November 09, 2014

Pattern Review: Ellie Inspired Sweet Pea Coat

Today, I'm excited to be reviewing Ellie Inspired's darling Sweet Pea Coat pdf pattern as a part of their holiday collection blog tour. I don't know about you, but I have a huge affinity for classically style children's clothing. As a self-taught seamstress another thing I love when sewing up patterns is expanding my skills and learning new techniques. Classic styles? Learn something new? Sounds like Ellie Inspired to me!
Photo Courtesy Ellie Inspired and Laura Johnson

The Sweet Pea Coat pdf pattern comes in sizes 1-16 and is like a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure story. You can go simple if you're a beginner (or feeling lazy - shhh), sprinkle in a few new techniques if you're adventurous OR you can go full couture and use all the advanced options that are included in the pattern like adding sleeveheads and bound buttonholes . You can totally adapt the pattern to be sewn at your comfort level and that's another reason to love EI.

Photo Courtesy Ellie Inspired Sweet Pea Pattern

My favorite features of the coat are prissy little pleats in the front and back and the inseam pockets. There's options for cuffed or straight sleeves, fully lined or reversible, buttonholes or loops, embellishment options and even comes with a pattern for a hat! I went with a heavier wool fabric and found this fabulous houndstooth lining. Note: I am currently obsessed with houndstooth. Although, there were plenty of new tricks to try I kind of took the easy route. I did button loops because my machine and I disagree on buttonholes at the moment. Also, I found these pretty, vintage-y buttons and didn't want to struggle buttoning them each time. Kiwi said the buttons were pretty, that was it and for a minute I thought I'd sold her on the pockets, but she got over them. Darn.

Originally, I had all these fantasies of my little cutie prancing around in her fancy-schmancy mama made winter coat, but alas I woke up, reality set in and she was not having any part of my beautiful red wool coat. The closest this coat got to "on" her was this, however, I still adore it and I have 3 more months to catch her unawares.

As for the pattern itself I found it to be easy to comprehend with clear,well written instructions. Coats tend to be an easy sew for me with the exception of the finishing techniques which are up to the designer. I loved how the sleeves and lining were done in this pattern. I enjoyed reading through the more advanced options like bound button holes and adding a sleeve head although, I opted out on this try. I did have to learn how to do two things: slip stitch to close the coat (made it beautiful inside and really impressed Kiwi's Gma) and sew on a shank button. You don't have to use shank buttons, but these were so pretty how could I not?

Want to sew one up? You can get your own copy here. While you're there take a look around, she has got some amazing designs that are sure to catch your eye. If you decide that you need a bit of help or want to see what everyone else is sewing you can always go over to the EI Pattern Group on Facebook. Laura and the team or any one of the friendly members will be happy to lend a hand. Oh, and I'll be there too! :-) Hope you'll check out the rest of the blogtour and find your own favorite Ellie Inspired pattern.

October 01, 2014

October Giveaway - $50 Visa Gift Card!!

Win a $50 Visa Gift Card!

Who couldn't use a few extra dollars in their pocket, especially this time of year?
I know I could so I got together an awesome group of ladies to sponsor a little pre-holiday giveaway.

 1. LIKE all of the fan pages to enter

2. Take advantage of the bonus entries by favoriting Etsy Shops or following on Instagram

Please stop by the ladies' pages to thank them for sponsoring!

SHARE the wealth! Share with your friends and family. You never know they may buy you something :-)

  The giveaway runs Oct. 1st 8:00pm EST and ends Oct. 8th at 11:59pm EST

Enter Here


May 30, 2014

CraftingCon Blog Tour - Everyday Ursula

Hi everyone! I am so excited to be starting my new blog off with such a bang! My name is Tara and I am the owner of Haute & Posh Designs and mom to a challenging, but adorable three-nager, Kiwi. I consider myself to be a real domestic diva at times and since I love to run my mouth, I decided to share it with y'all on the internets. I'm really goofy, by the way. Yes, I know internets has an "s" on it. Anyway, I am a bit of a geek and when I saw the call for the CraftingCon's "Is My Geek Showing" Blog Tour I was ALL OVER IT! very intrigued. I chose the villains theme because I feel they just don't get enough play and it was so hard to narrow it down to one, but I went with everyone's favorite seawitch, Ursula.

 I like to go a little off the beaten path and I LOVE to mash patterns. Since this series is all about going casual I needed to make something recognizable without being all costume-y. I knew that I needed a sweetheart neckline and a way to make tentacles that wouldn't make my child look weird if she wore it to a picnic or the park. So, for this outfit I combined the Create Kids Couture Poppy's Peekaboo Dress and swirls from  Violette's Swirly Peasant Dress.

I absolutely love the back on Poppy's it's just so summery to me and Victoria's swirls are a great way to evoke the black and purple tentacles without going overboard.

I used 100% cotton fabrics to keep it comfortable and picked out this fantastic purple that reminded me of the suckers on the end of Ursula's tentacles, she is half octopus, after all. Now, how to make it really scream Ursula without the wig and make-up? Again, not very everyday-wear friendly or practical. I hooked up with my best brainstorming buddy, Google, and found this great applique pattern for Ursula's shell by Embroitique. Right, the necklace! Everyone would recognize the necklace, except....I don't have an embroidery machine or any clue how to applique. Hmmm...that's where the sisterhood of sewing came in handy. I have "met" so many wonderful ladies in sewing groups on Facebook, so I reached out to Missy of Missy's Munchkins.

I picked out this awesome glitter satin and trim from Jo-ann Fabrics and sent her my bodice. I'd like to to say that I am absolutely head over heels in love with how this "necklace" turned out.

So, let's talk about my model, who makes every sewing project a challenge and ultimately dictates what modifications I have to make. I originally planned on making a dress, but I her waist is so tiny and I didn't want to end up gathering the swirls so I added a bit of a drop waist or yoke to make it a skirt. Top of the yoke gets elastic to fit her, bottom of yoke keeps me from scrunching those scrumptious swirls.

Well, if the bottom is a skirt then what about the top? When I tried the bodice on her a bit of her belly was showing and I really wasn't feeling that for everyday play. Solution? Why the solution to everything, add a ruffle! I added a ruffle to cover her belly and make the pieces flow together.  She's also a bit uncooperative so, guess who got new toys and a bubble machine to do the shoot? Yep, Kiwi did and she absolutely loved them!  I really like how the outfit came out, she seemed very comfortable and played and played and played.
I say score one more for mama.

Well, that's it for my Everyday Ursula, hope you enjoyed the tour! You can view the rest of today's tour posts using the links below.