Let's first discuss the big one first:
Where the heck is the Fair Weather Jacket pattern in bigger sizes that you promised back a whole year ago?! A year!
To which I reply: Pattern? What pattern?
No, really, there is a Fair Weather Jacket pattern in sizes 5-8 all done, tested, and ready to go. There are a few nitty gritty details to work out, like who is going to actually print the silly thing. When we moved I lost my local printer, who happened to be extremely reasonably priced offering a specialized printer. I no longer have my printer dude, or his reasonable prices, and have been trying to find someone here on the Island to fill his keds. I've got The Man on the job now so hopefully he will make headway with it this next week and we'll be able to get this very stalled project on the go again. I'm shooting for it to be avaliable on etsy before 2010. When it is all ready to go I will definitely do a giveaway here first.
So: Fair Weather Jacket sizes 5-8... coming soon...
Can I use your tutorial/pattern to make stuff for my market stall or etsy?
Yes! Do so, I am honored! I am reserving copyright on all my tutorials and patterns, but if you use them to make handmade merch for personal gain (we've all got to eat) or items for chariable silent auctions or school fairs or whatever, I am flattered that you think what I made is good enough to generate income for you. Really, I'm throwing this stuff out there for y'all to use. So use it.
That's not to say that I don't enjoy credit for the designs and please link me if you blog me. I also have started placing a few buttons around the blog where you can donate whatever amount you wish to support this blog with all of its tutorials and patterns because if I can generate a bit of income from this blog I can justify spending more work time (which is fairly limited with my kids so young) producing more tutorials and patterns. Plus, there is also that satisfaction of reciprocity that many of us need.
Thank you to all who have donated! I have been delighted by the response, which has helped soothe my conflicted feelings about it all. I want to let you know that I am collecting email addresses from the donations to one day send a special pattern out to all contributors (I will not share my list with anyone, not even The Man! It's totally private!). So, don't forget to make sure your address on paypal is up to date :)
In a perfect world I could spend all day coming up with ideas and making tutorials about them because it's something I enjoy immensely. Just so you know, if no one gives me a dollar, I will still be here doing this.
Are we going to get the Birdie Boy trouser pattern?
Yes. Sometime. It's next on my pattern list after the Fair Weather Jacket.
Now I have a question for you: Scoodie season is coming up in the northern hemisphere. Now that I can post direct links to pattern pieces, do you want a hood pattern for the scoodie? Are there any other tutorials that you would like pattern pieces for? Would it be too tacky to stick 'donate' buttons at the end of all my tutorials?