Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Pattern Review: Peekaboo Bonnet Made by Rae

From the Archives

Today is our ward pioneer day celebration, so I finally made up a bonnet for Amelia. I used the Peek-a-boo bonnet pattern which has been in my files for quite some time...

This was my second one to make up (I made one for my niece to take to the beach) and it didn't go much better than the first.  It's not hard, there's nothing difficult about it at all, but I am not happy with the finished product.  In order to make it reversible, there's a seam line that runs over the gathered part from the other side.  I tried hand-stitching it, but gave up on that too.  I need to actually shorted a pattern piece so that the seam runs perfectly in the flat part.  If that makes any sense.

It's still cute.  Elle wants one now too.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

E+M Patterns Girls Dress pattern No.13 Petitboo Rose Dress

From the Archives
My first ever pattern test--still a favorite!
E+M Patterns has consolidated and you can now find them at Petitboo
This is now the Rose Dress

Remember how I was doing some sewing projects?  Well, now I'm doing sewing that counts!  I did a pattern test with a fabulous pattern designer.  How that works is they send you the never-before-released PDF pattern, you sew it up, offer feedback to make it a better product, take some pictures and done!  In exchange, I get the pattern (which in this case is super cute), the dress I made, fun times and cute pics of my model, mandatory sewing time, lots of support and this time, another E+M pattern!  Win-Win!

Introducing Girl's Dress Pattern No.13
from E+M Patterns.

This pattern was super easy to print, assemble and cut out.  For those new to the PDF pattern world, gone are the days of that terrible tissue paper, now you instantly print from your computer and you get great tutorials to walk you through each step of the way.  
 The pattern itself goes together very easily with great instructions.  The inside is beautifully finished too, no need for a serger. I need to take some pics of the inside as well.

 I love this design because it's mod and simple: perfect for the older girl who no longer wears ruffles and frou-frou.  Giselle and I spent some quality time shopping together while she picked out the fabrics, which was fun and I enjoyed taking photos too.  She did a great job.
 After our photo shoot (in the rain I might add) we stopped in at a local boutique.  The ladies there raved about this dress and asked where I got it.  They wanted my card which I left at home.  Guess I should carry them around when she wears this!

I love seeing the lining fabric peek out.  
  I will definitely be making more.  I'd love one in my size too!  I'm thinking paired with some leggings and boots it would make a great fall wardrobe staple.  
This pattern releases tomorrow and it's 50% off!  Get it, sew it and post pics in the FB group too!

It will be on sale for $4 until Monday night at 11pm Pacific Time. No code needed. Regular $8.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Pattern Review: E+M Patterns Girl's Dress No.15 Petitboo Indigo Dress

From the Archives
E+M Patterns has consolidated with its sister company Petitboo!
This pattern is now the Indigo Dress.

I'm pretty new to the world of pattern testing, but I LOVE it. It's kind of like Project Runway, but less drama.  Indie pattern designers need people to sew up their designs, offer feedback and then photograph them.  Sewing, technical writing, photography.  Me, me, me again.

One of the first designs I ever tested was E+M Patterns Dress No. 13. I loved that dress from first sight, and what's more, I knew it was something my girls would wear.  See, I stopped sewing for them years ago because they are NOT ruffles and fluff kind of girls and that's mostly what I see in the home-sewing world.  But Dress No.13 is modern, sleek and a definite hit.

So when the chance to test Dress No. 15 (in knits) came up, I was so excited!  I knew Allison's patterns were clear, easy to follow and would have quality finishes.  This dress did not disappoint and is in fact Giselle's go-to outfit.  It's suitable for all seasons, sandals for warm weather, sweater,boots, and leggings for cooler weather. It's comfortable with the shirred elastic waistband and super cute with the adjustable shoulder ties.

We made both versions, one with the asymmetrical hemline (which I adore!) and one with the straight hem (which is Giselle's fave). Now, I shall overload you with pictures:

Please don't look too closely at the stripes.  I cut and sewed this at 1am before we left out of town.  They may not exactly line up...

I just love these dresses!  
For a few more days, you can get this pattern for $5--a super deal. Just use the coupon TOUR15. 
Find it at the official pattern shop or on Etsy.  

Then visit all the other stops on the tour and leave a comment so you can WIN this pattern + another one from E+M!

Here are the links to visit them all and be inspired!

So visit, comment, enter 
and sew!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Sunday Picnic Dress by SewPony Vintage

From the Archives

I am so excited to be a part of this blog tour for this adorable dress!

