Friday, November 29, 2019

The Hailey Hoodie V Neck Hack free step by step tutorial, How to sew a v neck sweatshirt or top,

Hailey Hoodie Sewing Pattern V-Neck Pattern Hack 

Learn How to Sew a V Neckband on the 

Pattern Hack by Stephanie Tharp *Her affiliate link is here

1. Cut your hoodie back bodice, then cut a 3 inch (or deeper) V on the front paper pattern piece. Cut your new front bodice.
2. Cut your sleeves and cuffs. Attach the sleeves to the front and back bodice. Sew bodice right sides together.

3. Using a basting stitch, stay stitch your V neckline, 2 inches up on the left from your v point and 2 inches up on the right from your v point. This reduces the chance of your v stretching out once the neckband is sewn.

4. Measure the neckline opening. I lay my measuring tape around it, take that number and multiply by .8 to get my neckline measurement. Here it is 21 inches x 0.8 = 16.8 so we can round up to 17. 

5. Cut a 5 inch tall by 17 inches wide neckband (you will use the width you got in the step above). You want the stretch going width wise, so the 17 inch side has the most stretch. **You can adjust the height here. If you want a FINISHED HEIGHT of 2 inches you want to cut a 5 inch tall neckband. 

6. Lay your neckband piece right sides together and find the center of the 2 inch side. Go over 1 inch onto your fabric and pin at this center mark. 

7. Sew from the top right corner to the pin, pivot and sew back down to the bottom right corner of your neckband. Cut out this sideways V shape. 

8. Fold the neckband down wrong sides together so you have a pretty V neckline on your neckband. Press with an iron. Baste the bottom left 3 inches and bottom right 3 inches of the v neckline using a 1/8 inch seam allowance to hold the neckband in place. 

9. Clip up to the V but not through it to give the V some ease. 

10. Match the neckband V to the hoodie V. Pin at the center along your basting stitch. This is to hold the V in place.

11. Turn the left side of the neckband and lay it flat onto the V neckline, keeping the center V's steady. Place a few pins going about 3 or 4 inches along the left neckline to get the V neck started. 

12. Sew using a 3/8 inch seam allowance. Pivot at the center V and continue with pinning and sewing the right side of the neckband to the right front neckline for about 3 or 4 inches. 

13. Flip neckband up and check out your center point. 

14. Pin the rest of the neckband evenly spaced throughout the rest of the neckline. Sew using a 3/8 inch seam allowance.

You did it!! Now you have a Bishop Sleeve V Neck Top that is even trendier!!

How to sew a women's hoodie, women's hoodie sewing pattern Seamingly Smitten, print at home hoodie sewing pattern

 Women's Hoodie Sewing Pattern
instant download, print at home, reprint anytime

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Come learn how to sew a women's hoodie! This women's hoodie sewing pattern pattern is great for a beginner and beyond! It will teach you how to sew bishop sleeves, how to sew cuffs, how to sew a knit neckband or how to add a hood and how to add a kangaroo pocket (optional)! Your sewing skills will sky rocket with all the tips and tricks I give you in this pattern - plus, timesaver, you can add a hemband instead of hemming! SO EASY!!

Grab your Hailey Hoodie Sewing Pattern HERE in the Pattern Shop!

Come over and check it out! The Hailey Hoodie Sewing Pattern for Women has arrived and I think you will LOVE sewing it and LOVE wearing it even more!

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Addie Top Sew Along Day 5, bishop sleeve sewing pattern for women Seamingly Smitten, how to sew bishop sleeves for women

Sew Along Day 5

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The #addiechallenge is here! Sew something for yourself before the holiday rush begins!
Don't forget to add a photo to instagram with hashtag #addiechallenge and #seaminglysmitten and/or add one to our facebook group HERE to be entered to win some fabulous prizes! 
Welcome to The Addie Top / Dress Sew Along! I'm so glad you are here!

This week we are having an Addie Top sewing along and here is our schedule! I tried to include a little sewing each day, so at the end of the week you have a brand new top!

Monday: DAY 1 CLICK HERE choose your fabric and assemble your pattern
Tuesday: DAY 2 CLICK HERE measure for your size, cut the paper pattern and cut your fabric
Wednesday: DAY 3 CLICK HERE assemble the bodice, iron on the interfacing, attach the facing
Thursday: DAY 4 CLICK HERE Today we attach the sleeves, gather and 
attach the ruffle and sew down the side seams
Friday: add cuffs and hem your top or dress then start sending in those photos!!

Starting Friday through next Wednesday, November 27th you can add a picture of you wearing your new Addie Top in our facebook group and be entered to win some cool prizes!!
1st Place: a $40 gift card to Sly Fox Fabrics and 3 free Seamingly Smitten sewing patterns
2nd Place: a $20 gift card to Seweird Fabrics and 3 free Seamingly Smitten sewing patterns
3rd Place: a $20 gift card to Milly Mae Fabrics and 3 free Seamingly Smitten sewing patterns

Let's get started!
1. Lay each cuff right sides together, pin at the 4 inch short end and sew using a 3/8 inch seam allowance. Press seam open with an iron. 
2. Fold the cuff in half so it is a shorter loop (2 inch tall loop) and press with an iron.
3. Run a basting stitch around the bishop sleeve's edge, leaving a 6 inch tail at the beginning and end. 
4. Gather each sleeve until it is the width of the cuff. 
5. Slide the cuff over the sleeve's edge, with raw edges touching and pin.
6. Sew using a 3/8 inch seam allowance.
(or check out the video HERE to watch how to gather it with clips)
7. Try it on, mark hem, press up hem with an iron, pin and sew your hem!
You're done!! 

