Sewing: Pattern Testing| Blue Ridge Dress by Hello Holli

blue-ridge-dress-instructionsEvery once in a while, I have the opportunity to test a sewing pattern that has the potential of becoming a go-to project.  I think the Blue Ridge Dress by Hello Holli might just fit that bill.

This is before hemming, so it's way too long
This is before hemming, so it’s way too long

It is quick, simple, easy, but with a super clean finish and loads of possibilities.

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This is the first version I made using fabric from a sentimental skirt of mine. This version is reversible.

The fit is great.  Even on my bitty baby, I like the fit.

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Check out all the other versions made during the test… this thing looks great on every single model.  That’s definitely saying something.

DSC_0308 (4)eThe back is cute, with its long opening hole and bias tape button hole.

DSC_0322 (2)The skirt is fully gathered, offering lots of swing and flow.  I would imagine that little 3-5 year old princesses would love twirling in this dress.  :)

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Holli put a lot of work into this pattern.  It is well written and easy to understand.  She’s included awesome illustrations.

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The pattern features a wide range of sizes: 12 m-14y, so it will be one of your go-to patterns for years to come.

Check out the other stops on the tester tour here.

And snag your copy of the Blue Ridge Dress pattern here. You can use the code BLUERIDGELAUNCH through Friday, July 3rd for 20% off the price of the pattern.

Also, if you hurry, you could try to win a copy of the pattern here!

DSC_0316 (3)e(The length has been edited since finishing this dress.  The skirt is supposed to hit right at the knee, so it’s obviously too long on my tiny lady.  That’s one thing that’s nice about the pattern, though… you can customize it to be really any length.)

Free Pattern Friday: Crown Prop

I recently designed this cute crown prop for a newborn photo shoot I was doing.  I love me a little baby wearing a crown!  It is perfect for a little prince or princess.DSC_0277eWell, then, my own little princess was turning one.  I wanted to do her pictures very simply, with soft pinks and golds.  I NEEDED a crown for her (even though she refused to keep it on longer than a second- unless there was cake in front of her face).  It was super easy to simply add stitches to the starting chain to create a larger crown.

DSC_0312eIt is sweet and delicate and adds the perfect royal touch to a photo.  The pattern includes directions on how to stiffen your crown, so that it holds the shape.

DSC_0347e2You can also add pearls or other beads to up the glam factor.

DSC_0089It uses crochet thread and a 2.25 mm hook.  It can be a little tricky to work with such small stitches, but worth it in the end.  You could even use larger hooks and yarn to make a bigger crown.

You can find the pattern here, in my Ravelry shop.  I would LOVE to see your finished crown.  “Hook it” on ravelry and/or post it on my facebook page.

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Sewing: Pattern Testing | Morocco Pants

Do you remember the Ash Jumpsuit that I tested a while back?  The same designer, Celina Bailey of Petit a Petit & Family just released her newest awesome pattern: The Morocco Pants.  I was lucky enough to test it and made some cute pants for my cute boy:

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DSC_0101Since making these, the waistband has been modified slightly and there have been some optional fly additions (faux fly with elastic waist) to the pattern.  I decided that we’d probably get more use out of these if they were shorts, so I cut them off and added elastic to the back.

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DSC_0121They have a cute welt pocket (the pattern has pocket options, too, like welts and flaps!) and contrasting side pockets.

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DSC_0105 (2)The pattern also has optional tuxedo contrasting detail!  I love me some color-blocking and these pants/ shorts really are great for that.  In fact, the next ones I make will be the tuxedo shorts.

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So, make sure you hop on over to Petit a Petit & Family shop to pick up your pattern.  If you hurry, you can snag it on sale!

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Crochet and Knit: Ravelry

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Photo by Two Little Feet Photography

Hey all!  I have acquired a bunch of new viewers and followers over the last few weeks.  First off… welcome! (Look for a super secret coupon code for my blog readers at the end of this post)  And, thanks for taking the time to look over my stuff.  I wanted to let you know that the Little Man Button Loafers pattern has been very slightly updated and formatted to look more like my other patterns.  The new link is available to download at Ravelry.  (It is still a free pattern, though… along with the Suzy Sandal, which will be getting a facelift next.)

