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50% Off ALL Plus Size Children’s Sewing Patterns

Posted By on July 31, 2018

Back To School Sale On Plus Size Children Patterns – 50% Discount

 

Just in time for school sewing, we are having a super 50% Discount sale on ALL Plus Size Children Sewing Patterns.  Now through August 15 only, take advantage of this huge sale – use promo code PATTERNS and fill your shopping cart.  These are downloadable sewing patterns with full size pattern pieces and complete instructions for sewing the patterns.

Check out the variety of patterns we have in the following categories:

Plus Size Boys

Plus Size Girls Blouses

Plus Size Girls Slacks and Shorts

Plus Size Girls Dress and Skirts

Plus Size Girls Nightwear

Check the measurements of YOUR plus size / overweight boys and girls and I’m sure they will match our sizing, as all of our patterns are made using REAL plus size childrens’ measurements.

Each of the patterns come in two size ranges – 8/10/12 and 14/16.  If your child has a 32” waist, for example, you would need to use the size 10 pattern.  If your child has a 36” waist, you would need to use the size 14 pattern.

Check your childs’ measurements to these sewing pattern measurements:

Size 8 10 12
Chest 34 36 38
Waist 30 32 34
Hip 36 38 40

 

Size 14 16
Chest 40 44
Waist 36 38
Hip 44 46

Each sewing pattern comes with several variations that you can make, giving you many styles that can be made from each one.

Hurry – this Back To School sale only goes through Aug. 15.  Use promo code PATTERNS to get the huge discount price!

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Altering Store Bought Patterns For Overweight Children – Chest

Posted By on July 24, 2018

Overweight children, plus size children and obese children will usually have much larger chests than average size children.  In addition, they will usually have large upper arms that make altering store bought patterns very difficult.  This tutorial will address both areas needing to be altered.

FULL CHEST

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With a large full chest, wrinkles will show on the center part of the bodice, as shown.  To correct, cut across the center pattern front, open as much as necessary and redraw the pattern.

HEAVY ARMS

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For heavy arms cut the sleeve pattern and spread the two sleeve pieces as shown in the illustration.   Redraw the sleeve cap.  By making this correction you will be enlarging the sleeve cap, so it will be necessary to enlarge the armholes.  Lower the front and back armhole line each 1/2 of the total amount required.

For more in depth information about altering patterns for overweight children, plus size children and obese children, check out our book  “Altering Store Bought Patterns For Hard To Fit Children”.   This book contains 70 pages and covers the alteration process for every garment you’d want to make for boys and girls, including large abdomens, large hips and derriere, larger than normal chest, adjusting the crotch length and much more.  Each alteration process has step by step instructions and diagrams.

If you’d like to try your hand at making your own patterns for overweight children, plus size children and obese children, we have classes available for boys and girls!  Simply take their measurements and follow our step by step instructions to make dozens and dozens of styles.

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Altering Store Bought Patterns For Overweight Children – Abdomen

Posted By on July 17, 2018

Large abdomen (stomach) is one of the main problems with plus size children, overweight children and obese children.  A large abdomen will cause skirts and pants to be too short in front and cause skirts to ride up in the front.

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To correct the store bought (commercial) pattern, draw a horizontal line across the fullest part of the abdomen on the pattern.  Cut the line, beginning at the center front and cut to within 1/2″ from the side seam.  Separate the pieces the necessary amount and tape in place, as indicated.  Redraw the center front line, as indicated with dashed lines, from the bottom to the top, keeping the original line straight.  This correction will make the waist larger so you will have to make the “fullness” into a small amount of gathers, which would give a little extra fullness for the large tummy.

For more in depth information about altering patterns for overweight children, plus size children and obese children, check out our book “Altering Store Bought Patterns for Hard To Fit Children”.   This book contains 70 pages and covers the alteration process for every garment you’d want to make for boys and girls, including large abdomens, large hips and derriere, larger than normal chest, adjusting the crotch length and much more.  Each alteration process has step by step instructions and diagrams.

If you’d like to try your hand at making your own patterns for overweight children, plus size children and obese children, we have classes available for both boys and girls!  Simply take the measurements of the one you want to sew for and follow our step by step instructions on how to make dozens and dozens of patterns.

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Make A Palm Tree Quilt

Posted By on July 3, 2018

I have a palm tree pattern that I downloaded free from Patterns2Go, and have been trying to decide how to use it to show off the beauty of it.

