Saturday, August 16, 2014

Boy's BundleUP! - Win It Before You Can Buy It!!!!

Guess what friends and family - and other random people on the internet who follow my blog (you know who you are and I love each of you!) - my next pattern is about to be released!!!!!
That's right, I have been secretly hard at work on a pattern for the next BundleUP sale, and this one is for BOYS!!!!! (You can win the WHOLE BUNDLE HERE!!!!!)

Introducing the Aviator Pants:

Let's go over the Details:
Size 18m-14 (and yep, the tween/teen scene love these)
Relaxed fit, but not baggy
Pants or Shorts
Pocket Options: Double Welt, 3D Cargo, and Front Slash Pocket
Contrasting Leg Triangle
Knit waist band with optional full elastic for those slim jims

Have a girl, don't feel left out - the Aviator Pants are just as perfect for girls (especially ones with attitude)!!!

If you don't think the pattern has enough options for you, there are also links to Aviator Pant Tutorials for: Zip Welts, Gathered Girly Cargo Pockets, and a Drawstring Waist.

And Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, don't tell anyone, but I'm planning on releasing these for Women in my Fall/Winter collection.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Patterns for Sale, Patterns for SALE.......

WOW - I can't believe that I am really here announcing that I have two patterns for sale in my brand spanking new Etsy Shop.

But today I officially release the two patterns that I have been working on for the last few months:

The Riviera Romper
I had the most amazing group of testers patiently work with me and help me develop into a pattern I am not only proud of, but LOVE to wear!

and the Parisian Nights PJ's (which was previously released with Bundle UP!)

Both patterns are now listed in my Etsy shop, and you can get a discount by buying both in a bundle HERE.

Thank you for all the hugs, words of encouragement, and hard work form testers and proofers that have helped me get to this point today - Hugs to you ALL!!!!!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Bundle UP!.... The Taylor Shorts and Piper Top

Ok, so today I am sharing a combo outfit!  The Taylor shorts paired with the Piper Top - and let me just say I have been wearing these shorts almost everyday since I made them, I think it is time to put them in the wash ;o)

The Taylor shorts run sizes 0-18, but if you are beyond an 18 - check your high hip, the top measurement is 51.5!!!!  I can actually size down one size from my street size in these, so read the size chart and trust it and cut the size it tells you to, if you are in the bigger sizes, you might be surprised!

I went with the longest length, the 8 inch inseam, hoping for a Bermuda short length - but they weren't quite long enough for when I like my Bermudas to hit.  So instead I decided to cuff them - which I LOVE.

Cuffing any pair of shorts is fairly easy... follow the hemming instructions, just make sure that when you sew in the hem, you sew almost the full 1/4 inch in from the edge that you originally turned under.  This way, when you turn them up to cuff them, your turned edge will natural fall below the wrong side of the fabric.  Press well, and if you want them to be permanent cuffs, tack them in place at the inseam and outseam.

This Piper Top I lovelovelovelovelove!!!!  The bow back is so pretty and different from other things I own.  I went with exactly my size based on the measurement chart and the fit is perfect - this is the XL.

I used lightweight knits from Girl Charlee for the perfect summer top.

What are you sewing up from the Bundle????  
Make sure to link up all your creations in order to WIN BIG!!!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Bundle UP!.... the Hip Hop Tank & Top

I whipped up this Hip Hop Top in about 40 minutes - it would have been way less, but my serger decided to start fighting me half way through and needed to be taught a lesson!

I love the versatility of this pattern!!!  This is probably the key thing I look for when buying a pattern.  You have High low tank, Tank with contrasting back, tank with tulip back, tank with button up back, and then you can add sleeves to all of the above!

I went with a sleeved version of the high low - I really need more basic tops, and between my casper white skin and not quite love of my arms, sleeves are good!

(*while this is not the Calla Lily skirt, it has a very similar drape - I think this top would look amazing with the Calla Lily, so now I need to make one!)

I went based on my measurements and made the Large.... perfect fit!

The cut of this is perfect on me, and you know you have done well when a horizontal stripe doesn't make you look wide.  *Now I was short on fabric but determined to make it work, so I switched directions to fit in my sleeves - this worked because the fabric has 4 way stretch*

If you are looking at dipping your toe into sewing for yourself, or extend your women's pattern collection; check out the Bundle UP! sale.  It only lasts until 6/27!!!!

Friday, June 20, 2014

What I've made from Bundle Up: Four Seasons Cardigan

The Bundle Up Sale is Live, and I'll be sharing some of the things I have made from the bundle ;o)

First up, the Four Seasons Cardigan by Everything Your Mama Made.
You can Read my full review HERE.

Stay tuned for more things coming this week ;o)

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Does this make me officially a designer....????

That's right, tomorrow my very first women's pattern releases.  A pattern that is graded from XS-XXL, a pattern that went through full testing, a pattern that is MINE!  I really never thought that I would be here, and yet it seems that many other people did - and they kept quietly and gently nudging me in the right direction until it was so IN MY FACE that I couldn't ignore it any longer.  To those people (and I think they know who they are), I say Thank You!

Ok - before blubbery tears start falling through the computer screen.... let's get back to it.

My Pattern, Parisian Nights PJ's, is included as a free gift with any BundleUP! purchase June 20-27.  After July 10 it will be available individually for sale in my Etsy Shop.

I was lucky enough to score some amazing Girl Charlee fabric for my pattern and cover images.  This is quickly becoming my 'go to' shop for all knits - the variety is astounding, the quality is amazing, and the prices are divine!  This is what I used in this pattern:

  • Mint Green Triangle Arrows on Navy Blue Cotton Jersey
  • Ice Green Solid Cotton Jersey
  • Twighlight Purple Roses Stretch Lace
*Girl Charlee has the most wonderful customer service and they helped me perfectly coordinate these fabrics by checking the warehouse to make sure my knit and lace weren't going to clash.

Not only do I love how comfy these are to wear, but they are holding up so much better than many of my other PJ's, and the lace is my favorite detail!!!!!

Back to the bundle....I am so lucky to be in such talented company - and to have this opportunity to step out into the world of design.

And there is another freebie included with the bundle too - the ever talented Jodi of Jocole has made coloring book pages so that your kids can still be involved in your design process even if these clothes aren't for them.

And the BIGGEST news, is that there is an amazing giveaway connected.  Anyone who sews up something from the bundle will have the opportunity to enter to win a Serger and $100 gift card from Girl Charlee - say WHAT!!?!?!?!? Enter HERE