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Announcing Plus Size Children Patterns

Posted By on April 15, 2015

Recent statistics have indicated that nearly nine million American children are categorized as “overweight”. Buying or making clothes for the plus size child can be a very stressful and difficult process as there is literally NO standard size that fits properly.

We are excited about our line of clothing patterns for plus size children that we designed according to actual REAL measurements of plus size children, so that patterns will fit the majority of plus size children, are now available at

Compare our pattern measurements to your child’s and you’ll see which size range you’ll need.  Each pattern has an enlarged view (click on the pattern number link), which gives the measurement chart for each size range, as well as the fabric requirements for each pattern.

We have a wide variety of pattern styles for plus size girls and boys that you can see in the following categories:

Plus size girls blouse patterns

Plus size girls skirt/dress patterns

Plus size girls shorts/Slacks patterns

Plus size girls nightwear patterns

Plus size boys patterns

My friend has a 9 year old daughter who has a 36″ chest, 34″ tummy and 38″ hips. Buying pre-made clothes for her is impossible since a skirt that fits in the waist has a length that goes past the feet, and long sleeves hang several inches below her fingers in order to get a size that fits in the chest and shoulders. My friend decided to try making some clothes, only to find similar problems with patterns. Thinking the new “plus” sizes would fit, she was disappointed to find that, while a 16 Plus would fit the chest, the “waistline” hung about 2-3 inches below her waist, the skirt length was way too long, the neck and armholes were much too large and the shoulder width fell way off the shoulder. After all, the measurements used in the store-bought patterns are for a “chubby” 16 year old, they’re not designed for an extra chubby 9 year old.

OUR plus size childrens patterns are made from actual plus size childrens’ measurements.  These patterns have been an instant hit, as D. Bloss tells us “for the very first time ever, I’m able to make clothing that fits my plus size daughter!  The size 10 in your size range 8-10-12 has measurements almost identical to my daughters – it’s almost like you’ve used HER measurements in designing the patterns!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!”

If you are sewing for hard to fit plus size children, these patterns might just be the answer to your fitting issues! Check them out now and get 15% off all plus size kids patterns with promo code PLUS15 – good through April 30, 2015..

Hurry on over to and start your shopping spree!

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Scissors, The Cutting Edge

Posted By on April 13, 2015

Scissors play a very important part in the sewing process, and are not something to be thought lightly about.

Gingher Pinking Shears











When a scissors’ blades slide by each other, the resulting cut can be the intended one or a disaster, the outcome largely predetermined by the scissors’ design, construction, strength and suitability for the task being performed.

Technically, scissors are generally 3 to 6 inches long and have equal size ring handles; shears, 6 inches or longer, have a ring handle for the thumb and larger handle for two or three fingers.

Scissors should perform almost as an extension of fingers and seamstresses should have a selection of excellent and appropriate scissors. To be avoided are such frustrations as forcing the blades to cut, using blunt ends where only sharp points will reach, cutting in the air instead of on the table, and cramping the fingers by using uncomfortable handles or too heavy shears.

For fabric cutting, scissors should cut easily through the paper patterns, as well as layers of material. Bent handles will keep the entire operation on the table, while straight handles will force a lifting of the scissors, pattern and fabric, resulting in sagging of the fabric and possibly an inaccurate cut. Cutting should be done in long even strokes, blades never completely closing.

When at the sewing machine, use thread clipper scissors, sewing scissors (for snipping, ripping, cutting light material, slashing seams, and other close work), and shears for cutting heavy seams.

Buttonhole scissors make perfect buttonhole slits and are uniform in size.

Pinking and scalloping shears give ravel resistant seam finishes and, in addition, pay for themselves by cutting decorative trims of non-woven materials, such as suede, felt and plastic.

Good quality scissors and shears can be sharpened and adjusted, will not rust, and will outperform ones of poor quality and construction.

Only a minimum of care is needed. They should be kept clean by cleaning off the lint after each use. The screw should be lubricated with sewing machine oil occasionally. Avoid cutting over pins, and protect the points during use and when they are stored. Use the scissors and shears only in ways and on materials for which they were intended, and they will last for a good number of years.

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Button, Button, Who Has …..

Posted By on April 8, 2015

the prettiest button?  The answer is:  the gal wearing the most eye-catching, zingiest buttons, the ones that absolutely make an outfit!  Perhaps she has jewelry to match.  Maybe she made the buttons herself!  Any way you look at it, the button game is one that we could all easily play, if we just take a little time to think about what all we can do with buttons.

There are many handy products that can result in fashion magic, as far as buttons are concerned.

The matching jewelry mentioned above is achieved easily by purchasing earring bases which are especially made for attaching buttons.  You can mount your favorite commercial or home-covered buttons on silver or gold findings for shank or clasp earrings, scatter pins, cufflinks, tie tacks or finger or scarf rings.  The list just given could keep you busy for several hours!

Covering buttons is a cinch with the proper equipment.  Many garments look fabulous with large or small covered buttons, then add earrings to match to complete the look.  There are several types of kits for covering buttons, and the kits come in a variety of sizes and in styles of half ball, flat, two-tone (a half ball plus a rim, each separately covered), and the kind with a metal rim and fabric covered center.

