort of name that one would give an automated robot snarker.(Did I use that semi-colon correctly? I’m terrible at punctuation.)

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Eirlys May 15, 2008 at 12:36 pm

Let ‘em eat pins! Sally, I love that! Boy, will I overuse that phrase…

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jessica May 15, 2008 at 12:37 pm

Erin,I love your blog. It cheers me. It makes me laugh. It’s well written and interesting and REAL. I hope you never quit. And I love the J Crew sweater!-Jessica

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Julie The Vintage Goddess May 15, 2008 at 12:45 pm

I just wish the damn thing came in my size. Being a big gal I pay way more then I should at times if I find exactly what I am looking for (that would be a cotton and spandex wrap dress WITH A COLLAR and short sleeves…pockets would be nice in a size 30 that I do not have to hem).People always say go to the TS or discount places and you can find what you want, no problem.Wrong.(well I guess you can if you are the right size and don’t have strange body issues) I count on my hand the number of times I have found something that fits and I will actually wear at a TS.$65 is not too much for an item that one will wear again and again, plus no driving all over town to find it.

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ceciiiii May 15, 2008 at 12:46 pm

So as I understand it, this all started because some unhappy person “saw this on a television program”? She/he states this as if television only showed the truth or was a credible source of information. Not saying that the economy is not in a shitty place, but even news stations and newspapers are biased in what information they decide to report. Also what I’m getting from this is that he/she is condeming overseas production but is not willing to pay more than $15 on a sweater. Minimum wage in California is $8, say a sweater takes two hours to take. Cheap clothing is so because it is made outside the US. Bring production here and all sweaters will be in the $65 range. I’d be willing to pay that much for a mediocre product made here if it means helping the economy out .

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Anonymous May 15, 2008 at 12:48 pm

Erin, I love your blog! And the dresses, cardies, shoes, the whole she-bang on Dress A Day. 7/11 is a very bitter and unhappy person. Try not to rise to the bait and she will just find someone else to be nasty to. I bet she spends her time writing nasty comments to many blogs. I hope she gets some therapy. It sounds like she could really use it. From Karen S.

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Survivalwoman May 15, 2008 at 12:53 pm

no matter what happens in life someone will think you suck and you will think someone else sucks.Its The Nature of Life.Ignore it , Reaction is just a way of feeding the falme.I like you site , It gets Fed to me every morning among many various blogs that i wait for hitting the refresh button in eager anticipiation. Do what you do for you and your happiness and ignore those who make you unhappy.

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GomezGirl May 15, 2008 at 12:59 pm

7/10 split will never see the broader view it is impossible to get through to this type of person. And for the record the Chadwick’s sweater is imported.Erin your blog is wonderful, I am one that reads daily also. It always brightens my day and I think of it as dessert for work. Can’t wait until I have the time to read it each day.

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Shannon May 15, 2008 at 12:59 pm

Your blog is so wonderful, Erin. I know trolls are inevitable, but I do hope the happy and delighted feedback outweighs the negative by about a hundred times. You deserve that.

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1912 Suffragette May 15, 2008 at 1:08 pm

I thought it was a very thoughtful post (about the short-sleeved cardigans) because wearing something over a summer dress when in the frigid A/C of most offices is necessary to one’s comfort and health. Since I work from home I don’t have to think about it much. I have a list of “sewing blogs” that I read regularly and you’re at the top! Thank you for your contribution to making the internet a more gracious place to be.

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Kate R May 15, 2008 at 1:13 pm

Erin-I have been reading your blog almost since its inception. I don’t comment often, but I feel moved to do so now. I think you are a clever, interesting writer who happens to have fashion tastes that resemble my own. You are responsible for many of my interesting forays into the world of cyberspace fashion. I have bookmarked the Costume Institute site, Countless museum collections and purchased several vintage patterns that my dear friend sews up for me. I have a very busy life and do not have time to spent sewing or shopping for vintage clothing. (As I love to do.) But due to your site, I have a small respite in my day to check out vintage, read interesting commentary and remove myself from my daily grind.You rock-Regards-Kate

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Jen ~ MOMSPatterns May 15, 2008 at 1:20 pm

1. I have had things blogged about here that I never paid a cent for.2. I pay $25 monthly for the side ad. Thank my lucky stars I got in early and nearly 1/2 my traffic comes from this blog.3. I look forward to having the opportunity to meet what I HOPE is a real live Erin next month when she’s in my area!4. I find it sad, Erin, that you feel the need to give more attention to the Attention Seeking and felt ANY need to explain yourself to ANYone. Your daily readers know & love you :)XOX

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Anonymous May 15, 2008 at 1:37 pm

Tell “the party pooper” to go to “Sniff it”.You write about dresses and your sewing! After 15 years without putting on a dress or sewing a stitch I’m looking at the “Walkaway Dress”, thanks to your blog.You are a miracle worker.Sweat shops are an issue in the world. But we would be truly ungrateful if we didn’t at least love and appreciate the things that are made.

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Kim May 15, 2008 at 1:40 pm

De-lurking here to say bless your heart! You sure handled that mess with aplomb! Your blog is lovely, interesting, relevant to sewing, and clearly real! Cheers to you!

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Doris May 15, 2008 at 1:54 pm

It’s like you said, “if you wrestle with a pig…”I’ve never once doubted Erin’s genuine opinions, her knowledge, her intelligence, or her motives. I make and sell handcrafted items including clothing, and have encountered many, many “anonymous” people who refuse to pay for quality. $65 is a lot of maney for me to spend on a sweater, but I don’t doubt that it is worth the quality of the piece.

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sarah May 15, 2008 at 2:00 pm

I just wanted to add that I love your blog, your voice, and can’t even imagine on what grounds anyone could criticize A Dress A Day. They must be jealous, extremely petty, and very, very small. Chin up, lovely!

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pooklaroux May 15, 2008 at 2:01 pm

More power to you if you can use the google ads to help shave a few dollars off of hosting. The ads don’t bother me, the reviews are interesting. Don’t change a thing just because of someone’s ridiculousness. and BTW I’ll join the Erin fan club, too. I love this blog. Your words and pictures inspire me. Don’t let anyone take the shiny away from your star.

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Leizel May 15, 2008 at 2:05 pm

I for one (though I may not be a fan of short sleeved cardigans, but mostly because I’ve never actually tried one) love the blog and the spirit behind it. Erin, you rock!

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Angel - Having a Nemesis May 15, 2008 at 2:07 pm

I am one of those people who will spend a large chunk of money when I come across something fits a gap well. For example….I spend a lot of money on shoes that fit well, mix with my wardrobe, and I know will last me. If I know that I will have spent an equal amount of money on cheap Payless shoes by the time my expensive ones finally give out, I know I’ve made a good purchase. But when looking for shoes I also know that I need a stable heel (no stiletto for me), something with an oddly cut arch to fit my own odd arches, and because I also have an odd width, making a purchase without taking those into consideration could actually cause me pain. So when I find these, I buy them immediately because they fit a large number of criteria. And I’ll be honest, those shoes are some of the cheapest I own because I’ve been known to have some made for me. Does that make me a bad person? Am I not a real person because I choose to blog about it on my (wait for it) fashion-related blog?If I were a shortwaisted woman who hated pastels and yearned for a jewel-tone short sleeve cardi, I’d be doing backflips to find my niche. I know I was when I found my pair of heels. I’m not going to apologize for spending the amount of money I do on what I choose to spend it on. And while a few people here might balk at the $65 price tag, I’d be willing to bet that an even larger number would happily spend it….knowing that they finally have that particular item that they knew had to be out there somewhere. And if I knew I had an audience that had the same type of attitude as I do about finding clothing items to fit all types of bodies (not just the cookie cutter ones), I’d be blogging about it all. Purely because I’m a nice person like that. And, obviously, so is Erin.

