Monday, November 24, 2014

So Enchanted Melissa Stramel!


Okay how many times have I said 'you need this pattern' when I sew something new? Well sorry if I say it often but I am going to say it again, you NEED this pattern! Oh I am loving the new pattern  Enchanted by Melissa Stramel of Lilac Lane. Her patterns really capture the girly girl in little ladies of all ages. My daughter swooned when she saw this dress mid-construction last night. She declared it her birthday dress and plans to wear it on her special day. How is that for endorsement?
 

Enchanting is a beautiful dress pattern, sizes 2T -10, offering a clean a-line silhouette, comfortable loose fit, and slightly dropped back neckline. A pop of ruffled pizazz dances on the sleeve edges and a big bow adorns the top of the neckline.


 With Enchanting's simple design you really have a wonderful blank slate for embellishing. I started with Jennifer Paganelli's Isabelle in Azul from her latest fabric line Good Company. The blue jumps off the fabric while the roses dance before your eyes. It is stunning! Swoon!!!  From there, I sewed a fun daisy  trim along the neckline, sleeve cuff, and hem. Then I used teeny Riley Blake pom poms along the ruffle and hem edges for added flourish. The pattern offers directions for making a fabric bow, but I chose to use a white  double-sided satin ribbon to finish off the back neckline instead. With the option to mix up your fabrics and trims, Enchanting offers a variety of ways to aid you in creating your very own one-of-a-kind dress.


So stay tuned because the pattern is coming this week! You probably have a little girl who would love a birthday dress too! When it comes available,  purchase the Enchanting pattern and show us the dresses on the Lilac Lane Facebook page!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Market 2014 Recap - Part 1 of Many!



I recently had the opportunity of a LIFETIME! I went to the International Quilt Market in Houston and represented Sweet Jennifer Kate, better know as Jennifer Paganelli for Sis Boom! Isn't that a dream!?!



Because Good Company was not out before quilt market, she sent me this stunning dress made out of Good Company fabrics to wear at market. Whoa! Isn't it gorgeous???



You know what is so cool? I tried on the dress and it fit perfectly in the bodice width, it just needed a slight adjustment in the straps. What 'one of a kind' dress essentially  fits perfectly the first time you put it on??? I had a small Cinderella glass slipper moment.

Good Company is Jennifer Paganelli's latest fabric line and it is beautiful. Have your ordered any yet? One of the things I am working on is tablecloth for a Thanksgiving table setting. We will see if I complete it in time though! These days FLY! Can you see a table cloth or napkins in the fabric swatches below? Which fabrics would you put on your table? Get out your china and see if you can find a fabric for your holiday place settings. Can't  wait to show you mine!

2 Good Company Collage


To be continued! Too many pictures for one post!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Playful Designs by Patty Young Giveaway Winner!

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Melissa Stramel of Lilac Lane!!!

I am so excited to be on the Playful Designs blog tour! Although this time around, other than my writing this post, my daughter is the one really reviewing the book. She had the opportunity to try out Patty Young's newest creation, the Playful Designs coloring book.


 Pages and pages of designs ready for your girl to color, this book will provide hours of entertainment. Not only does the book have coloring pages but it also has a bookmark for your daughter to tear out and color as well as an introduction to color play complete with the color wheel.


 So enough of the specs, what does my daughter think of the book?





 There you go! Straight from her heart! She loves it.

Taking a long car trip for the upcoming holidays? Need a gift idea? This coloring book might be a great item to keep your aspiring artist engaged. My daughter was so excited when she found out she got to keep the book, I imagine you might have a child that would be just as excited to receive a copy. So what are you waiting for!?! Get it on Amazon or straight from Patty Young!  OR if you leave a comment, you will have a chance to win a copy! Drawing will be at the end of the blog tour. 

If you are just joining in on the tour, be sure to stop by on all the blogs and see what their kiddos thought of the book.


Monday, November 10th

Patty Young @ Modkid

Tuesday, November 11th

Susan Yates @ Crafterhours

Wednesday, November 12th

Melissa Mora @ Melly Sews

Thursday, November 13th

Heather Valentine @ The Sewing Loft

Friday, November 14th

Teresa Behr @ Dandelion Drift

Saturday, November 15th

Elizabeth Evans @ Simple Simon and Co

Monday, November 17th

Jenny Fish @ Sew Pretty Dresses

Tuesday, November 18th

Courtney Davis @ Sweeter Than Cupcakes

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Modern Prairie Sewing blog hop!

 I am so honor to be a part of Abigail Long's Modern Prairie Sewing blog hop! This book has been a long time in the making and I cannot believe it is FINALLY here!
 

Modern Prairie offers 20 handmade projects for you and your home. Great for personal sewing or gifts you will enjoy discovering the projects in Modern Prairie!


I have to say I really love this book because it features my favorite friends, The Long Ladies. You have read my blog glow posts about them for years so it makes my heart sing to see this book  filled with pictures of my beautiful talented friends! And to top it off you get to know my fun loving Abigail Long. I just love how I can HEAR her voice in the writing. Love!

I think this book would be a great gift for a young person learning to sew. Lots of easy to sew projects that would appeal to the younger crowd(and older of course too!)  I am considering offering a class using this book to teach young girls. Probably in the spring, I will let you know how it goes!

