The Time Traveller Vest by Ainslee Fox for One Thimble E-zine

I know, I know.  Time Traveller.  My spell check doesn’t like the Aussie spelling either.  But I’m honoring the many differences that are represented in the PDF world and trying to spell it right for the fabulous Ms. Jen, who is the talented designer behind Ainslee Fox and this amazing vest you’re about to see.

So, now that I’ve got that out of the way, when I mention “time traveler” and “vest” in the same sentence, you seriously have to be thinking of Marty McFly and the old town clock tower and crazy Doc Brown, the DeLorian, flux capacitor, and 1.21 gigawatts.  Nevermind the fact that he went back in time 30 years and next year will be the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future.  Mind blown.

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Obviously this is not a clock tower, but I thought it was a cool, historical place for a photo shoot.  I’ve always been a history buff, so I really wanted to think about where we did this!  You can read more about the Heigold Facade in Lousiville, Kentucky HERE.

If you remember, in last week’s post, I showed you this sweet little shift dress from Ainslee Fox Designs.  I loved that little dress and I can tell you that this Time Traveller Vest is just as fun and gorgeous, although a little more handsome.

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My son was SO excited when he learned that I was making something just for him!  I made him a vest for Easter last year and he’s pretty much been begging me to make another one ever since.  I went back to my Parson Gray stash again, and this time pulled out my coveted World Tour Linen.  Swoon.  This stuff is amazing and it was beautiful fabric to pair with this pattern.

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This vest has so many fun details.  I got another chance to practice my welt pockets (nailed it!) and also learned a fun new way to add a facing to the front and neck of the vest.  It has a nice, relaxed fit and even has a belt in the back for a more fitted look.  The vest is fully lined and just like with the Twist Shift Dress, the techniques are pure perfection and the results are just gorgeous.

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This is casual enough for jeans, but it would look great with a pair of khakis or even some crisp linen pants for the summer.

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We even got a few broody poses from him.  This guy cracks.me.up.

So now you’re just DYING to know where you can get this vest, right?  You can purchase this vest pattern as a part of the One Thimble E-zine Issue 2, which I highly recommend.  I seriously want to sew ALL THE PATTERNS!  You can also purchase the Time Traveller Vest as a stand alone pattern.  Either way, you are getting an amazing pattern from Ainslee Fox Designs.  I am definitely a new fan!  I think this guy is, too!

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The Twist Shift Dress by Ainslee Fox for One Thimble E-zine

I have several PDF patterns from Australian designers, but sadly I’ve not taken the time to sew any of them, which is truly my loss!  I was given a chance to sew up some patterns by the talented Jen Kennedy from Ainslee Fox.  These 2 patterns are a part of the One Thimble E-zine, which is also the brainchild of Jen.  One Thimble is a PDF magazine that includes patterns, articles, and tips for seamstresses.  It’s really a fun publication for sewing enthusiasts and pattern hoarders collectors.

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The first pattern I sewed for my sweet girl is the Twist Shift Dress, which you can also buy as a stand alone pattern.  I was immediately drawn to the funky, geometrical color blocking on the front which gives a kick of fun to the clean, crisp silhouette of this a-line dress.

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I also knew right away that I wanted to use this pattern as an opportunity to use up some of my prized Parson Gray fabric.  (Parson Gray is designed by David Butler, to whom I’ve bestowed the nickname “Mr. Amy Butler”).  This fabric is earthy and has a hint of adventure.  It’s definitely not your everyday girly-girl fabric, but I think it’s perfect in this dress.  I’ve used this fabric on a few other occasions, and you can see it featured in my Elements Collection.

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     I love the simplicity of the back with the loop closure!  I also learned some new techniques in the tutorial, including the back opening, a unique way to close up the armholes, and of course, the fabulous welt pockets.

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     This dress will definitely be made again and it’s versatile enough to be worn for school or dressier occasions, like church or a holiday.  It can be layered with different types of shirts with any manner of sleeve to give you four-seasons of wear.  Stay tuned until next week when I show you my version of the Time Traveller Vest from One Thimble and Ainslee Fox!

     I also need to give a HUGE shout-out to Becca DuVal for help with editing!  She helped me save my shots and made them even more beautiful!!!

The Elements Collection

Ever since I laid eyes on it, I’ve been a huge fan of Parson Gray‘s fabric. For those of you that don’t know, the genius behind Parson Gray is designer/rocker David Butler. A.K.A. “Mr. Amy Butler.” I had a few pieces in my stash ‘o fabric and I had no idea what I was going to make with it, but I knew I was saving it for something really special. So last fall, when I saw this skirt, I knew it was the inspiration I needed!

