Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Sew and Tell with the Sunny Scallop Dress

http://www.fairytalefrocksandlollipops.com/jona-g-e-patterns/jona-g-sunny-scallop-dress-e-pattern/
We are extremely excited about our newest review of the Sunny Scallop Dress!  With Easter just around the corner, this little beauty will make one stunning Easter dress!  With the right fabrics, the scalloped edges can mimic the designs of a painted Easter egg.  I know... adorable!!  Let's discuss the pattern a bit and take a look at the review sent in to us by one of our customers.  When you're done reading, be sure to head to the website to get this pattern for 25% off during April!!

Here's everything you need to know about the Sunny Scallop Dress from Jona G. Patterns.

*  The pattern can be made in sizes 2T- Girls 10.
*  It is suitable for cottons, voile, silk, and lightweight linen.
*  Three versions of this dress are included:  a scalloped edge, ruffled edge, and a straight edge.
*  The total PDF is 41 pages long with 12 pages being directions and 29 pages being pattern pieces. 
*  All pattern sizes are nested together and decorative lines (straight lines, dotted lines, hashed lines, and a mixture of them all) are used to distinguish sizes from one another. 
*  A one inch test square is provided to ensure the pattern pieces are printing at the correct scale.   
*  Each individual pattern page is given a label such as "dress back page 2" or "upper lining page 1".
*  The pattern pages are easily aligned by matching the arrows, and diagrams are provided to show you the exact layout of the pages before you tape them together.
*  There is a 1/2 inch seam allowance included.
*  The beginning of the tutorial contains a wealth of important information you need to know before you get started.  This includes a size chart that gives chest, waist, and height measurements so you choose the appropriate size, as well as a Finished Length chart, Fabric Requirements, Cutting Layout, and a view of all the pieces you should have cut out.
*  Each numbered step will walk you through the process of how to construct the dress.
*  Drawings, rather than photographs, are used to clearly depict each step.
*  Two additional tutorials are included at the end of the directions.  One shows you how to make the underarm area snugger if you feel it's too loose by adding an elastic casing.  The other tutorial shows you how to add length to the dress without messing up the shape.  Both are very helpful in creating a custom fit and can be applied to other patterns, as well! 
*  Lastly... Drum Roll, please.... there are no zippers or buttons to worry with!  This pattern slips on over the head, so no excuses, anyone can sew this dress up! 

You could definitely have a lot of fun playing around with this pattern.  I've seen very few scalloped edged dresses on the market, and it's a really gorgeous detail.  This dress would make for some stunning sister sets!  Each sister could have a different hem option so that they closely coordinated without being exactly the same.  There is also plenty of room for embellishment with the scalloped edge.  You could do a blue fabric on the bottom to look like waves and add some applique boats above them, for example.  How unique would that be?!?  Let your creativity run wild and HAVE FUN!
This dress is also available in a doll version, which earns it some major cool points with the kiddos.  My daughter isn't too in to dolls yet, but I know some little girls who refuse to wear anything unless their doll has a matching outfit.  For your sake, I hope your little one isn't quite that extreme, haha, but little girls do think it's pretty special when they can dress like their dolls!  The doll dress isn't sold as an individual pattern, rather it is part of a collection of doll clothing patterns we have available on the site that fit 18 inch and Bitty doll sizes. 


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Let's take a look at the review and photos sent in to us from Christine!

 http://www.fairytalefrocksandlollipops.com/jona-g-e-patterns/jona-g-sunny-scallop-dress-e-pattern/

Hi! My name is Christine, and I feel honored to be able to write a review for the Sunny Scallop Dress by Jona G. I fell in love with this dress when I saw it, and both of my girls were excited that I picked this pattern!

http://www.fairytalefrocksandlollipops.com/jona-g-e-patterns/jona-g-sunny-scallop-dress-e-pattern/
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I have been sewing for many years, and my first project was a dress for a doll that I had hand sewn and used fabric paint on to decorate. Oh my, that was about 30 years ago, wow! Then when I was in Junior High I took Home Economics where I was able to use the sewing machine, and I just loved it. Since then, I have tried many patterns and new skills. About 5 years ago I started quilting, and I learned so much more.

