sewing up a storm!

Monday, April 30, 2012


hello! happy monday everyone! how was your weekend?  i hope you all had a good one.  i thought i would pop in today to show you all what i've been busy working on behind the scenes.  i recently took some custom orders for my "sweetheart dress" and have been having a blast picking fabrics and sewing them up.  there's more to come too.  i've got more than a few left to sew up in the next couple of weeks.

fabric: sweet jasmine grey - daisy chain by amy butler from stitch simple
lining - stash...not sure what it is :(
i'm also waiting on some new fabrics to make some more of the dresses to list for sale in my etsy shop so stay tuned.  also a pattern may be in the works with all the bodice sizes so you can purchase it and make your own sweetheart dress!  wahoo!!!  that may be a bit more time in the making but for now i will be selling these sweet little dresses in limited batches in the shop.  keep your eyes open for commuter cowls too!  i'm so excited to get some of those out for sale for those of you who don't sew who asked me for ones.  i've got some fun and modern prints coming in to showcase the commuter cowl perfectly!  it's seriously a staple in my wardrobe and one of my favorite things that i have made/designed. love it.


i've got lots of ideas for new designs as well and will be going in my first craft sale late this summer. i can't wait.  now to find the time to blog, sew, knit, design and well....be a mommy and wife too.  not enough hours in the day..lol.  there may be a few weeks on here that i don't post here and there so bear with me.  it won't be tons but i am seriously considering taking one day out of the week not to blog so i can focus solely on designing that day.  it's something i'm really enjoying that i really don't have enough time to do at the moment.  my sketchbooks and journals are bursting and the ideas are keeping me up at night. so this momma's just gotta get them out into the world.  they are like my little babies :)


totally off topic aren't these little hearts adorable?  i keep swooning over the hearts that get cut out of the dresses and decided to send them along to the happy customer as a wee tag of sorts.  i simply zig zagged and pinked the edges for a bit of a shabby chic look and then used my pfaff ambition 1.0's letter stitching to sew the words 'the sweetheart dress' onto the heart.  stitched on a ribbon and attached it to the dress.  i thought it was a sweet touch and to go along with my business card and a handwritten card.  i luv when i receive orders/packages with extra goodies like that and i hold onto them in a special place in my sewing area.  it's the thought behind them that makes them so special.  anyone can print an invoice but it takes time and love to put that special little bit of happiness in a handmade parcel.  i hope they love their dresses as much as i do.

here's some shots of a few of the others i've made recently...


fabric: optic blossom in linen - midwest modern by amy butler from stitch simple
lining: stash...not sure what it is :(
fabric: bike it -commute by birch fabrics from fabricworm
lining: birdie spokes - mod basics by birch fabrics from fabricworm
don't they look so cute all together?  makes me all warm inside.


whatcha think? you likey?  would you like to see a pattern for sale of the sweetheart dress?  which sizes would you like it to go up to for children?  have you sewn one yet? i'd love to see it if you have!  what have you been working on?  chat, chat...and show me pics/blog posts! i love seeing what you are all up to - it's so fun!

p.s. - stay tuned...that tutorial i've been promising is up this week!! 

p.p.s - please ignore my creases...my iron sucks and is being dumped. i'm on the hunt for a new one...any recommendations?

27 comments:

  1. Those are so pretty! You've done a wonderful job and I love the fabric combos.

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  2. Awesome job - they are lovely!! This dress pattern is so great. I'm sure lots of people would love to be able to buy a tutorial for this!

    I did make one too, and it's on ye olde blog - pintucks.wordpress.com. Love it.

    IRON - I have a Rowenta Steamium iron and I love it. I had an iron I hated for years and now I have this one and it's awesome. Definitely recommend.

    Happy Monday!

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  3. Oh the bicycles... my favorite!!! These are so lovely, Shannon! The tags just put it over the top, what a thoughtful touch. I hope you are well, friend! Sorry I have been out of pocket. The blogs have taken over, I hardly have time to visit my faves! :( Hugs from Nashville. :)

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  4. i adore those dresses! well done! xoxox

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  5. gah! the fabrics are delicious. and I adore the idea of using the cutout as a tag. brilliant!

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  6. ooooh yeah, me likey! They look fab! and the little heart is a perfect touch. Had to laugh... I took some photos of what is happening behind the scenes at Truly Myrtle today and what is on top of my pile? That same Amy Butler print! Ha! You'll see it in a few hours...
    I can totally understand needing a bit of space to create - designing is a slow burning organic thing really.... the ideas come thick and fast, but letting them grow into the real thing takes a slower energy. It really is like making a baby! Oh, dear - not sure if you're supposed to say risque things like that..... X

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  7. Love the bicycles!!! How cute it that!

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  8. Oh man! If my MIL can't make me one I may be writing you. I love the bikes and the grey flowers! So cute.

    As far as a pattern. Please go up to at least a 5t :)

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  9. Cute cute prints!!! These all look so awesome! I really love these dresses....this really makes me want to make a funky print dress for myself.

    -Ashley
    http://distractedashley.blogspot.com

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  10. Oh, Shannon, get away!! these are so cute! And your workmanship is absolutely beautiful.

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  11. i second asking for at least 5T. But I might not get them made until next spring, so 6?

    Also, I thought the tag was a little purse at first. Try making one into a matching purse! I think it would be so cute and my girls would love such a thing so I'm sure other littles would too.

    I love your fabric choices. Maybe I won't be able to wait until next year to make this. Too many things to make, not enough time!

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  12. These dresses are positively precious!!!

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  13. Those dresses are great---I especially love the one with the bikes...so stinking cute!
    liZ

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  14. Awwww, thanks guys! So glad you like them! I'm going to be sad to part with them all. 2 of them have already be mailed out to their new homes :)

    If I do sell the pattern I will def go to at least a 5T. Thanks for your thoughts on that :)

    What have you guys been working on?

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  15. Love, love, love...must make one (or 7) of these myself. If & when you make a pattern would you consider having a license to sell with it, or even an extra cost for it? Just curious.

    As for the creases...didn't notice :)

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  16. They are such sweet dresses, I love the fabric combos. And I especially love the fabric hearts, what a special extra touch :)

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  17. You really do find the most wonderful fabrics!!! Each dress is a gem.

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  18. It's been so long since I've had a chance to stop by your blog. You amaze me how much you are able to get done. I've been cleaning out our "extra bedroom" (which collected junk for 3 years) so it could become my son's room so he can finally move out of Mommy and Daddy's room. Now I'm filled with ideas for decorating it and making it more homey, but no money to do it! Ha!

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  19. the material you used is beautiful!

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  20. Yes, please make/sell the pattern! I will be first on the list to buy. Love the fabric combinations!

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  21. this dress if the first thing i am going to sew once i get done with my exams in june and tonsillectomy in july....will send you the pics....thanks for sharing shannon. hugs from already sunny (and hot) malta xx

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  22. What I think is AWESOME! They look great and it's such a pretty/unique dress that I'm not a bit surprised you're getting orders. I totally understand the "maybe I'll take a break" from blogging mentality as an effort to create more time. If you try it, I'd love to hear how it works for you!

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  23. Those are SO adorable! And so unique too, I think a pattern would be a great idea!

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  24. I just added some pictures of my dress inspired by this to flikr group!

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  25. I would love to buy this pattern in an adult size!! Women's size 16. (pattern size). Love love. Please email me if u do get this up for sale at: reynalay@gmail.com

    -reyna
    Www.facebook.com/glamglory

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