Saturday, July 23, 2016

Pattern Parade Wrap Up

Thank you for joining us this week.  We have had so much fun sharing these Patterns on Parade with you!

Let's recap what we have seen this week.

Tuesday we had Gracious Threads with the Swim and Surf Shorts.

We also had the Classic Maillot from Designs by Call Ajaire.

On Wednesday MCM Studio Designs shared The Clarissa Dress with us.

Shannon Mac Designs also featured the Window to My Soul Quilt pattern. 

The Zippy Keepers pattern from FABulous Home Sewn was one of the featured patterns on Thursday.

The other featured pattern from Thursday was the Cuddly Carrier from Bishy Barnababes.

Snuggle My Baby patterns rounded out the week on Friday with Genevieve's Summer Scoop Tank.

The rafflcopter concluded Friday evening and the winner is.... Judith Martinez!  Enjoy your patterns Judith!

Thanks to everyone who has followed along with us this week.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

DT Sewversity Is Now Open!

Beginner Sewing Lessons

The idea to teach sewing came to me when I caught myself labeling a pattern “intermediate” when I knew it should be an “advanced beginner” pattern. I taught sewing long before I started designing patterns. Beginners learned to sew button holes, sew darts, insert zippers and finish seams. We worked with commercial patterns from “The Big Four”; Simplicity, McCall’s, Butterick, and Vogue. Naturally, the next question is “What is an advanced beginner?”.  Most beginners know that they are beginners. An "advanced beginner" has mastered basic seams, seam finishes, closures and has made a few garments using the techniques above.
Next, people might be called "intermediates" and later "advanced". What constitutes “intermediate” and “advanced” skills seems to vary among people. Some think that being able to insert a zipper and sew a dart is "intermediate". If you look at the major commercial pattern companies, you will get an idea of how they determine the skill level required for different patterns.

Centered zippers, darts, buttonholes and narrow hems are beginner skills. Below is an example of a pattern from Vogue’s “Very Easy” category. The techniques include buttonholes and a narrow hem.

  Very Easy patterns are intended for beginners or people who do not have a lot of time to spend constructing a garment. There may not be any hand sewing or much fitting required. Easy patterns are also intended for beginners but require the ability to do some fitting. There will be more techniques involved in “Easy” patterns than in “Very Easy” patterns. “Average” or intermediate patterns offer more of a challenge in fitting, and construction techniques. By the time a person is considered “Advanced”, he or she is able to draft patterns, use professional tailoring and construction techniques, and sew with a wide variety of fabrics.

Here is another “Very Easy” Vogue pattern. This one includes darts and a zipper.


Very Easy pattern from Butterick. The description is “Lined dress with fitted bodice and gathered skirt has shaped, high-low hemline (lining fabric will show), in-seam pockets and back zipper. A: Sleeveless. B: Contrast bodice and short sleeves. C: Long sleeves. Includes separate pattern pieces for A/B, C and D cup sizes.”

Some who consider themselves beginners might be surprised to find that they are intermediates and vice versa. Others will say, “I only sew PDF patterns and PDF patterns should be easier than commercial patterns”.  Still others will say, “I prefer my paper patterns. I don’t like all the photos and videos in PDF patterns”. Sometimes, it’s just a matter of preference.To truly be "intermediate" and "advanced" it makes sense to be able to sew any pattern designed for that skill level. I understand some sewists prefer to sew only a particular brand of pattern because that it was they are comfortable with. Again, everyone is entitled to have his or her preference.
My classes are designed so that a sewist can use any pattern, PDF or paper. There’s a misconception that patterns should “teach” sewing. I am not sure that a single pattern could teach all of the basic sewing skills. Some designers go to great lengths to make their patterns as easy to sew as possible. Every nuance of sewing a seam is explained in great detail. Others will tell you up front that you need to be able to sew a zipper on your own or be familiar with customizing a pattern to fit.

 This is the reason I decided to bring my “live” sewing experience to online classes. My self-paced  classes are for those who want to advance and learn new skills. Students learn and perfect new techniques without investing time and money in garment sewing.  I realize that not everyone is a perfectionist who wants his or her projects to look professionally sewn. Not everyone sews to sell or cares much about sewing buttons instead of just using a snap. There is room for everyone. When you buy a pattern, you are absolutely free to make any changes you like. I see no reason why you should invest in lessons if you are happy doing what you are doing.

Not everyone wants or needs sewing lessons. On the other hand, if you feel your sewing could be better but do not know how to improve, sewing lessons may be for you. If you are a beginner or have not used your sewing machine in years, you may benefit from sewing lessons.
My lessons include a great deal of information including how to sew zippers, buttonholes, darts, French seams, and blind hems . I also teach basic hand stitches. I have included 14 patterns specifically designed to reinforce the techniques taught in the class. Additionally, the patterns and practice exercises  require the least amount of fabric as possible. Not everyone has yards of fabric at their disposal. At the end of the class, you not only have a strong foundation in basic sewing, you also have several finished items you can keep, give as a gift or sell. The class package is $125.00 and includes $70.00 worth of  patterns. If you would like to see a listing of the major topic areas, please visit me at .
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Snuggle My Baby Patterns - Genevieve's Summer Scoop

 Hello all I'm Jennifer from Snuggle My Baby Patterns! I am so happy to be here today and to be apart of the Swhetty Bettie's Pattern Parade! Genevieve's Summer Scoop Tank Top is a summer staple in my home, so I thought it would be the perfect pattern to talk about today! Let's be honest, there are a ton of tank top patterns on the market, but Genevieve's Summer Scoop Tank Top offers a unique design with it's high neckline, and wide shoulders! It's made for knits in sizes 2T - 12 years and has two style options!

