Bianca Tester Roundup

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Now that my newest pattern, Bianca is out in the world, I want to take a minute to say a big THANKS!!! to the patient and prolific ladies who tested the design during production.

When we have drafts of pattern pieces and instructions ready for testing, you wouldn’t believe the flurry of email, photos, and spreadsheets that ensues! It’s pretty fun, but it takes a lot of work! Thank you, ladies, for all your time and helpful feedback! Now for a sampling from our testers’ photos:

Ashley’s top looks rad with or without a cardigan:

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Brooke blogged about her Nani Iro double gauze Bianca right here.

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Kelly sewed up two Biancas in no time flat. Isn’t the contrast lacy facing pretty on the top one?

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And here’s Jenn of A Jennuine Life in her Bianca!

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If you still need the Bianca pattern, you can find it HERE!

This looks great on so many figures, and we already have a few photos in the Bianca Sewing Pattern Flickr photo pool and on Instagram, under the hashtag #biancapattern. Please add your own photos so we can all admire!

Bianca Maxi dress 1Bianca Maxi dress 2Nani Iro dressSummer Plaid Bianca DressSummer Plaid Bianca DressNani Iro Bianca dressBianca Top #3 this one's in knit with the partial interfacingBianca Top #3 in knit with partial interfacingNew peachy knit #biancatop - pattern coming soon from @madebyraeFeeling springy!  (But still too cold to go out without a sweater).  Bianca Top and Dress pattern coming soon from @madebyrae !Bianca top v.2 in voileKnit Bianca Top Front

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June is Made For Kids month!!!

Have you been following the Me Made May stuff online? It’s a whole month of challenging yourself to wear handmade items and post them online. Many people wear something handmade every day, all month long and it’s been pretty awesome to see! I’ve been meaning to participate, but I a) don’t fit into most of my handmade clothing yet, thanks to my lovely but rather larger body size post-Hugo and b) I have a hard time getting dressed in anything other than sweats most days, so I haven’t managed to post even one Me Made May outfit yet this month, ack! Yeah, LAME. Anyway, I realize those are just excuses, but my KIDS? Now that’s a different story. They wear the handmade stuff I’ve made for them nearly every day — often in the oddest combinations — and Liesl and I got to chatting on Instagram last week about how it would be fun to involve our kids in wearing and appreciating handmade for a month. Thus, “Made for Kids Month” was born, and we want you to play along with us!!!

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Here’s the idea: For the whole month of June, let’s encourage our kids to wear and enjoy their handmade items. Whether their clothes have been made by a parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle, friend, or themselves, let’s encourage them to wear it proudly!

A few thoughts about the project:

  1. Participate as much or as little as you and your kids like. This isn’t a contest, just a fun project for you to do together!
  2. Let your kids express their own style: Mismatched? Crazy color schemes? Eighteen different prints? Who cares? Kids love to choose their own clothing, and this project will encourage them to play and experiment. My kids have never hesitated to “match” their clothing by wearing ALL BLUE for instance (or E’s favorite: “Everything on me has a *little bit* of red, so IT MATCHES!!”), and well, you’ve seen Clementine’s all-floral ensembles (see below).
  3. You don’t need to participate every day. Kids can be crazy stubborn, maybe your school has a dress code? Just do it if and when they want to!
  4. Let your kids be the guide here. If they don’t want to participate, that’s OK. Don’t force them! We want this to be fun for everyone. No meltdowns! (Parents, that includes you haha.)
  5. Post your photos to Instagram, the new Made for Kids Month Flickr group,Twitter, and/or your blog. Use hashtag #madeforkidsmonth so we can all find you. And feel free to post photos in more than one place, too!
  6. This project might give you some opportunities to talk to your children about where our clothes come from. Like with Fashion Revolution Day, let’s teach kids about who makes our clothing. Maybe they don’t think about it very much — I know this is true of my kids, honestly I don’t think they *get* that most people buy their clothing in stores. This is a great excuse for me to talk to them about why I make so much of what they wear. Whether you’ve sewn just a few items (so far) or you make everything for your kids, it’s good to talk to them about their clothing. We want you and your kids to be proud of the clothing you’ve made and to enjoy spending time making things!
  7. If you’re able to do so, set aside a little time this month to make something together just for the fun of it. It doesn’t have to be clothing. Make a painting together, or take turns making silly faces for the camera. Let’s celebrate kids and creativity!
  8. And who knows, maybe our kids will be inspired to get involved in making clothing themselves, if they haven’t yet. Maybe June will be a great opportunity for your first parent-kid sewing lesson! Clementine just started sewing a skirt for the first time a few months ago; this will be a great opportunity for us to pull it out and finish it.

OK, I think that’s all you need to know. Whadya think? Are you IN???

PS.  You can read Liesl’s Made for Kids Month right here!

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Spring Top Wrapup

Well, folks, Spring Top Sewalong 2014 has come to an end. Didn’t we have fun, though? Let’s take one more little dip into the Flickr Spring Top Sewalong 2014 Pool:

Sarah blogged about her self-drafted top here.

