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Fabric Printing By Bags of Love

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Bags of Love is a company based in London, UK, that specializes in personalized gifts, wall art, and fabric printing. They have over 12 years experience digitally printing textile and their own print facility and manufacturing plant in one location. They also print every textile to order with no minimum requirement. I have always wanted to have my own custom fabric printed, so I was excited to get the process started. 

When I initially browsed their website, I was surprised at the huge selection of fabrics types that were available. There is everything from cashmere, jersey, chiffon, leather, fleece, silk, neoprene, and even speaker fabrics, just to name a few. With over 60 fabrics to choose from, my first challenge was which one to pick! But having recently released the Mira Dress pattern, I knew I wanted to create something to highlight that design. My final decision was to select Monroe Satin, the heaviest and least shiny of the three satin options.

Next on the agenda, was deciding on the print itself. With Easter just around the corner, and the fact that rabbits are my daughter's favourite animal, I knew I wanted to incorporate bunnies in the design somewhere. I've really been loving the latest trend of fabric printed with animals on them, so I decided to use a photograph of rabbits. I purchased the following photo from a stock photo website and tiled it with the easy-to-use image tools on the Bags of Love website. 

There is even a video to help make the tiling process even easier.

Once my order was placed, I could not believe how quickly my fabric arrived. Within less than a week, from London to the west coast of Canada, the fabric was in my hands.  I think it was even delayed a couple days because we had a huge snowstorm during that time which wreaked havoc on all of the local transportation in my area.

The first thing I noticed was the quality of the both the print and the fabric itself. At Bags of Love, they use professional trade deep fibre printing on their satin fabrics, and the result of this process produced a perfect print for me. The fabric is very soft and smooth, with a slight shine to it and is the perfect weight for the gathered skirt in my dress design.  It's hard to show in photos how beautiful this fabric truly is, so I hope you can take my word for it!

Here are some photos of this dress in action. The only alteration I made to the Mira Dress pattern was to add a great, big sash. Without a doubt, this has become my daughter's favourite dress. The beautiful drape of the skirt had her flittering and twirling around the garden. It was wonderful to see how delighted she was to wear this dress!

The whole experience was so positive from beginning to end, that I can highly recommend them for all your fabric printing needs. The website is full of positive reviews from clients who purchased other items, so I would also feel confident placing an order for their other personalized products as well. Head over to Bags of Love and make your dream of high quality custom fabric printing a reality! 

Mira Tour - KaatjeNaaisels, Kneesocks & Goldilocks, and La modista de Atenea

Friday, March 24, 2017
To finish off the week on the Mira Tour there are FIVE dresses to see! 

First, there is Jill from Kneesocks & Goldilocks, who creates spectacular vintage-style clothing for her sweet daughters. I don't know how she did it, but she made FOUR Mira dresses (you'll have to wait till Monday to see the fourth one!), in the midst of launching her Spring Capsule for Sweet Jane Studio. She's one inspirational lady! Do check out her projects and her delightful IG account.

Next, Diana from La modista de Atenea took the Mira Dress to the next level by adding POM POMS to the centre bodice. How amazing is that?! You can barely see them in this photo, but go to her blog to see the awesome! 

And the last Mira Dress to share with you, is not a dress at all, but a gorgeous green top made by Katrien from KaatjeNaaisels. It looks so lovely on her adorable daughter in that gorgeous landscape in the Netherlands. Go see more on her blog!

I can hardly wait to share my daughter's Easter dress, made with custom fabric from Bags of Love, on Monday. It was finally warm enough for an outdoor photoshoot, and we took advantage of the warm sun to show off this newest Mira Dress, which has quickly taken top spot on my daughter's favourite dress list. Here's a sneak peek...


Mira Tour - Molemieke's Naaiblog and So-Cal Sewing Mom

Thursday, March 23, 2017
Today Daisy (Molemieke's Naaiblog) and Janice (So-Cal Sewing Mom) are sharing what they have made with the Mira Dress pattern.

Janice got super creative and hacked the Mira into the sweetest top with crocheted lace trim. Gorgeous!

When I saw Daisy's dress, I was SO excited! The way she constructed that bodice with the added piping is exquisite.

I know you'll want to see more so head on over and check out both their blogs (and all their other amazing projects while you're there!)!

