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.

 

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

Aug 112010
 

Aunt Heather took us to Sealife up in Tempe while she was visiting.  I figured the least I could do was make the girls cute dresses to wear while we were there. ;-)   And what better fabric for visiting an aquarium than Patty Young’s Gold Fish?  I ask you that!

Since we were short on time, I used the KISS method when planning the outfits.  The two dresses took 1.25 yard of fabric (3/4 for Haley’s – 1/3 for Leah’s) and less than 2 hours to make.  Some elastic thread and wa-la.  Two dresses for the aquarium!

(The lighing inside was not ideal for photographs – but here are a few more photos!)

Oct 052009
 

I am going to carry some patterns by Fledge / Studio Tantrum. They are European patterns – which means that you have to trace off the pattern pieces and add seam allowances. (Most people I know choose to trace boutique patterns anyway so that they can use all the sizes over and over again!) The patterns are kid friendly with a great sense of style.

What really drew me to them was how customizable they are. The pattern instructions are a quite general, so it helps if you have some sewing under your belt and understand basic construction. On the Farbenmix site, they have tons of design examples, and I’m also only including patterns that have instruction sheets in English and  Sew-A-Longs in English. I’ve linked those in the listings on my website. I decided to pick out a few patterns that I have been wanting to try and we’ll go from there.

Downtown Tucson

This weekend I was able to sew my very first Feliz….and it won’t be my last!  Feliz means happy in Spanish,  so I wanted the Feliz dress to have a Spanish vibe.  I envisioned something that you could wear to a party.  (The parties are always grand and always fun!)  I needed bright festive colors and patterns.  This fabric immediately came to mind.  

It is called Beatrice Dream and is by Michael Miller fabrics.  I used it for the overdress.  The under dress is Fuschia Ta Dot.

And the bustle on the back of the underdress are other Ta Dots from the Jewel Tones line.  I used Bubblegum, Celery, Lagoon and Tangerine.

Water feature

I added a bottom tier to the underdress that I gathered only in the back with the rest of the ruffles. And since my serger is still getting fixed, I decided to use the premade Bias Trim from Michael Miller. I love the result!  (But I can’t wait to get my serger back to my seams don’t have to be zig zagged!) 

Christmas is just around the corner, (really!) so I plan to make her Christmas dress from this pattern.  I think I’ll leave off the ruffles on the back and the extra bottom tier.  I’ll also possibly applique something on the over dress.  It will have a completely different feel!  I can hardly wait!  And I’ve picked out the fabrics I want to use for the Redondo and Laguna patterns too.  I doubt I’ll have time before I leave for Quilt Market.

The patterns are listed here.  I really do hope you will love them as much I already do!  Just thinking about all the possibilities makes me happy – so use the code Happy for 15% off all patterns this week.   :-)

Aug 122009
 

I just about died when I saw this fabric from Alexander Henry!  The fairies on rollerskates, the little birdies in tree tops, and cute starflowers.  Haley loved the fairies too…..I knew she would.

Princess

And I’ve had this pattern sitting on my to-do list for way too long. I thought it would be perfect to show the fairies (which are about 6 inches in size). I made the longer version to make it a dress. I’m thinking it is a tiny bit too long…but that also means she won’t outgrow it tomorrow. :-)

I had planned to use one of the starflower calico prints – but Haley decided to help me while I was preparing the fabric. She ended up picking an Anna Maria Horner polka dot and I think it looks great!!! During this process she informed me that she doesn’t like brown, but she likes fashion brown. (Which apparently means tan with pink polka dots?!?!?)

That darn kat pattern

Turned out pretty cute. Now to go weed out some of her older clothes to make room for all the fun new clothes.

May 312009
 

Have I mentioned yet that I love the new line by Erin McMorris?  It is cheery and fun – perfect for summer sewing.  I have been wanting to make Haley a few new dresses and I know several of them will come from this line of fabric.

Haley's dress

The print used is called Flower Shower. Such a simple sundress! And because of the elastic bodice area, this dress will fit her for quite some time.   :-)  I think I should whip up a few more of these for my dress-wearing little girl!

Jan 192009
 

Thank you so much for all your kindness. :-)  I’m so excited to see who wins!!!  I have started a spreadsheet to keep track of all the entries.  Whew!  Who knew I was creating so much work for myself?!?!?  I’m also TRYING to respond to each comment – but that is a ton of work too and it might take me the full 2 weeks to get it done!

So yesterday I was having one of those computer days.  You know the ones?  Where you want to do something seemingly simple – and it just won’t work?!?!?  I was at a point where I had 2 options.

A.) Throw the computer through the window.

B.) Go sew.

I knew A might make me feel temporarily victorious over the computer – but even in my frustrated state, I realized it wasn’t the best long term solution!  So sewing won again – plus I wanted to make Haley a Valentine’s dress with some cute Andalucia fabrics.  Oh, how I love that fabric!  Of course, as soon as I showed it to Haley, I knew there was no chance it would make it until Valentine’s Day.  ;-)  She wore it today.  I took a couple pictures while we were at the park playing.

I’m hoping she’ll let me make her a belt with the Andalucia ribbon – but she is an opinionated little girl.  She already has a matching headband, but try as I might, she refused to wear it today.  Now, if I can come up with a way to make her think it’s her idea…..