Oct 312013
 

Are you ready to roll some hems? Today we’re going to finish the rounded edges on the flounces and neck ruffle as well as sew on the flounces, the I recommend you cut 3-5 extra flounces so you can play with your serger or sewing machine without worrying about wasting the ones you need for your Sugar Plum.

If you missed any of the previous sew-along posts, you can find them all on the Sugar Plum Sew-Along page. If you still need to pick up your copy of Sugar Plum, you can grab it here in the shop!

View A: Rolled hem flounces

On your serger, you want to set your machine to a rolled hem. Check your owners manual for the way to set yours. On mine, I just pull back the white slide you see toward the bottom of the image. It pulls a metallic piece from where your loopers wind thread around the fabric

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I’m using lightweight scraps to test out the rolled hem before I roll my flounces. (In other words, you’ll see several different fabrics through today’s post.) My differential feed is set to N- which is between .7 and 1.5. A lower differential feed will create a lettuce leaf edge. Setting your differential feed higher will feed the fabric at a faster rate and it won’t ruffle as much. You can play with the feed to get the edge you like. 

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Below is the test with the serger. 

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Below is the test with my sewing machine set to 3 width and 1 length. You can also go over your zig zagged edge twice if you like. Likewise, you can make your stitch longer to approximate the serger threads. I personally like how it looks with a narrower stitch but it’s your choice. When you use your sewing machine, make sure that your zig zag goes over the edge of your fabric, which will cause the raw edge to roll.

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When going around the curve of your flounces, gently hold the front part of the flounce as it gets fed into your serger but don’t be afraid to stop with the needle down, lift the foot and pivot your flounce.

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Once you get the hang of finishing your flounces you don’t have to stop and cut the flounces off the chain of the serger. You can just keep feeding flounce after flounce.

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View A: Sewing on flounces

Mark where you flounces should be keeping in mind that you might have to adjust some of them if you did an FBA or SBA. Pin your upper flounces at the placement lines.

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Stitch a straight line down all your flounces to hold them in place with a 1/4″ seam allowance. You will want to pull the flounces out of the way so they don’t get stitched into the seam. Next, starting from the bottom most flounces, pull and stretch the flounce so they line up with the placement line and with a narrow zig zag stitch the flounce down.

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You can do the rolled hem on your neck ruffles now or in a couple of steps.

Both Views: Button loops

Take the button loops that you have prepared and pin them according to the placement template on the right front bodice. Stitch them down with a 1/4″ seam allowance, taking care not to stitch any of the lower flounces.

 

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Both Views: Front shield

Fold your front shield in half lengthwise. Sew across the top with a 3/8″ seam allowance. Turn right side out and press well. Line up the top of the shield with the notch on your left front bodice and with raw edges together stitch in place with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

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At this point, if you haven’t already, you can stitch the bodices to the backs. The instructions call for you to stitch them in an earlier step. Both ways are fine. Showing the application of the flounces, button loops and shield is easier without the back bodice in the way of the photos.

Both Views: Neck Ruffles

Once you’ve done all your flounces, you’ll add a rolled hem on your neck ruffles. Again, when going around the curve of the ruffle, gently hold your fabric as it goes into your machine. You might want to do a practice ruffle before you make the ones for your Sugar Plum.

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Stitch a basting row at 1/4″ from the raw edge. Gather your neck ruffles to fit the neckline and match notches. Stitch down to bodice neckline with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Notice that the ends of the ruffles must stop at the dots.

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Attach front lining

Lay lining bodices right sides together with fashion fabric bodices. Stitch down center front with 3/8″ seam allowance. Tuck away the flounces so they don’t get caught in the stitching.

Understitch the lining to the seam allowance.

Press without flattening the flounces.

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Bodice side seams

With right sides of the bodice together, sew up the side seams of the bodice front and back. Repeat with your lining pieces.

