Petite Stitchery Knit Point Dress Release

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The clouds decided to greet our stars as we geared up for pictures of the new knit Adelyn Point Dress from Petite Stitchery & Co.

Although my camera settings weren’t adjusted for fog and the pics weren’t crystal clear, I had to keep these because of the beautiful greeting the fog gave us that morning.

 

 

 

 

The new Adelyn point dress is a quick and beautiful sew, with a neckband and basic top/dress construction. The bottom of the dress comes together in points at the front and back for a darling feature. This requires only a basic hem, so you won’t need to add an extra hem lining etc. (bonus for this mom!). This has quickly become my daughter’s favorite dress to grab for school.

I used soft brushed poly in blue stars from Sly Fox Fabrics; the scattered star placement aesthetically worked great with the free-flowy style of this dress. This dress would also be gorgeous in a rayon-blend French terry or cotton spandex.

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And even with the points, this dress has major twirl!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Adelyn dress will be available tonight on the Petite Stitchery website along with another knit release, Belle, which can be mashed with the Adelyn.

Grab your patterns, and be sure to share your creations in the Petite Stitchery Facebook group!

 

 

 

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10k Giveaway: Free Women’s Movie Night Pajamas by Sew a Little Seam

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Did you hear the incredible news? The shop Sew A Little Seam just reached 10k members and is offering a free pajama pattern for women as a thank you (read below for details)! Now let me tell you, this is no ordinary group. For those of you who see me post all of my Constance creations, that’s from this pattern designer as well. 100% of those proceeds go to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.

Then last year, she offered a free pajama pattern for kids–just in time for the holidays. So now… we have pjs for the entire family!

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We are so ready for the holidays!

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I just love the graciousness of this company! And to top it all off, the fit of these patterns are fantastic. So let me start with the new women’s pattern:

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This is a fitted pajama pattern, and I used brushed (i.e. heavenly!) sweater knit from So Sew English Fabrics. I built up my stash last year in hopes that my girls and I could have matching cozy creations, and voilà!

The fit of the bodice, armscye, leg width/length etc. are all on par. I’m 5’7.5” and didn’t need to add extra length; everything fits as intended (i.e. great!).

 

 

 

The kids’ pattern also got a facelift and now includes a yoga waistband (wahoo!). Both patterns are FREE with a code in the Sew A Little Seam FB group. If you have any trouble downloading the patterns, you might just need to wait a little while and try again since the website traffic has been enormous.

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Enjoy this new pattern and a way to bring our families together! xo Jennifer

M4M Cora Culotte Shorts + Hurricane Relief

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The Made for Mermaid Cora Culottes are now available–and just $3 through Sept. 30th, 100% proceeds going toward Hurricane Relief.

When we started testing this pattern, the hurricanes hadn’t plagued our nation, so the focus was solely on the the cuteness of shorts that have the swing of a skirt. And now–ordering this pattern can help many in need.

So…those pattern details…

 

 

Let me just say that when I saw yoga waistband + swing shorts of various lengths, my response was: 🙌🤸🏽‍♀️🙋🏼. My daughter is growing, so we stick with tunics to wear over leggings and use bike shorts to wear under dresses. She loves adventure! Having flowy shorts with the look of a skirt was B.i.n.g.o. I mean, we can totally pair them with tights through fall and winter!

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The pattern, instructions, and fit are all on-par. There is no scrunching when attaching the waistband to the shorts, which was a huge (+) or me; the measurements of the shorts top and the waistband are accurate, so you can get a nice smooth waistband connection. I used brushed poly from Pretty Posh Prints and made a coordinating top because we lack solids in her wardrobe.

We paired her outfit with a couple of accessories: darling sandals from The Humble Soles and a boho necklace from Ali Jane & Co. It’s the little things that make my little girl feel like a princess!

A princess who loves to have fun!

So go grab your Cora Culottes, and report back with hashtag #m4mcoraculottes. I want to see all of your creations!

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Bitty Bee Daydreamer Collection & M4M Juliet Dress Hack

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You might see me posting here on my blog or in the pattern/fabric groups almost daily; I sew often! You won’t, though, see too many fancy boutique-type creations. The reason is: I’m very.practical. I want to sew beautiful things that my daughters will wear. So when my daughter asked for a dress that touched the ground, I thought, “Okay–it’s time to pull out that Juliet pattern!” I had my fingers crossed that this would be a creation that didn’t just sit in the closet. And guess what? My daughter wears this dress almost daily–or half-daily, until she throws on climbing clothes for rougher play 🙌

That Fabric

Now…I know you’ve been eyeing the fabric. Maybe you’re even here for the fabric. I honestly couldn’t take my eyes off of it when Bitty Bee announced the #Daydreamer collection and I saw glittery rainbow hair. The entire collection is like a fantastical fairyland: elephants, mushrooms, hot air balloons. I could live in this collection if I could. You can find the pre-order HERE, which ends soon — July 29th. I used brushed poly, and the quality is absolutely excellent.

