Is the Independent Pattern Bubble Starting to Burst?

I’m wearing my bullet-proof underwear today, so I’m going to put it out there. Three posts back, Michelle noted that Blue Ginger Doll, an “indie” pattern company, seems to have shut down with little or no notice. Sure enough, when I went to the site, it has a little closed sign hanging on the page. I have no affiliation with Blue Ginger Doll, and I don’t know the owner/designer, so I have no idea what may have happened. I have linked to their patterns from Gorgeous Fabrics on occasion, but that’s the extent of it. Hopefully everything is okay with the owner. I never want to see small business owners go through bad things (voice of experience talking here). But it got me thinking about the general ebb and flow of companies, pattern companies in this case.

Round about two years back, it seemed like there was an explosion in the number of patterns being offered by new companies. I’m not talking StyleArc or HotPatterns, both of which have been around for several years and whose designers have industry chops. I’m talking about patterns offered by bloggers who may or may not have had design training. They seemed to come flying out of the sewing blogosphere (SBC) like fireworks on New Years. There were tons of reviews on blogs, there were calls for pattern testers all over, there were blog tours, there were hordes of me-too iterations of certain patterns.

Then it died down. And of late, some of the independent pattern companies seem to have fallen off the radar. I’m not going to mention any names beyond Blue Ginger Doll, but I’m sure you can come up with your own list. Here’s what I think happened.

Too many beginner styles, not enough beginners.
It seemed for a while that we were seeing many of the almost-exact-same patterns cropping up from different blog/design sites. Easy skirts, easy tops, pajama bottoms, headbands. All were introduced with the goal of getting newbies into sewing. I love it! I applaud it! The more the merrier when it comes to sewing.

The problem arises when saturation sets in. There are only a certain number of beginners out there, and there are a sh*t-ton of pajama bottom patterns. It’s hard to justify paying $20 for an a-line skirt when you can buy the same pattern (not on sale, mind you) for $3.99 from New Look. Add to that the attrition rate when a newbie sew-er hits a wall or runs up against fit or generally gets frustrated, and you quickly run out of customers. Which brings me to…

Cute idea on paper, crappy execution IRL
Ever been seduced by the soft lighting, beautiful backgrounds and cute posing of the model in some of the photographs of independent patterns? But after purchasing the pattern, you discover that the bodice makes your boobs look saggy (thanks, I don’t need help with that), the sleeves are drafted so no matter what they won’t hang correctly, the skirt is cut in such a way that it makes a skinny little thing look like she gained 20 lbs.

There’s a reason fashion designers – most of them, anyway – go to fashion design school. There they learn not only how to sketch and use CAD software. They also learn things like proportion and balance, and technical skills like grading and dart manipulation. Very few of us are born with the innate ability to drape or design a piece of clothing that will look good on bodies of different sizes. And…

If it doesn’t look good on the “designer” it won’t look good on me.
There are two parts to this. First, there’s the general design. I’ve seen some patterns modeled by the designer that look, frankly, awful on them. Yet fangirls heap adoration on them while 97.8% of the blog reading public is thinking, “Whut??” Second, even if the design is good, the construction is so poorly done that it causes The Pressinatrix to Clutch Her Pearls and Fan Herself. If a pattern’s photograph has puckery seams, dimply darts, uneven necklines and wavy hems, it is not ready for prime-time. And that kind of shoddy construction reflects a lack of respect for the customer. If a designer can’t be bothered to put in the work to make their design look fabulous, why should they expect anyone to buy their pattern?

Does it age gracefully?
This question has two meanings. First – is the style one that will look fresh a few years later? That’s a really hard thing to accomplish, and kudos to those who can design looks that do. The second meaning has to do with the wearer. A certain style may look fantastic on a recent college grad who is starting out. But how does that look translate to that same person 4 years later when she is looking to move into a more senior position? Many of the early SBC patterns were designed by and for a young demographic. I applaud that, we need new sew-ers! But we all change, and our wardrobe needs change. Which brings me to…

It’s a dragon that needs to be fed, constantly.
Fashion is almost literally a churn-and-burn industry. Way back when, there were two “seasons” in fashion: fall/winter and spring/summer. Now companies like Zara and H&M are releasing collections – not looks, collections – every 5 weeks. It’s the same with pattern companies. The big ones have Early Fall, Fall, Halloween, Holiday, Winter, Early Spring, Spring, Early Summer, Summer… and it goes on year after year after year. If you’re a one-person shop, that’s a pretty daunting schedule to try to keep up. Even 4 seasons a year is a lot. Something has to give, whether it’s the quality of design, or the health of the designer. You know that adage, “the reward for hard work is more hard work?” Yeah, this.