How are you all doing? Let me know if you have any questions. Next time we meet, we’ll attach the skirt and waistband.

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Oct 282013
 

Today we have a very special treat! The lovely Trice from Sew Tell is here to show us how an FBA changed the fit on her Sugar Plum bodice. She’ll show you how to get a much more tailored fit along the bust. I appreciate the extra tailoring but you can see that Trice gets a great fit out of both of her approaches with Sugar Plum. Read her post and see what you think. If you’re on Twitter, you can find her here, too! Thanks Trice for coming over to share what you’ve learned.

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Remember this Lolita Pattern Sugar Plum? This was the Sugar Plum that I made as a pattern tester. After making it up, I realized that I wanted to make some changes to the dress. I did not think it fitted as good as it should. This was a size 14 with only an added 5/8″ to the side seams.

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Fresh off the sewing table is my latest Sugar Plum. The bodice fabric is one of the items I picked up in NYC, but forgot to share on the blog. The skirt is the same fabric from the last Sugar Plum. I still have several yards left of this fabric.

Okay now down to business of this version, which has a better fit. This time I used my high bust measurements to get a size 10. I only cut out a size 10 for the front bodice, sleeves, neck ruffle, front shield, and  button loop placement. Everything else I keep a size 14, yes even the back. The back fit perfectly before, so I just trued the front and back bodice so they were balanced.

I did a tissue fitting to check the amount I would need to make the bodice adjustment. I ended up needing 3 inches. When you need more than 1.5 inches you have to do a Y-FBA. In the picture below you can see the Y-FBA that I made. Also note that I had to make adjustments to the Front Shield and Button Loop Placement pieces. If you do the flounces, you will need to add length to the Flounce Placement piece as well. The added length is to make these piece match the adjusted Front Bodice piece, because when you do FBAs, you tend to end up with a longer bodice to accompany the roundness of your bust. I also re-did the markings for the buttons starting at the fullest part of my bust.

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Because of the Y-FBA, I end up having extra fabric on the sides and this did not work with the waistband piece. I ended up eyeballing adding two more pleats. I think the added pleats creates nice look around the bust area.

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So you can see that this dress fits better on me by doing the FBA. There is no drag lines in my shoulders. Also and most importantly, no crazy fabric in the armhole. Even my sleeves look better because of this adjustment. These things might not bother you, so you can see if you want to do the extra work or not.

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Another thing I did for this pattern was shorten the skirt about 5 inches. I took it off from the lengthen and shorten line but added 1.25 inches for the hem.

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Some things I would change about my next Sugar Plum would be, to take out the back darts, because I like my clothes with a little less fit and I would also skip the pockets. As much as I love pockets, they are just not working for me for this dress. This version is more obvious because I used the lining for the pockets and not the knit used for the skirt.

So have you made a Sugar Plum yet? Will you do a FBA for it? Or have you?

Oct 272013
 

It’s time to get started sewing!

We’ve got a couple of things to set up and we’ll be ready to start putting the bodice together.

Want to catch up?  The rest of the sew-along posts can be found at the Sugar Plum Sew-Along page!

Interfacing the bodice, lining and front shield

Using lots of steam and a pressing cloth, apply interfacing to the wrong sides of the neck edges  and the back seam (to stabilize for the zipper) of the bodice and lining. Turn your bodice and lining pieces over to the right side and press the interfacing again. This will help secure the strips of interfacing.

Apply interfacing to the wrong side of the front shield. Press again from the right side.

You can also stay-stitch the neckline instead of interfacing it.

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Stitching up darts

If you haven’t already, mark the darts on your back bodice and back lining by tracing the pattern onto the wrong side of the fabric with a tracing wheel and tracing paper. You can either baste the pleats on the front pieces or you can make them into darts as well. Either way, you’ll also want to mark the pleats/front bust darts onto the wrong side of you pieces and stitch them in place.

