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.

 

Sep 122013
 

No lie … this may be the absolute cutest dress I have ever made. I just love it!

Oliver + S Croquet Dress made by Jen @ Lola Pink Fabrics

The style of the Oliver + S Croquet Dress is perfect for these Joel Dewberry prints.

Oliver + S Croquet Dress at Lola Pink Fabrics

I just love the Oliver + S patterns. They are so easy to follow and well written. The finishing details they put into the patterns elevates my sewing level considerably. I always feel a great sense of accomplishment after completing one  of their patterns. If you’ve been intimidated by their patterns in the past, you must come in and let us help find a good one for you to start with. They’ve got several that are geared more towards beginners.

We’ve got the entire collection of Oliver + S patterns available anytime as PDF downloads including their retired patterns you can’t find in paper form anymore. We also have a good selection of their paper patterns in the shop too :)

I’m working on the their Roller Skate Dress now using the new Violet Fields, Waterfront Park fabrics. Stay tuned … this one is turning out super cute too!

Happy Sewing,

Jen

Sep 112013
 

Hello! It’s amazing how fast time seems to be flying these days. We’ve been getting in so many awesome fabrics lately it’s been hard to keep up. We’ve got some great new prints for fall including Acacia by Tula Pink

Acacia by Tula Pink at Lola Pink Fabrics

The raccoon is so stinking cute!!

Acacia by Tula Pink at Lola Pink Fabrics

Mom’s busy working on a sample using fabric from this collection. She using one of the classic Children’s Corner patterns and really making it pop with these modern fabrics. So excited to see it completed.

We also got in the latest from Joel Dewberry, Bungalow. For those who have been in the shop, you’ll know that Joel is one of my absolute FAVORITE fabric designers. There’s just something about his colors and prints that just suck me right in.

Joel Dewberry Bungalow at Lola Pink Fabrics

We’ll have what could possibly be the cutest dress ever that I made using these fabrics on the blog tomorrow. Be sure to check back!

Joel Dewberry Bungalow at Lola Pink Fabrics

Also new is the latest from Felicity Miller, Botanica. The earthy, pale pink color is gorgeous!

Botanica by Felicity Miller at Lola Pink Fabrics

Last but not least are some new school/team-colored chevron prints. Go Saints!!

School Chevrons at Lola Pink FabricsWe have sewing samples like crazy lately. The fabrics have been such an inspiration. I’ve got fabric on the cutting board now ready to go. :)

Hope things are finally settling down from the crazy summer. Be sure to come stop by the shop or visit us online for all the latest and greatest fabrics. Now time to get some fabric cut and a new project started!

Happy Sewing,

Jen

 

May 222013
 

 

Happy Go Lucky by Bonnie & Camille

photo from Camille Roskelley’s blog

It’s a perfect summer day and things are looking up. She can’t help but skip along, not a care in the world. Wearing a beautiful vintage dress with all her favorite colors, lime green flats, a bright red popsicle in hand, under a beautiful aqua sky, she’s happy-go-lucky, and today life couldn’t be any sweeter. Full of cheery dots, stripes, vintage florals and delightful scallops, with happy-go-lucky that beautiful summer day is just a hop, skip, and a jump away!

Happy Go Lucky by Bonnie & Camille

photo from Camille Roskelley’s blog

I spy a BERNINA on her sewing room table!

Happy Go Lucky by Bonnie & Blue

photo from Camille Roskelley’s blog

If you’re a fan of Bonnie & Camille’s, you will absolutely love this new collection. Especially if you still have some prints leftover from her previous collections; they work so well together!

The Happy-G0-Lucky prints and precuts are shipping now!

Looking for more inspiration? Be sure to check out Camille’s blog, Simplify.

Happy Sewing,

Jen