Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Blaverry New Releases: Baylen

Yesterday was launch day for a bunch of new PDF patterns by Blaverry and I featured Star and Hayden, today I'll be showing you Baylen. This sweet little top is perfect for summer or can be worn year round layered over a t-shirt.



The yoke is lined and has two buttons at the back. The back scallops overlap. This is really one of those girly designs that I love so much!




Here are just some details Christie includes in her all her PDF patterns:


  • Layered printing, print only the sizes you want or need with this feature
  • 3/8" seam allowances are included
  • Imperial and metric charts for body measurements and yardage requirements
  • Digital illustrations and clear step-by step written instructions are included in the tutorial
  • Sizes range (for most patterns) 9 months to 16 years




This top is sure to get some wear this summer, I paired it with leggings but I can also see it with a cute pair of denim shorts. 

 
Don't miss out on the release sale going on now at Blaverry.com, and be sure to like Blaverry on facebook to keep up on new releases and promotions!

Until next time, xx.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Blaverry New Releases: Hayden

Today is a huge day for Blaverry PDF Patterns...So many new patterns will be added to the pattern shop. I was able to help out on testing of a few of them and today I'm showing off my Hayden skirt and Star top. Although Star is not a brand new pattern work has been done to it, the size range in a lot larger now!



Star is a slim fit boatneck tee with half sleeves. A facing is used at the neckline to create that slight curve. I top stitched using a twin needle around the neckline and the bottom hem and sleeves. Just so you know this is a size 4 meant for Amelia, but it didn't go over her head (she does have a bit of a bigger head) BUT it did go very nicely without effort over JubeJube's head, who is now moving in to size 5.




This top is quite long no worries that you'll have exposed tummies or backs even if the bottoms are a lower rise. 



The Hayden skirt is a beautiful gathered skirt with inseam pockets and snaps down the left side of the skirt. The skirt waistband as tested doesn't have an elastic at the back but darn sure that one can be put in if desired.


Here are just some details Christie includes in her all her PDF patterns:


  • Layered printing, print only the sizes you want or need with this feature
  • 3/8" seam allowances are included
  • Imperial and metric charts for body measurements and yardage requirements
  • Digital illustrations and clear step-by step written instructions are included in the tutorial
  • Sizes range (for most patterns) 9 months to 16 years



Ok, I just have to point this out, have you ever seen a five-year-old pose like this! I swear I didn't coach her.




Ok, one last thing, go check out Blaverry, like them on facebook to keep up with new releases, and be sure to take advantage of the new release sale going on NOW!

Until next time, xx.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Amelia's Easter Dress

I can't believe how March just flew by. So glad to finally post about a sewing project, it feels like ages. So happy to say that I have a giveaway to go with this post! So I don't know if you noticed but I posted here about the sew along with Mandy K Design, sewing up an English Rose Dress...well I'm late to the party BUT I'm posting about my dress now so you'll get to see it.



I've been saving  hoarding this fabric, Lily and Willy by Bunny Hill for Moda Fabrics,  for about three years now and I think I used it for the most perfect Easter dress. The only regret that I would have is that I didn't have enough fabric to make that beautiful bow that's featured in this pattern so I had to make the simple sash instead.

With a larger print, like this one, fabric placement is so important. Yes I used up a little more fabric, but this is what makes the difference. It would have been a bit silly of me to not center the bunny, it could have made the bodice and the whole dress look off balance. I also did the same for the collar, taking my time to make sure the collar looked balanced.



I also lined up my print for the side seams. when you have a gathered skirt like this one it doesn't matter if you have a couple of extra inches on the width of the skirt, you just have more to gather for an extra poof, but the fact that my print matches up makes my garment look high end. For extra details on how to line up prints you can take a look at my tutorial here.



Again taking the time to balance out the back and make sure everyting was in line.



I just love the end result!




