Post & Win! Turns Three!

by Kim on July 6, 2009

Wow. Where has the time gone? July 5, 2009 marked the “3rd birthday” of

It has been a wonderful 3 years and we look forward to many more. “YCMT” has become more than just a place to download how-to’s and patterns — it has been the catalyst for hundreds of women authors to share their expertise, a place for hundreds more to create beautiful things for their homes, families,and often times, their businesses, and above all, a place that empowers people with the words “You CAN”.  Oh, I love my job.

A few months ago, a photo came into the “I Made This” section of the site. The outfit created for a little girl was stunning.  When I read that this mom had only been sewing for 2 months, I was thrilled. Because I’ve always believed that no matter someone’s experiece (or lack of), that people really can make these things. (I better believe that, right?!) 

 I immediately sent an email to “Stephanie” asking her to share with me a little more about her experience.  With her permission, here’s a few of her thoughts:

“I’d love to share with you more about my experience.  I’ve always been a crafty kind of a person. Name a craft, and chances are not only can I teach you how to do it, but I can loan you all the tools you need as well. The only thing that I wanted to do but had yet to master was sewing. I had tried sewing several times before, but always got frustrated. I knew how to use my machine and could sew a (mostly) straight line, but it seemed like patterns were written for people who spoke another language. I would open even the simplest of patterns and get partway through reading the instructions and just give up! For nearly eight years my sewing machine sat in a dusty corner of my craft room. I would occasionally get it out, only to get frustrated with myself and put it right back. Why couldn’t I “get” sewing?

When I saw your site, I thought I would give sewing just one more try. I bought a pattern, and was surprised how extremely easy it was to follow and understand. It was like having your best friend sitting next to you, explaining what “cutting on the fold” meant, and showing you how to topstitch. I made my very first piece of clothing ever, and I was hooked! I was in shock that after so many years of frustration that it could be so easy. I made two more tops in the next couple of days, and then (nervously) decided to try something else. I was sure that I would end up frustrated again and only be able to make tops :) I was pleasantly surprised to find that each of the patterns I downloaded were as well thought out and as easy to follow as the first one. I ended up making an entire Disney wardrobe for my daughter with the patterns I’d downloaded, and I could not have been happier with myself! LOL

I can’t tell you what joy it has brought me to finally be able to sew! I am amazed with myself each time I finish a project. I love that people ask me where my daughter’s outfits are from, and it’s such a great feeling to be able to say I made it.  When people reply, “Wow, what a great seamstress you are! I could never make that”, inside I just laugh because I know the truth about my sewing skills! Then I tell them my secret weapon is this awesome little website called :) It’s thanks to you guys that my husband is now rolling his eyes about my growing fabric stash…

I really think your site is awesome and I visit every day to see what is new. I look at the “I made this” section for inspiration and wish that there was a place to share my excitement over new patterns, etc. :) I look forward to seeing what else you guys come up with! Thanks for emailing me, Kim.”

-Stephanie C.
Duvall, Washington

Leave a comment, birthday wish, or a little about your experience and you could win!

THREE people will win a $30 Gift Certificate to
THREE people will win a SURPRISE BUNDLE of eBooks.
ONE person will win a $100 Gift Certificate to

A very sincere thank you for being such a wonderful support to our family of sites. Thank you.

P.S. Love the turquoise birthday dress pictured in the photo above?  It was created using “The Precious Dress” for sizes 3 months – 10 years! You can fnd this e-pattern by Carla C  here.

The machine embroidery designs stitched onto the apron are by JesseKate Designs found at


1 Angela 07.06.09 at 6:30 pm

HaPpY BiRtHdAy!!!
I have truly enjoyed every pattern I’ve bought from YCMT! Every time I look for a new pattern, your site is where I look first! I also just started sewing and the ease and clarity of all the patterns I’ve bought have made them all a great way for me to learn tons of sewing tips.
Thanks a ton!

2 Connie 07.06.09 at 6:41 pm

Happy Birthday! You always have some great ideas!

3 Amy 07.06.09 at 6:44 pm

Happy, Happy Birthday! I have just recently found you and love to browse through all your patterns. I can’t wait to make some of your stuff- the hardest part is choosing where to start!

4 Juanita 07.06.09 at 6:51 pm

Happy Birthday! I can’t believe it has been three years. I think I joined up about a month after you went online and it don’t seem possible that it could be three years! I love the site and the patterns.

5 Carolyn Hutchinson 07.06.09 at 6:55 pm

I love Stephanie’s story. It’s always inspiring to see what joy sewing and other crafts can bring.

6 Sarah Hawker 07.06.09 at 6:56 pm

Happy Birthday YCMT!!!

7 Beth 07.06.09 at 7:01 pm

Happy 3rd Birthday! YCMT is such an inspiration.

8 Jamie 07.06.09 at 7:18 pm

This is such a fun site! I have one pattern right now that I’ve bought and am dying to have time to make– I just can’t wait! Thanks for the giveaway!

9 Sassafras 07.06.09 at 7:23 pm

Happy Birthday! Great site ~ Great inspiration!

10 Nanette 07.06.09 at 7:26 pm

Happy Birthday! YCMT helped me get started in the epattern business. Through this opportunity, I have made many new “internet” friends. I have watched the site grow and expand. It just keeps getting better.

11 HSB Suzanne 07.06.09 at 7:29 pm

Happy 3rd Birthday! Time *does* fly when you’re having fun!

roseinthemorning [at] gmail [dot] com

12 Jennifer C. 07.06.09 at 7:30 pm

Happy 3rd Birthday!!! Wow YCMT was only born five months before my daughter. I sure wish I had found you before she was born instead of a year and a half ago.

I TOTALLY relate to Stephanie. I have tried and mastered many crafts, but sewing was always a challenge. The paper patterns always left me with a cut out pile of an unfinished garment. I was fed up with trying new patterns only to fail. In January of last year someone guided me to your site. I had to try an ebook. I wanted to know if I really could make some of the lovely things you say I can. I set out to make my daughter Dainty Designs Stripwork Ribbon Top and Sew Sensible’s Boutique Bottoms, for Easter. I was so amazed when I not only made her the top and pants, but they looked good! I now own several ebooks from YCMT and not once have I had a problem with them.

Now just a little testimony on how great your patterns are to understand… Last fall I decided because I had used so many ebooks without an issue that surely I could try a paper pattern. I know, big mistake. I took my measurements, found my size, cut out the fabric and started sewing. Somewhere in the middle of it the top just wasn’t coming together right. I was lost in the pattern, but determined to finish the top. After a bit of guess work I got the horrible monstrosity together. Where’s the top today you may ask??? I dropped it in a clothes recycling bin. Now I could try to make a second and possibly clear up some of the disasters, but I discovered the size they said I needed was wrong. I need one to two sizes smaller. My problem is that once a paper pattern is cut there’s no going to a different size. I’ve learned my lesson. I’m sticking to ebooks.

13 SBShell 07.06.09 at 7:36 pm

WOW three years! How cool. Love the site, love the patterns, always something new to learn and all the writers here make it easy to learn. Thanks to you all!

14 lorchick 07.06.09 at 7:41 pm

I actually make most of my stuff from scratch, but I’m still a huge fan of YCMT. I love looking at all the stuff for inspirations, and I also love to refer my friends who are interested in sewing but not sure that they could do it to your website!

15 Leigh 07.06.09 at 7:42 pm

I very recently discovered youcanmakethis. I am now in LOVE with your site and all the absolutely wonderful things I now know it’s possible for me to make! I am blogging about my creations because I want everyone else to see how simple it can be to make the most amazing things. From dresses to felt food, I can’t wait to try it all! Happy birthday and Thank you!

16 Heather 07.06.09 at 7:46 pm

Gosh Kim, I cannot believe it has been 3 years! Time really does fly!

I knew when you started the site that it was a great idea, and you’ve proven over and over again what a great businesswoman you are. You had a brilliant idea and you’ve done a fantastic job of getting your product and services out to the public. It’s been an absolute pleasure to watch YCMT grow. Here’s to the next 3 years, may they be bigger and better than you could even imagine!

17 Kemi 07.06.09 at 7:49 pm

Happy Birthday! I stumbled across your site about four (five?) months ago, and I already have a wish list a mile long.

Thank you for providing simple, fashionable patterns for novice sewers like me.

18 Heather G. 07.06.09 at 8:00 pm

Happy Birthday! I love all the projects I’ve done from your site!

19 Katherine M. 07.06.09 at 8:23 pm

Happy B-day…Let me catch up please…there are so many patterns already…and so little time…lol…many more to come for us all I hope!

20 Beth of Jus Shar Designs 07.06.09 at 9:02 pm

Gosh, I remember when YCMT just started. I thought it was an excellent idea, but I had NO IDEA how much it would grow and expand. It’s become so much more than I thought it would be in the beginning. I guess that goes to show you, you can never assume anything, huh? :-)

Happy 3rd birthday, and here’s to many more happy DIY years to all!


21 Sue 07.06.09 at 9:14 pm

Happy Birthday and Congratulations! Wow, these outfits always look awesome. I remember my Mom making me A-Line skirts using a paper bag pattern. I think it’s awesome that you’re helping so many Moms, teaching them how to make these terrific outfits, etc.

22 Caryn Coleman 07.06.09 at 9:14 pm

I too made something from you all when I first started sewing and was amazed that I could do it. Now, three years later, I still love it! Many happy returns!

23 Shelley 07.06.09 at 9:14 pm

Happy Birthday. Love the site, love the ideas, love the way you make it work for everyone, new & experienced alike!

24 Carol 07.06.09 at 9:15 pm

Happy Birthday YCMT!!!!! I love the website. I check the “I Made This” section every day to see what others are creating.

Over the years I have tried many times, unsuccessfully I might add, to do a simple applique. I have had so many failures at it that I gave up. At the beginning of June, I set myself the goal of finally mastering the technique of applique once and for all this summer. My first stop was YCMT to order “Applique the Easy Way”. And, I am proud to say it was a SUCCESS. My first practice applique was pretty good. Then, I moved on to doing an applique on a tote bag for my daughter for her birthday. I am so pleased with how it turned out. And, now I am working on some appliqued squares for a quilt. BEAUTIFUL! I reached my goal and it’s only the beginning of July. THANK YOU YCMT!

25 Shawn 07.06.09 at 9:15 pm

Congrats on your 3rd birthday! Your emails are inspiring, so many cute projects for so many different crafters!

26 Monica 07.06.09 at 9:15 pm

Happy Birthday! Your store has been a total delight to me since I discovered it. So many great ideas and so many easy to follow patterns. My wish list would certainly benefit from one of your gift certificates!

27 Wendy Hillman 07.06.09 at 9:16 pm

Happy Birthday! I love YCMT!!! It’s one of my favorite websites and I have learned so many new things. YCMT also gave me the inspiration to learn how to sew and I have had the best time ever since.

Congratuations on 3 wonderful years!

Wendy Hillman

28 Debra 07.06.09 at 9:17 pm

Happy Third Brthday! You have such wonderful projects it’s no wonder you have such a popular site!

29 Lora Powell 07.06.09 at 9:17 pm

WOW 3 years old
I couldn’t believe when I came across this wonderful website.
I have purchased one pattern and the dress I made my little girl was great!!
I do need to send the photo.
But anyway thanks for all the WONDERFULLY fabulous patterns you have!!!!!
HAPPY< HAPPY birthday to YOU ALL!

30 sandra 07.06.09 at 9:18 pm

love your site and the sisters tooooo! So many patterns and so lttle time but I’ve love every pattern I gotten and so do the kids. THANKS

31 Shannon 07.06.09 at 9:19 pm

Happy Birthday! Stephanie’s story sounds very familiar!! I am addicted to’s photo gallery and my husband is definitely rolling his eyes every time he walks by my sewing room.

32 kelly walker 07.06.09 at 9:19 pm

I love your site! There are the most darling things here. I have really gotten back into sewing since happening upon your site. Happy Birthday!

33 Carla 07.06.09 at 9:21 pm

Happy Birthday to you! Great patterns.

34 Tanya 07.06.09 at 9:21 pm

I love YCMT! I love everything I have purchased!
HaPpY BiRtHdAy!!!!!!!!

35 Angie 07.06.09 at 9:24 pm

I found this website about 8 months ago when I was looking for a unique gift for a new baby. I found the name pillows and I fell in love I have never appliqued in my life and I ended up making an awesome pillow that matched his nursery. I have made several since and everyone agrees that they are a wonderful gift. Something they will treasure forever. Thanks for all the great ideas you have shared and I look forward to many more.

Happy 3rd Birthday
Angie Kansas City, MO

36 Lisa J 07.06.09 at 9:24 pm

Thanks for such a wonderful site. I love it….so many great ideas… if only I didn’t have to sleep! Happy Birthday and thanks for the giveaway!

37 Shelli 07.06.09 at 9:25 pm

Happy birthday YCMT!
I have loved all the patterns I have gotten from YCMT! Real patterns made by real people. So the rest of us ‘real people’ can understand them easily! Why can’t all patterns be made the same way? =)

38 Kim 07.06.09 at 9:27 pm

I happened to wander accross a few months back while I was looking for a downloadable pattern for a corset. Not only did i find the pattern i was looking for but about 20 more as well! I LOVE the wish list so that i can save my favorite patterns untill i can purchase them. My dd who just turned 3 last week is always getting compliments. People always ask me where i find such cute clothes, and just like Stephany i love to say “I made it!” I always tell other moms about, becasue its not fair to keep it all to myself!

Thank you YCMT for all the cute patterns and wonderful information that you share with us!!

39 Mindy Adkinson 07.06.09 at 9:27 pm

Happy Birthday YCMT! I wouldn’t be sewing today without this website!

40 Jessica 07.06.09 at 9:27 pm

Happy YCMT!!! I was a self taught seamstress at a young age and just thought I would figure the patterns out…to this day patterns confuse me and I usually have to make them myself…the best thing about YCMT is they are not confusing and actually I have learned a lot when I buy them, as they help you learn new techniques that I never thought of, and I can make things so much faster with the help I have received from my friends and designers of YCMT patterns!!!

41 Ritz Young 07.06.09 at 9:29 pm

Happy Birthday YCMT!!! I’m so excited that yet another milestone has been reached!! I’ve purchased numerous of ebooks from this site and I can’t tell you how much I’ve referred to them. Even in trying to create my own patterns, there’s always a useful technique that I’ve learned in the ebooks purchased and downloaded from the site that I’ve incorporated in my own designs and patterns.

I, too, was a novice seamstress when I first found your site. But since then, I’ve grown quite comfortable with my skill level and have taken on numerous of commissions that I never thought that I could do.

I truly have YCMT to thank for allowing me to be able to stop the madness and frustration and actually do something that I always knew that I could do.

Thank you and I’m looking forward to another great year with YCMT!

42 T. Morris 07.06.09 at 9:29 pm

I LOVE I bought my machine before my daughter was born because I wanted to make her some cute little burp rags, but it never happened. Three years later, I was able to make a bedskirt and pillows for my daughters bed and thought I would try my hand at little girls clothes. The first pattern I bought was the Easy Fit Pants by Carla C. It was so easy to understand. After that, I was hooked. I started making all kinds of clothes for my daughter and now I have a small business making clothing, burp rags and bibs, etc. I am so busy taking orders from friends, I haven’t even had time to make anything for my etsy sight. Happy Birthday Thanks for the opportunity to have a job/hobby that I love!