Find my Ravelry Store here

I am really enjoying spinning and dyeing my own wool and then making items out of my hand made yarn.

Photograph by Two Little Feet Photography
Photograph by Two Little Feet Photography

I think that is kind of the direction I’ll be going with my knitting/ crocheting.  I currently have 7 patterns specifically designed for hand spun thick and thin yarn (with another 2 set to be released this weekend).

Photograph by EvaBelle Photography
Photograph by EvaBelle Photography

I plan to sell skeins of my hand spun yarn in quantities large enough to complete one of my patterns.  Or, if you’d rather not do it yourself, I will make it for you!  I’m also working on a website.  In the meantime, though, contact me here on my blog, on facebook, or on email: puddypaddesigns@gmail.com

I would LOVE to work with you to create one of a kind pieces.

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Use code BLOGLOVE to get 50% off anything in my Ravelry Store

and 50% off any order over $15 at Etsy

(Ravelry is just patterns, but Etsy has many ready to ship and custom order listings as well)

Sewing | Pattern Testing: Limon Dress and Top

DSC_0007 (3)eppdDo you remember the Kudzu Cargos that I made, here, and here?  What about the Fawn Lily, here?  Charming Doodle has contributed another pattern to Willow and Co Patterns that I think you’ll like!  It is called the Limon Dress and Top.

DSC_0013 (4)ppdThis was such a fun test.  The pattern is fun and engaging, and easy to understand.  The finished dress (or top) is fully lined and finishes very professionally.  The pattern includes instructions for sleeveless or sleeved, optional button placket and ruffles, and different hem length options.

DSC_0017 (3)ppdI added elastic to the hemline of my sleeves, giving a different look. DSC_0013 (3)ppdI also did a bubble hem by shortening the lining, ruffling the outer skirt hem, and sewing the two hems together.  I like the way that puffy shape of the sleeves is repeated in the bubble hem.

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DSC_0024 (4)ppdYou may not know this about me: I LOVE tucks… and the Limon Dress has plenty of them!  I love ironing them down… I know, I’m weird.  :)

DSC_0022 (5)ppdAnyway, this really is a beautiful pattern!

Check out the other tester projects here.

And, pick up your copy of the Limon Dress and Top Pattern here.

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Crochet and Knit: New Patterns

This week, I have released 3 new patterns!

The Lola Beanie- Knit

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Knitted and photographed by Briana K
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Photo by EvaBelle Photography

Pattern available here

Lola Beanie- Crochet

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by Crochet by Kimberly Mae
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by Amber Hoskins

Pattern available here

And the Reece Bonnet and Overalls Set

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made by Jennifer Pfleger
made by Jennifer Pfleger
made by Lori Anderson
made by Lori Anderson
made by Christy's Handmade Creations
made by Christy’s Handmade Creations

Pattern available here

The Reece Set is HALF OFF now thru Saturday, so hurry and snag that deal!

I have a few new patterns coming up soon that are specifically designed for hand spun thick and thin yarn.  I’m so excited for these!  I’ll let you know when they’re available.

Thick and Thin Basics
Thick and Thin Basics

Paintings: Salty Air 1, 2, 3 (Seascapes)

It’s been a tough few weeks in my house.  We’ve all passed around sickness after sickness.  I’m *still* trying to get healthy…

There’s been a lot of fighting and whining and screaming and talking back (mostly by the kids… mostly).  It’s been EXHAUSTING.  To keep my sanity, I create stuff.  Usually, I do some crochet creations.  Sometimes, it’s sewing or paper crafting or piano playing.  Sometimes, it’s painting.  Lately, it’s been all of them!

I have been painting seascapes… probably because the subject is calmer and more peaceful than what’s going on around me.  :/  Oi!

Anyway, here’s what I’ve painted this week.  They are available in my shop, if you’re interested:

Salty Air #1 6X6 Acrylic on board
Salty Air #1
6X6
Acrylic on board
Salty Air #2 8X8 Acrylic on board
Salty Air #2
8X8
Acrylic on board
Salty Air #3 6X6 Acrylic on board
Salty Air #3
6X6
Acrylic on board