Thursday, November 27, 2014

A Review... and a Sale

First of all, Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope that your day is filled with family, fun, gratitude and good food. :)

Photo by Brianne of Ali Cat & Co.

I'm just stopping in to share a quick post.  I wanted to let you know that yesterday my Gingersnap pattern was reviewed on Pattern Revolution.  I so very much love what both gals did with the pattern.  It is really humbling to see others enjoying my little creation, it actually gives me butterflies.  It's the little pattern that almost wasn't. :) When I designed it, I was just looking for something that I could sew several of in a short amount of time for a craft show that I was planning to do.  Once it was done, however, I realized that it wouldn't take a whole lot more work to just release it as a pattern, so I took the plunge.  I already had all 5 sizes drafted and had calculated the yardage for each, so what was writing up some instructions and doing some charts and illustrations at that point?  I'm so glad that I went ahead with it.  It has been received with much love and that really means a lot to me.


To share the love I'm offering  a deep discount for the next week!  You can get both or just one of my patterns for 50% off.  I reduced the price to half price at Craftsy, and you can use coupon code: bfriday2014 at Etsy, DIY Crush and Big Cartel to get your copies at half off. If you decide to purchase and make something, I'd love to hear your comments at Etsy or at Crafsty and of course here on the blog. 

So... Until next time.... Happy Sewing!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Zippy Keepers Pattern by FABulous Home Sewn

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be able to test this pattern for a friend of mine from one of my Facebook groups.  Fenna, of FABulous Home Sewn

The Zippy Keepers pattern is a great little pattern.  There are several options for each of two bag sizes. The center insert can be scrap pieced, gathered, evenly pleated, or improvisation-ally pleated.

I even took it a step further when I made my second bag and scrap pieced the main fabrics using my tiny scraps.  My friend Amanda would be proud. LOL.

This is a fun, easy sew. It's great for using up those small leftover pieces and would make really nice gifts for the upcoming Holiday season.

You can check out her post on Pattern Revolution today and even register for a chance to win a copy of the pattern.

Until next time,
Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Introducing the Gingersnap Dress and Tunic Pattern

I am so excited to be releasing my second pattern today!
Check out this post at Pattern Revolution today.  Today is the kickoff of the Aspiring Designers Series for November.  I am honored to be a part of this amazing event. Keep checking back every day for the next two weeks as there are plenty more pretty things to see and new patterns to be released.

You can register to win a copy of my new pattern at the Pattern Revolution blog today.  There will also be a big giveaway at the end of the series, so be sure to check back for that as well!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Guest Blogging for Jaime Johnson

Thanks to Lily AnnaBella, Faith and Kristie Mason Photography for the modeled photos

Today I'm excited to be guest blogging for Jaime Johnson!
I'm sharing a tutorial for adding ruffles to the front my Estherlyn's Jumper pattern. I invite  you to hop on over to Jaime's blog and check it out along with all the other great posts.
Until next time, Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tester Call and Why I Have Been MIA

I apologize for having been a little MIA this past week.

For one I was sick and really just down for the count for a few days. I'm feeling much better now.

For another, I have been putting the finishing touches on another pattern which is ready for testing! YAY! I almost feel like a real designer or something, LOL.

The new pattern is for a dress that I am calling the Gingersnap Dress.  It is a simple, 3/4 sleeve kimono style dress with a single button closure in the back. It is great for color blocking, adding trims and personalizing with your own unique style. It is designed in sizes 2-6. Below are the line drawing and size chart. If you are interested in testing the pattern, please fill out the application. Testers will be chosen by Thursday evening, Oct 9. Testing will start on Friday, Oct. 10 and run through Wednesday, Oct. 15th.

Until next time, Happy Sewing!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Mod Mondays - The Link Up

Welcome to the final week of the Mod Monday series.   This series has focused on my Shoulder Tie Dress pattern and simple modifications that can be made to truly make the pattern your own.   If you would like to see the previous weeks, you can click on the links below.  The links to the Shoulder Tie Dress pattern are in the sidebar on the right hand side.  

Now it's time to show off your creations!  Please link your blog post showing your creation!  I can't wait to see what ideas all of you have tried!

Until next time, Happy Sewing!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Mod Mondays - The Shoulder Tie Dress: Variation 3

Welcome back to our Mod Monday series!  This series features simple modifications that can be made to my easy and free Shoulder Tie Dress pattern.  See the sidebar to the right for the links to the tutorial series.

If you have missed the previous installments of this series you can find them at the links below.
Week 1
Week 2

This week's mod changes the skirt portion of the dress as well as the ties at the neck.

For the ties I simply did two pieces of ribbon which tie at each shoulder instead of a single piece which tied only on one shoulder.

For the skirt portion I changed the construction a bit.  I just took twice the distance across the bottom of the front and back pieces of the bodice and cut a rectangle using that measurement and the finished length of the skirt plus seam allowance and hem allowance.

I changed up the side seams a bit by adding drawstrings.  To do this I simply finished the short edges  and the bottom hem of the skirt pieces before I sewed them together.  I made the seam allowance a little wider than usual to accommodate the ribbon.  I pressed them open and then ran another line of stitching to hold the seam allowance back, parallel to the side seam on each side of the seam. At the bottom I turned the corners under at a 45 degree angle so they wouldn't show below the hem.  This made a casing for the ribbon.  Then I just cut the ribbon a little longer than the side seam, fed them up through the casing and basted them at the waist.

The skirt was then gathered onto the bodice which was constructed just as in the tutorial.

For this little lady I chose a pretty purple print because purple is her favorite color.  I think it is one that she wears well!

Again, this is a very simple mod that really anyone can accomplish.

I hope that you will join us next week for the Mod Monday link party and show off your mod ideas for this pattern!

Until next time, Happy Sewing!