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7/10 split May 15, 2008 at 2:09 pm

I can only wonder who all of these remarks are actually coming from. After all, if you Google the word sewing, or fashion, or patterns, you will pull up several sites/blogs and all of them cross link to one another. If you bother to check them out, you will find that the same people are featured on several of them. And, you will also note that many of the pictures that they display are clearly photo-shopped. You will also note, if you really care to, that some of the people that are dressed as women, actually appear to be men in drag. And as I said in one of my previous posts, the ones that no one here seems to be able to comment on accurately, if you go against their little agenda, which clearly is the sale of fabric, patterns, magazines, sewing machines, and other items related to sewing, you will meet with extreme hostility, obfuscation, and ultimately banning. Can anyone really imagine that an average, unbiased reader could possibly work themselves up into the ‘circle the wagons, there’s gonna be a lynchin’ frenzy demonstrated here? If anything completely proves all of points I made yesterday about the reality of these sites it is this page of craziness here. The group of people whose livlihood is being threatened by my comments is all present and accounted for. If you are just an average reader, and you review every comment that has been made for the past two days, ask yourself whose comments are more reasonable, believable, knowledgable, intelligent, and on topic. Also ask yourself, why would all of these people be so crazily emotional about this subject if my observations were not deeply threatening to them. The reason they are acting this way is because they know they are busted, and their jobs are at stake. I don’t know if you are fooling anyone else, but you sure aren’t fooling me.

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lapsed dressaday reader May 15, 2008 at 2:16 pm

Can we please get back to some vintage dress patterns pretty please? I’m talking about dresses with interesting pockets, with flattering bodice detail, wild or outrageous collars, flirty or sexy skirts…

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Mikhaela May 15, 2008 at 2:22 pm

I’m with Susan–why are so many of us responding to trolls (I’m guilty, too!)? There’s no reasoning with a troll. Erin, your comment moderation policy that you linked to is excellent, and even if a troll pops up under another name, you simply don’t have to approve that comment. Just set your blog so that comments don’t appear until you moderate them, and reject anything crazy like “you don’t exist” or “you’re all the same person.” Trolls thrive on attention.

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geogrrl May 15, 2008 at 2:23 pm

7/10 Split, quit while you’re ahead. You’re just providing more evidence that you’re a simpleton, and a stubborn one at that. The content of your last post was ridiculous.And I AM an “average reader”.

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Jamie May 15, 2008 at 2:25 pm

It was neat seeing pictures of you wearing the dresses you’ve posted about, like the Valentine’s stunt dress, or the bird-print waitress dress. It really shows off your skill at choosing prints and styles, and getting the dresses to fit and flatter. You look stylish and great in all of them!

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Vintage Joyride May 15, 2008 at 2:53 pm

Oh man. This 7/10 split person has seriously called us all out!I mean — my whole vintage reselling existence is now threatened and I fear my job will simply disappear now that 7/10 has exposed it! What ever will we do? BWAH HAHAhAhahaha! You’re certainly awfully self-important there, 7/10.You have entirely too much angst and bitterness.LOTS of people can afford a $65 sweater – sorry if that bothers you, but it’s true. Whether or not it’s the same sweater that one might or might not find in a different price point really has nothing to do with it. Why do you worry so much about what other people are doing with their OWN money?If you are so concerned about the state of the world — WHY ARE YOU SO NEGATIVE? Do you think that’s endearing anyone to your cause? You know the saying about more bees with honey than vinegar, right?But see – -I don’t think you HAVE any cause other than being a troll. You simply want to piss people off, not enlighten them. People who want to enlighten others know to take a much different approach.No one cares that you disagree — it’s the manner in which you state your thoughts. It’s the RUDENESS in your words and tone that no one likes. I’ve submitted many images & links to Erin over the years – I’ve spoken to her a number of times via email. Usually I send her links to or images of a vintage dress (never my OWN items) that I think she would like or that I think deserves a comment based on past observations – dresses with unusual pockets or letter/word prints. Anyone who’s been here a long time KNOWS she’s got a soft spot for those — where’s the profit in that? Do you really think there’s a profit to be made in promoting a stranger’s $10-40 vintage dress?She’s posted several of the links/pictures I’ve sent her over time.For free. Imagine that.Just a large group of people who share similar interests in sewing, vintage dresses (Now THERE’S a multi-million dollar corporate entity! HAHAHAHAHA!), and random prettiness of all sorts.Odd, isn’t it? How so many people can peacefully get along and share thoughts and ideas and just… look at pretty things?What? Oh — yes I see that’s a foreign concept to a troll.But — trolls car rarely see that they’re sitting under a bridge. So I don’t imagine they’ll listen to or believe anything anyone says. They just want to wave their arms around, stomp up and down, and maybe eat a few small passing children.Trolls, you see, aren’t happy unless they’re making other people miserable.I actually find 7/10′s mad stomping kinda cute in an errant, misguided way. My daughter used to do that when she was 4 years old and had to clean her room.

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Anonymous May 15, 2008 at 2:59 pm

Hi Erin,Its good that you answered all this, and so adroitly. On the other hand, its unfortunate that you needed to.Shaun

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Angel - Having a Nemesis May 15, 2008 at 3:00 pm

I enjoy pumpkin pie. I consider it the Cadillac of pie.Do not feed the trolls.

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Claudine May 15, 2008 at 3:00 pm

If you’re a shill, please tell me where I can buy the Days of Miracles and Wonders dress, and the price. Thanks.

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Kat May 15, 2008 at 3:14 pm

I only *wish* Erin were one of my sockpuppets. Instead I have to settle for merely being acquainted with her, and she is thoroughly and completely awesome, not only brilliant and funny and talented but friendly and warm.I don’t stop by here often enough because I don’t have the patience to sew; I raid thrift shops for awesome dresses other people made. :-) But I happened to catch today’s post and I am astonished. Maybe not everyone wants to be a member of Erin’s fan club — because there is just no accounting for taste — but those comments are really uncalled-for.(Right, Erin, did I mention you were thoroughly and completely awesome? Just making sure…)

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harthad May 15, 2008 at 3:24 pm

On the subject of dealing with trolls: Teresa, the Gentle Moderator over at “Making Light,” has been known to disemvowel trollish commenters, a suprisingly effective and semantically interesting tactic. Anyway, long may Erin wave, with her not-always-perfect examples of what she’s sewn, and her ads, and her lexicography, and her lovely mini-fiction about dresses. Don’t sweat it, girl; some people just live to rain on everyone else’s parade.

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Bridget B. May 15, 2008 at 3:26 pm

Wow – Erin, your in-box must be overloaded! And, as an “average person” who sews, buys clothes at thrift stores, and is perfectly willing to pay $150 for a pair of really comfy, well-made shoes, I just had to add my support to your sane and lovely reply. I love your blog, love the pictures and the stories, frequently follow the links, and think you do a really good job of balancing the way you a) put lots of time and love into sharing your passion with us and b) tastefully doing a few things to generate some income to cover your time and expense with the blog. Keep up the good work!(oh, and 7/10 – the reason all these folks cross-link is because IT’S A COMMUNITY – which is what happens when people are nice to each other and help each other out – and what you’re seein’ here is a community coming together to protect one of their own!)

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vespabelle May 15, 2008 at 3:33 pm

7/10, if only you weren’t anonymous, we could go to your blog and learn so much from you!Also, which pictures are ‘shopped and which are men in drag. Because I love a good drag queen (doesn’t everyone?)

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jeny May 15, 2008 at 3:35 pm

Hi Erin,I don’t think I’ve ever left a comment before, but I’ve been reading for several months now. I love your site, I love your posts, I love the ads and probably most of all I love “Secret Lives.” I look forward with much anticipation to the next installment. My Granma was a seamstress extraordinaire and as a single mother of three, supported her family by sewing for them and others. I have inherited much of her sewing room: boxes and boxes of vintage patterns, fabric and notions. I’ve done a little with these treasures, but since discovering your blog, I have been inspired to dig in and really sew. Thank you!I also want to say that I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know a little more about you through the links you provided. How *cool* that you are in Wikipedia! And I agree that it is so nice to see you wearing the beautiful creations featured in your posts.

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Diane May 15, 2008 at 3:36 pm

Wow, thanks 7/10! I’ve finally realized it’s all a big evil conspiracy – to encourage people to sew. Huh.Have yous guys seen the Simplicity pattern contest? I haven’t sewn with a store bought pattern for years, as I like to make my own – but there’s a trip to Paris as the grand prize, just for making a garment/outfit from a Simplicity pattern.I am thinking of using some very Duro-like pattern mixing for mine.

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Anonymous May 15, 2008 at 3:43 pm

I am choosing to remain anonymous due to the fact that people are a little worked up over all this. Although I disagree with 7/10 split, she or he, has just as much of a right to voice her opinion as the next person. The thing to keep in mind, is when you do a comparison of products, you need to be well researched before “publishing”. My husband worked for a product development company for years here in California– They would take your idea and follow through with it from conception to distribution, including manufacturing out of the country to reduce costs.. This cost MILLIONS of dollars. The outcome: a tool sold for $12 at home depot and the return, although good, is still going to take a few years to come full circle. Keep all this in mind when you voice your opinion on something, that in retrospect, you didn’t really know what you were talking about. I’m sorry that each of you had to deal negative feedback from all around, it doesn’t do ANY of us good!