http://www.fairytalefrocksandlollipops.com/jona-g-e-patterns/jona-g-sunny-scallop-dress-e-pattern/
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When I started this pattern, I would have to say from start to finish, it took me about 4 hours (and about an hour was getting the pattern ready to use). With this pattern, there are pieces that you need to tape together first, then cut them out before you cut the fabric. I found it to be a bit of a challenge taping the pattern pieces together, as I found that some of the pieces for me did not line up very well. I resolved this by some pieces overlapping a bit. Once I was happy with the pattern all taped together, I used a highlighter and traced the lines for the size that I wanted to use so I would not make a mistake and cut out the wrong size.

http://www.fairytalefrocksandlollipops.com/jona-g-e-patterns/jona-g-sunny-scallop-dress-e-pattern/

Overall, for this pattern, I would rate it an advanced beginner. The designer of the pattern has written the pattern well. I found the most challenging part was the scallops. Directions were well explained for the scallops, and I followed the tips, but I still ended up with some points not being as crisp as I would have preferred. As for the rest of the dress, if the pattern is followed I feel the dress will turn out great! I used the size 6 in this pattern, and it fits my daughter perfectly! And when I measured the finished size it was just slight bit shorter than the measurements, but I believe that is because I hemmed the dress instead of using a bias tape to finish it.

http://www.fairytalefrocksandlollipops.com/jona-g-e-patterns/jona-g-sunny-scallop-dress-e-pattern/

I love the versatility of this dress; the various styles are interchangeable which allows for more options. My daughter and I decided on the scalloped dress because of the fabric we were using. I think that this dress would look adorable with bows at the top of each scallop.

http://www.fairytalefrocksandlollipops.com/jona-g-e-patterns/jona-g-sunny-scallop-dress-e-pattern/

In the pattern there is the option to use some elastic under the arms to snug up the fit; I did not do this as my daughter likes things to be a bit looser. I also opted to finish the bottom of the dress by hemming in rather than using the bias tape to finish it. I am very happy with the way the hem looks on the dress.

http://www.fairytalefrocksandlollipops.com/jona-g-e-patterns/jona-g-sunny-scallop-dress-e-pattern/

 The fabric I used was Beatrix Potter by Quilting Treasures. My daughter was over the moon excited with this fabric as she LOVES all of the Beatrix Potter stories, so when she saw Peter Rabbit, it made her day. The bottom lining print is also a Beatrix Potter by Quilting Treasures.

http://www.fairytalefrocksandlollipops.com/jona-g-e-patterns/jona-g-sunny-scallop-dress-e-pattern/

I think this little dress would make any little girl happy! It is definitely worth adding to your collection! I am sure I will be making another one for my other daughter!!

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What a perfect dress for Easter time, as well as all year-round!  I love the use of 2 coordinating Peter Rabbit prints.  Such a darling dress!  It's great for those girls who like to look girly without all the frills and ruffles.  Any sort of a border print fabric would work out great for the bottom layer.  Good grief!  This dress is even more fun to design than it is to sew, lol!

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Pair it Up!

Scallops are such a fun and unique design element, that we're going to share a few more with you! 
http://www.fairytalefrocksandlollipops.com/whimsy-couture-e-patterns/whimsy-couture-bunting-banner-e-pattern/

Whimsy Couture has a gorgeous Bunting Banner pattern that is perfect for photo backdrops, birthday parties, holidays, baby nurseries, and any other occasion your heart desires!  Four different shapes are included in this one pattern:  triangles, half circles, scalloped triangles, and scalloped half circles.  A great way to use up scraps and add some charming d├ęcor at the same!
http://www.fairytalefrocksandlollipops.com/scientific-seamstress-e-patterns/scientific-seamstress-twirl-scallopini-skirt-e-pattern/

The Twirl Scallopini Skirt would be a sugary sweet treat for any little girl!  The Scientific Seamstress never disappoints, and this pattern will have you creating fluffy, twirly skirts in no time!  It can be made in sizes 1-8, and even comes with a bonus doll pattern!

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Thanks for reading along!  Make sure you head over to our website and grab the Sunny Scallop Dress for 25%!  Share your creations with us!  We love to see them!



Go sew something magical!!!


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Saturday, March 8, 2014

The Wonderful World of Marcie... with "Wonderfully Made 4 You"


 Meet Marcie Sawyers of 'Wonderfully Made 4 You'
- PDF Sewing Patterns -

(isn't she a doll!)


