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: Heart Stitch Hat and Pants Pattern

DSC_0239ppdIt’s here!  It’s here!  It’s finally here!

By far, my most popular post is this one about my heart stitch leg warmers.  I’ve gotten so many messages about a matching hat, like Tessa’s wearing in the photos.

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So, I present to you, the  promo flyerIt comes packed with cool stuff, like a photo tutorial to help you through making a whole pair of pants.

The hat can be made in all sizes- from newborn all the way up to adult.

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Newborn set by Crochet by Kimberly Mae
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Adult Slouch hat by Jessica Vargas

The pattern walks you through making the pants virtually any size (I totally want to see adult heart stitch pants), but includes measurements for newborn thru child (4-5 years) size.

DSC_0220The hat can be made in either a beanie or slouch style.

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Teen sized beanie by Cherie Matassa
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Child sized slouch hat by Christy’s Handmade Creations

The color combinations are really endless.

3-6 month set by Aiza Saqalain
3-6 month set by Aiza Saqalain

DSC_0199ecropAnd, lest you think this pattern is just for girls, check out the camo.  🙂

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12- 24 month beanie by Jennifer Pfleger

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So, hop on over to pick up your heart stitch pattern (starting Friday morning).

Ravelry

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And, if you do it this weekend (thru Monday), you can get it for 50% off!  (No coupon code required at Ravelry.  HEARTS coupon code at Etsy.)

Feeling lucky?  How about a giveaway!?  You could win the pattern plus a little something extra!  🙂  Go to my facebook page for all of the details.

Crochet: New Pattern Release

DSC_0122 (4)ppdWell, hello there!  I’m just popping in to let you know that my Genevieve Romper pattern has been released!!

DSC_0118 (4)ppdIt is chock full of good stuff- an interesting stitch pattern, some fun and convenient construction techniques, and plenty of photos to help you along.  Aaand… it’s half off thru Saturday!

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Click here to go to my ravelry store.
Use coupon code “GENEVIEVE” to score the romper AND the bonnet for half off!!

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Sewing | Pattern Testing: Haven Acres Mini Collection

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DSC_0146ppdRemember way back, when Tessa was first born?  I tested a pattern called the LOL Swing Top by the uber talented Jenn at Jennuine Designs.  Well, she’s done it again!  This time, though, it’s a mini collection.

First up- the Dressage Leggings (pattern):

DSC_0125 (3)Don’t mind the wrinkles and dirt.  These things are worn often!

Check out the cute bum.  Do not check out the crumbs and rogue strings all over the place.  Oy!

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There’s a simple leggings version, or the dressage leggings, which allows for all sorts of pattern pairing and color blocking.

The Haven Acres Blouse (pattern):

DSC_0129ppdcropThis is the first version of the blouse, which looks so cute on my little Miss, but was just too snug.  Those fit issues have been worked out and now this blouse is great!  I made 4 of these tops during the testing!  #1

DSC_0135#2 was cut down to make #4.  This is where the back placket was added.

#3DSC_0124 (3)I decided to experiment with a zipper instead of buttons.  I love this one- except that I didn’t change my thread and I wasn’t very careful when sewing.  I was mostly just testing the fit.  But, I like it enough that Tessa wears it- even in public! 🙂

DSC_0160ppd#4 I liked this fabric to match the cap, so I did one more floral version.  This time I used lace for the sleeves and omitted the keyhole. I also did the binding at the neckline differently.  I need to redo it, though. Something got all wonky.

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DSC_0131 (4)ppdand The Sweet Pea Cap (pattern):

DSC_0130 (3)There’s nothing much sweeter than a baby wearing animal eared hats.  I used some corduroy for the outer and the same floral for the lining.  I haven’t made it yet, but I hear there’s a different construction method to help the cap lay smoother.  I will be trying that next.

Tessa’s got a pretty little head, so I added some elastic to the back.

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Check out the other testers of the Haven Acres Mini CollectionHA Tester TourDSC_0166ppdThese patterns are sized from NB to 12 years.  Really, they are a great value.  There are so many possibilities for each.  Pick up your copy now while they’re on sale!

Haven Acres Blouse

Dressage Leggings

Sweet Pea Cap

And, check out each day of the Tester Tour at Jennuine Life.

Genevieve Bonnet Pattern

DSC_0116eppdThis is a very exciting day for me!  I have just released my new (and very first!) crochet pattern: The Genevieve Bonnet.

DSC_0135ppdIt is available for 50% off from now until midnight on Saturday. (No coupon code required) DSC_0134ppdIt is a versatile, basic bonnet, with some fun details: a scalloped edge, an interesting stitch, and long ties.

DSC_0127ppdThe pattern is concise and easy to understand with sizes from NB to 12 month.

DSC_0134ppdYou can use either light (3) or worsted (4) weight yarn and a K (6.5 mm) hook for NB or L (8 mm) hook for the other sizes.

I had some fabulous testers, who hooked up some pretty little bonnets.  They are so talented and helped me through this new pattern-writing experience.  Check a couple of them out:

Illumiknitiby Illumikniti Designs- on etsy/ on facebook

briana k 1by Briana K

Kimberly Mae 2by Kimberly Mae

Click this link to go directly to the pattern on ravelry:

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Sewing: Game Day Jersey

DSC_0049 (3)About a month ago, I did some more pattern testing for Anneliese of Aesthetic NestDSC_0053 (3)

It’s called the Game Day Jersey.  It’s kind of a basic tee with interesting details.DSC_0045 (3)This is a simple pattern with loads of potential.