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Making button loops

Fold the button loop piece in half lengthwise and sew with a 1/4″ seam allowance. The allowance, when turned, will fill up the tube you’re creating and give you really nice loops.

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To turn your tube, take a threaded sewing needle, tie a knot and secure the thread at one end of your tube. Allow the eye of the needle to go into the tube and pull it out the other end. Gently, pull the needle and wiggle the fabric around a bit so that your tube inverts on itself. I find pulling on the seam allowance a little helps feed it through.

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Cut your tube into six 1.75″ pieces. Set aside for now.

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Optional bias tape for the waistband

If you’d like to add bias tape to your waistband like Amity did on her pink Sugar Plum, you can either make your own bias tape out of the same fabric you’re using for your bodice or out of a contrasting material.  We’ll apply it to the waistband once we put those pieces together in a later step.

We’re done for today. I skipped doing the rolled hem on the flounces but, don’t worry, we’ll get to them next time.

Still need to grab your Sugar Plum for the sew-along?  It is available here in the shop!

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Oct 252013
 

Today is a fitting chat day. There are several common alterations like the Full Bust and Small Bust adjustments and the forward shoulder. I’ve posted a forward shoulder tutorial on my own blog if you’re interested. Now, I’ll show you how I adjust the bust line.

Just joining us? All the sew-along posts can be found on the Sugar Plum Sew-Along page!

Adjusting for the bustline

Start by measuring your high bust. Measuring your high bust and starting with the size that corresponds to that size helps with better fitting back and shoulders. To decide how much you need to add to your front bodice, measure both the front length and width and compare to your own measurements. You’ll need to also add to that the measurement of the back but subtract all seam allowances. I prefer 1-2 inches of bust ease but you’ll want to make sure you have the ease you like. 

Compare the difference between the final bust measurement of the size you’ve chosen with your own bust measurement. The difference needs to be divided in half and added to your pattern.

First you need to identify the point of the bust apex. Darts are drafted from the apex so you can draw a line up from the middle of your dart or in this case the pleat. The apex will usually be about an inch above the tip of the dart. For those of us with larger busts, you want the dart to end further than an inch. The larger the bust, the further away the tip of the dart should be from the apex. I often will put the pattern up to my body and see where my apex is compared to the pattern.

If your apex is much lower or much higher than where it lands after the FBA, you’ll want to adjust that, too but after you do your bust adjustment as it’ll get moved when you add or remove bust room.

Draw a line from the apex down to the middle of your bust pleat and across to the side seam.

Draw another line from the armscye (about 1/3 of the way from the side seam) and connect to the apex point.

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Continue drawing the line that came up from the bust pleat all the way to the shoulder.

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Cut from the bottom of the bodice up to the apex and over to the armscye. Don’t cut through the armscye. You want to be able to swing the piece, not remove it entirely.

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Continue cutting all the way up to the shoulder, again leaving some of the tissue intact so you can swing it open (or in the case of an SBA, closed)

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From the side of the bodice, cut along the line you created, leaving the point at the apex uncut.

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Draw a horizontal line on the center front piece- this you will use to lengthen or shorten your bodice to match the work you did to adjust for your bust.

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Using a ruler or a tape measure, mark the amount of the FBA/SBA. For my FBA, I slide the pieces apart until I get to the width I need. You can do the same for an SBA. You can also start with a sheet of tissue paper underneath so you can just tape your opened up bodice piece down right away. I’ve also put down a piece of muslin and traced the new adjusted bodice to it and have a muslin ready to stitch up. Then, I use the muslin as my pattern.

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now specifically….

Full Bust Adjustment

Once you’ve opened up your bodice, measuring to make sure you have enough room for your bust plus 1-2″ of ease, place tissue paper underneath your pattern and secure with tape. Then, swing the side piece so that it’s parallel to rest of the pattern. When you do that, you’ll have created your side bust dart. You can either stitch up the dart or pivot it to the under bust pleat. It’s your choice. Don’t worry, when you stitch up the side bust dart you just created, your front and back bodices will still match up.