43 erika~ inspired mama musings 07.06.09 at 9:31 pm

i just stumbled upon your website rather recently but absolutely love it for it’s endless inspiration and wonderful patterns! thanks a bunch for everything!

44 Danielle 07.06.09 at 9:33 pm

I was so excited to find this site! The patterns are all so wonderfully written. They are super easy to follow and the pictures leave nothing out. I never wanted to attempt clothes because I thought for sure I wouldn’t be able to to do it. Now, I am constantly making something for my little girl! Sewing for her has become a joy instead of a dreaded task.
Happy Birthday YCMT!!! I look forward to many more years of awesome patterns! :)

45 Heather Roe 07.06.09 at 9:33 pm

Happy Birthday! Sometimes God has a way of placing blessings in our lives. YCMT has been one of those blessings. The friendly staff, huge array of downloadable patterns, FREE stuff and tips and tricks tutorials to help along the way…who could ask for more! Warm wishes for a happy 3rd birthday and continued success for many years to come :)

46 Melisa 07.06.09 at 9:34 pm

Happy Belated Birthday!!

Without this site I am not sure that I would be able to make the cute things that I do. The patterns are so easy and fun. Thank you for having the dream that you did for this site!!!

As for the article…it sounds so much like me. I am the crafters queen but wanted to sew. Because of YCMT I can now do it all!!!

47 Porsche Christensen 07.06.09 at 9:35 pm

I love you can make this, and share it with everyone who is crafty. I love the fact that new patterns come in, and it’s not just the same old, same old. Keep up the good work! Here’s to many more years of craftiness!

48 Amber 07.06.09 at 9:35 pm

I could have written Stephanie’s letter. I never thought I could sew a blanket let alone all the wonderful ruffle tops, reversible dresses, pants, embellished jeans, rompers for my son, the list goes on and on. I give thanks to this website and all the wonderful women who help to make it what it is. My kids would have boring closets without them!! Thank you YCMT!!!

49 Renae Wims 07.06.09 at 9:37 pm

Happy 3rd Birthday YCMT! I can’t believe I’ve been coming to this site for 3 yrs. It’s a GREAT site! It has really helped someone who is pretty much self taught. Thank you!

50 Natalia 07.06.09 at 9:41 pm

Thankyou so much for coming to be ! And happy birthday =) I never thought it would be possible for me to sew until I ran into your site ! Now I sew like crazy and became the mommy I always wanted to be for my baby girl !

Thankyou and plenty of x0x0x0

51 Jill Andrade-Brown 07.06.09 at 9:42 pm

Happy 3rd Birthday YCMT!! I have really enjoyed the patterns I have purchased on YCMT. With two young boys to chase after, I have little time for sewing. The ebook patterns are fast, easy and adorable and they have made sewing enjoyable for me again. Thank you so very much. I look forward to many more ebook purchases to keep me “busy”.
Jill Andrade-Brown

52 Jessica 07.06.09 at 9:43 pm

I’ve been downloading patterns from ycmt for almost a year now, and have so many I have still yet to make something from each and every one of them. I love the ease and simplicity of the patterns, and how with just a few small changes you can really let your creativity fly. I’d say about 90% of my daughters wardrobe is mommy made with patterns from ycmt, and I couldn’t be happier about that. Not only is my daughter pleased to be wearing a one of a kind outfit, but we can tailor them to suit her current phases or character choices. From using ycmt patterns, and getting inspirations from what others have done, I’ve also began making outfits for my boys who are extremely picky on what’s “cool”, but they love my outfits. You guys give women like me so much confidence in our sewing skills, the pleasure of making super cute clothes on a budget, and even the opportunity to turn our newfound skills into a business. I love supporting wahm by buying their patterns, and someday hope to join the ranks. Keep up the great work ycmt, happy 3rd birthday and many more to come!

53 Tara 07.06.09 at 9:47 pm

Happy Birthday! I look forward to receiving your newsletters!

54 Kimberly 07.06.09 at 9:49 pm

Happy Birthday!!
I have been so happy since I found your site! I hunted everywhere for easy to understand boutique patterns and couldn’t find any! When I finally found your site I couldn’t believe it! Everything I had been looking for was in one place! I have really enjoyed learning new sewing techniques and making clothes for my kids! Thanks!

55 Alice S 07.06.09 at 9:53 pm

Happy 3rd birthday! I’m so glad that you are here because I’ve bought 3 patterns from you and gotten lots of ideas for projects by looking at others’ work they submit. I wish you much success in the future!

56 princesstomato 07.06.09 at 9:55 pm

You have sold tons of my ebooks and I have to say that it has been very rewarding for me! I have received many emails from other artists that have purchased it, and it is so great to see that the info is helpful to others!
Keep up the good work!!!

57 Heidi 07.06.09 at 9:55 pm

Happy Birthday! What a wonderful site this is — great job, everyone!

58 Marie Villa 07.06.09 at 9:56 pm

Well, my birthday is actually coming up and I always request YCMT gift certs because I can’t get enough e-books. My sewing skills have really improved since I started sewing from the patterns purchased here. It has been a blessing. I have used some of the patterns to sew for my business and was evenly recently contacted by a well known fabric designer to be featured on her blog to showcase one of my designs using a pattern that I got right here on YCMT. It doesn’t get any better than that!!! I also just saw that I inspired someone else to make a tunic dress out of the tunic pattern and that was really exciting…usually I’m the one that’s inspired, but to be the one doing the inspiring??? How amazing is that? Thanks again for a wonderful website!

59 Judy 07.06.09 at 9:56 pm

Thank you for the informative and exciting site. It’s been a wonderful 3 years for you and the lovely ladies who help design all the great clothes you feature. Happy Birthday to you, and also a thank you for creating your other sites as well!

60 Sherri Cannon 07.06.09 at 9:56 pm

I Love Love Love your site. It has been great to be able to download patterns right away and I don’t have to pack the kids into the car, drag them through the store, get side tracked buying lots of stuff I didn’t know i never needed.

Thank you so much for bringing so many wonder talented authors together in one convenient place.

61 Amber 07.06.09 at 9:57 pm

Happy 3rd Birthday! I absolutely LOVE this site and utilize it almost every single day. What a huge success!

62 Tracy S 07.06.09 at 9:57 pm

I too have been very happy with the patterns that I have downloaded. Very easy to read and I love that they are downloadable!! No waiting for shipping!!!

Happy 3rd Birthday!!!

63 Margaret Lovelace 07.06.09 at 9:59 pm

Happy Birthday! I’ve been following your site for about a year now and I love the way you run it.
Very stylish and up-to-date patterns.

Keep up the good work!

64 Tonya Blevins 07.06.09 at 10:01 pm

OH, Happy Birthday! I have several patterns, and just love looking through the I made this section. There are several new things I can’t wait to get, my newest favorite is That Darn Kat’s undies!! My girls love them!

65 Linda 07.06.09 at 10:02 pm

Happy Birthday and many more years to go. I have really enjoyed making several outfits with your patterns and my grand daughter has been tickled with all the new clothes. I sent pictures earlier of the results and hope you enjoy seeing the ideas I put together with patterns and machine embroidery.
Happy Birthday from Kentucky.

66 Michelle Carlyle 07.06.09 at 10:07 pm

Happy Birthday!
Wow 3 already! Time just flies by :) I have loved this site from the start. Most of my “monkeys” clothes are made from patterens I got from YCMT. The patterns are so easy and alot will work for both boys and girls. I look alot and have a wish list of several patterns that I want .. but the hubby has locked down my finances until we get our daughters hospital bills paid off. So I am sewing from the patterns I have now and am waiting for the day I can get some new ones. Thank you for all you do!

67 Valerie 07.06.09 at 10:08 pm

Happy Birthday to you. I hope to try one of your purse patterns in the future. Thanks for the info you give.

68 Kate 07.06.09 at 10:09 pm

Happy Birthday YCMT! Thanks for all the inspiration!

69 Karen Hogue 07.06.09 at 10:11 pm

Happy 3rd Birthday YCMT!!!!
I’ve been really happy with the patterns I’ve bought here and look forward to each new pattern announcement.

70 Annette 07.06.09 at 10:11 pm

Happy Birthday!!!
It has been so much fun to browse the site and try out new patterns!
I’ve made a few things for my boys and they love them!!
Now all I need is some girls in this house so I can start sewing all those adorable dresses for my own kids too;)
Thank you!!

71 Nayda 07.06.09 at 10:12 pm

Happyyyyyyyy Birthdayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!and God bless all the beautifull people that keep us creativity ! I feel very gratefull of this wonderfull site , I begin with the ribbons sculptured and bowmaking and fabric flowers and now is my second income ! keep updating us and thanks again! Im very happy that i found a site like this.

72 Garilyn 07.06.09 at 10:18 pm

Happy birthday to you, Happy birthday to you, Happy birthday dea YCMT, Happy birthday to you!

I really enjoy sewing and how relaxing and rewarding it can be. The joy in finishing a project is wonderful. I enjoy just looking through your site and trying to decide which pattern to start with.


73 Lori 07.06.09 at 10:18 pm

Happy Birthday YCMT!!! Can’t wait to see what is coming next!

74 Mollie 07.06.09 at 10:19 pm

Happy, happy birthday to you! What an inspiring story Stephanie shared. I’m so glad she did, as I feel I am in the position she was once in. I can confidently make the same skirt over and over…but haven’t dared to try anything else (especially tops LOL). I am off to search for the perfect pattern to make my girls some outfits!

I hope you have many more successful and happy birthdays to come:)

75 Susan 07.06.09 at 10:21 pm

Happy Birthday YCMT!!

76 Cindy B. in in Oklahoma 07.06.09 at 10:25 pm

Congratulations and thank you for a wonderful site! There are so many ideas here. Is it possible to sell time along with them??? :)

77 Sara@HappyBrownHouse 07.06.09 at 10:27 pm

Happy Birthday YCMT! Congrats to Kim and the team for 3 years! Wow, where do I start? I love how easy you guys make everything. I followed the quilt-along and made my first “official” quilt with your support . I love the fact that there is real interaction going on through the blog and you actually visit us and make comments on our blogs. YCMT feels like a community and has connected me with many “blog/internet” friends! Here’s the quilt I made with your help

78 Molly Wilson 07.06.09 at 10:33 pm

I am 59 yrs old and have been sewing since I was 8 yrs old. So no problem right? Wrong, I am a pre-k teacher and on April10, 2007 at 9:20 am I collapsed on the floor completely paralyzed except for just my left hand. I stayed in the hospital, still paralyzed for 6 weeks until they discovered I had MS. So I went home 2 weeks later, still not able to do anything (if you get my meaning.) I worked very hard to learn things left-handed because I am right-handed. My loving husband decided I needed a sewing machine that would sew with just the push of a button. Now I was all set, except everything I wanted to do was too difficult. Until…I discovered this web site. You will never know how you gave me the strength to at least give things a try, yes I messed up a lot but I finally got to where I could make things—-and keep them. WOW!! I have now advanced to being able to use both hands and can use my walker, a very little bit. But you are still here for me, and I want to say Thank You and Happy Birthday. This site literally pulled me out of a deep, dark hole, and I can’t thank you enough. From an MS Survivor, and a sewer. 8>)

79 Kristina 07.06.09 at 10:34 pm

Three years? I can’t believe it! I became a member of youcanmakethis a few months before their first birthday, and just as the site has grown and changed so too have my skills. I remember my amazement at learning to back stitch and zig zag stitch in place of serging. Two critical techniques that had never been explained to me by traditional patterns. I remember itching to sew, falling in love with fabric, and starting a love affair with my sewing machine that has lasted to this day. I have grown so much as a seamstress thanks to this site, it’s support of its customers, and the amazing women behind the scenes who are always there to lend a hand, think of a cute project and help us all grow into an ever evolving community.
Thank you to all of you fabulous ladies Kim, Kris, Lori, Carla, and everyone else at youcanmakethis, you are all truly an inspration!

80 Michelle 07.06.09 at 10:34 pm

Happy birthday, and here’s to many, many more. Your site is a wealth of information, ideas, and inspiration. Everything looks so do-able, and I only wish there were more hours in a day. I just finished two of the Preemie Fruit Hats that you so generously offer as a free download, to donate to my local NICU unit. They turned out great and were a breeze to make. I also have a few sewing patterns from you, and crochet as well. Each pattern is well written, full of fantastic photographs, and I have been happy and beyond satisfied with everything I’ve seen from you. Thank you, and I wish you continued success!

81 sondra 07.06.09 at 10:36 pm

Congratulations! Happy birthday! Love your fun site! (Just need more time for sewing!)

82 Jennifer 07.06.09 at 10:39 pm

Three years, what a landmark! I too, am celebrating a landmark birthday! Oops! We won’t go into details but I think I have been celebrating my 29th birthday for about 11 years! Anyway, Congratulations and I truly hope, that this wonderful site that encourages people who have never sewn to do so, will be around for 100 years to come!

83 Angela K. 07.06.09 at 10:41 pm

Happy Birthday to YOU!! This is a perfect thing to post on my blog since it is birthday month on The Creative Homemaker too!! XO

84 Sarah 07.06.09 at 10:50 pm

Congratulations on your 3rd birthday! I can remember drooling over all of the cute – but way out of my price range – outfits on Ebay after my daughter was born and thinking “I could make those for a fraction of the cost – if only I had a pattern” I sew the same way that I cook – anything is possible with either a pattern or a recipe. I wish that I were more like my dad, he can throw all sorts of things together and come up with a great meal. I used to wish that I could do the same in my sewing room, but then I found your wonderful site. My daughter will be four at Christmas, and is a big tomboy who hates dresses unless they are at the frilly, ruffley, twirly end of the extreme scale. Most of the time, I put her in leggings or simple pants with a simple dress and tell her that it isn’t a dress, just a big top! One of these days, I’ll get around to posting in the “I made this” section of your site, but for now I’ll just say “Thank you” for making me look such an accomplished seamstress and for allowing me to dress my daughter in the boutique style that I love at a price that my DH can handle!!!

85 Alicia 07.06.09 at 10:51 pm

I can totally relate to Stephanie! Pretty much the same story of my start on sewing. I can do pretty much any craft I look at but sewing was so confusing to me with those store bought patterns. So when my daughter Faith was born three years ago I found your site and have been a faithful shopper ever since. Soon after I started sewing everyone would ask me where I got her clothes and then ask me to make one for their daughters……..So now it’s a business! I owe it all to your wonderful website. Thank you so much I will continue to come back for all the fun!
Alicia M.
Clovis, CA.

86 Kimberly 07.06.09 at 10:54 pm

Happy third birthday!!

87 Bonnie Schwoerer 07.06.09 at 10:55 pm

Happy 3rd Birthday. Have done a few of your patterns and love them. I want to do many more for my Great Grandchildren. Thank you for 3 great years and I hope many more.

88 Jennifer Clark 07.06.09 at 10:56 pm

Happy Birthday!!! When I started sewing less than a year ago, I was all excited to learn to sew clothes for my little girls, and went out and bought some patterns. I quickly learned why everyone “hates” patterns…and I share their loathing for the tissue-thin, use-one-size-only, pain-in-the-tushie things!!!! I was thrilled to find your site, and I love e-books now!! SO much better than tissue paper!! LOL Even the free Debut Purse e-book I got for signing up for the newsletter was great – I made it for my sister for Christmas and she LOVES it. I just taught my sister how to sew, and I immediately referred her to your site, and she’s already bought her first e-book and made her first dress, and it turned out so cute. Thanks for all your great inspiration!!!!

