Posted in Girl's Clothing, New Release - Tester

Felicia by Karrington Paige Design

Karrington Paige Design’s is making its debut with the Felicia Dress! This classic dress is stunning. I loved it to much that I made 2! In version 1, I used yellow linen and made the long sleeve version and my version 2 is a Cotten woven and short sleeves. My daughter loves both of them! I love the collar and the shirred sleeves on this dress! It includes a zipper for closure and a double hem at the bottom. This dress is a must for your little princess 🙂

Click here to purchase the pattern: Felicia

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Posted in Girl's Clothing, New Release - Tester

New Release: The Rivier Dress

I was so fortunate to get to test this unique and beautiful dress! This is The Rivier Dress by Eli Monster. Click this link to purchase: The Eli Monster This beautiful dress is on sale until Saturday July 22. There are a few options to pick: Sleeveless or Cap Sleeve and also Neck ruffle or basic.  For my test version, I wanted to go all out and I made the sleeveless with the neck ruffle. I did modify one thing on this pattern. Instead of just hemming the bottom, I used bias tape in a contrasting color.  I am so happy with the results! I also really like testing for the owner because she addressed all of the tester issue during testing.  Here are some more shots of the dress. Get your copy today!

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Posted in Girl's Clothing, How To

Hacking the New Horizons Portlanders Shorts

I needed a pair of shorts for my daughter for a photo shoot for a pattern I was testing.  I got the idea to do a lace overlay on the New Horizon’s Portlanders Pants and Shorts.  Click here to purchase the pattern.  They turned out perfect for the photo shoot! Here’s how I did it.

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Step 1: Arrange pages and cut out the shorts line in your size. Make sure you use the layers feature to easily see what you need to cut.  You need to follow the flaired out lines for the shorts (the shorts are wider at the ends then the pants)

Step 2: Using stretch lace, cut out the mirrored shorts front and back pieces. Don’t cut out the band with the lace.

Step 3: Go back to your paper pattern pieces.  Cut off the flaired parts of the shorts.  This will leave you with the pants width (but the shorts length line won’t change)

Step 4: using a solid knit fabric, cut out the mirrored shorts front and back pieces, and this time, cut out the band as well (being sure to cut on the fold.

Step 5: Using only the lace, stitch the pattern as the directions say, stopping when you get to the band.  The only thing I changed was on the lace, I used a 1/4″ seam allowance, instead of the recommended 3/8″ because I wanted the lace to fit over the solid knit. Once you have the lace finished, put it aside. I did NOT hem the lace because it doesn’t fray 🙂

Step 6: Using the solid knit, assemble just the shorts pieces.  Don’t do the band just yet! Use the correct seam allowance of 3/8″. I didn’t hem this pair, but I plan in doing a little hem in the future so the solid is a little shorter than the lace.

Step 7: Flip the lace and solid shorts right sides out. Place the lace shorts over the solid shorts (the wrong side of the lace should be on top of the correct side of the solid). At this point, I stitched the top of the shorts together to baste the lace and solid layers, but this isn’t necessary.

Step 8: LAST STEP! Now add the band as directed. The instructions are perfect for evenly spacing out the bands.

Now enjoy your amazing hacked shorts 🙂

Here is my daughter wearing them in her photo shoot. For the top pattern info and link, check out my blog post I did on it here.

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Posted in Sewing

A journey to get where I am today…

I’m just starting my blog, but I started sewing Christmas 2014. I started out by buying a paper pattern. It was so hard! I think it took me a few days to figure out one simple dress! There were words it didn’t do a good job of explaining, but I somehow figured it out!  My model is about 1.5 years old in this photo.

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I had made a local friend by needing a blanket finished and she pointed me in the direction of PDF patterns and that’s where it all started! There was a group behind the pattern and I got to ask all sorts of questions! I even had one of the designers Facetime me because I couldn’t understand it. That amazing company was Create Kids Couture.  Here are my first 2 patterns I did.  Note, I knew NOTHING about taking photos!

Then I realized I liked this sewing thing! I bought a whole lot of patterns and kept sewing.

Now at some point I realized that I wanted to be a part of CKC. I wanted to be a pattern tester! A pattern tester sews up a pattern before it releases to the public to hopefully get all the kinks out.   So I saw a post where they were looking for testers, AND I GOT PICKED!!!! I LOVED being a part of CKC! Here are some of my tests I have done over the years.  I started paying attention to my photography and making myself better (some I used a professional photographer for!)

I grew a lot in the 2-3 years I tested for them. Here are some more recent and some of my favorites:

Here are some of my Women’s Test I did:

I realized there were other companies out there, so I started testing for other companies. Here is one from JL Patterns

I also tested some underwear (which I won’t put on here, LOL), a dress, and I am slowly expanding my testing. I mostly have stopped testing CKC, but I haven’t stopped sewing their patterns 🙂

If you would like any info about CKC, please join their awesome Facebook group! They release patterns ALL the time! The group members are very helpful as well.  They really grew me as a seamstress and I will forever be grateful to them 🙂