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Sew Your (Pattern) Stash

In this life, everything has it’s good points and bad points. The upside to working for for oneself is the freedom &  creativity to live the life you design. The downside is the taxes and inventory. And that’s where I was for the whole of January. But I am emerging from that fog with lots of plans for 2016 and new systems in place to make tax and inventory time next year a breeze! (I’m pretty sure I say that every year!) If you are in business for yourself, be sure to check out this book I reviewed last year – a LIFESAVER!

Sew Your (Pattern) Stash

Meanwhile, in social media land, I volunteered to be co-admin of the Sew Your (Pattern) Stash group on Facebook! All of us with pattern addictions meet up to encourage each other to use the patterns we have already purchased. There’s no shame there, no requirement not to purchase anything else. Just a fun place to remember why we bought those patterns in the first place and discover the pleasure of actually sewing them up! We’re sharing organization tips & sharing what we make.

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Just for fun, Merial and I have come up with Monthly Challenges to keep the creative juices flowing – none of them are a requirement, but they do provide some direction and encouragement. So if you’re looking for a place to hang out online and be encouraged to sew your pattern stash, come join the group! This month’s challenge is:

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And if you’re on Instagram, be sure to add the #sewyourpatternstash hashtag to your photos! Come, let’s bust through our pattern stash in 2016!

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Whimsy Couture Hooded Jacket | DIY Crush

DIY Crush Marketplace Hooded Jacket | MadeByJaime

If you’ve been reading my blog for any amount of time, you know how much I love PDF Patterns. Such instant gratification! Such creativity all at the click of a button! With all the independent pattern designers popping up, women like you and me using their gifts to create lovely designs for us to sew up, it can be hard to keep up on all that’s available! That’s why sites like DIY Crush Marketplace are such a great resource!

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Denise Knapp, of Whimsy Couture Patterns, started the DIY Crush Marketplace with the,  “vision to provide a comprehensive online marketplace for customers and vendors that is fun and easy to navigate.” This site is unique in that they don’t only have a great variety of sewing & quilting patterns, they also have patterns for crochet, knittingcross stitch & embroidery! In order to help me spread the word about DIY Crush, Denise offered to let me try one of her patterns. My daughter and I had fun browsing and ultimately chose the Hooded Jacket.

DIY Crush Marketplace Hooded Jacket | MadeByJaime

The Hooded Jacket, as all the patterns on DIY Crush, came as an instant download (part of that instant gratification I mentioned!). Due to a netflix recommendation, my daughter has recently taken a liking to Julius Jr./Paul Frank, so when we went to F&M Fabrics (thefabricmarket.com) to pick out our supplies for the jacket, their Paul Frank Flannel was an obvious choice. I lined it in red fleece for lightweight & cozy warmth.

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This jacket is a great transitional piece for fall & spring and could be made winter ready with heavier fabrics. Not only that, but it was a super quick sew – I’m talking 1 hour from cutting it’s done! Since it’s already warming where I am, I tried to choose a size that would work for this coming fall.

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I love that the sleeves are super long and meant to be cuffed – that will definitely help this jacket to still be useful in a few months!

DIY Crush Marketplace Hooded Jacket | MadeByJaime

I also love the over-sized hood, and sis loved pulling it all the way over her face during the photo shoot – always a joker!

When you purchase your patterns through DIY Crush, they are saved in your account so if your computer crashes or you’ve misplaced the saved file, you can always log in and find your purchased downloads there. Also, if you are a pattern designer, you can sign up to be a vendor at DIY Crush with a pretty cool set up! You get your own designer page, are in charge of your own pricing and sales, and are paid right away when one of your patterns sells! For all the information on becoming a vendor, click here.

DIY Crush Marketplace Hooded Jacket | MadeByJaime

So what are you waiting for?! Head on over to DIY Crush Marketplace now and see if you don’t find something you can’t live without!

*Fabric and patterns were provided for this post. All opinions are my own.

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New Patterns & Pattern Sales

Thursday is always an exciting day for me – First of all, it’s my down day. The day I get to veg, or sew, or catch up, and generally go nowhere. The second reason I love Thursdays is because a lot of pattern news seems to happen the last half of the week. {This post contains affiliate links}

As I mentioned last week, Peek a Boo Pattern shop is launching their Spring Line! Last week they released the Boardwalk Hoodie & Henley. This week it is the Castaway Cargos – and today only they are 15% off regular price!!

Peek A Boo Castaway CargosNow you all know how much I LOVE Blank Slate Pattern’s Coastal Cargos (I blogged about them here and here). But I am so intrigued by the knit waistband in these cargos – I think they would be PERFECT for little guys and gals who aren’t big enough for a real button and zip waistband yet. They can be made for boys or girls and in shorts or pants with a size range of 3 months to 12 years!

In other great pattern news, Blank Slate Patterns is having a Charity Sale this week! From Designer Melissa Mora:

This week is Congenital Heart Defect awareness week. As this is an issue that hits close to home (one of my sons has a CHD) I am running a sale and donating 50% of profits this weekend to the Children’s Heart Foundation.Now through February 16, you can get 10% off your order with the code HEART2014. Or, if you’re buying 4 patterns, use the code BUY4GET5 to get a 5th pattern for free!

Blank Slate PatternsSo it’s a great day to plan some weekend sewing! I have made several patterns from these shops and have loved every one of them so you are sure to be thrilled with the finished product and have a great time making something your little ones will love!

 

 

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Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop Thrifty Thursday

If you’ve been following my facebook page, you know that on Thursdays the Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop offers one of their great patterns at half off! Well today, there is good news times two!

First, they have released a new pattern – the Grand Slam Tee & Dress – Click here to view more details!

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But their Thrifty Thursday pattern is the Newsie Cap for just $2.50!

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Both would make great Weekend Sew-ups so be sure to check them out!