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    Peach Patterns "Mama Leilani" Top & Dress PDF Sewing Pattern : Tester Call

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    I'm so excited to announce the tester call for Peach Patterns first womens' dress pattern. Following on popular demand for a "mama" version of our Leilani Dress for Girls which was launched last summer, we will soon have a grown up version available.  The Mama Leilani sewing pattern will have the added options of a top length, a single or double ruffle and adjustable bra-style straps (as well as ties).  You'll find the link to the tester sign-up form at the bottom of the post.

    The dress pictured is the Knee-Length option made in a lovely flowy rayon from Blackbird Fabrics (fabrics with a great drape-factor are essential to the design of this dress!) The other options are shown on the pattern cover illustration.

    The Mama Leilani is quick and easy to sew and will be your go-to top or dress for summer. It looks great in vibrant prints for everyday or you can glam it up by using a special fabric with the high-low version for a dramatic night-time look.

    INTERESTED IN TESTING THE MAMA LEILANI TOP OR DRESS?

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    (Note: I will be running the test from 19 to 26 October 2017 in a closed Facebook Group which you would need to join.) The Size Chart and Yardage Chart are included on the form.

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    Tutorial: The "Pearlie Dress & Peplum Top": Sewing Perfect Gathers

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    Sewing perfect gathers between the bodice and skirt on your Pearlie Dress or Peplum Top isn't hard and will give your finished dress a truly professional edge.  There are several ways to get nice even gathers when sewing knit fabrics but the one we use in the pattern is a real "game changer" (I'm quoting the Pearlie pattern testers here!).  

    This method is also an especially good confidence booster if you're new to sewing with knits because it's simple and has such great results.

    **** Haven't got your Pearlie Dress pattern yet? Hop over to One Thimble and grab a copy either as a standalone pattern or, better still, as a package with the other great patterns in One Thimble Issue 16. For more inspiration and to see all the amazing Pearlies that have been posted by our lovely customers, join the Peach Patterns Sewing Group and One Thimble Sewing Enthusiasts group on Facebook. ****

    This tutorial outlines the very first steps you will take to sew your Pearlie Dress or Peplum after cutting your fabric pieces. Taking a bit of extra time and care here will set you up for success with the rest of your sewing.

    NOTE: There are two bodice and neckband options in the Pearlie Dress pattern and for this version I used the "relaxed fit" bodice and the "standard" neckband.  The dress was made in a straight Size 8 and the fabric details and links are at the end of the tutorial.

    SO, let's get started:

    ASSEMBLE YOUR SUPPLIES

    The things you'll need are a stretch needle, your regular thread, some shirring elastic and an empty bobbin case. 

    Insert the stretch needle into your sewing machine shank and thread it with your regular thread.  Take the empty bobbin and wind your shirring elastic around it by hand until the bobbin is full.  The idea here is to wind the elastic on firmly but without stretching it too much.  Load the bobbin with your shirring elastic into the bobbin case as you would with regular thread.

    SEW YOUR GATHERING STITCHES

    Set your machine to the longest stitch length.  On the right side of your SKIRT FRONT and BACK pieces sew a row of stitching just under the top raw edge. (Make sure you start (and finish) sewing just over 1cm (3/8") in from the side seams (as marked on the pattern pieces). This will ensure the seam allowances at each side of the dress are free of gathers.  And yipeee (!) you'll notice the fabric will begin to gather a bit as you sew.  The real magic starts, though, when you sew another row of stitching just under the first one.  Hold the fabric as flat as possible without stretching it too much and sew completely parallel to your first row.  Your fabric will gather up nicely - step back to admire!  

    Here are some front and back views of your fabric after this step:

    Your shirring elastic will most likely have done the trick to reduce the width of your skirt pieces to match the width of your bodices.  You can check this by laying the pieces parallel as in the photo below. If they're still too wide, however, simply lay the skirt pieces on your ironing board and give the gathers a few shots of steam while holding the iron just above the fabric (don't press the actual fabric).

    FIND THE CENTRE POINT OF BODICE & SKIRT PIECES

    Fold your BODICE and SKIRT pieces in half and mark the centre of each with a pin as shown in the photo below.

    SEW BODICE and SKIRT PIECES TOGETHER

    A little word of caution here so you don't do what *someone I know* (ahem) once did whilst sewing her Pearlie Dress i.e. sew the BODICE FRONT and SKIRT BACK together.  The SKIRT BACK is the longer of the two skirt pieces and needs to be matched with its partner, the BODICE BACK.

    Taking your SKIRTS and BODICES, match the centre points marked by your pins and aligning the raw edges, pin your pieces right sides together.  I use LOTS of pins and remove them as I sew!  

    (You will notice (as the photo below shows) that the bodice fabric has a tendency to bunch up when it's pinned to the skirt.  Because of this you need to take extra care when sewing over your gathers to keep smoothing out the layer of (bodice) fabric underneath.  If the bodice fabric does double over and get caught in the stitch line, there's no need to unpick the whole seam: simply unpick and re-sew the affected area.)

    Sew your skirt and bodice pieces together just under the second row of gathering stitches. For the sake of precision I use a regular machine to do this step and then finish the seam with my overlocker (serger) afterwards.

    Sewing machine:

    Overlocker (Serger):

    PRESS SEAM UPWARDS

    And that's really all there is to it! After a quick steam and press with your iron (lay fabric wrong side up and press seam upwards with tip of iron), you have gorgeous gathers and (after doing a little happy dance!) can go on to sew the rest of your Pearlie Dress.

