Great Freelance Careers for People with Disabilities

Guest Post by Rebecca Moore of Able Rise

Living with a disability can make the typical 9-to-5 work grind difficult and, sometimes, impossible, making the lure of a lucrative work-at-home career especially appealing. Unfortunately, there are many scams that promise tremendous wealth while requiring little work ready and waiting to take advantage of people desperately searching for an alternative career path. Encountering scam after scam can be discouraging, but real jobs do exist that can be done on your own time, scheduled around your needs.

Pet Boarding is Fun, Flexible, and Rewarding

With the busy lives most people maintain, the demand for doggy daycare and pet boarding is skyrocketing. You might turn your home into your business, having clients drop their pets off for love and attention while they head off to a busy day at the office or a week-long trip for business or pleasure.

Dog Walking Means Paid Exercise

If you don’t have the space or the ability to run a doggy daycare or pet boarding business, you might consider dog walking. The same busy people who make use of pet boarding and doggy daycare often don’t have the time or energy to get their precious pup out for the daily exercise he needs to thrive.  Dog walking is a great business option that allows you to make your own schedule and get some physical activity in in the process.

Hobbies Can Make Money

If dogs aren’t your thing, you can turn many hobbies into a way to earn a living. Etsy, for instance, is a site that allows people to sell their handmade or vintage items online, making it easy for anyone to set up an online store and start selling their wares.

The best way to create a lucrative career by selling on Etsy is to find a niche where there is little competition. For example, knitted scarves and hats are a dime a dozen on Etsy, but dried organic herbs in decorative mason jars might be more unique.

Explore Your Creative Side

Freelance writing allows you to not only make some money, but exercise your creative muscle in the process. Pick a few topics you’re knowledgeable in or even topics you simply want to learn more about — one of the great things about freelance writing is that it gives you the chance to learn! Having a few areas to specialize in will expand your opportunities and let you keep your momentum if one topic sees a decline in demand.

Create an online presence with your own website — WordPress is user-friendly no matter your technical skill set, plus it’s free! — where you can publish sample pieces, maintain a blog, link to your professional social media accounts, and allow potential clients to contact you. But don’t wait for customers to come to you! Freelancing websites can provide a great jumping-off point, or you can contact bloggers and websites directly. Do your research on the company or site you’re pitching to and tell them why you’re interested in writing for them along with a little bit about yourself. Many will list specific guest article guidelines on their site so be sure to look at those ahead of time, too.

Don’t get discouraged if you don’t get responses right away. Follow-up after about a week and keep reaching out to other opportunities. Always look for chances to develop your writing: try different styles, improve your grammar skills, and make it a daily habit to read blogs, the news, or even the latest Stephen King novel. Immerse yourself in good writing and you’ll see yours improve!

Try Real Estate

If you have the right personality and a lot perseverance, real estate can be a great field for you to try. It’s flexible and lucrative. That said, you’ll need to do a little groundwork before you get started. Look for real estate classes in your area, research your local market, and talk with real estate agents in your area to make sure it’s the right move for you.

Living with a disability can sometimes make it challenging to earn a stable income. But in the age of the Internet, almost anything is possible. Jobs that allow you to work entirely remotely are becoming increasingly common, websites made for freelancers are rising in popularity, and sharing economy platforms help fledgling business owners get their service offerings in front of potential clients. Creating your own opportunities allows you to take control of your future.

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Drafting a Dartless Knit Sloper

The dartless knit sloper and knit sleeve can be used to create fitted tee shirts, leotards, bodysuits, and other activewear styles sewn in stretchy knits. The back is completed first and then used to create the front. For women’s styles, part of the side bust dart is rotated into the armhole increasing the size of the front armhole. Raising the armhole and sloping the shoulder seam provides some shaping in the bust area. Fabric stretch will replace some of the shaping provided by the bust darts but dartless knit garments will not mold to the bustline quite the same as garments with bust darts. Wrinkles will may form in the armhole/sideseam area if the bust is large.

The knit sleeve has a shorter sleeve cap than the fitted classic sleeve. The cap height and cap ease are varied as desired. The underarm seam and hemline can be styled as desired.

Drafting a Dartless Knit Sloper

drafting a dartless knit sloper

The written instructions for drafting a dartless knit sloper and sleeve can be found on our Wiki at the links below. You can also watch the video posted on our YouTube channel.

Click here for the Dartless Knit Sloper tutorial.
Click here for the Knit Sleeve tutorial.

