Friday, April 25, 2014

E-beth Pattern Review - Lorelei Women's Dress Pattern

Elizabeth from E-beth Designs just released the new Lorelei Women's Dress Pattern (affiliate link). It is just gorgeous and I was able to test it. I made this year's Easter dress with this pattern. This dress ranges from a 00-20 with an A-DD cup size. There is no FBA needed for this pattern. The way the pattern is set up printing just your size is super easy as well. 

There is tulle added to the lining of this dress to give it that something special. I used tulle mesh for mine to make the layers stand out even more. If you are taller or short like me (5'4") there are instructions in the pattern to get just the right fit without doing a ton of extra work on your own. 

Once you make your muslin and test that the fit is just right it actually comes together pretty quickly. I was able to make my satin and lace version in one evening (uninterrupted of course). 

This dress is great for dressing up or everyday depending on the fabric you choose. 

Every girl needs a dress that twirls. :)

Here's me and my best girls on Easter in our lace dresses. They are both wearing the Caroline Party Dress (affiliate link) by Mouse House Creations.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Willow & Co - Fawn Lily Dress Review

I'm back today to share yet another awesome pattern from the new Willow & Co Wanderlust pattern collection. This gorgeous dress is designed by Rebecca from Rock the Stitch

There are seriously SO many options to this pattern. The Fawn Lily has 3 length options, 2 yoke styles, and the skirt part can be pleated, gathered, or flat. It ranges in size from 3 months to 12 years. Maddie is sporting the size 9, A-line, above the knee version with POCKETS!Lately pockets have been on the top of Maddie's list of priorities. haha

There are no buttons or zippers and the sleeve construction is absolutely genius!
The back of the dress is just as cute as the front. ;)
Now for the Maddie poses. She's take any pics I request as long as she gets a few of her own poses in at the end. Enjoy.

The collection will be released on Tuesday, April 22nd. You won't want to miss it.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Willow & Co - Mulberry Tunic Review

Olga from Kid Approved is another one of the designers behind willow & co pattern collective. Their first pattern collection, Wanderlust will be released next Tuesday, April 22nd. 

These ladies are seriously AMAZING! This particular design is the Mulberry Tunic. It has so many options. There are long or short sleeves as well as with or without the hood. The pockets are optional as well. My favorite part about this pattern is the little details and the overall quality of the pattern. The little front pocket, the way that the sleeves  are constructed. It's just adorable. 

This is the size 10 with no adjustments. Maddie is almost 7 and very particular about her clothes. She picked out this fabric a while back and she decided this was the perfect fabric to use it on.
We are currently going through the toothless phase and I think it's about the cutest thing ever! Hope you enjoy this little sneak peak.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Willow & Co - Clover Shorts Review

Eight amazing ladies recently got together and created Willow & Co Pattern Company. Their first pattern collection is called Wanderlust and it releases Tuesday, April 22nd. I was lucky enough to be able to test a few of the pattern in the collection and will be sharing those throughout the seek. 

First up is the Clover Shorts designed by Hayley from Welcome to the Mouse House/Mouse House Creations. I can see a ton of these for this summer for both my girls. Maddie is wearing the size 10 and the fit is great. Just enough room that she shouldn't grow out of them before the summer is up. 
These shorts feature front pleats, cuffs, belt loops, and an elastic waist in the back. There are options for a sash as well as ruffles around the waistband. They go up to a size 12 so we will get to use then next summer as well. 

 Once we were done with pictures she decided it was her turn to choose the poses. I think she did a super cute job. :)


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Love Notions Pattern Review - Trendy Tunic

Tami from Love Notion Sewing  just released her second pattern and it is so cute and original. This is the Trendy Tunic and you can purchase it on Craftsy or Etsy. It is supposed to be tunic length, but since Abby is between sizes I made her the 6 and it came out more of a dress length. I actually really love this length and Abby loves dresses so it's a win for everyone. 

This pattern pieced together perfectly and I was able to sew it on my serger in about an hour from start to finish. The next one will probably be even shorter. My girls are all about pockets in their clothes and the construction of these is just genius!
 Abby was feeling extra sassy during pictures so there weren't too many that I could use to show the actual design. :) If you are looking for a quick comfortable sew this is definitely the pattern for you.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Whimsy Couture Pattern Review - Sweet Baby Doll Dress

Whimsy Couture just released it's newest pattern, the Sweet Baby Doll Dress and it is so stinkin' cute! Abby wore it all day yesterday and got compliments everywhere we went. Miss Abby is wearing the size 6 with 2 pettiskirts underneath. She said she HAD to have the poof with this dress. I can't say that I disagree. 

This dress is actually pretty simple and quick to sew but had stunning results. There are no zippers or buttons which makes this a great easy on easy off dress. That's a win in this family.

The top is elastic all the way around and the 'sleeves' have ribbon that runs through then and ties in the back. Since I used lace as my top ruffle you can see the fun ribbon peaking through the layers. I love the extra pop of color.
Here is the close-up of the ruffled layers. They are created by using a rolled hem and sewing the two layers on separately.
I think I'll just let this adorable dress and my Abby speak for themselves. Enjoy the picture overload. :)

I'll leave you with this picture of my awesomely silly little princess. This pattern is seriously a win for the summer. This would be perfect if you are trying to squeeze in a quick and beautiful dress for Easter.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Whimsy Couture Pattern Review - Enchanted Dress

A little while back I had the opportunity to test the Enchanted Dress by Whimsy Couture. It  is absolutely adorable and my littlest princess just loves it. I even ordered a pettiskirt to put under it to make it extra special. Can't wait for that to arrive.

The pro to this pattern:
  • No serger required for the ruffles
  • Easy to follow directions
  • Super cute results
The cons:
  • This takes quite a bit of fabric
  • The ruffles take FOREVER
Okay, so those aren't real cons but more me being lazy. ;)

Abby is a very tall 4 so I went with the 6. She wears a 5/6 in RTW clothes and I probably could have gotten away with the 5 but now she has growing room.
I was miserable and cold outside so these were the best I could do for inside pics. Our house has horrible lighting. Anyone else have that problem?
This is a great dress for easy on and off self dressing. I'm a huge fan of that.
This is what you get when an over-dramatic 4 year old wants to stop taking pictures and put on a dance/show instead.

What is a princess without her 'horse'.
Just for fun here it is in B & W. This one I may just hang on the wall. (Once I fix my poorly photo-shopped floor vent that is. )