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The Pattern

The pattern I used for this dress is the M4M Juliet Dress with slight mods. When cutting the skirt portion of the dress, simply cut maxi length for front and back and dress length on the sides. It creates such a beautiful drape and stunning hi-lo visual.

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Keep enjoying those summer days with your little Daydreamers!!

 

Feature Friday: Maize Dress Pattern Mods for a Hi-Low Keyhole Dress

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Today is Feature Friday over at Petite Stitchery, which means they highlight a pattern and offer it for $5 for 24 hours. The pattern this week is the beautiful Maize Keyhole Tunic an Dress.

To celebrate the Feature, I decided to do a few mods. Please pardon my picture overload; I couldn’t get enough of this dress!

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Changes I Made

To get the hi-low look and keyhole front, I made a few changes to the construction of the pattern.

  1. I narrowed the shoulder since I wouldn’t be adding sleeves
  2. I switched the front and back bodice so that the keyhole would show in the front
  3. I created a dramatic hi-low design using the skirt template provided in the pattern

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The first two steps don’t require additional instruction; however, if you wanted to construct the front/back bodice properly, you could interchange the armscye/opening and width. I kept it as-is, and it worked for us! So I’ll move to the third, creating the hi-low. You’ll first want to determine how dramatic of a hi-low you’d like. I added at least 4” to the skirt cut chart and used the skirt guide to create the curved hem.

Back

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I created the front piece in a similar way, but you’ll flip this one upside down so that the curve goes up toward the center.  Use the same size fabric piece as the back skirt because you’ll need to connect the side seams (side seams are on the right of this pic). As you cut the top of the curve, gradually cut down toward the bottom of your fabric (not shown).

Front

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The end result is stunning from both back and front and such a fun way to use the pattern in a new way!

And who doesn’t love a perfect flower-picking dress??

The fabric I chose for this pattern was a boarder print called Beds of Roses by Michael Miller that I ordered from Punkin Head Threads. I absolutely adore boarder prints and actually ordered this print in all 3 colorways for my 3 girls. I can’t wait to get all three of them together (one dress at a time…) 😍

So grab your pattern here for just $5, and be sure to share your creations on the FB page! I’m inspired here every.single.day.

 

Disclaimer: The pattern links in this post are affiliate links; I’m so happy that you were inspired to buy the pattern via my creations! I am affiliated with most of the pattern companies I test for, and this in no way shapes my response or promotion. I only test for companies I respect and only share patterns I adore!

 

Blog Tour: Swimwear Edition Featuring Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop’s Marilyn Swimsuit

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Welcome to the Lulu & Celeste + Sprouting Jujube Productions tour: Swimsuit Edition; I’m so happy you’re here! Maybe it means that you’re about ready to dive into swimsuit-making for your kids or even you! Or maybe you’re just here for the prizes 😜 Either way, read on! Today I’ll be featuring the Marilyn Vintage Swimsuit by Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop, for sizes 3 mos – 12 yrs. Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop graciously provided this pattern for free for the swim edition.

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First–a little background on my daughter. She’s never been on the growth chart–not even in the 1% for kids her age. She’s a tiny little thing who needs a mama’s custom fit. So after last year’s saggy-bottom suits where I could literally see her behind, I thought, “that’s it–it’ll be mama-made from here on out!” So here we are! When browsing patterns, I knew I wanted a one-piece, and I happen to have a soft spot for vintage. When I saw that the Marilyn suit offered a shorts style with easy bands, that sealed the deal!

MARILYN VINTAGE SWIMSUIT

 

Styles/Options

  • View A: Classic One-Piece
  • View B: Classic Tankini
  • View C: Color-Blocked One-Piece
  • View D: Color-Blocked Tankini
  • View E: Ruched One-Piece
  • View F: Ruched Tankini

In addition to a one-piece, the suit also offers a tankini option. I sewed View E: the ruched one-piece.

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I used a heart floral swim fabric from Knitpop and solids from Zenith & Quasar. I adore the view from the side, with the ruched front and solid side-panels:

 

Tips and Tricks

Follow the size chart! My daughter is 3 years old and measures between 3 mos and 6 mos for chest, 3 mos for hips, and close to 2T for height. Although I know to use the charts, I originally made her suit between 6 mos-12 mos width and had to take it back in. SO–if your 3-year-old measures a size 3-month waist, sew it! 😜 That’s the lovely part about custom creations–they work! We just have to look past numbers.