So enough about fabric placement, let's talk about the pattern. I used the English Rose dress pattern by Mandy K Design. I've never been disappointed with any of her patterns, even when it was for pattern testing. (You can take a peek at Tiers Of Joy and Cherry Blossom, these are patterns I've tested for Amanda)

The fit is always spot on to what is stated in the tutorial and photos are included with the step-by-step instructions.


Here are more details about this pattern:

  • Sizes range from 12 months to 14 years
  • Doll pattern for 18" doll included
  • Chart for yardage included
  • Chart for body measurements to find the correct size for you model included
  • Chart to print out only the options and sizes needed included (so you don't have to print out the whole pattern)
  • Some of the pattern pieces are not included for the straight cuts, you have to measure out your fabric and cut. I love this because again no messing around with printing and taping pages together to form your pattern piece.
  • 3/8" seam allowances included
  • Step-by-step photos are included with the tutorial
  • Different options for the skirt, sleeve, collar, and bow (the other sash is just so beautiful and that bow is over the top!)






Don't forget to enter the giveaway! Oh and if you want to stay up to date on new releases by MandyK Designs or get special discount offers join their Facebook group. Its a fun place to share and talk about everything sewing with the rest of the members.

Until next time, xx.

**I did get this pattern for free for the purpose of writing this review but all opinions are my own!

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

English Rose: Sew Along

I have a whole bunch of information for a sew along over at MandyK Designs. First, let's start with the discounts for the English Rose dress pattern and fabrics over at Allegro Fabrics. A sew along is a fun way to get involved and to ask questions regarding each step so if you need some help there will be someone to answer questions or clear up issues if you're not too sure about what to do. At the end of it all there will be prizes for actives participants! Prizes are always fun, right?!



Get started by purchasing your English Rose dress pattern for only 6.00$ (regular price 8.95$) until the end of the day (March 23rd 2015). To get the coupon code for fabrics at Allego Fabrics join the MandyK Pattern group. Its a special discount for the purchase of fabrics for the sew along. You can also join the sew along event page to be able to ask questions and see everyone's progress. Not to mention the prizes every day for active participants.

I'll be following up during the week with my progress on my English Rose Dress and on Friday I'll be showing off my finished dress. Its sure to be stunning with such a beautiful pattern.

Until next time, xx.


Friday, March 13, 2015

Catching Up March Break

My goodness! I haven't posted since February 22nd!

Its not because I have nothing to post about, I've actually been busy. Plans for a new pattern, sewing for my mother. I also have a few projects for clients that I've been working on.

My Amelia turned 4 on March 1st.



Then there was March break at my aunt's in the Mont-Tremblant. Relaxing yes because no normal day to day business, but my aunt did break her wrist. We joked about most people on vacation will visit museums or châteaux but we went on a tour of hospitals. She went on her first ambulance ride and got her first cast, she also ate her first poutine (famous in Quebec...Fries, gravy and cheese). 

Stay tuned because I will have sewing related news very soon!

Until next time, xx.


Saturday, February 21, 2015

Extraordinary Girl Round Up & Winners Announced

We had a amazing week with all the Extraordinary Girls on the tour. What a joy it was to  feature this pattern by Fille a Maman. Just in case you missed something here's a round up of all posts, I certainly was inspired and I didn't get a chance to make one for myself just yet but now I'm itching to get my own done. The winners of the two PDF pattern bundles will also be announced so be sure to read to the end.


We started off the week wit Call AjaireThe Crazy TailorFrom a Box, and Sew Out of Control. I love that fun colors and fabrics were used in the little girl's versions. Here is a quick peek at what Sarah from The Crazy Tailor made. 



On Tuesday we saw a quick hack and tutorial from Sofilantjes, a mommy and me version from Keep Calm and Carrion and two cuties calling for spring with bright colors over at Lulu & Celeste and my own little one right here at Sprouting JubeJube.



Day 3 and we had Rebel & Malice with mommy and me dress tutorial out of the Extraordinary Girl pattern, a detailed tutorial by Isn't That Sew on how to combine two sizes because just about no one fits standard measurements, and both Rebekah Sews and Sew Starly created mommy (or grandma) and me versions. 




