Friday, October 31, 2014

Sunday picnic dress BLOG TOUR: Näh-connection, Lollipop garden crafts and While she was sleeping

Three more LOVELY dresses for my Sunday picnic dress blog tour today!!  Annika, Yeka and Jenya are sharing their dresses. I love seeing these! For details on my pattern and for a 15% discount code, scroll to the end of this post.

Annika blogs from Germany at Näh-connection.  Annika is a lovely lady who started blogging fairly recently and her blog is colourful and fun!  I love the Lotta dress she made for Marte's daughter recently at the Abilmente fair.  And this outfit she made For Heidi's Roots series was amazing! Annika has used some beautiful Nani Iro for her Sunday picnic dress and I can't wait to see more!!  See here. Thank you Annika!


Yeka blogs from Lollipop Garden Crafts and makes gorgeous things for her two children.  How lovely is this shirt dress she made her daughter recently? Yeka was a super helpful tester for this pattern and ended up making three dresses!! I love them all and hope she will be sharing all three on her blog today.  Yeka makes How cool is this plaid dress? I love it! Head over to Lollipop garden crafts to see more! Thank you Yeka!



Jenya from While she was sleeping blogs from Victoria, Australia (YAY!).  Jenya was born in Russia but fell in love with an Aussie so now she lives here. I have met Jenya and her sweet daughter and they are both awesome!  Jenya is super nice and always keeps her daughters tastes and likes in  mind when she makes her clothes - what a nice Mum! Have a look at her cute little vest she made like I made Emily a little while back.  I can't wait to see more of this little bird dress made by Jenya. Thanks so much Jenya!!
  

Throughout the tour, you can receive a 15% discount on your purchase of my new pattern with the code: SUNDAYTOUR15.  You can purchase through my shop or through etsy (Aussie buyers can buy by direct deposit via etsy if you do not have a paypal account).  A full description of the dress and some more more photos are on my shop listing.


I (heart) Marcel Marlier: Naptime Creations

Today is the second last day of An and my I (heart) Marcel Marlier series.  All of the creations have been wonderful and I think our guests have enjoyed taking a trip down memory lane or discovering a great artist. Today we have one guest -  Emily from Naptime Creations.

Emily from Naptime Creations is a super nice girl who lives in Hong Kong.  She is a busy blogger, sewer, cook, crafter and Mum.  She lives in Hong Kong with her two sons.  At Naptime Creations, Emily hosts the popular weekly link party: Create, Link, Inspire.  Emily participate in Secret Squirrel with these two gorgeous dresses she made for her friend's two daughters.  Emily has created a dress for our series with one of my favourite colour cominations: pink and red!  Click HERE to see Emily's post. I can't wait to see more!  Thank you so much for taking part Emily:)


If you feel inspired to sew along with our series, you can read about our sew along here



Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Sunday picnic dress BLOG TOUR: Spiegelstiksels, S is for Sewing & Conversas de Hermanas

For the second day of my Sunday picnic dress blog tour I have another  three talented seamstresses showing you their dresses. Throughout the tour, you can receive a 15% discount on your purchase of my new pattern with the code: SUNDAYTOUR15.  You can purchase through my shop or through etsy (Aussie buyers can buy by direct deposit via etsy if you do not have a paypal account).  A full description of the dress and some more more photos are on my shop listing.

Nele from Spiegelstiksels, Ana Sofia from S is for sewing and Rita from Conversas de Hermanas are sharing their dresses today.

Nele blogs from Belgium at Spiegelstiksels.  She makes beautiful and fun clothing for her children and won the most recent season of Project Run & Play.  All of her outfits were outstanding and also very different.  I think my favourite was my this one - an origami denim jumpsuit and jacket.  So cool! I am very happy to have Nele on my tour and she altered the skirt of my pattern to include a big pleat.  Go to spiegelstiksels to see Nele's stunning dress!


Ana Sofia blogs from Portugal at S is for Sewing.  Her sewing is classical, neat and oh so pretty.  Ana Sofia has been a blogging friend of mine for over a year now and she has sewn up two of my patterns already and helped me with testing my Sunday picnic dress.  I love her hopscotch skirt she made during Kids' Clothes Week. Head over to see Ana Sofia' lovely dress here.


Rita blogs from Conversas de Hermanas with her sister Fatima. I am a new follower of Rita and Fatima's blog and Rita tested my Sunday picnic dress and made two gorgeous versions.  Thank you Rita!! She is sharing the second dress she made today which looks gorgeous on her little niece! To see Rita's lovely dress, head over to her blog.


Thank you so much Nele, Ana Sofia and Rita!!


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Sunday picnic dress BLOG TOUR: Stitched Together, As it Seams, Our Family Four

Today is the first day of my Sunday picnic dress blog tour. Yay!! Throughout the tour, you can receive a 15% discount on your purchase of my new pattern with the code: SUNDAYTOUR15.  You can purchase through my shop or through etsy (Aussie buyers can buy by direct deposit via etsy if you do not have a paypal account).  A full description of the dress and some more more photos are on my shop listing

Today Rachel from Stitched Together, Victoria from As it Seams and Erin from Our Family Four are sharing their beautiful dresses...