89 Tara Anderson 07.06.09 at 10:58 pm

Happy Birthday! I LOVE this website. I took up sewing as a teen and now I am 26. I feel like sewing is becoming something of the past. It used to be easy to find fabric and patterns, but now fabric stores are going out of business and carrying much less. That’s where a great website like this comes in. I also don’t have many girlfriends that sew and Your site makes me feel like I am a member of a really cool sewing club. I don’t have kids yet, but I love making things for myself or my nieces. These patterns are not only easier, but much cuter than those I find at most craft stores. Keep up the good work! I also love SWAK and youcanquilt!

90 Joella 07.06.09 at 10:59 pm

Happy Birthday! You’re patterns and ideas are so cute & clever!

91 Sarah 07.06.09 at 11:02 pm

I also wanted to ask: which pattern was used for the blue birthday dress? I can’t seem to find it. Thanks.

92 Michelle 07.06.09 at 11:14 pm

HaPpY BiRtHdAy YMCT!!! I love your site and recommend it to everyone…Thanks for having such a great site and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

93 Laura 07.06.09 at 11:19 pm

Happy Birthday! I love YCMT- I can spend forever just looking and admiring all the talent and ideas. I love that YCMT bring it all together in one place and makes the patterns so accessible to anyone. Keep up the good work!

94 Jill Scott 07.06.09 at 11:24 pm

I have been buying patterns ever since you first started. I first started with appliques. The patterns are soo easy to read and follow. I am excited to see that there are so many options available–other than sewing. I have not had a chance to buy and try the other options (painting, digital scrapbooking, woodworking, etc) but hope to take a look at them and try one of each soon. Thanks again for providing a place for all of us to find such great things to create.

95 Robbi 07.06.09 at 11:29 pm

Happy Birthday YCMT! and many more to come I hope. I have loved sewing forever but didn’t find the inspiration for making great kids clothing until I found your site. All the patterns make it super easy and quick to make a piece of one-of-a-kind clothing for the grandgirls.

96 Susan S 07.06.09 at 11:41 pm

Happy Birthday YCMT! I always LOVE to see what is new and have learned so much about sewing through your wonderful ebooks.
Here’s to many more years…
Best wishes,

97 Caroline Nash 07.06.09 at 11:42 pm

Happy Birthday YCMT long may it continue. I love sewing, stitching, quilting and the rest so your site was a dream come true with all the wonderful patterns.
Thank you from across the pond in not too sunny England.

98 Christine 07.06.09 at 11:43 pm

I LOVE YCMT!! Love it! I think I’ve purchased about a dozen patterns from this site already and I only just discovered it in March.I’m addicted to ebooks now, and love that I can make the patterns in multiple sizes over and over again. I used to trace the “old school” patterns so I could use them more than once and I have a huge bin full of tissue paper- I should just throw it all away- I have no idea anymore what piece goes with what. It is so nice to be able to download these patterns over and over if you lose a piece etc.
I check the “I made this” section of the site everyday. I love seeing all of the outfits everyone comes up with. This is by far my favorite website (even beats facebook) ;) .
I wish this site much continued success!

99 Karen K 07.06.09 at 11:48 pm

Happy Birthday!! I enjoy your site so much and look forward to the newsletter!! Keep up the good work!

100 Christina 07.06.09 at 11:56 pm

Happy Birthday! I stumbled upon YCMT in the middle of the night a few months back and it immediately became a favorite of mine. I had never even heard of e-books before, but quickly found I loved them and loved YCMT even more. I promise you once you try an ebook you will never want to go back to a confusing pattern. I have told all my friends about YCMT’s website and sang your praises high and low. My wishlist is HUGE. You have such a wonderful variety of patterns that I’ll be shopping here for a very long time. Thank you for such a wonderful site and for offering so many great interactive things like the pictures of what others have made, and the wishlist. You are truly amazing!

101 Laura 07.07.09 at 12:26 am

HaPpY BiRtHdAy!!!!!!!!!!I have so much fun with your ideas…and when you have fun the time fly away…so YCMT is 3 years old as my little son…
I hope we can share many time together creating so many cute things!!!
kisses laura

102 Barbara N 07.07.09 at 12:29 am

I remember when YCMT was just a baby. It was fabulous then and WOW how magnificently you have grown. Happy Birthday!


103 Lisa N 07.07.09 at 12:37 am

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! This site has been such a blessing to me. I learned to make my very first dress here for my daughter’s 1st birthday. That was more than 1 year ago and I haven’t stopped since! Now I’ve not only made more adorable outfits for her, but for my son and myself as well! I just love the simplicity of the patterns and that with the download I can get started right away!
Many more Happy Birthday’s to come!!

104 Narelle 07.07.09 at 1:15 am

Happy Birthday YCMT, I absolutely love this site, I no longer waste money on hard to follow paper patterns from the store, YCMT is the only place I get my patterns, which are all so much fun and really easy to follow, my nieces will be loving me over the next few months, with their birthdays coming…. but what to choose, it is to mind boggling. He he

105 Judith 07.07.09 at 1:25 am

Happy Birthday!!
Just a few months ago I found You can Make This. Great patterns and idea’s!
love Judith

106 Solidia 07.07.09 at 1:45 am

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I love your site. I am so glad I stubbled upon it one day. The patterns are soo incredibly cute and easy to follow.

107 Dianna 07.07.09 at 1:46 am

I have been a HUGE fan of this site for so long! I can’t even count the number of patterns I’ve bought here. And I refer all my sewing friends, too! Thank you so much for a wonderful website.
BTW – which eBook was used to create the gorgeous turquoise birthday dress…the one with the apron and Peter Pan collar?!

108 Jaya 07.07.09 at 2:45 am

Happy Birthday!

I have loved your site for years, I love browsing through the “i made this” section to find inspiring designs. Quite recently i followed along with your quilting tutorial on the ycmt blog, and I now have an amazing throw quilt that gets many compliments from every visitor in our house.

Kudos to you, Kim, for the site, the blog and for providing a platform for the wonderful designs that inspire us.

109 Heather C. 07.07.09 at 2:48 am

Happy Birthday!!! LOVE this site -such an inspiration!

110 Kelly 07.07.09 at 2:51 am

Happy Third Birthday!!
I’ve just discovered this site recently and I LOVE it! I have been doing crafty things for years now, but have been rediscovering crafts I used to do all over again. Right now it’s all about the crochet and the knitting, but I am dying to get back into sewing again. And maybe even do a better job than I used to do at it!! Thanks so much for the inspiration! :)

111 Astrid Kerkhoff 07.07.09 at 3:05 am

When I have no inspiration… I visit You Can Make
When I want to see cheerfull things… I visit You Can Make
When I want to make something different… I visit You Can Make
When I need an idea to make something… I visit You Can Make
When I want a smile on my face… I visit You Can Make


Congratulations with your 3th Birthday!
Many greetings from The Netherlands!!

112 Debbie Samuelson 07.07.09 at 3:10 am

Happy Happy 3rd Birthday to you! I don’t sew much but when I do it is usually a disaster! Since we have no little girls to sew for in our family, I sit and peruse your site in amazement that all this beautiful fabric that I hord can actually be made into something. When you started your site, I was just venturing into getting to know my Mother’s old singer machine. So we are growing together, but I’m seriously way behind in my growth compared to your site. The only things that has grown faster than my sewing skills is my fabric collection. Seeing all the great fabrics your talented testers and pattern writers use, I just have to have one yard of everything, in hopes that one day…one of my ebooks will be more than coffee table material :) Best of luck in the coming years!

113 Vicki Terpstra 07.07.09 at 3:49 am

Happy Birthday and Congratulations on the first three years of many.

114 Sandra 07.07.09 at 3:52 am

It is a surprise to learn that you are turning three! I just found you a couple of months ago, but love everything. Keep up the good work.

115 Sherri Youngblood 07.07.09 at 4:12 am

Happy, Happy Birthday YCMT! What an incredible blessing it was to find your site over a year ago. I have loved every ebook I’ve purchased as well as the wonderful inspiration I get from the I Made This section. I must admit that I am a bit addicted as I check several times throughout the day to see if any new designs or inspirations have been added:) Here’s to many, many more successful years…

116 Ramona DeLoach 07.07.09 at 4:28 am

Happy Birthday!!!!, I received a sewing machine as a gift about 5 years ago, it of course sit in my closet until last summer i had decided i was going to teach my self, i bought a pattern and just could not understand it so I got online searching for help and thats how I found your site and WOW was I amazed I bought some patterns and could actually understand them I have made several things for gifts and for my daughters. I absolutely love this site and it’s because I stumbled upon it that I have contimued to learn more. Just last week I decided I would try quilting. i made a cute crib quilt for a gift all on my own. Thanks YCMT for the easy patterens.

117 Maria 07.07.09 at 4:58 am

Happy Birthday to one of my favorite sites!!!

118 Lise L. 07.07.09 at 5:01 am

*****HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!*****

I always remember the saying ” give a woman a fish and let her eat for a day, teach her how to fish and she will feed her family forever” ! YCMT has done exactly that for so many women that had the talent but just were not sure how to develop it! It has helped so many stay at home mom have a better quality of life by teaching them how to earn some extra money with their creativity.You should all be so proud of YCMT!!!

Thank you and I just can’t wait to see what else you will be coming up with in the future!

119 amy h 07.07.09 at 5:11 am

Happy Birthday YCMT, Happy Birthday to you!
I know you are going to have many more birthdays! It feels so nice to say “I made it” when people ask where you bought something. WOW! Thank you! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

120 Dixie Lee 07.07.09 at 5:15 am

I too love your patterns and find them very easy to follow. I have been sewing for 40+ years and wish they would have been around back when I started sewing as many patterns back then were very difficult to follow and some are still very hard to follow. Happy Birthday and I loved Stephanie’s story. dixielee

121 Kris 07.07.09 at 5:20 am

Happy Birthday! I can’t believe it’s been three years!

122 Felicia 07.07.09 at 5:21 am

Happy Birthday, YCMT! I love this site! I’ve been sewing since I was 10, but the patterns you buy at the craft stores aren’t always as cute as the ones I find here. I love getting on every couple of weeks and seeing what’s new. And I’m always telling my friends about the site!

123 Brian 07.07.09 at 5:26 am

Happy BDay! My wife loves your patterns.

124 mama27 07.07.09 at 5:28 am

I sew love this site! I have been sewing for about 18 years and am self taught. YCMT and their patterns, instructions all make sewing so much more enjoyable.
Everything is simple.
Along with being so cute, fresh and on the cutting edge!
I am a stay at home mom of 7 children and also teach sewing to others now.
What a joy it is to see them complete a project. Now I send them all to this site to keep them going. I feel it is not a typical place or a confusing pattern that they will get frustrated with and never sew again. But a place they will be encouraged and love and keep their passion for such a wonderful gift of sewing.
Thank you for providing such great projects, instructions and prices.

125 Lisa Blansett 07.07.09 at 5:29 am

Happy Birthday. You have got to share the pics now. I want to see what she created!

126 Mary Kay Pfister 07.07.09 at 5:35 am

Happy Birthday YCMT! I’ve been following this site from the beginning, and in 3 years, it’s contantly new! Congratulations on your success!

127 Krista Fields 07.07.09 at 5:42 am

HaPpY BiRtHdAY !!!!!!!!
I love to sew. For me it is a relaxing stress removing activity. In my spare time I’m sewing. Sadly spare time has become too hard to come by. Your newsletters remind me to take time to enjoy something I love. Your patterns are so wonderfully done and I’m able to create something amazing in a night or two. Lower stress and instant gratification make YCMT my all time favorite web site in the great big WWW. Thanks

128 Lisa 07.07.09 at 5:48 am

Happy Birthday to You
Happy Birthday to You
Happy Birthday dear YCMT
Happy Birthday to You!!

I found your site about a year and a half ago and have fallen completely in love with it. I am a very crafty person (like the one in the post), but sewing was something I was determined to do because I had two young daughters. I made my first outfit for my girls Easter 08 and my family admitted to not thinking I could do it. Not very comforting, I know. But it gave me the motivation to make more things since I knew I could do it. Now I make an outfit for every holiday and every outing we go on (ie, zoo, ice cream playdates). It is so fun to make outfits and all the ebooks I’ve bought have been so helpful and easy to understand. One of my favorite internet pass times is going to your site and looking at the “I made this” section. It’s fun to see what everyone else makes and get ideas for things I want to create. Thank you so much for having this site!!

129 Valarie Lewis 07.07.09 at 6:04 am

Congratulations on turning 3! In these days of uncertain economy that is quite an accomplishment. I have used a few of your patterns and they are very easy, and well explained. ONe of these days I will have to take some pictures of my creations for you!


130 Susie H 07.07.09 at 6:04 am

Happy Birthday! Stephanie’s story could have been written by me! When I was younger, I always wanted to sew. My mother wasn’t a seamstress so she really couldn’t teach me. I remember trying to make a pair of shorts and sewing the crotch shut! That was the end of that. After my daughter was born, the sewing bug bit me again. When I found your site, I was so excited. I now consider myself a self-taught seamstress and I’ve been making super-cute clothes for my daughter for 3 years. I’m always recommending your site to friends who ask about my daughters clothes. Thanks for providing a great website and bringing together so many ideas and patterns in one place!

131 Carol S. 07.07.09 at 6:07 am

Hi, I can’t believe it’s been three years!

I could sew when I found YCMT but I have learned a lot of little tips and tricks from all the wonderful pattern makers!


132 Alana Raymond 07.07.09 at 6:10 am

Congratulations on 3 years of providing wonderfuls to the public via the internet. And they are wonderfuls – wonderful patterns, wonderful ideas, wonderful incentive to give it a try (you can do it!) wonderful freebies, wonderful everything.

May you have 33 more years of wonderfulness.

133 Amy W 07.07.09 at 6:11 am

Happy Birthday and Congratulations on 3 years!!
I have been with you since the start and can’t believe how much your site has grown! I always liked to sew, but buying a commercial pattern was something I would always dread. The sizes are never right, the instructions too vague, not to mention the horrible tissue paper…LOL
Because of YCMT, I LOVE sewing now, and never run out of inspiration to do so. I only wish I had more time to sew all the patterns I’ve purchased.
Thank you so much for this tremendous resource and best wishes for many, many more successful years!!

134 Sarah Palmeter 07.07.09 at 6:15 am

Congrats on 3 years! I LOVE being able to create things, and YCMT has been a great help in that!

135 Marsha 07.07.09 at 6:16 am

Happy Birthday!


136 Misty 07.07.09 at 6:16 am

I love this site! Happy Birthday with many more to come. I just recently started sewing again when my daughter received an American Girl Doll for Christmas. I wanted to make original outfits for her and started looking for sites with doll clothes to fit her doll when I found you! She loves the wrap skirt and I can’t wait to make the twirl skirt and the holiday outfits. My next goal is to get the bundle of ebooks for the doll clothes and a friend of mine wants me to make her 2 yr old an outfit from this site. I can’t wait to send you the pics when they’re done. Again, Happy Birthday.

137 Kathy Gillum 07.07.09 at 6:17 am

WoW what a wonderful 3 years. I love your ideas and patterns. It is such a shame that I can’t quit work and stay home to make more projects. Everytime I return to the site I see something I would like to make for someone.
Congrats and keep em coming.

