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10.26.2014

Hudson Pants // Perfect Pattern Parcel


Good morning, all!  Happy weekend!

Have you guys seen the latest Perfect Pattern Parcel?  It is SO good. I am actually making (and blogging about!) three different patterns in this Parcel. If I had the time, I probably would have sewn all 6 patterns!

They are ALL so good. So practical, so wearable... so good!




These are the fantastic Hudson Pants, designed by True Bias. They are everything.

I am embarrassed to admit that I bought fabric for these pants three times. I loved this pattern right when it came out, and I've been hunting the perfect fabric ever since!  Two disappointing French terry's later, I somehow landed at camo fleece haha.  Though, I subscribe to the school of thought that camo is a neutral.  As is cheetah. :D


I was at Jo-Ann shopping for Bronte fabric, when I passed this camo fleece. I gave it a tug and 
holy **** it had like 30% stretch!  So I went for it.  I mean, who doesn't need camo fleece pants really?!

I made these up in a size 10. I was nervous about the stretch the whole time, aware that fleece isn't know for its elasticity. But they came out great! They are W A R M - I think they'll be perfect for camping, or just lounging around on blustery New England winter mornings.




The Perfect Pattern Parcel is a collection of patterns carefully curated and handpicked for the benefit of many. For you as the seamstress, for the designers of the patterns, and most importantly, for charity. 


Pattern Parcel #6: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win!



Support Indie Designers:

Independent designers create patterns that are innovative, imaginative and in line with current style trends. Their patterns encompass a broad range of sizes and fabulous “out of the envelope” fit because they're thoroughly tested by real people. Indie designers are approachable, providing support, suggestions, publishing additions to your favorite designs, and hosting interactive sewing events. When we are patrons of indie designers, we are supporting small businesses. We are developing the community around us. We are helping make dreams come true.


Support PPP:

We ask you to dedicate part of your purchase to support the mission of Perfect Pattern Parcel. Our mission is to support indie designers, give to charity, and expand awareness to further those two primary goals. PPP funds cover the cost of all hosting and payment processing fees so the designers and charities don't have to. With any dollar we spend as a PPP expense, our goal is to earn that dollar back and then some. Every dollar that isn't used to cover expenses is reallocated to charity.


Support Children's Education:

Donors Choose is an organization that matches up the needs of teachers and their students for specific projects with willing donors. The funds raised from each Pattern Parcel sale will go to help K-12 students in minimizing educational inequality and encourage a community where children have the tools and experiences necessary for an excellent education. From pencils for poetry to microscopes for mitochondria, your support will help address educational inequality and grow generations to come. To date, you've helped us raise over $13,000! 




I am loving my Hudson Pants!  I am sitting at my computer writing this post IN these pants haha!

So, please consider doing a little sewing for yourself, and contributing to a great cause while doing so! I look forward to showing you my other makes from this Parcel!


Have a great day, all!
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10.24.2014

Brand New Bimaa!



Good Friday morning, all!


Today is huge.

See:


The Bimaa is BRAND SPANKING NEW today!

We're celebrating by offering the pattern as the Friday Fiver over on crafterhours!  For the next 24 hours, you can get the Bimaa, in all of it's updated glory, for 5 bucks.  Run over to crafterhours for the code!

What’s new in this update? Well, most prominently is the addition of many more sizes! Yep, I’ve heard your cries – the Bimaa is now available in sizes 6/12 months through 12 years! We’ve also tweaked the fit, professionally graded and digitized in Adobe Illustrator, and added helpful size charts! 


Do you already own the Bimaa?  Please email me with your proof of purchase (PayPal email address, invoice number, screen shot of bundle receipt, etc.) at LouBeeClothingPatterns@gmail.com for an even deeper discount on the upgraded pattern.



Happy Friday, all!

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9.17.2014

Fawn Lily + Origami Oasis



Hello, all!  Happy Wednesday!

I've been so looking forward to this post - it's a fabulous coming together of three awesome things... 

2 - Two beautiful Willow and Co. patterns that I've been itchin' to sew
3 - Finally sharing this gorgeous new fabric line from Michael Miller - Origami Oasis!

FUN!




Stellar lineup, non?!


I have loved the Fawn Lily ever since I first saw it... and then loved it more every time I saw a new one sewn up out on the internets. It's just so different! So many variations + fabric combo possibilities.

So I jumped at the chance to sew my own version for Frances Suzanne's Flip This Pattern - September Showcase. This Showcase is
"No competition. Just a “show and share” of sorts….getting the word out about some pretty amazing patterns by Rising Indie Designers. You will see a combination of FLIPPED and UNFLIPPED versions of the showcased patterns, as well as featured designers showcasing one another’s patterns throughout the series. How cool is that?"
 Very, that's how!