I hope you loved sewing the Addie Top with us! We have the Hailey Hoodie bishop sleeve pattern that just hit the shop! Check it out here! You can take these skills you learned and use the bishop sleeve on any pattern you like! I think you will definitely like the fit of the Hailey! It's a slim fit hoodie, bishop sleeves, elongated cuffs, optional kangaroo pocket, optional hood or neckband. Plus, there will be a V-neck hack next week and inside pockets! Stay tuned!

Monday, November 25, 2019

5 Simple Steps to Increase Etsy Views

5 Simple Steps to Increase your Etsy Views

We have all been there and I have too! You created a product, took great photos, wrote a listing description, shared it on social media and waited for sales. And waited. And waited. Then you posted on social media again and waited. But sales never came, so you waited some more. You tweaked your descriptions, worked on SEO and then sat back and waited again. After a while you were so discouraged that you wanted to give up, but you knew you had a great product. 

Don't give up! Maximize your etsy views with these 5 simple steps. 
I use these constantly to grow and improve my etsy shop where I have over 27,000 sales and am in the TOP 1% of all Etsy sellers. I design and sell pdf sewing patterns for women and children that are instant download, reprintable anytime and easy enough to sew for beginners! I hope my experience can help you!

1. Create a community and share more of yourself and your items.

 People need to know you! Let them know where to find you! Pick 2 forms of social media and start there. Do you prefer instagram? Show up. Every single day. Post a new photo of a product, inspire others through your words or favorite quotes, share a picture of you making your item, show off your workspace, take them through your day on IG stories...let them see you being you! Show them that you are the expert on creating your product. Prefer facebook? Start a facebook group where you can share the same things. (My group is where I get to know my customers, ask them what they want next, show them sneak peeks, let them share what they make and more!) Let people know about your instagram and facebook groups in your etsy shop listings and shop announcements. You can post your etsy shop link to your instagram and facebook group and also add the same links in your product description. Sharing more of yourself and your items, will bring more views to your shop. Consistency is key.

2. Get your products out into the community. 

Find influencers and get your product in their hands. Who are your favorite people to follow? In my business since I sell sewing patterns, I connect with fabric store owners! I send followers their way, share about their sales, sponsor a prize when they are doing a giveaway and in return they sponsor a prize when I am running a sew along or contest! We serve each other! Find your people. Connect with them. Start commenting regularly on their instagram or blog posts. Be yourself. Once you have a relationship established find out what they charge for a sponsored post. Sometimes they will offer a review in exchange for a product. Just make sure their audience is the the same audience you are looking for as your customers. Don't just go after the big influencers with huge audiences. Vary it. Start small by finding micro influencers (smaller audiences under 1000) and offering them a product in exchange for a review. The more exposure you get, the more traffic your shop gets.

3. Create Communication - Build an Email List of Interested Customers

Once you build your community you need to stay in regular contact with them. The best way to do this is to create an email list of people that are interested in your product. The way to get them to sign up for your list is to create value for them. Do you sell jewelry? Offer them a free download that you create to show them 20 ways to wear the hottest new trend. Do you sell wooden signs for weddings? Show them 20 wooden sign inspiration photos and include a few of yours in there, too! Offer value with what you know. What makes you the expert? Share that knowledge with them. People want to know what you know. Offer them an opportunity to stay in contact with you and learn from you, then commit to showing up in their inbox once a week. Stay consistent and connected to them. It builds your reputation as an expert and they will want to hear from you again and again. 

4. Seek feedback from your customers/audience.

Ask your audience what they want from you. My customers give me the most engagement when I ask them what they are looking for in my next season's designs. I respond to each comment in our facebook group (if I can keep up!) and ask them more questions about it or tell them it's a great idea or let them know I am adding it to my inspiration list! This not only lets them know that I listen to my audience but I truly value what they have to say. Your audience has the answers. You just need to ask them. If you ask them what they want and create what they want, they will be shopping from you when you list it!

5. Listen to customer feedback/reviews and use them to improve.

There is so much value in customer feedback. Listen to it to improve your product or service that you are offering. Every single time. If multiple customers are saying the same things about your products that they are unhappy with or happy with, listen to them. You want to sell the best product or service that you can. Respond to their feedback and be thankful for it whether it is good or bad. Most people don't leave reviews, so when someone does, use that information to make your product even better or if it's positive feedback embrace it! Enjoy it and be glad that you can help give your customers exactly what they are looking for! Constantly improving your product will gather attention from past customers and likely make them repeat customers. If you offered them value and a memorable experience before they are most likely to return to your shop to check out future offerings! When you do improve a product, relaunch an item or create something new....let your customers know! Use your email list to spread the word and link it back to your shop to show them where they can find it. 

I hope these tips help you increase views to your etsy shop or ecommerce store. 
Jenny Hall
E-Commerce Business Coaching

over 27,000 etsy sales
Etsy shop since 2011