138 Tabitha O. 07.07.09 at 6:18 am

Great story! Happy Birthday YCMT I have used several patterns from here-recommend you to everyone and just hope you continue to be as fabulous in the future!

139 Glenda 07.07.09 at 6:21 am

I have absolutely loved your site. I look everyday for new patterns that might have been released. I love how easy the patterns are and how cute everything seems to come out at the end. The other thing I have found most if not all of the authors will respond to questions you may have along the way while in the middle of the project if you have questions. I just love that.

Keep up the great work this site is such an inspiration for alot of people to make things they thought they may or may not have been able to do.

140 Andrea H 07.07.09 at 6:22 am

Happy Birthday YMCT!!

I found your site doing a search for patterns and have had the best time looking through all of the patterns. I find myself coming back every day to browse, always finding something I didn’t see before. My sewing is very much in the beginner stages and I’m looking forward to trying some of your patterns and developing a new craft to enjoy. Like the person in this story above I have always been intimidated by sewing and find myself frustrated. Her story has truly inspired me.

141 Helen 07.07.09 at 6:22 am

Happy Birthday YCMT! How exciting. I absolutely love your site (and your sister sites). I find your articles interesting and well written. You have filled a much needed niche in the sewing world – thank you. Here’s to many more!

Helen C.

142 HeatherSue 07.07.09 at 6:22 am

We share a birthday!!

I started sewing exactly 2 years ago! When I started out, I used commercial patterns and I was always frustrated that the directions were so hard to follow. There was one outfit in particular that I never finished because the instructions completely left out an important step!

Then, I discovered and CarlaC’s patterns and I have never turned back. I haven’t used a commercial pattern in over a year. But, I can always find something on that is PERFECT for what I have in mind!

Thank you so much for bringing all of these talented people together in one place and for helping me learn to sew!!

143 Marie Woodman 07.07.09 at 6:24 am

Happy birthday! I love your site and have purchased and made many items. With 4 granddaughters (and another one due any day now) it is my favorite place to find things I know they (and their parents) will love to have and wear. Thanks!

144 erin, maker of chimes 07.07.09 at 6:27 am

My grannie taught me to sew from a young age and I even made my prom dress my senior high school prom, but had slowly walked away from sewing. After learning the news that I’d be a aunt for the first time, I found your site and knew instantly that I was going to start sewing again. My niece will be born in a few days and I’ve made a ton of baby burp cloths already from the patterns on your site. I can’t wait until she gets a little bigger so that I can start on some of the cute clothing patterns!

145 Trish 07.07.09 at 6:28 am

Happy Birthday, YCMT! Love your site and look forward to your newsletter. :)

146 RACHEL 07.07.09 at 6:29 am

Happy Birthday!
Thanks for having a great site where all kinds of crafters can come to make things or get inspired! I have a pretty long wish list and am waiting to start buying up some patterns. Best of wishes in the years to come!

147 Heather P 07.07.09 at 6:29 am

Happy birthday! Thank you for getting this site up and out there for a wanna be sewer like me! I loved the look of boutique clothing for my daughters but there was no way I could afford those boutique prices! I decided to try my hand at sewing and started with “those” big 3 patterns! Wow, what a mistake! I became frustrated every time I got out my machine! Now, I have several of your e-books( and several more in my wishlist, waiting for my husband to give the go ahead)and I love everyone of them! The designers are fantastic and they really make it so that anyone can sew!!! The day I found your website truly did change my life! Thanks!!!!

148 Caroline Critchfield 07.07.09 at 6:31 am

Congrats on 3 successful years! I’m looking forward to many more fun sewing and crafting projects!

149 Susan Spiers 07.07.09 at 6:33 am

Happy 3rd! I always look forward to your newsletter, this is one I open without fail. Luv the great ideas & inspiration!

150 Kelly 07.07.09 at 6:34 am

Happy Birthday YCMT!!!! This is always the place I come to first when looking for a new pattern. Everyone has done such a great job here- with the site, the blog, the patterns…way to go ladies, keep up the great job!!! :)

151 Sherri 07.07.09 at 6:36 am

Happy Birthday! You have done a wonderful job these past three years and I am so looking forward to what the future will bring. Thank you for having these great sites!! I belong to them all and just love finding inspiration and your patterns and designers are just fab!!

152 neena simmons 07.07.09 at 6:38 am

HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!! I like looking at your site. Lots of eye candy. Thanks, neena

153 Cassi 07.07.09 at 6:47 am

Happy Birthday! And congrats on 3 years of a wonderful work. I have loved your site these past three years. Thank you

154 Mary Ann 07.07.09 at 6:48 am

Happy birthday, YCMT! I only just found your website a couple of weeks ago and haven’t even sewn anything yet from here, but I downloaded the free patterns in the subscription bundle and am scheming already. I have the fabric for the purse and am starting this afternoon on it. The instructions on the free pattern are so clear and simple, I can’t wait to try a “real” pattern from you. I already have several on my wish list and love the idea of gift certificates…I know what I’m getting for Christmas! Thanks for the inspiration and for the great unique patterns!

155 saraheeyore 07.07.09 at 6:53 am

i love this site. happy birthday YCMT. only found this site this year after seeing other peoples creations. I am slowly learning how to make clothes for my 2 year old and this site has the easiest things to follow

156 Tiff@ThreePeas 07.07.09 at 6:53 am

I have been sewing off an on for a year now. Self taught . . . actually, YCMT taught! I heard about this site from a friend when I told her how hard it was for me to follow a pattern. I tried YCMT and I’m hooked! I have gotten to the point now where I have my own online store. How cool is that?

I just wanted to wish YCMT a very Happy Birthday! I can’t wait to see what’s in store for you in the years to come!

157 Nan 07.07.09 at 6:57 am

I love your site and always check it out first thing!! It has really been a great site for me to use as I’m teaching my granddaughter how to sew and we don’t have to make just the kind of stuff that I had to learn on…aprons, tea towels, pillows!! In fact, we are making a pair of shoes that I got the e-pattern for, and she is having a ball doing them. Hopefully this will help her enthusiasm grow and she’ll always remember her granny!!

158 Carole Evon 07.07.09 at 6:57 am

I love you inspiration, I only wish I would have known about your site three years ago. Thanks

159 vicky dereign 07.07.09 at 6:59 am

I love the site and so do my granddaughters. I especially like that I am seeing things in larger sizes since my eldest is outgrowing the 6′s. Please keep adding to these sizes.

160 Kathleen Gallaher 07.07.09 at 7:04 am

Happy Birthday to my favorite website!! I’ve always known how to sew, but thanks to the talented authors and wonderful inspiration at YCMT I now truly LOVE to sew! I enjoy every step of every project now- and am always thrilled with my results. I visit the site daily to see what others have made and am always trying to expand my skills. YCMT is there to help me every step of the way! Your tireless efforts are obvious in every part of this company- congrats to ALL of you! You are the next “sewing” generation!

161 Miranda 07.07.09 at 7:05 am

Happy Birthday! I was referred to this amazing site about 2 months ago. I had never touched a sewing machine before, but thanks to all of your wonderful patterns (especially the wonderful Carla C), I have now been making lots of vacation outfits for my daughter. If someone had shown me one of the outfits I have made in the past couple of months and told me I could make it, I would have laughed at them. I have a 3 year old, and with my husband in Iraq I don’t have the time to go to a sewing class, but who needs one when you have

Thanks again!

162 Marilyn S. 07.07.09 at 7:05 am

WOW…Happy Birthday….Where has the time gone…??? I remember the first time I saw YCMT….I thought it was so innovative and interesting…and….y’all have presented a wonderful service with this website. Keep up the good work.

163 Debby 07.07.09 at 7:07 am

I upgraded and purchased an embroidery machine last fall and somehow in searching for embroidery information on the Internet, I came across the YCMT site. I LOVE it!! It had been years since I had purchased a pattern and finding the Ebook patterns with all of the pictures was so exciting. They are so easy to follow and so inspiring. People at work are amazed at the clothing, tote bags, and wallets I have made. I am even doing 3 ebooks of my own and hope to be published on YCMT, too. Happy Birthday YCMI !!

164 Amy Baudoin 07.07.09 at 7:08 am

Happy Birthday YCMT!! I love your site! Everything I have tried has been simple to make and all the authors are willing to help you if you need it! Thanks for being so wonderful!!

165 Miranda Harry 07.07.09 at 7:10 am

Happy Birthday!! I’m new to your site but I am loving the patterns that I have already purchased from Keep them coming!!

166 Christian Stordahl 07.07.09 at 7:11 am

Happy Birthday, count me in for the giveaways and good luck to all!!

167 Rochelle 07.07.09 at 7:13 am

Happy Birthday! I am so thankful for your site. I have always wanted to learn how to sew, but like so many others, I would buy patterns and couldn’t understand them or figure them out. I even tried buying online patterns from someone else on the web. Well, I bought a few of your patterns very recently because I really wanted my daugters to have a custom outfit to wear in teh July 4th parade downtown. I couldn’t believe how easy it was to follow the directions!!! I ended up making 4 dresses – one for each of my daughters and one for their dolls!!!! I must admit I was very proud of myself. And when I was downtown for the parade people kept asking me where I bought those dresses. It felt so great to tell them that I made them!!! I defintely can’t wait to buy more fabric and more patterns! Thank you for making it possible for anyone to sew!

168 Angela C. 07.07.09 at 7:14 am

I taught myself to sew last fall by reading the Sew Everything Workshop book by Diana Rupp. The first thing I ever made was the Easy Fit pants by Carla C. It was so easy and I loved the step by step instructions. Since then I have made several other items from YCMT. I love them all and they are by far the easiest to understand. Happy Birthday!

169 Andrea Johnson 07.07.09 at 7:15 am

I am so glad that I found your site! Hap-Hap-Happy Birthdaaaay!
I have always wanted to sew, but just never could do more than a pillow. Now I’m making all kinds of things and don’t panic when I don’t have a pattern anymore! Your projects have made me a very happy Momma! Thanks again!

170 Amanda 07.07.09 at 7:18 am

Hi! Happy Birthday! I, too, am a very new “seamstress” (I don’t even really feel comfortable using that title! lol) I made a few things for my daughter, and only a few months later, thanks to some pressure from others, I have an Etsy store! Thanks so much for making it simpler for us newbies. I have tried store bought patterns, and could NOT understand them. I know I wouldn’t have kept sewing if I had not found this site! Now, when I look at the old patterns I bought, I can understand them (a little) better, but I would still rather use the ones I bought from here! You have great such cute designs, and they are made by moms like me. I love it!!!!

171 Julie/Fabulous Finds Studio 07.07.09 at 7:20 am

Happy Birthday YCMT! I have been sewing since I was a child but my youngest sister didn’t have any interest at all until she turned 30! It’s never too late! Now she sells her purses, etc. on the internet.
I’m so glad I found your website, there are so many fabulous patterns and ideas here!

172 Teresa 07.07.09 at 7:22 am

Happy Birthday! I enjoy so many different kinds of crafts and thanks to YCMT, I have learned several more. Your ebooks are easy to follow and the authors are kind enough to correspond with me if I have a question. Looking forward to more purchases I have on my “to Do” list that I can’t get to at the moment.

173 Jennifer 07.07.09 at 7:28 am

Happy Birthday! I love your site. I have sewn so many things I never knew I could!! Unfortunately I love so many of the patterns I spend too much money :) !

174 kimber 07.07.09 at 7:31 am

Happy Birthday!!!

I love your site. It has lots of great ideas. (I LOVED all the Christmas gift ideas under $50! Awesome!) All the patterns I have downloaded have turned out great.

Thanks for the great site!

175 Deb K 07.07.09 at 7:31 am

HAPPY BIRTHDY!!!!! Your patterns are great and I love that I can download it!!!

176 Charity 07.07.09 at 7:31 am

Happy Birthday! I LOVE this site! It has been such a help to me as I’ve taught myself to sew the last few years! I love the patterns and the great pictures of all the completed projects people have made for inspiration! I love the newsletters and the blog! Thanks YCMT!

177 Shonda 07.07.09 at 7:34 am

A Very Happy Birthday to You YCMT! I absolutely adore your site. My story begins 3 years ago too, when my mother suddenly passed away. I had taken a sewing class years before, but never even finished the garment from the class. My mother had always made clothes for my sister and myself as children. When our children were born she followed suit with them. Her death brought much grief and while trying to work through it, I decided to honor her memory by taking up sewing. Since my children are now teenagers, I began to sew for the little girl I was babysitting ( she’s 2 now). It started with a pillowcase dress and from there has grown into a full blown business. I am even making things for my 13 year old daughter. My sister & niece are always asking me to make something for them too. My mother would be sooo pleased! Your patterns have made this all possible because they are so easy to follow and I can get them whenever the desire to create hits me. Thank you for such a wonderful, inspiring site.

178 heather b 07.07.09 at 7:36 am

I started buying ebooks from Kim when she was kimberbell kids on ebay and then moved to YCMT when it started. While it is a little scary that was three years ago (where DOES the time go?) I have been buying ever since. I love that patterns are easy to follow and most can be completed in a day or less but still look just as good. It normally took me the first day to find the sizes and piece numbers on a traditional pattern and cut it out. Plus if the pieces were lost or ripped then I had to repurchase. YCMT got rid of all that and I can concentrate on the fun parts -creating outfits my kids love :)

179 Sue D 07.07.09 at 7:36 am

Happy 3rd birthday! I love to see all the exciting projects people come up with. Keep up the good work!

180 Linda 07.07.09 at 7:38 am

Happy birthday! I love your patterns and your newsletter. Thank you for creating this wonderful website.

181 Lisa 07.07.09 at 7:40 am

Happy Birthday YCMT!

182 Chris 07.07.09 at 7:46 am

Happy Birthday!!! I love your site. I to was ready to give up sewing until I found your site. The patterns are always so much easier to follow than store bought ones.

183 Kori 07.07.09 at 7:48 am


184 Patty Kline 07.07.09 at 7:48 am

Happy Birthday and Thank You. I love visiting your site and of course buying. Keep the patterns coming!!

185 Molly 07.07.09 at 7:58 am

I love the patterns from YCMT and I am constantly recommending the site to newbie and the most experienced sewers alike. I love the way the patterns are written!
Traditional patterns give me fits! The first problem is just dealing with the awful tissue paper – try keeping that in one piece while your 4 year old so sweetly tries to “help” you sew. Oh, AND if you want to make the same pattern for your 4 year old AND your 2 year old be prepared to tediously trace that thin tissue or buy more than one copy of the same pattern. Then there are all the little notches and markings that you must cut out – but does this shape of marking get cut out or in? What am I matching it up to? There are no pictures only vague line drawings if you are lucky. I could go on and on…
The point is – I don’t deal with any of these frustrations with YCMT. I can print out as many copies of a pattern as I need to, so I can make multiple sizes over multiple years (very helpful when there are so many wonderful variations on a single pattern that you make it over and over!). It is on sturdy paper that my daughter can “help” me with without worry. (she loves helping me tape pieces together!) The instructions are clearly written with wonderful tips to make the sewing even better and detailed photos to help you along the way. If I ever do have questions the authors are only an email away!

186 Kelly 07.07.09 at 8:02 am

Wow! 3 Already! I also could not get along (sewing that is) without your website and e books! HAPPY BIRTHDAY YCMT!