Game of Thrones? Game of Sewn

Game of Thrones? Game of Sewn

It’s a piece of clothing, not a lifestyle.
Have you ever noticed that the biggest lifestyle brands out there don’t offer clothing lines? Martha Stewart, Real Simple, Jonathan Adler – not one of them. Ralph Lauren could be considered an exception, but he doesn’t have a TV show and he doesn’t publish magazines or books. He just has a team of designers who do all the work under his umbrella. Alabama Chanin is probably the closest thing to a lifestyle brand that also designs clothing, but the aesthetic is geared to a narrow audience. A narrow audience who has lots of time to do hand-sewing, or has the disposable income to purchase hand-made-in-America goods. Lifestyle brands are aspirational. Maybe people aspire to wear a-line skirts and hoodies. Not people I know. Designs with a slight edge and beautiful, unusual details? That’s aspirational.

So, is there a shakeout in the “indies”? Perhaps. Certainly the number of patterns released from the SBC seems to have slowed from the flood of a couple of years ago. It’s probably fashion Darwinism at work. Some will survive, others won’t. Others will come on the scene, and perhaps one or two will be the Next Big Thing. I do hope that we continue to see new pattern designers, and I hope those pattern designers come out with cool designs that appeal to many. Because when they do, that means…

Happy sewing!

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Pattern Review: Christine Jonson Travel Trio 1 – Pants

This time, it’s the pants!

I had a bunch of fabric left over from my Travel Trio 1 Jacket, so I figured I would make a pair of pants. There are surprisingly few reviews of this pattern out there that I could find. That never deters me, so here you go…

Pattern Description: From the website, “ Center Seam Pants: Semi-fitted, front and back seamed pants with waistline yoke.

I would call it a waistband, not a waistline yoke, but that’s a minor nit.

Sizing: 4-22. I made a 12 based on my measurements and the pattern sizing worksheet. Honestly? It’s big. If you don’t do a muslin (recommended) then plan to go down a size.

Available as a PDF? No

Fabric Used: More of the (sold out, sorry!) heavy doubleknit. This fabric feels like it’s halfway between a ponte and a neoprene, and I just love it! You can find Similar Here.

Machines and Tools Used: The usual suspects: Pfaff 2130, Juki home serger, Naomi the Naomoto,
Needle/Notions Used: Universal 70/10 needle. Thread. That is it.

Tips Used during Construction: Easy and Quick Way to Mark the Back, Anything by the Pressinatrix (I know, every post- but you know what? I see so many things that aren’t pressed and it Makes. Me. Crazy!), Tips and Tricks for Sewing With Knits, J? or L?

Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes

How were the instructions? Quite good.

Construction Notes: I came very close to a wadder on this one. It had nothing to do with the pattern, it had to do with my cutting my fabric. I had 4 yards of my fabric and I cut it into two pieces. One was slightly longer than the other and guess what happened? Yep, I got 6 pieces cut out then realized I didn’t have enough length for the other two. I was all set to concede defeat when I remembered that I had some fabric left over from my jacket. Woo hoo!!! There was enough for the two pieces! Whew!!!

I made a size 12 right out of the envelope. They run large on me. Not outrageously so, but enough that I would probably go down to a 10 without any ill effects. What you should measure is the crotch-to-waistline length. It’s long. Make a muslin so you don’t end up with a Pappy-in-O-Brother-Where-Art-Thou length.

Likes/Dislikes: Love the lines. I really like the fact that I don’t have to take a lot of curvature out of the side seams. Love the seams in the front and back for both design and fit. Not crazy about the crotch length, but shame on me for not measuring, I suppose.

Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? It’s a good pattern, and I really like the seaming. I doubt I’ll do it again. I like it but I don’t love it. It will look great under a long jacket (including the Travel Trio One), but to my eye it doesn’t stand on its own.

Conclusion: Here are pictures on Shelley, with how I will style it:

Jacket, Breton top and really comfy loafers = yeah!

