Thursday, February 19, 2015

The La Croix Cross Over Top forWomen

Last week was pretty busy for me - ok can we just say INSANELY busy for me!!!!  So I completely forgot to blog about my new release for women - The La Croix Cross Over Top.

I love this pattern because it became a true collaboration between me and my tester group.  My original version was a simple tank with a cross back - I had the idea that it might be able to be reversible, but wasn't sure it would work.  So I started testing with a  pattern for just this top.

My testers were awesome, sewing it up, giving feedback, and then they remembered that I had mentioned the possibility of reversibility and started asking.   I was doubtful since I knew the original neck wouldn't work in the front... but with a few tweaks, I figured out of to make it a truly reversible top.  And then they asked about sleeves....I looked out the window at the piles of snow and thought, heck yeah, we should add sleeves.  And thus the final version of the La Croix came to life.

The options are awesome for creating vastly different looks from one pattern.  I also love how easy it is to dress up and down depending on your fabric choices and accessories.

You can check out more tester versions in the album on my Facebook Page

I hope you enjoy the pattern and enjoy sewing for yourself - and remember, sometime the best final projects are the result of collaboration in an awesome team of people!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Girls Bundle UP! And the Release of the Phresh Blazer

Well the new year has definitely been kicked off with a busy start!  Between getting back from an awesome vacation to visit family in South Carolina, putting the boys back on 'School Schedule', preparing for the Bundle UP! Sale and working on my next women's pattern; there are times when there just don't seem to be enough hours in the day.

But today is such an exciting day because the BundleUP! sale has launched, and in it is my first full size range pattern for girls (my first girls pattern is the free Petit Pan available in just size 2-4).  I took a bit of a leap on this one, jumping into girls pattern drafting with a fitted and tailored blazer - but this pattern is just so ME!!!!!!!!!  Luckily I've had a while to work on it and get it just right.  In the Bundle process you have to submit your design idea over two months in advance - so to say I've been sitting on this secret for a while is no understatement.

But now I get to share the Phresh Blazer!!!!!!!

I love outerwear - I've know that since my very first time sewing along with PR&P, we hit 'personal style' week and I had no clue at the time what my personal style was, but I knew I was making a jacket.  So the Phresh Blazer is my graduation into KNOWING what my personal style is.  It is clean, tailored, detail oriented, and filled with fun options and a great fit.  I am a classic girl with a modern twist - and I promise to keep bringing patterns that fit this style to the market!

The Phresh Blazer is a fitted jacket designed for stretch wovens.  It has options of 3/4 or long sleeves in a gathered or straight style.  The Ruffles on the back add a girly flair, but are also optional.  And what jacket is complete without some pockets!?!?  So there are optional welt pockets as well.

Girl Charlee provided the phenomenal Rose Pink Vegan Leather (aka pleather) for the cover photos and instructions - THANK YOU!!!!  This is a great light weight leather that drapes, shapes, and sews beautifully.  Be careful with your top stitching though - you will want to use a walking foot, silicone foot, tissue paper, or the scotch tape trick to make sure your fabric can feed smoothly and evenly.

This image sums up my elation over the final product of this pattern - a child like dancing and twirling in the sun:

My testers were amazing and I am so thankful for them!

Check out more tester images HERE!

Check out all the patterns in the BundleUP! Collection, and make sure to check out the stops of the BundleUP! Tour.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Everyday Tank Tour: Reversible Zip Up Hoodie Style

Hey everyone - I was asked a while back to join in the Everyday Tank Pattern with Serger Pepper.  I jumped in before thinking about the fact that by the time the post would be due it would be COLD!!!!  Well dang.  Luckily Irene was all for us mixing up the pattern and giving it our own spin.... I really love when designers give us free reign since my brain has a hard time sticking to the script.

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So I thought about my boys and what they like - well they love hoods, and they love things with pockets, and they love zippers.  Voila: Zip Up Hoodie Vest!

Asher loves his so so much ;o)

This version is actually reversible since I did a full lining.  The arm bindings I did bias style so that there is a clean finish inside and out.

To make this a zip up, I simply cut the front in two pieces rather than on the fold.... the one thing I forgot was to add seam allowance for the zipper.... oops, luckily Ash is a skinny monkey, so it is all good.  I also left the front neck line at the original height, but I think in a future one for Bex, I might raise it up a bit, as the drop scoop neck is perfect for girls, but no quite as perfect for boys.

I am so happy with how this turned out!!!  I used two Euro knits from Mabel Madison (can those mustaches and top hats be any cuter!?!?!?) for the outside, and then lined the garment with a thicker interlock for a bit more warmth and stability.

*note - the android galaxy does not quite fit in these pockets ;op  I have such a technology addict on my hands - and no, that phone is not his, it is his fathers....but he sure thinks it is his!

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Dear My Kids: Trendy Unisex Peacoat

I can't believe that it has been a year since I was able to complete in Flip This Pattern.  It was an amazing experience - not just because I won (that was super fun), but because the pants I made became the inspiration for my first Boy's Pattern Design - the Aviator Pants.

Today I am back to kick off this month's Flip pattern - the Trendy Unisex Coat by Dear My Kids.

I really love Pea Coats, they are stylish, have clean lines, and will always be a classic.  I kept my version true to the pattern aside from the arm bands, while I love the detail - I just wanted to let the fabric sing.

This amazing cord is from Mabel Madison - my daughter LOVES it, the vibrant colors, the softness, what's not to love!!!  I lined the coat with warm black fleece so that this coat will work perfectly for fall and spring.  I'm dreaming up a winter version with wool, thinsulate, and flannel or Sherpa as a lining.

If you are looking for an easy sew - this pattern is perfect.  It is just 4 pattern pieces and button holes, easy peasy.  Since it is a simple design, it lends itself to amazing flips; and I can't wait to see what all the contestants have in store this week!  I'm hoping to see some pockets.....I want to add pockets to a future one I make ;o)