187 Kathy Robinson 07.07.09 at 8:07 am

Happy Birthday YCMT!!!!! and boy can you ever make ANYTHING on this website! I’m a grandmother sewing for now 4 granddaughters!!! My daughter loves to come over and pick from my YCMT patterns for her daughter and I LOVE to collect those points!!! Thank You for your site and many wishes for many more years to come!!!

188 Kelly 07.07.09 at 8:10 am

I love this site! It has throttled my passion for sewing…I can’t stop! I’d rather lose sleep than not get to sew. So when the kids are in bed and chores are done (sometimes even when they’re not) I’m glued to my machine!! Great patterns here…keep them coming!!!!

189 Debbie H 07.07.09 at 8:12 am

I love the fact that you give moms the chance to sell their patterns AND moms like me can use them to promote our business. What a great opportunity for all of us.
Thank You!

190 Natalie 07.07.09 at 8:13 am

I love this website. Everything looks so doable, but then so professional looking.

191 Melanie Traver 07.07.09 at 8:20 am

I also loved this article. I am one of those self-taught sewers who can get down on herself for not knowing all the tricks yet, but web sites like these help build those skills up so I can truly enjoy my hobby (and the things that I make!) thank you very much for such an awesome web site. Happy Birthday YCMT!

192 Kim Whorton 07.07.09 at 8:20 am

Happy 3rd Birthday! My 5 1/2 year old triplets and I LOVE your site!!! We have made so many wonderful things from your e-books. My kids love all of the detailed pictures to see what step comes next and they can see exactly how the project will come together. I love the details photos and easy to read directions b/c I’m a very visual person and have always been extremely frustrated by patterns that you buy in the store. I always mess up whatever I am making with one of those patterns. With patterns from “You can make this”, I haven’t messed up a single thing!! Thanks for providing such an AWESOME site.

P.S. We also love the appliques on “You can embroider this”.

193 Mellissa - Wondermommy 07.07.09 at 8:31 am

I found your site almost at the same time I started to sew. It has helped develop my skills in so many ways. Ebooks really are the way to go! I love them!

Happy Birthday!

194 Brenda Cutler 07.07.09 at 8:32 am


195 Lynn Taylor 07.07.09 at 8:33 am

Happy 3rd Birthday! Your site has helped me sew some beautiful creations that I would not have been able to do otherwise. I just love getting my newsletter in my email and look foward to all the new designs! Keep up the great work and here’s many many more years of creating!

196 rebecca weede 07.07.09 at 8:37 am

i have only been using your pattrns for a year, but they have changed my life. my mom always wanted me to sew and i wanted to but it was so hard. t i wanted to make clothes for my two girls but thought i would never be able be as good as my mom. then a friend showed me what she had been making. i knew if she could do it so could i. i bought some patterns but not until for another six months did i touch them. then i make some of carla’s patterns. everything was so easy step by step with pictures. i for the first time understood sewing. two months later i was teaching my neighbor to sew and this fall i am starting some free sewing classes at the air force base i live at. everyone ooo’s and awww’s at the clothes my daughters wear and it love hearing “my mommy made it”. thank you ever so much you changed my attitude about sewing and gave me confidence. thank you thank you!!!! happy birthday!!!

197 Latasha Popp 07.07.09 at 8:38 am

Happy Birthday YCMT! I’ve also only been sewing for a short time. My mother told me that she thought she would never see the day that I would start sewing. She has tried to teach me several times when I was younger but I would shortly lose inerest. I never had the patience for it. I found this site by searching the web and now I ONLY by patterns from YCMT. They are so easy to understand and follow. Some of the things that I have made from this site make people think that I had been sewing for years and years. Thanks to having a girl and this site I want to continue making more and more things.

198 Amy Ozuna 07.07.09 at 8:39 am

Happy Birthday! I truley love having this site available to me! Thanks YMCT!!

199 Julia 07.07.09 at 8:50 am

Happy, happy birthday to you! Sewing is my passion and I love to create fun designs for my kids! I learned about your site last year and signed up for your newsletter. I love receiving it every month. I read it from start to finsh and enjoy getting some fresh new ideas. You are always an inspiration to me & I know from sewing to smocking or applique, I can always find what I want on one of your sites! I love YCMT!!!!

200 Tanaya Parker 07.07.09 at 9:01 am

Over 30 patterns!!!!! Yes I have purchased over 30 patterns from YCMT in the last 2.5 years I’ve known of the site! It has been a joy to watch it grow and expand. The patterns are always great with detailed instructions. I’m an advanced seamstress and I still love buying from YCMT because I’m visual and love the ease of the Ebooks vs. the major pattern companies at times. I recommend this site all the time to new sewers who want to learn new skills without paying for lessons.

Happy 3rd B-Day YCMT!

201 Karen 07.07.09 at 9:04 am

Happy Birthday YCMT! I have been sewing for many years and have had some great successes and some not so great success with paper pattterns. I stumbled upon your site a few months ago and fell in love with it! I love the variety of patterns, not just for sewing, but all the craft projects. The ebook patterns that I have tried have been so easy to follow. I don’t think I will ever go back to paper patterns again! My favorite project has been a twirl skirt that I made my daughter for her end of the year awards assembly at school. I turned out so cute, everone complimented her on it. Like most sewers, I have a big stash of fabric that is ready for me to start working on. I am so excited to to purchase more ebooks from your site and to get started! Thanks again for quality products, endless inspiration and for reigniting the creative spark in me! My next project is the Patricia Tunic for ME!!

202 DaphneV 07.07.09 at 9:04 am

About a year ago I ran into a friend from elementary school. (At Hancock fabrics lol) We deceided to get together and sew. We were both newbies and trying to find something we could do without fuss. We bought some patterns from YCMT and had an absolute blast. Everything was so clear and easy to do because of the detailed instructions. (thank you CarlaC) I dont think any major pattern company understands how hard it is to read their directions when you are a new sewer. I love YCMT and have bought several patterns. I have never been dissapointed. Happy Birthday and heres to many more years of wonderful ideas.

203 Courtenay 07.07.09 at 9:09 am

Got brave enough to order 1st project, the Patricia Tunic. Will let you know how it turns out. Thanks for offering these patterns, they all look great. Oh and Happy Birthday!

204 Joni 07.07.09 at 9:24 am

I cannot describe how excited I am about this website. I started sewing a year ago because I wanted a costume for the Pirate and Princess Party at Disneyworld. I started reading the Disboutiquers on Dis boards and they kept mentioning You Can Make This and how wonderful Carla C’s patterns were. Well I had to look for myself. It took a while for me to jump in and buy a pattern but I finally did. I could not belive how easy everything was. I had taught myself to sew using store bought patterns and a libary book. That was very hard. After I finished my first YCMT pattern – I was made at myself for not starting sooner!!! Now I am making outfits for friends at work – they just marvel at my dresses. I have also expanded my sewing room to include 2 sewing machines, an embroidery machine, and a serger. I am also starting to design my own clothes using principles learned from all the great Ebooks I have downloaded. I am even working on a Ebook of my own. I just love YCMT and can’t wait to be insipred to make even more great clothes!! Happy Birthday YCMT!

205 Judea 07.07.09 at 9:25 am

I agree with Stephanie completly. I wanted to sew but patterns seemed so complicated. Not only is YCMT making dreams become reality on sewing but they have also given me the confidence to try the harder sewing patterns and have taught me little things along the way that make it easier to understand them. My husband was always saying “you need to just go take a sewing class.” Now I tell him, I did. I learned how to sew at YCMT.

You are the greatest! I hope you are around for many more wonderful years!!!

206 April Obermeyer 07.07.09 at 9:27 am

Thank you so much for creating this site. I only found it about a month or so ago and I absolutely love it! I’ve been sewing for 3 years and have never found a pattern that is as easy to read as the ones you feature on Every time I buy a pattern now it’s from you guys. I love the reaction I get from my customers every time I make a new design I’ve purchased from your site. They just get so excited…kinda like I do every time I log onto to buy a new pattern!!! Thanks again and God bless you guys over the next year and I pray there are many more to come!
April Obermeyer

207 Lindsey R. 07.07.09 at 9:29 am

Happy Birthday! Such a great website, look forward to what the future has to offer and maybe to submit a design myself!

You guys rock!

208 Stephanie R. 07.07.09 at 9:38 am

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Its even extra special because it is my sons’s 3rd birthday today too!! I came across this website and love it. I too would love to sew more and my “skills” if they can be called that are not all that great. I came across some purse patterns that I loved and tried one out. It came out awesome and I will definitely be purchasing more patterns. I love the step by step directions and photo details. This site inspires me and my creativity. Now I just need to find time to make more projects!

209 Chi Anne 07.07.09 at 9:39 am

Happy Birthday! I’ve only recently discovered your site, but it made me brave enough to get out my sewing machine and start sewing confidently! Here’s hoping for several more years!

210 Ann C 07.07.09 at 9:42 am

Happy 3rd birthday! Your site is a continual source of inspiration for me. I love the patterns and easy to understand instructions. One of the best sites on the net!

211 Andi 07.07.09 at 9:45 am

Happy, Happy Birthday to you YCMT!!!!

Sewing is my passion and I love creating fun/classy designs and your site allows me to just that. I was never satisfied with the paper patterns and I would always alter the pattern to get just what I wanted. Then 3 years ago I stumbled upon your site; and have been hooked since. I signed up for ALL your newsletters. I love receiving it every month and I read it from start to finish. Love all the fresh/hip/boutique ideas. I am a pretty advanced sewer and I was so scared to learn to smock… not sure why, but was. Well not no more thanks to this site. This site is truly an inspiration to novice all the way to advance sewers. I never have a problem finding what I need.

Kim is such a amazing person and so helpful. I also love that this is a site for moms created by moms and it allows other moms to sell their patterns and to inspire us moms to learn to sew and advance there sewing knowledge. I love the patterns from YCMT and I am always recommending and will continue to tell friends and new sewers about YCMT!!!

Thank you for the 3 years and looking forward to many more years to come and what you have in store for us!!!

212 Kimberli 07.07.09 at 9:52 am

Happy 3rd Birthday!!! I love your patterns…even I can make things with your patterns! =)

213 Stacie P 07.07.09 at 9:56 am

Yay! Happy Birthday to a great site!!!! This site has helped me so much!

214 Marilyn2222 07.07.09 at 10:01 am

Happy Birthay. I have been here since somewhere near the beginning I think and I can’t believe it has been 3 years already. Here’s to many, many more.

215 Maribel 07.07.09 at 10:09 am

Happy Birthday and Congratulations! Have several of your patterns and love them all, of course there are many more I must have too.

216 Weronica 07.07.09 at 10:12 am

I love your site! Happy Birthday!

217 DaCraftyLady 07.07.09 at 10:13 am

Happy Happy Birthday! What a great site to learnthe “how to” on patterns. I love it here… This site has helped me immensely!

218 Beth A. 07.07.09 at 10:15 am

Happy Birthday YCMT! It’s hard to believe that it has been 3 years! Keep up the good work!

219 Marlo 07.07.09 at 10:18 am

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I Love your site and blog it is so inspirational! I love seeing new patterns come out and checking out the I made this section to see the fabulous creations.

220 Cairah 07.07.09 at 10:24 am

Thanks so much for some really neat patterns, all of which are easy to follow.
I hope that you have many more years to come! Happy Birthday.

221 Lindsay 07.07.09 at 10:25 am

Happy Birthday! I’ve been sewing for years, but your site has inspired me to start sewing a wardrobe for my daughter. Thanks!

222 heather 07.07.09 at 10:27 am

Happy Birthday YCMT!

223 Lisa H 07.07.09 at 10:32 am

Happy 3rd Birthday! So many awesome & adorable patterns, I’m like a kid in a candy store….I want one of everything!

224 Ashley Miller 07.07.09 at 10:44 am

Happy Birthday YCMT! I absolutely love the site! Its so easy and fun! Best wishes in the years to come.

225 Kimberly 07.07.09 at 10:45 am

It is hard to believe that I found this site right after it launched. It did not look like a site that had just started. This is a very thought out site. Happy 3rd bday. My DD was only 6 months old when you first started.

226 Audry Perkins 07.07.09 at 10:45 am

Happy birthday to you… wait if I sing you wouldnt want me to come back! This is one of my FAVORITE sites of all time, so I hope there will be years and years of great patterns to come!

227 Rebecca Webb 07.07.09 at 10:47 am

Happy Birthday!
I am very much a beginner at sewing. I found your site and was able to dive right in to making beautiful clothing for my daughter. I couldn’t have did it without you!
Thank you for having such a wonderful site!

228 Rmenda 07.07.09 at 10:48 am

I have been wanting to learn to sew for YEARS.. I could some simple sewing..Hem curtains, made a rag quilt, but yet yearned to make CLOTHES.

I failed the sewing part of Home EC in school.. but still always had the dream of sewing CLOTHES.

My best friend introduced me to youcanmakethis website and I have TONS of my stuff in my wishlist to buy/make.

She encouraged me to get off my butt and practice sewing so I wouldn’t have to decide which outfit I could afford to buy on etsy.. I could just make them myself !

Your site inspires me to want to learn to sew more and more stuff.. I have learned to make peasant tops, halter tops, pants and now working on making a stripwork jumper top.

My creations are listed on in hopes I can make enough money to buy an embroidery machine so I can take advantage of your sister site for embroidery designs.

I absolutely LOVE the patterns here.. Lots of pic’s, instructions and I can print the pattern over and over again. I have trouble understanding a regular pattern cause there is no pictures there to guide me along the way if I get stuck.

I probably have over 20 patterns saved in my wishlist here.. I try to purchase a new pattern a month and try something new.

Since I still have so much to learn and there is so many things here to make, I’m going to take a sewing class starting next month for one day a week. The class lasts a little over a month. I plan on sharing this incredible site with my classmates.. I always recommend it to others when they are starting to sew and want to make clothes.

229 Kim 07.07.09 at 10:50 am

I too have been very pleased with the products on YCMT! The patterns I have made have all been easy to understand and complete. I also love getting YCMT emails — looking at the site is a nice break in my work day! Happy Birthday YCMT!

230 Esther 07.07.09 at 10:55 am

Happy Birthday and Congratulations on three years!

231 Lisa 07.07.09 at 10:55 am

Happy Birthday YCMT! I love looking through the I Made This gallery for inspiration and to see how patterns look on different kids – it’s such a great idea! And, I love all your little girl patterns, I sew mainly for my sixteen month old daughter and you guys have great patterns–easy to follow and very cute results!

232 mamalang 07.07.09 at 11:00 am

Happy Birthday, and thanks for a great site and blog!

233 Laura 07.07.09 at 11:08 am

Happy Birthday! I have made several items from your website and they consistently end up being some of my daughters favorite outfits! Thank you for providing a great service that not only saves us money, but allows us to try something new even in the middle of the night when we should be sleeping!
I hope you are around forever!

234 Tiffany 07.07.09 at 11:12 am

Happy Birthday!! I love your patterns and the blog! They are a great source of sewing fun and inspiration.

235 Grace 07.07.09 at 11:23 am

Congratulations! This is a wonderful site. I found it while searching for some patterns to make children’s clothes. I mostly sew for my 3 young daughters. I had always wanted to get the boutique clothing I see, but I didn’t want to pay the boutique price! Now, I can make all the stylish clothes I want myself! Thank you.

