The Flirt Dress Adds Extraordinary Class to My “Ordinary” Days

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That feeling…

Of being a mom.

Or a rockstar at the office.

And being comfortable.

And having class.

When I see the fitted skirt of my sweater dress peeking out of my coat during ordinary errands, I feel so put together. –No one may even guess that I work at home every day. Or that I feel so comfy I could go to bed in the same dress.
So when I find a pattern like this, I blog about it!

The Flirt

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My Version

The “Flirt” released today at Petite Stitchery by designer Kelly Stevens; and from the top, it may look like a comfy, elegant sweater. But there’s more… the dress includes a fitted or flowy skirt in mini/knee/or maxi lengths.

 

I chose to make the fitted knee-length version. And this is likely the style that I’ll stick with.

 

 

 

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The Fit: The top is blousy with semi-fitted sleeves; and paired with the slim skirt, it creates a flattering silhouette.

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This will be a timeless pattern in my book!

“The Flirt” is on sale Feb. 1 – Monday Feb. 5th for $7 (regular $8.50). And we still have time to sew up a super cute Valentine’s version!

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Style Particulars:

FABRIC: I chose a gorgeous brushed sweater knit for my dress. It’s “dusty rose” brushed sweater knit from Knitpop

EARRINGS: I also often get asked about my earrings. They are from my Trades of Hope, which empowers women who have been part of horrific situations including sex trafficking. Here is a link to my friend Emily’s group; she has a heart of gold.

NECKLACE: Vintage from my late grandma’s collection ❤

SHOES: Booties from American Eagle

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The Juliet Leotard – Where Have You Been All Our Lives?

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Grace. Unconfined Joy. “Happy Dances.” … These all lead to our need for leotards 😉

My girls may not be in formal dance or gymnastics classes–but they are dancers and gymnasts daily.

One of my daughters has worn a swimsuit or leotard throughout our entire Michigan winters (indoor, of course).

So the new Juliet leo will be in constant rotation in our little-girl household. We absolutely love it.

 

 

 

The Fit:

The graceful back scoop and fit that stays up on the shoulders is perfect for my girls’ house twirling and for full-day outfit wear. I made the longsleeve version with ruffle sleeve detail. The fit through the bodice and crotch were great (including diaper), and I chose the band option for the legs because my girls prefer that to elastic.

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This was my little one’s Christmas outfit this year!

I made the leo from a brushed poly floral from Knitpop; and the skirt is the free Petite Stitchery Sassy Skirt (code in their fan group), made with stretch velvet from Sly Fox Fabrics. Whew–those were a lot of details…but the little details sure helped everything come together!

Now let’s get a glimpse of just the Leo:

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She just loves having a leo like her big sisters!

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The pattern is on sale during release week for $7 (regularly $8.50) at Petite Stitchery. And it comes in both BABY and GIRL sizes.

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CC Off-The-Shoulder Top and Fusion Leggings Release!

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In case you missed the news, around October I became a women’s designer for Petite Stitchery & Co. (website HERE). As a way to continue honing my skill, I keep…well…designing! My first pattern was the women’s Adelyn point dress (design concept by Ashley Hermann for the girls’ line; and I knew we needed a mama version!). Then came my baby, the Lulu Dolman Sweater, which encompassed my love for hi-lows and non-batwing dolmans (and long sleeve cuffs!). And now–we have my 3rd and 4th patterns releasing: The CC Off-The-Shoulder Top and the Fusion Leggings. With these 4 patterns, you can get a sense of my style; I love a good fit while being super cozy!

CC Off-The-Shoulder Top

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The new CC Top has both large cowl and small cowl options. The large cowl can be worn 4 ways: off-the-shoulder, front-facing cowl, and high-shoulder cowl. The version shown above was made with a premium sweater knit from Sly Fox Fabrics. It’s heavy in weight (truly the warmest sweater I’ve made!) and has a great stretch as well.

And the small cowl is a tubular design. I’ll share with you my tester Shelley Presley: 26114242_10100371087764558_649443666035584762_n She used a cable-type knit from Jo-Anns for this version.

Fabric with a good stretch is needed for off-the-shoulder versions; but if you know you’ll mostly wear a high-cowl (raises my hand!), front-facing, or small cowl, you can also use fabrics with less stretch. The version below is made with a fleece-lined sweater knit from Jo-Anns with hardly any stretch. And yes–those are microsuede ponte Fusion leggings I have on!

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I also found that French Terry worked beautifully for all CC Top versions (shown above). For this version, I didn’t add the banded bottom and instead hemmed.

Fusion Leggings

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I designed the Fusion Leggings to be more of a pant-style legging with fabric combos such as thick cotton lycra/spandex and stretch corduroy (shown), yoga knit and stretch velvets. However, they also make for a stunning athletic legging. I’ve loved every version I’ve seen of these. They have a slash, two-tone leg and a curved “v” back waistband.

One of the points of feedback I loved most from my testers was how great the fit was for their body shapes and how flattering they found the back waistband. I love making designs we feel good in!

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The above left version is cotton spandex (thick quality, probably 14 oz–source unknown) with stretch corduroy from Surge Fabrics. The pair on the right is dreamy yoga fabric (main leg) from Knitpop and stretch faux leather from So Sew English. I love the endless combination with these!

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I also made a set for a sweet friend. Her top was a gorgeous boho sweater knit from Jo-Anns paired with Fusion leggings in black yoga knit from Knitpop and black stretch corduroy from Surge Fabrics.

And…it’s nursing friendly!!

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Enjoy the release sale! Both patterns are on sale for $7 each (reg. $8.50). Please be sure to share your creations in the Petite Stitchery Facebook Group and use hashtags #PScctop and #PSfusionleggings whenever you share your creations on social media!

