Sneak Peek!!!

How many of you have heard of Willow & Co. by now? (For those that haven’t, don’t worry, I don’t judge.) Willow & Co. is a pattern collective. Huh? Basically, it’s a group of awesome designers working together to bring an amazing collection for our enjoyment! What could be better?? Well, how about the fact that they will be releasing the Wanderlust: a glamping collection very soon! This collection is just fun, amazing, fashion forward- you pick the adjective. So even though I wanted to test the whole collection, time just wasn’t on my side. I did get to test two patterns in the collection: The Fawn Lily Dress & Tunic, and The Ash Jumpsuit, Top, & Pants.
First, let’s have a look at the Fawn Lily. Rebecca of Rock the Stitch isRTC_8282 the creator of this pattern!  As the name implies it can be a dress or tunic length and ranges in size from 3 months to size 12. Now what is better than a huge range of sizes? How about options? RTC_8286Yes, this pattern has so many options that you can achieve many different looks from one pattern! You can do pleated sleeves or cap sleeves, A-line, gathered, or pleated skirt, and (my personal favorite in this pattern) the crossover yoke or button yoke! For my little miss I chose the tunic length with the crossover yoke, and pleated sleeves and skirt. I even had a little color blocking fun! Doesn’t this just look darling? Wasn’t hard at all and the outcome is just amazing!!
Now let’s take a look at the Ash Jumpsuit by Celina of Petit a PetitRTC_8504Not only a Jumpsuit, though, as you can create separates with this as well! It ranges in sizes from 6-12 months to size 12. RTC_8555It also comes with options such as an elasticized halter top with or without contrast, elasticized hem for the top or band hem, elasticized hem for the pants too, and optional pockets! This is just an all around comfortable look.RTC_8540 Seriously, I want one of my own!  And let me tell you that this is a very easy pattern that is nice and quick! Don’t you just love instant gratification?? I do!
Now, there are so many other amazing patterns coming out in this collection! These are just two of them. I know I NEED at least three more of them. Yes, you read that right: I NEED them! According to the blog, they will be selling them individually as well in a bundle. Looks like there may be further release discounts! It won’t be too much longer though! Release date is Tuesday April 22nd, just right around the corner!!!

My Sweet Baby Doll!

Would you like to hear about another great pattern? Or perhaps you would like to hear about two? Of course you do! Well a little bit ago I was accepted into the Whimsy Couture tester group. Now if you haven’t heard about Denise of Whimsy Couture then you need to be directed to her new website HERE! She has some really great patterns and even some for boys too! The cuteness factor is beyond belief. But these patterns don’t just stop at cute. There is timelessness about them too.


The first pattern I tested was the Boys Diaper Cover. Now don’t let the name fool you. It’s not just for boys. It is sized 0months to 2T. It has elastic in the waist and legs. There is also plenty of room for the cute cloth bums too! Now my favorite feature to the pattern is the bias hem on the legs. Love incorporating more than one fabric, of course that is up to you, but I think it gives it that extra POP!


Now the second pattern I just finished testing is, well, just amazing!!! It is called the Sweet Baby Doll Dress and it really is very sweet. TheRTC_8827 pattern size ranges in 0months thru 12girls so all your little girls sizes are covered. And this really looks just amazing on babies and bigger girls alike. Now looking at the photos you may be thinking, do I really have time for this??? Um, YES!!! Despite all the ruffles, it really doesn’t take long to sew. The longest part is doing all the rolled hems! Second longest part is putting the ruffles on the bottom hem on but even that didn’t take too long. I think this dress took about 3hrs from start to finish and that included interruptions from the kids. RTC_8834 Now as you can see there is a two layer ruffle on both the sleeves and hem. Now if you don’t like the full sleeve look, there were a couple testers that put lace as the top ruffle layer. RTC_8855This created a less full look without losing any of the elegance. The sleeves are quite deceiving because you don’t actually ruffle all that material!!! Did I hear sighs of relief?? There is a casing in the sleeve where the satin ribbon is inserted and then sewn down in the front. After the sleeve is sewn into the main body of the dress the sleeve then becomes adjustableRTC_8912 and can be lengthen or shortened with the ribbon which ties through a loop on the back (or front as it can be reversible). Then make a delicate bow and you have the sweetest dress around! I may be a little biased but it is extremely sweet on my sweet little baby doll!