Fairytale Frocks and Lollipops is happy to be able to work alongside this "wonderful" designer!   Marcie brought 'Wonderfully Made 4 You' e-patterns to FF&L in April of 2013.  Three patterns are currently in her collection.  Designed for teens and ladies - these three patterns are trendy, stylish, and perfect for any and ALL occasions!  Easy to dress up, keep casual, and look fabulous in... the Gracie B. One-Shoulder, Harleigh Sundress, and Southern Charm Top - they are a MUST in all wardrobes! 

Marcie is an absolute sweetheart and a busy family-oriented woman.  She has been married for 16 years to her best friend (Travis) and homeschools their two teenage boys (John-David and Elijah) and daughter (Gracie).  The time she spends with her family is cherished! Her greatest "sanity keeper" is sewing and designing.  

As a young girl, Marcie learned to smock from her mother.  In her teen years, she began sewing on a machine.  Now...  She is embarking on a new journey of pattern making - the sewing world is sure to fall in love with her skills!  It is an absolute pleasure to bring her designs to you.


http://www.fairytalefrocksandlollipops.com/wonderfully-made-4-you-e-patterns/

Here we go with a little 20-question fun
 all about Marcie!

1)  How long have you been sewing?

I have been sewing since I was nine... I'm now 34, so a LONG time.  ;)  I started cross-stitching at nine, then my mom taught me to smock at age eleven.  I paid for all my cheerleading fees and car with my smocking money.  :)



2) What was your first pdf pattern that you created? How long did it take you to "take the plunge"?


Gracie B.'s One Shoulder Dress was my first pdf pattern that I created.   I actually created a shorts pattern for a local boutique since I was making the shorts for their trunk shows, but haven't turned it into a pdf as of yet.  I'd say it may have taken me a few years to actually take the plunge into creating the first pdf.



3) When does inspiration find you?

Usually when I'm trying to sleep.  :)  Or, while I'm sewing and I have some time to think about things.



4) How many yards of fabric would you estimate to have in your stash?

Sadly, I'd have to say hundreds, if not into the thousands... it's my addiction!



5) What was the biggest "light bulb" moment when you were first starting out?

Hmmm, not really sure.  I know just learning how to take the drawn pattern and convert it into a pdf was challenging for me at first.



6) What is something that you can not live without (does not have to be sewing related)?

Jesus and my family, of course!  :)



7) If you could eliminate ONE thing from your daily schedule… what would it be?

Sleep... who needs sleep anyways!  ;)  Seriously, if we didn't have to sleep just think about how much we could get done.



8) Do you speak any foreign languages?

No.  I took Spanish in high school but it didn't stick.



9) Have you ever been told you look like someone famous?  Who? Do you agree?

No.  The closest I've come is a local woman saying I looked like a certain representative for the state of Alabama.  LOL



10) What is the last book that you read?

The Bible.  After homeschooling my kids all day, reading a book is the LAST thing I want to do.  LOL



11) Do you enjoy cooking? If so, What is your SIGNATURE dish that everyone craves? If not, who is the head chef in your family?

I don't mind cooking as much as cleaning up.  ;)  I always cook for Thanksgiving and everyone always requests my sweet potato casserole.  I also cook a mean squash casserole.  :)



12) How many states have you lived in?

One!  I was born in Florida, though, and lived in Alabama my entire life.  We live just 10 minutes from Florida so my mom used the hospital there.  :)



13) What is your biggest pet peeve?

This is a hard question for me.  Nothing really pops into my mind, except I do hate when people smack at the dinner table.  Chew with your mouth closed, people!  :)



14) Do you fall asleep easily or toss and turn?

Depends....I usually try to stay up until I'm about to pass out to keep from tossing and turning.  Last night I thought I'd go to bed when my family did and I found myself playing Candy Crush to make myself tired.  LOL



15) Of all of the seasons… which one do you love the most?

Fall, hands down!  I love coming out of these HOT Alabama summers into fall.  I love everything about it.......Alabama Football (ROLL TIDE), pumpkins, cooler days/nights, Thanksgiving, and getting excited about Christmas!  :)



16) Did you walk to school when you were a child?

Nope.  My mom drove me until I was 16.  There was about a two month time period in 5th grade where I meant to ride the bus with my best friend.  We decided one day to walk home from school instead of riding the bus.  Yep, you guessed it... never rode the bus again.  ;)



17) What do you love most about your home?  Is it in the city or the country?

I love that we live in the country.  I love that we built it twelve years ago and got to choose everything about it.  It was the first home my husband and I bought (we previously rented an apartment) and unless the Lord calls us elsewhere, it will probably be the last home we live in.



