Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Make some money at home!

Mamma income alert!

I'm looking to pay 2 mammas to do some writing for me on a regular basis. This includes payment per article and free use of all of my patterns. :)
I am looking for 2-3 articles per week.

On a side note: I am also looking for someone to post these articles on various sites: blogger, squidoo, twitter, hub pages, linkedin, Delicious , google plus, pinterest (from the pictures), craftsy, stumbleupon, etc. This person will also get paid to put links on other websites and blogs that they use (or would use once they start doing this job for me) such as diaperswappers, mothering.com, general articles from others, etc... 

Below is a list of what I am looking for in an article.

Keywords: For a search, google looks for keywords in articles, on picture names (instead of your picture being named IMG_1234, name it something like, "onesie-pattern" ***Be sure to use the hyphen) and on picture tags (alt image tags and descriptions).
Choose your keywords carefully. You want to choose the keywords that are searched frequently. A great tool that I use is google adwords keyword search.
Each article should be based on 1-2 keywords. You can have multiple articles on the same pattern, but if you use different keywords for each article, it's better.

Meta data: when you write an article, include a meta description (what google will show with a google search result) as well as the keywords that you are aiming for.

Images: I don't know about you, but when I search for something on google, I almost ALWAYS click the images tab to SEE what I want, before anything else. Great images that are tagged with good keywords are a valuable asset to any article. To get great images, you can sprinkle in a few of mine from my website, but I am looking for someone who likes to sew and who will take great shots of their project in the works, and of the finished project. I'm also noticing a trend where writers are labeling their images (example like the one below). They are doing this for searchers of google images. The more traffic from images, is more sales on my website.


Content: What I am looking for in the way of content: 
  • Personal experiences. Take pictures of your experience sewing a project. Talk about each step along the way and what you liked or tweaked to fit your needs. Take pictures of the finished project and talk about how it fits and what you love about it.
  • Needs. Talk about why someone needs the product. Take pictures of before and after (example: before the nursing pillow hunched over and after the nursing pillow sitting up straight.). Show the reader why they need the product and sell it!
  • A general theme. An example of a general theme would be, how to choose the right size for a baby dress pattern (baby dress pattern being the keyword). Take pictures of multiple baby dresses (whether they are mine or not) and show the fit of them on your baby. There are multiple "general theme" things that I can think of. 
  • Choose my newest first. As I am adding new patterns, I need them to get out there...so please write articles on my newest patterns first.
  • I'm looking for 700-1000 word articles
Video: If you make videos or want to make videos that would be a great way to take the place of an article. I am not very familiar with videos, but would be WAY willing to explore that option.



If you are interested in blogging/writing some articles to make some cash, Please send me an email with a sample of your photography and a sample article. You can pick anything on my website to write a sample article about.

Send your questions and articles to info@mammacandoit.com.

Update: I forgot to mention that I will wait for the articles and not make a decision until May 1st. :)

Friday, April 18, 2014

Woven Tank top pattern

This tank top pattern knocks my socks off. I love it. Tank tops are my favorite article of clothing by far. Yet, I always find that I don't have enough of them. What better project than to sew something that I need?
To top that off, I have a generous stash of woven designer fabric that is aching to be used to make something. I will frequently browse the sales on fabric.com or my local quilt shop and pick up a new stash of fabric when I get a creative itch. Then I forget what I bough the fabric for and it sits on my shelf....waiting patiently for the day when it will turn into an article of beautiful creativity.You'll notice that I like to get 1 yard or more, because I know that I might change my mind on the end product....so I'll need extra. Ha! Anyone with me yet?!
fabric for tank top pattern
A small portion of my fabric stash
So here I am without enough tank tops and a stash of woven fabric that needs some attention. Light bulb moment: I should make a woven tank top pattern! Right? Well that was a great idea until I realized that I had never made anything for WOMEN before that would require sizing. I went to work. I worked and I worked to get the right arm holes, neck lines, dart placements, hip measurements....etc. You name it and it was a task to undertake. After a few attempts, I have the best, pull over woven tank top pattern on the market. It is beautiful.
Tank top pattern

The first tank top pattern that I designed is a simple one. In fact, that's why I named it The Woven Simple Tank Pattern.
You can see the Woven Simple Tank pattern here.
It is incredibly easy and fast to make. I show you step by step on how to finish the neckline and arm holes with bias tape. Don't worry – it's a snap, even for a beginner! The hem sits at the perfect hip length so that if you have wider hips, you don't have to worry about adjusting the sides of the shirt to fit you. The bust fits beautifully with the perfectly placed side darts. My favorite part about the Simple Tank is that it hides the tummy. I have had a few babies and need some extra tummy coverage and this tank top pattern does it for me! Now I can look adorable without worrying about my flab ruining a great outfit!
Woven Tank top pattern
The Woven Simple Tank Top pattern

The second tank top pattern that I designed is very similar to the simple tank top pattern, but it has a bit more class. I call it The Woven Classy Tank Pattern. You can see the Woven Classy Tank Pattern here.
The Woven Classy Tank has the same great neckline and bodice, but the length extends a bit more. There are slits on the sides as well for the wider hips. The slits make the tank flow freely. The body is extended, has more curves to it and gives an elongated and curvy torso look. This is my favorite tank pattern. I can wear it in the garden with a pair of capris, I can wear it on date night with a pair of jeans and pumps, or I can even wear it to bed with a pair of shorts.
Classy Tank top pattern
The Woven Classy Tank Top Pattern


tank top sewing pattern
Compare tank top patterns
Left is CLASSY - Right is SIMPLE


Overall this tank top pattern was entirely fun to design. I loved trying them on and making them for friends. I loved the challenge of making clothing for women instead of babies and kids (which has been my specialty until now). I love wearing the clothes that I make! 

Tank top pattern



These tank top patterns include some great features that I want to clarify with my readers. 
1. There are no zippers or buttons to worry about. The tank slips on over the head.
2. There are side darts to keep the tank shapely.
3. The neckline is modest. There's nothing that frustrates me more than to find an adorable shirt that I have to wear something under because it's inappropriate on its own. You won't find that issue with this tank top pattern. 
4. The arms are perfectly sized to fit, yet without gaping holes that show too much skin. Again, we want to be modest and comfortable.
5. This pattern is sized from 0-20. Don't worry if you don't know your "number". I've included an incredible size chart that helps you determine what size to make.

Example of tank top pattern
A screen capture of the pattern piece with the size chart
6. The pattern comes with printable pattern pieces. Print them from your home printer, tape together and cut out your size. Don't ever worry about sizing up or down. They are perfectly sized with real dimensions from real women.
7. You'll never find an easier pattern line than Mamma Can Do It designs. My tutorials all have easy to read instructions with crisp images for each step. I explain everything for beginner level.
8. If you are a beginner and can't wrap your head around the project, I offer help on all projects. I answer all questions within 24 hours (unless it's Sunday) and if you aren't pleased, I'll refund you for the pattern.

cute tank top pattern

 Now you know how I feel about my new patterns for women. I'm planning on making a whole collection with this great neckline. I love that I can fit it over my head and yet it's completely appropriate and comfortable. The collection is called, The Victoria Collection. Make sure you check it out on my website from time to time. There will be some swing dresses in the near future!

Kiss me tank top pattern
The Simple Tank Top pattern - The Victoria Collection

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