Sunday, July 27, 2014

Matching Outfits!

Soooo, I've become "that" mom, who put my daughter and I in matching outfits lol!  Actually though, I saw this fabric and loved it and decided it would work perfect for both of us and I had just gotten done testing the Sloan pattern for Bebelambs and Bebelambs has the Cassandra pattern for little girls, so why not! 
Technically I'm on vacation right now in California and supposed to be taking a break from sewing.  I couldn't help myself though and packed this dress and top which weren't quite finished thinking I might need a sewing fix.  Of course I did, so I borrowed my mom's sewing machine and finished them up.  The plus side to taking pictures in California is the beautiful scenery, much more interesting than the desert in Nevada. 
I used a beautiful cotton voile and lined the top and dress both in a lightweight cotton.  There's a small silver stripe  in the fabric although it's hard to see in the pictures.  I must mention, since of course I didn't think about it until after I had made the dress, if you decide to omit the ruffle on the Cassandra, make sure to add the additional length to the dress part when you cut it.  Oh well, Emma's dress is a little short but my justification is that I'll have her wear it with leggings or jeans come this winter.  The top I'm wearing is the Sloan pattern, made in the top/tunic length with a lining added.  The pattern has instructions on how to do this.  Is a very quick pattern with adorable results.  Miss Emma is wearing the Cassandra pattern without the ruffle.  This pattern also includes instructions on how to line it.  Both have a shirred bodice and tie straps.  I love both of these patterns for their simplicity and versatility.  An extra bonus-no pattern pieces to print (YAY!!!) just measurements for the fabric pieces to cut.

 Spinning in circles
 Playing on the Redwoods
An old abandoned house in the Santa Cruz mountains, thankfully the steps didn't break :/
   Sloan                                     Cassandra
 Eating blackberries=end of the photo shoot :)
Such a fun photo shoot and sew!!!!! I would recommend doing at least one matching outfit with your daughter because before you know it she'll be a teenager and barely even want to acknowledge your presence, (believe me I know, I have one).

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Elle Belle by Bebelambs

I had the opportunity to test another amazing pattern from Bebelambs, the Elle Belle romper.  This is such a fun pattern.  There are so many amazing options that enable you to be creative and personalize it to fit your style and come up with a different look each time you use the pattern. The pant portion can be done in bloomer or regular length, with a standard hem, shirred bottom or ruffle bottom.  The bodice accommodates every child's different body sizes by including a short, medium or long torso option.  The back is shirred (don't worry the pattern includes very easy to follow instructions on how to shir) or if you dislike shirring or don't want to tackle it you can do the elastic casing option in the back.  The straps go through a buttonhole in the back and tie in an adorable bow.  Also included in the pattern is a template for a knot pocket.  This pattern is available in sizes NB-10.  This pattern is available for only $ 5 through Friday.
Long pant style with shirred bottoms
Miss Emma had so much fun running around in this romper!
I know I'm her mom, but seriously the cuteness of her and the outfit!  :)
Ruffle bottom pant style with lace trim added to the straps and bottom ruffle.
Cheesy smile, she's loving the pockets and fun ruffles :) 

Look at that adorable bow in the back!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Sloan Pattern Review and Giveaway!

I had the amazing privilege of testing the Sloan pattern for Bebelambs.  First of all the basics:  This is a women's pattern available in sizes 2-26.  It has a shirred bodice, good news for those of you who dislike messing with darts :).  The length of the dress varies from a tunic/top version all the way to a maxi.  Straps can be made spaghetti style, thicker, in a V shape or even strapless.  As with all of Bebelambs pattern this one is easy to follow and the fit is spot on.  It can be made out of woven or knit.  I made mine in rayon and found it worked very well for this pattern.  I opted for the V style straps and maxi length in a crazy retro rayon.  This fabric had been in my stash for a long time, I just knew eventually I would find the perfect pattern for it and the Sloan was it!

The second dress I made was out of a beautiful blue rayon.  I chose the blue as a tribute to my Grandmother.  I remember as a young girl about 10 or 12 I was in the fabric store with her picking out fabric for a dress she was going to make for me and she wanted me to pick a royal blue fabric.  Of course it was the 90's and I was not wanting to wear that color ( I was in my all black stage), but she kept insisting me that it was "my color".  I wasn't convinced at that point in time but that moment stayed with me and therefore I chose a beautiful royal blue for my second dress.  I made this one strapless with ruched sides.  The pattern includes a tutorial for this fun option also.

This pattern is so much fun and has so many options and comes together so quickly that it will quickly become a summer wardrobe staple. 

Now the exciting part a giveaway!