I tested for Abigail but those pretty things have long been loved on and are not really camera worthy for such a momentous occasion. So instead,  I chose to sew the Betty Pouch.  I used our favorite designer, Jennifer Paganelli's Jenny Eliza fabric.


Perfect for carrying your favorite Kazoo or snack.


 The possibilities are endless but of course limited to it's size.


Even our tiny pet turtle Mr. Stevens gives it his stamp of approval =D


So hop along with us these next several days! Don't miss out on the other projects! Modern Prairie Sewing blog hop!  And pick up a copy at Amazon! Happy reading and sewing!


DATES
Giveaway on The Modern Prairie Girl blog August 29th-31st.
Two giveaway winners will be announced September 1st and will receive signed Modern Prairie Sewing: 20 Handmade Projects for You and Your Friends and a project from my book made by Abigail Long.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tobago. Tortola - it's a Caribbean Sis Boom Party!




We are loving the Tobago dress and top! This top coordinates with the Tortola for women that is all the rave right now on the Road Trip.



 What is even better is the Tobago is on SALE!!!!


Like the Tortola  with the Tobago you can have a round neck or add a little notch and it can be cut at the hip, as a tunic or as a dress. What I love is it is a great piece for adding trims and design elements like pockets. Just draw off some pockets, cut them out and plop them on the Tobago then dig through your trim stash and go to town! I have confidence you CAN do it!


The FABULOUS Beauty Queen Linky Love makes the perfect a-line dress. Yes we are in LOVE!


 I used the amazing Jenny Eliza by Jennifer Paganelli that is her newest line of fabric which you can find in JoAnn's. It is so nice to see her fabric in person on the bolt! Although I will say when I went yesterday there were fewer bolts on the shelf so if you are oogling it, you better hurry because this line is going to sell out fast! Finding it online alone is like playing the lottery, they keep selling out and restocking and selling out again, you never know what is going to be in stock from day to day because it's so popular!  I suggest if you see it online and you do not have a JoAnn's nearby that you buy it! My understanding is once it is gone it is gone. So hop to it!


The shorts are a lightweight denim trimmed in my favorite Jenny Eliza using Rabbit Rabbit's Sporty Short pattern. I have a feeling we will be making more of these!


So what are you waiting for??? A $5 pattern is waiting for YOU! Wahoo!!


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Road Trip stops in Tortola!

My kiddos and hubby have been taking up my computer time lately. They temporarily lost access to their own laptops so we are all four sharing one laptop. GASP! I KNOW! RIGHT!?! That's almost like seven sharing one bathroom! Ahem, Long Ladies, helloooo! *Grin* Okay maybe not but close! Ha!  So this is a 'better a little late than never' post.

I am loving my Sis Boom Tortola! Golly I feel glam. Nothing like some Beauty Queen in new Sis Boom Tortola top to make you feel beautiful! Colorado Rocky Mountain surroundings help too  Don't you want this print??

The top is a very simple tank you can make with or without the notch and you can adjust the length as desired. No zippers or buttons needed, this top comes together in a FLASH! The top is cut on the bias to give the cotton a better more flattering drape.

 

So What are you waiting for? More pictures??? Oh my son took these pictures. So yeah, this is about it folks. Ha! 

Go check out The Scientific Seamstress Blog for more pictures and join in on the Road Trip Pattern Club! Five patterns for $35 from your favorite designers, doesn't get any better than that!  Buy in anytime! Woo hoo! Now back to sewing and using my phone and tablet. 


Monday, June 30, 2014

Suzuki, Sis Boom Sightings and Banberry Knit!

We are giving Suzuki Violin a whirl so we attended a workshop in Colorado last week. My son has been playing Suzuki Piano for 7 years but this was the first time for my girl to get to join in the musical fun. If you are thinking about having your child take music lessons, consider Suzuki. I have had more music majors, some with a Masters and some with a PhD say once they studied the Suzuki method, they felt it was the most effective way of teaching an instrument and training the ear. I could go into more detail but this is a sewing blog so if you are interested, find a Suzuki teacher for music lessons! On to the sewing!

My daughter and I had several Sis Boom Sightings at the workshop last week. It was really neat to discover other little girls wearing our favorite fabrics by our favorite fabric designer! So one day she wore HER Sis Boom. Kind of fun to be the Sis Boom sighting of the day!


My daughter loves the Disney family shows and she really loves some of the 80's inspired fashions. I found this jacket at Gymboree on a clearance rack and bought it for her last fall. It was crazy cheap, they were almost paying me to take it! Ha! Not really but it was very affordable. So cute with her Beauty Queen knickers! Oh how we love this print!

She also paired the jacket with these Petunia Petal Lily Giggle ruffle pants I made her.


 I am kind of  sad because the shirt she is wearing seems to shrink with every wash. It covered her backside in the pic but I just put it away in her closet last night and thought it was looking shorter!?! Boo! It's a Target shirt, guess I should just make her one!



The knit is from Banberry Place. The print comes in two different contents, one with and one without lycra, this print has lycra. We really love it, it makes us think of the Eloise picture books for some reason. 

I am going to be hopping back and forth between fall and summer/spring sewing. I have so many ideas and so little time it seems. Can anyone relate? The joys and challenges of being a creative type and a parent! And a wife! And a volunteer! And... you fill in the blank! Thankful for this full life.