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Feature Fridays - ClassifiedsBy AlexisW on Today at 2:49 PM

Do you have unused fabric or patterns gathering dust? Why not give it a new home and sell it on the Classifieds! Here, you can post an ad for any sewing-related items you’d like to sell or buy, all within the PatternReview community. While you do need to be a Friends of PR member to post a Classified, all members have the ability to purchase an item.

So how do you post a Classified? First, select the Add a Classified link. Next, fill out the provided form about your item for sale. You will be asked to select a category, price, and description of your product. Once you’ve completed the Classified, press the Submit Classified & Add Photos button to include pictures with your ad.

After your Classified has been posted, you can edit or delete it by clicking the Show My Classifieds button. Under your Classified title listing, you will see a link that says, Edit/Delete this Listing. All Classifieds will automatically expire after 45 days. If you wish to re-list an unsold item, you will need to create a new Classified for it. This keeps the For Sale page fresh and clutter-free of items that have already been sold.

You can search the Classifieds by entering a phrase in the search box in the upper-right corner. The Classified search tool will give you a list of items for sale by the item name and description.

Press the Contact Seller button on the bottom of the page if you would like to purchase the item. You can ask the seller any questions you have in the Add a Comment box below.

If you’re seeking out-of-print patterns or any other sewing goodies, you can also post a Wanted ad in the Classifieds. If you see an ad for a Wanted item that you own and are willing to sell, select the Contact Buyer button to notify the member that you’re interested.

Get a head start on your spring cleaning with the Classifieds feature today!

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Vote in the Travel Wardrobe ContestBy AlexisW on 3/5/15 12:52 PM

Dreaming of the beach? For the Travel Wardrobe Contest, participants were asked to create a coordinated wardrobe for a future travel destination. Make packing quick and easy with several matching outfits handy!


Special qualifications to consider while voting...

Contestants should have sewn four items of clothing to combine with two other clothing pieces, for a total of six items to mix and match. Participants created four individual reviews and one overall wardrobe review to be submitted into this contest. The overall review should have at least five possible outfit combinations.

Participants also answered specific questions about their travel wardrobes, detailing their vacation destination, its travel functionality, and number of styling combinations.

Please note that for this contest, the first place winner will be chosen by the Contest Committee and the second place winner will be selected by member votes.


Voting for the Travel Wardrobe Contest closes Wednesday, March 11th. Vote today!

Vote Here

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New Spring Collections with Elliott Berman TextilesBy AlexisW on 3/4/15 1:39 PM

Spring is finally on its way, and Simplicity Patterns has released their new Spring 2015 Catalogs for New Look, Burda Style, and Simplicity. With so many new patterns, which fabrics to do you choose? Here to help is Elliott Berman Textiles with some creative fabric suggestions.

Burda Style 6760 Dresses

Difficulty: Easy

Sizes: 10-22

Description: This cut is a true all-rounder: from the classic, buttoned shirt-blouse dress through the summer jacket with short sleeves and mandarin collar to the trendy short jacket, all made of striking materials.

Fabrics: Cotton fabrics, linen, piqué, satin, or jacquard.

Elliott Berman suggests:

Images clockwise: Floral Print BrocadeFloral Gucci Look Cotton PiqueRetro Graffiti Print CottonFloral Print Linen.


Simplicity 1167 Misses Sportswear

Designer: Mimi G. Style Collection

Sizes: 6-24

Description: Mimi G. sportswear pattern for miss includes great jacket, slim pants or shorts with fly front and carriers in stretch wovens, and knit tank top.

Fabrics: Top: stretch knits, jersey. Bottom: stretch wovens. Jacket: samask, denim, lightweight garbardine, linen types, pique, poplin, sateen, ponte.

Elliott Berman suggests:

Jacket/Pants: Viscose Ponte Knit (Solid Color) and Textured Cotton/Poly Knit.

Top: Woven Viscose Challis or Printed Digital Poly Knit.



Simplicity 1168 Misses Dresses and Coat or Jacket

Designer: American Sewing Guild

Sizes: 6-24

Description: Get this great dress in two lengths with option of short sleeve or sleeveless, along with the lined collarless coat or jacket with patch pockets.

Fabrics: Brocade, crepe, lightweight denim, linen types, pique, poplin, sateen, satin, double knit, ponte.