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Ashleigh’s adorable hoodie has probably been a go-to during this cool spring.

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Bubalo Jo’s modified Tova.

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Meg’s Lisette Attache looks like the ideal white blouse to me!

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I love Nicole’s Summer Concert Tee.

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Jessie’s Riding Peplum is perfect and springy with skinny jeans. And those boots!

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Emily’s modified Sorbetto tank.

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You can still learn about Spring Top Sewalong here; and check out the last month’s worth of your photos in the Flickr Pool and on Instagram with the tag #springtopsewalong.

Union St. TeeUnion St. Tee Rash GuardTiny Pocket TankTiny Pocket TankOliver + S ice cream top Sarah Jane wee wander fabricNew Look pattern 6104ShirtSwedish Summer Top. Yellow bias tape. Blue and Yellow.100_8970Spring Top SewalongSpring Top SewalongSpring Top Sewalongimage_MG_6743IMG_6753IMG_6750IMG_6749Belcarra blouse and Pencil-skirtSorbettoOh, how I love the #wikstentank pattern! Made another yesterday for #springtopsewalong & #memademay14! #mmmay14, #cuttinganotheronetoday, #iliveintheseduringthesummerSorbetto TankSorbetto Tank- Colette PatternsSorbetto Tankspring top sewalong 2014 ~ vogue 2852spring top sewalong 2014 ~ vogue 2852spring top sewalong 2014 ~ vogue 2852Tiny pocket tank cocoon voile 2Tiny pocket tank cocoon voileSorbetto TopHemlock TeeScoop topModified Wiksten TovastellatopDay 4 Me made mayGrainline Archer sleeveless shirt and Burda 9-2009-121 skirtPeach Parisian Top

Thanks for participating! I hope you’ve had as much fun as I have!

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Spring Top Sewalong Giveaway Winners

It’s time to announce all the pattern winners from the Spring Top Sewalong giveaways. Thanks to all of you for entering! Here are the lucky winners:

Lane Raglan: Yzo, who said “Lovely Giveaway. Thanks!”
Coco: Isabel, who said, “I love this pattern. Hope to win it!”
Briar Sweater and Tshirt: Sara, who said “The briar has been on my wishlist for AGES! Would love to win any of these”
Crescent Blouse: Fran, who said “Oh, those patterns are divine!”
Eucalypt Woven Tank and Dress: Nicola, who said “Yes please! I would love to make one of these.”
Lela Tunic and Blouse: Ericka, who said “I like it so much more color-blocked than in a print. Excited to see your top.”
Riding Peplum & Party Dress: Marie, who said “Not usually a fan of hi-lo hems but that dress is gorgeous! Great fabric too. I’d definitely make the dress version for summer.”
Scout Woven Tee: Karen, who said “Great looking patterns!”
Tiny Pocket Tank: Danielle, who said “I’ve seen the scout tee blogged and looking lovely! I’d love to give that pattern a shot, myself.”
Trifecta Top: Heather, who said “Cute top!”
Weekend Getaway Blouse + Dress: Kara, who said “That cappuccino tunic is too cute!”
Women’s Metro T-shirt: Anne, who said “I’ve learned so much from liesel’s patterns over the years and I’d love to try her adult patterns! So fun!”
Cappuccino Dress + Tunic: Ali, who said “The tunic pattern is super cute!”

Washi Dress: Annie, who said “I will try to find the prettiest print from my stash!”
Ruby Dress & Top: Sarah, who will make hers with “Nani Iro herringbone double gauze!”
Washi Dress Expansion Pack: Chris, who said “You had me at long sleeves.”
Josephine Tunic & Blouse: Kitter, who said she would make her Josephine “… sleeveless, of course! It’s the perfect summer blouse. I’m so in love with pintucks!”

Thanks again to all the pattern designers who offered up giveaways!

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Little Color Book for Hugo

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One of the joys of living in Ann Arbor is the sewing and blogging friends I get to see on a regular basis at monthly Sew Ann Arbor sewing meetups. Many of those friends have turned into people I hang out with In Real Life, and Emily of Emmmylizzzy (and @emmmylizzzy on Instagram) is one of those pals. Her daughter Phoebe and my Clementine are the same age and love playing together. You might also remember that daughter Phoebe helped Clementine model a legion of Tsuru Geranium Dresses last spring…they were so cute together!

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Emily made this adorable color book as a baby gift for Hugo, and I just love it. Had to show it to you, because it’s such a great way to use scraps, and such a fantastic baby gift idea!! Many of these scraps are from my own past sewing projects; I often bring my scraps to sewing meetups for the quilters to take and Emily was clever enough to collect a bunch and incorporate them into this book.

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One hilariously tragic thing you might have seen if you follow Emily on IG is that after she had completed it, her youngest daughter Penny found it and drew with a marker on the ENTIRE THING….ACK!! Luckily it all came out in the wash and you can’t even tell it happened; I would have never noticed it. Can you imagine though?? I would have cried.