236 lee 07.07.09 at 11:24 am

happy birthday!! i just started looking at your site and it amazes me the amount of items to be made. i dont kknow where to start :)

237 Michele 07.07.09 at 11:46 am

I love this site, it makes it soo easy to follow and make many items!!! Happy Birthday:)

238 Tina S. 07.07.09 at 11:48 am

Happy Birthday! Really happy I found this site. Wish I had known about it when the girls were just babies!

239 Lauren O 07.07.09 at 12:00 pm

Happy 3rd B-day YCMT! For the past 2 years I’ve loved looking to see what new and creative ideas all the authors and staff can share! I don’t know what I would have sewn without you! Now when people comment on the clothes I’ve made my kids I tell them “You can make this” really- it’s not just a site, it’s the truth! ;)

240 Debbie 07.07.09 at 12:04 pm

Your patterns are great. Thanks especially for the freebies. Good luck to everyone. It’s nice of you to give stuff away on your birthday instead of expecting gifts from us!!! LOL Happy Birthday!

241 Betsy K. 07.07.09 at 12:14 pm

Happy birthday to you!
Happy birthday to you!
Happy birthday dear YCMT
Happy birthday to you!

…and many more!

242 Garlynda 07.07.09 at 12:44 pm

Happy B’day! I really get inspired when I see what others have done, love your ideals and have tried several projects. I am a quilter and do alot of embroidery and never tire of new creations. Thanks

243 Dana Griffin 07.07.09 at 12:53 pm

What a wondeful site and company you have created! Although taught to sew at a young age by my mother I hadn’t yet flourished into my love of sewing until recently. Your site has provided the two of us a wonderful array of patterns to expand our ever growing joy of creative sewing!! Happy 3rd Birthday, many many more!!

244 Carol R 07.07.09 at 1:09 pm

Happy Birthday YCMT!
What a touching story! Thank you for sharing it. I learned to sew at a very young age. My mother and grandmother both taught me various techniques. My love of sewing was enhanced by several Home Ec. projects in high school, and has blossomed to all types of sewing crafts. I love this website, keep up the good work, and I’ll be back often.

245 Rachel 07.07.09 at 1:15 pm

Happy Birthday YCMT!!!! This site has been a blessing to me and my family. I’ve been able to make so many Birthday and Christmas presents for friends and family and being part of the Thrifty Fifty last Cristmas was wonderful. We had to move since then, but I just unpacked my sewing stuff yesterday and will hopefully be able to start making things soon. YCMT is a great resource and I always tell my sewing frieds about it.

246 Dawn 07.07.09 at 1:26 pm

I am amazed at how quickly 3 years flies by! Happy birthday YCMT.

247 Mika 07.07.09 at 1:39 pm

I love the patterns at ycmt…every one i’ve purchased with very few exceptions have been wonderful!

248 Marion 07.07.09 at 1:43 pm

Wishing you many more birthdays. Your site is great.

249 Marilyn 07.07.09 at 1:45 pm

Happy Birthday!
I wish you continued success.

250 Kara 07.07.09 at 1:47 pm

I just found this site and haven’t been able to make anything yet. But I’m inspired by the simplicity of the patterns (I too have had a sewing machine for years that has collected dust). I’m hoping to get some great ideas for my MOPS group as well.

251 Veronica 07.07.09 at 2:12 pm

I never know where to begin!!! Your site has so much great stuff that it’s hard to pick just one pattern!!!

Happy Birthday!!

252 Beth 07.07.09 at 2:19 pm

Happy Birthday! I have loved your site! It has taken my sewing from being time consuming, to quick, rewarding, and professional. What a joy! Thanks and here’s to decades more!

253 Camille M 07.07.09 at 2:32 pm

Happy Birthday!!! That’s so cool that that mom was able to pick sewing when she was so upset with it! Woo hoo! Happy birthday!!!!

254 Dawna Vinal 07.07.09 at 2:34 pm

HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! YCMT is a wonderful place!!! I teach sewing and regularly send my students to your site. I have heard all great feedback from all! Thank you so much for organizing this site and thank you so much to all the great authors as well!!!


255 Stephanie Combs 07.07.09 at 2:46 pm

Thanks so much Kim for including my story! I am now expecting child #2 and I can’t wait to start sewing for this baby as well. :)

256 Debbie KW 07.07.09 at 2:46 pm

Happy 3rd Birthday! I loved the boutique outfits on ebay, but I could never afford them. Thanks to the patterns from YCMT, I have made my daughter many, many of her own boutique outfits. Plus, I made all of my kids personalized name pillows for Christmas. Thanks for the inspiration! I am definitely a YCMT addict :)

257 Lisa Martin 07.07.09 at 3:13 pm

Wow it’s been 3 years? Happy Birthday!! I love “You can Make this” It the first place I look when I’m wanting to make something for gifts or (gasp) myself. With 6 grandkids (hey I’m only 47) it seems like I’m always sewing something…

258 Sharon 07.07.09 at 3:29 pm

You can make this, has the coolest ideas for crafts. Happy Birthday!

259 Amanda Johnson 07.07.09 at 3:34 pm

Hey YCMT I love this website! I was so intimidated by these projects at first and then I tried them. i didn’t succeed at first but after a few attempts I did and then I started understanding how everything comes together and actually came up with my own way to make common items. I love all of the tips, tricks, and everything this site has to offer. Thank you so much for everything you do. Happy Birthday, here’s to many, many, more.


260 Stacey 07.07.09 at 3:47 pm

The last few months I have really taken off with sewing and I am loving ever minute of it. I spend a lot of time looking at blogs of others and I am so grateful that they are willing to have sewing tutorials and so much more on them. I have loved making skirts for my daughter and gifts for my friends. I am so glad to have found this blog because it is such a big help to me.

261 Rosemary 07.07.09 at 4:42 pm

Happy Birthday YCMT!!!

I am another who can relate to Stephanie. All the women in my family can sew, but it seemed to skip me. No matter what I tried I couldn’t put even a recieving blanket together. Then one day I stumbled across your site. I downloaded a free pattern and gave it a go, WOW.. the instructions were so clear and easy to understand, in a short time I had my creation.

I have since made a dress for my Daughter and was again amazed at how easy and clear the instructions were.

Well done to all involved in YCMT, you have opened up the world of sewing to a broader audience.

I have so many patterns in my wish list, I just have to get fabric so I can purchase them and make them all lol.

262 Kathy Brown 07.07.09 at 4:43 pm

Wow! Look at all those comments! Happy Birthday to a great site! I’ve had nothing but great experiences buying patterns and using them! Keep up the GREAT work!

263 virginia 07.07.09 at 5:27 pm

Happy Birthday……I just adore your site. Keep up the good work.

264 Ny 07.07.09 at 5:33 pm

Congratulations! The site is a very wonderful place for all types of sewers. Thanks for all of the patterns!

265 sheri 07.07.09 at 6:10 pm

I love so many of your projects. They are so fun. I look forward to seeing all your patterns…….themommie

266 Deborah K 07.07.09 at 6:19 pm

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I have recently started sewing & have only been successful because of YCMT. Everyone is amazed at my girl’s outfits when I tell them I made them. I have tried to explain to a friend learning to sew that these patterns are as simple as ‘sewing for dummies’ & she could do it if she used these patterns instead of the difficult commercial patterns. I ONLY own YCMT patterns!

267 Tammy 07.07.09 at 6:27 pm

Happy Birthday! Thanks for such a great website. I love how easy, yet spectacular looking, everything I’ve tried has been!

268 Kristi 07.07.09 at 7:13 pm

Happy Birthday YCMT! I love your site and your sister sites. I have long felt that sewing is becoming a lost art. It now is just a hobby, because it is cheaper to buy than sew. Thanks for making it fun and affordable!!!

269 Ruth B 07.07.09 at 7:50 pm

That little outfit with the bonnet and bag is the sweetest thing ever! Happy birthday!

270 linda rose 07.07.09 at 8:00 pm

Thanks so much for all the inspiration and ideas in one place, neatly organized, and easy to access!

271 Cara 07.07.09 at 8:12 pm

Happy Birthday, YCMT! Keep the creativity coming so we can make it!!!

272 Deb 07.07.09 at 8:30 pm

I’m a huge fan of this web-site. Keep those great ideas coming!

273 Becky 07.07.09 at 8:41 pm

Happy Birthday!!!

I love this site and all the sister sites. I love to learn a little something every day!

274 Amy 07.07.09 at 9:03 pm


Like Stephanie, I have been frustrated for years with store bought patterns. They are written with pages of terminology that only the experienced can understand.

With a desperate desire to learn to quilt, I have decided to work on smaller sewing projects until my four year old starts school. A friend told my about a website she found and low in behold…it was an answer to my prayers! A place to see all kinds of neat projects that were just waiting to be ordered and brought into the world. My imaginations were going wild! After ordering my first pattern, a Sweat Pea Tote, I am hooked. It was so easy to understand and follow. (I am a visual learner so this was absolutely perfect!) My purse turned out beautiful. Everyone says that it does not even look homemade. That is the best compliment. So, YCMT, your website has changed my life and given me my spunk and excitement back! Thank you, and again, Happy 3rd Birthday.

275 Mary Ellis 07.07.09 at 9:08 pm

Happy Birthday!! I found you 1 year ago when I had my daughter. Since then I have been watching the site for deals and hoping that I can buy my first set of pattens. I am a novice at sewing but I really want to be able to sew these beautiful clothing items and toys for my DD and DS.

276 Melissa Torres 07.07.09 at 9:49 pm

When I discoverd your site I too was a sewing novice. For the past year and a half I have enjoyed making so many wonderful things for family and friends and watching my sewing skills grow. Almost every pattern on the site is so versitle. Through what I’ve learned by using sewing tips from your pattern ebooks, I can finally mix and match or adapt pattern parts and create my own truly unique stuff. The pattern creators are also great sewing instructors too! My daughter and her dolls are happy and well dressed, but I am especailly excited about all the cute stuff I have been able to sew for my little guy. He and his doll pal have almost as many matching outfits as his big sister and hers. (Yes he has a boy Bitty Baby and a boy version of the “Kimmy” doll too!) Thanks, so much to Carla C for the boy doll clothes options!(easy fit pants, raglands and bowling shirts!) Happy Birthday YCMT!

277 Bobbi Erickson 07.07.09 at 10:14 pm

Happy Birthday to my very most favorite website in cyberspace!!! It’s because of you that I have such a serious addiction to Ebooks! :o ) I love being able to automatically download a pattern and get started on it immediately if I want to!
Congratulations on three fabulous years!!

278 Kathy Meyer 07.07.09 at 10:30 pm

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I just found ur site this year and so glad I did. I have ur link posted on my 2 blogs tagged with “My favorite web sites”. I love all ur sites and view them regularly…just can’t keep away. Thanks for being there and may u continue to succeed forever:)

279 Mommyof2girlz 07.07.09 at 10:43 pm

Happy Birthday YCMT!!!! Wow 3yrs already, time does fly. I wish you many, many more wonderful years. Keep those wonderful eBooks coming because I will never stop buying :)

280 Catherine 07.07.09 at 11:03 pm

I refer all sorts of people to YCMT, and tell them how straightforward and with photos the instructions are — I say, “even a drooling idiot could follow their patterns,” because so many people need to be convinced that yes, they CAN make this! I do love how the description above talks about being “amazed” at what she makes — that describes me too — I’m always pleasantly surprised by the end result. YCMT also gave me the confidence to start looking at photos of outfits I liked, and just winging it! Woohoo, that’s fun, and those trial and error outfits end up amazing me too. lol

281 Valerie Eiler 07.07.09 at 11:14 pm

I stumbled upon your website by accident, but loved all the great ideas and patterns I found there. From then on I was hooked. I just bought two patterns and am waiting to find just the right material before I make them. Thanks so much for a great website for beginning and advanced sewers. Happy Birthday.

282 MonicaM 07.07.09 at 11:26 pm

Thanks for such a great website! Happy 3rd Birthday!!

283 Rhonda 07.07.09 at 11:43 pm

I love to sew but live in a small town and just can’t find the time necessary to get into the city and page through a bunch of pattern books with two preschoolers in tow. I found your site earlier this year and love it! Now I can find a pattern, download it, print it and begin sewing in minutes instead of it taking hours.

Thank you!

284 gumdropshop 07.07.09 at 11:50 pm

Happy Birthday YCMT!!!!

285 Robin (rsislandcrafts) 07.08.09 at 12:44 am


286 Shannon 07.08.09 at 12:52 am

Happy Birthday YCMT! I love your patterns. My favorite id the Easy Fit Pants. I can finally make pants that fit my tall, very skinny 3yr. old boy and he loves them. Also I have been teaching a few other ladies to sew using this pattern as it is very easy for them to follow. Thanks so much!

287 Rachel 07.08.09 at 1:31 am

Happy 3rd Birthday You Can Make This! I just love your site and all of the talented pattern designers. I also love the newsletters with all of the great tips and ideas. I especially love the “I made this” section because I love to see what others have created and get inspiration for my projects. There is just something special and rewarding about creating something handmade. My heart just melted the first time my daughter tried on a dress I made for her and she just beamed with happiness and my boys love to wear their pj shorts and tell me they are their favorite because I made them. Keep up the good work and I look forward to seeing what is ahead in the coming year!

288 Renee E. 07.08.09 at 4:57 am

Great story! I have a few projects on my would love to make wish list! I have one pattern that I have used and plan on using over and over again. I love the site and all the pictures are great Happy Birthday!

289 michelle.G 07.08.09 at 5:12 am

Happy 3rd Birthday!!! Thankyou for a wonderful site ,its so encouraging to anyone that visits, whether you are buying or selling.The patterns are fun and easy to follow, thank’s to everyone involved.

290 Leigh 07.08.09 at 5:14 am

Congratulations!!! I love this site and browse often.

291 Danielle 07.08.09 at 5:37 am

I just love your site. It is amazing the things that it has on it. I would love to win that 100 bucks to buy all those cute ideas that I have been coveting.

292 Danielle 07.08.09 at 5:51 am

Happy Birthday! I am excited to find this website – that is a GREAT testimonial, and now I need to find that fantastic fabric!!!

293 Michele C 07.08.09 at 6:33 am

Thank you for putting together such a great site and opportunity for sewists to purchase affordable, up-to-the-minute popular pattern styles. I haven’t been disappointed with any pattern and have sewn up a number of them. I also use SWAK, too, and look forward to whatever new ideas you come up with.

294 DeAnn Oliekan 07.08.09 at 7:05 am

Happy Birthday! I just recently found you and haven’t had much time to explore your site. But- I will be back!

295 christy 07.08.09 at 7:13 am

Congratulations on your third year! Can’t wait to check out the site further.

296 Brandi 07.08.09 at 7:14 am

Happy Birthday! I LOVE to sew! Just found you, so can’t wait to look around!

297 Shannon 07.08.09 at 7:28 am

Happy birthday. I love the site.

298 marina 07.08.09 at 7:34 am

Happy Birthday!!!!

299 Kristi 07.08.09 at 8:42 am

Happy Birthday! I just recently found your website while “blog-hopping” and love it. I have 6 kids – 5 being girls. I sewed all the time for my older girls, but when I would go look for patterns to sew for my little ones, I could never find anything new or orginal. I would look through the pattern books and finally find one that I’d think “oh that is kind of cute…” and then as I’d look at it a little more I’d realize I’d already made it. So my little girls have been wearing the hand-me-down dresses and never getting new mommy creations. Now that I have found your site – that will change. So far I have crocheted a couple of hats (something else I haven’t done in a while – most patterns intimidate me), and made a purse – but I can’t wait to start creating new dresses/outfits for my little girls and more purses for my big ones. Thank you.

