Apr 3, 2014

Zlata skirt in Sew News magazine

After a series of posts about sewing the Zlata skirt, you must have expected I'd give it a break for some time. I thought so too myself, but then I remembered I haven't even mentioned the current issue of Sew News which features Zlata skirt on the cover! Each time my garment is being featured on the cover I am equally amazed and feel happy. However, I've never thought my garments would be featured on the cover two issues in a row! Oh joy!

Zlata skirt by Stepalica on the cover of Sew News

You must be wondering if the article covers the pattern drafting process. Yes, the article gives a detailed explanation of how the pattern is drafted and a brief sewing instructions.

Why would I publicly share drafting instructions for the pattern I'm selling myself? Well, not every seamstress has an access to Sew News. Other than that, not every seamstress who reads the magazine is skillful enough or comfortable with drafting a pattern. So my logic is as the following: who wants to learn (or already knows) pattern drafting will learn a lot from my articles and tutorials, and this person most probably won't buy my pattern. However, many other people like having a tried and trued pattern that's precisely drafted which does not leave any room for dilemma or guessing.
The reason I'm publishing the patterns I've already written of and that I've posted the instructions for is that many readers asked for drafted patterns for certain models. On the other hand, since I'm still working on my day job, I only have a limited time for sewing and pattern drafting and sometimes I can't manage to simultaneously draft different models for the magazine and for selling.

Do I break the contract conditions with Sew News by selling the patterns I write about? No, since the contract is limited only to the contents of the article I write: the text and the pictures / illustrations, which cannot be published in any other magazine or on blog or website. On the other hand, I have the right to publish the skirt anywhere, as well as to write about it for any other magazine, blog or website, as long as I don't use the same pics and text.

Will I launch the patterns I wrote about for the magazine in the future? Yes, there will probably be more similar situations in the future, but I plan to also publish patterns for unseen and brand new models that I won't write about for the magazine. It will all depend on my inspiration and the time availability.

Finally, here's a reminder of how the skirt looks on me. I really like this skirt and I can't wait to get it back.

How to buy the pattern

Stepalica: Zlata skirt pattern
Zlata skirt pattern costs $11.98,and it can be bought via my Etsy shop
I use 2Checkout as a payment collector - it is an equivalent to PayPal - which accepts the following payment methods:

* PayPal via 2checkout (www.2co.com)
* Credit / Debit cards via 2checkout : Visa, Dina Card, Master Card, American Express, Discover

PayPal doesn't support selling option for my country yet, so I use 2Checkout payment collector instead.

When making a purchase order, select "Other" in the payment options. I have to manually issue an invoice for you, via 2Checkout system. The invoice contains a link where you can complete the purchase - it's a page on 2Checkout's website. Once you fill in your billing information, you can chose to pay either by using PayPal account or your credit card. You don't have to register to 2checkout and you won't be charged any additional fees. It's simple, fast and secure. Once the payment is completed, I will enable the pattern download on my Etsy store. I monitor the state of my Etsy store several times a day, and I get instant emails whenever any change is made, so the purchase is usually completed within the same day. Sometimes, due to my daily duties and a time zone differences, it takes more than a day to complete the purchase.

For any additional information about the pattern or the purchase, feel free to email me at: anajan.stepalica [at] gmail [dot] com

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