Without further ado, here is The Elements Collection

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The Fire and Ice Maxi Dress

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Earth and Wind Color Blocked Twirl Skirt

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 A huge THANK YOU goes out to Rebecca Laurel Photography for the amazing images and super cute model.  Girlfriend is workin’ it!

Dress pattern adapted from Create Kids Couture.

Skirt pattern from Pink Fig Designs.

This collection, as well as other items, are available in my Etsy shop.

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1K Fan Giveaway

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One Thousand Fans!

I can hardly believe it!  It seems like just last month I was celebrating 800!  And I didn’t even get this up fast enough because I’m almost to 1,300!

All I’m saying is this calls for a CELEBRATION!!!!  I’m pulling out all of the stops!  I’ve partnered with some incredibly generous vendors to bring you this giveaway!  I’m so excited to have all of these amazing people come on board to give away some fabulous prizes!

I’ll explain the rules, then I’ll share the loot!

At the bottom of this post or on my Facebook page, you will find a beautiful little link to Rafflecopter!  It’s easy peasy!  You must LIKE every page that is contributing to this giveaway.  That’s the only mandatory entry!  After that, you can SHARE this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter, once every day!  The giveaway begins December 26, 2012 at 12am EST and ends on January 2, 2013 at 12am EST.  There will be 13 winners and they will be notified by email and then have 48 hours to contact the vendor to claim their prize!  So please check this blog and/or your emails on the 2nd of January to see if you won!!!  Prizes ship FREE in the US and International winners will pay the difference in shipping, which will be determined by the vendor.

It’s not necessary, but I would love for you to stop by and THANK the vendors for their generous prizes!  They rock!

That’s it!  So…you wanna see what YOU could WIN?!?!

CONTEST CLOSED

One skirt of your choice, $40 and under, with matching hair accessory from

Snickerdoodle Stew

$50 value

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Erica P.

A Chunky Necklace from BeBe Bows Boutique

 $20 value

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Nancy C.

$25 Gift Card to Little Lizard King

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Sarah S.

$20 Gift Card to Green Apple Girlys

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Heather F.

12 Pack Fabric Bow Set from Pigtails and Curls

$16.95 Value

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Gina J.

Lace Dress and Headband from Tashi & Cataleya

$17 value

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Tara G.

Pink and Black Shabby Flower Headband from Joy and Truth

$15 value

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Michelle S.

3 Month Membership to the Skirt of the Month Club from Journey’s End Boutique

Over $60 value

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Cristine C. 

Set of 3 Hard Lotion Bars from Sweet Girl Bath and Body

in Natural, Cinnamon and Lavender, a $17 value

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Allison P.

Set of 12 Snowflake Notecards from Whimsical Words

$28 value

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Shanna U.

$15 Shop Credit to Lil’ Pink Blanket Bowtique

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Elizabeth P.

 

3 Pattern Pack from Create Kids Couture

Winner’s choice!  A $25 Value

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Deborah K.

Pirouette Half Yard Bundle from Skye Reve Fabrics
A $23.35 Value!

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Chris E.

Congratulations!  Please contact your vendor to claim you loot! :)  Thank you SO much!!!!

SEE THE WINNERS!!!

800 Facebook Fan Giveaway!

800 Facebook Fans!  Shut the front door!!!

I’d first like to thank the Academy…wait…wrong speech.

I’d like to thank YOU!  My wonderful peeps that have shared and liked and bought to make this possible!  In return, I’m giving you the opportunity to WIN an amazing prize!

One lucky duck will win their choice of ANY Snickerdoodle Stew skirt in any fabric I currently have in my shop, as well as a custom hair accessory.  That adds up to a $50 value!

You could choose a patchwork skirt…

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The birthday skirt…
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The Nativity Matryoska Apron Skirt

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The Romance Skirt

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Lydia’s Super Twirly Skirt (that she even wears to bed!)

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Or the Signature Skirt AKA “Death By Ruffles”.

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You win, you pick!

And entering is easy peasy!  I’m using Rafflecopter and you can tweet and share and blab all over town about this giveaway!  You have 7 days (12 noon December 1st to midnight December 7th, EST) and then I pick!  The only 2 mandatory entries are that you answer the question “What is your favorite item from Snickerdoodle Stew” on the Rafflecopter entry AND be a fan on Facebook.  Everything else is just for bonus entries!

