Sunday, September 19, 2010


This is a little peak of what I've been working on to prepare for kids clothing week. It's a lovely tweed jacket from the Hospice Thrift Store. It's the biggest sport coat I could find. I had an idea a long time ago to make this thing I've got going on and I'm pretty excited that it's working out well so far. So far. You know how it goes with me. More on that in a couple of days.

But for now, there is something I've been thinking about and I wanted to put it out there just in case anyone had any concerns. 1. Pattern Review. I review a LOT of patterns. I like to sew and I like writing about what works and what doesn't. No one has ever paid me to say good things about them or their patterns. I have bought everything I have written about except for the Carolina Fair Designs Pretty Pinafore. That I got in exchange for being a tester (and I explained that in the post). Basically that works like this: The designer puts out a call for testers, people like me say sure, then we make the item, then we tell the designer what's wrong with it so they can make it better so that the pattern is ready to sell. I put Carolina Fair Designs in the sponsors column because she was cool enough to giveaway two of her patterns to you readers (even though I had only asked if she might want to give one).

The other two sponsors are my awesome friends who agreed last minute to giveaway their products during my Earth Week extravaganza with Sabra of Sew a Straight Line. I feel like giving stuff away is really nice so maybe they will get some people clicking over to them in return. So far, no one is paying to advertise on this blog but one day I might go in that direction.

2. Have you noticed that if I don't think a pattern was any good, I don't include a link to where to find it? I kinda feel that if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all but I also feel like if you're selling your designs as patterns, they better be good and flawless. I don't want to say mean things but I need to be honest too. If I like a pattern and it works, I'll totally link back to the shop.

3. I am happy to review/test patterns. Just send me an email and we'll talk. I will always be clear in posts whether I bought something or if it was given to me, just 'cause. That's all.