Eloise Dress at Sunset

Eloise Dress Pattern sewn by Ginger House Deisgns

I’ve been testing a lot of patterns lately 🙂 I love pattern testing and every time I see a testing call come up, I just have to apply!  Sometimes, I have to remind myself not to apply to every single one, since time is a valuable commodity.  But anyway….

Eloise Dress Pattern sewn by Ginger House Deisgns

When the call went up for the Eloise Dress from Bubby and Me Creations (who test sewed the Queen Street Dress for me recently here), I just absolutely knew that I had to test! The dress is PERFECT!

Eloise Dress Pattern sewn by Ginger House Deisgns

The details that she put into the pattern are so charming.  I particularly love the pleats, which are on both the front and back. And the yoke would be a great place to switch up the fabric to really make it really pop.  I’m doing that on my second version, which I have already cut.

Eloise Dress Pattern sewn by Ginger House Deisgns

The instructions are clear and detailed and contain very professionally taken photos to go along with each step!

Eloise Dress Pattern sewn by Ginger House Deisgns

On this version, I cut the size 1 (US size 12-18m) based off the chest measurement and the fit in the chest is perfect!  It has just the right amount of room to grow.

Eloise Dress Pattern sewn by Ginger House Deisgns

You can get more information about the dress pattern here.

Eloise Dress Pattern sewn by Ginger House Deisgns

All these pictures were taken at my mom and dad’s house.  They have a bunch of land and it’s so wonderfully relaxing to go there for the weekend.  Molly loves running around out there and Jane (blog readers haven’t met Jane yet, have you??) is the happiest in the world there, getting to run free and bark to her little hearts content!  Everyone, meet Jane, the poorly groomed Westie:

Jane, the poorly groomed Westie

This particular weekend wasn’t as relaxing as usual, since Molly got sick (or something, she didn’t have a fever… weird) and we were up all night with her.  But at least we got all these lovely pictures before she got sick 🙂

Eloise Dress Pattern sewn by Ginger House Deisgns

Holiday Dress: EYMM Blog Tour (and Giveaway)

I’m on another blog tour! This time, I got to sew up EYMM’s Kenzie Dress and it’s Molly’s first holiday dress that I’ve made this year.

EYMM Kenzie Dress sewn by Ginger House Designs

It was a little cold outside taking pictures but Molly was a trooper (although I did have to bribe her with out of season fruits haha). I think, as the weather gets colder, I might layer this with a long sleeve white shirt. However, since I did make this a size to big, it should fit in the warm weather too 🙂

There were a lot of options for this dress but I chose the simple dress skirt, even though I loved the signature skirt with all the layers.

EYMM Kenzie Dress sewn by Ginger House Designs

I wanted to do something that wasn’t the traditional Christmas colors since I knew she would wear it for more than just christmas. I then dug around my stash (I try to hit up my stash first) and found three pretty colors.  The light blue looked holiday like to me but was a little bit see through so I needed to line it.  I found the green fabric and the colorful sash that would bring the two solid colors together.

EYMM Kenzie Dress sewn by Ginger House Designs

I made just a couple modifications to the pattern.  The first was to make the sash thinner.  I didn’t actually want to do this one, I just didn’t have enough fabric to make the wide sash and I really loved this fabric. I felt like the colors were perfect for a holiday dress.  Next time, I will make the sash big and full 🙂

EYMM Kenzie Dress sewn by Ginger House Designs

The second is that, since the blue fabric was a little bit sheer, I lined it with a green. Then, I hemmed the bottom layer up just a little higher to let a little peak of the green out at the bottom.

EYMM Kenzie Dress sewn by Ginger House Designs

EYMM Kenzie Dress sewn by Ginger House Designs

The pattern comes in 2 size ranges for kids and a doll size add on! I wanted to sew the doll version too, but alas, I ran out of green fabric.  As I mentioned, there are two skirt options and the pattern also provides the option to make a skirt instead of a dress for both skirt views.

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Use the coupon code LITTLELADY to save 30% off any Kenzie’s Party Dress purchase (newborn-4t, 5-18tween, 18″ doll add-on, or the bundle that includes newborn-18tween plus the doll size), good at www.eymm.com until 11:59pm PST on 11/12/2014.

And now for the giveaway information! Giveaway prizes total $125 and include $50 EYMM gift certificate, Stitchbox Monthly November Sewing Box ($35 value), $25 EYMM gift certificate, and a Little Lady Sheet of Jamberry Juniors Nail Wraps ($15 retail). Click here to take you to the Raffle Copter Giveaway!

And, when you sew your version of the Kenzie dress, head back HERE to post it in the linky party! (One day *hopefully* soon, I will be self hosted and able to actually post these things on my blog! Here’s to wishing, right)

 

Angelic Dress (The Blaverry Blog Tour)

Blaverry Dress sewn by Ginger House Designs

Doesn’t Molly look angelic in this little dress?  I love the way the afternoon fall light looks, too.  But let’s talk about the important things here!

This pattern is the Ansley Dress by Blaverry Patterns and I got the chance to sew it up as part of the Blaverry Blog Tour.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/205653755/ansley-twirl-top-dress-tunic-pdf-pattern?ref=shop_home_active_1

The pattern comes with tons of options, top and shirt length, multiple hem finishes, multiple sleeve options and multiple neck finishes.  I went with a dress length with the 3/4 length sleeves since we are heading into fall/winter and a pointy collar.