Commercial buttons offer such a myriad of intriguing designs that a display of them looks like a hobbyist’s collection.  You can get small to large round, square, triangle and assorted shapes that can be plain through such designs as flags, liberty bells, eagles, baseball decals – you name it, you can find buttons to meet the need.

In addition to shapes and sizes, materials that buttons are made of also lend unique qualities.  There are porcelains, glass, wood, metal and plastic buttons.  The influence of cultures from all around the world is seen in various button designs.

Don’t just put buttons on your blouses and dresses - buttons have dozens of applications.  Use buttons as decorations on purses, tote bags, on your shoes, on a belt or make scatter pins from decorative buttons.  Use buttons as part of decorative wall hanging, or let the kids have a length of yarn, string a few large buttons on it and tie the ends for a perfectly good necklace.

What other uses can you come up with for buttons?  Let us know and we’ll pass them along to our readers.

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Increase Sales – Sew For Big Husky Men

Posted By on April 6, 2015

From time to time we try to give updates and information on how to increase your sewing business.  Expanding the sewing and craft business is necessary in order to “increase the bottom line”.

How much sewing do you do for men?  If anybody answered that they actually DO sew for men, how difficult is it to get the patterns adjusted for those “not so average” sized men? I’ve been there and done that!  Even if you have a nearly average man, there may be extra broad shoulders, longer than average arm, and other not so average challenges to deal with.  Then we move on to the big, tall and husky men!  These men may be tall, BUT there also are short, stocky and the type whose chest has fallen and now has “dunlopped over the belt” (that’s my brother’s story, and he’s sticking to it!).  In other words, the big bellies!

We do now have available a pattern making class for big husky men that we believe could help dramatically increase your sales for the  year!  After reviewing and learning the steps to make patterns according to the individual measurements of those super hard to fit men, you will certainly have the corner on the market in that area.

Look around the next time you’re out and about and see how many men fit into the husky, overweight and super hard to fit category.  These are all potential customers.  It would not be difficult to bring in dozens of new customers — just get the first customer, make some clothing garments for him and soon the whole town will know about your sewing skills!

Even those men who appear to be “average” have fitting issues with broad shoulders, long torsos or other fitting issues.   You can make patterns easily to fit those men also by checking out our  pattern making class for “nearly average” men.

Start now and see how quickly you can raise your bottom line by venturing into new areas of sewing!

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How To Make Patch Pockets

Posted By on March 23, 2015

Pockets are useful and can add a decorative touch to any garment, or can be added to a cloth handbag.  Many different kinds and sizes can be made, once you know the basics of pocket making.  In this project, we’ll cover one of the most basic of all – the Patch Pocket.












For a good looking patch pocket all edges must be true and even.  To achieve this it is a good idea to make a pattern for the pocket.  After cutting out the pocket, cut two or three small notches on each of the rounded corners of the pocket so the seam will lie flat (Figure 1).  Turn and press all edges of the pocket and baste if necessary (Figure 2).

To be certain of getting the right angles folded under on a pocket, you could make a cardboard pattern the “actual” pocket size (Figure 3).  Place the cardboard pattern on top of the pocket piece and press the seam allowances over the cardboard edge.  You can add a decorative trim to the top of the pocket by sewing four or five rows of stitching (Figure 4), or by adding seam binding to the top edge after it is turned, but before attaching it to the garment.

To attach the pocket to the garment you can stitch close to the edge or up to 1/4″ away from the outside edges, whichever you would prefer.

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Are You Looking For A Special “Unique” Pattern?

Posted By on March 19, 2015

Are you looking for a pattern for a special occasion?  Patterns for unique items for craft shows or just items to make to dress up your house or a simple cute playhouse for the kids.  Check out the patterns at where you’ll find a wide variety of patterns available.

Check out the patterns below – “Love” Table Runner, Placemat and Coaster Set, Beautiful Photo Purse, Children’s Hooded Bath Towels, or Country Apron Twins and lots more!  Get your creative juices flowing and start on a new project!  You’ll LOVE the assortment of patterns available at SewWithSarah!




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50% Discount on All Business Books at Sew With Sarah

Posted By on March 17, 2015

From now through March 31, use the promo code “BUSINESS” (without the quotes) and get any or all of our downloadable business manuals at a 50% discount!

Are you in need of a little extra cash?  A LOT of extra cash?  Or just want to make some extra money for a dream vacation or some things that have been on your “wish” list?  Check out the following list of  downloadable business manuals we have available and see what might interest you.  Now might be just the perfect time for you to get started in your own part time or full time business – and at a 50% discount!

Profitable Clothing Alteration Business

Sewing For Full Figure and Plus Size Women As A Home Business

Sewing For Plus Size Children As A Home Business

Sewing Machine Repair As A Home Business

Sewing Machine Embroidery As A Home Business

Sewing With Leather As A Home Business

As you can see by the various titles, there is literally something for everybody.  The “Profitable Clothing Alteration Business” and “Sewing Machine Repair as a Home Business” have been our all time best sellers.   HOWEVER as the population of plus size children and full figure/plus size women has been expanding, the two manuals “Sewing for Full Figure and Plus Size Women as a Home Business” and “Sewing For Plus Size Children as a Home Business” have been hot items!

