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The Little Shift

—By Heather

Just in time for Spring, the Little Shift Dress from Favorite Things is a sweet and simple pattern suitable for advanced beginners. This cute basic has gathered cap sleeves and pleating at the front neckline. The overall shape is made more interesting with the elastic casing which ends just a little beyond the sides with a sweet button detail.

With only a few steps, this dress sews up quickly—you can easily finish it in one (uninterrupted) afternoon, or a few hours spread out over a weekend.

A quick word about sizing; when sewing for a specific wearer, I measure and make adjustments accordingly. For this sample, I didn’t have anyone specific in mind, so I just made the 5/6 as written. My model is a thin 7-year-old so the dress fits her through the body but is short on her—more of a tunic length. I mention this so those of you sewing for your 5/6-year-olds won’t think the pattern is short. It is a true dress length.

Happy sewing!

Just in: apparel goods, home dec, new Colette patterns, and more

by Gina, photos from Hannah

First off, a huge thank you to all of you who made it to our sale! You snatched up lots of goodies and we have space for all the fabulous new things that have been rolling through the door. Let’s get started.

The latest additions to the Colette Patterns collection. These are great for summer and include plus sizes.

comic book printsSweet cotton and flannel prints from Cynthia Rowleylots of great new cotton prints

fantastic new home dec weight printsAnd now onto the apparel goodies…

Beige dotted Swiss, sweet floral lawn, super cool sparkly grey dot and incredible rose silk open weave. I’m thinking a lovely summer sweater with that silk.

Beautifully unique knits

Super cool city scene knit panel. Get creative with this one!A pair of double sided pieces: denim on left, knit on the right. Fun!

And in other news, the Supportland folks have given us a virtual Easter egg hunt! Be sure to hand over your card whenever you’re shopping at any of the Supportland stores and you might chance upon a point-loaded “egg.” See you soon!

Perfect (and free!) skirt pattern for Easter

by Gina, photos from Heather

For years the kind folks over at Oliver + S have provided a free, downloadable pattern for sewing up a darling skirt with ribbon trim. I have loved seeing all the variations of this skirt, and the delight it brings particularly beginner sewists to have such a beautifully finished garment made so easily and quickly.

This skirt took me an hour to make, no lie. It calls for whatever length you want, plus two inches. I cut a 5/8 yard piece for this one. The most fun is the ribbon finish at the hem. It’s such a clean and fun way to finish the skirt’s hem and get to use some of those fabulous trims at the store that you’ve been eyeing and haven’t quite know what to do with.  I used the wide, Kaffe Fassett lotus leaf ribbon for this project.

Heather did a sweet and simple embelishment on a store bought tee to make a coordinated outfit. Perfect for any spring gathering!

You can find the pattern instructions here and can see some of the latest pretty trims we’ve received here and here. Easy peasy, time to get stitchin’.