Palm Tree Cross Stitch Pattern

The pattern is a counted cross stitch pattern, however because I’m convinced that those of us who sew and do crafts ALSO do other things, such as quilting, counted cross stitch, plastic canvas items, etc, I want to talk about my palm tree today.

At Patterns2Go, the thread colors are available to print as well as the pattern, so now I’ve decided to do a palm tree quilt.  I’ve decided to do squares of white, light green and tan, then do the palm tree on aida cloth squares and do perhaps 5 or 7 squares of the palm tree to put among the colored squares.  Think I’ll then use the darker green for a border and white on the back.

This pattern would make a very pretty picture to frame and hang, or to use in a wall hanging as well.

Check out the pattern – this could be made for a gift for somebody special or just to hang on YOUR wall!!

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What If Your 10 Year Old Has A 34″ Waist????

Posted By on June 12, 2018

My friend was getting frantic!  Her 10 year old son with a 34” waist wasn’t fitting into ANY type of pants.  Even a boys’ size 14-16 pants had only a 28” waist.

She bought him a pair of 34” waist MEN’S Levi jeans, thinking that would do the trick.  Look at how they fit this 10 year old…..

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I told her we could do a perfect fit for him using our Plus Size Children Pattern 6105 – boys jeans, and use the 8-10-12 size range.  The size 12 measurements were exactly what her son needed.  Check out how the Plus Size Children pattern fit…

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In case it is your 10 year old daughter or granddaughter with the 34” waist, we also have plus size children girls’ jeans pattern that will fit her.

Additional Plus Size Children sewing patterns are available including:

Plus Size Girls Blouses, Plus Size Girls Skirts/Dresses, Plus Size Girls long pants/shorts.

Overweight boys and girls want to have comfortable clothing that fits right and looks good on them.  Plus Size Children sewing patterns were made specifically for the overweight children, using actual measurements from plus size children.

If you’re looking for swimwear for overweight girls or swim trunks for overweight boys, we have sewing patterns for both categories.

If you’re needing pattern paper for making patterns or altering patterns, my recommendation is the Pellon Easy Pattern 830 pattern paper.  Pellon Easy Pattern 830 is 45” wide and is even machine washable.

 

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Six Creative Marketing Techniques

Posted By on August 22, 2017

Home sewing / crafting entrepreneurs are always on the look-out for new ways to promote their products or services.  It makes no difference if your business is just a local one or an online venture, advertising is a MUST in order to keep our names in front of potential customers.

Some of the following ideas have been used by us for years, and I would hardly consider them “new”, but I’m amazed at the number of people who say “I would never have thought of that!”  Whether you choose one or a combination of the following ways to promote your business, the most successful methods can be incorporated into your year-round promotional strategies.

1.  MAKE “MINI-FLYERS” – One of my personal favorites are “mini-flyers” that contain advertising messages about your products or services.  Mini-Flyers are made 6 or 10 to a page (depending on what size you want them) and contain basic information such as a catchy phrase about your product or service, followed by “FREE information” or “FREE catalog”, a website address if you have one, and your name and address.  The “mini-flyers” can be made easily in Microsoft Publisher, or similar software, that can be saved and reprinted as needed, as in the following example:

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We make our mini-flyers 10 to a page and use the Publisher format for Avery labels.  The mini-flyers can then be made on the labels or printed on regular paper to be cut apart and used.

The first thing to do with your mini-flyers that have been printed on regular paper is to put one in every bill you pay (electric bill, gas bill, newspaper bill, telephone bill, credit card bills, etc).  Remember that the clerks who open these envelopes must surely get bored with the job, and when they open your envelope and the mini-flyer falls out, you can be assured that it will be read.  It will probably also be passed around to others working in the same area.   The mini-flyers that are on labels can be stuck to every package you mail out – right next to the mailing label.  These will catch the eye of some of the postal employees along the way who will make a mental note of the website address, etc and perhaps check it out later.

2. REBATES.  Almost any business you can think of can benefit from giving rebates.  Rebates are usually associated with large purchases such as automobiles, computers, etc, but can easily be adapted to smaller businesses.  We’ve had great success with offering a “rebate” to customers who refer their friends to us.  When one of the customer’s friends makes a “first time purchase” from us, the customer receives a rebate certificate that can be used as a discount on their next purchase.