    The knit fabrics used for this Pearlie Dress are Art Gallery Solids in Crystal Pink from Bebeloush Designs for the bodice and Rainbow Pastel Watercolor Moroccan by Micklyn on Spoonflower for the skirt. (I chose the Spoonflower Cotton Spandex Jersey as my base fabric for this print).

    Don't forget to grab your copy of the Pearlie Dress sewing pattern over at One Thimble

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    The "Blouson Bomber Jacket" for Girls & Boys: Photo Round Up & Giveaway (Day 3)

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    Hi there! This is the 3rd and final day of our "Blouson Bomber Jacket" Photo Round Up and also your final chance to enter the pattern Giveaway (scroll down for entry form).

    The awesome Tanya @sewvolution made two jackets for her sweet girl which are equally fabulous. One in denim with a hearts print fabric peeping out of the pockets (and heart snaps at the front!) and the other in a gorgeous, girly floral.  I believe they've gotten a lot of wear (always love to hear that).

    Maggie Jaded Threads made one for her little boy (how cute is he??) in a stretch fabric.  There's a little surprise for "Moana" fans on the jacket. If you look closely at the print you can see lyrics from all the songs.

    Carlie @thefabricmamma made jackets for her girls in mermaid and unicorn print fabric which they suggested she buy on a joint shopping trip. They have great taste and their mum is a fantastic sewer so it was a win win :)

    Thanks to all the amazing ladies who were featured in our blog series and thanks to everyone who followed along! The Giveaway will be drawn on 13 September and you can enter below:

     

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    The "Blouson Bomber Jacket" for Girls & Boys: Photo Round Up & Giveaway (Day 2)

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    Welcome to Day 2 of the Peach Patterns "Blouson Bomber Jacket" Photo Round Up & Giveaway. (Check out Day 1 of the Round Up here).  

    I have lots more great jackets to show you today including the one below by Karen @poshbotscreations / Karen G - Pieces of Me. Karen made the jacket for her daughter in a stretch cotton sateen with a beautiful flowers and birds print on a pink background. The pocket backs and facings are in a solid navy which coordinates nicely with the print.

    N.B. If you're in Australia, Spotlight has a range of both printed and solid cotton sateen permanently in stock (not an affiliate link).  This type of fabric is a great choice for the design as it's a nice mid-weight and with just that bit of stretch, the jacket is both easy to sew and really comfortable to wear.

    The next jacket was made by Saskia @shewhosewsuk / She Who Sews and is a great example of how this design works equally well for boys.  Saskia put a lot of effort into finishing and photographing the jacket.  You can see the lovely details in the close-up photo of the pocket and also the one which gives a peek inside the jacket.  Am in total admiration of those bias bound seams! Saskia was also kind enough to put together this great blog post where she explains more about making the pattern for her young man.

    Last but not least is the gorgeous jacket made by Livia @livia.jy for her lovely daughter who is always keen to model her mama-made outfits with a great big smile on her face! The quilted cotton is another great fabric choice for the jacket and what's not to love about this pretty floral?

    Grab a copy of the pattern here or be sure to get your entry in to the giveaway and be in the running to win one of 6 copies of the pattern (the winners will be randomly drawn on 13 September). If you're not already in the Peach Patterns Sewing Group join up now to boost your chances or if you're already a member just leave a comment on the blog. Stay tuned for our final post of the series coming soon.

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    The "Blouson Bomber Jacket" for Girls & Boys: Photo Round Up & Giveaway (Day 1)

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    If you're like me, your childrens' handmade wardrobes contain LOTS of dresses, some skirts, tops and maybe a couple of pairs of pants and shorts thrown into the mix.  But a jacket?  Perhaps not.  Enter the "Blouson Bomber Jacket", a unisex pattern which makes creating a handmade jacket totally achievable! It's easy to sew and quick to come together. It has cute circular side pockets which are a cinch to insert and the jacket can be dressy or casual depending on your fabric choice. Best of all, you can make one in either woven or stretch fabric to match or coordinate with your other gorgeous handmade pieces. 

    Thanks so much to all of you who have already supported Peach Patterns by visiting our new website and purchasing the pattern.  Don't have it yet? You can get one here OR, better still, scroll down to enter the "Blouson Bomber Jacket" Giveaway where 6 copies of the pattern will be given away at the end of our 3 day blog series.

    A huge thank you is also due to the promotional sewing team who were so enthusiastic about this project and so generous with their time. Today (and over my next 2 blog posts) I wanted to introduce you to some of them and to showcase their gorgeous jackets and photos.

    First up (and also in the feature photo above) we have Genevieve @gegiegrossmann. Genevieve's stylish girl is the lucky recipient of many a mama-made outfit and she always looks amazing in what she wears.  The gorgeous floral fabric is a scuba and so has a moderate stretch (a great choice for this design).

    Next we have a jacket made by Lottie for her boy (who has the sweetest blonde curls).  Lottie has tested a couple of my girls dress patterns and it was so great that she was able to make something for her little man as well.  The jacket is superbly finished and I love the way it brings his outfit together.....

    Our third and final jacket for today was sewn by Amanda @kapera.handmade who has also been a fabulous Peach Patterns tester over the past year.  Amanda has such a great sense of style and always adds unique touches to the things she sews.  I have to admit when she gave us a sneak peek of the fabric she wanted to use for this one I assumed she would be using the floral for the main fabric and the solid for the pocket but she surprised me by doing it the other way around and I have to say I LOVE the result.

    Enter our giveaway below and on next Wednesday 13 September I'll randomly select 6 winners who will each get a copy of the "Blouson Bomber Jacket" Pattern. Join the Peach Patterns Sewing Group on Facebook or simply leave a comment on this post (as well as entering your details in Rafflecopter) to enter!

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