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Five and Ten Designs - Volume One Roundup and Sale

Friday, August 30, 2013
Gorgeous versions of the looks in Volume One by Five and Ten Designs have been appearing everywhere!  Here's a round-up of some of the variations and reviews by a super talented group of seamstresses.  

  1. Sanae - Illustrations, Stitches, etc.
  2. Am I a Dreamer Creativity
  3. You and Mie
  4. KOJO Designs
  5. Happy Together
  6. Girl. Inspired. with mini tutorial for bodice variation
  7. Petit a Petit and Family
  8. No Big Dill
  9. iCandy Handmade
  10. Shwin & Shwin
To celebrate this holiday weekend, we're having a sale!  Use coupon code: LABORDAY and enjoy!

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Flip This Pattern - Tinny Dress

Sunday, August 25, 2013
Bringing home my post for the Flip This Pattern series over at Frances Suzanne.  If you'd like to vote for your favourite look, today's the last day!  

Choosing Straightgrain's Tinny pattern as my selection for 'Flip this Pattern' was easy.  What wasn't as easy, was how to 'flip' a dress already so wonderfully designed with so many options already included with the pattern?  It quickly became clear to me that I needed to make it a different type of garment altogether, and 'flip' it front to back.  In the end, my Tinny dress, became a Tinny jacket...

Here are the changes I made to the Tinny Dress pattern:

  • Cut back bodice on fold
  • Cut 2 front bodices and increased width by 1.5 inches/4cm 
  • Cut Peter Pan Collar on the fold
  • Lengthened the sleeves
  • Shortened skirt, cut front skirt in 2
  • Added bodice and sleeve linings
  • French seams on skirt side seams
Fabric: Cotton Twill (outer fabric), Quilter's Cotton (lining), Black Velvet (collar, cuffs)

Thank you so much for including me in this awesome series, Emily & Ashley!  And thank you, An, for such a great pattern!

Flip This Pattern

Thursday, August 22, 2013
Today's the day I can finally share my submission for the FLIP THIS PATTERN series over at Frances Suzanne!  Here's a peek of how my version of StraightGrain's Tinny pattern turned out.  For more photos and a description of what I did to 'flip' it, head over to Frances Suzanne.

Flip This Pattern

Elegance & Elephants Affiliate Program

Friday, August 16, 2013
There's something new at E&E: an affiliate program!  As you know, (or at least I hope you do!), I love creating clothing for my children and sharing what I make with you.  And those of you with blogs, are doing the same thing (I know, because I see the wonderful clothing you're making!).  And if you're making anything with E&E Patterns, this affiliate program is a great way for you to earn money, simply by placing links on your blog. Every time a customer comes here to E&E from your blog and purchases a pattern, you will earn a 20% commission from that sale.  It's really easy!  All you need is a blog and a Paypal account.

Every month, you'll receive a payment of your sales commission.  It's free to sign-up, and all you have to do is set up the links, and I'll do the rest.

While putting an image on your side bar is a great way to start, you'll probably get the most out of the program if you actively promote by showing what you've made with E&E Patterns.  I'll let you know when there are sales, too, so you can let your readers know.  So many of you are already sharing your beautifully made creations, so why not earn something at the same time, right?

There's more information on the Affiliate Program page, but if you still have any questions, feel free to ask away.

Fedora Hat Pattern

Thursday, August 15, 2013

  • 20 page PDF document (5.4 MB)
  • 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 (5 pages)
  • 3/8 (1cm) seam allowances included
  • no serger needed
  • head circumference sizes16.75 inches (42.5cm) to 21 inches (53cm) included
  • link to pattern instantly delivered to your Paypal account e-mail once payment processed


View tester photos here.


Fedora Hat Tester Photos and Giveaway Winners

Today's the day of the Fedora Hat release, but before that happens, I'd like to thank all the testers who worked hard behind the scenes.  For many of them, it was their first time making a hat, and I really appreciate them taking the time to learn and make something new.  A huge thank you to: Alexia, Alida, Anna, Becky, Jan, Kelli, Kelly, Maria, Michelle, Nemiha, Suzanne, and Yeka.

Here are just a few of their photos so you can see some of the variety:

Handmade Martini

Lollipop Garden Crafts

Thanks again, Ladies, for doing a wonderful job!  Your hard work is much appreciated.

And now, it's time to announce the three lucky readers who will each receive a complimentary Fedora Hat pattern: 

Congratulations!  The pattern will be in your inbox today!  And thank you to everyone who entered.  

The Fedora Hat pattern will be available shortly.  

Debbie's Birthday Dress Pattern Tour

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

When Suz from sewpony invited me to join the Debbie's Birthday Dress Pattern Tour, how could I not?  She is a fellow admirer of vintage inspired design, so sewing her first digital pattern was a pleasure!  And this is only the first of many vintage styled pattern she will be designing for her shop: sewpony Vintage.

Here's what Suz says about her adorable dress pattern:

Debbie's birthday dress is my first vintage inspired digital pattern. It was inspired by my favourite childhood book - Debbie's birthday party, written by Gilbert Delahaye and illustrated by Marcel Marlier in Belgium, 1969.

This pattern is sized 18 months - 7 years. 
It has two views, both of which appear in the book and have a sweet vintage feel. Both views are a classic A-line style dress. View 1 has a separate bodice with trim. View 2 has a central seam with a peter-pan collar, accent buttons and pocket. Both views have a button and loop closure at the back and a lined bodice. The peter-pan collar and pocket can also be used with View 1.

For my Debbie's Birthday Dress, I made View 1, but omitted the trim and added the buttons from View B.  I also shortened the length to a tunic and look forward to a layered look for the upcoming cooler months.  Suz recently created a tunic length adjustment chart for anyone who also wants to create this variation.  The pockets were something I changed up as daughter's really into pockets right now, so I wanted two with a little of the lining showing.

I made a size 2 and it fits great!  The pattern is super easy to follow and great for beginner sewists.  You definitely can't tell this is Suz's first pattern, as it's a very professionally made.  I'm so glad it's now part of my collection!

Fabric: Red Cotton Twill (Debbie's Birthday Dress), Silver Pin Dots on Charcoal Gray Cotton Lycra Knit Fabric from Girl Charlee (Recess Raglan Tee Pattern)

During this tour, the Debbie's Birthday Dress pattern is available for 20% off the regular price, so if you want to add this super cute pattern to your collection, now's the time!  Use discount code: BLOGTOUR1.

Head over to the Debbie's Birthday Dress Flickr Group to see more!  And keep following the tour to see what all the other talented ladies make. 

Fedora Hat Pattern Giveaway

Monday, August 12, 2013

Later this week, the newest E&E pattern will be released, and this one is extra special!  I absolutely love hats and have always wanted to complete a pattern for one.  After many adjustments, and lots of trial & error, it's almost ready to go!  It's fully-lined, and completely cute & classy!  My wonderful testers are working behind the scenes to help me perfect this pattern, but I always like getting the fun started a little early with a giveaway.  Three readers will be given a complimentary copy of this pattern to enjoy on the day of its launch: Thursday, August 15.

Here's the sizing information and a couple more photos:


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Made by YOU!

Sunday, August 11, 2013
I can't get over all the amazingly beautiful E&E creations made by so many wonderful readers that have been uploaded to the Flickr Group!  Here are just a few of them....aren't they gorgeous!?  Thank you so much for sharing your lovingly handmade garments!

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