Rachel From Stitched Together lives in Texas and makes amazing things for her five beautiful kids.  She is a lovely writer, photographer and person!  I have got to know Rachel this year through our blogs and emails and she is someone I really respect and admire.  Her sewing is stunning and she makes everything look good!!  I can't wait to see more of little Tarikua in her Sunday picnic dress!


Victoria from As it Seams lives in England and is someone who gets as excited and obsessed about sewing up a new dress in 'that' fabric as me!  She has two children, works as a journalist and sews when she can (often late at night which her mother forbids!).  I love this fairy dress she made her daughter recently.  So romantic! Victoria is such a lovely lady and I am really excited to have her sewing up my pattern and sharing it today for her daughter Missy(pseudonym). Victoria modified the collar and neckline of her lovely dress. Click HERE to see more!


Erin also blogs from England from her blog, Our Family Four.  Erin lives in London with her husband and two children. I am a relatively new follower of Erin's but what I have seen of her sewing and style is awesome.  I was super impressed by this gorgeous raincoat she made her cute little daughter from tablecloth fabric. Inspired!  Erin added cute cuffs to her Sunday picnic dress.  How cute is her little daughter?  Head over to Our Family Four to see more!


Thank you so much Rachel, Victoria and Erin!!  See you all tomorrow for more pretty dresses!

Sunday picnic dress: BLOG TOUR


I have an exciting Sunday picnic dress blog tour beginning.....today!  It's morning here in Australia and this evening my blog tour will start and will continue for six days over the next two weeks.  Nineteen lovely bloggers (some of whom tested my pattern) will be sharing their creations made with my new pattern.  I have had a sneak peek of a few dresses so far and I can't wait to see them all!!  There will be a discount throughout the tour so make sure to come back tonight to see what my first three lovely tour participants, Rachel, Victoria and Erin have made!

Monday, October 27, 2014

I (heart) Marcel Marlier: Van Jansen and The Sewing Rabbit

Hi there:) Today An and I have two more lovely and talented ladies joining us for our I (heart) Marcel Marlier series.  Esther from Van Jansen and Jessica from The Sewing Rabbit.

Esther writes the lovely blog Van Jansen. I am a new follower of her blog and was introduced to it by An. Esther's blog is written in Dutch, but you can select to have it translated or just enjoy the lovely photos. How stunning is this swan dress Esther made?  Esther sews for her two sweet daughters and I am looking forward to seeing more of her lovely creations in the future.  I am very excited to see more of this stunning dress too!! Head over to Van Jansen to see more!


Head over to StraightGrain to find the introduction and details of  Jess' creation below!


And if you feel inspired and would like to join in, you can read about our sew along here



Thank you so much Esther and Jess - I can't wait to see and read more about what you made!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Kids' Clothes Week: A (Charlie &) Lola dress


I have this little daughter Emily.  She is small and very funny.


My second piece of clothing I made this week as part of the Storybook theme of Kids' Clothes Week is a (Charlie &) Lola dress. You can see my first KCW dress here.

Emily absolutely loves Charlie and Lola (written and illustrated by Lauren Child).  And although Emily is two and half and I expect Lola is about five, Emily reminds me a lot of Lola.  She is small and she is very funny.  I have fostered Emily's love of Lola in particular because she my absolute favourite and my best.  If you are not familiar with these books (and now televeision program - soooooo cute!!!!) you definitely need to get on board.  I will admit that Emily was introduced to Charlie and Lola via ABC for kids at 8.00am.  A short 10 minute cartoon that is oh so sweet and innocent.  I love it just as much as her.  We have since got her some books which she also loves and I have been telling her for a couple of weeks that I would be making her a "Lola" dress.


I kept an eye out for "Lolaesque" fabric and found this fun geometric print at my local fabric store.  Lola generally wears a classic A-line dress with tights and little shoes.  You can read my pattern and fabric details at the end of this post.



If Lola was two and half, she would probably do this for photos too.... (by the way, how cool are Emily's $1 shoes I scored at the op shop??!)


Garment details:
Pattern - Debbie's birthday dress (modified pocket trim), size 2
Fabric - Geometric cotton print from Spotlight

Guess what? My friend Marta from Do Guincho has also sewn up Lola inspired dress for her eldest daughter Teresa.  Want to see? Click here!


Do you love Lola too?  

Thursday, October 23, 2014

I (heart) Marcel Marlier: Elegance & Elephants and Welcome to the mouse house

Hi there:) Today An and I have two more lovely and talented ladies joining us for our I (heart) Marcel Marlier series.  Heidi from Elegance & Elephants and Hayley from Welcome to the mouse house.

