Monday, May 21, 2012

Promote Promote Promote

I haven't gotten all polished at this blogging game, but I have been trying to learn the ropes in promotion! I know a lot of you have blogs and one of the hardest things is getting traffic and followers. Well in my circles I have found a whole ton of people that kept tweeting about blog posts from other people and I couldn't figure out what they were doing.

I finally got the scoop! TWIBERR!!! It takes a little work to set up and I had to ask for directions to get it correct. However once you join a "tribe" you can approve new blog posts from other tribe members. THEN automatically the app tweets the blog title with a link to the post and your twitter name to all their followers. This can happen up to 5+ times a day from different people. It is like multilevel marketing for your tweets and blogs.

No matter how we generate traffic once it is generated then we can eventually make sales and get things moving.

I have joined and in the first day I saw an increase in traffic. Now it wasn't massive, but it was  an increase of maybe 15%. I also had three additional followers in the first day. Eventually all that extra traffic will increase more and more and more!

From what I can tell anyone can join Triberr, but you need to join a "tribe". I have a tribe that I have started, but haven't started adding members YET! It is called (shockingly) Sweety Darlin's Tribe! I know I just keep using that name everywhere, but to create a brand you gotta get a little name crazy!

If you would like to join, be invited, or try out this tool. Let me know! send an email to!

I will send you an invitation and we can start to promote each other!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Vintage Sewing Technique

I wanted to share a very cool vintage sewing technique I learned a few years back. I do a lot of historical attire and in that I have learned some techniques that are very interesting.

This particular technique creates a rouched/scalloped edge. You start with  the following design, and cut it out of a piece of cardboard. Now I made about three sections and taped them all together because none of my boxes were large enough, but it needs to be out of a heavier weight material.

You place your fabric over the scallop pattern as shown in this sketch.

Then with upholstery grade thread you hand stitch as evenly as possible with approximately 1/8" stitches along the scalloped pattern, as shown by the dashed line.

Once you have completed the full length edge of the area you want to receive this treatment you pull the stitch similar to the way you would pull a basting stitch to gather an edge.

Once you get the stitches pulled to the length and layout you like, You will want to stitch the scalloped edge to the fabric you want to place it on. You can do this treatment to the top edge of a skirt ruffle or make the scallops both directions for a fancy wider trim.

Here is a dress that has this detail at the sleeve and at the top edge of the jacket skirt.

I thought this was a great technique that gave a very unique finish to edges. I haven't used it on any of my personal designs, but that is only because I have had so many other things on the table.

If any of you have cool techniques like this we would love to share them. Our team email is