Now I made this dress a little extra sentimental for myself.  To me this will be an heirloom for my girl. If you noticed the main dress fabric has little bears on it.RTC_8999 I found this fabric and its coordinates at Joann Fabrics when I was pregnant with her and have been saving it for an extra special project. I knew this was the dress for it! Bears are my daughter’s animal. My mom has an animal for all my children and usually gives them gifts around that animal. For both boys that animal is also their favorite animal. Well my daughter is named after my Grandma and she had an extensive bear collection. When she passed away in 2008 every member of the family was allowed to pick however many bears to remember her by.RTC_8994 I picked several but loved the pink one seen in the picture with by daughter. I didn’t ever know if I would have a daughter, but if I did she would get that bear and be named after my Grandma. So here she is, but baby girl in her Sweet Baby Doll bear dress, with the bear from her Great-Grandma! All this makes me tear up just thinking about it. So so special!


Now that I have gotten a little mushy we shall go back to the pattern. If you would like the Sweet Baby Doll Dress to make that extra special dress for your own girl well I have some great news! It is on sale till tomorrow, Friday April 10th for only $5!!! This is also perfect if you need to make last minutes Easter dresses!!! Working on another tester for Whimsy Couture and it is sure to be a winner too. Have I got you wondering with curiosity??? Well you will have to wait a little longer, but trust me; it will be great for summer too! Have I steered you wrong yet?




Yum! Cherry Strudel!!

As you all may have guessed I am all over-the-top girliness when it comes to dressing my baby girl. After having two boys I just seriously love RTC_8374dressing her in ruffles, lace, and bows. Now she doesn’t always dress like this. She sports some super cute sleepers too; but you will never see her outside the house without a headband on her head! Scrolling through posts one day I saw a creation someone made using a FooFoo Threads pattern. I think I may have stopped and looked at it for a bit. I knew then that I just had to start testing for this designer, who had some awesome girly designs. Ruffles galore!!! I soon contacted the designer Jocelyn. I sent her my examples and waited to find if I had made the cut to join her testing team. Luck seemed to by on my side as she was looking for new people to add to the testing team in select sizes. I got to join the FooFoo Threads testing team!!! YAY!!!

It wasn’t long until my first tester opportunity arrived. I loved it!!! And it was just perfect that this tester arrived just in time for baby girl’s RTC_84167month portraits!! Let me introduce you to the Cherry Strudel dress. Isn’t it simply divine in all its girly splendor? This little beauty is peasant style, and comes in 3-6mo – size 10, with a dress or tunic length. The front neckline offers two styles as well: squared or RTC_8421_1rounded. The body of the dress is made with six panels, two for each side, and one each for the front and back. As you can see it is a fitted dress. You are probably thinking “buttons or zipper?” Can I surprise you and say neither??? The back panel is elasticized. Best part though is it isn’t just shirring that is offered in the tutorial. For those of you that don’t find shirring their most favorite thing to do RTC_8366(like myself), she offers elastic casings for the back as well. Can you tell that is the option I chose? Now why just keep the elastic in the back? You can also make the front panel of this dress elasticized as well for even more comfort. Don’t forget about the ruffles! There are two rows of ruffles on both side panels and a ruffle on the hem too. Ruffles not your thing? Well leave them off! While you are at it, leave the ties off too if you wish. Even with the bare minimum this pattern leaves you with an amazing garmet that just shines with timeless elegance.

Just after making this one dress I am hooked and want more FooFoo Threads patterns. There are soooo many I just love! You seriously have to check them out on Etsy. There is a sale going on now too! Buy 2 patterns and get 1 free, buy 3 patterns get 2 free, to the max of buy 5 patterns get 5 free! After you make one of these beauties you have to post on the Facebook group page so we can awe over your creation too!!! I think baby girl thinks its a winner!!