Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Fabric Covered Button Instructions and Tempates


A perfect embellishment to complete your garment. A professional looking fabric covered button is easier than you think. Here is my easy, fool-proof method and printable templates for 13 different sized buttons.

This is a great project to help you use up scraps. Covered buttons complete the look of your garment of make rockin' accessories to compliment it.

Check out the complete instructions with full color pictures and printable templates by clicking on the above picture, or HERE.

Sizes included: 18 (.44"), 20 (1/2", 13mm), 24 (5/8", 14 mm), 30 (3/4"), 36 (7/8", 22 mm), 40 (1", 25 mm), 45 (1 1/8", 29mm), 50 (1 1/4", 32 mm), 54 (1 3/8", 35 mm), 60 (1 1/2", 38 mm), 75 (1 7/8", 47.6 mm), 80 (2", 51 mm), 100 (2 1/2", 63.5 mm)

Monday, December 05, 2011

Patch Pocket Directions

Here are the optional patch pocket directions for the Essential Pants pdf sewing pattern ... complete photo step-by-step instructions are found HERE:

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Review PDF Sewing Patterns on Jocole

Write up your reviews on Jocole and earn rewards that can be used to purchase more pdf sewing patterns.
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Here what you need to do:
1. Create or Sign In to your account on Jocole.
2. Go to the pattern page of the sewing pattern you wish to review.
3. Click on "Write a Review" (below the sewing pattern description)
4. Click on your rating and write your review.
5. Click "Submit"
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Each review is worth $0.50 (subject to change) ... you'll receive an email with a Gift Certificate redemption code that is valid at Jocole.com (not our etsy shop)
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Reviews required approval from Jocole before they will be displayed.
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Submitted and approved reviews do NOT guarantee reimbursement.
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Note: You must have actually purchased and sewn the pattern before! Not eligible on patterns that you tested.

Friday, December 02, 2011

My Family

Over the Thanksgiving holiday we took a family picture and I wanted to share it with all of you!

I'm holding Emery (4 months), my husband is holding Coraline (18 months), Finley (3 years) and Aidan (4 1/2 years) are standing and hugging each other.

How was your holiday?

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Faux Pocket Tutorial

They look like real slash pockets, but they aren't usable. A perfect embellishment to complete your garment. Professional looking faux pockets are easier than you think. Here is my easy, fool-proof method for altering pants patterns for faux pockets.

Shown above using my Essential Pants pattern ... using the short length option, and also adding belt loops.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Triple Ruffle T-Shirt Dress + Damask Stencil

Have you seen the Triple Ruffle T-Shirt Dress? You can make it using our Classic Knit Tee ... or even a store bought shirt.

The best part? We've decided to offer the Damask Stencil here on our blog for FREE ... ENJOY! Click HERE.

Not sure how to use a stencil ... here is our tutorial using Freezer Paper.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Custom Freelance Pattern Drafting Services and Pricing


*prices are subject to change without prior notice.  please contact me for the most current pricing and a detailed quote.  please contact me via my Facebook page messaging system ... for custom pattern drafting services or for digitizing  and grading your drafted patterns.



I've had people ask me about pattern making services and pricing ... so I decided to write it all out. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Please contact me for quotes and more precise pricing. Current turn around is 2-4 weeks (depending on the complexity of the design and how many other custom orders are ahead of yours).
RUSH orders will have an extra fee.

Allow us to help you make you fashion design dreams a reality. Our patternmaking service is the perfect fit for your small company, or even just pattern and sewing enthusiasts.

You dream it ... We draft it !!

Patternmaking Services:
Flat Rate of $25 per design + $10 per pattern piece

Example: A classic t-shirt has 4 pieces (front, back, sleeve, neckband) = $25+$40(4x10)=$65

We can work from a sketch, or a picture of an existing item -- or an idea in your head and we can help sketch it out.

*just measurements are $5 per per pattern piece ... ONLY applies to pattern pieces that are rectangles

** I use ASTM standard measurements for drafting, if you need me to use your own measurements or your grade rules please let me know.

Grading Services:
Flat Rate of $5 per size per pattern piece
Example: You would like your 4 piece design in 2t, 3t, 4, 5, 6 = 5 sizes = 4x5x5 = $100

*just measurements are $2 per size per pattern piece ... ONLY applies to pattern pieces that are rectangles


Delivery Options (Digitized Services)
Formatting Fee -- $1.50 per pattern piece per size
adding sizes, logo, grainline and other text and information on pattern pieces
4 pieces x 5 sizes = 4 x 5 x 1.5 = $30

8.5 x 11 (or A4) pdf digitized pattern emailed to you:
Includes pattern page layout guide (how to tape together) in .png format
$5 per page

Digitized pdf pattern that you can print at a copy shop (A0 Large Format):
Contact me for more details and pricing.

Digitized .SVG format of your pattern:
Contact me for more details and pricing.

Exclusive Rights to Sell Pattern:
If you would like to see the pattern, and have it exclusive to you with YOUR logo and your business name there is an extra fee for this. Contact me for more details and pricing.


