Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Aspiring Desginer's Challenge

Hello all!
I'm excited to be participating in the Swhetty Betties' Aspiring Designer Challenge this week.
Please check out the posts at Pattern Revolution and the Betties' Blog.

I'm also excited to not only be launching the Trumpet Flower Dress today, but also my new website!  Stop by and check both out as well as my other patterns.

The Trumpet Flower dress pattern for girls 2-6 will be on sale for $4.00 US through Memorial Day, Monday May 25.

I'll leave you with lots of pictures.




Photos by Pawinee Dodson


Photos by Jen Balliff
Photo by Laura Manning
































 Photos by Linda Lehn and Phoebe Garrett



 Photos by Alyssa Carrion

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Busy, Busy, Busy...

I'll bet you were wondering where I have been.  I apologize for the lack of posts as of late.  I have been working on a new pattern that is due to be released soon.  I've been ironing out fit issues and redrafting and redrafting... but... here's a little sneak peek.  We are still working on a fit issue in the neck... but I'm loving this skirt!

I give you "The Trumpet Flower Dress".



The dress is inspired by one of my childhood memories.  I remember playing with trumpet flowers in my cousin's back yard in Alabama one summer.  Turning them upside down and pretending that they were ballerinas.  I wanted to create a skirt that was reminiscent of that.  This pattern is due to be released before the end of the month.  More on that later.

I've also been working on a new website.  I have a bit more work to do there before it is ready to go, but it is inching along.  Once it is up and running I will be closing my Big Cartel shop.  I just won't need both and the new site will be more full featured.

I'd love to know what has been keeping you busy!
Until next time, Happy Sewing!

Monday, May 4, 2015

How To Tie the Perfect Sash Bow

Have you ever worked hard on a dress for your little princess only to struggle with the sash bow in the back?  Does it ALWAYS turn sideways no matter what you do?  Well struggle no more.... Here's how to do it.

While working at the department store that I worked in 20+ years ago in Illinois, I often had to re-tie sashes on dresses that came untied for whatever reason.  I learned that tying a sash bow is a little different than tying your shoes.  At first it felt all backward and upside down, but I soon got the hang of it.


1.  Place the right hand side of the tie over the left.



2.  Take it under the left hand side and back over the top again.


3. With the left hand side, make a loop with the end of the sash toward you and the loop bent back toward the left side.



4.  Place the right hand side over the loop.



5.  Pull a loop of the right hand side up behind the left hand loop.



6. Tighten it up and there you have it.



Pretty simple really.



Monday, April 20, 2015

Guest Post on the Swhetty Betties Blog

Hello everyone!  I'm honored to be posting over at the Swhetty Betties blog today!

If you are unfamiliar with the Betties, the Betties are a group of designers who are working together to help each other become a success.  I joined the Betties last fall and all of the ladies there have really been a blessing to me. I am truly honored to be a part and to call these talented designers my friends.

My post today is an introduction to who I am and how I got into pattern design.  I hope that you will stop by and read my post, and then make the Betties Blog a regular stop on your blog reading list.

Until Next Time, Happy Sewing!

P.S. If you are looking for the pattern winners for the blog tour, all of the winners have been emailed and I am waiting to hear back from them before I post them here.

Friday, April 17, 2015

MCM Studio Designs Blog Tour: Day 5

Welcome to Day 5 of the MCM Studio Designs first ever blog tour!  I'm a little sad that today is the last day.  We have seen some amazing work by some talented artists this week.

Don't forget, tomorrow I will be giving away to 5 different winners, a pattern of their choice from my collection.  All I ask is that you comment both on my blog and on one of the blogs that you visit on the tour.  Please make sure to leave a way to contact you in your comment on my blog. Winners will be announced ASAP.

Today's featured bloggers are:

Call Ajaire
Sew Shelly Sew
Hearts & Home

Enjoy, and until next time! Happy Sewing!



Thursday, April 16, 2015

MCM Studio Desgins Blog Tour: Day 4

Welcome to the MCM Studio Designs first ever blog tour! I have just been in awe of the fantastic talent that these ladies have shared this week.  All of the time and effort that they have put in has really shown in the beauty of the things that they have made.

At the end of the week, I will be giving away to 5 different winners, a pattern of their choice from my collection.  All I ask is that you comment both on my blog and on one of the blogs that you visit on the tour.  Please make sure to leave a way to contact you in your comment on my blog. Winners will be announced ASAP after the end of the week.

I'm also offering a 25% off sale.  Prices are reduced at Craftsy, and you can use the coupon code SPRINGSALE25 at Etsy, and my Big Cartel Shop.   The sale will run through April 25th.

Today's featured bloggers are:

Pienkel
Rebel and  Malice
Once Upon a Sewing Machine

Enjoy, and until next time! Happy Sewing!



Wednesday, April 15, 2015

MCM Studio Designs Blog Tour: Day 3

Welcome to Day 3 the MCM Studio Designs first ever blog tour!  There are so many beautiful things that we have seen so far this week and today is no different!

At the end of the week, I will be giving away to 5 different winners, a pattern of their choice from my collection.  All I ask is that you comment both on my blog and on one of the blogs that you visit on the tour.  Please make sure to leave a way to contact you in your comment on my blog. Winners will be announced ASAP after the end of the week.

I'm also offering a 25% off sale.  Prices are reduced at Craftsy, and you can use the coupon code SPRINGSALE25 at Etsy, and my Big Cartel Shop.   The sale will run through April 25th.

Today's featured bloggers are:

Keep Calm and Carrion
Lulu & Celeste
Mae & K

Enjoy, and until next time! Happy Sewing!