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5 Tips to Cater to Your International Customers

With the international sewing community growing steadily, it has become increasingly important to cater to all those that might buy your sewing patterns. If I look at my customer base, over a hundred countries are represented – quite astonishing right? And it would be great if all those countries would use the same standards in measurements, paper size and such, but unfortunately this is not the case. If you want to cater to national as well as international customers you have to make sure that all can use your patterns easily.


SIM – Interview with Waffle Patterns

On today’s post for Sewing Indie Month, I bring you an interview with Yuki, pattern designer for Waffle Patterns. She describes her patterns as having a simple design with a vintage essence with which you can make stylish and functional daily garments. I really like her designs, she knows how to balance originality with practicality in each of her designs. She describes creating something in the best way: “I think the whole experience through making by hand and sharing is a kind of yoga for our heart.” Read on to know more about her background, her design process, and her very cool pattern instructions!


SIM – Enter The Sewing Contest

Before you get big eyed from the fabulousness below: there’s an interview with us up on SomaPatterns’s blog, check it out!

Like last year during Sewing Indie Month, there’s a sewalong contest with fabulous prizes up for grabs. Between September 1st and October 4th you can enter to win in one of three categories: Pattern Hacking, hosted by Rhonda of Rhonda’s Creative Life; Everyday Casual, hosted by Mary of Idle Fancy; and Dressed to the Nines, hosted by Laura of Lilacs and Lace. There will be another bonus prize this year too, which will be given to one randomly chosen contest entrant! To be eligible to win your project must be made based on a pattern or tutorial from one of this year’s 21 participating designers. Click here to see participating designers and click here to see the contest rules. There are some seriously generous prize packs to be won, so much so that I’m a bit bummed that I can’t participate! Read on to learn more about the hosts and the prize packs.


SIM Pattern Bundle: Walkley Dress

If you haven’t checked out the Sewing Indie Month Pattern Bundle, you only have two days left! This bundle holds patterns from 10 different Indie designers. Depending on how much you want to spend, you get 5, 7 or 10 patterns. In any case you won’t have to spend much, though – the patterns are hugely discounted! And the discount gets bigger if you buy more – you can get 5 patterns for $5 each, or 10 patterns for $3.80 each. This kind of sale is not likely to happen ever again, so if you’ve had your eye on even a few of these patterns, your money is well spent. Even more so because 20% of proceeds will go to charity, Women for Women. I’ve made up one of the patterns in this bundle, the Walkley Dress from MIYCollection.


Last Summer Dress – Southport (+ tutorial)

As I’m writing this the wind is howling around the yurt, the rain pattering on the roof. I was thinking it wasn’t too late for one last summer dress, but you never know what the weather will do. The Southport Dress from True Bias is probably no new sight to you, it seems to have been a very popular pattern this summer. And I can see why: it’s easy to sew and easy to wear. However, if you’re not a fan of sewing buttonholes I’ve got just the tutorial for you. For Sewing Indie Month I’ve created a tutorial on how to change the front closure into buttons and loops. Check Kelli’s blog to see the tutorial!