Remember, from March 17 – March 31, you can get a whopping 50% discount on any or all of our downloadable business books, as listed above, using the promo code BUSINESS.

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Sew With Sarah —- 1975-2015

Posted By on March 10, 2015

Sew With Sarah is celebrating our 40th Anniversary this year!

As many of you already know, I learned the Oriental Method of Pattern Making while on a military tour to Taiwan with my husband and family.  A young Taiwanese woman we met at church offered to help me get registered at a local pattern making school and attended the classes with me as my interpreter (you can read all about it here).










Sarah started her “Sew With Sarah” business in 1975.  Starting with just  one book, “Sarah’s Key to Pattern Drafting”, and a long list of people wanting that book, Sarah now has over 35 sewing, pattern making, pattern make-over, craft, quilting, embroidery, sewing machine repair and general how-to books available.

Sarah Doyle, author of “Sarah’s Key To Pattern Drafting” has taught pattern drafting classes all over the country, to the general public as well as “for credit” classes for home economics teachers.  She then made the classes available by mail order so those who could not attend her classes would also have the opportunity to learn pattern making.

With the internet explosion, a fast paced society, and so little time for organized classes, Sarah once again filled a real need for the sewers around the world by painstakingly setting up and making available online every class, book and pattern she has available.  Online classes are convenient – simply download the class of your choice and work on it at your own pace and in your own place!  The variety of pattern making, pattern make-over and sewing/craft/quilting classes and patterns that are available will keep you busy for quite some time.  Choose whichever class you want and never have to worry about the class being cancelled or problems with your own schedule that won’t allow you to take part in the class.

We would like to thank all of our customers and loyal supporters for allowing Sew With to be your pattern and pattern making headquarters all these years.  We look forward to serving you for many years to come.

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Buttonholes By Design

Posted By on March 5, 2015

Making buttonholes can be rather intimidating, but when it comes to making them in a suit or fancy outfit for a customer, it’s all the more stressful.  I don’t know about you, but once I finish the buttonhole portion of the project I feel like I can breathe a sigh of relief – the rest of the project should be pretty easy from here!

Throughout the years I’ve run across a few good tips and hints for sewing those daunting buttonholes, so thought I’d share a few with you.

** By using “fray check” on your buttonholes, the threads won’t ravel from use.  Give your customers the added benefit of helping keep their buttonholes looking nice.

** If you’re working on more than one garment at a time – if the thread colors match, make ALL the buttonholes at one time and get that part of the project out of the way.  Whew!  The rest should be easy from this point on.

** An easy way to prevent cutting past the buttonhole when clipping the buttonhole open is to place a straight pin at each end, or even better have a pair of buttonhole scissors on hand.

**Buttonholes are easier to make if you use a backing of “Stitch ‘n Tear”.  The buttonholes won’t get out of shape, and the backing will tear away easily after the project is finished.

** Vertical buttonholes work best when sewing with knits, as they will stretch less than horizontal buttonholes.

** The easiest way to mark evenly spaced buttonholes is to use an expanding gauge.  Open the gauge so that the points are the correct distance apart, then mark the positions for the buttonholes.





** If your sewing project includes big or fancy buttons, remind your customers to cover them with aluminum foil before washing to protect them.

If you have any additional hints or tips for working with buttonholes, please pass them along — we as well as all of our readers will be ever so grateful!

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Make Memory Quilts

Posted By on March 5, 2015

Add New Dimension to Your Sewing — Make Memory Quilts!









Memory quilts, like the one above, can be done several ways.  The finished size of the wall hanging memory quilt shown is 23″ x 32″ tall, and has loops at the top in order to use a dowel for hanging.

This particular one has fabric pieces of various sizes sewn together, with colors and print ideas chosen by the mother of the little girl.  The pictures were all made by scanning them and printing them on printable fabric (fabric by June Taylor) in an ink jet printer (you can’t use a laser printer for these pictures because the ink will rub off).  You can see that the pictures are not in any type of sequence, but rather just as a collage.  The lower left square has two little pictures in it, with a decorative butterfly applique.  The middle right picture has been made to appear like it is in a picture frame, with lace edging surrounding it.

I have seen memory quilts that have been made for a particular child as a gift when the child heads off to college.  The one in particular that I’m thinking about had pictures of the child all the way from Kindergarten to high school senior made on the printable fabric.  As the quilt was pieced together, squares were added that had a poem that the child had written in the 6th grade, an art picture that was made in middle school, a copy of a cute Mother’s Day card that had been made at school, etc.  This type of memory quilt was indeed a full size quilt, but I rather doubt that the daughter ever actually used it on her bed.

Quilting is a bit time consuming, however people are willing to pay for these timeless treasures if they can only find someone who will do the work for them.  The memory quilt wall hanging took several months to complete, as the seamstress worked on it a little at a time, as she did her other sewing projects, in order that her main business of sewing and alteration work could still be completed in a reasonable time.

With a little imagination there is no limit to what can be done with memory quilts.

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