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Tip: Easy and Quick Way to Mark the Back

If you ever made a pair of yoga pants, or other type of pull-on pants or skirt whose front and back are not easy to distinguish from each other, here’s a simple trick to keep your sanity. Run a very short length of zigzag stitching in a brightly contrasting color along the waistband facing or waistband seam at the center back. Ta daaa! Easy peasy and no bulk.

Just a few millimeters in a contrasting thread will do the trick

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Pattern Review: Christine Jonson Travel Trio 1 Jacket

Wow! I didn’t think my last post would generate as much commentary as it did, but that’s great! It seems like blogging, as is the case with every technology, is evolving. We’ll see what the future holds. Feel free to keep the discussion going over there. And in the meantime…

It’s been 90+ degF every day this week, so of course I decided I need to sew myself a fall jacket. I bought this pattern from Christine Jonson a couple of weeks back, after eyeing it for the last several years. I’m also trying to sew down some of my stash (I know, right?) so I pulled out some fabric that has been staring at me for the last 2 years, and here we go!

Yep, I look JUST like that!

Pattern Description: From Christine Jonson’s website, Drape Front Jacket: Asymmetrical, semi-fitted jacket with slight bell sleeves. Jacket ties at the left side, forming soft folds. Multi-sized XS-XL.

Sizing: XS-XL. I made a Small. I think I could go down to halfway between a XS and a S with no ill effects. The shoulders run a bit wide on me, and I don’t have narrow shoulders.

Available as a PDF? No

Fabric Used: Heavy Doubleknit in black from Gorgeous Fabrics. It’s long since sold out, sorry, but you can find Similar Here.

Machines and Tools Used: Pfaff 2130 sewing machine, Juki MO654DE serger, Naomi the Naomoto, shoulder stand, tailor’s ham, sleeve board, silk organza press cloth.

Needle/Notions Used: Stretch 75/11 needles, scraps of interfacing, thread. That’s all

Tips Used during Construction: Anything by The Pressinatrix, Tips and Tricks for Sewing with Knits

Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes. I think the asymmetry is more pronounced than on the drawing, but it’s not too far off.

How were the instructions? For the most part, very good. There’s one nit that annoyed me a bit. The first thing the instructions have you do is “Serge the horizontal dart in Right Front 11, barely shaving off the raw edge with the serger knife.”

I would prefer it if they just said “stitch or serge the dart using a ¼ inch seam.” It’s the same thing, and it is more precise. And they tell you to use ¼ inch seams for the mitred corners, so it would be more consistent. Other than that, they were fine.

Construction Notes: I stabilized the shoulders with scraps of fusible interfacing. As the instructions suggested, I finished all the raw edges with a 3-thread serger stitch before turning and hemming:

I think that looks pretty, don’t you? ;)

The fabric that I used is a really beautiful double knit. It’s heavier than many, and it’s probably right on the edge for this pattern, because of the tie front. The bell sleeve, IMO, is more pronounced than the description and the picture lead one to believe.

Likes/Dislikes: This is a very well drafted pattern. It went together quickly and it gives great results.

Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? Yes and yes! I think I’ll make this next in a drapey doubleknit.

Conclusion: Good bones, easy to sew, good instructions, what’s not to love? Here it is on Shelley. Once the weather cools off I’ll get a picture on me.

Like I say, the drape/asymmetry seems more pronounced than the illustration

It is a good looking jacket

Happy sewing!

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Is Blogging Dead?

Over the last week I’ve seen several comments from sewing acquaintances that blogging is dead or dying. It seems to be a drumbeat that started earlier this year and has gained traction over time, but is it true? Certainly many of the blogs that I follow have slowed down in publishing, and several of my favorite bloggers have stopped completely. Traffic to this blog has slowed, but I attribute that as much to the fact that I haven’t been publishing much lately as to any general trend. But there seems to be a small but growing consensus that blogging is dying a slow death, and that it’s being replaced by other, newer technologies, or that it’s being folded into content on commercial sites. The New York Times, Huffington Post and other media outlets have incorporated blogs into their mainstream sites, as quasi-op-ed.

I’ve started using Instagram, and I post regularly over on the Gorgeous Fabrics Facebook page with links to all sorts of stuff. Those are both good for “quick hits”, but you can’t put in-depth content like reviews, tutorials and such on those platforms. I’m not interested in setting up any kind of paywall; that runs counter to my business and personal DNA. I like sharing my knowledge about sewing. I don’t need to make money off it. I earn my living by selling fabrics. Teaching what to do with fabrics (whether purchased from me or elsewhere) is something that I do for the joy of it.