Additionally, the suit called for elastic in the chest band and legs, and I omitted both, having sewn an adult suit for me with bands before (sans elastic). I actually prefer less structure in those areas, especially since the bands are so well-fitted.

That’s all! My first little slice of toddler vintage love. Be sure to check out the rest of the tour and enter the Rafflecopter from the amazing sponsors! Here is a list of PRIZES and ways to enter.

 

SWIM EDITION FULL TOUR

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Disclaimer: The pattern links in this post are affiliate links. I am affiliated with most of the pattern companies I test for, and this in no way shapes my response or promotion. I only test for companies I respect and only share patterns I adore!

Ellie and Mac “Be Smart” Jumper Suspender Skirt: 4th of July Edition

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The “Be Smart” Jumper suspender skirt just released from Ellie and Mac  and is on sale today only for $3 (price in cart). When I saw this pattern tester call, I immediately pictured sweet back-to-school styles — but there was something BIG we needed to celebrate first: 4th of July! My daughter had recently seen a red/white/blue romper in the store and begged for a parade outfit. I had the perfect Girl Charlee fabric in my stash, so it was time to use them!

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I used the Island Getaway Tunic/Dress to create off-the-shoulder shirts as well; I simply lengthened the bodice of the dress to top length. I have to say–they’ve lived in these red tops ever since our photoshoot! I also created a simple dress for my littlest by adding a gathered, fringed skirt to the Island Getaway bodice; this pattern is 35% off as well through June (price in cart):

Too darling, right?

So let’s get back to the suspender skirt! It’s purely knit and an incredibly easy sew. There’s no elastic–just bands and topstitching for reinforcement. The pattern features both a higher version (what I sewed) and a lower suspender skirt option as well. I’ll surely be sewing more of these in plaids and solids for the school year!

I really can’t get enough! And they’re totally ready for the parade!

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Grab your Ellie and Mac patterns HERE; and remember that all patterns are 35% off through June!

 

Disclaimer: The pattern links in this post are affiliate links. I am affiliated with most of the pattern companies I test for, and this in no way shapes my response or promotion. I only test for companies I respect and only share patterns I adore!

Ellie and Mac MOLLY Skirt, No-Closure Summer Staple

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Sometimes the easiest patterns become my wardrobe staples. The Ellie and Mac Molly Skirt just released and will be one of my go-tos this summer…and is $3 (see the price in the cart) during release!! The pattern has no closures, simple side-seams, and a yoga-style waistband. This ups the comfort and makes the pattern one of the quickest your sewing machine will see. The patter is both for teens and women.

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As a mom of three littles, this is a perfect style for heading out shopping. I sewed the “regular” length, and there are mini, mid-thigh, petite, and tall length options as well. I used a fun floral liverpool fabric that I got from Ebay; you can find similar pretties from shops like Pretty Posh PrintsLove Adore KnitsSly Fox FabricsKnitpop, and So Sew English Fabrics.

And did I mention…the twirl…

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So go grab your insanely priced $3 pattern, and let’s create all of the beautiful things!

Ellie and Mac affiliate link HERE.

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Portlanders Pants Girls’ Release + Mommy/Me Bundle

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Just days after I made my Portlander Pants (find my post HERE), New Horizons announced that the girls’ version was coming (Pattern website HERE)! My daughter had just had a meltdown because I hadn’t sewn a matching outfit for us in a while, so voilà–it had to come to fruition!

The Portlander Pants is a year-round pant that is fitted at the top (with yoga style waistband) and flawy toward the ankle. This style is incredibly comfortable and works for both day-wear and feels heavenly for pajamas. My daughter insisted that she needed to wear her new outfit during the day with me and then to bed (I obliged! I mean…comfort).

I used the same monochrome fabric from Love Adore Knits that I used for my pants, and the top is black double brushed poly from Pretty Posh Prints.

I then needed to try the shorts version of the pants (also included in the pattern). I opted for pockets, yoga waistband, and a faux drawstring instead of a full drawstring; I simply sewed my drawstring together, tied it into a bow, and tacked it on. For the polka dot version shown below, I didn’t even sew the drawstring; instead, I just used the fabric selvage that naturally rolls.

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My polka dot knit is part of Raspberry Creek Fabric‘s CLUB line. I paired with a store-bought tank and a long, vintage necklace for a sweet Euro-style look.

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My final version used the same method (shorts, pockets, faux drawstring), and I used a patterned pocket and drawstring for a fun, modern look.

As you sew up your girls’ and women’s Portlanders this summer, be sure to share your creations on the New Horizons Facebook page.

 

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