300 Emily 07.08.09 at 8:46 am

I remember when Stephanie posted that picture. I thought it was the cutest dress and the picure was awsome. I suspected she had to be a photographer so I googled her and found her photography website and sent her a quick e-mail. Too bad she lives all the way across the country from me or she would be my little girl’s photographer. I love all the inspiration I get from YCMT. I check the “I made this” section almost everyday. I love when you run incentives like this so that I have even more to look at when I am supposed to be working. Thanks for such a great site!

301 Angie 07.08.09 at 9:11 am

I want to say thank you for bringing so much inspiration to those who love to sew. You are doing a wonderful job and I can’t wait to see what’s new


302 Cory 07.08.09 at 9:24 am

Happy Birthday YCMT! It is wonderful to make it to 3. Take care and God bless, Cory

303 Michelle Mobley 07.08.09 at 10:06 am

Happy Birthday YCMT!
I found your site about 6 months ago, and I love all of the sewing and embroidery patterns! They have been a great addition to my boutique-style products:)!
And I LOVE the matching 18″ doll clothing-WE WANT MORE-LOL!
Thank you again and we are so glad we found your site!
Goldilocks Loves Polkadots

304 Crystal 07.08.09 at 10:36 am

Happy 3rd Birthday!!! Thanks for a wonderful site. I have been sewing for many years, but had not sewn in years. When I first started sewing again for my daughter, before I found, my daughter would rarely wear the things that I made her. I guess they just weren’t nice enough for her. Since I have found she has now started asking when I am going to sew something new for her. Thanks for helping with that. I have learned so many new techniques and learned about so many helpful gadgets because of the authors on this site.

305 Jennifer N. 07.08.09 at 10:39 am

YCMT taught me how to sew too. I love it! My daughter loves it. I feel so proud to see things I made hanging in the closet. I can’t wait to get back into it. I have to rediscover my sewing station this summer. I also learned to can/preserve things this year, and that’s taking a lot of time and energy – but I love that too!

306 Maricel 07.08.09 at 11:05 am

Congrats & HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I love your website!

307 Jennifer 07.08.09 at 12:40 pm

Happy Birthday!!! I love your site!

308 Gwen Dupuis 07.08.09 at 1:30 pm

Happy Birthday! This is one of my favorite sites. Love It!

309 Nini Morris 07.08.09 at 1:34 pm

I just have to say…my 9 year old daughter just made her first dress. It was for her almost 2 year old niece. She made it using CarlaC’s A-line dress. It looks absolutely beautiful! So professional looking. I can’t believe how easy the instructions were and how quickly it went together! In a little over 2 hours, she had finished her part (I added the buttonholes) and her birthday gift for a very special little girl was finished…from one special girl to another!


310 Debbie Bingham 07.08.09 at 2:13 pm

Happy Birthday Kim and Gang
Three years of great ideas and patterns. You’re the BEST !!!!
LOVE YA, Debbie

311 Debbie B. 07.08.09 at 2:17 pm

Happy Birthday Kim and Gang
Three years of great ideas and patterns. You’re the BEST !!!!
LOVE YA, Debbie

312 Wendi C. 07.08.09 at 4:06 pm

Congrats! I LOVE your site–I’ve been so pleased with everything I’ve purchased and I always get the nicest compliments on the things I’ve made. Thanks for such a great site!!

313 Tricia King 07.08.09 at 5:11 pm

Happy Birthday!

You can never go wrong with a YCMT pattern!


314 elaine 07.08.09 at 5:14 pm

Happy Birthday YCMT!!!!! I love your site!!! Thankyou for inspiring me to reach out and try new crafts!! You have put the fun back into creating!! I love it!! I love it!! I love it!!!

315 Michele 07.08.09 at 6:07 pm

Happy Birthday YCMT! I’ve been around since the beginning and have watched you grow. I love the site, the patterns and above all the staff!! You guys are simply the best….THANK YOU!!!

316 Sue 07.08.09 at 6:54 pm

Happy Birthday YCMT!! I started buying your patterns not too long after you started!! I LOVE your patterns!

317 Nadine 07.08.09 at 8:48 pm

Happy birthday to you
I’ve only recently discovered YCMT but I am loving it – keep up the great work :)

318 Jodi 07.08.09 at 9:16 pm

I find myself like so many others, I get lost in paper patterns. Right now, I have one for my 1st grandchild that is due in just a few weeks, laying here in my sewing room. The pattern is cut out, but I am lost. I am going to go shopping and order an e-book from this site and give that a try. I am hoping to be able to make him something other than the burps and bibs that I already have done. Thank you so much for the opportunity and the inspiration, I only hope that I have the success that so many have had with your e-books. Happy 3rd Birthday!!!

319 Meridith S. 07.08.09 at 11:30 pm

Happy Birthday YCMT!!! Thanks to your site, my girls (and their American Girl Dolls!) are outfitted in some mama-made clothes that I might never have thought I could make. Can’t wait to see what the next years have in store!

320 andrea 07.09.09 at 5:23 am

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Love your site and visit regularly. So happy that is so successful for you!

321 Tabitha 07.09.09 at 7:31 am

Happy Birthday YCMT!! It all started for me when I saw your name pillow in your siggy on HCTS — I HAD to know how to make that pillow for myself. Now, when we need a quick gift for a birthday, shower, etc, my girls love to raid my fabrics so I can make a pillow. Who knows how many ebooks later, I still check YCMT every day to see if anything new has been added that I “need” to add to my collection, LOL. Thank you for such a wonderful site!

322 Celeste Harris 07.09.09 at 8:03 am

I began sewing about six years ago when my daughter was born. I would easily get frustrated whenever I tried a new pattern, though, and I soon gave it up. I just found the You Can Make This website, and I have caught the bug again! I just made a dress for one of my daughter’s dolls, and I have several matching outfits in the works for my daughter and her doll. The Carla C patterns I have downloaded are so easy, the directions are so clear, and the finished products are so cute! I also have my eye on some crochet patterns. I also love the inspiration of all the submissions to I Made This! Thank you for a wonderful site!

323 Maddison 07.09.09 at 8:11 am

Thank you for the opportunity. Happy Birthday to You Can Make This, also! I have been enjoying this site for just over a year now and always look forward to what’s new! Keep doin’ what you’re doin’ – we love it!!

324 Delanna 07.09.09 at 8:35 am

YCMT, Happy Happy Birthday! I laughed when I read in the story that she checked your website everyday … ’cause I do to! I just have to know when you have something new! I have four daughters and sew as often as possible and the best thing is they LOVE everything I do for them and proudly tell everyone who comments on their outfits … “My Mom made it!” What a lift for me every single time! Thanks YCMT!

325 Mrs Bernstein 07.09.09 at 9:05 am

Happy Birthday!!!!!

326 Jessica 07.09.09 at 9:16 am

Happy birthday YCMT!! I love your site and newsletter, always filled with the most adorable sewing patterns!

327 Kimberly Allen 07.09.09 at 10:54 am

Happy Birthday!! I’ve only done a couple of your sewing projects but both were very easy to follow. I’ll definitely do more!!

328 Heather DeHaas 07.09.09 at 11:21 am

Happy Birthday! Wow – what a great 3 years!

329 Allison Schultz 07.09.09 at 12:27 pm

Happy Birthday!!!!! I love this site and I check in a few times a week to see what’s new and what I have to buy next;)
Thank you!!!!

330 Terressa T. 07.09.09 at 12:42 pm

HaPpY bIrThDaY!!!! I love July, it’s my birthday and my daughter’s birthday as well! what a great site/blog you have. I still have yet to purchase something, since I’m so new in finding it. but I can’t wait to see if I really can sew…this giveaway would be a perfect chance!! thank you for your beautiful ideas!

331 Courtney @ Sister To Sister 07.09.09 at 2:39 pm


I can not say enough good things about YCMT and the amazing group of people that run it! But, I think you know how I feel! :)

THANK YOU for everything! I would not be living my dream right now if it were not for YCMT! :)

332 heather meyer 07.09.09 at 4:52 pm

My Birthday is July 27th 1984 and I love this Idea about the birthday giveaway. I love the patterns and you have so monay differnt Ideas to share, thanks for thinking of those whose birthday were always when school was out.

333 Shanna 07.09.09 at 8:23 pm

I, too, have just ‘found you’ – so many cute ideas on your site! I’ve been sewing since junior high [many years ago] and at one time in my life made ALL of my clothes. With the addition of children to the family, my sewing and craft time disappeared and eventually I lost interest in sewing until this past year, when I made a monthly series of aprons for my now-married daughter who moved out of state. This was my way of giving her something to look forward to in the mail every few weeks, and I re-discovered how much fun it is to sew and design a project! HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you, and wishing you many, many more :)

334 Melissa 07.10.09 at 7:53 am

Happy Birthday! I can’t believe it has been three years! I have watched the site grow clear back from HCTS and I am so happy that ycmt is still going strong. Many Congratulations, keep up the good work.

335 Jamie 07.10.09 at 10:18 am

Happy Birthday YCMT!! I have loved every pattern that I have purchased, and have recommended this site to any beginner! I have even started a quilt, which I was always very intimidated by!!! Keep up the great work and inspiration!

336 NAtalie 07.10.09 at 12:42 pm

Hi thanks!

337 Laura 07.10.09 at 1:54 pm

Happy Birthday! I was so happy when I discovered this site nearly a year ago. I had tried a few patterns, but always seemed to get lost just after beginning. I LOVE your patterns. I have yet to get lost and I’ve learned so much more about sewing along the way. THANK YOU!!

338 Rachel 07.10.09 at 5:00 pm

I just love your site! I have made only twoe things so far (others are on my wish list and “to make” list! Lol!) but I greatly enjoyed making them! I made the free table runner for my mom for Mother’s Day! It was very easy to make and personalize and it was my first time “quilting”! She just loved it and I can’t wait to try out some more things! I also made a preemie hat and had so much fun with it! So sweet!

Happy Birthday and thank you to all who do so much! =:D

339 Jacki 07.10.09 at 5:36 pm

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Your site has inspired me to try new projects. Thanks :)

340 Ginny 07.10.09 at 7:06 pm

Happy Birthday, awesome 3 years!

341 Michelle 07.10.09 at 9:45 pm

Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday dear
Happy Birthday to YOU!

….and many more….

342 Eva 07.10.09 at 9:55 pm

Happy Birthday, YCMT. This site has become a great resource for me — and not just for patterns. I find myself looking here first for instructions for jewelry, clay, paper projects, and gifts. Thanks, and here’s to many more years.

343 Kimberly Owens 07.11.09 at 8:33 am

Happy Birthday YCMT! All my favorite creations have been made using ebooks from this site. I don’t know what I would do without you!

344 Dana V. 07.11.09 at 9:22 am

I’m so glad I found your site! I’ve downloaded (and sewn) three patterns, and I’m HOOKED! Thanks for the chance to win!

345 Sarah J. 07.11.09 at 11:09 am

Love the site and all the fabulous patterns and ideas!

346 Torri M 07.11.09 at 11:13 am

Yay, I love birthdays!! I really love your site! Thanks for the chance to win!

347 norma s. 07.11.09 at 12:03 pm

Happy Birthday! I love your site so much I feel like it’s a friend! So many new ideas are shared and keeps my creative juices flowing! Thank you and keep up the awesome work. Norma

348 Anya 07.11.09 at 3:57 pm

Happy birthday! Great site!

349 Melissa Johnson 07.11.09 at 5:59 pm

Happy Birthday! I found so many adorable crochet patterns on this site. I’ve actually been tempted to learn to sew so that I can make some of the really cute things listed here.
Have another great year YCMT!!
Melissa J.

350 Lisa 07.11.09 at 6:03 pm

Happy, Happy Birthday!!! I have been sewing for a little over a year, and to say it has become an obsession is an understatement. Unfortunately working full time takes away precious sewing time !!!! My daughter loves everything I make for her and your website is the only reason I can complete a project. The patterns are so easy to understand, but what is even better is that the pattern designers are available by email if you have a question, (and boy have I had some pretty silly basic questions), but everyone has answered me and really cared how things were going. I love your website and check it several times a week to see what is new. Congratulations for three terrific years, great job!!!

351 Natalie 07.12.09 at 3:14 am

That is such a great story and Stephanie’s outfit is to die for! The Easy Fit Pants from YCMT is one of the first patterns I used to get me back into sewing after many years of hiatus. I lacked confidence in my abilities and when my niece and nephews LOVED their pjs out of this pattern, I was hooked. I have sewn MANY pairs, and have now been sewing as much as I can. Your site is so great for making us feel like we can do it. And it is super fun to see all the inspiration pictures people have sewn from the patterns.

352 Elizabeth 07.12.09 at 6:39 am

Congrats and Happy Birthday! Love your site and have lots of your ebooks. This is the best thing out there! Hope you are around for a long time.

353 Kristen 07.12.09 at 11:15 am

I definitely bookmark this site. Looks like lots of fun. Congrats!!

354 Kelli 07.12.09 at 12:09 pm

Happy Birthday YCMT! I love your web site and newsletter. I wouldn’t be sewing today without this web site!

355 Patricia Wilson 07.12.09 at 1:37 pm

Happy Birthday YCMT!!!!! I signed up for this sight because a needed a pattern for a chief hat due to doing a skit about the many different hats that a women wheres in a typical day of a mother. Was able to get a pattern from you for free and the skit was a big success thank you for being there and having this site. I started my own business as a seamstress doing alterations, sewing, light, upholstery, curtains, cornices, cornice boards and so on and your site has been a big help with many ideas that I have yet to use. Thank you so much for taking the time to do this and pass others ideas on so we all can glean from their talents and ideas. Again and big HAPPY, HAPPY B-DAY!!

356 Jill 07.12.09 at 9:06 pm

I love Staphanie’s story. Mine is very similiar. Except, that I have yet to try to sew anything more than a pillow or curtains that doesn’t require a pattern. I downloaded the pattern for wrap shirts and wrap dresses a few weeks ago and watched in awe as my mom made a beautiful white dress for my niece to wear to a very special day in the life of her family. She talked me through, and I watched her every move, but I have yet to try it myself. My daughter’s birthday is this week, and I think I may get up the courage to get out my machine and make her a wrap dress. We will have to see what the fabric store has for my inspiration.

357 Jane 07.12.09 at 10:32 pm

Happy Birthday YCMT!!! To the years ahead!!!

358 Debbie 07.13.09 at 7:42 am

Happy birthday! I am relatively new to this site, but I love what I have seen so far! Keep up the good work!

359 Joanna 07.13.09 at 8:34 am

Happy Birthday YCMT!

360 Margaret 07.13.09 at 9:35 am

Happy Birthday and thanks for such a great site!

361 Kara 07.13.09 at 3:08 pm

Happy Birthday YCMT!

