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Monday, March 16, 2015

Tybee Tank & Dress by Lily Giggle

I am so excited about the latest pattern coming from Lily Giggle- the Tybee Tank & Dress! I decided to sew up the dress version for my test although I already have several tops planned in my head as well. Such a precious pattern for summer!

I went for a classic look with the black and white polka dot knit accented by solid black waist and top bands. The straps, bands, skirt and top are all separate pieces so you could have a lot of fun mixing and matching your fabrics.

The straps cross over in the back to make a sweet little "X". The straps are interfaced to give them some added strength and stability. 

The pattern ranges from size 2 all the way up to a girls 12. There are instructions included for adding a shelf bra to the top or dress as well for those older girls that could use this support. It can be made as a top or dress and also has an optional bow for the front.

As with all Lily Giggle patterns, Beth gives excellent tips for sewing with knit fabrics. The pattern pieces can be printed nested or a single size at a time. And, there are quick sew instructions at the start of the pattern followed by the detailed photo tutorial. That circle skirt is the sweetest!

Head on over to the Lily Giggle shop to pick up your copy of the Tybee Tank & Dress as soon as it is released! It's time to get ready for summer!!! <3 <3 <3

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Lottie Lottie Lottie- a new skirt pattern by Brownie Goose

If you have ever visited my blog, by now you know I love Brownie Goose patterns. Amy's newest pattern is no exception- the Lottie skirt. A sweet and simple skirt with a fitted waist band- I present to you the Lottie!

The pattern has options for side tabs or a sweet button tab in the front- all great places to have fun with fabrics and buttons! But, I decided to do something a tad different with this one and embroider the front waist band with sweet flowers. 

The back closes by means of a hook and eye with a faux button on the outside- another great place to accent and have fun! But again I went super simple using an ivory sateen fabric and an ivory cutwork button on the back. The pattern also includes alternative instructions for closing with a functional button and snaps. The pattern gives very detailed instructions for the placket in the back- which was the most difficult part of the pattern to me- but totally doable with Amy's instructions.

The skirt boasts a nice three inch hem to give it a little added weight and structure. I did the gathered version of the skirt but the pattern also includes instructions for a beautiful pleated version.

The pattern ranges from size 18 months up to girls 14. The pattern includes a size chart and a fitting guide to help you choose the perfect fit. There is also a materials needed chart to aid in gathering up your supplies.

There are pattern pieces that can be printed- and even printed for just the size you need. Or, if you are like me and prefer to save ink/paper for those pieces that are just rectangles there is a handy dandy cutting chart in the pattern as well.

There are soooo many different things you can do with this pattern- so go grab yourself a copy in the Brownie Goose shop and then come share all of your beautiful creations over in the Brownie Goose Lovers group on Facebook! We all love a little inspiration! <3 <3 <3

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Lovely Lily by Made for Mermaids

This was my first time testing for the fabulous Megan of Made for Mermaids and it certainly did not disappoint. I have several of Megan's patterns that are staples in my facebook shop Three Penguins. I love the wide range of sizes she typically offers and her clear tutorials. I was tickled to sew up the Lily romper which is Made for Mermaid's newest release- just look at that sweet back for summer- swoon!

I made the size 1 bodice for my tiny 3 year old and mashed with the size 3 length to get the perfect fit for her tall thin body. I opted to do the romper version in the longer shorts length. Please note that the pattern also includes cut lines for a shorter length if desired. I used one of my favorite Lecien floral prints from One Red Blossom Fabrics along with some vintage ivory eyelet from my collection. <3

We are in the middle of some really cold weather so there was no way we were headed outside for pictures, but this will be perfect come summertime! The romper has elastic at the waist along with a sash tie that wraps around to tie at the front.

This pattern is loaded down with SO many options:
- top
- short dress
- maxi dress
- romper
- shorter romper length
- optional snap placket for rompers
- optional buttonhole elastic for adjustable fit
- sizes 1/2 to 14

The Lily pattern is available in sizes 1/2 to 14 with all of the options above. It is also available in baby sizes from newborn up to 24 months and includes 2 romper lengths, dress length and a top with bloomers. The baby sizes are a separate pattern from the girls sizes. And don't forget there are also 15" and 18" doll patterns available! So you can also sew for the little ones in your little ones life. <3

Go out and grab yourself a copy of the Lily dress & romper pattern starting Tuesday and show us the beautiful things you create over on Megan's facebook page- Made for Mermaids and in her pattern group: Made for Mermaids Pattern Group!