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Theresa May 15, 2008 at 3:49 pm

Well I am a real person that does not have a blog, a vintage store or a pattern site. I am a simple person, working a simple government job for simple government wages. If any troll would like to post their email here…I will gladly send a non-photoshopped picture of me in one of our activities wearing a dress I made for it after being inspired by this blog.

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Theresa May 15, 2008 at 3:50 pm

oh, and yes can we please get pack to dresses, fabric and patterns? Can we have a linktastic friday? Please!!!!!!!!

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The Momma Chronicles May 15, 2008 at 3:57 pm

Just wanted to thank you, Erin. Your blog has inspired me to dress for fun even if I’m only out to do a quick shop. Perusing the local grocery is so much more fun when I feel like a million bucks, as opposed to the seventeen-fifty I used to leave the house in. I love it, my kids love it, my husband loves it. Taking pride in one’s appearance? Yes please?DellainaPS – Attention troll: You’re wasting your breath. Do you really think we keep reading your comment once we know it’s you? Doy.

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Jean S May 15, 2008 at 3:58 pm

as Stephanie the Yarn Harlot says (and I’m paraphrasing), when you visit someone’s blog, you’re visiting his/her virtual living room. Would you walk in and make nasty comments about a person’s sofa? Well, not usually, although I’ve known people who would. Those would be ex-friends….Best thing for ALL of us to do with this twit is to ignore his/her comments. Completely and thoroughly.

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Allison S-K May 15, 2008 at 3:59 pm

Wow Erin – I had no idea there was such a major debate going on! I didn’t read the comments on the sweater post the other day because, as a grad student, a $65 sweater is not in my reality at the moment, and I’m really supposed to be working on my dissertation (can’t you see me doing it, right now?). So I’m absolutely astonished at the tone and the persistence of your commenter. Who cares so much about a sweater? I’m definitely prepared to sign the membership log in the Erin fan club, or vote for you for Chancellor of Fashion, or whatever. And I’m definitely wearing a dress on Wear a Dress Day in September!7/10 Split, I’m very sorry that you feel so unwelcome here. This is a great community of people who enjoy vintage patterns, fabric, dresses, etc. We buy them not because we feel compelled to do so by the corporate world, but because we like to sew and wear the things we make. I sew. I don’t play soccer or tennis or video games. Sewing is my hobby. I think that most other people here would class themselves in the same group. If you like to sew, please stick around and join us in the joy of putting pockets in unlikely places! If you want to talk about how to change the world economic system, I’m sure you’ll find more receptive audiences in other places. This really isn’t the focus here. Some of us may be sympathetic to your general cause — and I am, indeed, one of those ‘sustainable’ people [fabric is just about the only thing I buy new right now, we're trying the Compact for a few months]– but I for one come here to escape from the troubles of the world (and from my dissertation!) and to enjoy the pretty things for a few minutes each day. I hope you can find a group of like-minded people to share your ideas with, just like Erin has found here with us.And, just for the record, I’m a grad student in Classics at the University of Cincinnati. If you doubt my status as a real, individual human, you can find me via our departmental website: classics.uc.edu

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Ruth May 15, 2008 at 4:02 pm

Well, that’s just sad! Let me add my voice too, Erin. I love your blog! It’s one of the first I ever came across and it’s been about my favorite thing to do, sewing. Your topics are wide ranging, thoughtful, often humorous, and easy to read because you avoid many of the errors that annoy me on other sites. You’ve introduced me to other sites that are fun to read also. I love the comments from most of your other posters and have learned a great deal in the reading of them. Some people need to get a life, like 7/10. I, personally, would vote for blocking since this person can’t quit picking at something they are obviously not interested in, except as a target of their petty attempts at superiority. You know the old saying, if you don’t like it go somewhere else! I wouldn’t buy a $65 dollar sweater unless the quality were exceptional and it was exactly what I wanted, but that’s just me. I prefer to see what I can find in thrift stores (the thrill of the hunt) because that’s closer to my budget. Unless it’s something I can’t justify buying when I can make it!

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Joni May 15, 2008 at 4:02 pm

Wow, if a $65 sweater caused this much controversy, imagine what a $300 one would do.Anyway, I loved this little tidbit from one of the linked articles about Erin: “…terms like kurdaitcha, an Australian word for a malignant supernatural being that can allegedly be warded off by wearing shoes made of emu feathers and human blood.”Although the human blood is a bit squicky, I love the thought that *fashion* can be used to ward off evil spirits. I wonder if vintage dresses work on internet trollies…

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Joni May 15, 2008 at 4:04 pm

P.S. If I were Erin, my photo onthe Wikipedia entry would be the ‘Valentine’s day stunt dress’ one. That’s probably my favorite Erin-dress ever.

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Anonymous May 15, 2008 at 4:08 pm

Well then. 7/11 makes a few hostile sounding comments about sewing, dresses, Dress A Day, blah, blah, blah. You really had me going there, 7/11! Write something about how much you hate puppies and world peace, stuff like that! HaHaHa! Good One! I mean, who in their right mind would REALLY attack a blog devoted to vintage dresses?! AND the people who support it and Erin? Let me know when you play in Vegas so I can come see your comedy routine!

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ISS Man 71 May 15, 2008 at 4:11 pm

Mmmmmust buy what Erin tells me too…Liberty fabric only…Must buy more dictionaries…Sincerely,A zombified devotee

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Ev May 15, 2008 at 4:18 pm

Erin,I just love your yellow bird dress and I’m so excited to read these articles about you. Now I have to find your book. Thanks for all that you do.

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Little Hunting Creek May 15, 2008 at 4:32 pm

There’s a a global sewing conspiracy? and I missed it? I have a website that sells patterns, both new and vintage as well as other sewing related items. Believe me when I say that not a lot of money is made in those pursuits. Luckily, I do it because I like what I do. Erin, I love your site, I love your advertisers and I love almost all of the commenters. Keep up the good work!

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Anonymous May 15, 2008 at 4:39 pm

My goodness. I’m almost sad that you posted this: the comments from the “anonymous”/”7/10 split” person (who read as the same person to me) sounded very much like a lonely person who feels that the only way she can get attention is to argue. So on some level I think that posts like this make her feel justified and all warm inside. Gah! It’s insane to me that anyone would read DaD and think that Erin is financially motivated or a shill for The Man, when she so CLEARLY advocates for a return to the the personal economy of home sewing, for spurning sheeplike following of the latest trends for your own unique style. I love your blog, Erin. It’s always entertaining, upbeat, and informative. And as a long-time (but not very good) home sewer, it’s wonderful that you’re willing to share your projects with us, occasional warts and all. xx0,Marie

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Eirlys May 15, 2008 at 4:47 pm

Ooh, looky there! You can buy 5 copies of Erin’s book on Amazon (see ‘writer’ link) for the price of one sleeveless orange sweater – what a bargain! Get over there and lay them in for Christmas. Your family will love you. A point about your photo-shyness, Erin. Why? You have a really great look – those red glasses work so well for you. If I could wear glasses that well I wouldn’t be fiddling with my contact lenses every morning. A smile is all you need to add.

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Anonymous May 15, 2008 at 4:52 pm

Not sure about all of the comments made to the person who thought price was too high for a cotton sweater. Many of the comments seem a little over the top– way too much Erin lauding– seems a little unreal to me–most people wouldn’t bother with all of this– you people seem to undercut your credibility with all of the effusiveness and not one supporting comment for anonymous or 7/10 split—Kind of weird– All of the Erin support just smacks of ballot stuffing– by the way–most of you losers really need to get a life– you actually look forward to reading the blog here??? This makes your day??/ wow.

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Anonymous May 15, 2008 at 4:55 pm

Kathleen–Ev, Terry– all of you seem pretty sad– so sheeplike–but that’s to be expected–

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Anonymous May 15, 2008 at 4:56 pm

Phrases like’ “You go girl’” and “troll’” odd that they keep appearing– do we sense sheep flocking?

