So Happy Together- The Blue Ribbon Blog Tour

Raedene from Little Lizard King started talking about a blog tour last month and knew it was something I wanted to be a part of!  I’ve not been a part of a blog tour before and it sounded like so much fun!  I mean, what’s not to love about sewing up a great pattern in gorgeous fabrics and then getting to share it with you all?  Needless to say, I jumped at the chance and started planning!

I was given a copy of the Blue Ribbon Pattern, which is anything but your basic knit top and woven skirt.  This pattern has options in SPADES!  You have several options for sleeves (including none!) and then options for tunic and dress lengths, with a band and/or a ruffle!  Whew!  I’m getting tired just listing all of that!  And that might make you think that this is pattern that will take you forever, which is far from the truth!  I was able to put this together in one afternoon, even with several interruptions.  “Can I have a snack?”  “Can I have a drink?”  “Can we watch Frozen?”  “When is dinner?”  “WHAT is dinner?”  You get the idea, right?

Blue Ribbon Dress

The inspiration behind this dress is this amazing fabric from Vanessa Christenson of V and Co. for Moda Fabrics.  All of the skirt fabrics are from her Color Me Happy line, with the exception of the sash, which is from her Simply Style collection.  Both are great collections and so much fun!  They always make me smile and I love that the fabrics coordinate across the lines.  I was able to pick these up at Among Friends Quilt Shop in Louisville, KY.  I found great coordinating knits for my bodice and my ruffled capris from Mel at The Purple Seamstress on Facebook and the gorgeous jacquard ribbon is by Amy Butler from Fleuriste on Etsy.

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I did have to perform a little bit of a pattern hack for this project.  My daughter has a very large head and I always have a hard time getting these mama-made knit items over it.  So after trying several things to try to make this work for her, I finally used the size 4 cutting line for the front of the neck and the size 3 cutting line for the back of the neck.  It was perfect!  No more popping seams!

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What else can I say about this uber versatile pattern?  It’s something a beginner can tackle and there are tons of great tips on sewing with knits.  I wonder how many days you could sew this with different combinations and not repeat?  I already have one planned with some Little Mermaid fabric that my daughter has been drooling over.  But for today…we’ll just stick with the seriously drool-worthy V and Co.

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This definitely has some twirl!!!

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I added a little length to the band between the skirt and the ruffle so I had plenty of room for my yummy ribbon.  I think I need to check into Trim Hoarders Anonymous.  I have a feeling I’d run into many friends there.  You know who you are!!!

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I seriously am a sucker for a sash and a pretty bow.  It’s like a present!

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I didn’t notice how much of ^^this^^ pose she did until I went to edit my pics and half of them were the exact same.  I think we have a winner.

A Blue Ribbon, in fact!

My review has come to a close…but we’re not done yet!  The fabulous ladies at LLK are doing a GIVEAWAY at each stop of the tour!
I know, I know, it’s pretty amazing, isn’t it?  A $35 gift certificate to their shop is up for grabs, so make sure you enter!  I’ll be announcing the winner here and on my Facebook page on May 8th, and LLK will announce it on their page, too!  The Pattern Tour lasts from May 5th-11th, so don’t miss out on some fabulous creations!

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Beverly Belle from Izzy & Ivy Designs

Beverly Belle from Izzy & Ivy Designs

In the last 18 months I’ve had the privilege to test for some amazing pattern designers and even sew up some pretties to send off as samples for quilt market. Little did I know when I started sewing 4 years … Continue reading

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.

Time Traveller Vest collage

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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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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Front

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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!

Front pocket detail

Back detail

Skirt

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

Sneak Peek- Dot the Halls

I’ve been a busy bee in preparation for my first photo shoot on Saturday!  I can’t wait to show you the full pics…and with professional photos!  Enjoy!

Dot the Halls- tiered skirt

Dot the Halls- bodice and sleeve

Holly and Berry Clip

Miss L, modeling the Holly and Berry Clip on an elastic headband

I’m also proud to say my first order for the clip and headband is about ready to mail to a sweet Miss Addie in Florissant, MO!

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