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30 Apr 2011

The Shop’s Grand Opening

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Wren Dress Sewing Pattern

Sandpiper Capri Pants and Top Sewing Pattern

You’ve seen the previews, and now we are so pleased to announce that we’ve opened the doors to our new shop! Click on the “Shop Online” link at the top of this page to go to the store.  There you will find ready for purchase all 4 of our Spring/Summer patterns, the fabrics featured on the covers of our patterns and, to add even more convenience, sewing kits for each of the garments. {Note the patterns will ship the week of May 9th.}  In celebration of our opening, we are offering 20% off on patterns when you buy 3 or more (Be sure to use the code “Grand” when you check out).

Finch Top and Shorts Sewing PatternWe are really excited about our “One-Click” sewing kits, which include the fabric and notions needed, in just the right amounts, to create the garments in our Spring/Summer pattern collection.  You choose from among several (carefully coordinated) fabric choices, and we’ll do the rest.  Think  how lovely it will be to open your front door and find waiting for you a box of everything you’ll need to start sewing right away (note, the patterns are sold separately). We also offer all the fabric and notions on our site a la carte.

Starling Dress Sewing PatternAnother offering that we feel will simplify your sewing lives are samples of our fabric collection.  We will send you small swatches of all 6 of our current Spring/Summer fabric selections for $5–together with a $5 coupon to redeem on your next purchase.  We hope that you’ll take advantage of this feature to be completely assured of the colors, weights and textures of all our fabrics before you buy.  We know you won’t be disappointed.

So go check out the store and start planning your little girl’s spring & summer looks!

Happy Sewing,

Erin & Carla

27 Apr 2011

Meet Charlotte – Chapter 1

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Since we launched a few months ago, many of you have been asking us, “Who, exactly, is Charlotte?”  You’ve probably guessed by now that she’s our fox, the likeness of whom already graces these blog pages in a number of forms.  But the real, live Charlotte?  Well, you’ll have to find out for yourself, right after the jump…

20 Apr 2011

Unveiling the Starling Dress & Shirt

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Last up in our Spring pattern introductions is the Starling Dress & Shirt, which is sure to prompt lots of ruffly fun for  your little one.  Think birthday parties, school plays, Mother’s Day brunch, or just heading off to school.

As an added option, we have provided instructions to make a shirt version of this garment.  I think the shirt would look great with our Finch Shorts or a pair of pants come fall.

The dress has raglan sleeves and a wide, flat yoke.  The unique ruffled flounce gives the dress its real visual punch.  The first time I sewed up the flounce, I was really surprised how easily it came together and how nicely it looked.  I previously have sewn a lot of ruffles using a gathering stitch (where you baste long stitches along the fabric edge, then pull the bobbin thread to create a gathered ruffle).  The Starling ruffle is a lot different in construction, but not a lot more involved.  And, might I add, it is pretty fun to sew!

A great feature of this design is that it allows you to showcase fun fabrics.  In this dress, we have again used our mauve sateen (for the main body) and Alexander Henry’s Larkspur Meadow (for the yoke and ruffled flounce).  You could certainly mix and match other fabrics, in differing combinations, to give your Starling a different look.

By the way, this is probably a good time to mention that we are putting together sewing kits for all of our patterns to sell in the shop and help you see different styling options.  We think these kits are a great way for you to minimize the time you spend picking out the right fabrics and notions and to maximize the time you spend creating!

Now that we’ve unveiled all of our looks, I am happy to report that the shop opening is just around the corner, so please stay tuned.  I am ready for a celebration, everyone!!  I could use a little pick me up, so here are some pretty party things to do just that.

Sources: Vintage Bunting, cupcake toppers,  Eat Cake Art

15 Apr 2011

A Sandpiper Summer Holiday

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This outfit just seems to scream “Summer!”  The Sandpiper Capri and Top are both easy and breezy, and, let me just add, completely reversible!  When I was a little girl, the fact that something was reversible put it at the top of my favorites list.  I bet I wasn’t the only one, was I??  Even if you don’t make the garments reversible, lining each with a fun fabric allows for a small flash of color to peak through from the inside.