3.  GROUP RATES AND DISCOUNTS can be used by many businesses.  For example, a seamstress can contract with a community theater to do all of the alterations for an entire season, and give a 10% or 15% discount on alll the work.  School cheerleader alterations, repair work and sewing could be handled in the same way.

4.  HOLD FREE SEMINARS, workshops or lectures for people interested in your type of product or service.  If you’re in the crafts business, you could teach interested people how to make one or more of your craft items.  After the “mini-class” you could have a table of crafts, projects and/or books for sale.  Women’s clubs, sewing clubs or home extension clubs would be great places to start – they’re always looking for “program” ideas for their meetings.

5.  SUBMIT A PRODUCT, PATTERN OR YOUR WEBSITE to individual websites, such as this one, for “review”.  Naturally you’re not guaranteed that every site will do a review, but the ones that do will be putting your name and website name on the review, which will then be a permanent link to you, which could be read by potentially thousands or millions of people who may be interested in what you have to offer.  Remember, if you don’t ask (or submit your item) your answer is already a “no” — so do yourself a favor and do some submitting.

6.  MAGNETIC CAR SIGNS can be a wonderful way to increase your business.  For “local” sewing / craft businesses, be sure to do the sign with a catchy phrase about your business – “Cathy’s Quick Turn Around Alteration Service” and your phone number.  If you do the majority, or even a little, of your business online put your website address on the sign — http://SewWithSarah.com   — and you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the increased traffic to your site.  Also, don’t forget – if you’re taking a vacation, be sure your magnetic sign is on the car.  It’s amazing how many people along the travel route will see your sign and check out the website.

For additional information and books to help you get started in a business or push it forward faster, visit our “Business Book” shelf and see for yourself the many ways you can make additional money with your business/website.

 

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Don’t Avoid Success By Trying To Avoid Failure

Posted By on August 15, 2017

What a strange title for a post you might be saying.  As I’ve learned from previous experiences (my own and those we deal with on a day to day basis) – it is very EASY to talk about what we’ve done in the past that has helped bring our businesses to the point they are today, but have you ever heard somebody tell about those “failures” that they’ve had along the way?

It is very interesting that we all want others to see us as someone who “succeeds”, but not someone who has “tried and failed” with a few ventures.

Look at Thomas Edison – how many times did he “fail” before he actually got a working model of the light bulb.  Or how about Henry Ford or Einstein!!!  So don’t put yourself down because of a few failed attempts to try something new.

The whole issue is this — the only time you “fail” is if you fail to get up to try again!

We’ve had patterns that we worked hard at creating that just didn’t go over so well, and we ended up taking them off the market.  Then there are the patterns that we thought “I’m pretty sure people might like this one”, and ended up selling thousands of the pattern.  You just don’t ever know what there is in YOUR business that just might be the hit of the day / month / year!

When you come up with an idea for a new project, or new direction to add to your business, don’t just dismiss it because you’re not sure that it would work.  Try to work out the details of what would need to be done in order to make it work, then GO FOR IT!  It could be your million dollar idea!  Of course it could also be one of the ideas that doesn’t quite put the dollars in the bank, and if that’s the case, see how your idea could be revamped or redone (think Thomas Edison), and TRY AGAIN!!

We have three fantastic books that could just be perfect for helping your business grow — “501 Tips & Strategies For Home Business Entrepreneurs”, “How To Sell Your Handmade Items”, and “Jumpstart Your Business….Proven Techniques And Strategies”.

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Does Your Business Have A Website Presence?

Posted By on August 8, 2017

A friend of mine has been doing alterations as a home business for a number of years, and has a pretty good business.  About six months ago while having lunch I asked her if she had a website.  Her immediate answer was “of course not — how would I get alteration business over the internet?”  She has a computer, orders some of her supplies through the internet, prepares shipping labels through Fed Ex online, but never felt like she needed a website herself.

WOW!  I couldn’t believe my ears!  First of all, she’s been teaching classes at various women’s groups about lingerie, how to make various garments, what to look for in knits, spandex, etc.  She passes out information sheets to the attendees and does all the right things.

I started telling her why she can’t afford NOT to have a website!  Even if it didn’t bring alteration customers to her, and it very possibly could reach some of the hometown folks, she could surely set up a simple website page and start to sell some craft items and use up some of the scraps she has.  In addition she buys some types of tricot in bulk for her sewing, and gets it much cheaper that way — duh!  Another item she could put on the website to sell.

