Monday, September 1, 2014

Hemlock Top and Magnolia Skirt Tester Photos

The much anticipated E & E Fall Collection will be released later this week and to give you a taste of the possibilities, here are just some of the wonderful results the testers had with the Hemlock Top and Magnolia Skirt patterns.

Maja (maja.)

Amanda (lilypadmontana

Marelet (Mjia Mae & Jordan 

Sherri (Thread Riding Hood

Special thanks to all of the testers who worked hard behind the scenes, meticulously reading through the patterns and giving their valuable feedback.

Watch for the E & E Pattern Fall Collection launch later this week!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Warp & Weft Sewing Society

There's still a little summer left around here, so for this month's Warp & Weft Sewing Society project,  I decided to make my daughter a little sleeveless top.

I love the unique design of the back and chose to highlight it by combining Annali Muti Flowers and Bungalow Empress Grass.  These beautiful, high quality cottons suited this top perfectly.

A wonderful coincidence is that these and ALL the lovely fabrics at Warp & Weft are on sale until September 8.  Use coupon code LABOUR14.

The pattern, a slightly modified Shandiin Top,  is designed by the very talented Sarah Haag from LouBeeClothing and EmmyLouBeeDoo.

This post is sponsored by Warp & Weft and the fabric used was complimentary.  
All opinions, as always, are my own.

Friday, August 29, 2014

E & E Patterns Fall Lookbook

The E & E Patterns Lookbook is finally here!  Take a look at the first three patterns in this collection below.  More information to come, but for now, here's a taste of what's coming next week.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Kids' Choice Winner - Gracious Threads

If you followed along with the Kids' Choice series back in May, you may remember the many cute outfits that were made.  Jess from Gracious Threads submitted an adorable look that ended up being one of the lucky winners of a gift certificate from L'oiseau!  Here is what she made with the fabric she won.  Isn't this coat lovely?!

Hello all! My name is Jess and I blog over at Gracious Threads. This spring I won a $50 gift certificate from L'Oiseau Fabrics as part of the Kid's Choice contest that Heidi hosted. I was thrilled to win and can't wait to show you what I made with my winnings! 

After spending a long time browsing through all the wonderful Euro fabrics that L'Oiseau Fabric stocks, I chose two Stenzo poplins. If you haven't worked with poplins before, they sew up like a dream! They are a tightly woven fabric, so a bit heavier than your average quilting cotton. They press well, and wear exceptionally well. 

The pattern I chose was Ottobre 1/2013 #31: The Passenger Trench coat (hint, L'Oiseau carries copies of the magazine too!). This is not a pattern for a beginner, however! I've been sewing for a long time, and the number of pieces, and some challenging techniques, had my on my toes. 

I sewed up size 110 with 116 width for my petite and thin almost 7 year old. The only change I made was to make it northern Canada friendly by quilting a layer of fleece to the lining. While not warm enough for playing outside, it will be perfect for dashing to and from the car for church and other times she needs to dress up. 

I love how everything looks so finished and neat inside! 


Thanks for having me and hosting such a fun contest! 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Knock it Off Roundup and Prizes

Thank you so very much to each of these talented guests for being such a huge inspiration throughout the series!  They've shown us how it's possible to create designer outfits at home for so much less while still maintaining a professional looking result.  From stencilling to colour-blocking, piping to painting, these ladies did it all and more!

If you missed any of their posts, click on their blog names to catch-up:

The sew-along submissions were also an amazing source of inspiration!  Thank you so much to everyone who submitted an outfit or garment, all of which were obviously made with love (and skill!).  The randomly picked winners of the Gold Star Tools gift cards are:

Annie (Peaches and Bees) who wins a $100 gift card.

Amanda (lilypadmontana) who wins a $75 gift card.
Congratulations to you both!  Please contact me at: eleganceandelephants(at)gmail(dot)com
so I can pass on your information to Gold Star Tools.

Elegance & Elephants

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Knock it Off - Dotta.

The last day of the Knock it Series is here already and we wrap things up with another jaw dropping re-creation.  If Jo from Dotta. hadn't labeled her photo so well, there's no way I would've been able to tell which was which.  This is some seriously amazing work!  Go see more at Dotta.

All the guests have done an amazing job, and I'm sure they've inspired you!  Look forward to a round up of their looks tomorrow.

We will also have the exciting announcement of the winners of the sew along tomorrow.  You still have time to submit an outfit to the Knock it Off Flickr Group.  Two entries will be selected at random to receive $100 and a $50 gift cards from Gold Star Tools.  The sew-along will close tonight at 10pm PST.

Elegance & Elephants

Elegance & Elephants

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Knock it Off - Mingo & Grace

Farrah from Mingo & Grace is with us today with her amazing graphic sweatshirt.  Can you believe that nowadays, it's possible to make a sweatshirt like this yourself?!?  Am I ever inspired!  You have to head over to Mingo & Grace and find out how Farrah did this!

Keep uploading your knock off outfits to the Knock it Off Flickr Group.  Two entries will be selected at random to receive $100 and a $50 gift cards from Gold Star Tools.  

Elegance & Elephants

Elegance & Elephants
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