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!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Kids Clothes Week and a Chance to Win!

Today is the start of this round of Kids Clothes Week!  Are you sewing along?

I thought I'd share some easy design ideas for my Estherlyn's Jumper pattern this week.  Some of these ideas came from some of my testers.  I'm also giving away one free copy of the pattern.   Leave a comment from now through Wednesday evening to be entered to win.  I'll draw for a winner on Thursday morning.  Please be sure to include a way for me to contact you if you win.

I sewed up this little 2t Estherlyn's Jumper a week or so ago.  The design changes were very simple on this one.  I just added a couple of little decorative buttons along the edge of the apron and I also used bias trim along the curved edge of the apron instead of sewing the apron pieces together and turning them.  Easy peasy!  The best part about this dress was that everything (except the yellow buttons) came from my stash!

What would be your take on this pattern?  I'd love to know!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Weekend Sale

Just popping in to let you know that Estherlyn's Jumper will be on sale at Etsy and at my Big Cartel shop from this evening through Sunday.  Use coupon code WEEKEND for a 25% discount.

The code will not work at Craftsy, it will only work at Etsy and at my Big Cartel shop.

Happy Sewing!

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Big Day is Finally Here!

Image of Estherlyn's Jumper PDF Sewing Pattern
I am so excited to finally be able to share this pattern with you!
Estherlyn's Jumper is finally available for purchase!  See the link in my sidebar to purchase it from my new little shop.  It is also available in my Etsy shop and CraftsyToday only use the coupon code LAUNCH and receive a 25% discount.  Craftsy does not allow discount codes, so to get the discount please purchase through my shop link in my side bar or my Etsy shop. :)

Estherlyn's Jumper is perfect for all seasons. In warmer weather it can be worn as a sleeveless dress. When the weather turns cooler, layer it over a shirt or blouse. This is a cute, simple design with an asymmetrical apron panel in the front. It is a great canvas for expressing your own creativity by adding trims, ruffles, appliqué or decorative stitching.  It covers a wide size range from 3 months to 10 years.  
This pattern is easy enough for beginner sewists. Skills needed consist of button holes, sewing curves and pivoting.
Once again a big thank you goes out to all of my testers, the friends I have made through Pattern Workshop, Lauren Dahl who created Pattern Workshop, my sweet hubby, Jason, and my Creator without whom I would be nothing.  I could not have done this without all of the support that has been shown to me throughout this process.  They have helped to make this dream a reality for me!