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Anonymous May 15, 2008 at 4:59 pm

Question: What do we do if someone raises an issue we take exception to? Answer: We ridicule and berate them without actually responding to any of the issues they raise

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Tailypo May 15, 2008 at 4:59 pm

Does it count as feeding the troll if I just jump in here and declare how tickled I am to read that someone out there believes that there is a Vast Sewing Conspiracy?

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Suzanne May 15, 2008 at 5:01 pm

I am a bit confused…someone must have whined about the sweater? Whatever. In life and in craft you can seek only to please yourself and follow your muse…I’m a knitter and knitting simply takes a LONG time. No knitting up a cute cardi in an evening! Love the idea of coming home and making a dress in a few evenings (or even one evening!)I have even begun to sew a bit myself–and I think I like it!Love your blog–its an inspiration. Keep it up. Love! Love!

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SuzyQ May 15, 2008 at 5:01 pm

Erin, your detractors are dopes. And they probably can’t sew either. As we say in Australia ‘tell them to stuff it up their jumper (sweater)’. I love the way your writing and the images you show on your blog. Frock on!

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Anonymous May 15, 2008 at 5:12 pm

Make that a vast, **transgender** sewing conspiracy!

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cpeep May 15, 2008 at 5:26 pm

Wow, we’re all networked. Amazing. That’s ’cause we’re women. How about you, 7-11, you wouldn’t happen to be a guy? It would explain why you don’t “get” this blog.Or maybe you’re the jerk who’s been stealing all of Erin’s content and “writing” her own blogs with it.

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Faerie Lady May 15, 2008 at 5:30 pm

You brighten up my day and have inspired me to take up sewing (I’ll send pics of my first effort). You also trust your readers to be able to tell the difference between a ‘sell’ and a general gushing about clothes.If your 7/10 doesn’t like it, she doesn’t have to read it does she? I however LOVE your work and won’t stop reading.x

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Leizel May 15, 2008 at 5:36 pm

My Sewing Conspiracy&reg Drag Name would be Minnie Milano. (Drag name=a pet’s name and the name of a steet you live/lived on)

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dance May 15, 2008 at 5:59 pm

Wow.Another real person, average reader, don’t sew (check my blog), just read Dress A Day regularly because it’s fun, been reading for years, and I’m quite sure Erin is a real person, and if she makes a profit off anything, that’s fine for the enjoyment I get from the site.The strong defense of Erin is just how the internet works—the same way people leap on a minor error as “stupidest thing ever!”, they leap to the defense of someone they perceive as a friend.

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Anonymous May 15, 2008 at 6:00 pm

So 7/11 thinks the JCrew sweater is too expensive. She can get what she likes. Whatever. Let’s move on people.

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Myra May 15, 2008 at 6:04 pm

Some people, like the negative 7/10 need to get a life… I, too, open this site almost immediately after mykids leave to see the post of the day. I may not be able to wear very vintage, not practical in this heat, but love to look at it, collect patterns and dream about them and their grace. I have learned more about fashion since I started sewing and how to make your own fashion statement. I looked at 7/10 site, how is it only 6 women corner the sewing blog market? Most of us that habit DAD site have our own blogs and have no real advertising. What a geek.

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Cookie May 15, 2008 at 6:05 pm

Erin, love your blog and writing. It inspires me and makes me laugh! ABOUT TROLLS: There will always be a certain percent of any community/street/workplace that’s just unpleasant and a bit off. I just cross the room or the street and let both of us get on with our respective lives. As for a $65 sweater: that’s not an “obscene” price for a well made garment. Or even for a simply, decently made garment. And think of the time you save ordering it with the click of a button, rather than pawing through out-of-the-way bargain bins. Most closets hold garments from a variety of sources; some home made, some hand-me-downs or swapped items, some thrift store stuff, some cheapies, and some higher end retail. (Even, dare I say it, some custom made items.) The better made stuff lasts and the cheap stuff quickly gives out, but there’s room for both. To figure out something’s worth, you must apply amortization (price X number of times worn.) i.e., 35 years later I still wear my college clothes from Brooks Brothers, which makes all those items DIRT CHEAP.

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Cookie May 15, 2008 at 6:12 pm

Oops…I meant 15 years later. (Was trying to calculate to AGE 35!)

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Kim @ The Girl Can't Help It May 15, 2008 at 6:19 pm

Life’s too short to be sweating the small stuff. No worries, Erin! That’s the fun of blogging~ we can say whatever we want and who’s it really affecting in the long run? One man’s blog is another man’s bathroom reading. Or whatever. Keep your head up, girl! And also, karma’s a bitch.

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Cookie May 15, 2008 at 6:21 pm

Oh god…I also meant price DIVIDED BY times worn. Maybe you shouldn’t listen to me after all. But I think you got what I meant.

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emo May 15, 2008 at 6:26 pm

I think it is interesing that 7/10 objects to the supportiveness of the other posts. For me, the general supportiveness of the sewing community is one of my favorite things about sewing. I, probably like many of you, have a fairly stressful job whre people aren’t always that nice. I LOVE being connected people, through Pattern Review or blogs, who genuinely support each other. Oh, and I met Erin a bit over a year ago at the TED conference. She is real. And then I started reading her blog, and then I got back into sewing. So I owe you big time, Erin. Thanks! -Emo

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kungfoolramone May 15, 2008 at 6:53 pm

7/10 split is doing it for the lulz, I bet you.Anyway, love the dresses you feature, whether they be sewn or linked from another site. It doesn’t matter to me.

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Anonymous May 15, 2008 at 7:07 pm

Erin-I’m a lurker. I don’t post much and I use anonymous because I can’t remember my blogger name and password(don’t use it enough).That said. I love your site. I love how articulate you are. I love the pictures you present. Great inspiration. And obviously I’m not a word smith so ——Keep up the posting. I LOVE THEM!!!!

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cindy May 15, 2008 at 7:32 pm

Erin- life is too precious and short to waste a moment with 7/10 whatever—your blog is an inspiration and a pleasure to visit everyday. it has opened up so many things for me–ideas, thoughts, and it so much more than fashion and being head over heels in the love with dresses. it is a bit of happiness in my hectic day that is my time to enjoy. So don’t go changing Erin! Scat 7 whoever…

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Anonymous May 15, 2008 at 7:38 pm

You go girl! Ignore the troll….

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Marge, Born Too Late Vintage May 15, 2008 at 7:39 pm

I enjoy reading your blog every single day Erin. That people like myself want to advertise on your blog says a lot about the amount of people that are reading your blog and enjoying it. Perhaps 7/10 split is a wee bit green with envy. All I know is that I’ll continue to read your blog because it’s enjoyable and brings out the very best in your readers (7/10 split excluded of course).

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kitty May 15, 2008 at 7:48 pm

Arsonists light fires and then stick around to watch them get out of control…It gives them a feeling of power when they usually feel they have none. Even defending Erin is feeding the fire, unfortunately, as much as we all admire her. I vote that if this person comments again, we all ignore him/her and carry on as usual. Takes their power away and they’ll move on…hopefully! (Erin I realise your beautifully written post was to reassure us, your faithful readers, that what this person had said about you wasn’t true; I think we commenters should now just leave it there) Of course, feel free to disagree! ;)

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Lisa @ the Vintage Fashion Library May 15, 2008 at 8:02 pm

7/10:Further proof that some people’s cup is half full. Some people’s cup are half empty.Some people don’t have a cup.

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Leslie May 15, 2008 at 8:17 pm

Oh, Erin. I’m so sorry you have to even read stuff like that comment. The writer is so off-base that I’m inclined to think they must have been off their meds when they wrote it. The comment clearly has no basis in reality and is SO incredibly far from what your readers think of you. We love you and I admire your (clearly unbiased, objective and fabulous) writing so much that it inspires me to write. I love the honest voice your writing has and it’s clear that it comes straight from the heart. Not to mention the content, which is of course wonderful in its own right. Maybe what I’m most impressed by, though, is that you didn’t have an epidural! Go on, girl! I don’t have any children of my own yet (at 26, I think I can stand to wait a few years yet), but I’m really interested in natural birth, midwifery and non-hospital labor. You’re an incredible woman and don’t let this nutjob throw you off for a second. The cool thing is, though, that I know you won’t. Thanks for your blog and for always being yourself.

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Nadine May 15, 2008 at 8:18 pm

Hey, Erin. Love you. Love your work. Love that someone thinks I’m all-the-same-person as you!!! Tee hee.

