Camp Stitchalot

I am excited to announce that I am going to be teaching at a fun weekend sewing retreat this spring and I would love for you to come !!

Camp Stitchalot will be held the weekend of May 3-5, 2013 right here in Michigan (about an hour west of Ann Arbor, just north of Jackson). The retreat is hosted by my friend Brenda of Pink Castle Fabrics, who has also lined up designers Melody Miller (you’ve seen me drool over her Quilt Market booths here and here), Rashida Coleman-Hale (designer of the famous washi tape fabric…hellooo?)  and quilting extraordinaire Katy Jones as “counselors” as well! We are taking our jobs very seriously. I for one plan to hand out badges. I’m so excited this is going to be the MOST FUN EVER in one weekend!!!

You can read more about the weekend here on Pink Castle’s website, and register of course. Because it is going to be THE MOST FUN EVER!  There are twin rooms and queen rooms available; all rooms are shared but you may purchase two queen spots if you’d prefer a room to yourself. There’s also the option of coming on Thursday, May 2, if you’d like an extra day of sewing time; a bunch of folks will be hanging around on Thursday too so that’s sure to be fun.

The weekend is designed to be a relaxed bring-your-machine bring-your-projects getaway for you to sew your socks off and meet other fun people who also love to sew. Brunch and dinners are included in the (very reasonable) cost; you can definitely bring snacks and drinks to share as well. Melody, Rashida, Katy and I will also be offering classes, but if you’d rather just sew your own projects that is perfectly fine too; there’s no pressure to participate if you aren’t interested in the project. I’ll be showing how to make the amazingly versatile Lickety Split Bag; Melody and Rashida will be showing us how to make a circle skirt made to measure and talking fabric design (woot!), and Katy will be showing us how to make an adorable clasp pouch. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Extra bonus: I think I can safely say that Michigan is at its most beautiful in May. You really should come and see this lovely state if you’ve never been here before!

See the full weekend schedule and register here.

Hope you can make it! Yippee!!!

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On the Fifth Day of Christmas [NOW CLOSED]

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On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me….five golden rings, four colly birds, three French hens, two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree!

….and Rae gave to me a Showoff Bag sewing pattern!

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I love all of the fantastic fabric combinations here:

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1. pears, 2. zigzag, 3. aqua with washi

(See more in the Showoff Bag Photo Pool on Flickr).  

For today’s giveaway we are giving away one copy of the Showoff Bag Sewing Pattern PDF. This versatile bag is nice and roomy, features inside pockets, and comes in two different lengths! To enter to win, just leave a comment by 9 PM tonight (EST). One comment per person; void where prohibited by law. I’ll pick a winner using the random number generator and notify the winner by email; we’ll also post a list of all of the winners at the end of the series to make sure we don’t miss anyone. This prize will be emailed to the winner as a PDF.

Twelve Days of Christmas

There’s still plenty of Christmas pattern giveaways left — seven more, to be exact — so come back tomorrow for another one!

On the Fourth Day of Christmas [NOW CLOSED]

Thanks for entering! This giveaway is now closed, but you can come back tomorrow morning for another lovely giveaway!

Twelve Days of Christmas


On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me….four colly* birds, three French hens, two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree!

….and Rae gave to me a Charlie Tunic sewing pattern!

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As you can see, there is no shortage of cute going on here:

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1. red & gold, 2. ugly duckling, 3. pink buttons, 4. brown with short sleeves

Check out the Charlie Tunic Photo Pool on Flickr HERE.

The tunic looks just as adorable as a dress, which is easily done using the Charlie Dress Add-on, an extra option for the Charlie Tunic. Both the tunic AND the dress add-on will make up the prize for today’s giveaway.

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To enter to win a copy of both the Charlie Tunic sewing pattern and Charlie Dress Add-on, just leave a comment by 9 PM tonight (EST). One comment per person; void where prohibited by law. I’ll pick a winner using the random number generator and notify the winner by email; we’ll also post a list of all of the winners at the end of the series to make sure we don’t miss anyone. This prize will be emailed to the winner as a PDF.

*OK. Now we need to talk about this “colly” bird thing, right? I have always sung the song “four calling birds,” but when we looked up the lyrics it was “colly” nearly everywhere, I tell you. As best I can tell, “calling” is actually an American mispronounciation of the original “colly” birds, which apparently are blackbirds. Who knew?

Geranium Top (with Bunnies)

I would be remiss not to mention the bunnies, since that is what she loves the most about this top, but personally I love the foxes and triangles on this print (one of my favorite prints in Lizzy House‘s Outfoxed line from last year. Her new line, Constellations, is just arriving in shops now. This ex-science teacher, for one, is very excited! Phases of the MOON, y’all!!!)

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I made this little top to test out the new Geranium Dress pattern, just released last week. The top view is included for all of the sizes in the pattern. Eagle-eyed readers might notice a slight difference in fit between this top and the pink dress I posted last weekend; that’s because the dress is a size 4 and this one is a size 3. Since her birthday is in July, she’s right between the two sizes right now, though I like how both fit.

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One other thing: I didn’t fold up the entire inch hem allowance on this one so it’s a teensy bit longer in these pictures than the actual pattern. If you do like this length though, just fold up 1/4″ twice instead of the full inch when hemming.

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Post-photo cookie, yum!

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Twelve Days of Christmas from Rae

I have a special surprise. Since I didn’t have time to make all of you presents for Christmas, I thought you might enjoy twelve days of pattern giveaways instead!

Twelve Days of Christmas

Starting on Christmas Day, I’ll be giving away a free copy of one of my sewing patterns each day for twelve days until January 5th, 2013.