REQUIRED:
50% deposit is required before starting any project and the remaining 50% is due upon delivery.

Edits & Changes:
Sometimes patterns require edits and changes.  If modifications are requested after the pattern has been completed, this will be an additional service and a separate charge to you and we will agree on the added charge before iIproceed. *Most* edits and charges will be free of charge, it depends on the amount requested and how extensive the changes are.  If it requires a complete re-drafting and re-grading there *WILL* be a fee (especially if it's a design change).


MORE SERVICES ...


Sewing Instructions:

Professional step-by-step sewing instructions -- words ONLY, no pictures.
     Flat rate of $15 and $1.50 for each step 
     Example:  25 steps would be 25 x $1.50 ($37.50) + $15 = $52.50

Professional step-by-step sewing instructions -- WITH pictures. (+material/fabric costs)
     Flat rate of $30 and $4 for each step
     Example: 25 steps would be 25 x $4 ($100) + $30 = $130
          (+material/fabric costs)

Flat Sketches:
$15 per view.
 Example: the picture below would be $45
delivered with a .png file ONLY

Fashion Illustration:
$35 per view
delivered with a .png file ONLY


Technical Sewing Illustrations:
$10 per picture (per step)
     For a pattern with 25 steps, it would be 25 illustrations = $250
Example: picture below for a step showing to pin the collar piece to a bodice



Fabric Yardage Requirements:
Flat rate of $10

Spec Sheet:
Formatting Fee -- $1 per pattern piece per size
4 pieces x 5 sizes = 4 x 5 x 1 = $20
    Example: 5 sizes = $20

Printing Layout Guide:
$10

Cutting Layout Guide:

$7.50 per pattern piece ... $7.50 x 4 = $30
$30


Patternmaking Add-on:
Flat rate of $25 per design + $10 per pattern piece
Add a piece to an existing pattern (Example: add a sleeve variant or a collar). This can be to a pattern that we drafted, or from a different pattern designer.

Sample Making:
Variable pricing ... please contact us for a quote.


Testing
If you need testing services done, let me know and we can discuss pricing.



Reproduction
Do you have a dress that you LOVE and would like a pattern of the existing garment to make more? You mail us the item and we draft that pattern for you, and return the garment (unharmed!) to you.
$10 per item + $5 per pattern piece + shipping (you pay to ship the garment both ways)

Consulting:
Help with your pattern development and design $50/hr. Do you have a design in your head but can't quite sketch it out? I can help you come up with a design, or help you tweak yours.  Do you need help with learning how to digitize YOUR pattern, we can do a skype session.


We can also turn them into pdf sewing pattern that you can sell, exclusive licensing rights to you ... we'll include your logo and your information ... endless earning opportunities ... contact us for pricing.



I'm really excited about working with you on this!! ~ jodi jean


Digitizing YOUR pattern: 
http://jocole.blogspot.com/2012/02/digitize-your-pattern-into-pdf.html


For YOUR detailed quote, please fill out and submit THIS FORM for custom pattern drafting services and THIS FORM for digitizing  and grading your drafted patterns.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Pattern Testers Wanted!! - Simple Shrug - CLOSED !!

THIS TESTING IS NOW CLOSED!! THANKS EVERYBODY I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOUR PICTURES!!
I'm currently looking for people who are interesting in testing my "Simple Shrug" (#25002) sewing pattern before making it available for purchase. IMPORTANT: I *need* the reviews back by October 20th!!
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Description: A super cute simple shrug featuring a bound curved front. FOUR different sleeve options make this pattern versatile (short, petal, 3/4 and long).
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I need testers for the following sizes: Doll, 18m, 4t, 7, 8,10
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Already claimed: 6m, 12m, 2t, 3t, 5t, 612
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PLEASE read the PATTERN TESTING GUIDELINES!!!

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Have you seen?

Have you seen the Basic Knit Leggings? they are perfect for layering ... especially since we are coming into fall and winter. They have 2 length options capri (shown above) or full (which reach the ankle). Above they are paired with the Shoreline Knit Tank ... the pattern includes how to make ruffles along the neckline, but instead I opted to make it plain and add a dyed flower on the side (template included).

And stayed tuned ... that shrug pattern is in the works. It's going to have FOUR different sleeve options ... another versatile pattern. Is there anything better than versatile clothing that can be worn over and over and over?

Monday, September 26, 2011

Pattern Testers Wanted!! - Double Layer Ruffle Skirt - CLOSED !!

THIS TESTING IS NOW CLOSED!! THANKS EVERYBODY I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOUR PICTURES!!
I'm currently looking for people who are interesting in testing my "Double Layer Ruffle Skirt" (#22001) sewing pattern before making it available for purchase. IMPORTANT: I *need* the reviews back by October 3rd!!...Description: A super cute skirt featuring a double layer ruffle and a dropped waist. It's fun to mix and match prints and colors. 3 different length options make this pattern versatile. (above knee, at knee and below knee options)
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You will receive a cutting measurement guide (no printable pattern included to save you ink and paper) and 15 pages of instructions and , including 22 steps and 23 pictures to guide you along as you make it.
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I need testers for the following sizes: Doll, Nb, 3m, 6m, 18m, 4t, 14
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Already claimed: 12m, 2t, 3t, 5t, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12
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PLEASE read the PATTERN TESTING GUIDELINES!!!