Blaverry Pattern sewn by Ginger House Designs

The instructions are written for an intermediate sewer who has basic knowledge of garment construction. In the instructions are page printing numbers so you only have to print out the options that you choose.  This really comes in handy with as many options as there are!

Blaverry Pattern sewn by Ginger House Designs

I will be sewing this one up again! I need to try out a few more of the options. It was a close call between this hem finish and the high/low hem finish!

Blaverry Pattern sewn by Ginger House Designs

Thank you for stopping by!! Don’t forget to check out the other stops on this blog tour! And also use the code ILOVEBLAVERRY10 to receive 10% off of your copy of the Ansley pattern!
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The ones that don’t make the cut…

When your promoting things, only the best of the best pictures will do… But there are still a lot of awesome memories in the pictures that don’t make the cut!!

Queen Street Out Takes

Yesterday, I posted about the Marbella Dress (affiliate link) and last week about the Queen Street Dress.  Both of those photoshoots took place at the same time.  My neighbor’s little girl was the beautiful model for the Queen Street Dress so we met them downtown after work on a Monday and took some pictures of her before they went to eat.  Then we took the pictures of the Marbella dress while we walked around downtown.

Queen Street Out Takes

If you regularly read my blog, you may know that Molly doesn’t love having her picture taken.  Well, this time of course, when we were trying to get pictures of someone else, she wouldn’t get out of the frame!! Ed had to do some very artful photographing to not get her in every picture… with his phone in her hands non the less (she was watching Frozen).

It was so much fun seeing the girls play together! They watched a little bit of the movie together, they jumped around on the stage and they danced 🙂

Queen Street Outtakes

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Listening to music

As I said before, after they went to dinner, we wondered the streets of downtown and took the Marbella Dress pictures.  During our wonder through downtown, we unintentionally completely intentionally ended up at a gelato shop.

Gelota

Molly and I had eaten dinner before we left for downtown but Ed come straight downtown after work so he had gelato for dinner.  And mexican casserole for dessert 😉

Marbella Dress Pattern Blog Tour

I recently had the privilege to test sew this lovely pattern, the Marbella Dress pattern.  This pattern for me was love at first sight.  It can be so many things! I can be a professional work dress, a dress to wear to a wedding and other fancy occasions, a going out dress, a dress to wear during the day… You name it!!

Marbella Dress by Ginger House Designs

The pattern has lots of great features: Princess seams in the bust (making bust adjustments super easy), an invisible zipper in the back, a tulip shaped skirt, fully lined and unlined options and pockets!!  While it’s not a beginner pattern, the instructions really walk you through each step with very clear illustrations and directions.

Marbella Dress by Ginger House Designs

I love that the pattern has different bodice pieces for each bust size.  It definitely makes it the muslin process easier!

Marbella Dress by Ginger House Designs

This version that I sewed up is from Joann’s spring line.  I can’t wait to sew it again in a knit fabric to make a version that is a bit more casual for day to day wear.

Marbella Dress by Ginger House Designs

I also think this would make a great holiday dress in a thicker fabric  (maybe with some sparkle??).

Marbella Dress by Ginger House Designs

 

The pattern can be purchased here and is on sale for 20% off (regular $15, no coupon code needed!) for the first month!!  Definitely snatch this pattern up!  Also, there is a giveaway!  Head on over to Itch to Stitch blog to enter and to see the other ladies on the blog tour!

Marbella Dress by Ginger House Designs

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Colette Negroni

I made a men’s shirt (in, like, February), Colette Negroni Pattern. In any case, it’s probably about the most challenging thing that I have ever made.  And I’m very proud of it.

Negroni by Ginger House Designs

My husband, Ed, loves it.  He wears it all the time.  And I finally got pictures of it.  He got to see how awkward it is to model haha. Not that I think you look awkward, Ed, I think you did an awesome job 🙂

Negroni by Ginger House Designs

The pattern was great and I learned a lot from making it.  I really love Colette patterns.  Back when I first really got into sewing, I bought the women’s clothing book and I also have the Iris Shorts pattern.  The only thing I had to change was slim it out a little bit since Ed likes things a little fitted… and he’s so skinny.

Negroni by Ginger House Designs

Also, these are some pictures from our recent vacation to the mountains!  It was beautiful and peaceful there and I think we all wanted to stay forever 🙂

Colette Negroni by Ginger House Designs

 

 

The Queen Street Dress is Here!!

Today is the exciting day: The Queen Street Dress Pattern Release Day!!  The pattern is live on Etsy and on Craftsy.

Queen Street Dress by Ginger House Designs

As I mentioned in my last post, this is a wonderfully versatile dress that can be dressed up or down depending on which fabrics you choose, sewn with 3/4 length sleeves or short sleeves, can have a pleated front or gathered front and can be cut at dress length or blouse length.

Queen Street Dress by Ginger House Designs

It has a modern vintage feel with it’s wide peter pan collar and optional pockets.

Queen Street Dress by Ginger House Designs

I had some very awesome testers for this pattern and I want to share some of their pictures with you!

Sally Barker from Sallifersews:

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Sharon Archer from Sam and I Designs:

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Melissa Malice from Rebel and Malice:

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Maria Figueroa from Creative Needle and Threads:

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Amanda Rios from AmandaRose:

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Nikki Marsh from Bubby and Me Creations:

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Mel Henry from Filles à Maman:

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Click here to head to Etsy and get the pattern or if you prefere, click here to go to Craftsy to get your copy!