Heidi is the very talented lady behind the popular blog and pattern label - Elegance & Elephants.  Heidi lives in Canada with her husband and two children and drafts childrens' patterns in her spare time.  She has created eight popular patterns to date, including: Bohemian babydoll dress & top, Bubble pocket shorts and the new Hemlock top. You can see all of Heidi's patterns here.  I was super excited to see the photo Heidi emailed me of her contribution to our series - A Marcel Marlier inspired outfit for her son - Tobias!!  Our first boy outfit.  Head over to E & E to see!!


Head over to StraightGrain to find the introduction and details of  Hayley's creation below!


And if you feel inspired and would like to join in, you can read about our sew along here



Thank you so much Heidi and Hayley - I can't wait to see and read more about what you made!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Kids' Clothes Week: A Milly-Molly-Mandy dress

One of my favourite storybook characters as a child was the sweet Milly-Molly-Mandy.


The stories were written and illustrated by Joyce Lankester Brisley and were set in a quaint little village where Milly-Molly-Mandy would get up to exciting adventures with little friend Susan and Billy Blunt.  Adventures like, Milly-Molly-Mandy plays shop, goes to the seaside, goes sledging and goes carol singing.


The stories have been re-illustrated and published but I prefer the old drawings.  I remember pouring over this map of the village as a child...


Since Juliette also loves the stories of Milly-Molly-Mandy (we only have a newer edition book), and also resembles the main character, I was excited to sew her up a Milly-Molly-Mandy inspired dress for the Storybook inspired season of Kids' Clothes Week!


I drafted the pattern myself - it is made up of a front, back, button and belt loops and a tie.  It is fully lined with the lining peeking out the bottom of the hem.  


I couldn't find a stripe that represented Milly-Molly-Mandy in my local fabric store so I purchased a cherry pink and ivory voile and pieced the fabric together myself.  (OTT, I know) It took a bit of time but Juliette loves her new dress and loves pretending to be Milly-Molly-Mandy.

 

The back closes with two button/loops and the small sash can be tied in a knot or small bow.  




 


I hope you like this dress and pattern - I am actually drafting it to become a free pattern!  It will be suitable for beginners and is so nice and comfy to wear.  I have testers standing by and hope the pattern will be ready for anyone to use in about three weeks. Be sure to follow me on fb if you are interested in hearing when it is all done!

Are you sewing along for KCW? I have two more things planned for the week...will see how I go with my time!!

Monday, October 20, 2014

I (heart) Marcel Marlier: S is for sewing & Petit a petit and family

Hi there:) Today An and I have two more lovely ladies joining us for our I (heart) Marcel Marlier series. Two Marcel Marlier fans - Ana Sofia from S is for sewing (from Portugal) and Celina from Petit a petit and family (from Canada).  Both sewers grew up reading books illustrated by Marcel Marlier so An and I are very excited to have them interpreting his drawings in their sewing and sharing here today.

Today I am introducing Ana Sofia from S is for sewing.  Ana Sofia sews mostly for her six year old daughter (and occasionally for her sons).  She is a classical sewer and her daughter is always dressed beautifully in liberty, Oliver & S and pretty florals.  Ana Sofia is a lovely lady and helped me testing my Sunday picnic dress recently (you will see her creation on my upcoming blog tour:))  I can't wait to see more of Ana Sofia's 'Anita' inspired outfit!!  Head over to S is for sewing to see!           


Head over to StraightGrain to find the details of Celina's creation below!


And if you would like to join in, you can read about our sew along here



Thank you so much Ana Sofia and Celina- I can't wait to see and read about what you made!

Friday, October 17, 2014

FRIDAY FIVER: Debbie's birthday dress


I pinned the woollen dress above months ago as it reminded me of my pattern - Debbie's birthday dress. Today, Crafterhours have the discount code for you to receive the pattern for only $5 for the next 24 hours. Perfect timing for Kids Clothes Week beginning on Monday.  I have another DBD planned for next week inspired by one of Emily's favourite book characters. 


Today I whipped up a Dolce & Gabbana inspired DBD for Emily.



Debbie's birthday dress is a classic A-line dress with two views.  As many of you know it was inspired by one of my favourite childhood story books - Debbie's birthday party, illustrated by the great Marcel Marlier. It is a great beginner pattern (no zips or buttonholes!) and you can really make it your own with cute trims and adding bows, buttons, etc.  Have a look at the sewpony vintage flickr pool for some other lovely Debbie's!  


The fabrics I used are: vintage grey wool (given to me by a friend), green wool felt, brown velvet and some quilting cotton for the lining.  The buttons on the pockets are vintage too.  My dress cost about $5, while the D&G one is $413.33!!!


You can create the A-line without the centre seam of view 2 by simply omitting the central seam allowance and cutting your dress front on the fold. I added a chocolate brown bow to mine and two pockets instead of one.  My pocket size on this dress is smaller as had only just enough green woollen felt! Looking at the D&G version again, I might move the bow up a little to make it look a little more balanced.


To follow the link to the discount code, head over to Crafterhours! Thank you for the invitation Adrianna:)


Emily likes her new dress, but mostly, she just wants to be a puppy...