18) When you go into stores… do you find yourself "inspecting" things to see how they were made?

Not really.  To be honest, I'm not much of a shopper.  My kids are teens now, so they like what they like and no matter if I inspected it and thought it wasn't made well, they would still wear it.  Although, I will say my middle son is super picky!  He purchased a shirt with his own money and didn't like the way it was hemmed and asked me to fix it.  :)  It was just serged and he was really worried it wouldn't hold up after washing, so I hemmed it for him.



19) What was the last concert you attended?

We just attended the Needtobreathe concert back in November.  It was AWESOME!



20) What can the sewing world expect to see from Wonderfully Made 4 You for 2014?

You can expect to see digitized pdf patterns from me.  I am learning how to digitize.  It's a terribly slow process for me as I just don't have much time to sit down at the computer and learn the process of it.  I am updating my current pattern collection and I have several patterns in the works, for women as well as children, so you can expect to see those released this spring... fingers crossed.  :)

Well, Marcie... Let's see some of the "wonders" of your world!  We are happy to share a peek into your lovely family!  
Marcie and her husband, Travis
Lovely Daughter: Gracie
Handsome sons: John-David and Elijah


The "newest" addition: Perrito


 We look forward to seeing more, more, more!!! 
 If you have not checked out the patterns that are available now... we highly recommend it.  Especially with Spring and Summer sewing just beginning.  You will be glad you did!  If you have whipped-up any of the "Wonderfully Made 4 You" patterns - tell us all about it.  We would love to see what you have to show off!

Thank you, Marcie, for sharing your story.  We admire your family-sense and eye for design.  Keep up the great work! 



Hi there! I'm a wife of 16 yrs. to my best friend and homeschooling mom of 2 teenage boys and one tween daughter. :) When I'm not spending my time with my family I'm either sewing or designing. It's my sanity. ;) I have been sewing pretty much my entire life......my mom taught me to smock as a child and then to sew on the machine as a teen. Now, I'm dabbling in pattern design (I have a lot to learn, but LOVE it)!   TOOK THIS FROM ETSY, SO FEEL FREE TO ALTER IT TO FIT WHATEVER YOU WERE LOOKING FOR!  :)
Gracie B. One-Shoulder Dress
(ladies sizes 0 - 22)
http://www.fairytalefrocksandlollipops.com/wonderfully-made-4-you-e-patterns/wonderfully-made-4-you-the-southern-charm-top-e-pattern/
The Southern Charm Top
(sizes: teen/ladies 0-18)

http://www.fairytalefrocksandlollipops.com/wonderfully-made-4-you-e-patterns/wonderfully-made-4-you-harleighs-sundress-e-pattern/
Harleigh's Sundress
(sizes: teen/ladies 0-18)


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"Wonderfully Made 4 You!"

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Sew and Tell with the Little Chi Pao Dress



Hi fellow sewing-lovers!  New month, new review!  This March, it's all about the Asian- inspired Little Chi Pao Dress from The Measuring Tape.  I've been smitten with this little number since I first laid eyes on it a few years ago.  With so many gorgeous Asian prints out there, you can have a hay-day designing your own jaw-dropping version of this dress!  It would be perfect for special occasions and photo shoots. 

Here's what you need to know about this pattern...

*  The Little Chi Pao Dress is an A-line, half-wrap style dress with a mandarin collar. 
*  The size range is from 12m- 6 Girls. 
*  The entire PDF is 38 pages long.  19 of those pages are the pattern pieces. 
*  The pattern pieces are digitized, color-coded, and nested together. 
*  Seam allowances are NOT included, but recommended seam allowances are provided along with suggestions for how to add them. 
*  Several helpful charts are included such as:  Pattern Markings & Symbols Key, Materials Required (including fabric requirements), Recommended Fabrics, Size Guide, and Finished Measurements.  Page 18 is a wealth of information!!
*  Some of the recommended fabrics include: light to medium weight cottons, medium weight satins, Chinese silk, raw silk, dupioni silk, Thai silk, and Taffeta. 
*  Detailed printing directions are given, as well as a recommended pattern layout to help with laying out your pattern pieces on the fabric before cutting. 
*  Great tips are included to help you adjust the fit of the pattern if needed.
*  Clean, easy to understand line drawings are provided to illustrate the directions. 
 
