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One Thimble Magazine is here – with two new Birdsong patterns!

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If you haven't heard of the Australian digital magazine One Thimble Magazine, it's time to get acquainted!One Thimble Magazine, Issue 8 - the brainchild of Jen Kennedy, (the link is an affiliate link) isn't just beautiful to behold. It's packed full of 12 full PDF patterns, articles, tutorials, and other how-tos that will keep you sewing for months! There are more than 180 pages in this digital magazine.And my two newest patterns - (here are my affiliate links to the Swing Set Skort and ... [ Read More ]

New sewing patterns coming soon! Swing Set Skort and Butterfly Blouse

Two new patterns by Birdsong and SewMcCool

Where, oh where have I been?I didn't take the summer off at all....I was designing two new sewing patterns for girls!I'd love to be able to be one of those people who can seemingly Do It All, but with my kids being home in the summer and working on these patterns - for One Thimble Magazine - I simply had no time to blog without making myself very, very crabby, lol.Introducing the Swing Set Skort and Butterfly Blouse! These patterns will be available next week in One ... [ Read More ]

How to sew elastic waistbands that won’t twist

Sew elastic waistbands that will not twist on sewmccool.com

When I started sewing skirts and shorts with elastic waistbands for my girls, I was not in love with how the elastic would twist inside the casing.Sure, it's easy enough to sew vertically at the side seams on each side, but I knew there was a better way.If you're a beginner, go ahead and sew elastic waistbands the "beginner" way, by folding down a casing and inserting the elastic. And if you have a sewn-on waistband, that's the best way to do it regardless.But if you've been sewing ... [ Read More ]

5 signs it’s time to take a break from your creative business

5 signs it's time to take a break from your creative business

Around October of last year my normal zeal for my blog was starting to fade. I wasn't making the income I had hoped I would make, and yet I was still pouring about 30 hours a week into it.I began to wonder why.I didn't feel like I wanted to quit, but maybe? I wasn't sure. Either way, I felt like I needed a break. Like, a real break. Not just a 2-week thing where I played catch up on my posts or worked on finally designing a new sewing pattern, but an extended time doing my own things I ... [ Read More ]

So, who drafted that pattern?

Who drafted that pattern Take a look behind the scenes of PDF sewing pattern design. On sewmccool.com

When I interviewed Kerri Kolby-Smits of the former Amelie and Henri pattern company recently, Kerri talked about the process of starting the company in 2013 and how it had quickly grown into a business with, she said, 40-50 patterns in the course of a year.Wow, I thought.That's a lot in a year.Like, really, a LOT. I said so. I think I even *said* "wow." Since this was an in-person interview, I'm sure she saw my eyes grow large."So, how do you design your patterns?" I asked. ... [ Read More ]

Goodbye, frilly dresses

Goodbye, frilly dresses on sewmccool.com

It's time to let go of many hand-sewn dresses I made for my now 9-year old girl.I'm filled with dread.These clothes - these! They can't just be dropped off at Goodwill. I wanted them to be loved and appreciated by someone who enjoys hand-sewn girly treasures.But this morning I suddenly remembered a neighbor who appreciates handmade clothing and has two granddaughters younger than my girls, and I knew she would love them as much as I have.So I went to work, going through my ... [ Read More ]