I don’t participate in collaborative blogs. I was one of the original Sewing Divas, but we all got too busy to continue that blog. I used to be a contributing editor to the SewStylish blog, and while it was fun at first, dealing with pressures and deadlines sucked all the joy out of sewing for me after several months. I don’t participate in forums because that could be viewed as self-serving and cynical. I may be both, but I don’t need to broadcast that on someone else’s site 😉

So where does that leave things? Well, here. Clearly if you’re reading this, you read blogs, so I’m not sure if you’re the right demographic to ask if blogs are truly dead. But are there any alternatives to blogging that you think are appropriate for disseminating information? Instagram? Tumblr? Pinterest? Others that I’m missing? What do you all think?

ETA later in the day August 18th: For anyone who thinks I’m contemplating shutting this blog down, I’m not, and I’m sorry if I gave that impression. I’m musing on the current and future states of the blogosphere, not anything more than that. I promise this blog will stay put for the distant future. Thanks and keep commenting – I really want to know your thoughts about the current state (and your thoughts on future possible technologies).

And since I can’t resist… See you Thursday.

 

Happy sewing!

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Pattern Review: StyleArc Karen Walk Shorts

Boy, it’s been a while! I hope you’re all having a great summer. I haven’t been sewing too much for the last several weeks, but I’ve been incredibly busy. I finally was able to get back into the sewing room this week to make another pair of shorts. We’ve got a mid-August heat wave going here in the Boston area and suddenly shorts are in short supply. I reviewed this pattern a few years back, but since then I’ve worn the first pair to death, and I did things differently this time, so here’s a fresh review.

Pattern Description: From StyleArc’s website: Stylish, comfortable walk short with side angled pocket, belts loops and optional jetted back pockets.

Sizing: 6-30. I made a 10

Available as a PDF? No

Fabric Used: Rayon stretch “denim” from Gorgeous Fabrics. It’s sold out, sorry, but you can see Other Denims Here. I used leftover silk from my Burda/Chanel blouse for pocket linings and waistband facings.

Machines and Tools Used: Pfaff 2130 for the construction, Juki MO654DE for finishing, Naomi the Naomoto, tailor’s ham, sleeve board.

Needle/Notions Used: Stretch 70/10 needle, 7 inch zipper from my stash, Pro Weft Interfacing, scraps of silk organza for the welts and front pocket edges, two skirt hooks/eyes, Japanese basting thread and Japanese hand-sewing needle(thanks, Rosie!)

Tips Used during Construction: Pretty much anything by The Pressinatrix, Template for Fly Stitching, J, or L? Appliqué Foot for Precision Sewing, Tutorial on Welt Pockets.

Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? More or less. See changes I made below.

How were the instructions? StyleArc standard. If you know what you are doing, they are fine. If you’re new to sewing, or unsure of yourself, I recommend keeping a good sewing reference handy. I used my favorite welt method instead of theirs.

Construction Notes: I shortened the legs by two inches before cutting. These are going to be casual shorts for the remainder of summer, and I like my length slightly below mid-thigh. I used silk organza selvages to stabilize the angled edge of the front pockets. I used silk rather than self-fabric for the facings to reduce bulk, and I under-stitched the waistband toward the facings to give it a better turn of the cloth. To attach the bottom of the waistband facing, I turned up a scant seam allowance, pressed it, then stitched in the ditch of the waistband seam on the right side to affix it.

I like it when the inside looks pretty, don’t you?


Here’s the welt still basted closed. I love that Japanese cotton thread.


And only I will know that my lining is Chanel fabric! :)


Instead of cutting the back waistline as one continuous piece, I added a center back seam. After sewing the seams, but before applying the waistband, I tried the shorts on for fit, and discovered that I needed to remove about 2 inches from the waist. I made that adjustment at the CB. If I do this again I may go down to a size 8 and go from there. At some point I’m going to take a class with Kenneth King on pants fitting to get a really well-fitting pattern. But in the meantime, these aren’t too bad, and I don’t get too wrapped around the axle about summer shorts.

I finished all raw edges with my serger. I used 6 belt carriers instead of the 5 StyleArc shows on the pattern. I prefer it that way, you might like the 5-loop layout. That’s the beauty of making it yourself :). I hemmed the legs by hand using waxed thread.

