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To Print Or Not To Print

When I started making plans for being an independent pattern designer, I didn’t consider printing my patterns and selling them in an envelope at all.

First of all, I thought it was impossible, financially. I would have to get a loan and not even being sure I could pay it back… well. I didn’t want to go there.


7his has absolutely nothing to do with the post, but it's a sample I did for a class. I started out w 2 pieces of fabric + a zipper}

{This has absolutely nothing to do with the post, but it’s a sample I did for a class. I started out w 2 pieces of fabric + a zipper}

Second, I’ve always felt that the one thing I wanted for my patterns to be unique or just special, would be the thorough instructions. Illustrated with clear photos, and even including fitting advise. With printed patterns, this can’t really be done, because it’s too expensive to print colour photos and to have many pages in the instructions, which is needed for them to truly show step-by-step sewing.

Third, I believe that it’s better (and a lot faster!) for the environment – and for the business to ship via the cheap and energy efficient internet shipping (hah!) than via a more unreliable postal service. And I do believe we will see more and more pdf patterns until they are the norm – and I do want to (and believe I am on the way) be among the first businesses to rely on pdf patterns as an stable income.

{.. I stitched a couple of seams..}

{.. I stitched a couple of seams..}

So. Why do I write that? Well.

A lot of people have written me asking me to print my patterns. And then there was a big talk on Twitter about it. And I got contacted by someone who will actually be able to print smaller amounts (usual minimum is 1000) at a fair price. And then I started thinking.

If people want printed patterns, maybe I can print some, with as detailed instructions as I have room for, and maybe B&W pics, and then give a link and a code to full colour (and fully detailed) instructions?!  What do you think?

{..and then I turned everything and did a few more seams..}

{..and then I turned everything and did a few more seams..}

I can’t do a Kickstarter funding since I’m not a US or UK resident. But I might be able to do a preorder thing that’s working the same way.. I’ll consider (and calculate) a bit more – but I’d love to know what you think!

And you know – I am already selling printed patterns. They are not my own design (but I have translated the instructions), and the instructions are not as thorough as the ones I do. But both the other brands (namely ONION and MiniKrea) are Danish designed patterns, in much the same design philosophy as I use.. And they come with instructions in English.

I send out newsletters with articles and offers for MariaDenmark patterns as well as Onion and MiniKrea (for instance – every month, a new ONION pattern is 25% off – this Month it’s an easy-to-sew jacket or coat.) You can sign up for my newsletter here (and in the sidebar):


Boxbag made by MariaDenmark

{..and it ended up being a super cute box bag, which I’m using in the fabric store to have my lotion and tissues etc. close by. Lousy Iphone pic – I apologize. But I do love the colour combination }


What a crazy busy week I’ve had! I love travelling and experiencing new places – but I always underestimate how much I have to catch up when I get home (and the laundry is still not caught up…)

While I was in Barcelona I got a new niece. My brother and his lady had the cutest little girl – who is going to be called Sofie (Or Fie, for short:-)).

Yesterday I finally had the time to go visit with them (it’s a 2 hour drive each way, so it’s not something you do after working till 8 pm)

My brother and sister-in-law had asked me to make a new cover for the breastfeeding pillow (shown both when flat and in action.-), so I did, and also made matching baby trousers (from MiniKrea 10400). They took me 35 minutes to make – and that’s including tracing the pattern (only one piece..)!! I didn’t have enough fabric to cut it on fold, but I just did a centre front seam as well, and it was so very fast.

I also had made the green cardigan and some hats for her.(Click the smaller pics for a larger size)

But the most important thing was that I finally got to meet her. She is so adorable!

P.S. I have a Pattern for kids bundle sale over at my shop. I have made pattern packages for boys, girls and one especially for newborns. Go have a look and see if there’s something you’d like..


… (drumroll, please, honey)


The winner of 4 lovely MiniKrea patterns is

H.alda who commented

Please contact me with your e-mail and postal addresses (you can e-mail me at maria@shoponion.com).


If you didn’t win – fear not: You can still have the patterns at a great price. For the duration of this week – until April 15 2012 at midnight CET – you (and everybody else, who sees this code – you are welcome to share it, if you like) can use the Coupon code GIVEAWAY at checkout at MariaDenmark | shopONION.com and get a 10 % discount!

Here are the direct links to the MiniKrea Patterns:


  Find MK10300 H E R E


Find MK20400 H E R E


Find MK30000 H E R E


Find MK50220 H E R E


Thank you to everyone who participated in the drawing – it was so much fun to read your comments (please keep them coming :-))

Now I’ll go and figure out which new kimono tee I’ll wear to work tomorrow….



We are interrupting this blog posting about t-shirts with a small announcement… :-)

Yep! I’m doing a GIVEAWAY!

I’m going to be an aunt (second time, different brother) in October and to celebrate I’m giving away

4 MiniKrea kids patterns (with instructions in English, of course)

{Baggy Trouser for Newborns 0 - 9 months}

 More photos and information about MK10300 H E R E

{Pantssuit for babies 6 months to 3 years)

More photos and information about MK20400 H E R E


{Easy empire dress for kids 4 - 10 years}

More photos and information about MK30000 H E R E


{T-shirts 0 - 10 years}


More photos and information about MK50220 H E R E

To win this package just leave a comment to this post. If you would like to have more entries, you can link back to the this post via your blog or share this post on Facebook or Twitter and post another comment for each mention.

I’ll randomly draw the winner Monday the 9th of April – that’s a week from now.



I KNOW! Imagine sewing for somebody who is not me!

Well. I wanted a small in-between-projects project, so I had time to decide what to sew for me next.

Also. I wanted to figure out how I can get more sewing done. This was a usual semi-busy weeek, with no time for a designated sewing evening/afternoon, so I’ve been wanting to try out if it works for me to find more sewing time by sewing in 15-30 minutes increments.

Anyway. I chose to make another one of these very fast spencer dresses. This time in a size 6 – 9 months. The pattern is MiniKrea 10003 – Spencer Dress in the Newborn size range.


{The pattern I used. I did the basic EASY version.}

Every evening before making dinner, I have allowed my self to work on something sewing related for 15-30 minutes. I am actually amazed at how much that can be accompliced by just that.

First day I traced and cut the pattern (which doesn’t need to be traced, but I chose to, as this baby-dress can be made in 4 different sizes – and I think I’ll use it again!).
Second day - I cut the fabric. The pattern works with both knits and wovens, I chose a beefy knit velour, but am treating it as a woven fabric, by lining it with a cotton print. Also threaded the machines.
Third day I sewed the lining to the fabric and did the side seams and edge stitching
Fourth day was for pressing and hemming
Fifth day - buttonholes, buttons and decoration.

{The finished dress. I can't wait to see it on Carla.}

All the work was done in 15  – 30 minutes increments. Had I had a sewing night or day – I probably could have finished it in one day. Very simple project!

The pattern can be made in both knits and wovens. I chose a beefy knit velour, but treated it as a woven fabric by lining it with a printed cotton.

{When pressing velour, place a towel under it, so the pile doesn't get flat}

Here are some hints for sewing with velour:
1. When cutting the fabric, make sure you place the pattern pieces so that you would brush against the pile if you were wearing it and brushed downwards.
2. When pressing or ironing velour, always place a towel underneath the fabric. This keeps the pile from being pressed flat.


I decorated the dress with some star iron-on-studs. They are really cute and makes all the diffrence in making this a holiday dress.

{The iron-on star studs. Love.}

Parting picture from the garden: