Monday, January 25, 2016

The Night Before PJ Pants Release Day!

I could not be more thrilled about the pajama pattern we have releasing today!
I've made countless pairs of pajamas during the course of my sewing career, but I've never been able to find 'just the right pattern'. It's so thrilling to be able to have the perfect pattern (for me).



I hope you guys will love it, too. This pajama pants pattern has a higher rise in the back (so no plumber's crack), a lower rise in the front (for comfort), just one pattern piece to print, tape, and cut out, and no side seam (which makes it SUPER fast and also negates the need for print matching), and most importantly- lots of options! This pattern includes pants and shorts with a hem, cuffs, or ruffles and also includes instructions for hemming, and applying cuffs and ruffles in the flat and in the round. I like to use both those methods, so I felt that both methods of construction needed to be included.

I hope you guys will love this pattern as much as I do. I know it will get so much use in the years to come. I just wish I would've done it earlier! My girls were so excited about them, they wanted to do a little commercial- for their 'favorite pants'. Here's Lucy's version.


And here is Ella's version! She's a little bit more dramatic than her baby sister. lol lol lol



So, there you have it, though. The best pants ever. 

Check out all the awesome pants our testers made for their little girls and boys, too!


We didn't leave dolly out, either. 
I just love this pattern for dolls, because it's such a great stash buster. I have so many scraps of flannel just waiting to be sewn up into pants and shorts.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. lol


Our Night Before pajama pants look great with our Mac's Monster T, Too Cute Bias Tank top for dolly, our Raglan shirt for dolly, and our new camisole in Modern Undergarments for dolly.

Our testers loved it, too. Check out all their beautiful work. I just love seeing the girls and boys with their dolls.

Our pattern release sale will be good today through Friday, so go scoop them up for your collection!



Modern Undergarments Release Day!

We have 3 awesome patterns releasing today! 


I'm so excited about these releases. They are patterns I've wanted in our collection for a long time. 

The Modern Undergarments for Dolly pattern includes patterns for both 15 and 18 inch dolls for panties, sports bra, camisole, and little socks. squeee..... they're so cute. 


My girls were just always arguing over who got the dolly panties, because we only had a few pair. It's so fun to make these and they love them so much. The panties can be made from just a 7 inch square of fabric! What an awesome scrap buster.



The girls love these simple ones, but my favorite are these little 'character' undies. 


It's so easy to find fold over elastic now, too. I remember when I had to search online to find it, but now there are many affordable options at Wal-Mart and Hobby Lobby. 


I've also come up with a method of applying fold over elastic that is headache proof and it's included in our tutorial. I just can't resist picking up those pretty elastics to use for dolly clothes. 

Our socks can also be made with that pretty ruffly elastic that you can find at Hobby Lobby. 


I hope you'll check out our new pattern- it's such a steal at our release price of just $2. I think you'll use this one over and over! The camisole is a sweet little undershirt, but also works awesome as a tank top! 


And the sports bra..... be still my heart. The cheerleader in me just adores it. 


This pattern is great for the 18 and 15 inch dolls. Check out our testers awesome photos!



If you do make this pattern, please remember to show off your photos on our facebook pattern group, facebook fan page, or instagram with hashtag #modernundergarmentsfordolly and tag me at colescreationspatterns 

Monday, November 16, 2015

Designer Swap with Filles a Maman


It's that time again!
It's so fun to be a part of the designer swap. This time I was paired with Mel of Filles a Maman, which is ironic, because Mel was paired with me last year and sewed up the most adorable set with our Katie John Skirt and Neverland Shirt.

I chose to pick one of Mel's adult patterns, so I could sneak in some self care sewing. I loved looking at all the tester photos of the Extraordinary Girl shirt for women- so I went with it. I just love knit shirts and I, especially, love a design that lets me mix different fabrics and prints- so FUN!


I used an orange and grey striped knit that I got from Hancock's to use for William and he didn't like, some grey rayon jersey from Wal-Mart, my mustard knit from Art Gallery, and a tiny scrap of some custom owl knit from Making Madie knit prints. (Which, sadly, just went out of business.)

I really love the tiny pocket on the T- because it's just cute, but also because I was able to use such a small bit of that custom knit. I have a heart attack when I cut into them, but it wasn't so bad for this small bit. I could even fussy cut it without dying.


That little owl holding a turkey just makes me swoon.

I love that the designer swap allows me to sew a pattern that I normally wouldn't get a chance to sew. Mel's directions are awesome. I love the diagrams! The pattern taped together easily and it was such a quick sew. I love that!


I love the understated high low hem on this pattern.
It's not too dramatic, but just enough to cover more of your bum.


 I have to thank Ella for being my photographer and my little sister, Megan, for lighning up my photos. It gets dark so early now.

If you like the Extraordinary Girl pattern (which is also available in girl's sizing), you'll have to check out Mel's Black Friday Sale coming soon!

Heidi of Pollywoggles Patterns was paired with me, so check out the Spirit Jacket she made her son!
All our spirit jacket patterns will be on sale this week with code: SPIRIT25 in our etsy shop.

Don't for get to check out all the other Designer Swaps and enter the rafflecopter for a huge pattern give-a-way!
http://patternrevolution.com/featured-designer/2015/11/10/the-designer-pattern-swap-is-back



Monday, August 3, 2015

Swimsuits! Swimsuits! Swimsuits!

I 'think' I just made my last swimsuit of the season.


I used the Bow-a-licious Swimsuit pattern as the base and just sliced it to do the color blocking to make it look like Captain America. It's for my niece, Hailey, who is turning 9 next week.

I, actually, made all the nieces swimsuits in March, but Hailey has almost grown out of and worn out hers.



Kids grow so fast as this age!!!
The need new swimsuits each year and you just can't beat one that's made just for you.

