Over the River and Through the Woods… Pattern Testing for my Fave Pattern Designer

Hello there!

I’ve been keeping a secret which I’ve been dying to spill!  And today, I can finally I can share my Top Secret Pattern Testing Assignment:  The Storybook Pinafore for Girls by my go-to, favourite pattern designer, Jen, from Tie Dye Diva.  You know she is my Fave because the majority of the posts on this blog have featured TDD patterns.  I luuuurve them ❤

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The pattern is a vintage inspired pinafore meant to be worn atop a peasant or similar type dress or tunic.  In this case I used Jen’s Easy Peasant Dress Pattern which pairs perfectly with the pinafore.Image

For the assignment, I knew immediately which fabric I would use for the Storybook theme–and yes, you guessed it, I’ve been hoarding it for a while 😉  It’s the most beautiful and special Little Red Riding Hood cotton fabric from Japan.  Isn’t it just the cutest fabric you’ve ever seen?! 

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The accent gingham fabric came from Fabric.com, as did the red Kona cotton that I used for the under dress.  As you can see, the pinafore pops over the head and ties up at the sides in sweet little bows.  Pockets are always a bonus for my little Miss P who will fill them with bugs and rocks at every opportunity 🙂

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The little flutter sleeves are so vintage-y and girly–adorable!Image

We’ve had a rather late start to Spring here in Calgary, and when we did our photo shoot a couple of weeks ago, it was absolutely FUH-REEZING!  Miss P was the ultimate trooper however, and we had lots of fun!

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Thanks for stopping by today–I’m so happy I finally got to share this post with you!  

If you were interested in sewing up one of these babies for a little one in your life, now would be a great time to do it!  The pattern is on sale in her shop for the next couple of days–and if you buy 2 more patterns (like the Peasant dress, perhaps), you can use the coupon code “BUNDLE” to save 25% off your purchase!  

Have a wonderful day!

xo, Heather

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April Sewing Challenge Day 21. A Ruffled Bubble Romper for Baby

Hello and welcome to Day 21 of my April Sewing Challenge!  I was really hoping to have two of these babies to show you but as usual, the day got away from me and I was only able to squeak out one.  

This is the ruffled baby romper by Tie Dye Diva (my go-to pattern designer lately).  It’s just the sweetest little vintage inspired pattern you have ever seen.  And just in time for summer!    Image

A knotted, halter style neck and layers of ruffles on a on a bubbly bum–so precious!Image

I’ve mentioned before that I’m a bit of a pokey sewer, so having a serger to do the rolled hem here on the ruffles REALLY cuts down on precious time!

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Elastic in the back and around the leg casings give this romper its bubbled bottom.  I really wish I had a little model for today, because just hanging here really doesn’t do this any justice.

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This is the view from the front.  I used a vintage inspired floral fabric featuring tiny pink roses, and actual vintage fabric for the lining and ruffles, in a delicious watermelon pink.  

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This pattern may seem a bit daunting to a beginner, but it’s actually quite simple to sew.  The only sticky part is ironing/pressing the leg casings around the curve, but if you go slowly and use lots of steam, you’re in good shape.  There’s a high degree of gratification (for me anyway) upon completion of this pattern.  It’s a winner every time!Image

That’s it for today, my second last day of the Challenge.  Hard to believe it’s coming to an end, though I’m pretty exhausted!  For my last challenge entry tomorrow, I’ll be debuting my first wedding dress!  Ha ha… not quite!

Thanks for stopping by!

xo, Heather

April Sewing Challenge Day 13–Something for My Little Easter Bunny and a Coupon Code

So today is Day 13 of my April Sewing Challenge.  Technically I’m supposed to put what I make for sale in the Shop, but today I’m not.  This little number belongs to Miss P–it’s her Easter Dress, complete with bunnies and other woodland creatures.

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Once again, it’s a Tie Dye Diva Pattern–I’m on a serious roll here!  It’s the Perfect Party Dress, and the name does not disappoint!

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This is a classic, timeless dress for a little girl:  sleeveless bodice, buttons up the back, a sash, and a skirt made for twirling.  I love it and so does my Little Missy!  

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I love the buttons–makes for a really clean and tidy look.  The pattern doesn’t have the contrast band on the bottom.  I added it for an extra pop of colour.  There are a lot of options with this dress including a ruffle bottom and a ruffled bib for the bodice.

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The fabric is a most beautiful cotton poplin(?) from Japan.  I’ve been hoarding it (of course) for several years because I luuurrve it so! Image

You know it’s a hit when she wants to boogie down during the photo shoot 🙂Image

And there it is for today–perhaps for the week…  I’m not sure if I’ll take the Holiday or see if I can whip something up tomorrow, we’ll see.  If I don’t happen to pop in tomorrow, I hope you have a wonderful Easter Weekend!

xo, Heather

P.S.  I’ve got a Coupon Code on my Facebook Page right now but for a limited time only.  Check it out here 🙂

 

 

My latest contribution to The Collective Good

 

 

Hello there! Welcome to my very first blog post–bear with me while I navigate my way around…

 

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I’ve been busy sewing the last few days, preparing my latest mini collection for The Collective Good , my sister’s most beautiful and special design shop located in Whitehorse, Yukon (my homeland).

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Because winter is hanging around way longer than it should, I specifically chose bright and cheerful colours that at least remind us of spring.  I found this cool ikat-inspired print at Fabricland and paired it with a hot pink solid for a bit of contrast.

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The pattern is the Perfect Party Dress by the lovely and talented Jen at Tie Dye Diva–I love her patterns!

If you’re in the Whitehorse area, pop into The Collective Good this weekend and see them in person! xo