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You’ll need to make one more cut along the center front part of the bodice so that you can slide it down to match up with the rest of your adjusted bodice.

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I’ll come back to correcting the length in the shield in a minute… for now, add tissue behind the space.

Small Bust Adjustment

For the SBA, we’re going to rewind and go back to where we had all the lines drawn and had cut the bodice apart.

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You’ll want to measure your pattern flat and compare to your own bust measurement.

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Compare the difference between your bust measurement and the pattern’s. You’ll want to overlap the bodice pieces until it measures what your body measures. Again, personal ease is, well, personal. You might want more or less ease.

If your altered bodice is shorter than the back bodice you can add or subtract length. Which one you do depends on whether you are short waisted or long waisted. You might need more or less length.

Adjusting the shield and button loop placement

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Take out your shield pattern piece.

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Fold down the 3/8″ seam allowance at the top.

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Place the top of the folded down shield next to your bodice notch.

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Note what size shield you need to cut so that it will match your altered bodice and cut that size.

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For the buttonhole loops, look to see what size markings would best suit your newly altered bodice. You might just need to add a loop or use a larger or smaller size markings than you had before.

Okay, we’re all done. Let me know if you have any questions.

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Oct 232013
 

Welcome to the Sugar Plum Sew-Along! I’m very excited to be a part of the sew-along. Today we’ll do some prep work so we can get sewing on October 27th. There are several details on this dress that I highly recommend you make for your Sugar Plum. You might be surprised by how quickly they all come together. I’ll be checking in with comments throughout the sew-along so feel free to leave any questions you may have along the way. You can also upload your progress and finished garment pictures to the Sugar Plum Flickr Group.

Picking Your Size

As noted on the pattern, Sugar Plum has less design ease than most patterns on the market and is more close-fitting for a tailored look. If you’re between sizes or like more ease, go up a size and you can always take some in. Below are the finished garment measurements. You can compare the body measurements (imperial and metric) chart to the finished garment chart to see the exact ease.

I do also recommend you make a muslin before you cut your fashion fabric. For both of my Sugar Plums, I used my high bust measurement to decide which bodice size to cut.

Printing Your Pattern

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If you’ve purchased the PDF version of Sugar Plum, you’ll need to either print it at home or have it printed out at a copy shop. I’ve printed at copy shops and the result is quite nice but printing and taping/gluing also works great. Once I print all the pages of a pattern, I like to line them up to make sure everything printed and that I know where everything goes. You can either fold over or trim off at the side line and tape or glue the pages together along one row. Once you have all rows taped or glued, go back and trim or fold down the bottom and line up the skulls and you’ll have your pattern ready to work with.

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I do recommend tracing your size, whether you blend sizes or use one straight size. I highly recommend tracing if you’ll be doing any alterations to the bodice in either FBA or SBA.

Cutting Your Fabric

While I will talk about cutting layouts today, I want to remind you that I’ll be talking more about fitting your Sugar Plum in posts to come so if you have questions about that, hold off on cutting. Just keep the information handy for when you’re ready.

The best option for your bodice pieces is going to be lightweight fabrics. The lining should be the same weight as your fashion fabric. You could even cut the ruffles out of a different fabric to add contrast. The skirt fabric should be a mid weight knit although I just made a Sugar Plum using a stretch denim and it worked out really well so you could also use any stretch suitings. You could even line the suiting with a stretch lining if you wanted to but that’s the beauty of using a ponte- no need for a lining.

The skirt can be cut out frugally and there are only a couple of pieces for the whole dress that need to be cut on the bias so this can be a stash-busting project.  Lay your skirt pieces so that the stretch goes around your body. It might be selvage to selvage but it might not be so you want to take fabric in hand and stretch it to see which way you should line up your skirt and waistband pieces.