Likes/Dislikes: Very good pattern, excellently drafted and comfortable to wear (I’m wearing them right now). At some point I’ll get a picture of me in them, but it’s too darned hot right now.

Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? Yes and yes. You can put the welt pockets in or leave them out, as you prefer. I like the clean lines, and they look good in both the short length modification and the original knee-length.

Conclusion: A great pattern that is a solid summer basic. Here are front and back shots on Shelley:

Happy sewing!

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Pattern Review: Liesl & Co. Maritime Top


Pattern Description: From Liesl & Co.’s website, “This simple pull-on top is designed for knit fabrics with a little or a lot of stretch. View A features three-quarter-length sleeves while View B has short sleeves. Both styles include a bateau neck with topstitching detail and simple side vents, as well as a flattering fit.”

I made the ¾ length sleeve version. I will add that this pattern has a dropped shoulder, not obvious from the technical drawing, but clear if you look at the photograph, and obvious once you make it.

Sizing: 0-20. Based on my measurements I made a 10, straight out of the envelope.

Available as a PDF? Yes

Fabric Used: (Sold out, sorry) Striped reversible jersey in blue and white from Gorgeous Fabrics (of course). That’s sold out, but there are lots of alternatives Here.

Machines and Tools Used: Pfaff home machine, Juki home serger, Naomi the Naomoto, ironing board, shoulder stand, sleeve board.

Needle/Notions Used: Stretch 75/11 needle, scraps of fusible interfacing to stabilize the shoulders, thread. That’s it.

Tips Used during Construction: Pretty much anything by The Pressinatrix. Tips and Tricks for Sewing with Knits.

Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? It looked like the photo. A little less like the line drawing, which seems to show set in shoulders.

How were the instructions? They seemed good. I didn’t use them except to check the seam allowance and hem depths.

Construction Notes: I have only seen one review of this pattern anywhere online, and the lady who reviewed it noted that she didn’t like the facings and wished she had used bindings instead. Taking that to heart, I made a very simple binding for the neckline, using the reverse of the fabric.
Liesl Maritime Band Front

Liesl Maritime Band Back
If I do it again I’ll draft a band that hugs in a bit better at the shoulders. But this isn’t terrible.

I serged all the seams, and I finished the hems with a double needle.

The stripes on the side seams do match at the notch point. And here you can see the reverse of the fabric. Love it!

The stripes on the side seams do match at the notch point. And here you can see the reverse of the fabric. Love it!

Likes/Dislikes: Based on the measurements – both flat pattern and finished garment, I decided not to do a FBA/dart (the instructions are included in the pattern, thank you Liesl!) just to see how it looked. In retrospect I wish I had done the FBA/dart, and I would do it in the future. I like the fact that this version of a Breton top is bra-friendly. I’m not as wild about the fit. I don’t care for the dropped shoulder, and even with a dart it seems to have more ease than I like in a top like this. But if you like a looser-fitting top and you like a shoulder line that is dropped, then this is a very good choice and an easy garment to sew in just a couple of hours.

Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? Hmmmmm. I doubt I’ll make it again. It’s a decent top. And like I say, it suits a certain style. Don’t get me wrong – it has good bones and it’s good for a lot of folks, but I like the shape of the New Look pattern I made better. Here are pictures on Shelley:

Front

Front

Back

Back

Conclusion: A nice basic, loosely fitted top.
Happy sewing!

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StyleArc Jacinta Maxi Dress Take 3 – Silk Jersey Version

Can you say “louche”? That’s what this dress becomes when you make it from silk jersey. Ooooooooooo, mmmmmmm…

I’ve already reviewed This Pattern Twice, so I won’t do it again. This went together very quickly, and this silk jersey (long since sold out at Gorgeous Fabrics, though I have Silk Jerseys and Silk Jersey Blends Here) was a joy to sew. I serged all the seams, and I edge stitched along the neckline and armholes.

White Silk Jersey Neckline Detail

I have never been really satisfied with the results I get attaching neckline bands this way. I need to practice more, I guess. And I think they work better with a slightly steeper angle on the V-neck. But this looks fine. It hugs my upper chest better than it hugs Shelley. I fill it out more than she does.

The only other thing to note is that I used a very narrow hem at the bottom. I shorten the length by 4 inches to keep it from dragging on the ground.

