Wednesday, January 21, 2015

More Princess Gloves

Today I wanted to share some links where you can find more Plum Princess Gloves in action!
First these gorgeous long length navy blue gloves sewn up by Pattern Revolution pattern reviewer Becca Duval Photography. The post is a review of the Annabell Dress by Violette Field Threads (isn't it to die for? I may have to buy this pattern when it comes out). Read the post and see all of the gorgeous photos here.
Next up is the gloves' Official Pattern Review by Pattern Revolution. I love the fun bright blue sequin dot fabric they used.
Next up are these fancy white gloves with sparkly ring! Back in December the Pattern Revolution ladies held an Over the Top Contest and this fabulous Royal blue dress added some Zuzzy Gloves to make it more over the top. I think they were so clever to add the button as a little ring.  See all the photos of the Over the Top Winter Wonderland Princess here
Lastly, I wanted to share this great post written by one of my fabulous pattern testers the Little House on the Dairy. The red sparkly star fabric came from a thrift store t-shirt! amazing! I love that the gloves are more of a super hero style instead of the the usual princess.

I just adore these gloves!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

PRP January Challenge

Hi! I'm back from a big long blog break. Jacob is 20 months now and starting to be a little less crazy, hopefully that means I can do more blogging, and fun things like PROJECT RUN AND PLAY!!! Those of you who have been following me for a while know that I have been a fan of Project Run and Play from day one, and I've sewn along with a few of the challenges throughout the seasons. This year they are changing things up though, each month there will be a challenge inspired by a tutorial from one of the past competitors. This month the inspiration is Alida's Bubble Skirt Tutorial. The guidelines are very loose. Sew is up as is/flip it/ just in some way be INSPIRED by it.

I decided that I wanted to make an entire outfit inspired by the dress. I went straight to my Winter 2014 pinterest board and was drawn to these two outfits. The elements I liked were the bold stripes, the floral details, the volume of the skirts, and the adorable cardigan. 
Let's start with the skirt. The skirt is entirely based on Alida's dress tutorial minus the straps and bubble hem, and of course shortened to be a skirt instead of a dress. I LOVE the paper bag waist. I think it's adorable and  Christine is obsessed with skirts right now so I know she's going to wear it a ton. 
The striped fabric is from Hobby Lobby. I totally meant to cut the fabric so that the stripes were going horizontal like the inspiration photo above, but I simply forgot. Way to go Angela! Oh well it's still cute.
Next up, the shirt. The pattern is #9 Rascal from Ottobre Autumn 2013 issue. (My subscriptions is about to expire and I need to sew up a bunch from my old issues to justify the expense to renew another year!) It's simply a black knit raglan tee, but with a great sleeve cuff detail in a contrasting gray knit fabric upcycled from an old maternity tee of mine.
Lastly, the cardigan. My original plan was to just sew up a CINO slouchy cardigan but at the time I was wearing my favorite slouchy cardigan and Christine told me she wanted one JUST like mine. So I drafted a little slouchy cardigan and I even took pictures of the process so look for that tutorial next week!
The floral spandex knit is from Girl Charlee (sorry it's sold out) and let me tell you that fabric is SO soft! The sleeves are a little long so I need to re-hem them, but we had SUCH nice weather yesterday I didn't want to miss a good photo opportunity. This cardigan is going to be a great wardrobe staple. Christine already wore her cardigan to preschool today with pink jeggings and a mint green heart tee, she looked so cute.
So there you have it. Three separates, perfect for the winter to spring transition.

Check out more of the January challenge HERE

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Free Plum Princess Embroidery Patterns

Ready to embellish your princess purse with some hand embroidery?
Never tried hand embroidery before? You should give it a try because it's so much fun! Seriously, I am addicted. Grab some embroidery floss, some embroidery needles, and an embroidery hoop from the craft store and you are ready to go. The blog Wild Olive has some really great tutorials on EMBROIDERY BASICS right here that I suggest you read over if you are new to embroidery. She's like the embroidery queen.

I wanted the crown on the front of my purse and so I traced my purse pattern onto my fabric. This was a thin broadcloth so I could see through the fabric when I laid the fabric on top of the embroidery pattern. I traced the design with a pencil. Then I stitched on top of my lines. (I probably should have used my disappearing ink pen but I couldn't find it and I wasn't feeling ambitious enough to tear apart my craft room to look for it).

Download the free embroidery pattern by clicking on the image above. If you haven't already, grab your plum princess purse and gloves pattern in my etsy pattern shop. Remember to use coupon code THANKSGIVING for half off this week!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Plum Princess Gloves Pattern

I've found it's hard to write one of those "I haven't blogged in forever, is anybody still reading?" type posts. Residency is hard... my 18 month old is crazy...yada yada. So I'm just going to skip it and jump into the fun stuff.

I have a new pattern!
The PDF pattern is available here in my pattern shop. (use coupon code THANKSGIVING for half off this week!)

The inspiration came from Christine. She loves to dress up. Seriously, she spends more time during the day in princess dress-ups than in her clothes. Last year for Christmas I got her a little purse and glove set from the store. I was so disappointed. First the quality. Ug. The price 10 bucks, I bet I could sew it for less than that. Then the gloves were a one-size-fits-all which just frustrated Christine because they were too large to play in. Then I thought, I bet I could make something way better. So I did!

The gloves are made from stretchy knit fabric (knit with at least 30% stretch) and use 1/4 to 1/2 yard of fabric (depending on size and length you are sewing). For the above purple gloves I used a purple crushed panne found next to the stretch velvet at Hancocks. It was on sale and I bought 1/4 yard for only $1.60 and it had enough to make two pairs of size small gloves. SWEET!
The PDF pattern is 25 pages long. It includes printable pattern pieces and photo tutorial instructions for play gloves and purse. The gloves come in four sizes x-small, small, medium, and large in short and long versions. The purse includes pattern pieces and instructions for one handle, two handles, and a color block option, plus bonus applique shapes to add to your purse. That's a lot of options! BUT WAIT! there's more! I also have a page of free embroidery patterns coming tomorrow!

I had a really great group on testers make sure the instructions made sense and that they fit well, and most importantly that their little princesses loved to wear them! They tested all sorts of fabrics, from t-shirts in the up-cycle bin to microfleece. Please note that the pattern went through several revisions and theses photos are showing gloves made at different draft stages. The final pattern has been improved for fit.

These will make really great Christmas gifts this year! Elsa purse and gloves set anyone? This week for Black Friday I am offering 50% off my pattern shop. Just use code THANKSGIVING at checkout. That makes the Plum Princess set only $3 woohoo!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

KCW: Day 6 part 2

I did not snap any pictures of Jacob wearing his new PJ's. So you'll have to be happy with some on-the-wall shots for now. Next week I'll share some more photos because I have a free pattern and tutorial for these!! I'll share more about the pattern then. For now let's talk about the bears.

To make the bear print, I used the free dingbat font Farm & Wild Animals (the bear is lowercase m) and laid it out in my silhouette software, and cut it out on freezer paper. Then all I had to do was iron the freezer paper on the pattern piece and paint the bears in. I used a fabric medium mixed with black acrylic paint. For the shirt I used another free dingbat font KG Arrows.

If you've been following me this week you know that the fabric for these was leftover from an XL t-shirt after I made these leggings. Awesome!

And that's it for KCW Summer 2014! I think I was successful. 4 complete outfits for Christine and one pair of pjs for Jacob. Hooray for KCW!