Happy sewing! – Jennifer

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Deer Creek Dress + Snowflakes = Little Girl Winter Princess Attire

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Christmas may be over, but winter is in full bloom in our little haven within Michigan. The problem is, my girls have been wearing sleeveless “princess’ dresses and tutus for the last 1-2 months. Thank goodness for a warm fireplace!

To satisfy my girls’ princess spirits, I’ve been on a mission to marry fabric and patterns that work perfectly together. This one is a Frozen-inspired snowflake dress!

Pattern: I used the girls’ Deer Creek dress from New Horizons Designs. This was a no-brainer since I loved my women’s version of the Deer Creek so much and had been itching to make my girls some.

Fabric: Custom snowflake brushed poly from Knitpop. The design works perfectly all winter long and emits such a cozy and glorious joyfulness that winter brings.

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The pattern comes in tunic and dress length, and I chose “dress.” My girls lack long-sleeve dresses, so I will be working ahead for next year to make sure we overcome that shortage! The pattern also has a straight or curved hem; and I have all the heart eyes for curves–so curved it is!

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There’s even a slight hi-low, which just makes me super happy! Especially with tunic length, the extra length in the back is not only stylish but also modest–which I love! And for this creation, I just love how the snowflakes cascade down the dress ❤

The sleeve is also a dolman or dropped shoulder, which adds another fun element. For those who haven’t sewn dolmans, they are easy to color-block, front + back.DSC_0373

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Finally, my two favorite elements of this dress: the elastic waist and the pockets!

The elastic waist helps add definition and showcase correct “fit” even with a looser style.

…And the pockets… well..pockets!!! They’re perfect for keeping cold hands warm AND for collecting all of the treasures a little one could possibly find. You know…the important things like scraps of fabric, pebbles, pieces of receipts… Is anything not a treasure to a little one??

 

I sure love this “marriage” of the Deer Creek pattern and Knitpop snowflake fabric. I’ve already had several requests for more; so I better end this post and get sewing!

Enjoy such a lovely day!!

Jennifer

Rory Dress – New Release! Sleek Turtleneck Peplum and Dress

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Is it Rory or Rawwwry? 

I didn’t realize the pun until after I sewed, so this is pretty much a match made in heaven.

The Rory Peplum, Skirt, and Dress is Kelly Stevens’s Petite Stitchery debut and such a way to come in hot.

With a very fitted bodice and turtleneck, I find this style sleek, romantic, and something that I want to sew in sparkles for Christmas (that creation is definitely coming!).

And yes–there are options for a peplum and skirt too 

 

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For my version, I used brushed poly from Knitpop: solid black for the top of the dress and olive with tigers for the skirt. With my husband’s full family in India and our love for wild cats, this was a creation that needed to happen.

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You can get the Rory Dress at release sale price at Petite Stitchery. Be sure to share your creations to the Petite Stitchery Facebook Fan Group and use hashtag #PSRory so we can see all of the gorgeous creations!

The Lulu Dolman Sweater – Gorgeous Way To Use Those Sweater Knits

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Sweater knits. They are glorious, soft, and we can’t keep our credit cards from them. If you’re like me, you’ve hoarded a good number of them and have wondered, “Now…what do I make?”

Here it is. A great use of sweater knits aside from our awesome cardigans:

The Lulu Dolman Sweater

 

I couldn’t just make “1”–so I have quite a few versions to share.

 

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The Lulu features a dramatic hi-low hem and long dolman sleeves. My first is made from a lightweight sweater knit (recommended for this pattern) that I won in a Knitpop box auction.

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My second version is from gorgeous French Terry slub from Sly Fox Fabrics, paired with charcoal French terry sleeves.

I love the front cut-line of the dolman. It’s an on-trend cut that’s not meant to be long but can easily be lengthened. Shown here is the natural cut-line of the pattern.

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The pattern also features binding for both the hemline and the neckline. If using a thicker fabric, a regular hem is recommended. For the thinner fabrics, though, the binding is such a nice detail. DSC_0843

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My third version is made with a plaid from Pretty Posh Prints that I fell in love with last year. I used a traditional hem on this version and love both the traditional method and binding!

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My final version is made with premium cable knit from Sly Fox Fabrics. I had been searching for cable knit to make a sweater like this for years; I was so thrilled that SFF offered it at the perfect timing.

For this type of fabric (open weave), I highly recommend serging all edges (or finishing with a zigzag stitch) before sewing. With an open weave, the edges aren’t all even, so serging offers a consistent edge (and sturdiness) to add the binding.

For my cuffs and binding I used a lightweight soft (brushed) sweater knit. I love the cream paired with the white.

 

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And eep–I had to make one more in a custom cotton spandex from Nina Zabal’s Line

The trick with cotton spandex is using a regular hem instead of hem binding since the fabric is thicker. I used brushed poly for the cuffs and neck binding.

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You can grab your Lulu Dolman Sweater Pattern HERE (plus a release sale). Be sure to use hashtag #PSLuluDolman so we can find all of your beautiful creations!

 

FREE Tank Pattern at Petite Stitchery

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Petite Stitchery just turned 1 year, and they are celebrating with free patterns, big sales, and huge giveaways!!

This is the Swanky Tank, a flattering racerfront tank with loads of possibility. It’s racerback-bra friendly, and I added a piece of stretch lace trim down the center of the back (prior to adding facing or hemming) for a feminine touch. My fabric is a brushed poly (nice flow!) from Knitpop.

 

 

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You can grab your code in the Petite Stitchery FB Fan Group and then add it to your order on the Petite Stitchery website.

Thank you, Petite Stitchery, and happy 1 year!

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
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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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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!

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