Once you know which way your fabric stretches the most, you can fold your skirt fabric in half and cut the center piece and front waistband pieces on the fold and the remaining panel and back waistband pieces two at a time, as long as the stretch of the fabric will wrap around your body. I recommend using the cutting labels since the panels start to all look the same. Marking your fabric on the wrong side is also advisable so you can keep straight which sides get sewn together.

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Sugar Plum skirt layout

Cut out your fashion layer of the bodice, shield, two ruffle collar pieces, sleeves, ruffles (optional) and button loops piece.

Sugar Plum fashion cutting layout

Cut out your bodice lining pieces and pocket lining if you’re doing pockets. You might want to skip the pockets if you’re going for a very fitted skirt as they might gape. If you’re adding more ease to your skirt, you should be fine with the pockets.

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Cut out your sleeve lining. 

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Last, you’ll want to cut out strips of interfacing or use stay tape for the fashion and lining necklines, the back to stabilize for your zipper and the front shield, though you can also stay-stitch at the neck if you choose. I used Sheer Pro Sheer from Fashion Sewing Supply.  It needs no pre-treating and fuses beautifully.  Sugar Plum interfacing   

As I mentioned above, next post will be about fitting. Let us know if you have any questions about choosing your size or your fabric. Is everyone ready to get sewing?

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Oct 122013
 

Just a quick post to let you all know that if you didn’t pick up your Sugar Plum yet, Diary of a Sewing Fanatic is hosting a giveaway for a Sugar Plum of your very own!  So head on over there and enter so you can get yours in time for the sew-along starting October 27th!

picture courtesy of Diary of a Sewing Fanatic

Don’t want to enter the giveaway? You can get your own Sugar Plum here. See you at the sew-along!

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Oct 112013
 

When the idea of Sugar Plum was first being developed, I wanted to make sure I tested all kinds of different variations and ideas so that people who did not have a serger or ready access to stretch fabrics would still have an option.

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Gertie and I!

For this Sugar Plum I used all woven fabrics with no stretch. And I did not use a serger at all for the flounces or neck ruffle. The instructions suggest either using a rolled hem on your serger or a narrow zig zag on your sewing machine.

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Tina, myself, and Ms. McCall

The bodice is a silky polyester from Joann’s and the bottom is woven eggplant suiting also from Joanns. Both of these fabrics are readily available in several colors at the local fabric store.

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For the skirt, since it is non-stretch, I went up one size. This works because I like to wear my clothes fairly form fitting. If you want to use a woven fabric, and don’t know how much to go up, take a skirt you like the fit of from your closet and measure the waist and hips. Then compare that measurement to the finished garment measurements of Sugar Plum and then you can see what size bottom you might like.

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The flounces and neck ruffle were made completely on the sewing machine. I used a zig zag and went slowly to make sure I caught the curves. Here is an extreme close up so you can see how it turned out. While it is not 100% perfect, you can see that the effect of all the flounces together completely distracts the eye and they still look wonderful.

As you can see from above, I wore this to Gertie’s party at Sew LA. And guess what? Not a single sewist there said anything about my flounces not being perfect!

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For this version, I used the same fabric for the bias trim on the waistband instead of using a contrast like I did on the Houndstooth version and the Neon Coral version. It is kind of hard to see in these photos.

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The zig zag may not work on every type of fabric, especially if it is a fabric that frays a lot. Your best bet is to practice on some spare flounces and test your fabric and stitches to find the best combination.

All in all, this experiment was a success. Sugar Plum can definitely be made out of all  non-stretch fabrics and be made without a serger!  If one of these reasons was keeping you from buying the pattern, hopefully this changes your mind!

If you still need to get your Sugar Plum, you can get it here in the shop!

Also, the response to the Houndstooth Sugar Plum kit has been wonderful! There are only a few kits left so if you want one, make sure to place your order soon!

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Oct 092013
 

I have some new and exciting news to share with you!  Various changes have been occurring behind the scenes at Lolita Patterns recently.