 The first style is simple and cute! Simple doesn't have to mean plane though! You can dress up the scooped hemline with some lace trim, Use a pre-ruffled knit fabric, or even upcycle a tee!


 The second option is perfect for using some beautiful lace or chiffon. It offers and empire bodice so you can play around with your fabric combos!



 If you're are comfortable with some simple seam allowance math, you can also use Genevieve's Summer Scoop Tank Top for those amazing fabric panels you have (this option is not in the pattern, but I am more than happy to help you figure out the math, just contact me in the Snuggle My Baby Patterns Support Group )


 You can get this pattern on sale on my website for 25% off with code PARADE2016 Thank you for visiting the Swhetty Bettie's Blog today and for reading all about my pattern! I'd also like to thank Ann for making sure we were able to run the parade, and to all the other designers that took part in this!
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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Bishy Barnababes - Cuddly Carrier

Hi, I'm Vicki of Bishy Barnababes and I'm so excited to be taking part in the Pattern Parade 2016.

I'd like to share with you one of my favourite patterns, the Cuddly Carrier!

I always wore my daughter in a carrier when she was little and she sees many of my friends carrying their children in carriers too. She wanted to be able to do the same for her dolls and would ask for scarves so that I could tie her babies on. I decided to scale down the carrier I had made to carry her as a baby and add it to my animal themed pattern collection. I also simplified the fixings as toys don't move around or weigh as much as babies!

It was great to try out the prototype with my friends' children as they all wanted to be the one to wear it first! My daughter still regularly gets it out to use both around the house and when we are heading out for the day - definitely a win.

The pattern comes in 2 sizes - so is suitable for walking children through to around age 10 - and 6 animal options (bear, cat, mouse, monkey, fox and English badger). Alternatively, it can be made without the animal face and ears using a favourite fabric or adding appliqué. There are lots of Bishy Barnababes appliqué designs in the Etsy shop and also a butterfly appliqué that is available free in the Bishy Barnababes Facebook group and the dinosaur pattern which you get free when signing up to the Bishy Barnababes newsletter along with a 23 page free-motion appliqué tutorial.

They make great gifts and you can use of some of the fabric scraps that so many of us fabriholics collect. Which animal would you make for a child in your life?

Get the pattern here and use coupon code PARADE2016 to get 20% off until the end of the parade on Saturday. 

Also take part in the raffle to win all the patterns featured in the Pattern Parade (if you purchase the pattern and then win the raffle, I will refund the purchase price).

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FABulous Home Sewn--Zippy Keepers Pattern

I'm Fenna from FABulous Home Sewn .

I'm a busy homeschooling mom of five kids, so I haven't designed a new pattern for almost a year. really has been that long.
I mainly design purse/bag patterns though I have a few applique and quilt patterns (some free!) on Craftsy (affiliate link) as well. 
My patterns are also for sale on Etsy

I wanted to share with you a super simple pattern that I have up for sale that I love--the Zippy Keepers Pattern.

It is a great pattern to whip up some quick little items for craft sales, bazaars, auctions, etc. 
It has quite a few options--measured pleat, improv pleat, gathered pleat, and a pieced center. 
It comes in two sizes, plus it has the option to make it into a wristlet!

You can find it on sale for 45% off in the Etsy shop! 
Sale runs from July 21 12:01AM to July 25 Midnight.
No coupon code needed. 

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

ShannonMac Designs - Window to My Soul Quilt

I know, I know, it's ONLY July...but if you're a crafter, you know you need plenty of lead time to get gifts done. And there's just over 22 weeks left till Christmas! (Where has this year gone?!) So if you've been considering making a special quilt for a special someone, I hope you'll take a look at this one.

This is the Window to My Soul pattern, from ShannonMac Designs!

This quilt is a great scrapbuster, but it's also fat quarter, quarter yard cut, and layer cake friendly!

For this one, I used scraps from years of quilts, block swaps, and other projects. But you can use any woven fabric you want to. Maybe a memory quilt made from grandpa's shirts or baby clothes or dresses? Or go for the stained glass look like I have done. It's a simple design, so the blocks go together quickly. Add a quick border and it's ready to be quilted however you like! I did some simple swirls, and tried out feathers for the first time.

I have provided measurements and fabric requirements for 6 sizes: crib, lap, twin, full, queen and king. So no matter how big your special person is, this pattern comes in their size. Like I always say: A quilt always fits! Even if you've never made a quilt before, this one is simple enough for a beginner.

And through Saturday only, you can get this pattern for 30% off! So head on over to my Craftsy shop and grab it. Feel free to grab my free patterns too.

And don't forget to enter to win them all!

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MCM Studio Designs Clarissa Dress

I am so happy to be here today to share my most recent pattern with you! 

The Clarissa Dress is designed for woven fabrics in girls sizes 2-10. 

This dress features a pleated,  slightly curved empire waist bodice. 

The sleeves have a lovely ruffle and can be done in either a long or short sleeve style.  

It has a gathered skirt and a buttoned or snapped back closure.  

This is such a sweet all around pattern that can be used in really any season.  

You can dress it up or down depending upon the fabric that you choose.

This pattern is on sale this week at my website or my Etsy shop!  Use the code PARADE2016 to get 25% off.  

Thanks for allowing me to share this pattern with you today.  I hope that you will continue to follow the Betties blog throughout this week and see all the wonderful patterns that will be featured. 

Don't forget to enter the Rafflecopter for a chance to win one copy of each pattern! 

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