Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Estherlyn's Jumper: Using the Applique Shapes - The Heart Shape

Are you mashing along with Call Ajaire this month?  If so, you will see in my Estherlyn's Jumper pattern that I have included shapes that can be used for appliqué or pockets.  I thought I would share just a few ways that some of them could be used, just to get your creative juices flowing!  For size reference I used the smallest size of the appliqué shapes and the 3 month skirt so that everything is in real proportions.  If you are making bigger sizes then you may want to use the bigger shape templates.

First up this week is the heart shape.

Perhaps just one or two for something sweet and simple.

Maybe you want to layer two sizes together in different fabrics.  These could also be offset from each other for a little different look. 

Maybe you want to add some embroidery to the other part of the skirt. 

Perhaps sweetheart balloons.

 Add a simple stem cut freehand and you could have a St Patty's Day dress. 

Autumn is just around the bend, so maybe a pretty tree in fall colors is appealing to you. Just add an easy brown trunk.  

There are lots of other combinations that could be done with these little hearts.  Hopefully these little examples will help you start thinking creatively about how they can be used on your dress!  

Monday, August 11, 2014

Whimsical Fabrics

Just popping in for a quick post to let you all know that my pattern can now be found at Whimsical Fabric!

Stop by and check out this fantastic little store!  Along with fabric, patterns and notions, you can also find clothing blanks and packaging supplies.  There are so many very cute things there and there is currently a Back to School sale!

Danielle, who owns the store, also does sew alongs on her Facebook page, so keep an eye open for the next one!  They look like a lot of fun. :)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Monthly Mash Up with Call Ajaire

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I am so excited to finally be able to share this with you!

Have you seen Call Ajaire's Monthly Mash Up series?  This is where Ajaire takes two patterns and mashes them together into one great outfit, and she invites you to join along.  She reveals how she altered the pattens to create something new and gives instruction as to how you can create your own mash up.  You can join the link party to show off your creations.  It's such a great series and has produced so many cute, cute things!

I was beyond flattered when Ajaire contacted me about using my Estherlyn's Jumper for her mash up for August.  Really!  MY pattern?!  I have always said that I want my blog and my patterns to be all about inspiring creativity in others and this opportunity goes perfectly hand in hand with that.  Of course I HAD to say yes!

She has chosen the Tobago Tank from Sis Boom patterns to be the other pattern for this month's combination.  I love the neckline on this sweet pattern and I am looking forward to seeing this awesome mash up!  I might even mash along myself!

To celebrate this fun adventure I am offering a discount code for both my Etsy shop and my Big Cartel shop.  The code is MASHUP and can be used for a 25% discount from August 7th-August 14th.  I will also temporarily drop the price for the pattern at Craftsy so you have many options if you would like to purchase it and mash along with Ajaire. :)

Ajaire will also be giving away a free copy of the pattern to one lucky winner, so be sure to head over to her blog and register to win!

I invite you to join up and mash along with Ajaire.  Throughout the month I will also be sharing some of my ideas for how you can make your mash up unique!  I hope that you will stop back by during the month and check them out.

Please feel free to share your mash up creation at my Facebook page, too.  I'd love to see what you all come up with!

Until next time... Happy Sewing (and Happy Mashing)!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Lauren's Flower Girl Dress

A couple of years ago a friend asked me to make a flower girl dress for her wedding.  I did a quick photoshop mock up of the style she wanted using a photo of a similar style in a similar fabric so that she would have an idea of what it would look like when finished.  The sash will be different, but the fabric is similar.  She really wanted the one shoulder look because that is what the bridesmaids are wearing.  I talked her into letting me put a thin strap on the other shoulder, because, let's face it, little girls are not built like big girls and I was afraid that it would gap.  I bought some black ruffle elastic for that little strap which I think will be super cute!

Just as I was about ready to start cutting the fabric for the dress, she informed me that she had postponed her wedding.  Thankfully I had not begun cutting into the fabric yet!  And in retrospect, even more glad that the company from which I ordered the fabric accidentally filled my order twice!  When I contacted them about it, they told me to keep the extra yardage.  There is plenty of this satin damask print for a bigger size dress.

My original plan for this dress was to modify an existing pattern, per my usual MO back in those days.  However, since taking the Pattern Workshop course, I have decided that I might get a better fit by drafting it myself.

So, that is what I did this weekend.  I drafted the bodice and made a muslin.  I have yet to try it on the little gal to see how it fits.  I'm hoping it fits well on the first go, but we will see.

I also started work on a little ruffled, tiered, half slip for her to wear under her dress to add some fullness.  I thought about building a crinoline into the dress.  I realized, after thinking about it for a while, that a half slip might be more useful to them because she can wear it with other dresses as well.

I have been trying a technique I have not tried before.  Making the ruffles on my serger.  After having broken two needles trying this method, I think I might have figured it out.  I'm not sure that I am crazy about doing the ruffles this way, to be honest.  The gathered edge looks a bit too messy for my taste.  It is, however, considerably faster than the traditional method of gathering that I usually use.  Maybe I'm just too much of a traditionalist because I know this isn't a new technique, it's just one that I have never explored.

So, what about you?  What projects have you been working on this weekend?  What new things are you learning or trying?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Who Won the Estherlyn's Jumper Pattern?

Helen Moore, you are the winner of the Estherlyn's Jumper pattern! I have replied to your comment. Congratulations and have fun sewing!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Estherlyn's Jumper With Ruffles

Yet another way to dress up your Estherlyn's Jumper is to add ruffles.  Tester Georgia Anderson did this with her fun patriotic version of the jumper.

I could see this done with ruffle added to the hem as well.  Or, perhaps, a small ruffle added across the bottom of the yoke.  Maybe even all three.

Another ruffled idea that I have not had time to try, but am dying to see done is to add ruffles to the skirt of the dress under the apron.  Wouldn't this just be the cutest?

Don't forget to comment to be included in the drawing!  The winner will be announced tomorrow morning on the blog!  Win the pattern and sew up your own Estherlyn's Jumper!  I would love to see it. :)

Until next time!
Happy sewing! 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Estherlyn's Jumper with a Patch Pocket

Today's design idea is another very simple one. Char Anderson, who was one of the testers who helped with this pattern, decided to add a patch pocket to the front of the dress that she made for her daughter.  I liked the idea so much that I decided to include simple shapes in the pattern that can be used for patch pockets or appliqué.  You may chose from a heart, a star, a four petal flower or a traditional pocket shape.  Multiple sizes of each shape are included so that you can customize your own look.  I also included a link to the tutorial section here at the blog where I have tutorials that show how to make patch pockets and how to do heat bonded machine appliqué. 

The added shapes are something that I intend to add to each new pattern that I release.  I think it's just a fun little addition that will help you customize your garments to your own style and taste.

Don't forget that I will be giving away a copy of the Estherlyn's Jumper Pattern on Thursday!
Comment below for your chance to win!

Until next time,
Happy Sewing!