Lolita Patterns began out of a friendship fostered through Pattern Review and a need for more advanced, professional wear patterns. We both worked in the corporate world and wanted more fashion forward, work appropriate clothes. We worked together for months to develop some wonderful pattern ideas and packaging. The more we did, the more I realized I loved being able to do this and wanted to devote more time to it. Since then, I have stopped taking on new clients and do Lolita Patterns nearly full time! By doing this, I am able to provide more posts and more patterns! Watch for some spectacular new patterns coming soon. I want this to become my livelihood, and am excited to start this new chapter in my life.

With these new changes comes some good news and some sad news. The sad news is Nhi recently left the company. I was sad to see her go but understood that it was for the best. She makes beautiful garments and provides invaluable advice and insight. Lolita Patterns will definitely miss her.

We also have some good news! A new member is joining the Lolita Patterns team. She will be helping with blogging and social media as well as hosting the pattern sew-alongs. You all know her…help me welcome Leila from Three Dresses!

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Leila was one of the testers for Sugar Plum and made a gorgeous version of view A. You can check her post about it on her blog. We bonded over a love of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Spike. Anyone who understands the wonderfulness that is BTVS and Spike is immediately my best friend!

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We have been brainstorming cool ideas and scheming fun new concepts to bring to Lolita Patterns. And it all starts soon. She will be hosting the Sugar Plum sew-along and already has some fantastic ideas and wonderful tips to share. I also want to thank everyone so much for your welcoming reception to Sugar Plum as well as the Houndstooth kit. Leila and I can’t wait to see what you all dream up during the sew-along starting October 27th!

We are so glad to have you with us and we can’t wait to show you what we are going to do next!

Don’t forget that the code to get 15% off the physical version of Sugar Plum expires tomorrow! Use code sugar15plum to save 15%!

Also the Sugar Plum themed giveaway is going on now!

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Oct 052013
 

I want to share with you another Sugar Plum I made. I had made several Sugar Plums with dark bottoms and I had this gorgeous neon coral ponte from Sawyer Brook fabrics that I thought would look amazing with black. Only I switched it up and put the bright color on the bottom!

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Side note: I found this fabric originally from a post Diary of a Sewing Fanatic did with her subscriber exclusive email and I stalked the website daily until they released it to the public. And they were sold out! But there was a slight problem with my order of the other items (buttons backordered), and by the time my order was ready to ship, they had the neon coral back in stock so I got it! And FYI, this same fabric came in a ridiculously beautiful neon chartreuse and yes, I have it :)

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For the bodice I used a black crepe de chine I got from Fabric Mart that I also used on my Colette Jasmine blouse. Crepe de chine is my favorite fabric to sew with. However, I recommend something drapier if you are going to make View A. Mine works…but just barely. The fabric is a little thicker than I would like. I made all my Sugar Plums out of a variety of different fabrics so I could see how each would react. So while the flounces are a little puffier than I would normally like, I still love the finished version.

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For this version, I took my cue from the variation options suggested in the instructions. (haha yes I know I wrote them) I used matching, contrasting thread to do the rolled hem on the neck and flounces. Finding a matching woolly nylon was hard. Now woolly nylon isn’t required, I just like to use it for rolled hems since it spreads and covers so beautifully. This one doesn’t match exactly, but it is pretty close.

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I also added the trim to the waistband which I ended up doing to all my Sugar Plums. I just like the look so much!  For this one, the crepe de chine was too thick for the bias trim so I used pre-packaged black bias tape. And I stitched it on with a matching, 30 weight rayon thread so the topstitching is the same neon coral as the bottom. All these tiny little details really give it a RTW finish. I used my blind hem foot to run the blade along the edge of the fabric to make sure I got a perfectly straight stitch.

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Enough talk! More pictures!