Long story short... The Measuring Tape might not be a well-known pattern company, but designer Daljeet Kaur of Malaysia knows her stuff!  I'm extremely impressed with how well thought-out the tutorial is and how easy to read the lay-out is.  Plus, how many patterns for dresses like this have you seen?  It's definitely unique, and your little one will stand out from the crowd!

 Be sure to head over to the website and get your copy of this adorable little pattern for 25% off during the month of March!
 
Let's take a look at the review sent in to us by Alyssa C. 

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http://www.fairytalefrocksandlollipops.com/the-measuring-tape-e-patterns/the-measuring-tape-little-chi-pao-e-pattern/
 
Hello everyone!  I’m Alyssa, and my helper and model is my 5 year old daughter, Inara.   We are super excited to be here to review the Little Chi Pao from The Measuring Tape.
 
I’ve been sewing since I was a kid, but for a chunk of my adult life I was in the Army, and the most sewing I did was shortening my uniform pants or replacing worn out hook and loop tape.  Since I had my daughter and left the Army, though, I’ve done a lot more sewing.  I would consider myself an intermediate seamstress.  I have a small business where I sew custom dresses, baby items, etc.  I’ve even taken on a quilt or two, though in that arena I am definitely still a beginner!
 
http://www.fairytalefrocksandlollipops.com/the-measuring-tape-e-patterns/the-measuring-tape-little-chi-pao-e-pattern/
 
As soon as we saw this dress, my daughter squealed.   It is very much her style, as she loves all things Asian-inspired.  The straight lines and lack of ruffles were a huge draw for us, as little miss wears dresses pretty much daily, and sometimes a bunch of ruffles do not mix well with the playground!  The mandarin collar and A-line shape give it a sophisticated look without having a super fitted shape that would make it difficult to play in. 
 
The dress took about 2 ½ hours to complete, from cutting out the fabric to sewing on the last button.  *Disclaimer* I sew with two small children underfoot, so sometimes it takes me a little longer to do things than most people!  If you’re in a time crunch this is perfect.  However, I would recommend store bought bias tape if you are in a hurry, as it will be less time than making your own bias tape.
 
http://www.fairytalefrocksandlollipops.com/the-measuring-tape-e-patterns/the-measuring-tape-little-chi-pao-e-pattern/
 
I wanted a satin bias trim on both dresses we made, and if you do as well, I highly recommend NOT buying plain costume satin – the fray makes it harder to work with when making the bias tape.   I used the flannel-backed satin from Jo-ann’s and found that the lack of fray made it much nicer to work with.
 
I really wanted our fabric choices to enhance the Asian style of the pattern.  For the first dress, I used a gorgeous blue and pink silk brocade, also from Joann’s.  The rich colors drew Inara in instantly, and amazingly, we had fabric picked out in under 10 minutes!  The second dress also has a flannel-backed satin bias trim, and I used this gorgeous Moda print that has been gracing my stash for months: Coquette by Chez Moi.

 
First, when she says, “Read the whole pattern before starting,” you really should.  I was used to the instructions for piecing the paper pieces to be at the beginning.  The directions are there, it’s just at the end after the pattern pieces.  And it went together well.  You don’t need to cut off any edges when piecing the paper, and I found it was much easier to tape them together up against our big window, so I could see all the marks to line up.
 
I very rarely choose patterns where I have to add a seam allowance, but there is a nice chart where the designer recommends how to add the allowance, and all I did was tape two pens together and trace along the line for the size 5, and it added a line 3/8” out.   Be careful here to only add seam allowances where they are needed!!

http://www.fairytalefrocksandlollipops.com/the-measuring-tape-e-patterns/the-measuring-tape-little-chi-pao-e-pattern/
 
There is one note I need to make here.  A piece of information is missing that will result in your bodice buttoning across the opposite direction than in the pictures.  You need to place your pattern pieces on the WRONG side of the fabric to ensure that your bodice crosses over to the left side.  If you cut your pieces on the RIGHT side of the fabric, the bodice will cross to the right.  
 