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Elliot and Clementine have already identified a number of scraps that look familiar to them…do you see anything YOU recognize?

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Such a fun idea, right??? Thanks for the awesome gift, Emily!

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Modern Sewciety Podcast

Yesterday was one of those rough days that made me question my ability to keep three children alive much less accomplish anything professionally ever again, so the fact that Stephanie of Modern Sewciety aired my interview on her podcast added a little sunshine to my day, proof that I *can* do things when I don’t have a newborn, a sick kid and a sick husband. Just maybe not at this particular moment.

I’m honored to have been featured this week on Modern Sewciety Podcase Episode 24, I mean come what blogger doesn’t love to talk about herself? I talk about my patterns and designing fabrics and a bunch of other stuff, so if you care to listen to our interview it’s HERE along with a lovely interview of Julia of My Rainboots are Red (my segment is after hers, around the 18 minute mark). And check out Stephanie’s podcast gallery page for the lineup of other awesome folks she’s interviewed so far for some more some great listening material while you sew or get stuck under a sleeping newborn. Stephanie will also be giving away a bundle of Lotus Pond from Cloud 9 this week, so if you’re feeling lucky you should follow her so you can jump on that opportunity when it comes. (Lotus Pond is my newest fabric line that is IN SHOPS as of THIS WEEK!!!)

Thanks for featuring me Stephanie!

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More of your spring tops!

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Only four days left of the Spring Top Sewalong! Thought I’d give you a sampling of some of my favorites from the Flickr Pool.

Here’s Jo’s Hi-Lo Top in such a pretty rosy print:

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Michelle of Handmade Martini upcycled an old shirt for this self-drafted this tank and blogged about it here.

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I love the fabric (Leah Duncan Tule) that Carrie in Stitches chose for her Washi Tunic!

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Swoon! Blogged here.

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Jessi made a bunch of Lane Raglan tops; I’m diggin’ this sweatshirt one!

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Natalie blogged about her peplum top here,

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Spring Top Sewalong 2014 is underway! Read more here; add your photos to Instagram with the tag #springtopsewalong and/or add your photos to the Flickr Pool to play along!

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Washi Pattern Giveaway

This Giveaway is now closed. The winner will be announced soon!

How about another round of Giveaways? As we wrap up Spring Top Sewalong, here’s some pattern excitement to keep your energy up.

Today I’m giving away one copy each of four of my women’s sewing patterns (see below for links to the other three).

For your chance to win a copy of the Washi Dress sewing pattern PDF, leave one comment on this post telling us what fabric you’d like to use for your Washi.

Here’s a sample from the Washi Dress Flickr Pool for a little inspiration:

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You may leave one comment on each of the giveaway posts; you don’t have to choose just one pattern!

Enter to win a Ruby Dress & Top pattern here
Enter to win a Washi Expansion Pack pattern here
Enter to win a Josephine Tunic & Blouse pattern here

Spring Top Sewalong 2014 is in its final week! Read more here; and add your photos to the Flickr Pool.

To be entered in the drawing, leave ONE comment on this post by TOMORROW at 12 noon EST (Thursday, May 8, 2014). One winner will be randomly selected, contacted via email, and will receive a PDF copy of the Washi Dress sewing pattern from Made By Rae as a digital, downloadable pattern by email. Void where prohibited by law.

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Josephine Pattern Giveaway

This Giveaway is now closed. The winner will be announced soon!

How about another round of Giveaways? As we wrap up Spring Top Sewalong, here’s some pattern excitement to keep your sewing energy up.

Today I’m giving away one copy each of four of my women’s sewing patterns (see below for links to the other three)!

For your chance to win a copy of the Josephine Tunic & Blouse sewing pattern PDF, leave one comment on this post telling us what version of Josephine you’d sew? Long sleeves or sleeveless? Tunic or blouse length? Side vents or no?

Here’s what Made By Rae readers are posting in the Josephine Pattern Flickr Pool:

JosephineJosephine blouseJosephine BlouseJosephine BlouseJosephine BlouseSunny Summer JosephineSunny Summer JosephineMe Made May Day 8: Josephine and MeghanJosephine 5Josephine 1Me Made May Day 4: JosephineJosephine Top by Made by Rae

You may leave one comment on each of the giveaway posts; you don’t have to choose just one pattern!

Enter to win a Washi Dress pattern here
Enter to win a Washi Expansion Pack pattern here
Enter to win a Ruby Dress & Top pattern here

Spring Top Sewalong 2014 is in its final week! Read more here; and add your photos to the Flickr Pool.

To be entered in the drawing, leave ONE comment on this post by TOMORROW at 12 noon EST (Thursday, May 8, 2014). One winner will be randomly selected, contacted via email, and will receive a PDF copy of the Josephine Tunic & Blouse sewing pattern from Made By Rae as a digital, downloadable pattern by email. Void where prohibited by law.

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