I am delighted to announce the winner of the 20 Tips to Etsy Success E-book giveaway. Congratulations to
I’ve just logged into Craftsy this morning to post a project and I found that ALL of their courses are on sale at just $19.99. Some normally sell for $49.99, so that is a huge 60% off. I’ve signed up for the Couture Dress class here. I want to learn more about making and fitting a muslin, making changes to patterns to get a better fit and style, and about how to make the inside of my sewing look as good as the outside, lining dresses etc. This is what it promises – and the reviews of this class are outstanding.
Another lesson and another garment completed in the Sewing With Knits course. This time the scoop neck t-shirt. Again my fabric shop only had a limited choice in knit fabrics, so I got this rather dubious piece of green lycra knit from the remnants bin for a few dollars. Enough for a t-shirt and a skirt so this was ideal for making my first test t-shirt. Remembering how my sewing machine ate the fabric on this Cowl Neck Knit Dress, I wasn’t too confident about using any ‘good’ material for my first try – and of course I needed to check sizing too. The course is excellent and the t-shirt pattern is included in the course. I was supposed to add clear elastic to stabilise the shoulder seams, but couldn’t get any right away, so I went with a piece … Continue reading
I have a friend in the US who has recently had a baby and I wanted to send her a gift, something that she could actually use, but just wasn’t sure what to get and was worried about the cost for me to send it overseas from here in the Cayman Islands. Then a great offer came my way that immediately solved my problem – and I knew she is going to love it! And you might just love it too – because I’ve got a great offer for you to get one of these great nursing covers for FREE.
Featuring a list of free dress sewing patterns and tutorials, all with photos and links. Much of my early sewing has been thrifty – most of my fabric comes from the remnant and clearance bin at my local fabric shop, and many of the patterns have been self drafted or free patterns from the internet. It’s a great way to start out when you are learning and don’t want to invest too much in something that might turn out not quite as you are hoping ! So here you go with a big listing of FREE DRESS PATTERNS. At the time of publishing – 65 in all, but I will continue to add to the page as I find more. Hover over the picture to see the title – right click and open in a new tab to go to … Continue reading
Did you remember that I live in the Caribbean? Even in the winter the temperatures are well into the 80’s. Well then, why on earth do I need a fleece hoodie? To be fair, I don’t really NEED one, but following the problems I had with the fabric on my Cowl Dress, I just started a new course at Craftsy – Sewing with Knits . It promises to teach us how to successfully sew with knit fabrics and includes free patterns for the hoodie, scoop neck t-shirt, v-neck t-shirt, short skirt, yoga pants, shorts and a dress. The fleece hoodie is the first project in the class as the fleece may not be as demanding as some of the other knit fabrics. My local sewing shop only stocks one fleece – a rather crappy one in navy blue. It’s … Continue reading
If you love pink, red, love and heart motifs, you’ll love this little catalogue of cute sewing projects I put together to celebrate Valentines Day. Of course, everyday is the best day to show someone that you love them. Hover over the picture to show the title, click to open, or right click and open in a new tab to keep this page open too. And don’t forget to pin so everyone can enjoy!
I know that many of you (us) have an addiction. A fabric addiction. We have to feed it regularly with new pieces and sometimes keep the extent of our ‘problem’ a secret from family and friends. Admit it – how many time have you tiptoed into the house with some new fabric hidden under your coat! Well, I don’t mean to be an enabler, but I put together this Directory of Online Fabric Shops and thought I would share with you all. To visit a featured shop, right-click on the shop name and open in a new tab or window. If you have any other favorite online fabric shops you would like to add, just drop me a comment. If you are one of the featured shops and would like to provide a paragraph about your shop, or a graphic, … Continue reading
I read an interesting fact – well more than interesting – STAGGERING. Laurie at tipjunkie.com makes $12,000 plus a month from her blog simply from her Google Adsense advertising revenue alone. What ? How much ? I nearly spat out my coffee. No wonder she looks so happy. But it certainly got me to thinking? I took a look at her site and the adverts and placement. Now there are some things to consider – her ‘traffic’ being the most important. According to Zombie Stat, tipjunkie.com gets an average of 69,000 unique visitors every day, and around 412,000 page views. They estimate that the total income from the website probably amounts to $825 per day. Wow.
Did you know I had an alter-ego? There are little hints hidden around the site, which reveal more about my other ‘secret’ activities. The observant among you might have already noticed that I don’t just sew. I also run Summer ScentSations – making bath and body products. And if I suspend modesty for just a minute…I’m pretty damn good at it. My Etsy shop does very well, and I also have a lot of offline sales, local retail sales, features on daily deals sites and wholesale accounts – both locally and international. You might say that I am an Etsy success story. So much so, that I no longer have a ‘proper’ job, I work at home, part-time hours and make my living selling my handmade products. And I have fun doing it. But it wasn’t always like that – … Continue reading
At last – thank goodness. Someone to tell me what all those presser feet do and give a really detailed instruction on how, why and when to use them. I was lucky to buy a machine that came with a lot of accessories, but I confess, as a new sewer, not only did I not recognise what these feet were called or what they did, I had no idea when or how to use them. But at last I feel I am about to go from complete novice sewer to perhaps beginner level with my sewing now that I have these strange and mysterious things explained. And it’s down to Craftsy again – have I told you how much I LOVE Craftsy – I think I might have mentioned it once or twice 😉 Craftsy says: “You’ll learn … Continue reading