On our first dress we added a double needle hem, and instead of sewing the bias tape on by hand I did an 1/8” seam on the front of it.  On our second dress, I took off a some of the A-line shape by placing the pieces wrong sides together going in 2 1/2" at the bottom of each side and lining my 12” ruler up with the outside edge of the dress and slicing the extra off.  This gave the dress a slightly more fitted look, but kept it loose enough to not be constricting on her.  If you are going for a straighter fit, this worked great for us.  I also did a stitch in the ditch on the bias so it wouldn’t have a seam on the front.  

http://www.fairytalefrocksandlollipops.com/the-measuring-tape-e-patterns/the-measuring-tape-little-chi-pao-e-pattern/
 
All in all, we love the pattern.  The fit was perfect without any adjustments, and the instructions are clear and easy to understand.   The pattern goes together fast and professionally and looks amazing when it’s done.  My one recommendation – if you are going for a really Asian style dress, I would definitely search out some pretty frog clasps instead of the loops and buttons.  We live in a tiny town and we couldn’t find any around here.   I think I may repurpose some off an old dress of mine to make her another!
 
http://www.fairytalefrocksandlollipops.com/the-measuring-tape-e-patterns/the-measuring-tape-little-chi-pao-e-pattern/
 
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Isn't Alyssa a rock star?  She sewed up not 1, but 2 of these sweet little dresses for us to admire!  And she's got a great point about the frog clasps, I think they are a good idea.  It would definitely make the dress feel more authentic!  I did a quick online search and found several tutorials on how to make your own.  Definitely worth checking out if you're interested in making this dress! 
 
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Pair it Up!

 
 Add a little Asian flair to your kid's closet with these other featured patterns.

 

The mandarin collar on this peplum top from Lily Bird Studio is the icing on the cake!  Amy's Peplum Top fits sizes 12m- Girls 10.  You can really play up the Asian look with the right fabrics.  This top would look great with a variety of shorts, pants, and skirts.

http://www.fairytalefrocksandlollipops.com/lenas-patterns-e-patterns/lenas-patterns-baby-kimono-shoes-e-pattern/

These sweet little crib shoes from Lena's Patterns are just stunning!  The Baby Kimono Shoes fit sizes NB-24 months.  There is also a Ladies Kimono Shoes Pattern that fits sizes 3.5- 9.5.  You can make these shoes in a coordinating fabric to complement any outfit.  They sew up quick, and you can probably finish them in an hour or two.

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Alright ladies, don't forget that you can get the Little Chi Pao Dress for 25% off through March 2014.  We'd love to see any photos of this dress that you've already made or that you will make.  You can feel free to post them in our FB Group. (Just request to join if you haven't already.  We'd love to have you!)   And please let us know if you feel extra creative and decide to make your own frog clasps.  I'd love to see some handmade versions of those, too! 
 

Go sew something magical!!!

 
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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Sew and Tell with the Roxanne Top

http://www.fairytalefrocksandlollipops.com/victory-patterns-e-patterns/victory-patterns-roxanne-e-pattern/

Who's ready for another Sew and Tell Review?!?  Today we have the Roxanne from Victory Patterns sewn up by our friend, Bec.  Victory Patterns has a stunning collection of fresh designs for women available on our site.  The Roxanne is a gorgeous blouse featuring a trendy high-low hemline and a comfortable, loose fit.  High-low hemlines are all the rage right now, and we know you'll love getting to sew this one up yourself!  You can opt to make this top sleeveless or with a 3/4 length sleeve.  Two neckline options are provided so you can create a look that uses either a tie closure or a fashionable triple pleated collar.  You can mix and match these options to create several different looks!  Gotta love a pattern that gives you more bang for your buck! 

Speaking from experience, Victory Patterns has very professional patterns that will produce a finished product you can be proud of.  This line of patterns reads more like a traditional paper pattern than a PDF because the directions are concise, and it is assumed you have knowledge of some basic sewing terms and techniques.  Be sure to pay attention to the "Beginner" or "Intermediate" labels provided on the pattern covers to choose the ones most appropriate for your skill level.  The Roxanne is suitable for beginners, so feel free to dive in!  Once you read through the review below, make sure you get your copy of this pattern for 25% off!

A few other highlights in regards to this pattern include:

*  Fits sizes 2- 16.  Be sure to measure yourself and refer to the size chart provided.
*  Measurements are given in both inches and centimeters.
*  Fabric requirements are between 2 1/4 and 2 3/4 yards depending on size and the version chosen. 
*  There are 36 pattern pages to print out.  The pattern pieces are digitized and all sizes are nested together.  An optional copy shop version of the pattern is provided if you'd like to have the pieces printed out on one large sheet. 
*  A 4-in square is provided to check the printing scale.  Also, the grainlines are clearly marked, notches for matching are provided, and other marking are clearly labeled by referencing the helpful symbol legend. 
*  The Piece Inventory, Cutting Instructions, Cutting Layout, and Glossary all ensure you'll have no problems getting started.
*  The entire tutorial is 12 pages long and jammed pack with helpful diagrams and expert directions.
*  There are no zippers or buttonholes, but you do have to attach a hook and eye on Version 2. 
 
