Mar 182014
 

 

This is such a fun and easy dress using a great border print.  Mom used the bodice from the Children’s Corner Paulie  and then gathered a yard of fabric for the skirt. Too easy!

Children's Corner Paulie Bodice| Lola Pink Fabrics

Mom immediately saw bubbles when she looked at this fabric and then we found the perfect goldfish applique to go on it from Applique for Kids.

As soon as we started talking about this project to customers, we sold out of the fabric. We do have another colorway in green though that I think would look adorable with either a frog or turtle applique.

Simply Color by V & Co | Lola Pink Fabrics

And the fabrics on sale :)

 

 

Mar 172014
 

 

If you read my initial post about the new Oliver + S pattern releases, you’ll remember I said that the Hide and Seek dress would probably be one of those dresses that I like but would actually love once I saw it made. I found further evidence of that theory … Probably Actually made the dress and it is awesome.

Oliver + S Hide and Seek dress from Probably Acutally

from Probably Actually blog

I’m thinking of using the Interweave Chambray from Robert Kaufman in Wisteria .. now to figure out what fabric to highlight in the yoke!

I wonder if mom would let me stay home all next week and just sew? Technically I’d be working on samples for the shop ;)

Mar 072014
 

 

The new organic voiles from Cloud9 fabrics have arrived! They are so dreamy and soft. You’ve got to come by and feel them for yourself.

Palos Verdes Voiles from Cloud9 Fabrics | Lola Pink Fabrics

The designer of the fabrics is Leslie Shewring from the A Creative Mint blog. She made the most beautiful pair of pajama pants using the fabrics as well as a few other projects.

Palos Verdes Voiles by A Creative Mint

Think summer blouses, little girl’s dresses, scarves … the possibilities are endless with this fabric. This is definitely the kind of fabric that you will kick yourself over passing up if you don’t snag it. That is if mom and I can leave any on the bolt.

Mar 062014
 

 

This dress is one of my favorites. The pattern is Lizzy by Bonnie Blue and the fabrics are from the Cloud 9 Fabrics Tsuru collection.

Lizzy by Bonnie Blue with Tsuru Fabrics | Lola Pink Fabrics

The pattern itself was really easy to follow (as are most of the Bonnie Blue patterns). I chose the jumper option and went with a coordinating Kona Solid for the bodice. I did go ahead and add a lining to the skirt. I just have this thing where I just can’t NOT line fabrics that are mostly white. I’m sure it would have worked well without the lining but adding it really didn’t take that much longer. This is a pattern I would definitely make again and would recommend to others.

 

Lizzy by Bonnie Blue | Lola Pink Fabrics

Apparently, I didn’t get a picture of the back of the dress. It just a simple button-down back. There are 8 buttons down the back of the size 3. Before you swear off the pattern because you hate making buttonholes and sewing on the buttons (I know how you feel .. I used to say the same thing), you’ve really got to come into the shop and let me show you how easy buttons can be with the BERNINAs. Automatic buttonholes come on every BERNINA machine starting with the compact 3-series and when combined with the #18 button sew-on foot .. buttons are a breeze. I’m not even kidding.

Let’s take a minute and honor the fabric shall we … I die over this fabric. I don’t know why but this is just one of those pieces that speaks directly to me. The colors, the nautical/80′s – ish pattern, the white background .. I love everything about this fabric. I have been trying to come up with something that I could make from it. My first thought was a bag but I’m not so easy on my bags and a white background .. ummm, not going to happen. So then I started thinking dress but I am extremely pale and white dresses just make me feel so self-conscience. And then we have the whole lining issue again. I wasn’t sure if I would ever find the perfect project or not before we ran out but inspiration finally hit … the Anna Tunic from Amy Butler but in the mini dress length. Perfect! It’s a great length for wearing over jeans (no blindingly white legs) and it’s lined (yay!) …

Anna MadnessThe Anna Tunic was one of the first things I ever sewed and it was such a great pattern. I’ve got it all cut out and ready to go. I just have one project in the works that I’m trying to get done first but then it’s on!

Mar 042014
 

The BERNINA Foot-of-the-Month for March is the #63 Zigzag Hemmer Foot (3mm). This means you save 25% off the #63 hemmer foot for both new and old style machines.

You just got to love a foot that makes your life so much easier! BERNINA’s series of hemmer feet allow you to take a raw edge of fabric and have it double-folded and stitched all in one motion. No more burning your fingers with the iron while trying to fold perfect 1/8″ seams and then trying to keep your stitch straight.

BERNINA Foot of the Month - April 2014 63 Hemmer The genius of this foot is the little scroll-y bit at the front of the foot. Once you feed your fabric through the scroll, it double folds the fabric before it gets to the needle.

63 Hemmer CloseupThe trick to using the #63 Zigzag hemmer, and all the hemmer feet, is to make sure you feed the fabric evenly keeping it in the scroll. Once you get the fabric started, just hold the fabric up a bit and let it feed smoothly. I suggest practicing first with some scraps to get the hang of it but once you got it, your good to go.

FootPromo-Coupon-March2014

There are a series of the hemmer feet with varying widths and stitch styles. Come stop by the shop to pick up yours and get more information.

Feb 242014
 

BERNINA’s Foot-of-the-Month for February is the #23 Applique Foot.  That means you save 25% off the #23 foot for both new and old style machines through the end of the month.

BERNINA Foot of the Month - Feb 2014With its clear sole, you have an unobstructed view of the needle and stitching area which makes placing your stitches exactly where you want them so much easier. The cutout underneath the foot allows bulky satin stitches to pass under the foot without catching even around curves.

The #23 foot has a small hole on the front of the machine where you can feed small cord or thicker thread such as perle cotton to create a raised satin stitch or reinforce the edge of a fabric.

Tip: When creating satin stitches, run your bobbin thread through the small hole in the finger of your bobbin case  or change to your embroidery bobbin case. This will increase the bobbin tension and pull the top thread to the back preventing the bobbin thread from showing through on the edges.

BERNINA Foot of the Month

Come stop by the shop to take advantage of the 25% off coupon.