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Chantelle May 15, 2008 at 8:26 pm

I also read your blog regularly and love it! It’s awakened in me a love of vintage dress patterns. I also love sewing but I hadn’t done much of it for myself until I started reading this blog. Now I can barely keep away from my sewing machine :)I have bought $65USD sweaters when a Canadian dollar was worth only $0.80USD! When a person finds the perfect sweater, shoes, pants, jacket, blazer, or anything else, it’s almost always worth buying at full price. The perfect item will last and will be worn a lot so the price is worth it.I love the closeness in the internet sewing community and I’m thrilled to see all of the support for Erin in these comments. I don’t understand why a troll would expect support amongst the regular readers of a popular blog like this. Silly troll!I’m looking forward to seeing more dress posts, more posts about the perfect accessories, and more links. Thanks for writing this blog, Erin. It means a lot to me to read what you write.

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lorrwill May 15, 2008 at 8:28 pm

My Sewing Conspiracy Drag Name is Dixie Hoyt.Pretty cool, huh?

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Anonymous May 15, 2008 at 8:29 pm

WOW! And I don’t mean this in a good way– Everyone needs to let this go. It is bad karma to put so much negative energy out there. I love Erin’s blog and she has quickly become one of my favorites. She had to make the lines clear on how she handles negative feedback, and everyone has looped around and done the same thing to 7/10 split that Erin is trying to address. PLEASE, everyone take a deep breath and let it go. Stop calling names and being petty– make your opinion and expression count! A simple, “I don’t agree with you 7/10 split, and here’s why……” would suffice.By the way, I wholeheartedly DON’T agree with you 7/10 split.If I had a way to discuss this further with you, I would be happy to. I have always loved a good debate.~Amber

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Anonymous May 15, 2008 at 8:33 pm

doh my god, erin- this is insane that people doubt you! DUH everything is true up here! i love dresses, and fallow this thing faithfully, and i love your sense of humor. these kinds of people are really, REALLY icky and you’ve done just the right thing about posting a post dicussing that, because it’s way better to deal w/ a problum then to run away from it- you go, girl!

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Anonymous May 15, 2008 at 8:56 pm

I am AMAZED that someone would go to such lengths to HATE on someone else’s blog. I wonder if 7/10 was hurt by that YOUTUBE actress a few years ago…you know what was her name Secretgurl or something? Now 7/10 is on a witch hunt to find other phonies. Frankly does it matter? We all enjoy the posts about dresses and other random things that Erin likes. I believe Erin is real. Some people know that the Enquirer isn’t real and they still enjoy reading it. What difference does it make? Personally I ignore the ads and brand names. Seriously who thinks that these used pattern sellers are making the big bucks doing what they do? Do they have paid minions going to garage sales and thrift stores snatching up patterns at 39 cents each and then painstakingly scanning them into their website to be sold off one by one for a whopping ~$10? I thought the blog was called “A Dress a day: a dress. Mostly every day.” Not “A Dress a day: A homemade dress. Mostly every day.” Maybe 7/10 is an insomniac. My neighbor was and she would obsess/fixate on weird things…and I digress.Anyway it’s obvious this person has read very few of the posts. It’s so sad. America is truly becoming elliterate (I can’t figure out if that is spelled right–it means able to read but choosing not to–different from illiterate).JenL

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Barbara May 15, 2008 at 9:21 pm

Having recently found your blog, I am under the spell of your voice. Thank you for the honesty, the commitment, the steel beneath your sentences, and the sheer joy of design. You are single-handily renewing my faith in women. (Okay, I hadn’t really lost it completely.)Barbara, a new and regular reader

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Kate May 15, 2008 at 9:42 pm

Brava! Erin, I think you’re just the coolest. I love dresses and I love books. I haven’t learned to sew anything other than a straight line, but I’m going to try this summer. Thanks to you and the community here, I’m just going to do it. =)-Kate (a real live high school English teacher who loves dresses)

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Anonymous May 15, 2008 at 10:13 pm

“Sponsored Reviews : Sponsored blog posts are somewhat controversial, but can be very lucrative. There are companies that will pay anywhere from ten dollars to thousands of dollars for blog writers to review their products publicly. If your blog generates a good amount of traffic, and loyal traffic at that, chances are there are companies that will pay you to review their products. Companies like J.Crew.Affiliates :Affiliate marketing is a powerful revenue generation tool, and your website can simply be used as a marketing platform for larger site. Simply choose a topic that you are interested in, and focus all of your content and advertisements on that particular subject. You can then get paid when readers follow links on your site to other larger sites and purchase products and services. The key here is to become an expert in your field, encouraging people to visit your site first to hear your reviews, thoughts, and analysis. Contextual Ads : Contextual advertising, one of the most effective ways to advertise, is geared for effective audience targeting. Advertisers are constantly seeking websites that share their targeted audience. In order to capitalize upon this market, you will need to join a contextual advertising provider like AdSense, Chitika or Yahoo Publisher Network. When you join, your website will automatically update with ads that are related to your content and target audiences interests, and you get paid each time a user clicks through the ad.Lead Generation : Lead generation is similar to affiliate marketing in the essence that you get paid per action, but by selling leads to different companies to then act upon, you can make much more revenue than just having someone click on an ad or get 5% of an affiliate sale. Start off with some lead networks like Hydra Media or Service Magic, then find whats best for your niche. Furthermore, once you begin driving more leads to sales divisions of various companies that convert, you can then negotiate better pay per lead prices and recurring revenue from those leads.” from10 Ways How to Earn Revenue Without Selling LinksNovember 13th, 2007 by Loren Baker, Editor

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7/10 split May 15, 2008 at 10:15 pm

See, people get really, really crazy when you threaten their income. It’s hard times in America right now.

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Aussie Helen. May 15, 2008 at 11:13 pm

I am just wondering why Anonymous/7/10 split has decided to pick on this particular blog. There are millions of blogs out there that shamelessly do what you are accusing Erin of doing…and if they aren’t promoting some big company they are promoting them selves and their work. As a sewer/patchworker/bag maker I have a list of blogs I follow….don’t we all….they all link to eachother,they link to their own etsy/ebay/web stores and often the post for that day is purely look what’s new in my shop/ look pattern available soon/ look what I found in so and so’s etsy store….link link link…. Blogs have just given another internet platform for advertising and marketing be it by big business or small home based. As in all things in this world you have to look between the adds and the often shameless self promotion and look at the beautiful,or not,things the person has created/made/written/photographed.It’s all in how you see/read it…..isn’t everything in life? For me I choose to read blogs from which I can learn something/ have a laugh/be inspired in my own crafting/creative persuits and simply enjoy looking at lovely things……this is why I choose to read A Dress A Day. It all comes down to choice and as the advertiser’s will tell you is what they are all about. Giving you choices, helping your decision over what washing powder to buy easier because they have told you what’s best. It’s your choice to buy or not to buy mass produced products from some Asian sweat shop. It’s your choice how much you spend on your cardigans…..your choice if you even like wearing them.So why have you taken exception to Erin posting about a special little find she has made of something she loves?….it’s something people do everyday in blogland…..there’s even blogs devoted to the latest finds from your nearest op shop (thrift shop). Would you have commented if she had have found it at an op shop and only paid $2 for it, even though the orignal owner probably paid $65 for it at JC Crew.