Let's take a look at the smashing version Bec has sewn up and read what she has to say about the pattern!
 
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http://www.fairytalefrocksandlollipops.com/victory-patterns-e-patterns/victory-patterns-roxanne-e-pattern/
 
I have been sewing since I was 12.  I would classify myself as an intermediate, perhaps a little more to the advanced direction as there was a large period of time in the middle of then and now when I did not sew.  The pattern, for me, was not that difficult to put together.  It took me about 3 hours total from the time I started cutting the fabric to finishing the top completely.  I was going slower than I usually would and taking time to read all the steps carefully so next time I would hope it to take a bit less time.  For a beginner, there may be a few challenging moments if doing the option with sleeves and attaching the binding. 
 
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The actual pattern was excellent.  The pages and pieces were all clearly marked, the paper was easy to put together after printing, and I was clearly aware of what piece was what.  The directions were easy to follow.  I had to read the pocket instructions a couple of times to see what they wanted me to do, as I had never done this type of pocket before.  Also the way the binding was put on was a little different than how I had done it before, but it was good to learn a new way of doing it.
 
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The only thing I did do differently was press my neck binding/tie piece before attaching it.  I found it easier to have everything pressed and folded in before starting to attach it instead of trying to fold it under once half sewn, as the directions suggested.   Plus, I top-stitched all my seams so that the very light cotton lawn doesn't get pulled at the seams, and I made the sleeves longer.
 
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This is a lovely top when finished.  We are having a really hot summer here in Australia and I wanted some long sleeve shirts for when I am out helping my husband on our farm, this one is so cool to wear and just perfect.  I used a very light cotton lawn fabric so it has a lovely light drape to it.  I cut my fabric out in a size 12 according to my bust measurement, which fell just between size 10 & 12.  I have found now that I should have used the next size up.  The only reason for this is that I have quite strong straight shoulders, and I do often have to go up a size when purchasing shirts and dresses that are fitted across my top half, or I feel it pull across my back.  This is the case for this top when I try it on now.  Next time I will be measuring across my upper back/shoulder area and comparing that to the back yoke before cutting out.   I will still be wearing it though as it is a flattering top and feels lovely to wear.
 
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I really love this pattern!  I have never made a shirt before and thought it would be much harder than it actually was.  I will definitely be making this pattern again, as said above, but next time I will take more care with the back yoke size for myself.  I would also like to try mixing it up a little more on the back piece, using gathers instead of pleats or even downsizing the lower back piece so that it has a straight back. I would also like to have a go at making a short sleeve version, too.  I would recommend this pattern to others as I enjoyed making it and will certainly enjoy wearing it.  I will have to go shopping and buy some more light summer fabric.  I can see many varieties of this being a staple in my wardrobe.  
 
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Doesn't that blue look fabulous on her?  Pair this top with a great pair of skinny jeans, an oversized bag, and some cute boots... insta-amazing outfit!  I always wear my long-sleeve button up shirts with my sleeves slightly rolled up, so I thought it was a nice touch that she made the sleeves a bit longer so she could roll them up.  I think this would look so awesome in a polka-dotted voile.  
 
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Pair it Up

These feminine finds are sure to turn heads when paired with the Roxanne!
 
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This over-sized bag is just as useful as it is fashion-forward!  The Market Bag from Artsy-Crafty Babe can be used for everyday wear or more utilitarian purposes such as a beach bag, laundry bag, or overnight bag.  The dimensions are 23" wide x 17" tall x 6" deep.  Sew it up in your favorite bold print and make a statement!
 
http://www.fairytalefrocksandlollipops.com/angel-lea-designs-e-patterns/angel-lea-designs-spring-blooms-sun-hat-e-pattern/
 
The Spring Blooms Sun Hat from Angel Lea Designs is so sophisticated and charming, we can't get enough!  This darling sun hat is completely reversible and can be made in sizes XS- XXL.  Protect your skin from the sun while rockin' this great look!
 
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Make sure you head to the website to download your copy of the Roxanne top for 25% off during the month of February!  If you've got some photos of this top sewn up, we'd love to see them!  Send us an email and share them with us! 
 
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