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The Virtual Model of You on

Something I found on Pinterest that will be of value to me. However, not likely for what it was intended. It’s on my site cause this is my opinion and not meant to be reflective of Guild Members’ opinions, or of the Guild. This is just for sharing resources.

Patch Fabric Store Review

PATCH is a relatively new fabric store in Halifax at the time of writing (Aug 15 2014). This detailed review is from one of our Guild members, Faye M. who visited the store Thursday. Thank you Faye!

I visited Patch this morning. It is located on the east side of Robie St. On street 2 hour parking is found across from the store on the west side of Willow.

Sewing classes will be geared towards beginners and no longer than 3 hours. They will be project based to teach varied skills. However, the objective is to teach how to sew, not to fit.  Class lists are supposed to be ready soon and to start in Sept.

Patterns are intriguing with lots of independents coming. I bought a Liberty pattern myself, which is a British brand.  Sewholic patterns and Oliver (children’s) were displayed. Colette patterns are enroute and will be carried.

Some limited but quality books i.e. Colette Handbook, and some on quilting, and dyeing fabrics, are available in addition to a few basic quilting rulers primarily to be used for classes to be held. I purchased some black twill tape which I had been unable to purchase elsewhere.

Half the store is a classroom setting with Bernina sewing machines and serger ready for rentals.  Want to try out this brand – here’s your chance. Test drive a pattern and see how you like sewing with them.  Have your machine break down or need servicing and need a project completed yesterday – this store will come to the rescue. Lots of possibilities including space constraints in your living quarters or temporary housing, and this store can come to your rescue.

Lovely cotton by Liberty is available as are some pretty chambrays. The selection is limited but that is to be expected with a new fledgling store. I noticed some good quality solid white cotton which is hard to find.

I did mention that I was from the Guild but did not receive a discount upon purchase – Perhaps that may come later when the store is more established and financially sound.

All in all the store has a good start.  The hours are limited as only the owner is there 10 to 5, Tues to Sat, but is open on Sun, 12 to 5 for the worker bees.


As with all individual reviews shared on a group platform,
it needs to be stated that this review represents the opinion
of the reviewing member and not necessarily that of the Guild.


Store info

Patch is owned by Christina Pasquet, who came to visit us at the Guild early this year.

The store is at 2571 Robie Street at Willow.

Their website,, is not yet up at time writing.

They are on Facebook at patchhalifax/info

Phone (902) 423-0303

Email​ ​

Does Anyone Know Anything About Covet Fashion – The Game App for iPad & iPhone?

Sample Covet Fashion Design
Sample Covet Fashion Design

Update: LeeAnne has had a quick look and provided a few comments in case listed at the end of the post, so you may want to look at them before deciding if you want to have a look. Thanks to LeeAnne!

I happened across this free app for iPad and iPhone that looks like a nice little design game, called Covet Fashion version 2.7.1. However, I have neither an iPad nor iPhone to try it. Does anyone know anything about it? Or if you care to download and try, can you show me it sometime?

Supposedly, it’s a bit of a game because people vote on designs, though someone said hardly anyone votes. I can see that as it’s probably a pretty niche audience. However, if it’s anything like a real good version of Wild Ginger pattern design software in terms of designs (rather than patterns), I think I would LOVE it! That’s because the previews in Wild Ginger are absolutely horrible! Their user interface is, too!

But if Covet Fashion were anything like I think it might be, I could use it as a design preview before going to Wild Ginger for something close given all the style options available in Wild Ginger. At least the key thing is I’ll know what I’m wanting before I design it. In Wild Ginger, I’m not really sure what I’m getting by choosing certain options cause the preview is that bad.

I hope some of our iPad addicts can tell me. Thanks.

101 Things I Learned in Fashion School

101 Things I Learned in Fashion School.

After our last Guild meeting, I ventured yet again to New York. While there, I took some time to focus on fashion rather than fabrics. I ventured into a huge Barnes & Nobles store at Union Square and looked through their good sized fashion section to find some books I thought would be good to look into more later. We could get a lot of them in Canada so there was no need to fill my baggage with them, but it really helps to look through books in person rather than online to know not only what was available, but what was in each one to see if it might really be of interest. That’s the thing I love about American book stores. They have so many books we just don’t show or carry in Canada! And how is one really supposed to know what one can get if one doesn’t know it exists?

I’ll write more on many of those books in the near future. However, here’s the one I did buy for practical value to an untrained person like me, and because it was cheap enough I didn’t mind getting it at the undiscounted US price compared to discounted Canadian price. Kind of like a small fee for having it as reading material at the airport sort of thing, rather than waiting a week after I get home to get it shipped.

I liked it, but considering we’re a Sewing Guild and not a Fashion Guild, I’m not sure I’d recommend it for our library. Still, considering we make garments, a good fundamental fashion knowledge isn’t a bad thing.

A Year of Site Usage

It’s been a year since our Guild has actively used this site. Being a public site, so have others! I thought I’d take a little time to share some things about our site usage in the past 12 months, some of which may surprise you!

Before the first Guild meeting this year, I will post some suggestions as to how I see this site could be more used to reflect all members’ activities rather than just some from those who have taken the plunge to learn how to post. For now, though, here is what went on with our site in the past 12 months.


These are the people who get notifications on our posts.

