October 20, 2013

Disney's Princess Anna Pattern Preview

Had an AMAZING and totally fun photo shoot today with two adorable little girls! They are debuting my new, soon to be released Princess Anna sewing pattern. Princess Anna comes to us from the Disney movie, FROZEN, due to be released November 26, 2013. Watch the trailer HERE. Looks real cute and holds great promise. A friend suggested I design an Anna costume, after completing Sofia. It's been a fun (and quick) journey, and I'm so thankful she encouraged me to do it! 

Introducing Princess Anna.... a.k.a. Princesses Lillie and Devyn! They are such cuties! I thoroughly enjoyed my time with these precious little ladies today! 
And aren't they lovely models??!!!!! Lillie is 2 (with a 3rd birthday so close), and Devyn is 6. 
Lillie is modeling my size 2/3, and Devyn my size 6/7, that will be available. The pattern includes 4 sizes in total: 18-24mo, 2/3T, 4/5, and 6/7...  BUY MY PATTERN HERE!
Love this one. Melts my heart. The released pattern (in November) will have 5 pattern options to make for your little "Anna": an elastic back/flat front skirt, stretch vest, two under shirt options (one for cotton and one for knits), a cape, and hat....And stencil patterns for the skirt, vest...and maybe the shirt sleeve too.

Here are all 5 items up a little closer:




Here's the outfit you can create...and best of all, this pattern is geared towards the beginner sewer. Well, not so much the "I've never touched a sewing machine" type of beginner, but the beginner who has sewn simpler items like basic curtains, a shoulder/library bag, some basic kid clothes, or dabbled with mainline patterns (Simplicity/McCalls, etc)... 

And even more...you get to chose what you make on this outfit...they are all separates! Perhaps your little girl already has a knit shirt, or a vest, and so you'll just need to accent her with the cape and skirt. Purchase your pattern copy HERE.
The above stencil will be provided with the pattern for the vest and skirt. Options offered for you to apply the stencil will include hand appliqué, machine appliqué, puffy paint, fabric paint with stencil film, or iron-on transfer (only some techniques will be reviewed). Devyn's vest (above) was hand appliquéd, while I used puffy paint on Lillie's. Both of their skirts were stenciled using cut out stencil film and Tulip brand fabric paint. 
 A huge thank you to Ben, Devyn's Dad, and Arren and Chris, Lillie's Mom and Dad for letting me photo your adorable little girls! They are extraordinary parents who I really admire and are so blessed to know. Without your  kids, I would have no pattern at all. Thank you for letting me turn them, in costume, to the princesses they already are every day!
How pictures really go...couldn't resist getting in there with Devyn and her reflection on this one! So cute! She looks so happy...well, having a great time that is!!! 
What a fun time! And so much MORE Princess Anna stuff to come! Be sure to keep watching! 
And thank you for always reading!
Buy your princess Anna PDF pattern today, on my Etsy site! Stay tuned for Elsa! I'm working on a pattern now for Elsa's ice dress! 

October 10, 2013

Loving Homemade

Some new ventures have been occurring these last two weeks. I haven't had time to blog really, due to the packing, the repairing, the designing, the creating, and the preparing for baby #2 around here. But, time to catch you up on all the things being made, and the amazing things being gifted to me (and the new baby)!!! 
This first project was for my beloved friend's birthday last week. I have been eyeing this pattern over at Noodlehead for about 6 months, and when her birthday was coming up, I knew I wanted to make her this very purse. It was a great, and fairly quick sew up. The outer gray linen is from JoAnns, the yellow print straps Quilter's Collection from JoAnns, and the beautiful floral print from Dry Goods Design, an Alexander Henry print (I think). I'm so thankful it turned out well, but even more thankful that Johanna just loved it.  

Johanna made these wonderful gifts for baby James and I am just delighted by them all, and so thrilled to receive them all! Her baby blocks are so adorable, well done, and such an inspiration for me to base his baby room colors off of! You can order your own set from her on my Etsy page! I also love the adorable photo book, tag blankie, and giraffe rattle she made as well! My friends are so very talented!

 Johanna's sister, Rebecca, also made some awe-inspiring items for my boys! I am just loving the tiny baby hat she knitted with the softest cotton for baby James to wear as a newborn....I can hardly believe he'll be that small! I quickly asked her to make a matching hat for James' big brother....and she knitted me the additional two lovely hats at the top! I'm so excited to get to have my boys wear these!!! You can order from Rebecca through Ida Belle Michelle!

One more homemade baby gift I received today, in fact, was from my Grandmother. My Mom brought it by, and it was a special baby blanket just for James, complete with satin binding at the edges! This is a very special gift, as it's tradition in my family that my Grandma sews a blanket for all her new grandchildren (James will be #11). She made an airplane one for Nathan when he was born too. I didn't really expect to get one for James, since my Grandma is really struggling with her battle with cancer right now. She's quite a woman, and quite the Grandma, and Great-Grandma. So precious to me to have things made by her for my boys! 

And just a small gift I put together (at nearly the last minute) for Nathan's friend's 3rd birthday...Neriah turned 3 and had a "cooking" themed birthday. So we got her a toy blender, some pots and pans, and made her some oven mitts and dish towels. So easy, but so fun! 

And just a sneak peak into the workings of how Princess Anna is coming out. One complete outfit nearing completion...just needs touch ups and a ton of stenciling. I'm excited for how it's coming together, but anxious to get as much done before James comes into the world on the 29th. 

Like I said before, there is never a dull moment around here, but life stays very exciting that way. More progress and how-to's next, I think, on exactly how a pattern comes together....as soon as I can get it together for you : )! Hope you have a truly wonderful weekend!