DSC_0056It is a girl’s pattern, but was tested for and modeled by several boys.  It’s cool because it works for both boys and girls.

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Suzy Sandal- Crochet pattern and tutorial

Introducing the Suzy Sandal

pdf link to the pattern: Suzy Sandal

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All of my previous babies were born in the fall or winter.  The crochet projects I did, while gestating, included beanies and booties- definite cold weather apparel.  This little girl will be born in the summer, so those go-to baby items just won’t work (for a while).  I have seen some cute sandals around various places on the interwebs and I thought I could come up with a cute version of my own.

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I I just made them, without writing down the pattern, but I had a bit of response from people wanting to try some, too.  So, I whipped up another pair, writing the pattern out for you.  🙂  They make size Newborn (approx. 3 inches), but you could easily make a 0-3 month size (3.5 inches) or 6 month (4 inches) by changing the hook size.  Perhaps sometime I will write new patterns for those sizes using the same hook size. 

I would love for you to try out the pattern, let me see your creations, and let me know of any problems or questions you run into.  A word of caution: they have not been tested on a live human, so I have no idea about fit.  If you try them and put them on your squishy baby, please let me know how they fit.  I will have a live model of my own come June, but until then, I just have to go with how it looks to me.

Oh, a word about the name.  When my oldest, Liam, found out that we were having a baby, he obsessed about it for days- before finding out that it’s a girl.  Every morning he’d see my growing belly and say, “I can’t wait to meet my new baby sister, Suzy!”  He even told his Sunday School class that his mom was going to have a baby girl named Suzy.  Well, I doubt that we’ll name her Suzy, but since we don’t have a name and she is referred to as Suzy, and since these were created with her in mind, that’s what I’m naming the pattern.

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So, let’s get to it, shall we?

Size F hook (3.75 mm)

worsted weight yarn

Sole:

Chain 9

Row 1: 3 sc in second stitch from hook, sc in next 2 stitches, hdc, dc in next 3 stitches, 6 dc in last stitch.  Working across other side of chain, dc in next 3 stitches, hdc, sc in next 2 stitches.

Row 2: Starting in the first sc of the last round, 2 sc in each of the next 3 stitches, sc in next 6 stitches, 2 sc in each of the next 6 stitches, sc in next 6 stitches.

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Row 3: Starting in the first sc of the last round, *sc in next, 2 sc in next,* Repeat 3 times, sc in next 8 stitches, *sc in next, 2 sc in next,* Repeat 4 times, sc in next 8 stitches.

Row 4: sc in next 2 stitches, 2 sc in next, sc in next 2 stitches, sc in next, slip stitch in next stitch

Row 5: slip stitch in each stitch around.  Fasten off. (39 stitches) Turn the entire sole over so that the back of the sole is on the inside of the shoe.  When you reattach the yarn, attach it only on the inside loops.

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Heel:

Attach yarn using a slip stitch 3 stitches from where you left off on the sole IN FRONT LOOPS ONLY.Image

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Row 1: Chain 2 (This will be counted as your first dc), dc in each of the next 11 stitches (you should have 12 dc, including the first ch 2), chain 1, TURN

Row 2: hdc in next 2 stitches, hdc2tog in next, hdc in next 2 stitches, hdc2tog in next, hdc in last 2 stitches. Chain 1, TURN

Row 3: hdc across all 8 stitches

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For left shoe: chain 16, slip stitch in 2nd stitch from hook and each stitch across the strap and back of the shoe. (23 slip stitches) Fasten off.

For right shoe: slip stitch across the back of the shoe (8 slip stitches), chain 16, slip stitch in 2nd stitch from hook and each stitch of the strap.  Slip stitch strap to back of shoe. Fasten off.

Toe:

Attach yarn using a slip stitch in the 4th stitch from the left heel stitch on the sole IN FRONT LOOPS ONLY.

Row 1: Chain 4 (This will count as your first tc),* skip 1 stitch, tc in next stitch, chain 1,* Repeat 9 times, skip next stitch, tc in next stitch (this should be the 4th stitch from the heel.) chain 2, TURN

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Row 2: Making your stitch around the ch 1 that is between the  tc of the last row, dc2tog 5 times. chain 2, slip stitch to the first dc2tog stitch to close off the toe cap. Fasten off.

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Flower:

Make a magic ring with 7 hdc, slip stitch to first hdc and pull tail to close off ring.

Row 1:  *Chain 4, sc in next stitch* Repeat 7 times to make 7 petals.

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Row 2: *Chain 6, sc in back loops of the sc from last row (should create a petal right behind the petal from row 1)* Repeat 6 times, chain  6, slip stitch in last stitch to make 7 petals

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Fasten off, leaving a long tail to sew flower on to the toe cap.

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Weave in all ends, sew flower on.

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For the closure around the ankle, I used a small hook and eye closure and a button sewn on to the outside of the strap, just for aesthetics.  You can use a sew-on snap or other closure of your choice.

Repeat all steps for the other shoe.  Congratulations!  You now have a most adorable pair of summer sandals!

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Here is a link to the pdf version of the pattern.  Suzy Sandal

You may use this pattern as you wish, but please do not sell it as your own.  I would love a link back to this post if you use it.