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Angel - Having a Nemesis May 15, 2008 at 11:18 pm

I can’t decide what is sillier. A troll on a sewing blog, or a troll that continues to troll on a sewing blog. *chuckles* Does one build troll chops by starting with niche blogs that cater to a small population and then move into sites like DailyKOS? How does one get satisfaction from trolling a site like this? How does one brag about that?”Dude, I totally made some people who sew vintage patterns go into a tizzy. Score.”It is one thing to raise opinions, it is quite another to harass and belittle the people within without merit. Calling people transvestites knocks your soapbox over. You, like the rest of us commenting, are a guest on this blog. Those within are not your Joe Average gamer forum posters and commenters. You are riling up a group of people who are here merely to enjoy the chat within. Grandmothers and grandfathers, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews. People who are recalling times long past, and people who wish they had seen it with their own eyes (I, like many others here, am of the opinion that I was born way too late and missed out on many of the truly classic fashion periods).The guests on this blog are all fiercely loyal, not only to the author of this blog, but to each other. Many of us have shared tales that we haven’t told our own loved ones. We are a brother and sisterhood of vintage and modern slamming together in the fashion world. We are loyal and proud because we have found like-minded people despite people like yourself(ves) attempting to ruin our good time. We support one another in our choices (most of the time), and if you think that odd….I wholeheartedly hope that you find a group of people as great as the ones we have here that will introduce you to that sort of community.And oh yeah, most of us sew. I don’t. I tried once in a home ec class many years ago and wound up with the worlds ugliest cow patterned bermuda shorts. But I am a groupie. I am an admirer. I am a lover of community. And trolling in a community will illicit such responses. You’ve said what you intended to, made the accusations you wanted to, and you were provided with a response (the original post). So anything further is aggravation for the hell of it. Trolling.We are all well aware that because of the niche-ness (it’s a word now), Erin will get asked to review things time and again and pass it on to her readers. We don’t care. We expect it. We’ve seen it, and we are able to judge her objectivity ourselves. We are all aware that marketing on the internet exists, and I don’t think you are surprising anyone when you state it happens on blogs. We’re adults. We thank you for trying to “save” us, but at this point….we kindly ask that you drop it as you aren’t providing anything new to the conversation. You’re just insulting our character and intelligence….and that is prime troll activity.I’d love to go back to talking about dresses. And shoes. And patterns. And odd body types. And finding the perfect item for all of the above. I do think a linktastic Friday is definitely in order.

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Larkspur May 15, 2008 at 11:50 pm

I love your blog, Erin, and come here nearly every day to see what dress you’re going to post about. I am a real live person who sews too. There are thousands if not millions of us out there. It’s not an odd thing to do. There was a time, before ready to wear clothes, when everyone had home-made (or dress-maker made) clothes. You should try sewing, dear 7/10, it’s a wonderful hobby. Better than most hobbies, because you get to wear what you make. Do you have any idea how nice it feels when you wear something that you made? It’s a big boost for one’s self-esteem. There are some wonderful resources on the internet that will help get you started. And the sewing community is extremely helpful–some people have tutorials on their blogs and many go out of their way to help people on sewing message boards. I find sewing extremely relaxing and a way to deal with the stresses and strains of life. I am a happier person because of sewing, and also because of Dress a Day. I love all the vintage patterns and dresses on the blog.

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Vintage Joyride May 16, 2008 at 12:21 am

Angel –AMEN!

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wundermary May 16, 2008 at 1:04 am

I was laughing myself half to death a moment ago, having read a particular post above that struck me as especially funny. Now, I’m ready to move on. I’m really looking forward to Linktastic Friday.

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Sharon (UK) May 16, 2008 at 3:52 am

I love your blog Erin. I made my first dress through this site and got a passion for sewing as a result. I always check in for ideas and love the 1950′s styles. Sometimes i buy patterns recommended, but mostly i just browse and get ideas and then go off and find my own style. 7/10 split is clearly a troll hung up on some weird consipracy theory and just needs sympathy. Clearly a troubled soul who has no faith in people for being exactly what they say they are. He/She just needs pity. It must be hard to live in such a cynical world. I lvoe the sweater by the way and $65 equates to about 32.50, which is a perfectly reasonable price for a cotton sweater in the UK. Heck, 65 is a perfectly reasonable price for a good sweater over here and that would equate to $130. Classic pieces never go out of style and are worht the investment in my opinion. Too many people buy disposable clothing that costs next to nothing and falls apart at the seams afgter 3 washes only to be put in the garbage for another cheap sweater to replace. Keep well and keep on blogging.

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Kelly May 16, 2008 at 3:57 am

Hello Erin… I was the Anon the other day who’s post started with this ‘For what I am about to say I need to remain Anon… I used to work in Custom Brokerage, and sadly Anon 3:23 is partly correct.” I worked for FEDEX for 5 1/2 years. I was a customs brokerage analyst. I know what I speak of. I am the one who imported that merchandise into this country. I am the one who charged duties and taxes to the importer for importing said merchandise. I could possibly be sued for stating who I actually am and my comments the other day, but that is irrelevant. Erin I really dont know you personally but I concider you my friend. You did not know it but your bright ray of sunshine called Dress A Day helped me through a very horrible time in my life called a custody hearing and my dad dying and basically my life falling down around me in pieces. You made those 3am all nighters, when sleep would not come less lonely and a lot easier to bare. I thank you. Also I have found many new wonderful blogs/friends through the commenters here. So I thank them for their great blogs that make me laugh and inspire me. Thanks.k

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CG Alumni Camp 2009 May 16, 2008 at 5:30 am

I found this blog by clicking on the blog roll of another sewist, a real person who sews. I must admit that I didn’t get Erin at first. I didn’t get retro, and now I completely do — I dream of sewing vintage now, and that’s all credit to Erin. But do I want to buy the patterns or brands that Erin blogs about? No. Do I ever feel like she’s blogging to make me want to buy things? No. Does it ever occur to me that maybe I can’t tell that she’s selling because I’m just too naive and gullible? No. You may not credit me with intelligence, but I do have it.The sewing circle in the internet is small-ish (for now, I suspect), and they cross-link to one another, and it’s because every single day these sewing hobby-ists are sharing with, learning from, and mutually encouraging one another. It’s easy to get in touch with them and they’re an amazingly sincere, helpful bunch of people. Ask a sewing question and more likely than not, one of these sewing bloggers will jump in with a helpful suggestion, answer, or link. So it’s not hard for them to make friends with one another, sharing as they do a common love. It’s easy to pick the truly wonderful ones and keep going back to them. Like this blog.It’s not a conspiracy — it’s a community. Inspired by these amazing bloggers, I have just gotten back to sewing myself. I don’t have a blog, but if/when I do, I will link to these blogs I like. Should they want to return the favor and link back to me, I sure would appreciate it. That’s not conspiracy, it’s community.I dont know if Ive been looking at the same blogs youre referring to but I know I have looked closely, and havent seen anyone in drag. Not that I would not read a blog by someone in drag if its about good sewing, but it just isnt there. Ive seen blogs by people who sew, with real bodies, and if theyre not the same shape as promoted by the thin-obsessed fashion culture, well that just shows them to be completely human. The blogs Ive seen with the little agenda which is to sell, are not shy about their business and their products, and most of them can take justifiable pride in well-made, well-thought, well-presented items for sale.Dress a Day just isnt one of those blogs, though Erin talks a lot about patterns and others stuff that are for sale. I havent been sewing a long time but Ive been reading blogs for sometime now. I can tell one from the other.I am just an average reader, and I have read with objectivity the comments here, and yours, too. I have asked myself which are the more reasonable, believable, knowledgable, intelligent, and on topic. Im sorry, but its not you. Most of the reaction to your comment is from people offering support and encouragement to Erin, for the inspiration, information, and enjoyment she gives them. Its not that theyre threatened. They come from disparate enough backgrounds to not be collectively endangered in one fell swoop by a single commenter, no matter how nasty. What you are seeing is friends offering solace to one who is being needlessly and unfairly attacked.Because that is what friends do.That, too, is community.You should belong in one, even if a different one than this sewing community.

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La BellaDonna May 16, 2008 at 5:54 am

I wander off for a couple of days, and THIS is what happens?Erin, I trust you already know how I feel, by the simple fact that I come here regularly, applaud what you have to offer, marvel at your generosity and general wonderfulness, and do what I can to add my poor mite to the enjoyment, like most of the other folks who come here regularly. I also try to show my respect by Not. Feeding. Teh. Trollz. That, I confess, is the hardest part, and I struggle continually with that.Hey, people? You don’t like what this blog has to offer? You’re free to find one that does. Really. I promise. There are a lot of them out there. If this doesn’t do it for you, leave it for the rest of us. You don’t have to leave your daily dose of miserable here. Leave this blog for those whose differences run along the lines of: short-waisted cardigans, Yay!/Short-waisted cardigans, not so much, and OMG what were they thinking about, putting those buttons right THERE? I respect your right to not be entertained by this blog; please have the same courtesy for those of us who do enjoy it.And NO, Erin is NOT a “shill”! Yeesh.

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Purl Buttons May 16, 2008 at 6:09 am

I rarely read the comments for bloggers I enjoy regularly. If what THEY (the commenters) wrote was of interest to me, I’d read THEIR blogs! I do enjoy reading A Dress A Day even when I know some of the patterns you write about wouldn’t look good on my figure type. I liked thinking about the sweater you featured even though I prefer long sleeves. I liked the weird ruffles a day or two ago and the pockets several weeks back, though not suitable for me. I enjoy seeing the Liberty of London prints which are so out of my price range it isn’t even funny. In short, I enjoy your column and if you disable comments, I wouldn’t blame you in the least.

