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Thank-you so much to all the Enthusiastic Sewists who made suggestions as to what they’d LOVE to see in a One Thimble Index! The Index is now live and I hope that it makes it an absolute cinch for you to utilise your One Thimble back issues!
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Index for One Thimble Issue 1-5
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You can use this free download to find which Issue of One Thimble, articles and patterns you might be searching for, have appeared in! Then use the included Contents pages to pinpoint the exact page you’ll find them on in that issue.
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- Recommended fabrics.
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Here’s a quick little “How to”guide for tying a sash to help solve this dilemma. You might have a little deja vu over these pics as they first appeared in Issue 1 of One Thimble, but with party season upon us the time feels right to revisit this tute.
Wishing you sash-tactular bows this holiday season!
Organising the Collaborate for a Cause Charity Auction is one of my “other projects”. Collaborate for a Cause happens just once a year and takes over for a little while, but for the rest of the year I channel my passion for handmade into One Thimble!
I am so blessed to have so many fantastic handmade businesses getting involved each year and helping Collaborate for a Cause to grow to exceed my wildest dreams. Without so many businesses embracing this idea and working so hard to rise to the yearly challenge to
collaborate, create and donate
and for the wonderful admin team who work tirelessly behind the scenes there would be no Collaborate for a Cause.
I would love your help spreading the word about the Collaborate for a Cause Charity Auction and for you to show your support to the participating businesses. Even if you’re not able to bid, take a look through the auction album and be inspired!
A Selection of the Items included in this years auction.
To see the full album, find out more about the businesses and collaborations involved and to place your bids please visit here http://goo.gl/oKam7n
Background to Collaborate for a Cause – Reprinted from One Thimble Issue 3:
“If you haven’t already figured it out, one thing you need to know about me is that I’m passionate about sewing and handmade business. “Finding” handmade has been a lifechangingly positive experience for me and I want others to have the same sense of joy that I have found doing what I love. Too often it’s easy to get pushed off track by competitiveness and negativity. Collaborate for a Cause (C4AC) aims to combat that. I believe that by working together handmade businesses can strengthen & grow their own businesses as well as the handmade community as a whole. By getting to know your “competitors” as “peers” and “colleagues” you can redirect your energies to reaching new customers, developing new product lines and get rid of the anxiety that comes from always being on guard against others in the handmade community.
Many people working in their own handmade business, work from home, often with small children
and it can be a very isolating experience which can give birth to misunderstandings. If you don’t have someone who understands the business you’re in, to talk over worries and concerns, it can be easy for misunderstandings to fester. By making friends with others in the same boat you can gain a cheer squad to bounce ideas and concerns off and you can do the same for them.
Collaborate for a Cause was born out of these ideas of helping people in the handmade community network while raising funds for charities they’re passionate about. It is an annual Facebook based charity auction, which gives people the opportunity to network and make friends with people in the same industry. Working with someone on a joint goal is a wonderful way to get to know them and hopefully forge partnerships and friendships beyond C4AC. Handmade businesses partner with each other to create unique, handmade pieces that are auctioned to raise funds for charity.
The aim of ‘Collaborate for a Cause’ is to promote friendship, understanding and fun throughout the
Facebook handmade community, while raising important funds for charities.
What sets it apart from other charity auctions is that it lets donors select their own charity recipient and that each donated item is a collaborative effort between two or more handmade businesses. Since 2011 the Collaborate for a Cause charity auctions have raised over $100, 000, but perhaps even more importantly it has given birth to lots of networking opportunities and friendships.”
Consistency with sizing is really important for your handmade brand. You want customers to be confident when they buy from you, that the size they’re purchasing will fit. Including finished garment measurements in your listings is one way to help customers out, but trying to ensure consistency across your range is also important. This can be difficult to do when the patterns you’re using are made by different brands working off different measurement charts, BUT just because you make a size 2 from a particular pattern doesn’t mean you have to sell it as a size 2.
