Viva La Moda Project Reconstruction Issue

| August 31, 2010

The haut indie online magazine Viva La Moda now has their new issue #10 available for free online.  This edition of the handmade fashion magazine highlights summer fashion and knits in addition to the Project Reconstruction contest where some amazing designers were challenged to reconstruction a mens shirt for the magazine.  Check out all the […]

How To Promote Your Website

| August 30, 2010

If you’ve had a website or blog for any length of time, you’ve probably realized by now that it hasn’t grown overnight, nor has it grown without a lot of effort on your part.  You could have a blog or website online for years, but without promoting on your part and getting the name out […]

20% Off All $5 And Under Fabrics at

| August 26, 2010 is having a fabulous sale through August 30th where you can get an additional 20% off all fabrics in the $5 and under section when you use promo code UNDER810.  There are some beautiful quilting fabrics, cottons, home decor fabrics and much more for you to choose from. Related Celebrates 10th AnniversaryPreparing Fabric […]

How To Make Set In Sleeves

| August 25, 2010

          Sometimes the curved edge on the set in sleeve measures more than the armhole circumference, such as with gathers along the shoulder line.  This area will take special attention to get the gathers fitted into the right  area.           Sew a row of “ease stitching” between the notches of the sleeve (A), to prevent […]

Project Tutorial: Reusable Snack Bags

| August 24, 2010

When my quads started pre-k last week I had visions of buying dozens of boxes of Ziploc bags for their daily snacks (in quadruplicate!) so I started checking all the local stores for some reusable snack bags.  I had absolutely no luck locally and then was shocked to find that these simple bags range from […]

What is “Niche” Marketing?

| August 23, 2010

For those of us who do sewing, crafting or alterations as a home based and/or internet based business, we keep hearing about finding our own “niche”.  How do you find your own niche, and to follow that — what is niche marketing? What type of business do you have?  Sewing? Crafting? Alterations?  That’s the easy […]

40% Off One Regular Price Item at Joann Fabrics

| August 21, 2010

If you don’t have all of your back to school sewing finished yet, or if you’re ready to get past that and finally sew something up for yourself, you may want to take advantage of this deal from Joann Fabric and Craft Stores!  Through September 15th you can use promo code AE258 to get 40% […]

Update On “School Starting In Your Area?”

| August 19, 2010

After the post last Monday saing “School is starting today”, and talking about the fact that it isn’t too late to let people know you can sew for those hard to fit plus size children, we’ve been swamped with emails asking about our plus size children patterns and pattern making classes.  We were very moved […]

How To Sew A Sleeveless Armhole Finish

| August 18, 2010

Sewing a sleeveless armhole finish is not difficult, even for a beginner.  There are a few steps and basic instructions to follow, and you’ll find this a very good project.           Staystitch 1/8” inside the seamline of the garment armhole and the facing to prevent stretching (A).  Sew the seams of the facing as well […]

School Is Starting Today

| August 16, 2010

School is starting today for our grandchildren, however other schools will not start until next Monday. Even though school is or has started, it is NOT too late to do “back to school” sewing for those hard to fit children who probably are starting school with only one or two outfits.  Check out the PlusSizeChildren […]