Tuesday, June 30, 2015

E+M Patterns: Dress Pattern No 19 Testing

There are some designers that I just know I'll get a good result from even in testing, and so I'm not afraid to use my "good" fabrics. Allison, E+M Patterns, is one of those.

I had the opportunity to pretest and then test Dress No. 19, a sweet little blousey dress with 4 sleeve options (sleeveless, flutter, cap, or short), a simple skirt, and dainty features like pintucks, a keyhole with pretty bias tape ties, and button loops.

She's holding a birthday card. It's not her birthday, but facts don't discourage her.
I used a 1/2" store bought bias tape on Sam's dress, but made my own matching for Natalie's and did 1/4" instead. I looove 1/4" bias tape now, and I want to put it on everything. It's so delicate!

*swoon* Pintucks and 1/4" bias tape...on a floral print. The girliness is killing me.
I used buttons and button loops in the back, and a keyhole in front, which made for plenty of room to get the dress over the heads and onto the arms for both my girls. The dark blue floral on Sam is the pretest, and the lighter blue floral on Natalie was my final test. Both are pretty, wearable garments, and though a few things changed between making Sam's dress and the final pattern, I never felt like the fabric was wasted, and Sam's still hangs in her closet and is worn. She's only two, but she's starting to love "pretties" and is thrilled when I make her something. (Don't mind her face. I think she found some M&Ms.)

The dress uses elastic in the waist to fit, and a unique "floating" technique allows the bodice to blouse above the waistband comfortably. Sizes range from 2-10, so this is a pattern you can use for several years - and I will! It's such a pretty dress on both little ones and older girls.

As always, the finishing techniques used make the dress polished inside and out. The pattern contains measurements for rectangles as well as pattern pieces, cutting layouts, fabric requirements, body and finished measurements, and guides for specific pages to print for desired sizes and pieces. E+M never disappoints!

This dress makes her happy when skies are gray!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

FABulous Home Sewn's Perfect Petal Purse: Canadian Designer's Tour

Hey! Welcome to the next stop on the great Canadian Pattern Designer's blog tour! Today I'm featuring for you the adorable Perfect Petal Purse from FABulous Home Sewn.
This little purse is a quick sew - the petals are a little fiddly, getting them placed just right, but the whole thing takes around an hour, hour and a half start to finish. Lightweight interfacing keeps the shape of the petals and body nice, and keeps the strap from twisting and wrinkling. Trust me, cutting all those petals is worth it! I used two coordinating fabrics for each of my purses, but it would also be fun to make one to look like a sunflower, or maybe a bright Gerbera daisy!
The strap length can easily be customized for a smaller or taller child (or adult!) - I made two purses, one for each of my girls, and made the strap for Sam just a bit shorter to make up for the height difference. 
The girls love their little purses - they're perfect for carrying little treasures and treats, and what kid doesn't love a zipper?
Make sure you take advantage of FABulous Home Sewn's coupon code: ocanada on Etsy for 15% off (prices marked down on Craftsy), good til the 20th of June! And, enter the giveaway below for a chance to win a pattern of your choice from FABulous Home Sewn
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Along with the FABulous Home Sewn giveaway, you have more chances to win big! See this post from Lulu & Celeste (Ula is our hardworking coordinator for the tour!) for more information - there's a big Rafflecopter giveaway, valued at around $85, with gift cards and prizes from participating designers and shops, and the Grand Prize, valued at around $250, which goes to the winner of the sewalong! Make sure you don't miss out!! Any blog post featuring something made from any of the featured designers' patterns can be entered, and you can link up more than once - get sewing! (or linking!)
There's more. Follow along with the tour by clicking any of the links below - check out all the posts for more chances to win from more amazing Canadian designers.
June 1 - 3
Gracious Threads - Interview
Creative Bug - The Wholesome Mama - stitched by crystal
June 4 - 6
Jalie – Interview
Shaffer SistersCall Ajairehibbadoray
June 8 – 10
Thread Theory – Interview
Handmade BoyRebel & MaliceSew Out of Control
June 11 - 13
Audrey & Tiffany – Interview
All Things Katy!Not Sew FastConversas de Hermana
June 15 – 17
E+M Patterns – Interview
From-a-BoxMade by SaraClimbing the Willow
June 17 - 19
Victory Patterns – Interview
Swoodson SaysThread Riding HoodSprouting JubeJube
June 18 – 20
FABulous Home Sewn – Interview
Create3.5Calm and CarrionStitches by Laura
June 22 – 24
Filles a Maman – Interview
Pattern RevolutionPhatQuarterssewstarlyHouse of Estrela
June 24 – 26
Closet Case Files – Interview
gloria juneRebel & MaliceSew Far North
June 25 – 27
Elegance & Elephants – Interview
Sprouting JubeJubeAmandaRoseMae & K
June 29 - 30
Lulu & Celeste: new makes and a round up post
July 1st
Last day to enter Giveaways and Final Round up Post!