The Capri pants are open at the sides and have cuffs that tie just below the knee. The Top is a pinafore style with buttons at each shoulder.  We think both designs are perfect for brushing away sand and for letting in summer breezes.  Both are lined and sewn together in a way that requires no seam finishing or hemming!

We have shown the Capri pants here made in a mid-weight poplin that is a rich taupe color.  The inside is a great pink/white/mauve plaid that is a smooth shirting fabric.  The plaid can be used for the Sandpiper Top as well as any other shirts or dresses you may be sewing up for summer for yourself or your little girl.  We have also shown the Top with Alexander Henry’s Larkspur Bloom cotton lawn.  Bloom is from the same collection as the Larkspur Meadow fabric that we’ll also be selling in the shop, as featured with our Wren Dress a few weeks ago.

As the name suggests, we think these make for a great beach-comber outfit.  While there may still be a little chill in the April air where you are, to get you in the spirit, may I suggest a DVD on how to make the perfect sandcastle?  Do you have the patience for something like this??

Source: Sandcastle Equipment and DVD How To

12 Apr 2011

The Finch Shorts & Top Revealed

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Next up in our collection preview is the Finch Shorts and Top.  Check out our preview of the Wren Dress from last week.  (As always, click on an image to see it larger!)

As you can see with these photos, we had a lot of fun with this outfit. We pictured little girls jumping in puddles and doing cartwheels on the front lawn.  The Finch Shorts have front and side tab detailing and a simple elastic waistband in the back.  Since the buttons are merely a design detail, no buttonholes are necessary.  We’re sure you’ll find lots of fun buttons to use on these.

The shorts featured in these pictures are made with a linen/cotton blend that will be available for purchase in our shop.  We chose a natural color that has darker flecks and striations in the fibers to add visual interest.  The shorts will look equally great in a cotton twill or any number of other bottom-weight fabrics.  We even featured them a few weeks ago made up in a lavender wool herringbone–I can’t wait to bring those out next fall.

The accompanying Finch Top is a loose-fitting shirt with a Velcro closure at the left shoulder.  This tab is artfully concealed by a stylish bow made up in a contrasting fabric.  Stay tuned for a few variations on the bow in the upcoming weeks.  For the look in these pictures, we have sewn up the main body of the Top in a mauve sateen, which is a crisp, smooth cotton fabric with a bit of a sheen to it.  The contrasting lining fabric, also used for the  bow, is a coordinating plaid.

Here are some puddle-jumping accessories to embellish the look of this very sweet, very playful outfit:

Sources: Boots and Umbrella

07 Apr 2011

Introducing the Wren Dress

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We are excited to start previewing our 4 sewing patterns, beginning today with the Wren Dress!  Look for our other Spring/Summer patterns to be revealed over the next few weeks.

Our idea behind this dress was to offer a unique, go-anywhere design.  The pleating around the entire neckline really frames smiling faces beautifully (and now you see why we posted our Pleats, Please tutorial a few weeks ago!).  While these pleats are a sophisticated touch, you should not find them too difficult to re-create at home.  We chose the “poofy” sleeve to soften the crisp pleating and bring balance to the silhouette of the dress.

We are featuring the dress here in an Alexander Henry cotton lawn, which, along with the Wren Dress sewing pattern, also will be available for sale on our site soon.  I think this print just beckons for spring, and this dress would be perfect for Easter or another springtime event.  For even fancier occasions (think “flower girl”), you could choose a silk dupioni in a fresh fun color.  A linen or simple cotton would give this dress a more “everyday” feel.

We’ve styled the dress with an optional belt. For the back view in the picture above, we used a skinny belt from JCrew, but we found a simple grosgrain ribbon looks fabulous as well, as shown in the first photo above.  We think there is no limit to what you could do for the belt, and we expect to have a lot of fun with it to show you here on our website.  In the meantime, here are a few more accessory ideas:

Headband by Lou and Lee, Shoes by Juicy Couture, and Belt by Crewcuts

Sources: HeadbandShoes, and Belt.

Hope you enjoyed this little preview. Stay tuned for more, and happy sewing!