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Jen ~ MOMSPatterns May 16, 2008 at 6:34 am

hahaha Threaten their income? Dude, I’ve had more orders than I can keep UP with due to this huge bit of posting.Thank you for bringing people out of the woodworks to see my ad and BUY VINTAGE SEWING PATTERNS FROM ME!Sign Me Can Afford $65 Sweater Now,

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Anonymous May 16, 2008 at 6:46 am

Erin,Don’t let these people get to you. I’ve seen this on the internet, especially in forums A LOT. Is there a word for this? It is the courage and brazenness and RUDEness that people exhibit only on the internet, like “liquid courage”, but its the anonymity of the internet that can bring out the absolute WORST in some people and they use total strangers as a whipping boy for the misery in their lives and themselves.Kara

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dance May 16, 2008 at 7:37 am

In addition to not sewing, I don’t even like vintage, particularly (well, if it were all like the Windsor Set, I might like it more). I just read Erin’s blog because I like the way she writes and what she has to say.Re the 10 Ways to Earn Revenue—Lead Generation is just complete nonsense. Erin already posted that she uses Affiliate Links and Contextual Ads. No one cares. There’s no deception or exploitation there—we all know how those things work. You might think she does Sponsored Posts because there were two new products discussed, fairly close together, but people who read the blog know that the Vans-type shoe and the short-sleeved cardigan have been consistent interests of Erin’s for years. Those aren’t sponsored posts, just coincidences. But to look at one page, some seven posts, of a blog, and pick on that moment to judge the entire thing, is just totally idiotic. There’s archives on this site. There’s a search box. Next time Anon or 7/10 Split or anyone wants to attack any blog, do your research first!

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Kathleen May 16, 2008 at 7:38 am

Please 7/10 or whatever your name would smell as sweet – go away now!My Sewing Conspiracy Drag Name is Flagon Rockhaven.Erin & all these supporters are amazing, positive-energy people.I am a Separate Individual in Canada who likes that kind of thing – so Everyone, have a great Victoria Day week-end!

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Helen (Secret Lentil) May 16, 2008 at 7:46 am

Erin, How dare you – liking a sweater and making us all read about it, the nerve! Ha ha.Keep up the good work.helen

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Anonymous May 16, 2008 at 8:33 am

Um,back to the dresses listed in the post, the Valentine stunt dress is beautiful! Were I your size I would offer to buy…

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The solemn cat May 16, 2008 at 8:37 am

Another Dress a Day fan here and I’m real! It cracks me up that we’re all apparently the product of Erin’s (admittedly fabulous) imagination. My Sewing Conspiracy Drag Name is Fluffy Wellington.

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Deborah Newton May 16, 2008 at 9:03 am

I commend what I see as integrity in Erin’s blog. I think that anyone who has read her posts can feel that she is genuinely passionate about what she writes, and she is broadminded as well as humble and open to all points of view. Her links, ads or not, have provide, for me anyway, an interesting foray into the world of vintage patterns which I was not aware of before I started reading the blog. I personally love the idea of mixing past and present– which is one of themes of Erin’s writing. I love her inquiring mind, her positive energy and generosity towards her readers.We are ALL examining cultural and economic values at this time– in a very complex world– deciding what works for us, both locally and globally. It is hard to know! Blogs should create a space for open dialogue, not finger pointing. Keep up the good work Erin. Be brave, be yourself!

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monica May 16, 2008 at 9:12 am

Erin-fr what it’s worth I want to state for the record I in no way work for the fashion/sewing industry, and I can’t even sew, but I really love your blog. Thanks for bringing us a little entertainment each day. And for the record I’d pay $165 for a cardigan if i really loved it.Rock on.

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Jenlyn May 16, 2008 at 9:14 am

Hi, I like your blog, too :)I think it’s funny that we are ballot stuffing. I mean really, walk into a cat lovers convention and ask them to vote between dogs and cats, then have the audacity to complain about the cat being given an unfair advantage when it wins.Especially since 7/10 is very obviously posting under 7/10 and anonymous, maybe that is why they don’t believe that we are all different people.Just a thought.

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Margaret May 16, 2008 at 9:24 am

Er, as always I’m a little late to this, but I will attest, that Erin sews her own stuff. I was lucky enough to win a dress from this website that Erin made (that my daughter Erin believes is HERS and HERS ALONE because her NAME ~ Erin ~ is on the tag) and it’s pretty fabulous. And Erin, thanks for the clarification, because although I’ve never given your advertising a second thought except to occasionally click through the links to check things out, it’s nice to know your policy.

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oracle May 16, 2008 at 9:27 am

I’m with susan w. and everyone else who said to ignore.I had to deal with someone like this in real life who started making trouble for people who’d been working together on a community project. Although at first we didn’t see it, he fit the profile of someone who feeds off making people angry, so the more anyone responded to him in any way whatsoever, the more he tried to provoke the individuals he had targetted and everyone who leapt to their defence. He tried to play off those who said they felt sorry for him against those who wouldn’t play in an attempt to undermine the latter’s credibility. He even tried (unsuccessfully) to have someone he had been persecuting legally accused of doing what he had in fact been doing. It all turned out to be a power play in his attempt to take over the group’s agenda because no one else agreed with what he wanted to have happen. He didn’t go away until everyone agreed to ignore him, and finally – without exception – did, even though it was very hard to shut up and turn away.

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Anna May 16, 2008 at 9:49 am

I hate to add another comment, but my Sewing Conspiracy Drag Name is Dottie Defiance. Which is just way too awesome not to comment on.

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Theresa May 16, 2008 at 9:52 am

Sewing Drag Name is Velvet Plaza (that’s sounds so very dirty…oh dear!)

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Christina May 16, 2008 at 9:58 am

Erin, I adore your blog. Onward!

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Matt Mckean May 16, 2008 at 9:58 am

As someone who has spent the better part of his life antagonizing Erin, based on my experience it is not a good idea to push her too far. Especially when she is right and can prove it.Having lost countless arguments and resigning in defeat with witty remarks like; “nuhhh uhhh”, “you are”, and my favorite, “you’re just a dork”.I have come to the realization now that I am a mostly grown adult; that my older sister is not only the smartest person that i have ever met, but also still a dork!!!HeheheMattThe Little Brother

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7/10 split May 16, 2008 at 1:13 pm

In parting, I’d like to say that I owe this site a debt of gratitude. If you read my blog, which I had removed from the internet, you can see that I have been wondering for a long time just how the internet worked. Thanks to this experience, I think I’m a lot closer to understanding it. It all has to do with Google/Wikipedia/ commerce and control . I know I’ll never go to any site with the naive belief that it is just a regular, unaffiliated person, with an interest or idea that they’d like to share. And, if there are any other people out there like myself, who don’t really understand what these sites are all about, I’m sure my experience will be a real eye opener for them also. See the 200 or so comments are basically all the same person, that is, the group or entity who is running things. And, if the goal is sales and marketing, well it seems like you are driving off your ‘marks’ ie. the people you’re trying to scam. But, then maybe there are enough of you to click on each other’s crap enough to still make money, I’m not sure about that part. It would seem, based on this craziness, that it is vitally important to your operation that the marks never get an inkling of what’s going on. But, I am more convinced than ever that there is no person Erin McKean. She is a complete fabrication, as are all of the people fronting Google’s blog sites. So, all of this silliness is kind of like being in the Wonderwoman or Superman fan club.Aw, but you all know that.

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The solemn cat May 16, 2008 at 1:59 pm

Inside Dress a Day, we are everyone and we are no one…

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Suzy May 16, 2008 at 2:06 pm

Erin – I love your blog. I don’t sew but I hope to one day. You share great ideas and you have always responded to my e-mails. I really appreciate that. I also enjoy your writing. I wish “The Secret Lives of Dresses” would be published as a book of short stories. 7/10 split – seriously? I am just an average reader. Quite frankly I find your comments nebulous and confounded.

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Nancy (nanflan) May 16, 2008 at 2:29 pm

My Sewing Conspiracy Drag Name is Stasia Morrison. And imagine my surprise to learn I’m also a complete fabrication! hahahahaha Funniest thing I’ve heard all day.

