This is your monthly roundup of the freesewing news of the last four weeks, and a look at what lies ahead in the next month.
As a general rule of thumb, the less you hear from me, the harder I'm working. Chances are you didn't hear from me during March at all. And yes, that's because I'm working hard.
We've had the new Jaeger Jacket jacket in the pipeline for a while now. I had stalled a release because I couldn't find the time to make one, something which seems to be a general problem for pattern releases.
So, I asked for help and a number of people stepped up and offered to make up (a muslin of) a Jaeger jacket.
That went well, so a couple of weeks ago we finally pushed out Jaeger for general availability. It's part of our core 1.8 release, and the announcement post has all the details.
The across back measurement was cause of a great deal of confusion among our users. More often than not, when someone contacted us because their pattern looked wonky, an unrealistic across back measurement was to blame.
So, we stepped in and removed that measurement in favour of calculating it from the shoulder to shoulder measurement, and giving you a new across back factor option so you can still tweak it if you want to.
For a more detailed description, please refer to the core 1.8 release blog post.
Last month we outlined our GDPR battle plan and shortly afterwards I made a decision: Rather than implement all these changes in the site, I would start over from scratch.
Or rather, I've given myself until the end of April to work on this. At which time I will need to decide whether it's possible to migrate the entire site before GDPR doomsday (May 25th) or should I abandon this effort and do what needs to be done in the current site.
Rather than implement all these changes in the site, I would start over from scratch.
I like the first scenario better and have been working on it pretty much day and (part of the) night during the last couple of weeks.
I can't really show you much, but the goal is to build the new site on top of the Nuxt framework. Doing so would allow us to drop Ruby from the freesewing technology stack, which would streamline deployment and development.
My hope is also that using a modern and popular JS frontend framework will make it easier/more attractive contribute changes to the site.
Speaking of contributions. Since I'll be rewriting the site from scratch, I've decided to add a new challenge to the mix: i18n.
In case you're wondering, i18n is short for internationalisation, aka making the site available in different languages.
Yes, May 25th will be here soon, and yes I need more work like I need another hole in my head. But I feel it's an important project to try and make freesewing.org available to as many people as possible. And for this, we need to get rid of the language barrier.
Now I'm hopeful that I'll be able to take care of the technical aspects of making the site multi-lingual. But that won't do us any good without translations. So that's where you come in :)
If you're willing to help with the effort of translating freesewing, please get in touch. We need your help.
It would also help if you could spread the word a bit :)