Wild Ginger Newsletter Volume 1.4.16


Hi and welcome to the fourth Wild Ginger Software newsletter for 2016.

Featured Style

The dartless knit sloper and knit sleeve can be used to create fitted tee shirts, leotards, bodysuits, and other activewear styles sewn in stretchy knits. The back is completed first and then used to create the front. For women's styles, part of the side bust dart is rotated into the armhole increasing the size of the front armhole. Raising the armhole and sloping the shoulder seam provides some shaping in the bust area. Fabric stretch will replace some of the shaping provided by the bust darts but dartless knit garments will not mold to the bustline quite the same as garments with bust darts. Wrinkles will may form in the armhole/sideseam area if the bust is large.

The knit sleeve has a shorter sleeve cap than the fitted classic sleeve. The cap height and cap ease are varied as desired. The underarm seam and hemline can be styled as desired. Click here to view the instructions for creating this style.

Dartless Knit Sloper

Dartless Knit Sloper

Click below for instructions on creating the dartless knit sloper and knit sleeve

Customer Profile

Meet Mariette House. Mariette lives in Valparaiso, NE, which is in the eastern part of the state, not too far from Lincoln. She has been a homemaker most of her married life, although she did have had part-time positions once in a while. (Certified Educator for Wild Ginger is one of them.) She moved to this area in 1973 but her husband’s career took him to various parts of the country, and they settled mostly in Indiana. She lives on 20 acres in a rural area with farm ground all around us. It is quiet and peaceful.

Q: At what age did you start sewing?

    A: I started sewing at the age of ten under the tutelage of my mother. She was a wonderful seamstress but she didn’t like to sew. She did encourage me, and helped me, early on. She is the one who taught me to make a wonderful hand-sewn hem. I took out more hems because she was never satisfied but it paid off.

Q: What brought you to sewing?

    A: As I mentioned, my mother was a very good seamstress but didn’t like to sew very much. I think it was because when she and my dad first married and started a family, she would take apart my father’s clothes to make clothes for my brother. So, because she didn’t particularly care to sew, but she was a ‘fashion plate’---very well dressed, always, she had a professional seamstress. This lady had a studio within walking distance from our home and I would go with my mother when she went for fittings, etc. Clara, the seamstress, amazed me and I always wanted to sew like her.

Then when I went to junior high school, sewing was mandatory. We took one semester of sewing and one of cooking in 7th, 8th, and 9th grades. That was when I became interested in making jackets and tailoring. But it wasn’t until I married and moved to Lincoln, NE, my husband’s home town, that I took serious sewing lessons. That was in 1971 and the adult education for Lancaster County had wonderful teachers trained in the Bishop Method of Clothing Construction. The late Kitty Rotruck was dear friends with one teacher in particular and that teacher, Marie Kehr, brought Kitty to Lincoln numerous times. I attended all the classes offered as well as all of the sewing classes offered in the adult education curriculum. I would take one class at a time and when I finished going through all of the classes, I would start all over again. Marie encouraged us all. She was particular about fit and I am still in contact with her to this day.

Q: What do you like most about sewing?

    A: The thing I like most about sewing is a tough question. Sewing is a creative outlet for me, as with every seamstress I believe. I like knowing I can take something flat and make it curve around my many curves! I like to take a basic pattern and create 20 different items from it. I like how something can change so dramatically just by the choice of fabric. I like to know that if there is something I like, I can make it. I have purchased shoes and hats and didn’t have a dress to go with them but knew I could make something. I like that. I like the fact that I am not ‘beholding’ to a manufacturer. I like that I can make a garment that fits me and not someone else. I love fabrics. I love the ‘hand’ of fabrics and how they drape. I am a lap swimmer. I swim almost every day. (Took a while to find a pool here but I found one!) I go through 6-8 bathing suits a year. I can make them in no time and I make swimmers suits and not a suit that will weigh me down with a skirt or some detail that is not necessary when you are a serious lap swimmer. A good bathing suit costs $60 to $80. I make mine for around $8 each, including elastic suited for chlorine. I am also an avid knitter and I like the fact that I can make something to go with a sweater I make. I have actually bought fabric that matches yarns. It is so nice to have a skirt and knit a matching sweater.

Q: What kinds of things do you sew most often?

    A: I sew clothing most often. I do some home dec. With building a new house I did make some covers for furniture and am in the process of making some new pillow covers. I make placemats and things like that but most often, it’s clothing. And mostly for me and family and a very close friend. I also have sewn clothing to donate to charities---mostly children’s clothing.

Q: When did you first start sewing with Wild Ginger software?

    A: I started sewing with Wild Ginger in 2004. There was an online advertisement from Baer Fabrics in Louisville, KY. I signed up for the all-day session. The night before I was going to go (it was a two hour drive from where I lived at the time) I told my husband I didn’t think I would go. He reminded me that I had paid for the class so I should go. I did. Paul gave the presentation. I remember talking to him and found out we had a similar friend in Huntsville, AL. It was a nice and informative day and I decided to buy the program. What convinced me was the 90-day money back guarantee. That really was it because, I am not the most computer literate person on the earth. (Ask Karen!!!) I bought V.3 and when I tried it, it was so user friendly. The rest, as they say, is history. I then wanted to learn a lot more about some of the features and a year later took the CE class in Nashville, TN. And when I make presentations, I always say, “If I can do this, you can do it.” And that is the truth. I have always thought the program to be user friendly. There are some things I still have to work at but on a scale of 1 to 10, for me it’s a 10!

Below are some of Mariette's greatest hits.

The Sacred Sewing Room

A few months ago, I became aware of an organization that has really touched my heart - Enchanted Makeovers. Their mission is to create environments for women and children living in shelters that educate, empower, open a path for creativity and self-expression. One of their main programs is The Sacred Sewing Room. The goal is to create sewing rooms in shelters, fill them with fabrics and sewing machines and teach women and children the valuable life skill that is sewing.

I have been sewing all of my life. It has not only given me the best possible career I could imagine but also a great outlet for stress and anxiety. So, I reached out to the founder Terry Grahl to see how I could be involved. Wild Ginger Software has just become a bronze sponsor of this fantastic organization.

If you would like to help, they can certainly use monetary donations. But they are also looking for donations of buttons, zippers, trims, rick rack, etc. They can also use fabric donations but need bolts of cotton or fleece. If you would like to get involved, visit their website below.

Sacred Sewing Room

The Sacred Sewing Room Before and After