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 132014
 

 

Oliver + S just released three new patterns and we are so excited to have them. The first up is the Garden Party Dress + Blouse, a sweet and springy dress. I love the shirring detail on the front. A perfect party dress for the spring and summer.

Oliver + S Garden Party Dress + Blouse | Lola Pink Fabrics

 

Also released is the Hide and Seek Dress + Tunic. I love how the yoke can showcase a favorite fabric. I think this is one of those patterns that I like but then fall in love with once I get it made.

Oliver + S Hide and Seek Dress + Tunic | Lola Pink Fabrics

 

Last but not least is the Lullaby Layette Set which comes in sizes newborn through 24-months. Think really cute onesie made from gorgeous fabrics. They used the Palos Verdes voiles and I can only imagine how soft these are for the baby. What a perfect shower gift!

Oliver + S Lullaby Layette Set | Lola Pink Fabrics

If you haven’t tried the Oliver + S patterns before, I highly suggest you do. Start with some of the easier ones like the Seashore Sundress or Playtime Tunic. Their patterns are so well written and easy to follow. The small details they include make your garment look so well made and take your sewing skills to the next level.

We have all the patterns in PDF format and will be getting the paper versions next week. Send us an email if you’d like us to hold one for you. I personally love the PDF versions .. instant gratification and can print out only the pieces I need without having to mess with all that tissue.

 

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.