I used the Bow-a-licious pattern for all of their suits (because I made so many and it's the quickest!)

Kentucky Basketball for Hailey, without the bow. :) The polka dot fabric is from The Fabric Fairy.



A daisy for my little Emma Daisy. The flower applique is from Lynnie Pinnie.


I put Emma's bow on the back! eeee.... I love that. Solid blue and yellow and white stripes and polka dots from The Fabric Fairy.


Whales for Miss Katelyn. (Lucy wanted them to match.) Whale fabric from Hancock Fabrics.


I love these bright prints from the Fabric Fairy for Alyssa's suit.


And a Paris themed suit for Sassy Sophie, also with the bow in the back.


Ella was VERY jealous of this one. :)

I also made this one for my niece, Lina, that I didn't get a chance to photograph. She loves purple and I have a hard time finding purple fabrics in my stash, but I did find this awesome fabric from the Fabric Fairy and I love how it turned out!


Of course, each girl needed a matching swimsuit for their baby doll. ;) I used the Bow-a-licious pattern for dolly for all of them.



I'm exhausted just looking at these photos. I made all those suits in less than a week.
It sure was fun, though.

They loved them, too.





Super fun! I'm a little sad that swimsuit season is over.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Baby Shower hosted by Gracious Threads

Hey guys!
I'm over at Gracious Threads today sharing a tutorial that I know you are going to love!

Head on over and check it out!


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Dive into Swimsuits Blog Hop- Day 7!

It's our last day of guest posters and have we got some awesome ones for you!
If you haven't had a chance to read all the posts, I hope you will go back and check them out, as we have had some really wonderful posts!

First up we have Amy from Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop. 
I've always admired Amy and I just LOVE that she has so many swimwear patterns in her shop! She is also talking about women's patterns today, which is awesome because I haven't cut out or sewn my suit yet. :)


Hi I'm Amy from Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop and I LOVE sewing swimsuits! My children already have a drawer-full so I finally decided to dive in and sew one for myself! I'm so happy I did plan to make many more in the future. Today I'm sharing my top tips for sewing your own swimsuit!

We also have Sharon on the blog today. Sharon is posting on behalf of Ellie Inspired. I'm so excited to have Sharon on the blog today. We both love making American Girl doll clothes and we both love Laura's designs. :)

Hello!! I am Sharon from over at Ellie Inspired! I adore sewing for my daughter and her doll and love to make them matching sets of clothes. Even though I would consider myself an intermediate seamstress I am still so new to sewing swim suits.





Last year was my first go at sewing swim wear and now I am hooked! This pattern surely does make it easy for a beginner like me to have a cute swim when you are all finished. I even add this super simple skirt to both the girl's swim suit and the doll's swim suit. Come on over to our blog to see more!


Don't worry... we didn't forget the little boys! We also have Judy here from Patterns for Pirates. Judy is my baby sister and I can't wait to see photos of my little nephew in his Swashbuckler Swim Trunks! Check out her blog post here. 



We also have three give-a-ways for you today!

You have the chance to win a swimsuit pattern of choice from Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop!
a Rafflecopter giveaway



The swimsuit/leotard pattern for girls and dolly from Ellie Inspired.
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And also the Swashbuckler Swim Trunks pattern from Patterns for Pirates!

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Thank you so much for diving into swimsuits with us!
I'll be working on some posts and videos for the rest of this week so that you can finish up your swimsuits. Remember the deadline to enter the give-a-way is June 10th!




Monday, June 1, 2015

Dive into Swimsuits- Blog Hop- Day Six!


Hey guys! 
Not much action during the weekend, so I hope you will get a chance to read through our previous blog posts. You won't want to miss them!

I'm finished with three suits and finishing up one more. I still have mine and the boys to do. Don't worry. We have some swim trunks on the blog tomorrow and we have some help for the women today.





I've been making some videos for you guys, but I haven't had a chance to edit them yet. They get pretty long when you actually start sewing the suit... so hopefully I can throw those up on youtube for you today.

So...let's get right to it!


I know you've seen this cutie around the sewing pages... Melissa's on the blog today! Melissa just started her blog and we're so happy that she decided to participate in our blog tour. Melissa just has the cutest little kiddos and is always such a great tester. I just love that her blog is called Tales of a Tester. 

Thank you so much for being here, Melissa! I mean, could you just die?! Look how adorable her little one is... and that swim cap!!! Gasp!





Hi everyone! My name is Melissa and I'm the blogger at the newly minted Tales of a Tester.  When Nicole posted that she wanted bloggers to help her dispel the fears of making swimsuits I thought that's a great idea.  I debated and decided to dive right in(get it? LOL).  I have been sewing for 3 years and this is the second swimsuit I have made and I'm very proud of both.  So let's head on over and take a look shall we?


We also have Andrea here today representing 5 out of 4 patterns company. 5 out of 4 is new to me, so I'm super excited to see what she has to share. Also, it's for women! YAY! 


Hi guys! My name is Andrea and I work over 5 out of 4 PatternsI LOVE watersports of all kinds and spend a lot of my summer paddleboarding, kayaking, waterskiing, and swimming.  I decided to start sewing my own swimsuits a few years ago so I could stop giving the athletic companies all of my money for swimsuits that didn't last.  I have a newborn daughter, so this summer I wanted a swimsuit that I could nurse in easily.  Come on over to the blog where I'll show you how to sew in bra cups to help make your swimsuit more supportive and modest.  Let's Go Swimming!


Today Jessica is giving away a pattern of choice to one lucky reader!

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And I'm giving away another Lakehouse Swimsuit Bundle!

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So, fun! I will choose the other give-a-way winners today and be notifying you in the pattern group!
I still haven't started my bombshell, but I'm going to begin today. I'm so excited!