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The solemn cat May 16, 2008 at 2:43 pm

It’s surreal isn’t it? As if one person would go to so much trouble to fabricate all these comments and sites.Is it too much to believe that this isn’t some big conspiracy and we’re just simply readers of Erin’s excellent blog?

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Linnea May 16, 2008 at 2:50 pm

Wow. Undiagnosed/untreated mental illness is no joke, people. 7/10 split, please seek help.

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Tailypo May 16, 2008 at 2:56 pm

We are the Sewing Borg. Lower your Bust Points and add Ease to your Hips. We will add your Notions and Vogue Couturier Pattern Collections to our own. Your pattern adjustments will adapt to service us. Resistance is futile.Signed, Snipper Henszey, Conspiracy Member

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Angel - Having a Nemesis May 16, 2008 at 3:07 pm

librarylady wins. Signed,Aztec BellaVistaConspirator.

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The solemn cat May 16, 2008 at 4:20 pm

Dear conspirators,I have created a picture to honour our great leader. We, the Sewing Borg (aka FRA) shall conquer the world (or at least a few fabric emporiums and vintage pattern sites).Signed,Fluffy WellingtonConspirator

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vespabelle May 16, 2008 at 4:21 pm

I’ve been inspired to make a few macros:The Vast Sewing Conspiracy!

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Anonymous May 16, 2008 at 6:34 pm

If all the people who read Erin’s blog don’t actually exist, I’d like to know why my hit count went thru the roof on the two days she was kind enough to link to me.Brunhilde Cambridge(my drag queen name…I’m staying anonymous to keep my blog counter honest)

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melissa joy May 16, 2008 at 6:49 pm

Erin-I’ve enjoyed your blog for a long time and have linked entries to friends who then have started reading it. “resistance is futile”–melissa joy (my sewing drag name is Miss Spooky Pajamas)

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EClaire May 16, 2008 at 7:14 pm

I’ve never heard Teresa of Making Light referred to as a “Gentle Moderator.” She is the moderator with the spine of steel. I have to admit, that’s the first website I visit every day. This is second. :)Anyway, found this blog about two years ago now – took a community sewing class, have made a couple of pillowcases, a Duro style dress, and am finishing my first ever button up shirt now (collars are hard, y’all!), and have NEVER bought anything from a link on this website. (er, mostly because I have no idea what my bust measurement would be on those vintage dress links, but still.)Signed, Cinnamon Sauve, conspirator

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fyrechika May 16, 2008 at 7:43 pm

7/10Split:Why is it soo hard to believe that with over 6.5 B I L L I O N people in the world, that there are so many people who like to read about sewing? I find it a lot harder to believe that there are only 1 million people running things on the internet. If 7/10 thinks that one person/group/entity would spend so much time creating multiple names just to argue with HIM/HER, then I say someone has a big head.This whole saga has given me a lot of entertainment over the past few days–reading Anon._7/10′s comments (which started out…believable at least) and then reading the lucid, solid responses, and watching as 7/10′s responses became more and more deranged. 7/10 complained that his/her comments were being misquoted and unadressed, but that is not true. S/he says this community is (basically) dense; well, what do you call someone who doesn’t listen to reason and is a confirmed conspiracy theorist?Anyway, it’s been quite entertaining–sad yes, but entertaining.An Anon. said people in this community have no lives, but obviously our lives are just filled with much more interesting things than 7/10 or the Anons.Rock on people, this site is great fun to visit (even being a non-sewer).Princess HeritageTertiary Adjunct of Sewing Conspiracy Zero One

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Anonymous May 17, 2008 at 3:06 am

I like reading Erin’s blog. It often brightens a dull day! I do believe Erin is a real person, but to be honest, it wouldn’t matter if she weren’t. The blog is fun and friendly, it lets me look at lovely dresses I can make, it lets me ogle things I can never afford, it links me to other cool things.The sweater is cute but not something I would ever wear. At 65 (trying to work out how much that is in ‘real’ money…33?) it is not so expensive. In most middle range high street stores here, I would expect a cardigan of that type to sell for between 40 and 80. You can get cheaper but quality is often compromised, you can get (lots) more expensive.7/10 – you are entitled to your opinion, but please remember that that is what it is – not a statement of fact.Anna – not a troll, just someone who doesn’t have a blog.

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Ruth May 17, 2008 at 6:51 am

Oh My.I’m glad I’m a complete fabrication. That means the argument I had with my husband last night didn’t happen.Yay.Tuppenyrice GC100Conspirator

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de muze May 17, 2008 at 7:36 am

Dear Erin, I love your blog, it’s so very inspiring: I might start making something myself one of these days ;)

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lorrwill May 17, 2008 at 11:19 am

omg you all have the best senses of humor evah! There is some really good stuff in here. I am especially grateful for the introduction of Sewing Conspiracy Drag Names.signed Dixie S. Hoyt(cos the street name is technically South Hoyt)(hmm if I went with the very last pet I lived with I would be Spitoon Kentucky. I think I am glad that was my ex’s cat and not mine.)

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Ellen May 17, 2008 at 8:32 pm

I’m real, and so is Erin. In fact, there’s a picture we’re both in. I’m in front, she’s behind the guy next to me. But now I’m just responding to a troll. http://www.crosswordtournament.com/2008/ellen_francis.htm

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Noile May 17, 2008 at 11:14 pm

Wow, Erin, it looks as if I’m coming in a bit late on this. Anyone’s entitled to an opinion, even if it’s dumb beyond belief. The rest of us can just sit back and love your fantastic blog — it’s full of unexpected pleasures and delights and always makes my day. Thank you from an absolute fan — your site’s the first one I go to when I’m sewing surfing. It’s intelligent, witty, inspiring, imaginative and fun. What more could anyone want?The bitter troll? Well, the bitter troll is just sad. So very sad.

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Writer Errant May 18, 2008 at 7:53 pm

Dear Erin, Your post was not tedious, was not too long, and was absolutely necessary. Once again you socked it to the Harper Valley PTA — twelve lashes, well laid on.Warm regards,Michael

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Fashion Maze May 19, 2008 at 4:27 am

Hey erin, this is the first time I read your blog. girl you are different I like you style of writing.

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S May 19, 2008 at 8:58 am

Erin, you are a seriously cool lady. S

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Deirdre May 19, 2008 at 1:46 pm

My name would be Toby Susquehanna.I would dress in black ninja outfits, including headgear.

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kathleen May 21, 2008 at 9:53 am

Oh this is just so stupid. I come here to ESCAPE! Erin, your site represents the JOY, the reason I got into the apparel industry in the first place. If I want to read about the minutia of apparel manufacturing, designer-dramas, outsourcing, costing, sweatshops, economics, poverty, international trade and the loss of manufacturing jobs, I can visit my own blog.

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kathleen May 21, 2008 at 10:06 am

Oh this is just so stupid. I come here to ESCAPE! Erin, your site represents the JOY, the reason I got into the apparel industry in the first place. If I want to read about the minutia of apparel manufacturing, designer-dramas, outsourcing, costing, sweatshops, economics, poverty, international trade and the loss of manufacturing jobs, I can visit my own blog.

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susan May 21, 2008 at 9:47 pm

hahaha. I skimmed most of the comments until I got to 7/10 split’s. Honestly I don’t understand why someone would spend that much time being negative to someone else when the whole point of having multiple blogs/pages/etc. on the Internet is that you don’t have to read the ones you don’t want to – you can click on another, go to another URL, whatever. Why ruin someone’s day with conspiracy theories about whether or not they’re a real person?That said, it’s so awesome that you have this great blog and someone out there thinks you’re not real. I know that there are company blogs that pose as real people, but those are generally pretty obvious. I wish someone would think I wasn’t real; it’s just so funny.I love your blog! and I love that Jcrew sweater too.

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Anonymous May 27, 2008 at 4:14 pm

I know I’m late but I’ve been away. 7-10 split said “You will also note, if you really care to, that some of the people that are dressed as women, actually appear to be men in drag” which made me laugh out loud. It sounds like someone I know named Charles, who writes stuff like that just to response farm. (Charles, is that you? Cut that out now.) And Anonymous followed it up with “do we sense sheep flocking?” which is just more response farming. There are people who feed off of others and I call them energy vampires. Erin, I actually met someone this week who has met you so I know you are real, fer shur. Fun stuff! And you other commenters – a vast sewing conspiracy!? I love it! VSC name = Arabella Sydenham (not leaving link to avoid trolls – shiver – I hate trolls)

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