I have to say my story isn’t nearly as great or inspirational but I do have a nice little story:
I too use to get very very frustrated when trying to make something, even when it was just hemming my husbands pants for fixing a hem. I would rather hand sew it, which didn’t look that great, then get as frustrated as I did with my sewing machine. Not until I had my daughter did I think I would try again. It was about a week before St. Patrick’s Day and I just couldn’t find anything I liked at the stores, so I downloaded a Growing up with Rosie pattern and went for it. I slowly sewed and two days before St. Patty’s my sewing machine broke, I couldn’t get it fixed anywhere!! I was very sad and frustrated, after seeing what I had accomplished my husband took me to get a new one ( I love him!!) and I finished it! Not only was I, and my husband really impressed, my very Irish family who always seems to find the adorable St. Patty’s outfits (and pay a pretty penny for them) were very impressed!! I was so proud of myself!! I have whipped many many little outfits together for my two, soon to be 3, kids days or hours before a special day and I’m so proud of myself when they say “Mommy made it!” especially when my 5 year old son says it! I’m not perfect yet, and I need a whole lot more experience but I’m on my way! THANKS YCMT!!

362 Donna 07.13.09 at 6:04 pm

Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear You(can make this dotcom), Happy Birthday to you! And many more….

363 carrie 07.13.09 at 9:10 pm

Happy Birthday YCMT!!! I cannot thank you enough for all the inspiration you have given me over the years and all the wonderful projects I have created from your site. I love being able to dress my little girl in something that I made, and now that I have a new baby girl I am looking forward to all the matching outfits I can make now. I learned how to sew years ago but until I found your site I hadn’t made much more than some pillows. Thank you sew much :) for rekindling my love of sewing and keep the great projects coming!

364 Amy 07.14.09 at 2:32 pm

I ran across your site 2 years ago right after my husband surprised me with a sewing machine for Christmas. Thanks goodness I found you! The site sparked my creativity and has given me so much pleasure and enjoyment. I love looking at the “I Made This” section to find inspiration. Happy Birthday YCMT and many more!!!

365 julie @ mom by faith 07.14.09 at 5:25 pm

I hope I’m not too late to enter the drawing, but at any rate, Happy Birthday, YCMT! I love looking at everything here, though I confess I have yet to make anything! ;) When my 5-year-old starts Kindergarten and my 2-year-old starts preschool in a few months, I am putting “craft time” into my schedule! Love all the great ideas and seeing what people have made! That outfit in the article is simply gorgeous! Great job!

366 Camie M 07.14.09 at 5:59 pm

Happy Birthday! I’ve professed my love for YCMT many times in the past, but this time is extra special! I’m getting ready to launch my web site selling items made from patterns purchased here as well as some of my own items that I have courageously created after being completely inspired by this site and everyone involved. I suffered from severe avoidant personality disorder which in short meant I was a shut-in, afraid of the world. At the age of 33 I found YCMT and life took a turn for the better as I started sewing for my baby girl. I have conquered my disorder, and discovered my passion for sewing and creating. Now, at 36 I’m launching my site and I could not have done it without you all!!! I’m super excited and ever so grateful! Woo Hoo! Thank you!!! Keep it up, as I’m sure there are many more you have and will inspire. Camie

367 Angela 07.14.09 at 6:16 pm

I just found this site and am very excited to dig in and get crafty!!!

368 Amy 07.15.09 at 8:08 am

Happy Birthday! I am just love this site! I began sewing, thanks to you, in January and now I am addicted! It is so much fun! I love the patterns and how easy they are to follow. I love the “I Made This” section to see what everyone else has made. Thank you for giving me such a wonderful hobby!

369 Sandy 07.15.09 at 11:29 am

I wished for you, and there you were! A website chock full of fun!! Lovely patterns, freebies and lots and lots of inspiration–who knew? I am so glad to have found YCMT. Thanks so much for making my wish come true. ;D

370 lynn gray 07.15.09 at 4:20 pm

happy bday such a great site!!! i am a beginner sewer and it is so nice to have so many patterns written with beginner sewers in mind too- thanks again for all that u do!!!

371 Carri 07.15.09 at 6:24 pm

Happy Birthday! I absolutely love your site! There are so many cute patterns; so many cute ideas to inspire me! I tell all my friends about your awesome website. Wishing you many Happy Birthdays to come!!

372 Tiffany 07.15.09 at 8:50 pm

I have truly enjoyed each year that YCMT has been up and running. The patterns are great and so creative. Each time I get a newsletter or go look at the site I am so inspired. Here’s wishing you a very happy birthday and hoping for many more!

373 Heidi 07.15.09 at 10:36 pm

Happy birthday! I am just learning to sew and can’t wait to try some of the patterns.

374 Melissa Spivey 07.16.09 at 9:28 am

I am gearing up to begin learning how to sew and have spent countless hours on this website looking at amazing outfits and designs put together. I have so many ideas in my head…now I’ve just got to jump in and learn. This is an amazing site! Happy B-day!

375 Mishelle 07.16.09 at 5:08 pm

Happy Birthday to you!!!!! Happy Birthday dear YCMT!! WOW, you all are so popular!! I am #375!!
I am so hooked on your your site!! I don’t know what I would do without it!! Thanks for everything!!!!

376 Kristen 07.17.09 at 7:17 am

Happy Birthday YCMT! I LOVE your website! A friend emailed it to me — and I discovered it in the middle of the night — needless to say, I was up ALL NIGHT looking and dreaming about all the things that I could make! :)

377 Kristy 07.17.09 at 7:38 am

PICK ME, PICK ME, PICK ME!!! I love the site and would be a very happy momma!!! HAPPY B’Day!!!


378 Michelle 07.17.09 at 11:35 am

I just wanted to leave a little note and say how fun it was to meet you guys at the Moms Who Make It conference! You gave wonderful presentations and really made me feel like one of the girls at lunch. Thanks for making my experience there that much better! You guys are Superlicious! Happy Birthday!!

379 pamela 07.17.09 at 1:06 pm

It was so nice to meet you and be in your holiday class at MWMI’09. I hope you have a safe trip home!

380 Heather L 07.17.09 at 4:22 pm

I just found YCMT and I am so excited. Congratulations on your third anniversary!
I enjoy crocheting, knitting, and sewing. I can’t wait to order some of the business development books–maybe your tips will help my business take off :)
And the patterns! what can I say? They are adorable! I look forward to further exploring your site–so many treasures!

381 Erika 07.17.09 at 4:47 pm

Congrats! In this economy, it’s a BIG deal to make it in business 3 years. The constant flow of new ideas & affordable prices are two of your secrets to success. When I’m in a rut w/ my clothing creation, I can wander over here for ‘just one pattern’ and walk away w/ at least 3 ;)

382 Jen Holyoak 07.17.09 at 8:32 pm

Happy Birthday to the nicest people I have ever met. You ladies totally deserve all the success you’ve had. Thanks for the fun times and inspiration!
Big Big Love and Smiles,
Jen Holyoak

383 Prisilla 07.17.09 at 9:15 pm

Happy Birthday! I only recently found this site but I love what I see so far.

384 Jessica D 07.17.09 at 11:19 pm

Happy Birthday, Thanks to your website I have done more than I ever imagined possible!!!

385 Amanda Nordstrom 07.18.09 at 1:16 am

I’m a bit late, but happy birthday anyway! :)

386 Brittney 07.20.09 at 9:38 am

I have to say I am SO glad I stumbled upon your website. I have 4 girls and have had such a great time making stuff for them. When we go places people practically break their necks to check out the outfits my girls are wearing. I get asked all the time,”where did you get their outfits?” When I say I make them you can see the jealousy in their eyes not only because there little girl doesn’t have one but because they don’t think they can sew. I have given your web address out so many times I should make cards! I love this site and can’t wait to see what the future brings! Happy Birthday!!

387 Sue 07.20.09 at 1:11 pm

Love the website and all the wonderful patterns I’ve purchased. Thanks so much!!

388 Carolyn 07.20.09 at 2:13 pm

Happy Birthday!

389 Heidi 07.20.09 at 3:25 pm

I made my boys some of the super cute (and super easy!) pants from the pattern on YCMT, and they love them so much they’ve practically been living in them lately! Thanks for taking the time to share these wonderful patterns and tutorials!

390 Renee 07.20.09 at 6:49 pm

I found your site through a contest on Chocolate Fingerprints blog, and I’ve been coming back ever since. I made the giraffe lovey for a friend who just had a baby and I love the way it came out. I tend to not do a lot of sewing because of the cost of patterns, your site offers more reasonably priced patterns and they are easy to use. I even recommended your site to the woman who was cutting my fabric at Joann’s!!!

391 Gramma Linda 07.20.09 at 7:40 pm

Some of the sweetest people I’ve had the pleasure of chatting with are the people who graciously share their sewing secrets and patterns here on YCMT! Thank you for the joy you’ve given me of making lovely things for my grandchildren!

Oh… and please tell us which pattern Stephanie used, it’s adorable and I WANT IT :)

392 Christina Dennis 07.20.09 at 8:00 pm

I love your site! So many wonderful DIY patterns. Happy birthday!

393 b jones 07.21.09 at 6:12 am

i started sewing a few years ago after adopting our second daughter from china.
i saw and bought all the cute boutique outfits and thought i would love to learn to sew and make some of the easy ones. well a few years later … here i am sewing almost all of the younger ones clothes (older one is teenage so need i say more) .
All of my friends just can’t wait to see Jade arrive so they can see what she is going to be wearing today. But the best thing is Jade’s look on her face when i show her a new dress that she picked the fabric for and the big hug i get for making it. She says she always feels like a Princess in her new dresses. That’s all i need to hear and i start to make another. i have bought many patterns from ycmt and loved them all.
thanks for your great website too for all the wonderful ideas. b jones

394 MegVS 07.21.09 at 7:30 am

I love your site! There is so much inspiration and all the patterns I have bought here have turned out so well! Thanks for bringing all these great patterns to one place!

395 Becky 07.21.09 at 1:06 pm

As the grandaughter of a professional seamstress I always just bought patterns when they went on sale at the fabric store. Now that the disboards clued me into YCMT I have been loving the patterns here so much I no longer will purchase the cheap not understandable patterns! I am LOVING sewing for my foster niece and relatives, and not having to ask gram what to do next. I have made may outfits thanks to YCMT. HAPPY BIRTHDAY YCMT!!!!

396 Robin Lack 07.21.09 at 2:11 pm

I have been purchasing from since the beginning. I truly love each and every pattern I get here and have made TONS of beautiful things. I will continue to return every week to see what is new and what everyone else is making!!!

397 Vicki 07.22.09 at 9:24 am

I just recently found your site, I love creating things, sewing or crafting. When you love doing what you do, it makes all the difference in the world (to me anyways). I have watched my 28 year old daughter became such a wonderful seamtress. Its blogs like these that inspire. God bless…

398 Leisel 07.22.09 at 4:08 pm

I LOVE this site! The patterns are fabulous! And usually quick and easy to boot! My only regret is that I did not think of this idea first!! ;0) Happy Birthday!

399 Kara 07.22.09 at 11:30 pm

I have had similar experiences which led to me thinking and believing I could not sew. However, since I have found this site, I have made so many cute things. The directions are just so simple… simplicity and mccalls should hire your people to write patterns!

400 Marguerite Namdar 07.23.09 at 10:53 am

What a heart warming story about making her daughter’s outfit. Happy Birthday. Marguerite Namdar

401 Ann 07.24.09 at 9:04 am

Happy Birthday ! I really enjoy your site . Ann

402 debbie 07.27.09 at 5:46 am

Happy Birthday to you!!! Love YCMT!!!! I have several of the patterns. I am a junkie!!! I send everyone I know your way. Keep up the good work!!!

403 Heike 07.28.09 at 12:26 pm

Happy Birthday!

I love your site! Your patterns and ideas are so great!!!!

Best wishes

404 Valerie 07.29.09 at 1:16 pm

I’ve only tried one or two of your patterns so far but am delighted that they are written by people who design and sew. The big commercial pattern companies seem to have designers who have never constructed a garment in their lives!

405 Pam 07.29.09 at 6:39 pm

Happy Birthday! I just found you 3 days ago. Sorry I missed the past 3 years. What a great site.

406 Emily 07.30.09 at 11:16 am

Happy Birthday!

I love coming to you site for patterns and inspiration!

407 AlishaSays 08.03.09 at 8:49 am

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I just have to say, YCMT, you have made my life happier! The patterns are so easy! I’ve grown sew much as a sewer. This past weekend, I tackled a pattern that I had bought a while back but was pretty intimidated by. Well, I conquered it! And it was actually easy, just like all the rest! The finished product was what intimidated me. I couldn’t imagine a wrap top could be so easy to make!

Throughout the last few years I’ve been making things from patterns I purchased here. My big sister does also. And she’s won tons of freebies from ya’ll as well- so believe it people! They give away stuff like crazy here! :) I’ve been a SAHM for 1 1/2 years and have 3 kids that I love to sew for. Sewing just makes me happy. And after facing and conquering the wrap top- it’s so on! That pattern completely inspired me by the time the tops were done. I’m in a sewing frenzy now! :)

Thank you YCMT, and all the wonderful people who make you what you are! Happy Birthday! My life would not be as peaceful and happy without your easy patterns to get me through my sewing passion!

408 Lindsey Langhans 08.04.09 at 7:31 am

Happy Birthday! I am in love with!! For a visual learner like myself, it takes those confusing patterns and makes them plain and simple and gives it to you in simple conversation-like words. I have been teaching several friends how to sew and I have been using your patterns! They are really catching on and your patterns are making them feel like they can do anything they put their mind to!! Thanks for all the confidence building and idea inspiration!

409 Mama Lusco 08.04.09 at 10:38 pm

congratulation on 3 good years! I enjoy your blog and using your sewing patterns. I appreciate the simple directions and fabulous designs. Keep up the good work!

410 Christine Jensen 08.05.09 at 4:14 pm

i LOVE how simple it is to work wit the patterns you provide. THe photos in the ebooks helping to clarify the instructions are perfect for a sewing dunce like me :)

411 Tina 08.07.09 at 7:32 am

Your site has inspired me beyond words. This is the absolute best place to find patterns for my girls. I tell everyone about YCMT! The fact that most of your patterns are made by other moms that share the sames loves, a passion for our children and crafting.

412 Ersula 08.07.09 at 3:33 pm

I absolutely love this website! No wonder you’ve been up for 3 years and are doing so well. Congratualtions, Happy Birthday!

413 Sarah in MO 08.09.09 at 8:29 am

I just discovered your site and I’m so excited! I’ve been sewing A LOT for the past 8 years and have gained lots of experience. I’ve done lots of sewing for friends, but am now wanting to branch out and be able to sell the things I make. The only problem I had with that was patterns. I can sew most pattern, but creating patterns is much more intimidating. I was SO excited to find some patterns on this website that I can use to create things to sell. Thank you so much! Maybe I’ll even be able to figure out how to turn the few patterns I’ve created into e-books to share with others too!

Thank you so much for this website! I’m looking forward to purchasing some patterns and sharing my creations! Happy Birthday!

414 Karey 08.13.09 at 5:04 pm

I love YCMT! It is the first place I look when I want a new pattern or project. It just keeps getting better and better here. Happy Birthday!

415 Garilyn 08.20.09 at 6:03 am

Happy Birthday, YCMT!!! I love the patterns and ideas. Keep up the great work.

416 Susan Rossi 11.02.09 at 6:59 pm

I found the treasure chests on the following three pages:
Stitchery Pattern Adore Him
Boutique Patchwork Christmas Stocking
How to paper piece tutorial and free pattern

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