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Pants: Fitting, Design, and Construction book

Wild Ginger Software is pleased to announce that we will be publishing a new book on Pants: Fitting, Design, and Construction. Karen and I teamed up with Judy Barlup of Unique Techniques to co-author this book. You can view details about the book including the table of contents and an excerpt on our website at the link below.

In addition to a free pants drafting software, we are including our Style Match program to help you determine the most flattering pant styles for your body shape. The book will retail for $34.95 and will begin shipping early February 2016. Pre-order the book and get it for $24.95.


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Drafting a French Dart

Drafting a French dart by rotating the side bust dart to the hipline below the waist is quite easy in the PatternMaster Pattern Editor or Cameo’s Pattern Design module. The written instructions are below. You can also watch the video posted on our YouTube channel.

drafting a french dart

Drafting a French Dart

  1. Draft and save a classic blouse or sheath with the side bust dart and the seam allowances set to 0.
  2. Open the patterns in Pattern Editor or Pattern Design.
  3. Select and delete the dart ends.
  4. Use the Move Point (MP) tool to move the dart point to the bust point.
  5. Select and delete the bust circle.
  6. Locate a point on the sideseam where you wish to move the dart.
  7. Choose Dart Transfer (DT) from the Design menu.
  8. SNAP to the point placed on the sideseam.
  9. SNAP to the dart point.
  10. SNAP to the end point of one dart leg.
  11. SNAP to the end point of the other dart leg.
  12. Select the objects as shown.
  13. Enter 100% for the amount to transfer.
  14. Choose Clockwise and press Apply.
  15. Draw a line or arcs for the dart legs.
  16. Add the seam allowances using the Offset (OF) and Intersect (IN) tools.
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Estimating Fabric Yardage

Most paper sewing patterns provide an estimate of the amount of yardage needed to complete the project. All Wild Ginger programs come with a Yardage Calculator that let’s you easily determine the exact amount of fabric you need for your style. What do you do when you are away from your computer, do not have the pattern handy, or want to purchase fabric that is a different width than the one called for by the pattern? With a few body measurements and the handy charts below, you can calculate a reasonably accurate yardage estimate for most any garment pattern.

Estimating fabric yardage can be a bit scary but it is really quite easy. Before you leave the house, take a few key body measurements and keep them with you when you shop. Print out and fill in the blank chart below. The measurements you will need are as follows:

  • Center Back at Neck to Hip Depth (blouse length)
  • Center Back at Neck to Knee Depth (dress length)
  • Center Back at Neck to Floor (long dress length)
  • Waist to Knee Depth (skirt/shorts length)
  • Waist to Floor (pant length)
  • Chest Circumference (largest circumference above the waist)
  • Hip Circumference (largest circumference below the waist)
  • Overarm Length (sleeve length)


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Sew Undies with DIY Techniques

I sat down to watch Sew It All on my local PBS station this morning and was pleased to find an episode on how to sew undies with DIY techniques. I have been making my own lingerie, bras, and panties for many years. It is really not as difficult as you might imagine and I thought I was pretty good at it but I actually learned several very clever techniques from guest Monica Bravo of Bravo Bella Custom Bras.

Sew Undies with DIY Techniques

Some of her great techniques included:

  • the pin trace technique for tracing your favorite undies pattern – this was a new and brilliant technique for me
  • the “pin” stitch technique to prevent fabric slippage when sewing
  • the clever “hot dog in a bun” technique for adding a crotch panel to your undies


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Adaptive Clothing Patterns

Adapting clothing for individuals with limited mobility, injuries, or those confined to wheelchairs can be challenging. Wild Ginger Software’s PatternMaster programs provide many options for drafting patterns for limited mobility, injury or physical disability.

Limited Mobility or Injury

For people with limited mobility or injuries, dressing can be difficult and painful. Following are suggested pattern changes, style options, and fit and design settings to make dressing easier.



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The Power Tee

The humble tee shirt is one of the most versatile of all wardrobe items.

It can be plain and simple…

or brightly colored and embellished.

It can be feminine and flirty…

or all business.

  • Its packs easily, travels well, and is great in all kinds of weather.
  • It provides a great canvas for artistic expression with unlimited color blocking and embellishment opportunities.
  • And, with the right neckline, collar, sleeve, and cuff, it can be suitable and flattering for any body shape.


Of course, the best tees are those that fit well and suit our body shape.

Body Shapes


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