Lolita Patterns #3013 Sugar Plum

Lolita Patterns #3013 Sugar Plum

Lolita Patterns #3013 Sugar Plum

I wore this version to my friends birthday dinner and got so many compliments! It is unusual to see the dark color on the top, so I wanted to try it out. Plus I needed to use this pretty neon coral ponte that was burning a hole in my stash. I love how it turned out, and I still have more for future projects!

Don’t forget that you can get your very own physical copy of Sugar Plum for 15% off if you use the code sugar15plum and order by October 10th!

The sew-along will start on October 27th and the badges are already available in the sidebar. The sew-along will cover everything in great detail from choosing your fabrics, to tips and tricks to make your sewing easier.

Lastly, don’t forget to enter the giveaway for all your Sugar Plum themed goodies!

See you there!

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Oct 042013
 

It started back in February with the Fuchsia giveaway for our first pattern release. And now I hope to make it a tradition with every new release. So here is the Sugar Plum themed giveaway!

Lolita Patterns | Sugar Plum Giveaway

So many goodies!!

1. Eight Sugar Plum colored buttons perfect for your very own Sugar Plum! (Sugar Plum only requires 6 so you will have a couple left over.)

2. 1 3/8 yard of metallic chiffon type fabric that will be perfect for a future pattern (hint hint)…or one you have at home.

3. A shower poof…can never have too many of those!

4. An invisible zipper

5. Dove smooth cashmere deodorant…see it has some Sugar Plum color on it?

6. A shimmery Revlon lipgloss

7. Glittery Maybelline color show nail polish

8. Maybelline Great Lash mascara in a purple color!! So cool!

9. An adorable skull keychain with Sugar Plum colored bow that opens up to some Sugar Plum colored lip gloss!

10. Sugar Plum colored rose earrings from my old Etsy shop. Hypoallergenic studs.

11. Sugar Plum colored thread by Coats and Clark (I think the real name is Laurel)

It is hard to find a lot of unique things that sewers would like that are all the same color. I’ve been shopping for months! I hope you enjoy!

The giveaway is open to everyone, everywhere. Leave a comment here to enter into the giveaway. Like us on Facebook for an extra entry. Follow us on twitter for another additional entry. Let me know in the comments if you have extra entries.

This giveaway will close next Friday, October 11th, at midnight, Pacific time. Don’t forget, the physical Sugar Plum pattern has a 15% discount when you use the code sugar15plum until October 10th! After that the physical pattern will be full price.

Also, exciting news about the sew-along coming up. Stay tuned! The sew-along will begin on October 27th. The badges are already available in the sidebar!

Edited to add: THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! THANK YOU FOR ENTERING!

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Oct 032013
 

The houndstooth kit for Sugar Plum is now available for sale! This kit is LIMITED EDITION and I am testing it out to see how you all respond. If it goes well, I can provide more exclusive, fashion forward kits for future patterns. Here it the information on the kit:

Lolita Patterns | Houndstooth Sugar Plum Kit

LIMITED EDITION Houndstooth Kit for Sugar Plum

This kit includes everything you need to make your very own houndstooth Sugar Plum

– 4 yards of fabric (2.5 rayon houndstooth for bodice and self lining; 1.5 lycra gabardine for contrast)

– one Sugar Plum pattern (at a discounted rate!)

– one black 22″ invisible zipper

– one hook and eye

– six 3/8″ shank buttons in black

A fantastic gift for a seamstress or a great way to break a new sewist into the game! These fabrics are handpicked by the designer and result in a beautiful professional Sugar Plum. Mixing and matching of prints is so in fashion right now!

The fabrics and notions included in this kit are the same ones I used to make my Sugar Plum. You can see pictures of it here.

There is also a limited number of extra yards of the lycra gabardine for those who would like to purchase a little extra to make a matching jacket as I did. Please contact me for details.

FREE SHIPPING for United States!

Only $5 shipping to Canada; $15 shipping everywhere else

Let’s look at my houndstooth Sugar Plum in more detail.

