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PDF Designer Services

When I started Connected by a Thread, it was because I had multiple designers tell me that I should not be working for free. I have been providing most of these services for free for over 3 years! Pattern Designer Services list

Having worked with multiple designers, I chose to develop this business by taking the stress off the designer for some of the tasks that keep them away from the designing side of their art.

Pattern Proofing- When you (or your trusted testers) are reading your pattern, it is easy to miss things as you know what it is suppose to say. I have a different way of reading the patterns that helps me to catch things you would normally miss.

Sew-a-Longs & Blog tours- Anyone that has been in the PDF world knows that these take up a lot of time! They take a lot of planning, then a lot of social media time to advertise/post each day and to answer questions of the daily steps. Let me take that stress away!

Pattern pictures/Pattern writing: For some designers, this is the hardest part. I can provide a simple set of directions that you can then tweak to fit your style. I can also take your pattern and take the step by step pictures for you.

Final Pictures- Do you have the pattern finished and just need some extra pictures for promotions? I sew for myself, my children (a teen and a toddler), and also have access to kids of other ages. I am not a professional photographer, but have improved my skills over the last year with the upgrade of my camera.

Answering e-mails/Facebook messages- This was a special request from a designer. Sometimes you need to be concentrating of other aspects of your business and the messeges/emails for help get pushed aside.

Social Media consult/overview- We all know how important social media is to a business these days. Let me help you succeed! I will look at all areas that you are currently using and provide feedback on improving your presence. I will offer suggestions on how to get your name out there, and the correct avenues to use.

Have something you need help with but don’t see it above? Just ask!

If you would like more information, please feel free to contact me!


E-mail: connectedbyathread (at) gmail (dot) com

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EYMM Hoodie Blog Tour


Make sure to visit the other stops on the tour to see more versions and hoodie inspiration! Many are giving away a copy of the pattern! (Psst … check out the awesome savings listed after the tour links!)

*NOTE* The links below won’t show the tour posts until 7am PST on their day of the tour, BUT you are welcome to click through and check their blogs out at any time.


Blessed X Five and Capture, Craft, and Cook


The Wholesome Mama and EYMM


Rebel & Malice and Manning the Machine


Welcome to Our Crazy World and Connected by a Thread


Pretty & Precious Clothing and Boutique Birdie

Hop over to the EYMM shop and use code FALLHOODIES2015 to save 50% on either hoodie pattern! Coupon is good for Zander’s Hoodie & Hooded Vest (newborn-18tween) or His & Hers Hoodie & Hooded Vest (adult XS-5XL) and expires 11:59pm PST on Sept. 29.

*NOTE* These two patterns are INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED sewing level, as they include zipper installation and some unique assembly techniques.


I have found that blog tours are a great way to push my sewing comfort! I love just about every pattern Kymy puts out, but when the Zander hoodie made its debut, I was not a fan. Then I started seeing the asymmetrical zippers popping up everywhere!  I still wasn’t sold on the idea. Then I did the anniversary blog tour and remembered why I love EYMM patterns!

When I saw the call for the hoodie tour, I figured I would make some for the kids. Joelle assigned me the His & Hers Hoodie, so I decided to embrace the challenge and make myself something once again! One problem I hit…..I couldn’t find a separating zipper that was long enough!  I checked all my local stores, then went online…which of course meant waiting for shipping. It finally arrived and I got this hoodie finished!


I love The way Kymy explains the process! It makes even the hardest steps easy! She has very well written, detailed instructions on how to put the zipper in and a unique way to attach the lining to the bottom band! I am excited to make a couple more of these for myself! I chose to make mine with a sweatshirt fleece, which turned out okay, except I have zero stretch in the sleeve cuffs and bottom band. I also let my 12 yr old pick the lining, which ended up being too slinky of a knit, so it was sliding all over no matter how many clips or pins I added! Lessones learned and knowledge for next time!


I love the reds and the grey together though! And I can tell, I will definitely stay warm in this sweater!


So pretty on the inside! A great way to use those prints that you love but are not sure they are “grown up” enough to wear!


Nice and cozy for the cool Fall weather (that I hope is coming! it was 90* out while I was taking these pictures!)

I hope I have inspired you to sew up a hoodie or two!

I will also have a couple custom slots open in November for these!

Happy Sewing!


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A Vision to Remember Wrap up & Winners!

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I had so much fun with this tour! I made some new sewing Friends and enjoyed getting to know them!

I hope you were inspired by these lovely bags to try one yourself or one of the other patterns from A Vision to Remember. I have a list of ones I am going to make next!

Now for the fun stuff! The winners!

Barb Goodman Selvage- 1 free pattern from A Vision to Remember

Jona Lourenco- 2 yards of fabric and a free pattern from A Vision to Remember

Jona was a rock star and commented on all the blogs in the tour!

Be on the lookout for an email ladies!

Be sure to keep check back often for new patterns (I have seen some of the new ones coming soon!)

I just heard there is a sale coming! 50% off all patterns this Labor Day weekend . Plus a destash sale going on as well that includes fabric and quilts! Be sure to check out her Etsy shop!

Until next time!


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