 I had so much fun sewing this dress up, and even though I've bought patterns from sewpony vintage, I hadn't sewn them yet (I may or may not have a problem when it comes to buying patterns--but who can resist their adorable vintage styling?)

I was so excited to picked as a tester, even though I was cutting it close because we were leaving in a few days for our house-hunting trip.  Luckily,the Sunday picnic dress is a breeze to create--even with a lined bodice and invisible zipper.  The pattern pieces are easy to assemble, instructions are very thorough, and pictures are very clear. I had it sewn up in no time.  And, I'm embarrassed to admit this, but in all my years of sewing, I had never done pockets.  Pockets!  I know.  But guess what, they are super easy and SO cute.

We were assigned the long-sleeve, collared view which was perfect because Giselle doesn't have very many Fall/Winter options.  I picked a smaller-overall, muted pattern for the fabric.  I wanted something mature and simple since she is the oldest size range.  I added contrasting cuffs since I am a sucker for contrast and cuffs.  Giselle didn't originally want buttons (they are just a design detail since the dress zips in back) but I liked my quirky cluster there.  This would be a great dress to showcase those fancy buttons!

The hem is the perfect length for movement and modesty--hitting just above the knee. 
 Giselle felt like such a lady in this dress.  

Today is the LAST day to get your very own Sunday picnic dress pattern at the discount price!  So hurry on over to either store and enter in code SUNDAYTOUR15  to save 15%.

 And for more inspiration and pattern views visit all these fabulous blogs participating in the Sunday picnic dress blog tour!
Sharing the day with me is (I am seriously in the big league with these ladies):
 Thank you so much Suzanne and sewpony vintage for another fabulous pattern!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Pattern Review: Lilah by Sansahash

One of my favorite sews so far is the Lilah dress and top from Sansahash. It's just the cutest and perfect for summer!

This is like 2 patterns in one because there's a woven version and a knit version. I tested the knit version in both top and dress length and I could not get Amelia to take them off!

 It's got the most beautiful racer back which was perfect for her big cast lol. 
The Lilah has a huge size range, from 6m-12.

 The dress version was sewn up the most beautiful poly/rayon french terry courtesy of So Sew English. It's so soft. 

Our top version is in some Riley Blake cotton lycra and it's just so sweet and easy for summer. I will now overload you with photos:

 The Lilah is available here and on sale for one more day!

I'll be sewing up the woven version next so prepare to see more of these!  We love it!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Pattern Review: Ellie Inspired Starboard Suspender Set

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When the pattern company, Ellie Inspired, posted a need for testers, I jumped on that ship.  I didn't see what the outfit was before I was selected, so when I saw the set, it took me a long time to get my inspiration.  I like pretty mod, simple outfits for my kids and I wasn't sure how I was going to make a traditional sailor suit look modern. I usually try to use fabrics I already have (must downsize this stash somehow) but nothing worked in my brain.  

I was in Hobby Lobby for some other fabric needs and saw this Michael Miller vintage Parisian-style (Gay Paree) print and knew right away, that would be my fabric.  The pattern set is a snap-crotch shirt with sailor collar, pleats in the back and cuffed-puff sleeves for girls and a suspender skirt (or shorts) with flat front and adjustable straps.

 This pattern set was more involved than I've done lately.  Set in sleeves and button-holes and yokes and plackets.  Nothing particularly hard, just time consuming.  It was actually a nice change to spend some quality time making a quality garment but I remember thinking it took nearly all day to sew.

 I made quite a few adjustments: shortened the skirt quite a bit (I just adore above-knee skirts on tiny people) and shortened the straps (they are almost too short--no room for growing), just sewed the skirt buttons on the front--they aren't functional, took out width in the waistband and tightened the elastic in the back by a lot.  I didn't end up going modern, I went with a vintage fit!  The set also comes with a tie pattern, but I felt that mine was busy enough and I wanted to show off the buttons.

I knew I wanted Amelia to wear her snappy red shoes for the photo shoot and I magically found this pair of knee-socks. You can't really see the print fabric too well, but there's the cutest characters romping around Paris and I knew Amelia needed a beret.

So I used Lil Blue Boo's free knit beret pattern and seriously, 5 minutes later had the most adorable hat.  Luckily Miss A likes wearing hats.

The outfit is so cute, the pictures turned out cute and of course, I think my baby is cute.  
She knew she was cute too, walking around all sassy-like.
She even made the cover for the Etsy listing!

This is part of a huge summer nautical collection that is being released this week. 
I really loved how it turned out and have plans in my mind for more!
 There is so much cute stuff so check it out here!