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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 ]

Pattern Workshop Review: It’s an A+

Pattern Workshop review on sewmccool.com

I might regret telling this story because you'll probably think I'm a bee-yatch.I promise, though, that I didn't really have bad intentions.Really! I didn't.So. Deep breath.About four years ago I decided that I wanted to learn how to use Adobe Illustrator and InDesign to create my own tutorials and patterns. I had been selling hair bow tutorials, but was paying someone else to do the layout for me, since I didn't yet know how.And Lauren Dahl's Pattern Workshop course: ... [ Read More ]

4 signs that it’s time to quit your creative business

4 signs that it's time to quit your creative business. On sewmccool.com

You may not know it, but there's an 11th commandment in life."Thou shalt not quit."Am I right?So even when a creative business is floundering, or you're just too dang exhausted or cash-strapped to get excited about it any more, you'll hang on and on until the business dies in either an explosion of flames or dust, or fades away into a withered skeleton.How do you know when it's time to quit your creative business - or at least scale back significantly? When is it okay to let go ... [ Read More ]

A short break to reflect….and focus

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Almost nine years ago I started my hair bow business when my youngest daughter was only six months old.Since that time, I've run an online business - it's changed and grown and morphed over the years, but it's been my focus and passion for the longest I've ever held a "career position."My expertise at making bows, then writing tutorials about making bows, led to my book, 50 Ribbon Rosettes & Bows to Make: For Perfectly Wrapped Gifts, Gorgeous Hair Clips, Beautiful Corsages, and ... [ Read More ]

5 reasons why your sewing doesn’t need to be perfect

5 reasons your sewing doesn't have to be perfect! On sewmccool.com

My name is Deanna, and I am not perfect.My sewing is not perfect.And sometimes this shames me.That voice in my Type A-personality brain gets in the way of my growth and drives me batty.How about you?For about a month I've been sewing a shirt, Grainline Studio's Archer shirt. I've made a couple of button-down shirts before but never felt comfortable with some of the steps and needed to improve.I studied videos and participated in the Sew Maris Archer ... [ Read More ]