Thursday, April 24, 2014

Spring Showers Jacket Tour: Sweeter Than Cupcakes

Sweeter Than Cupcakes is today's stop for the tour.  I can't get over how much I love the Spring Showers Jacket Courtney made for her daughter and the fact that it's the first rain jacket she's ever made!  Many more beautiful pics and details on her blog.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Spring Showers Jacket Tour: Dotta Sews and A Lemon Squeezy Home

Take a look at these two AMAZING Spring Showers Jackets.  It's such an honour to have both these ladies be a part of the tour.

The first is made by Jo who blogs over at Dotta Sews.  Putting her skills to work, she has created such a professional looking jacket.  It's much better than store-bought in my opinion!  Go see more at Dotta Sews.

And here's what Christie from A Lemon Squeezy Home made for her boy.  Such a cool look for a young man, and again, super professional looking.  More details and photos on her blog.

Don't miss all the upcoming stops on the tour:

And thank you to everyone who entered to win one of three Spring Showers Jacket patterns.  Congratulations to these winners:

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Spring Showers Jacket Pattern Tour: Näh-connection

Today is the first day of the Spring Showers Jacket Tour.  Here, it's a perfect day for it to begin because we are having some very typical April showers!  The first stop on the tour takes us to Germany where my very talented friend, Annika, has made a beautiful jacket.  See more of it at Näh-connection (and there's a coupon code!!).  And don't forget to enter for a chance to win one of three Spring Showers Jacket patterns.  Winners will be announced tomorrow.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Bohemian Babydoll Dress and Top Pattern

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This easy, quick-to-sew dress or top is full of subtle details.  The curved line of the empire waist gives this dress a beautiful, flattering shape.  It has a slightly squared neckline and hi-lo hemline that has facings for a professional-looking finish.  The Bohemian Babydoll has a delicate flutter sleeve, but can also be made sleeveless for an even simpler variation.  The fully-lined bodice has no closures or visible seams, front or back, so there is no separation of the design in the fabric.

  • 32 page PDF document 
  • full colour photographs and diagrams
  • numbered, step-by-step instructions
  • prints on both standard 8.5X11" and A4 paper
  • includes both imperial and metric measurements
  • full-size pattern pages 
  • pattern sizes are colour coordinated and have individual line styles, so you can print in black and white OR colour.
  • clear instructions for printing only the size(s) you need using PDF layers
  • 3/8 (1cm) seam allowances included
  • no serger needed 
  • sizes 6m to 9 years included
  • link to pattern instantly delivered to your Paypal account e-mail once payment processed

Sewing Level

Fabric Recommendations

Quilting cotton, voile, chambray, linen, and other lightweight woven cottons

View testers' photos HERE.

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Bohemian Babydoll Dress and Top Pattern Testers

Before the release of the Bohemian Babydoll Dress and Top pattern, I would like to extend my appreciation to the testers who did a wonderful job providing suggestions, feedback, and photos.  A BIG thank you to: Ula, Julia, Robin, Tasha, Tanya, Stephanie, Maria, Hannah, Vicki, Janice, Sherri, Trinh, Liz, Laura, Rachael, Amanda, and Chrystal.

Here are some of their photos so you can see their beautiful Bohemian Babydolls:


On the Laundry Line

The Bohemian Babydoll Pattern is available for purchase HERE.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Spring Showers Jacket Pattern Tour Giveaway

Happy Easter Everyone!!  I hope it's a fun filled day for all!  

Next week, the Spring Showers Jacket Tour begins with a line up of incredibly talented guests.  You won't want to miss seeing the amazing jackets these ladies create.

Elegance & Elephants

And how about you?  Want to win a copy of the pattern so you can make one, too?  I'll be giving away three Spring Showers Jacket  patterns on Wednesday, April 23.  Enter below, and good luck!

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Kids' Choice

If there's one thing that children love, it's having a say. It starts at such a young age, when that sense of preference hits them (or hits us!).  My sewing world has changed quite drastically in the past few months since my little girl has suddenly decided that she wants to have some input in the clothing she wears.  Fabric shopping trips have changed from her being an observer, to her expressing her specific tastes.  It's been very rewarding to watch her acquire this newfound independence.  My boy on the other hand, has always been quite content with mommy's selections, although if it's blue and has elephants on it, he has some stronger opinions!

That's where the idea for Kids' Choice came from.  Teaming up with l'oiseau, my favourite place for beautiful, high quality fabrics and trims, we are issuing a challenge: sew something for your kids, but let them choose the fabric, the outfit, and the accessories!  Maybe you do this all the time, maybe not. Either way, it's going to be fun to share all the kid-inspired outfits!

If there's one place online that I can go to for the best quality fabrics, it's l'oiseau.  Whether its jersey knits, wovens, patterns, or super fun trims, I always shop with confidence knowing that what arrives in the mail, is exactly what I'm hoping for and often exceeds my expectations.  What is different about their products, is that they are unique and specially selected, some not even available anywhere else in North America!  And their customer service is second to none.  Special thanks to l'oiseau for generously sponsoring this event.

Here's a little peek at what I made with goodies from my last shopping 'trip' to l'oiseau...

Iron-On Transfers: Hearts from l'oiseau
Rib Knit: Ottobre 
Patterns: Ottobre 01/14

From May 1-9, you can link up your projects here at E & E and share all your creations.  Enter as many times as you like, even it's an outfit you've made before.  Then, on May 11, three submissions will be chosen at random to win the ultimate Mother's Day gift: a shopping spree at l'oiseau of $50 each!  At a later date, coordinated by the winners and myself, they will show us what they made with their winnings here at E&E.  How fun will that be?!

So, the only rule here is that the kids get to choose.  That's it!

If you plan to participate, grab a button, and help spread the word.  This is going to be so fun!

Elegance & Elephants

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