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Another Festivity Dress

Friday, November 25, 2016

If you haven't had a chance to check out the newest Festivity Dress, yet, here are a few photos...


This one is a size 5 in silver satin, and my daughter is excited to wear it for Christmas Eve.


While we had the festive backdrop up, I took a few shots of a couple of her other Festivity Dresses.






The Festivity Dress and EVERY other pattern in the shop is on sale, but it all ends today! All prices are in Canadian dollars, which means extra savings.

(If you become a member of the E&E Patterns Facebook Group, there's an additional 5%off)




Festivity Dress Pattern Release

Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Just in time for your holiday sewing, the Festivity Dress is now available!


The Festivity Dress, with its elegant, fit and flare silhouette, includes two options suitable for any special occasion. The first design features godets inserted into princess seams, giving the skirt added flare and volume. The second more simple silhouette, is an A-line, one-piece dress that is quick and easy to sew. The Festivity Dress is professionally finished and fully lined with an invisible zipper, including a hidden interior sleeve seams option. With three sleeve length choices, the Festivity Dress is ideal for any celebration year round.





In addition to the traditional method of setting in the sleeves, the pattern also includes step-by-step instruction on how to create sleeve seam allowances hidden into the lining of the dress interior. There is also a video tutorial to show this method clearly.



The Festivity Dress includes:

Sizes: 6 months, 12 months, 18 months, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 years 
- two styles: with or without godets
- 70 page pdf document with 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
- finished garment measurements chart
- full-size pattern pages
- pattern sizes are colour coordinated and have individual line styles (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
- link to pattern instantly delivered to your Paypal account e-mail once payment processed
All prices in Canadian dollars.
The Festivity Dress PDF Pattern is available for purchase HERE.

Take advantage of this storewide two day sale! All patterns 30% off until November 25, 2016.
Use coupon code: thirty




Festivity Dress Testers

http://www.instagram.com/liesellove.beThe new Festivity Dress is almost ready for release, but before it does, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all the wonderful testers who did an amazing job providing the valuable feedback and suggestions that made this pattern possible. I sincerely thank each of them for their contribution to the completion of the Festivity Dress and wish them and all of you a very happy holiday season!

Special thanks to: Abby, Alechia, Amanda, Anett, Chia, Crystal, Dagbjört, Danielle, Erin, Hannah, Heidi, Hillary, Jeanette, Julianne, Kristen, Laura, Leentje, Lies, Lore, Lyndsey, Maria Luísa, Melissa A., Melissa D., Natasha, Rebecca B., Rebecca K., Sopo, and Tara.

Here are just some of the lovely Festivity Dress they created:








 Erin

 Hannah

 Heidi


Jeanette 


Kristen 

 Laura




 Melissa A.

 Melissa D.



 Rebecca K.

(Sopo created a pattern hack by adding a collar, bows, and exposed seams)



Thanks again to all of the testers!

The Festivity Dress is available for purchase HERE.


B*Trendy Sewing Pattern Magazine Review

Monday, October 17, 2016

The Made By Oranges is a small sewing pattern magazine company from the Netherlands, operated by Henriette and Martin (pattern designer & graphic designer). Four times per year, Made By Oranges publishes separate pattern magazines for both ladies and children.




It was my pleasure to receive complimentary copies of both the B*Trendy and My Image magazines, and offer my review on these new products (with a special discount for E&E readers!). I've always loved and admired European style, so it was easy to feel inspired to create with these designs. With over 20 patterns to choose from, the greatest challenge was to narrow it down to just one to start with!


Since my daughter has a new found love for nightgowns rather than two-piece pyjamas, I chose the Nightdress in size 116. She is currently 112 cm in height, so I had to shorten the length accordingly, but made no changes to the width.


Using some fabric from one of my favourite online shops, L'Oiseau Fabrics, I got to work and was pleased with how quickly the pattern came together. Something to keep in mind when using this pattern magazine, is there are very few digitally drawn instructions, so the user should be comfortable with figuring out the steps based on text. I found the instructions well-written, concise, and easy to follow. Also, the patterns must be traced onto paper (I use Swedish tracing paper).

The result: Anja loves her new nightdress (and so do I)!









Some of the features I especially like about these magazines, are the number of patterns (20 in B*Trendy and 16 in My Image), multiple language options (English, French, Dutch, German, and Spanish), and the bonus of three additional pdf patterns per magazine. Priced at 5,95 Euro (about $8.70CAD or $6.60USD), these magazines are an incredible value and for a limited time, E&E readers can take advantage of additional savings with a generous discount offered by Made By Oranges!

To receive 25% off your purchase until November 1, 2016, use coupon code: elegance

Thank you Made By Oranges!

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