Mar 142014
 

 

Yesterday we posted about the Spring 2014 Oliver + S pattern releases which featured a beautiful, frilly dress, the Garden Party Dress. I loved the pattern at first glance but then fell more in love with it when I saw that the ladies of Probably Actually and Skirt as Top did with it.

Oliver + S Garden Party from Probably Actually

from Probably Actually

Oliver + S Garden Party Dress from Skirt As Top

from Skirt as Top

I love the bold prints paired with the solids .. especially the coral solid. I want to drop all the projects I have going on right now and make this dress!

Both used the Meadow fabrics from Art Gallery. While I absolutely LOVE the prints we got, I wish we had gotten these two prints as well. If we can pre-sell enough of the fabric, I’ll do everything I can to get it in stock. Let me know if you’re interested!

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!

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

May 132013
 

Coasters Collage

I absolutely adore my new coasters! The embroideries are from the To The Letter design CD from BERNINA. The detail of each letter and the hand-look of the stitches is phenomenal. We’ve made several projects with this particular design package. It’s definitely a shop favorite right now.

Coasters Tsuru

The fabric I used for the back is from the Tsuru collection by Rashida Coleman-Hale. This fabric collection ranks right up there with Kate Spain’s Fandango as one of my all-time favorites. So far I’ve used them for my coasters, made a Washi Dress (photos coming soon), and have some fabric cut for either a Wiksten Tank or other dress … and that’s just a start!

We have the fabric in stock now if you’d like to pick some up for you (before I take it all home with me). If you’d like us to reserve one of the To The Letter CDs for you, just let us know. We’ve been selling out of them and always have more on order. If you’re not local to SW Louisiana, you can pick up a copy of the CD at your local BERNINA dealer.

Happy Sewing,

Jen

Feb 112013
 

I gotta admit … I’m a bit jealous of people who have the eye for repurposing items and making them fabulous. I just don’t have it. For example, how cute is this dress that Melanie made using one of her old skirts?!

Melanie Dramatic Repurposed Skirt

Remove waistband, add some shirring and some ribbon for straps and voila … you have a super cute dress that any little girl would love.  So cute and so easy!!

But this brings up something else that I have been too chicken to try … shirring!! The concept seems easy enough and is according to Melanie but I don’t know … Maybe it’s time to fish the elastic thread out of the back of the drawer and give it a go. This tutorial from Pink Fig made it seem not as terrifying! Shirring has officially been added to my list of techniques I must try before the year is up … unless I chicken out ;)

Would love to see some of your repurposed goods to get me inspired. I figure the more I see, the easier it might become for me to start seeing things in a new way. Post your links below to share.

Happy Sewing!

Jen

Jul 182012
 

It’s Kona week here at Lola Pink Fabrics and we’ve got 2 great dresses to show you. Both are made by one of our super, sweet customers. She’s been sewing for years and years  and absolutely raves about the Kona cotton solids.

I just love how you can take something as plain as a piece of solid fabric and turn it into something so pretty!Kona Dress - Lola Pink FabricsSo why does she love Konas so much? She loves how bold and saturated the colors are. She also loves the weight of the material saying that pleats hold their shape making Konas a dream to smock with. Kona Dress - Lola Pink Fabrics

I wish I had a fraction of this woman’s talent and skill. I keep hoping that if she comes in to the shop often enough maybe some of her skill will brush off onto me :D