On Day 4 we had Project Destash, House of Estrela and Thread Riding Hood. All seemed to be having fun times with mommy and me looks created with this pattern. 



Day 5, the last day was a huge day! 6 blogs showed us what they made. Mabey She Made It showed off some sisterly fun times, an elegant grey and pink was made over at La Casa Cactus, and the Shaffer Sisters mixed and matched so many fun fabrics in there version of the top. Pienkel had a cute comfy version with some stripes, Sew Cool for the Tween Scene made this top look very cool for her tweens and last but not least Phat Quarters made us giggle with how practicle she found her new top which by the was looks great.




Now for the fun part...announcing the winners of the 2 prize bundles! YAY! 

The winner of Bundle #1 is Kaley R.

  • Filles a Maman 2 patterns winner’s choice
  • Sofilantjes – 1 pattern winner’s choice
  • Julie pattern by Muffin Head
  • AimeLea & Finn – 1 pattern winner’s choice
  • FABulous Home Sewn -1 pattern winner’s choice
  • Fancy Schmancy – 1 pattern winner’s choice
  • E+M Patterns – 1 pattern winner’s choice
The winner of Bundle #2 is Roxanne K.
  • Filles a Maman 2 patterns winner’s choice
  • Sofilantjes – 1 pattern winner’s choice
  • Fancy Schmancy – 1 pattern winner’s choice
  • MCM Studio Designs – 1 pattern winner’s choice
  • MandyK Designs -1 pattern winner’s choice
  • Striped Swallow Designs – 1 pattern winner’s choice

Congratualtions to our winners, and thanks for playing along!
A huge thank you to our amazing sponsors!


Until next time, xx.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

My Extraordinary Girl

Day 2 of the Extraordinary Girl Blog Tour and I'm showing off my extraordinary girl.




This pattern by Filles a Maman is the perfect staple for every girls' (big or small) wardrobe. Made comfy and practicle with a cotton knit fabric for everyday play or dress it up with a rayon blend knit for women at work.



I think my favorite part of this design is the neckline. The lap tee is just perfect for ease in getting little ones dressed. 



This monkey face approves of her new top, she walked into the sewing room and started picking out fabric for her new top so that means I have a couple more of these in the works.

More details about this pattern:
  • Size range for girls is 12 months to 14 years, for women XS to XXL
  • Designed for knit fabrics
  • Slight hi-lo hem
  • Easy to follow instruction,  drawings included with every step
  • Pattern is available in English and French





You can also pick up your Extraordinary Girl (affiliate link) at a special price of 7.00$ for either all the grils' sizes or all the women's sizes or get the bundle for 13.00$ instead 19.58$. This is only for the duration of the tour.


Here are the other stops on the tour, go take a peek, you'll see some amazing inspiration.




Monday Feb. 16th

Tuesday Feb. 17th

Wednesday Feb. 18th

Thursday Feb. 19th

Friday Feb, 20th

Don't forget to enter the giveaway! Two amazing prize bundles are up for grabs and its so eazy to enter...and who knows, you might discover a new favorite pattern or designer so just try your luck!

Bundle #1:
  • Filles a Maman 2 patterns winner’s choice
  • Sofilantjes – 1 pattern winner’s choice
  • Julie pattern by Muffin Head
  • AimeLea & Finn – 1 pattern winner’s choice
  • FABulous Home Sewn -1 pattern winner’s choice
  • Fancy Schmancy – 1 pattern winner’s choice
  • E+M Patterns – 1 pattern winner’s choice
Bundle #2:
  • Filles a Maman 2 patterns winner’s choice
  • Sofilantjes – 1 pattern winner’s choice
  • Fancy Schmancy – 1 pattern winner’s choice
  • MCM Studio Designs – 1 pattern winner’s choice
  • MandyK Designs -1 pattern winner’s choice
  • Striped Swallow Designs – 1 pattern winner’s choice
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Until next time, xx.

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