I still remember how sick I felt the first time I received an email from a customer telling me a dress I had sold her was way too big. It hadn’t occurred to me before then, that re-interpreting the fabric and styling of a pattern would change the fit people would be expecting. I had been making a dress, that was intended by the pattern designer to be layered and made from winterish fabrics, from light cottons and styling it as a summer dress instead. After that I realized I couldn’t always label items with the size the pattern had on it and I started comparing finished garment measurements to “my standard” and labeling accordingly. The trick can come about if a popular pattern you’re selling items made from, has different sizing to your standard. In this situation I’d consider putting both sizings in your listings, if you have customers who might be more familiar with the pattern sizing, than your sizing.
Unfortunately, there is no one standard measurement table that all designers follow, however within a particular brand the sizing should be consistent. You might be a size 8 in one shop and a size 12 in another shop, but you would hope you’d be the same size within the one shop. This is not always the case however, as another important factor that can effect sizing is fit and ease. I have some tops that are labelled as size small from a shop where I’m generally a size large and at first I was mystified as to how they could ever be considered small and assumed it was a labeling error until I realised that the designer and brand and current fashion trends intended them to be loose fit, whereas I prefer to wear them as tighter fitting tops.
In simple terms ease is how much roomier the outfit is than the body that goes into it – it is influenced by comfort and style. So you would expect a caftan would have more “ease” than a cocktail gown. If you tried on a caftan which was as tight as a cocktail gown you’d probably go up a size or three! Certain outfits require more ease so that you’re able to comfortably wear them. Outfits with sleeves, certain openings, for wear by people of different ages or gender or made from different fabrics or many other circumstances will require different amounts of ease or fullness. Sometimes ease can also be influenced by personal preference and fashion trends. You might like to wear your dresses looser and more flowy than someone else (or the current fashion) and so you might choose a different size to wear than another person with the same body measurements as you. A good way to gauge the ease a pattern designer has included in a pattern is to compare finished outfit measurements to the body measurements of a size or to look at a PR picture for that item. If you look at pictures I use for PR for the Bow Peep dress you will see that it’s a fitted dress on slim/average sized girls, if you’re wanting it to be a looser fitting dress you would be advised to make a bigger size for models of the same size.
One Thimble does not have staff designers, so one of the early decisions I made was to encourage contributing designers to stick to the same layout and sizing that they usually use, when submitting patterns to One Thimble. The only thing I ask them to change is to condense their tutorials to fit the e-zine layout. The reasoning behind this decision was I want readers to be able to “try out” designers when they buy One Thimble. If you discover a new favourite designer through One Thimble you can then “follow” them back to their store to find more of their work without worrying that their other work might be very different to what they’ve contributed to One Thimble. I see this as one of the strengths of One Thimble, that in each issue you’ll discover the work of different designers and get to experience what their brands are about.
Here are a few examples from issue 3 where you might choose to adjust sizing for brand consistency. With the Stardust pattern, Laura from Ellie Inspired, provides two versions of the pattern. The slim fit version is closer to the sizing I generally use for my party dresses and the regular fit version is her standard sizing. If you generally use similar sizing to my Ainslee Fox patterns you’d probably follow the slim fit sizing, if you find there’s not enough ease for your brand and styling in my usual party dresses, you’d probably choose to follow Laura’s regular fit sizing. For the BT Tunic I designed it to be a looser fitting style tunic and added more ease to it than I have in my party dresses, but if you’re looking for a slimmer fit tunic or choosing to style it without a skivvy underneath, you might decide to mix a smaller bodice with the usual body panels or change the sizing completely so my size 3 will become your size 4 etc.
The key is to make the patterns work for your brand even if that means changing the sizing to be consistent across your brand. One Thimble aims to give you a “library”of patterns to use and adapt for your handmade business. Don’t feel constrained by our styling, sizing or fit – One Thimble is here to help your sewing soar no matter what stage you’re at!
You might also be interested in this earlier blog on blending sizes