Wild Ginger Newsletter Volume 1.1.15


Hi and welcome to the first Wild Ginger software newsletter of 2015.

Featured Style

Our featured style in this newsletter is the Moto Jacket. This motorcycle inspired jacket is double breasted with a notched collar and inseam pockets. A decorative,exposed zipper is sewn for the front closure instead of buttons. The women's version has front waist darts and back armscye princess seams. This style was added to the available Wild Styles in Boutique, Tailor Made, and Child's Play v6 in the April 2015 update.

moto jacket

Moto Jacket

Program Tip

One of our customers gave us this tip - print your patterns on 8 1/2" x 11" lined school notebook paper. It's cheap, thin, and you have more lines to help you match the pattern pieces.

lined paper

Lined Notebook Paper for Printing Patterns

National Make It With Wool Competition

For 64 years, National Make It With Wool (NMIWW) has been promoting and recognizing excellence and creativity in the construction of wool garments. Each year they sponsor a national sewing and design competition for young people and adults. Entrants compete at the state level and two finalists from each state move onto the national competition. Their goals are to promote beauty and versatility of wool yarns and fabrics and foster creativity and good sportsmanship.

Wild Ginger Software has been a proud sponsor of the national competition for many years now. My husband Paul and I have both had the pleasure of being judges at the national competition. Paul even got to emcee the national fashion show one year.

This organization was one of my very first inspirations as a seamstress. In 1978, I entered the Illinois state NIMWW competition. There I am at 17 rockin’ the Farrah Fawcett hair style and my entry. Sadly, I won third place and did not get to go on to the national competition but I thoroughly enjoyed my experience and have been so pleased to get to continue on with this great group.


This competition is a fantastic opportunity to promote sewing and design for teachers in sewing, fashion design, and life skills related programs as well as home school associations. Its also great fun!

National Make It With Wool Website

Congratulations to this year's winners!

  • Dianne Galloway - Adult Ohio
  • Kris Puckrin - Junior - Ohio
  • Jenna Legred - Senior - Minnesota
  • Kristen Morris - Fashion/Apparel Design - Cornell University -- New York


NMIWW 2015 Winners

Customer Profile

Meet Judy Wolinski of Bothell, WA. Judy is a registered nurse and does private duty home care for medically challenged children. Judy is pictured below in a top she created in PatternMaster Knits v6. The top is the classic style with ruched front inset panel and shirred sleeves. Judy also created a unique back pack/seat cushion using the tote bag pattern from our Free Wild Things. The seat cushion is removable and forms a pocket.

Q: At what age did you start sewing?

    A: 9 years old on a treadle machine

Q: What brought you to sewing?

    A: Originally, watching my Mom sew, which she did for economical reasons. I kept at it because I couldn't buy clothes that fit. I always liked taking things apart and putting them back together again as a kid, and sewing is like that, when you think about the construction aspect and making all the pieces fit together.

Q: What do you like most about sewing?

    A: I like the design process, and the sewing and end products. I sometimes need to push myself to cut out things.

Q: What kinds of things do you sew most often?

    A: Right now, clothes. For myself and my family, and for a young girl I take care of. Now that my granddaughter is getting older, I am getting requests for doll clothes. I have sewn everything from diaper covers to wedding dresses, and pillows to quilts.

Q: When did you first start sewing with Wild Ginger software?

    A: I started with Version 2 of PMB in 2000. I bought it at Sew Expo in Puyallup, and used it successfully that April when I took a couture class with Susan Khalje. I had bought a traditional pattern for the design, used PMB and PE for my pattern and muslin, which required only minor tweaking from the expert.


PMK6 Panel Top with Shirred Sleeves

Back Pack / Seat Cushion