Come back tomorrow to find out which pattern will be first and to throw your name in the hat. Merry Christmas everyone!

Pink Striped Geranium Dress

I convinced Clementine to let me take some photos of her in her new Geranium Dress the other day. And when I say I “convinced” I’m sure you know that what I really mean is “bribed.” With one peppermint Joe-Joe and two large marshmallows, if you must know. The girl drives a hard bargain.

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note: I’ve enabled pinning with the Pin It buttons for a few of these pics; feel free to use them if you like

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The Geranium Dress sewing pattern is now available here!

Geranium Dress Sewing Pattern is here!

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Description

The Geranium Dress is a sweet and incredibly versatile dress pattern that includes two views. View A features flutter sleeves, a gathered skirt (top or dress length), with an optional notched neckline and an optional patch pocket. View B features faux cap sleeves, a pleated skirt (top or dress length) with side-seam pockets for sizes 18-24 months and up and an optional cutout neckline. Both views feature a lined bodice for a lovely finished effect. See all pattern options

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Materials Needed
Woven fabric (see yardage chart below)
lightweight fusible interfacing
3 buttons or snap for back closure

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Selling Geranium Dresses
A license-to-sell for handmade sellers is now available (click here for more information) for the Geranium Dress.

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See more
The Geranium Dress was featured on on my blog in the following posts:
Polkadot Dress (pictured above, far left)
Geranium Dress (with bunnies) (second from left)
Mini-Washi (fourth from left; includes separate sleeves which have now been incorporated into the View B bodice pattern piece)
Dark Linen Dress (center)
Birthday Dress* (fourth from right)
Oh What a Busy Day Top (third from right)
Voile Dress* (second from right)
Ric-Rac Baby Dress* (far right)
Almost here: Geranium Dress!
Geranium Pattern Tester Fabulousness
*note: These versions feature trim; a tutorial for adding trim to the Geranium Dress is here

adding trim to geranium

Post your pictures to the Geranium Dress Photo Pool on Flickr!

Geranium Dress for Kiki CostumeBack of Geranium DressButtons on the Geranium DressGeranium dress in linen (close up)Geranium dress (full view)Geranium dress (back view)

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Geranium Pattern Tester Fabulousness

You are going to melt into a big puddle of goo when you see these tester photos, they are SO STINKING CUTE. I couldn’t believe how awesome all of the Geranium Dresses turned out!

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This first one is from Cherie. Simply adorbs. That eyelet is just perfect. And somehow Jess found time to make one for Ava (below) so we could make sure the 0-3 month size was a good fit. This precious photo melts my heart, every time.

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Ashley’s little munchkin is so cute in her aqua dress with the cutout neckline (above), and Jill added a BOW (below)!! I can’t get over those cute little curls.

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Caila chose one of my favorite Heather Ross prints for hers (above) and these button and trim additions on Brittney‘s are amazing (below) — I can’t believe how it transforms it, what a great addition!!

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Shannon added a lace trim to the bottom of hers for a lovely vintage floral effect (above) and this simple polkadot version from Kristin (below) is just perfect. I love the pink elephant buttons she chose for the back! Also am still a little in disbelief that she pulled this off while in the middle of her latest edition of Film Petit (MOONRISE KINGDOM, ya’ll,go check it out!!).

geranium snowflake dress

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One more from Brittney in a lovely coral (above), and Emily‘s flutter sleeved versions (below) are perfect Christmas dresses!

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I can’t tell you how much I appreciate these ladies giving up their time last week to help me test this, in the midst of this busy time of year. Thank you SO MUCH to all of the Geranium Testers!!! Their feedback and suggestions are crucial to the process and to the quality of the finished patterns that you have come to expect here.

The pattern is currently 40 MB. I am currently in a giant digital arm-wrestling match to get it down to under 6 MB so people won’t go crazy trying to download it. This happens every time I do a new pattern, and trust me, I WILL PREVAIL. Should be ready by the end of the day or so.

Almost here: Geranium Dress!

I’m so excited about my new pattern that’s almost ready!!! It’s actually really TWO patterns that you can mix and match. One of the pattern options is this one, which is basically what some of you might remember as the “mini-washi” I made for Clementine during Kids’ Clothes Week, except I figured out how to incorporate the sleeve into the bodice pattern piece to make it reaaaally easy to sew together:

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Clementine picked out the fabric for this one, but so far she has yet to put it on. This one is a shorter top version:

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She loves it and wears frequently (note to Lizzy House: More fabric with bunnies, please. That was the big sell on this one for my girl).

The other pattern option is one that I’ve been getting requests for for years, a basic bodice with an optional flutter sleeve and notch neckline, and gathered skirt:

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The dark linen version of the dress also debuted during Kids’ Clothes Week (see this post), but if you follow this blog you have probably already seen this dress in a number of other iterations already, including the two polka dot versions, plus a few different sleeveless versions with trim (tutorial on attaching the trim to come, so easy!). I’m calling the pattern “Geranium” because the little flutter sleeve reminds me of a geranium leaf.

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I find this sleeveless version especially charming; it’s essentially the pattern in it’s most basic, simple form. I also love the green corduroy (Karen made this one for Clementine as a fall/winter jumper):

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And here’s a little preview from the pattern itself, so you can see how mix-y-matchy it is:

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So many options, you guys!! I think you’ll find this pattern to be amazingly versatile, a real staple, like the Flashback Tee and Big Butt Baby Pants. And it’s almost ready…I’ll be back with some of the amazing photos from the pattern testers that came in this week, and hopefully a pattern, soon!