Tuesday, May 25, 2010

My first heirloom pattern!

I've always admired heirloom garments from fellow sewers on sewforum and in magazines like Sew Beautiful. The smocking, the lace, the hand embroidery and the timeless styles are just beautiful.

Though, I have to admit, I've never tried my hand at any of the heirloom techniques or patterns. But a couple weeks ago I had the chance to try my hand at one. I feel so honored to have had the opportunity to test a pattern for Sara Norris. I've admired her work on sewforum and on her blog for quite some time. Her work is impeccable and always stunning.

I love the cover of (her first) pattern with the dress in all white- it's just exquisite.

Of course, my girls would have that filthy in a moment! So I chose to make mine out of some lightweight cottons and, of course, embellish it with some adorable appliques.

Ella LOVES this dress! The fullness of it lends to hours of twirl-a-bility and the length is perfect for my little princess. Lately, she only wants to wear gowns or mini's. Nothing in between.

And let me tell you about these appliques. They are from Digistitches and the first that I've ever bought from that site. I've purchased other designs from Jennilee, like the Lil Labels that I use all the time and the Baby Wipes Case that I make every time I get to use Mom's big hoop, but I've never purchased any appliques. In all honesty, I've always thought they were a little too expensive. But I'm here to tell you, they are worth it! It's hard to explain how they are different from some of the very cheap sites, but they are... completely different. It took all of about 5 seconds of stitching them out to see what she means by 'quality' designs. If you have not tried them, you should. She is GOOD. These stitched out so beautifully and I just think they are the cutest things. I've always been a fan of Alice in Wonderland and thought these were just perfect! I hope Jennilee will do some more like this! I would love to see more designers make storybook, fairytale and nursery rhyme themed designs.

Here's the links for you:
Mary Jane (my Aunt's name) who I used as Alice
Teacup Mouse (so cute)

and I got these, and this, too, but haven't made them yet. Aren't they adorable!

Testing more patterns and files today and I need to get started on end of the year teacher gifts. I think I'm gonna do these.


Amy said...

I had the chance to test this pattern also. It is just so sweet and perfect for summer! Love fabric and the appliques that you used.

Kimberlee said...

That is just gorgeous and adorable all in one. PS - I to love DigiStitches designs!

jellaan said...

Love the dress and the appliques. Digistitches is one of my favorite sites for embroidery designs!!

Julia said...


Sara said...

It looks great on your darling little girl!!! thanks so much for posting!! Love those appliques!!