Enter on the link below!  Good luck!  And may the odds be ever in your favor!  :)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

What is Snickerdoodle Stew?

I’m sure you all are dying to know why in the world I would call this “Snickerdoodle Stew!”  Are we talking dessert?  Or soup?  Or what?!

When I was little, I had this crazy, silk screened t-shirt that I LOVED to wear.  I don’t remember much about the exact details, other than it was lime green, it had some colorful squiggles on it and it said “snickerdoodle.”  

I’ve always loved snickerdoodle cookies, too.  I don’t know what it is.  Maybe it’s rolling them into little balls and then into cinnamon and sugar and having them come out of the oven in perfectly round, crisp cookies.  Or maybe it’s the fact that my husband would eat them by the dozen.  In fact, the last time I made them for him to take to work to share, I got a marriage proposal from one of his coworkers.  Needless to say, they are one of my favorite cookies to make AND eat.

The “Stew” part was easy.  My last name is Stewart.  I’ve always liked decorating and making things, so before my husband came into the picture, we used to joke that all I had to do was marry a man named “Stewart” and I’d be halfway on my way to Martha.  I just don’t look that good in stripes.  Maybe chevrons. ;)

So, when I was coming up with a name for my designs, it seemed like everything I thought of had been taken.  Then I came up with this combination, and it clicked!  I even designed a “signature” skirt, that I felt reflected the warm, cinnamon and sugar tones that you’d find in my favorite cookie.  My plan is to design other garments with the same colorways, but until then, I leave you with my sweet girl, Lydia, and the Snickerdoodle Stew Ruffled Skirt.

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Create Kids Couture Giveaway

Wow.  This is the motherload of giveaways, people!

I’m so excited to announce, too, that Snickerdoodle Stew is participating!  My portion of the giveaway is what I call my signature Snickerdoodle Stew Ruffled Skirt.  It’s a $40 value!  

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There are also some amazing prizes from over 100 other vendors!  And really, if you sew, you need to check out the Seamstress’ Grand Price.  It is TO DIE FOR!

So, head on over to Create Kids Couture and see all the details to enter!  The contest started today and ends on August 19th, so enter now and spread the word!!!

Pattern Testing

My favorite patterns to use these days are the gorgeous, boutique creations of Tiffany and Shannon at Create Kids Couture.  The outfits are beautiful, the instructions and pictures are easy to follow, and each time I make one, Lydia gets lots of “oohs” and “aahs.”

When they are ready to test out a pattern, they put out an all call on Facebook and I always seem to miss out!  I’m just not quick enough!  But last week, all of my stalking patient waiting paid off.  I was selected to test the pattern for Rosanna’s Corset Peasant dress!

I had a hard time choosing fabrics, but once I did, the pattern came together beautifully, if I do say so myself.  Lydia was a good sport to model it for me before church Sunday morning.  It was just after 8 a.m. and it was already 80-something degrees!

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Hamming it up for the camera.

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Back

I already have another fabric combination lined up for another version of this, only with longer, 3/4 sleeves for the fall.  It will be black and cream toile with ticking stripe and flowered accent fabrics.  I can’t wait!

Sneak Peek: Lydia’s First Modeling Gig

Yesterday we were blessed with some amazing, sunny weather here in Louisville!  We got the opportunity to meet with local photographer Amber from Foxtree Photography and show off some Snickerdoodle Stew fashions!  Lydia was a little shy at first (and sleepy!), but eventually she figured out that SHE was the star and gave us a little sass.

This is just a sneak peek…more to come!

Jingle Bell Frock

Photo by Foxtree Photography

Photos by Foxtree Photography

Photo by Foxtree Photography

Jump, Jive and Jingle Jumper

Photo by Foxtree Photography

Photo by Foxtree Photography

Photos by Foxtree Photography

There’s still time for a few Christmas orders!  Email me at snickerdoodlestew(at)gmail(dot)com and we’ll talk!

All designs, pictures and all other things fabulous (or not) are the intellectual and creative property of Snickerdoodle Stew and Jessica Stewart, unless otherwise stated.  Please do not use pictures or content without consent…and a little link love.

Snickerdoodle Stew 2011

Sneak Peek: Jump, Jive and Jingle

Just look what you can do with an old pair of overalls!

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Back detail

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Ruffles!

Jingle Bell Clip

All designs, pictures and all other things fabulous (or not) are the intellectual and creative property of Snickerdoodle Stew and Jessica Stewart, unless otherwise stated.  Please do not use pictures or content without consent…and a little link love.

Snickerdoodle Stew 2011