Mira Tour - Flaflinko and Liesellove

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Another day, another couple of Mira Dresses! Both Lies (Liesellove) and Marjolein (Flaflinko) chose View C with the ruched centre panel and the results are stunning!

Marjolein (Flaflinko)

 Lies (Liesellove)

Please go see more photos on their blogs. You'll be inspired, I'm sure!

How to Sew an Invisible Zipper into a Lined Bodice

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

If you've ever tried unsuccessfully to install an invisible zipper into a lined bodice, you know how frustrating it can be. For years, I was afraid to sew a zipper and avoided every pattern that required one. Eventually, I overcame my apprehension, and immediately thought to myself "Why did I wait so long to try this!?"! It was so much easier than I thought it was. The key was having clear instructions...something I now strive to provide in my patterns that call on an invisible zipper closure (the Mira and Festivity Dresses both do).

For some of you,  photos and written instructions aren't enough, so because of the recommendation of many E&E readers, I've filmed a video tutorial.

In this video, I'm using the Mira Dress bodice and detailing steps 8-14, however, this method of construction should work with any other lined bodice.

Keep in mind that the zipper used in this video was already prepared as in the photos below:

In the video, I've already attached my zipper foot. It's just the regular one my machine came with, although, I really should get one of those invisible zipper feet...I've heard they're pretty awesome.

You can watch the Invisible Zipper Installation Video Tutorial HERE.

Mira Tour - By Dagbjort and Zowie Zo

Today the Mira Dress Tour makes a stop in two beautiful locations: Iceland and Malaysia.

First, the wonderfully talented Dagbjört from By Dagbjort shares her perfectly pleated version of the Mira Dress accented with expertly matched-up stripes.

Next, Zoë at Zowie Zo, added to her extensive repertoire of amazing garments, and paired linen and lace to make a gorgeous Mira dress for her girl to twirl in.

Much more to see on their blogs!

Mira Tour - Lavender Blue Hilly Dilly

Monday, March 20, 2017
All this week, we will be treated to incredibly inspiring dresses created with the Mira Dress pattern. Everything from using exquisite fabrics to completely altering pieces to re-invent the Mira will be featured all over Blogland.

The first stop on the tour is the delightful blog: Lavender Blue Hilly Dilly.  Hillary has taken this pattern to the next level by using her amazing piecing skills to create a Belle inspired town dress. I know you'll want to see more of it from this sneak peek!

All this week you can take advantage of a 10% discount using coupon code "MIRATOUR" until Monday, March 27 at 11:59PM PST.

Dutch Label Shop Review

Monday, March 13, 2017

If you've followed my blog for any length of time, you know that I love dressing my children in handmade clothing. But handmade clothing that looks professional? That's my favourite! I think a well-made clothing label takes handmade clothing to the next level. So, when The Dutch Label Shop asked me if I'd like to review their product, I was excited to try them out.

The process of designing, digitizing, and then ordering labels can seem daunting, but it was all really easy with The Dutch Label Shop.

First, you decide on the type of label you'd like: brand, care, or stock labels. There are also hand tags available. I chose "end fold left & right" woven logo labels.

Once I decided on my design, I simply created a digital copy of it and uploaded it to my order. 

Next, I chose the size and colour I wanted, and then I was done!

A couple weeks later, my new labels arrived and they were exactly how I envisioned them.

If you are looking to add personalized labels to your sewing creations, I highly recommend The Dutch Label Shop. To get you started, The Dutch Label Shop has kindly offered a discount of 15% off your order for the next 30 days using code "elegance&elephants".

Mira Dress Pattern Release

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

 The Mira is a beautiful fit-and-flare dress with a classic, vintage silhouette. Three fully-lined bodice options allow for many possibilities to personalize your dress. This knee-length sleeveless dress also features an invisible zipper closure and an elegant, unique squared neckline. Whether you choose to dress it up or down, the Mira will delight your little lady!

View A

View B - single centre panel

View C - ruched (gathered) centre panel

The Mira Dress pattern includes:

Sizes: 6 months, 12 months, 18 months, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 years 
- three bodice styles: one-piece front, one centre panel, gathered centre panel
- 38 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 Mira Dress PDF Pattern is available for purchase HERE.

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