Elliott Berman suggests:


Images clockwise: Neon Coral Ditsy Floral Cotton Brocade, Floral Jacquard (Fluorescent Green Asparagus), Satin Finish Viscose from Milly, Asparagus Tropical Wool Suiting.


New Look 6346 Misses Easy Skirts in Three Lengths

Difficulty: Easy

Sizes: 8-20

Description: This easy, flared full skirt pattern for miss includes midi length or mini skirt with button front closure, and knee length or mini length skirt with back zipper.

Fabrics: Brocade, chambray, chintz, corduroy, cotton types, crepe, jacquards, lightweight denim, linen types, madras, pique, sateen, twill, tool types, ponte.

Elliott Berman suggests:

Images clockwise: Digital Print Cotton Pique Stretch, Cotton/Silk Reversible, Textured Cotton Poly, Cotton Chambray Denim Look.


For even more fabric ideas, visit Elliott Berman Textiles!

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Member in Focus: Kay YBy AlexisW on 3/3/15 1:51 PM

Member Since: 2004

PR Name: Kay Y

Name: Kay Young



How did you learn to sew?

“I'm still learning! I got some basics from home ec in grades 7 and 8, more from a friend's mother who made beautiful clothes for herself, and recall at least one summer class before high school. I was lucky enough to attend a high school that offered some real specialty classes, including one in tailoring. I took a night course once that taught me the basics of flat pattern drafting and fitting, but I've learned so much more from one good friend who was trained as a tailor and now from the Internet.”

What are you sewing right now?

“I'm working on getting the pattern for the jacket just right. It's my first time using a Lekala pattern.”

What aspect of sewing do you find most challenging?

“Getting to it! I have no shortage of ideas and materials but time is at a premium.”

Which sewing book do you refer to most often?

“I have quite a few, but for my money the most useful sewing books is a set published as the Singer Sewing Reference Library. They cover so many topics and the techniques and topics are profusely illustrated with really clear photographs.”

What are your sewing goals for this year?

“I don't try to set yearly goals. Right now, I'm focusing on sewing some work outfits as a sort of capsule - a jacket, skirt and dress are on the agenda.”

What’s your favorite pattern?

“This is an impossible question! Based only on the number of times I have turned to a pattern, I guess it's Vogue 2683, a long OOP DKNY pattern from 2002 for a bias top and skirt.”

What you love most about PatternReview?

“What I love most is the ability to search for a pattern I'm thinking of using and see how it has turned out when made by real people.”

Any other favorite hobbies?

“Oh yes, which is one of the reasons I have trouble finding time to sew! I knit - both by hand and machine. In the winter, I curl a lot, and sometimes cross country ski. I swim regularly and work out with a trainer. There's also reading and surfing the net to take up time that could otherwise be used for sewing...”

Tell us a little more about you – profession, where you live, etc.

“I live in Ottawa, Ontario. I'm a lawyer and I work for the Government of Canada.”


Great to learn more about you, Kay Y! Thanks for sharing with us.

Kay Y has over 175 pattern reviews on PR - wow! Browse her gallery page to see all of her reviews.

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sunnysewer said... (3/5/15 11:39 AM) Reply
great to read about you, and you always seem to make patterns I am interested in - so thank you! considering your other obligations your output is amazing.
annie11 said... (3/4/15 9:43 AM) Reply
I always look forward to seeing what you make, Kay!
jenniejo said... (3/4/15 8:57 AM) Reply
You are good! Your sense of style, fashion as well as design of your environment knocks my socks off.
dianelwilson said... (3/3/15 8:37 PM) Reply
You have such a good eye for matching fabric to pattern. It really looks like you enjoy what you sew! Thanks for sharing!
Kemish said... (3/3/15 6:51 PM) Reply
I have always enjoyed seeing what you have sewn. You have such a variety of garments (I remember you sewing a swimsuit). You definitely are 'post doctorate' when it comes to, if there was just a few more hours in the day . . . .
Ashford said... (3/3/15 3:49 PM) Reply
Amazing in your time management skills, fabric shopping skills, as well as sewing skills. I like how each outfit has a unique design detail. You have encouraged me to take a leap into Burda and Vogue patterns. You have selected the perfect fabric for each garment. Your personality glows in your photos and words. Thank you for sharing a part of your life.
reneeb4930 said... (3/3/15 2:33 PM) Reply
So you think youre still Learning, for me you are past post doctorate.

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