I wrote previously about some of what I mean when I say “Pinterest Research.” But there’s another important piece of the process: Pinterest research is right for some projects, but I don’t use it (or start with it) for everything.
I used the process used for my first Regency dress to explain that Pinterest can help find an individual example to imitate, or look at lots and lots of examples to understand “rules” and trends of some particular category (time, place, activity, et c), or look at lots and lots of examples to find one that shows the exact under-arm-cuff-seam I’m having trouble with. Additionally, though I didn’t mention it there, I often find examples of modern reconstructions whose creators have documented their projects online, which are also very helpful for technical details as well as broader advice. Continue reading “When is Pinterest Research useful?”
I get asked from time to time what Pinterest is “for” or how it might be used (by people who aren’t looking for household how-to stuff). I can’t speak for everybody, but I can say a little about when I turn to Pinterest.
I started using Pinterest because it worked as an aggregator for photos of items held in many, many museums across the world. I enjoy searching museum catalogs, but I don’t always know which museums have good collections for what things, and finding that out can be a challenge in itself.
But let’s rewind a little– why do I need to aggregate photos of museum items? You can probably guess from this blog that I do a lot of historical research, and much of it is about clothing. I started using Pinterest for museum collection research when I decided to make a Regency ballgown– but I didn’t know anything about them. I had a pattern, but I needed to buy fabric, and I didn’t know what colors were good choices, or what kind of trim was appropriate. So I looked for pictures online, which led me to photos of museum items (extant clothes and portraits), which led me to a lot of Pinterest pages. Continue reading “What is Pinterest Research?”