And, I mentioned to her that all that information she’s been giving out to the classes she’d been teaching could be written up and submitted to the various article directory sites.  These articles, while not getting immediate dollars for them, could send readers to the site and create sales.

Another method of getting traffic to the site is through two way linking, or reciprocal linking.  She knows that I have a website, so I could be the first one to do a reciprocal link, and she has other friends who also have websites.

Another thing I told her is to look up some sewing / alteration forums and register with them.  There are always categories that would fit just about any area of information that she, or you, would have knowledge about and could answer questions, pose your own question or give information in general about.  Many times your email address or website address are in your “signature” at the forums, so people could readily click on it and visit the website.  In addition, forums are normally spidered by search engines regularly, so if somebody is doing a search regarding your business items, your website name could very well pop up and additional traffic would be sent your way.

I did let her know, however that by doing these things, she should not expect to be flooded with traffic and orders immediately.  It does take time to get the website out to the public.  There is no quick and easy method for building website traffic, however the most important lesson is simply to let the site grow overtime — put in a little time, lots of effort and never forget perservance!!

Do YOU have a website for YOUR business. Just about everyone has a computer – does a lot of “surfing”, and buys from various sites, including eBay, Amazon, etc, but sometimes it just doesn’t register that YOUR site could be making sales too.  If you don’t have one now, think seriously about getting one set up.  If you DO have one, think about the methods of getting additional traffic to the site that we discussed in this post.

While you’re “surfing”, check out our two main websites — SewWithSarah and ShopperStrategy — you’ll find lots of goodies and information at both websites!  OR if you’re in our area, or thinking of traveling to the Gulf Coast (Pensacola, FL to be exact), check out the super website DoPensacola.com – “Everything to see and do in Pensacola”!

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Back To School Sale On Plus Size Children Sewing Patterns – 50% Off

Posted By on August 1, 2017

Just in time for school sewing, we are having a super 50% Discount sale on ALL Plus Size Children Sewing Patterns.  Now through August 15 only, take advantage of this huge sale – use promo code SCHOOL and fill your shopping cart.  We have plus size and obese boys patterns and plus size and obese girls sewing patterns.

Check out the variety of patterns we have in the following categories:

Plus Size Boys

Plus Size Girls Blouses

Plus Size Girls Slacks and Shorts

Plus Size Girls Dress and Skirts

Plus Size Girls Nightwear

Check the measurements of YOUR plus size / overweight boys and girls and I’m sure they will match our sizing, as all of our patterns are made using REAL plus size childrens’ measurement.

Each of the patterns come in two size ranges – 8/10/12 and 14/16.  If your child has a 32” waist, for example, you would need to use the size 10 pattern.  If your child has a 36” waist, you would need to use the size 14 pattern.

Check your childs’ measurements to these sewing pattern measurements:

Size 8 10 12
Chest 34 36 38
Waist 30 32 34
Hip 36 38 40
Size 14 16
Chest 40 44
Waist 36 38
Hip 44 46

Each pattern comes with several variations that you can make, giving you many styles that can be made from each one.

Hurry – this Back To School sale only goes through Aug. 15.  Use promo code SCHOOL to get the huge discount price!

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Sale on Treadle Sewing Machine Leather Belt

Posted By on July 25, 2017

We have been amazed at the number of “Complete Guide To Treadle Sewing Machines” books we have sold in the past few months!  It seems like the old/antique treadle sewing machines are making a comeback, and immediately the new buyers want to know more about the machine and how to get it back in working order, if it isn’t currently working.

I learned how to sew on my mothers’ treadle sewing machine, and I wish I had it now.  It would be fun teaching my grandchildren how to work the good old treadle machine!

For all those who are buying the treadle sewing machines, you may find out quickly that you need to get a new treadle belt.  The belt is probably one of the most important aspects of getting the machine to run properly.  The belt can’t be too loose or too tight.

We carry the premium leather treadle sewing machine belts – 72″ x 3/16″, with the connecting hook.  For a very limited time, we are putting them on sale – regularly $10.00 each – now $5.95 each, and they come with instructions on how to attach the belt.

If you have a treadle sewing machine or know someone who does, pass this information along – the sale is for a limited time.

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