Lolita Patterns | Houndstooth Sugar Plum

I added bias tape I made from the bodice fabric to the waistband. I love this added touch!

Lolita Patterns | Houndstooth Sugar Plum

Here is a closeup of the cute gathered sleeve. It also has a gather at the hem. If it is too cutesy for you, it is easy to leave it off and have a regular sleeve!

Lolita Patterns | Houndstooth Sugar Plum

Here is a closeup of the neck. On this version, I put cut extra neck pieces and sewed them right sides together and turned them out. On all the versions I made of view A, I used a rolled hem on the neckline as per the instructions. But since I did not have serged flounces on this version, I chose to do the neckline this way. I got the idea from the testers!  It is a great variation option.

What do you think? Don’t these fabrics look fantastic together??  You have no idea how long it took to find the exact right combination…but once I found it I just knew it was it!

Stay tuned for the Sugar Plum themed giveaway tomorrow!! For those of you that just want the pattern, the physical pattern is 15% off when you use the code sugar15plum through October 10th!

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Oct 022013
 

Lolita Patterns | Sugar Plum

Sugar Plum is finally available for sale!  The packaging kinks are worked out and you can finally make your own Sugar Plum! Get your own at the shop.

All information regarding Sugar Plum can be found at the sew-along page here.

Lolita Patterns | Sugar Plum Envelope Front

Sugar Plum is a gorgeous dress perfect for wearing alone or pairing with a blazer. Soft flounces cascade down the bodice and delicate buttons close the front where a hidden placket is included for modesty. The skirt and waistband are made from a stable knit for comfortable wear all day long. The unique styling makes this a perfect outfit to grab and wear without thinking about matching separates. With contrasting fabrics, your Sugar Plum can resemble a complete blouse and skirt outfit. Sugar Plum has a very fitted silhouette and the bottom of the waistband should hit at the waist. The hem is designed to rest one inch above the knee.

Lolita Patterns | Sugar Plum

Here is my latest version of Sugar Plum. This time I made view B. You can see my last version by clicking here. I have a couple other versions I will debut over the next few days with fun variations. You can see a sneak peak of some of them by visiting our Flickr page.

The version I am posting here has something extra special about it. It comes in a kit! You can get your own kit with these fabrics, zipper, buttons, hook and eye, and discounted pattern to make up your own version! Grab your kit here in the shop.

Lolita Patterns | Sugar Plum

I scoured forever to find the exact right prints to make a perfect Sugar Plum. You definitely cannot go wrong with black and white. The bottom part is a stretch gabardine with fine vertical stripes. The bodice is made from a rayon houndstooth print. I love the mixing and matching of prints! It looks fantastic. I made some trim out of the houndstooth and added it to the waistband and I love the effect. I used it on all my Sugar Plums!

Lolita Patterns | Sugar Plum

The kit will go up for sale tomorrow. I also made a jacket that matches this Sugar Plum so I can have a suit when needed.

Lolita Patterns | Sugar Plum

This pattern has so many options!

A few things to note: This pattern comes in both PDF and physical form. The PDF pattern comes with instructions, tiled PDF in sizes 2-14, tiled PDF in sizes 16-24, print shop PDF in sizes 2-14, print shop PDF in sizes 16-24 (page 1 and 2), and cutting labels.

And here is the most exciting news! The physical pattern will be on sale for 15% off through October 10th, Pacific Time Zone. Use coupon code sugar15plum to get 15% off the physical pattern!

Over the next week I will go into detail about my Sugar Plum versions, cutting labels, the super adorable packaging and much more. There will also be a Sugar Plum themed giveaway! And I get to finally show you all the great versions our testers made! A Sugar Plum sew-along will start at the end of the month. So get ready! Either buy a kit or get your own fabrics and be ready to make your very own Sugar Plum!

Sugar Plum is available now in the shop.

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