The Fawn Lily was everything that you've heard - fun, easy, and freaking wicked smart. Standing ovation for Rebecca, the pattern's creator!

I sewed a size 4t just-below-the-knee length, for my taller 4.5 year old, and it hits just where I was hoping it would, right at her knee. I love everything about this dress but it's the shape especially that I am drawn to. The contoured cap sleeves, the perfectly flared skirt - it's just delicious, all of it.



Surely by now you're saying what is this bright, wild fabric!?  Let me tell'ya!

It's a brand new line called Origami Oasis, designed by Tamara Kate for Michael Miller Fabrics.  Tamara contacted me a few months ago asking if I'd be interested in sewing up some of her gorgeous new fabric in exchange for the Shandiin pattern. Um hashtag yes. See Tamara's Shandiin in Origami Oasis HERE. So cool. 



Origami Oasis comes in a bold colorway (the one I've sewn here), a warmer colorway (in the graphic above), and in a black and white. Please, click over to see them - I HAVE to get some of that graphic black and white. Look at this quilt. I don't even quilt. Look at this shirtdress!!!


Tamara Kate on Origami Oasis:
Inspired by an afternoon with my daughter making a menagerie of origami creatures, I created this world of wonders where diamonds decorate fantastical birds, flowers form animals' manes and where it's ok to be a little wild. The oasis is a magical place where individuality is celebrated and everyone gets along. So be proud, stand tall and show your colours!

I love that message.  Show our colors, indeed.




I didn't get great shots of Em's new Aster Cardigan - it was a super nice day, so we took advantage and shed layers. I love this sweet pattern to BITS! It's fast, profesh, and stinkin' cute.  There will be heaps more made. Recommend x 1,000.

This Aster is sewn in a size 5, using a nice ponte knit. Em has to wear uniforms to school (did you hear me drop to my knees and wail when I heard that news?), so this collared cardigan in requisite navy is just right. I'm happy there are still some things I can make for her to wear despite the (well-intended) dress policy. 





Where.
Are.
My pockets.



Have you guys sewn the Fawn Lily?  Leave me a link or a picture in the comments!  If not, might I coerce you with this nice coupon code?

Take 20% off the Fawn Lily Tunic & Dress Pattern with code SHOWCASE20 right here in the Willow & Co. shop!

Scoop up the Aster Cardigan while you're there, too. :)


And, ahem, don't miss this enormous giveaway!  Thank you, Frances Suzanne!



Have a great day, guys! Happy sewing!

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7.18.2014

Galactic Cosi Swimsuit


Hello, and Happy Friday!

Today's an awesome day - it's COSI DAY!







When I first started seeing bits and pieces of the Cosi Swimsuit pattern coming together over on Suz's blog SewPony, I was SO. PUMPED. UP.  I had never had the desire to make Em a bathing suit until I saw this one.  It's just perfect!



Two super huge bummers to get out of the way.  One: my serger is in a bad, bad way and it ate my first Cosi. I need to get it tuned up before I ruin another thing!  Two: 5 minutes before this photo shoot, Em tripped knee first at about 30mph into a wrought iron candle stand (no lit candles involved!) and she was despondent. She wasn't hurt badly, but... you know. 4 years old. The struggle is real.




So that said, I did't get many pictures at all!  And I didn't successfully make the 3 Cosi's I planned to.  Le sigh. 

But this is no reflection on the pattern, which is truly fantastic.  It's actually like 10+ patterns in one!  The amount of style combinations you can put together to make your Cosi is bananas.  See:


Seriously!

For my super-simple halter version, I used this amazing galactic Lycra print from Spandex World.  The quality is so so nice ad substantial, and this particular print comes in other colorways!  The suit is lined with a super soft swimwear lining from The Fabric Fairy - another great source for swim fabrics.

The Cosi has wonderfully thorough instructions, and the pattern itself is drafted to perfection.  The fit of this suit!?  I couldn't believe it actually fit better than some store-bought suits Em has - and I MADE IT! There is nothing more satisfying than that. 


Nursing her wound, poor dear.

In the weeks leading up to this patterns' release, I gathered a respectable collection of swimwear fabrics, and made so many Cosi plans.  Once I get my act together, there will be many more of these puppies!  I'll be sure to share them. :)

I can't urge you enough to give this pattern a shot!  Suz has made swimsuit-making foolproof.  You can do it!  And don't let my serger woes scare you... you actually don't even need to use one - I am just a glutton for punishment it would seem.



Suz has also been kind enough to offer a coupon code - COSITOUR15 - for 15% off through the end of the Cosi Tour (psst, that's today!).  Head to the SewPony Vintage pattern shop and grab your copy!  Thank you, Suz!

And do check out the other, less grouchy/mortally wounded Tour participants:



Have a great weekend, everyone!

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