White Silk Jersey Front

White Silk Jersey Back

I really love this fabric and this pattern, but I will probably wear this more as loungewear or hostess wear. My lifestyle doesn’t really suit wearing white very often, you see…

Hoover

Yeah, white silk jersey and black dogs – not an optimal pairing. But I do love this fabric, and I love this pattern… and I love Hoover! I’ll get good use from this dress. And it’s nice and cool in the heat we’ve had recently.

Happy sewing!

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Introducing Gorgeous Points Loyalty Program at Gorgeous Fabrics!

A note before I get started – I’m writing an article for a magazine right now, so my sewing output is limited. I’ll get back to it soon and I’ll post like a fiend when I do. In the meantime, here’s a Gorgeous Fabrics-related FABULOSITY for you!

Here at Gorgeous Fabrics, we are always working to give you a more fun, more fabulous, and more rewarding fabric shopping experience. Well today we are thrilled to announce the latest addition to the Gorgeous Fabrics Universe:

Gorgeous Points!
For every dollar you spend* at Gorgeous Fabrics, you earn a point towards discounts on future purchases. So if you spend $20, you earn 20 Gorgeous Points, $30 = 30 points, etc. It’s so easy. Here’s how it works:

Each fabric tells you how many points you get per yard or per piece.
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When you check out, you see how many points your purchase will earn.
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You can use your points on your next order, or save them for bigger discounts later.

3 Aggregating Points

When you redeem your points, you have the choice to use some of them or all. It’s totally flexible, and completely up to you!

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Create a Gorgeous Fabrics Account and Start Earning Points!
If you have a Gorgeous Fabrics account you can start earning points immediately. In order to earn and redeem points, you must have an account set up with us. We can’t keep track of points otherwise; they’ll just go off into the ether. Accounts are easy to set up. And we never share your information with ANYONE. Ever.

And… you can check on your point balance at any time by clicking the “My Account” link.

So come on! What are you waiting for?

Let’s Go Shopping and Start Earning Points!

There is Some Fine Print, but Not Too Much
So let’s see, a few things you should know: Points accrue for fabric yardage purchases only. They do not accrue for purchases of swatches, gift certificates, muslin or notions, nor can they be redeemed for any of those items. Points cannot be applied to prior purchases, and they cannot be applied to shipping charges. Point values may change at any time without notice, though that won’t affect points you have already accrued. Points are not transferable. You MUST have an account with us to accrue and redeem points. If you check out as a guest you will not receive points for your purchase. If you cancel an order or if we refund any or all of your order, the appropriate number of points earned will be deducted from your account automatically. These conditions are subject to change at any time without notice.

Man, that was windy, but the short form is that you can earn points on thousands of fabrics!

Thank you all for your business. I’ll be back as soon as I’m done writing!

Ann

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A Special Coupon for a Very Special Reason

Ever notice that the pink ribbon bears a more than passing  resemblance to fingers crossed?

I don’t post about business too often here – well, directly anyway – and I almost never talk about personal issues in my business emails and communications, but today I am happy to make an exception.

Many of you know that I was diagnosed with breast cancer in December, 2009. I blogged about my experiences while I was going through treatment, and you can see those posts if you go back to late 2009 and 2010. Since completing surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, I have been taking an adjuvent chemotherapy, Anastrozole, every day to keep the little bugger from (hopefully ever) coming back. Well, this morning I took my last pill of a 5-year course of medication and I. Am. DONE!!!!!

I’m so thrilled to have made it this far, I want to celebrate and share my happiness with all of you. To that end, today only we’ve added a bonus coupon to the sale at Gorgeous Fabrics. For orders over $100, just enter the code BONUS10 at checkout and we’ll take an extra 10% off your order, and thats on top of the July 4th Sale prices!

The coupon doesn’t apply to clearance items, muslin, notions, swatches or gift certificates, but they contribute to the minimum to trigger the coupon, so come on in, celebrate with me, and have fun!

I want to thank all of my customers and my blog readers for your support and patronage. You all mean more to me than you can possibly know. This is a wonderful business, you all are wonderful people and I am so happy to be here with you. Here’s to many more years of blogging, fabrics and sewing!

Oh enough of me being sentimental…

Let’s Go Shopping!

And BTW, if you are a woman over 40, PLEASE get your annual mammogram. They save lives (voice of experience here). Happy sewing, and continued good health to all of us.
Hugs,
Ann

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