Questions on Labeling

QUESTIONS ON LABELING:

Have you looked into labeling?! There are laws that mandate what you need to include on your tags

BASICS: http://www.ehow.com/list_6082830_laws-clothing-label-requirements.html

Fiber Content
Origin (Made in the USA or Made in the USA using imported materials)
Manufacturer/RN #
Care Instructions
Size
Look inside your clothing and start reading those labels to see examples of what needs to be included.
I also make sew in labels using these:

you can write on these with permanent markers … which would be perfect for the CSPIA requirements, meaning you can leave the production date blank and write it in as needed, etc.


You don’t need to use the care symbols … but in case you want to, here are 2 free fonts for you:
Threading Your Way Through the Labeling Requirements of the Textile and Wool Acts:
http://business.ftc.gov/documents/bus21-threading-your-way-through-labeling-requirements-under-textile-and-wool-acts ... which includes Fiber Content, Country of Origin, Manufacturers/RN, Label placement and attachment
Everything you ever wanted to know about RN numbers:
Try it … Search for “Jocole” https://rn.ftc.gov/pls/textilern/wrnquery$.startup
CSPIA , stands for the Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act, which is a law that was enacted in August 2008 … it applies to anything manufactured and intended for anyone 12 years of age and under.
Information required on the Tracking Labels:
Exempt materials from CSPIA:
Here is a flowchart to help you determine what testing is required for your products.
Lots of info regarding CSPIA: http://www.whatisthecpsia.com/

places to buy:





i personally use these on the inside of my garments:
printed using my kodak printer, which uses pigment inks (meaning WATER PROOF) ... then i just use a fine-tip sharpie and write the size inside .... if anyone wants my template for using these labels, please just ask. i don't mind emailing it to you

blogs about labels ...
(iron-on "tagless" labels)
(custom woven labels)

searches ...

Friday, September 23, 2011

Pattern Testers Wanted!! - Easy Cap Sleeve Tee - CLOSED !!

THIS TESTING IS NOW CLOSED!! THANKS EVERYBODY I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOUR PICTURES!!I'm currently looking for people who are interesting in testing my "Easy Cap Sleeve Tee" (#21005) sewing pattern before making it available for purchase. IMPORTANT: I *need* the reviews back by October 1st!!
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Description: A snug-fitting hip-length tee with extended cap sleeves. FOUR different neckline options -- so you can mix and match what pieces you want. Binding around the neckline and armholes. Can be worn reversed -- with the opposite neckline in the back. Perfect for everyday wear, excellent for layering, or under cardigans and jackets. Easily paired with jeans, or dress up with skirts -- and it can be embellished in many ways.
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You will receive 3 pages of patterns and 15 pages of instructions, including 26 steps and 26 pictures to guide you along as you make it.
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I need testers for the following sizes: 12m, 18m, 2t, 3t, 4t, 5t, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14
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Already claimed:
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PLEASE read the PATTERN TESTING GUIDELINES!!!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

busy busy busy ...

I'm busy orking on some new patterns ... a Easy Cap Sleeve Tee, in toddler and girl sizes (most likely 2-14) ... and a double layer ruffle skirt ... in NB-14 sizes.

You can get instructions on the bow on the shirt here ... I just cut a 2" wide strip of fabric, serged around the ends and used that as my "ribbon".

Monday, September 12, 2011

Little Girl Knee High Socks Tutorial

I adore putting my little girl in knee high socks, but I don't adore the high prices. Now you can make your daughter some cute knee highs from women's knee high socks.

1. Start with a pair of women's knee high socks.

2. Flip sock WRONG side out.

3. Use a glass and a rotary cutter to cut off the bottom of the sock right above the heel.

4. Stitch cut edges closed with a wide zigzag stitch (width:5, length 2-3), or use a serger.
5. Flip RIGHT side out and put on immediately and refuse to take them off.


Check out my other tutorial on making stretchy ruffles HERE, or making bows HERE ... perfect for adding to these socks.
Those bows above are made using 1 1/2" ribbon, and using the 4" template.

Collage below is some inspiration ... images pulled from google images.

Stretchy Ruffle Instructions

Quick and easy instructions for creating S-T-R-E-T-C-H-Y ruffles. TWO easy, fool-proof methods for sewing ruffles: using clear elastic or single baste ruffles.

This is how I add stretchy ruffles to tight fitted knit garments ... like the legs on leggings, arms on t-shirts or the tops of socks. You can use ribbon, knit or woven fabric strips or even lace. Add some buttons or bows and you can make them even more awesome.

Check out the complete step-by-step instructions with full color pictures by clicking the above picture, or HERE.

Check out my other tutorial on making little girl knee high socks HERE.

Bow Templates

I've created a download full of templates for making bows in TWELVE different sizes and 3 different types of bows. Check out the complete templates HERE.

BOW INSTRUCTIONS