Friday, January 30, 2015

Bundle Up! Pattern Testing

Bundle Up! Girl's PDF patterns came out this week.  I was chosen to test two of the patterns, both are from designers whose work I really enjoy.

First, I tested the Phresh Blazer from Winter Wear Designs.

This is a great little jacket, and is designed for stretch wovens.  I decided to make my first version from polar fleece, because I had a lot on hand, and I wanted a jacket that would have a little warmth.

There are options for a gathered sleeve, as well as a straight sleeve.  I liked the look of the gathered sleeve, and made both of my jackets with that option.  The only thing I would have changed is adding a lining.  this pattern is not lined, and I personally prefer lined jackets.  It would not be too hard to figure out how to line it on your own though.

My second jacket was made from green stretch denim.  I embroidered an awesome butterfly on it, and made a pair of Ellie Inspired Celebration Chinos to match.  I will share pics of this outfit later, I don't have any great pictures of them modeled yet ;)  They are adorable though!

The second designer I was able to test for was Ellie Inspired.  Her new pattern in the bundle is the Penny Vintage Coat and Dress.  As usual, I really enjoyed the final product.  I am in love with the look of most Ellie Inspired clothing, which is why I sew so many of her designs for Anne.

This pattern has two garments.  The coat is a fully lined, which I like.  It can be made with heaver wovens if you want a warmer jacket.  Mine is made of quilter's cotton, as I wanted a light jacket that would be perfect for cool spring mornings.

The dress is a drop waist knit dress, and is a fast sew.  It has an optional neck ruffle, but I did not like the look of the ruffle, so I left it off of mine.  I always love a bodice that is perfect for embroidery though!


  We can't wait for spring weather to finally arrive!










Random Sewing Projects From the Past Month

Just a post of some random things I have been sewing for the past month or so.  I will just share a few pictures from my phone, not great photos, but some great memories!

Ellie Inspired Snug as a Bug PJ's for Christmas by Ellie Inspired:


Ellie Inspired Christmas Aprons:

Ellie Inspired Nonie's Girl and Charlie's Camp Shirt for Midnight Mass:


Ellie Inspired Sporty Girl and matching dolly version:


Ellie Inspired Dasher and Dancer Dungarees:

FooFoo Threads Jessamine Coat, modified, upcycled from a $4.00 women's wool coat from Goodwill!

I also worked on some tester garments, which I will post here shortly.  It was a busy and fun holiday of sewing!


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Ellie Inspired Holiday Testing

Well, I have needed to write this post for a few weeks Now, but never have the time to sit down and write!  I was able to test several of the patterns in the Ellie Inspired Girls Holiday line this year. Anne now has so many cute things to wear from Ellie Inspired!

The first dress I tested was the Holly Days Baby Dress. This is a classic baby dress that goes up to size 36 months.  The pattern includes bloomers, but I did not make them as Anne generally wears warm tights under her dresses in the winter.  I will make her a spring version in a few months.

The second dress was the Miss Merry. This is a similar dress, but more suited to older girls.  It has a longer bodice, and can be made with optional features such as an overskirt, pin-tucked bodice, and piping. I loved this dress, and made two of them for Anne to wear this winter.


The third piece I tested was the Sugar Plum Sweater Dress.  This pattern can be made as a dress or shorter as a top.  It is made for knits, but can be made with fleece too, which is what I did.  Because fleece does not stretch much, you will want to go up a size.  I didn't, and the top fits very close.

The final piece I tested is a showstopper.  The Tinsel Party Dress is the ultimate princess dress.  It can be made with special occasion fabrics and a tulle underskirt like I did, or can be made very simple with regular woven fabrics.  It was the perfect dress to visit Santa, even though Anne decided she does NOT like Santa!

I sewed a couple other great Ellie Inspired patterns this fall, and I am currently sewing a couple "new to me" Ellie Inspired patterns for Christmas.  Hopefully I will get on here to share them before Christmas gets here! LOL

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Ellie Inspired September Smock Along

Wow, I have just realized I have not updated this blog in a couple of months!  I have been meaning to blog about September's Smock Along sponsored by Ellie Inspired.  I am so drawn to this designer, as she says on her website, she really does design "classic clothing for children."  Her clothing designs are classic without looking old fashioned or out of date.

The name of the dress pattern is Ellie Inspired's Autumn Grace.  I chose to use my Frozen fabric on this and create a fun Christmas look.

Not only do I love her designs, but she is such a nice lady and this past year has really been dedicated to educating new sewers about classic sewing techniques such as smocking.  Smocking is simply an embroidery technique that is used to gather fabric to give it a little stretch.  It was commonly used in clothing before the invention of elastic.  In today's heirloom sewing, it is often quite elaborate and beautiful.

The basic stitches are actually quite easy.  I found smocking to be quite relaxing, and actually easier to learn than cross stitching, which I have been doing since I was a child.  The geometric designs I used are repetitive and can be done without at lot of thought once you get in the rhythm.

The next challenge I want to tackle in the near future is picture smocking.  This is actually creating little pictures from the smocking stitches, and is a little more involved than a simple geometric design.

Ellie Inspired will be rolling out their holiday line of patterns for boys, girls, and women in the next couple of weeks.  I am testing the girl's patterns. and have been a busy bee.  They are spectacular, so stay tuned, I will be sharing publicly as soon as I am allowed!  For now, here is a little sneak peek of the Ellie Inspired Holly Days Baby Dress :)