Friday, April 24, 2015

Paneled Sunsuit - Call For Testers

It's been incredibly quiet around here lately,  but I've been working on a few projects behind the scenes and I finally am ready to call for testers for one of them!

The Paneled Sunsuit pattern has trouser, sunsuit, and some secret surprise options too and I need a wide range of testers to make sure the pattern is top notch.  If you or anyone you know may be interested, please fill out the form.  I'm really excited to release this pattern next month and I'd love to have a great group of testers to help me with that final push.

You may recall some of the original versions I made (here, here, and here) of the Paneled Sunsuit, but I've since added some fun features like the jumpsuit length.  You can check out the #paneledsunsuit hashtag on Instagram for some more pics of the current version and I promise I'll be back to normal posting once all this pattern design craziness is over, hehe.

Friday, April 17, 2015

MCM Studio Designs Tour

I'm so happy to be here on the final day of MCM Studio Designs first official blog tour!  You may remember this burgeoning designer from the Estherlyn's Tobago Mashup last year or even the Love Bird dress from Valentine's day.  I've yet to be disappointed with one of her lovely patterns and can't recommend them enough!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Organic Fabrics, a Pattern Review, and an Easter Dress

both the fabrics and the pattern in this post were sent to me for review, but as always all opinions are my own.

This post was planned for the end of last week, but as with most plans since I became a mother, it changed at the last minute.  It feels like between the three of us in our house someone has had some sort of sickies for the past few weeks and last Thursday it was my turn.  I was down for about two days and worst of all it was the two days I had arranged for some solo sewing time, so of course I fell terribly behind.  Luckily I was still able to finish this lovely Easter dress in time for Sunday!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Pattern Workshop - Using Inkscape and a Bit About Open Source

This post contains affiliate links, but ALL opinions - however nerdy - are mine and I am writing this of my own volition.  Also this post contains a bunch of poorly lit iPhone pics.  You've been warned.  

A little over a year ago I entered Lauren's Pattern Workshop course with the intention of seeing if her methods would work using Inkscape vs the Adobe Creative Cloud products used in her class.  It is well known that there are several successful PDF pattern designers that use or have used Inkscape, but I was curious about the tips and tricks Lauren mentions in the course and whether or not they would translate.  Fast forward, and although I am just now finishing this post I can say with confidence that almost everything taught in Creating PDF Patterns from Sketch to Sale is doable without Illustrator and the course is absolutely worth taking if you are considering digital pattern drafting.  Don't worry..... I'll get to that "almost" in just a minute.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Just Add Detail

After my first Ziggy Top earlier this year, I fell in love with the pattern so I couldn't say no when I was asked to participate in the Just Add Detail competition run by Madeit Patterns.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Monthly MashUp (03/15) - Guest Post

Stephanie is revealing her Aviator Pants and Aztec Hooded Vest MashUp on Swoodson Says today!  You'll definitely want to see more of her cute boy in his jumpsuit, but first, have you entered the Monthly MashUp giveaway or joined the Facebook group yet?  Ok, now you can jump over to see more of this cozy look:

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Monthly MashUp (03/15) - Aztec Aviator Reveal

For March's Monthly MashUp, Stephanie and I decided to mash together the Aztec Hooded Vest from See Kate Sew and the Aviator Pants from Winter Wear Designs.  Jumpsuits and rompers are all the rage so it seemed like the perfect time to take two great patterns and follow the trend.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Monthly MashUp (03/15) Aztec Aviator

Another month has quickly come and gone and March's Monthly MashUp is here!  My friend Stephanie from Swoodson Says is this month's guest and I was excited to see what she'd suggest for patterns since she sews so many boy patterns for her son.  She chose two great patterns which I'll reveal later in this post (along with the pattern giveaway!), but first an introduction.