Monday, November 19, 2012

New Maxi Dress

I was recently asked by Carla Crim to test one of her new patterns that she designs for Jennifer Paganelli at SisBoom.  This was the second time I was asked to do this and I am so excited....in my mind this equates to Julia Child asking me to test one of her recipes!  Carla let me pick what fabric, and since Eleanor loves all things animal print we went with this fabric (image from SisBoom)
The pattern, Bettyann, is an adorable Maxi Dress.  However, as with all of Carla and Jennifer's patterns, this pattern can easily be shortened to be a shirt, short dress, mid length or full length.  This is one of my favorite things about Carla's patterns...she always includes the easiest instructions on how to adapt a pattern to any length.  There is never the need for any math in my head!  Anyway, I started and finished the entire pattern in 3 hours yesterday.  In the future, I know this will be quicker however since I was testing it I wanted to make sure that I carefully read and followed each and every note.
Another think I love about all the SisBoom patterns and Carla's Scientific Seamstress patterns is that if you have made one, you can make them all.  The patterns are all consistent in the language and method so that each pattern is easier than the one before.  The sizing also makes it very easy to accomadate any size.  Eleanor is an average 6yr old with regards to height, however she is only 35lbs.  I always use Carla's suggestion for chest measurement for size - a 3/4 for Eleanor.  Then, because of her great diagrams, I can use the length for a 45" 6yr old and we easily have the perfect fit.  Here is the finished product!
*Disclaimer - I was so focused on getting pictures of the dress this morning I totally forgot to pack lunch for Eleanor.  To her delight, this meant she got to buy hot lunch, thrilling to her and revolting to me*
 I love that this dress looks adorable with a turtleneck, leggings and boots but come spring it will look cute with a t-shirt.  In the summer, as a sun dress it will be fabulous!
 I made the matching gray felt flower pin and matching hair flower on my embroidery machine, I thought they added some fun to it.
It is hard to tell here but the turtleneck isn't just gray but it is shimmery gray.  Hello Target, you speak my child's love language.

I can honestly say that I have yet to sew a pattern from Jennifer and Carla that I have not loved.  They are all easy yet look so professional.  I already have two more fabrics ready to make this dress in!  And in the summer, in a white it will be beautiful!  LOVE it!!  Hopefully they will come out with an adult version of this dress.  And yes Beth...I will totally make myself one to match Eleanor!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Let it Snow Let it Snow Let it Snow

I recently completed three shirts for Kristina's 3 adobrable little girls.  I am actually very honored that Kristina asked me to do these shirts, because she has an embroidery machine and can also do them...very flattering!  Anyway, we did the snowman shirt in 3 different polka dot/gingham combinations for the girls and I am hoping they will love them as much as I do.



In fact, I loved these shirts so much they are now available in my shop.  One of my favorite things about this design is while it is perfect for Christmas, it doesn't scream Christmas so it can be used in January and February...and even in March in Ohio!  It is available in the color combos pictured above and also these two


I also added some snowflake hair flowers to the shop to match the chevron snowflake shirts from my post before.  I love these because the embroidered snowflake is done on a sparkly felt so it has the slightest shimmer, just like fresh snow on a sunny day.  Here they are pictured with the matching shirt or color choices for the shirt.  









I also added this Christmas tree hair flower to match the monogrammed tree shirt.  



All of these items are listed now and can ship within 2 weeks, let me know if you see something you would love!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Appliqued Christmas Shirts

Here are some of the shirts that I have been working on this weekend for my shop.  I love this combination of the chevron patch and the polka dot snowflake.  This is a new font that I have been working with and I really like the look of the cursive, it is a different look than the curlier font I usually use.

 In addition to the robins egg blue fabrics, I also have a lavender and pink.  They all 3 will look fabulous for Christmas and even after in January and February....I just love a Christmas design that we can get more wear out of - not just December!
Here is another item I have been working on.  Charly, the niece of my wonderful Twitter friend Channa is going to be 5 and is having a roller skating party.  Channa wanted a shirt for her and I was so excited to find this roller skate applique!  


Next up is the penguin and the ornament patch!


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Christmas Shirts and Sandy...in Cleveland

I have spent the last few days trying to add as many new items to the shop as possible, unfortunately Sandy had different plans for me.  Who would know a hurricane could impact NE Ohio???  We were blessed to not lose power even though our lights flickered most of Monday night...I really thought we would lose it.  I woke up Tuesday morning shocked to find my lights all on.  Tuesday AM over 13,000 of the roughly 25,000 households in our town (that is how many households Wikipedia says we have...Wikipedia is accurate, right) were in the dark.  As of 4:00 today, Thursday, it is down to 9,000!  That is still a great deal, however emergency crews and aid arrived last night and great progress was made today.  We were the worst hit city in the county.  Needless to say Eleanor has not had school since Monday, but fortunately she will return tomorrow...she is so excited.  We are beyond blessed that the only damage we have is our downspout blew off, and the reality is when you look at pictures of Jersey and NYC the images are just devastating.  I spent my summers as a child at the Jersey Shore and it is crazy to see the devastation.

I did get a couple items done and listed over the last few days, here they are:

Loopy Tree Shirt, pink or red

I received a large shipment of t-shirts today that I look to add, but probably not until next week.  Here are some of the designs I am looking to add (all of these are from Applique Market and the images are not my work, I will update pictures when I complete my own)


Keep looking for more items in my shop over the next week!