  • 21 get it by email (all from our Guild from a quick scan)
  • 40 get it through their blog reading lists, and from a quick scan, only one is from our Guild (Nancy)!
  • 61 total

Yes, there are pretty much twice as many followers of our blog who do not belong to our Guild! Thank you to those of you who do this! We are grateful for your support. I suspect this might be a surprise to many of our Guild members. 🙂

Page Views

These are the number of views of posts (what a person writes) and pages (what you get clicking on the menus).

  • 5,500 page views
  • About 8 per day in 2012, 14 per day in 2013!
  • Busiest month was just this past August with 874 views.
  • Second busiest month was last September when we first introduced it to everyone.

We will have more content to make the site more valuable and interesting to users in the future. Also, because we have full posts on the Home Page, those reading from there who not register. That is, if you visit the home page, whether you read zero, one or five articles, the stats don’t show what you read specifically in this manner. It only shows that you visited the Home Page. That’s fine. Some of our users wanted it that way. Just mentioning so people understand how things worked. As a result, these are “minimum” counts. The real one is higher. How much higher is hard to say.

Most Viewed Pages

The most viewed pages were:

Home page / Archives 1,758
Classes 371
About 197
Challenges 127
Patterns and Reviews 60
Library: Couture and Tailoring 51
Library 50
Categories 45

The Home page is the easiest way to navigate around so it’s not surprisingly the most popular page. Great to see the Classes page getting a lot of attention, and not all of it was due to the interest in the latest batch of classes

I think it’s interesting that the Challenges page was third most popular after people finding out what we’re all about.

Most Viewed Posts

June 13th is Sewing Machine Day 109
Can the Tim Horton’s Drink Marker Be Used to Mark   Dark Fabric? 102
A Pattern for Collars (Simplicity 1727) 90
NIGHTWING Running Body Suit / Cosplay 79
Chanel Jacket Sew Along? 78
Fabricville’s September 2012 Sale (Sept 4 to 25) 76
Free Patterns from 53
Is There Any Real Value to Cutting Ties Cross Grain? 49
My Grand Moff Costume at Hal-Con  49
Áo Dài Cheongsam Qípáo?  42
Fall 2012 Classes at Fabricville Cole Harbour 42
Machines and Dealers 42
2013-14 Guild Meeting Schedule 40
Class — Sew a Fully Lined Jacket 40
Know Your Size from a… Body Scan? 38

Make what you will of this list but keep in mind, those who read articles just from the Home page do not show up here. I can contribute the following insights, though.

  • A lot of readership come from searches online. Any time there is something being written about where there is a surge in interest, whether an event like International Sewing Machine Day, or a niche audience like people wanting to learn how to make specific cosplays (costumes) like Grand Moff, or a specific pattern like Simplicity 1727, there will be continual interest.
  • Posts specific to our Guild like the Meeting schedule is mostly due to our own members’ interest, like the new meeting schedule and jacket class.
  • The classes from 2012 post shows there’s definitely local interest for classes. Here’s hoping our new classes posts will attract a lot of attention from those seeking.
  • The remaining posts? You’ve got me. That’s how the universe rolled in the past 12 months. 🙂

Search Terms Used to Find Our Site

A lot of people end up on our site through search results. Here were the most popular terms used that got people to our site.

atlantic   sewing guild 80
simplicity   1727 9
atlantic   sewing guild blog 9
shevon   o’toole 8
grand   moff costume 7
buy   grand moff uniform 7
allfreesewing   miscellaneous projects 6
allfreesewing 5
nightwing   bodysuit 5
ao dai   christmas 4
chanel   jacket sew along 4
grand   moff pattern 4
qipao   pattern 4
husqvarna   sewing machine dealers in nova scotia 4

Great to know people are searching for us and found us. Beyond that, note what I said above regarding what gets views.

Top Referrers to Our Site

These are sites that directed the most traffic to our site. Here’s a complete shocker!

Search   Engines 978 92
Facebook 54 46 Reader 25 21 21 12 7

The Search Engines referral clear at the top isn’t surprising. What may perhaps be surprising is a Thai site that talked about International Sewing Day and referenced our post on it, which you saw previously had a high traffic volume. Lots of people read that post and clicked through, it would seem! Thing was they didn’t do it in a day or a week, because I didn’t recall seeing any odd traffic patterns in my daily monitoring of our site. They just kept at it since June!

Nice to also see the Jamii Foundation write-ups, and our listing with Avonport, resulted in traffic. Thanks to those people who put in the work to get us on there.

Hotmail links that people clicked on ( was responsible for some referrals, along with Yahoo emails, too. Those were most likely from our Guild emails to members, but I can’t be sure how much. My site had a few referrals, but it’s very few considering the traffic my site receives (about 3,000 views per day these days).

What Readers Clicked On Most

These are sites people clicked on via links on our site. (Minh Tan’s blog) 149 (Tory’s blog) 57 (Nancy’s blog) 53 53 (SIN Group blog) 53 (Barbara Emodi’s blog) 49 (McCall and associated patterns site) 28 (Atlantic Fabrics store) 22
Attachments we have in posts 20 (various Pinterest links) 20 (Style Arc patterns) 15
Facebook (our Guild Facebook page) 11

My site is only at the top because I repost sewing related content from there. I do that because should anything happen to this site, I will have my content on my site for my use.

It’s nice to see lots of people are clicking through on our members’ blogs among the top sites readers click on.