Apr 032014
 

Has everyone heard about this contest?

It features an amazing prize—a Babylock serger!!  The deadline is coming up on May 1st and it is definitely worth your while to enter. To check out the rules, visit www.patterncompanies.com. So grab some fabric, pick your pattern, and make your winning creation! These prizes are fantastic and the contest is definitely worth entering.

I know I only recently heard about the contest so I thought I would post it here to make sure everyone gets the chance to enter. Let’s help get the word out!

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Mar 312014
 

Today’s feature is two gorgeous Sugar Plums, a mother and daughter combo!

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Cbsyr has a blog where she details many of her sewing adventures and you can see her post specifically on her Sugar Plum by clicking here.

Both of these Sugar Plums look so comfortable! I don’t speak or read Swedish, but I used google translate and think I got the gist. Even if I could not understand any of it, you can tell by their smiling faces and beautiful dresses that they love this pattern as much as I do!

I love seeing that other countries have learned about Lolita Patterns and are able to make the patterns with the detailed illustrations instead of relying on the words in English. These are truly gorgeous and I can’t wait to feature more!

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Mar 262014
 

Did anyone notice Fabric Mart Fabrics amazing sale going on right now? They have 35% off their entire Sewing Room section!

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This section has patterns—and includes Lolita Patterns!  I just wanted to point it out to everyone because if you have ever been iffy about purchasing a pattern or were waiting for a sale, this is it. Thirty-five percent off is an amazing deal….the most we ever had was 31% and it was only for one day–my birthday. They carry lots of other patterns and many other items in their sewing room section that are all 35% off. Plus they have 40% off knits going on right now!

I don’t know how long the sale is going to last so pop over quick before they sell out of everything!

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Mar 242014
 

I know March is almost over..that’s how far behind I am in getting my garments posted!  For those of you who don’t know, the Sewcialists choose a color every other month to theme sew and for February it was blue. This was fun for me because while I like blue, I never seem to gravitate towards it and have very few blue fabrics. This was good for me to break out and use the blue for once. I found this gorgeous navy fabric with light blue hearts all over it at Fabric Planet (the newer one across from Ace Sewing) in the Los Angeles garment district.

Lolita Patterns | Blue February Pendrell

I don’t know how my eyes ended up half closed in all the outside photos I took…but I know you need to see the garment so I post it for you all anyway!

I have this extreme weakness for hearts..I have to buy all fabric with hearts on it..I just love them! (Side note: Some of the sewing gals I took shopping in the garment district this weekend picked up some of this fantastic fabric for themselves!)

Lolita Patterns | Blue February Pendrell

I decided on Sewaholic’s Pendrell which I had been planning to make for some time. This fabric was a rayon challis and works perfectly for this pattern. I love how drapey it turned out.

Lolita Patterns | Blue February Pendrell

Back story: When I made my Renfrew, I had to extend out at the underarms 1 1/4″ and then taper back in to size 0 for everywhere else because her patterns are designed for pear shapes which is tiny up top. While I am definitely tiny, my ribcage is very broad…especially in comparison to the rest of my body. My first Renfrew kept riding up trying to get room under my arms so now when I make any Renfrew variations, I extend under the underarm.

Lolita Patterns | Blue February Pendrell

Now I had not yet made the Pendrell, and know it is a woven and not a knit, but thought it might also be tight on the underarm based on the build Sewaholic is drafted for. For this reason I extended under the arms out to a size 6 and tapered back in to a 0 everywhere else. Turns out it was unnecessary! The woven block Sewaholic drafts from seems to have the room I needed. So the extra room was unnecessary and I was able to sew in that extra excess under the arm and the blouse fits wonderfully!

Lolita Patterns | Blue February Pendrell

The only other change I made was to shorten it by 2 inches and it is at the perfect length for me. Works well tucked into skirts and still looks great when worn with pants. I really like it and think the challis is a perfect fabric for it. I can’t wait to make another one!

I have some rainbow charmeuse that would be so beautiful as this blouse. Next time. :)

Lolita Patterns | Blue February Pendrell

Lastly lets talk about these shoes. They are one of the first pairs of expensive shoes I ever bought back in 2002 (which back then did not cost nearly as much as Charles David shoes do nowadays) and I love them so much still! They are real Charles Davids (this was before Charles by Charles David existed) and are extremely comfortable wedges and looks great with pants and skirts. I don’t wear nearly enough blue which is why these are still in such good condition…I obviously need to make more blue clothes to go with these shoes!

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Mar 192014
 

By now you have probably already heard about Oona’s Drunken Fat Quarter Challenge. It was dreamed up in the midst a dark restaurant, loud laughing and talking, and plenty of margaritas. Oona was trying to convince us that fat quarters could not be used for garment sewing. What?!? Luckily for Carolyn, Devra, and myself….we did not agree. And trust me, Oona can be convincing. But we held our ground…and now Carolyn, Devra, Jennifer and I are all going to prove it to her!

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We each got a bundle of 9 fat quarters that we get to use to make a garment/outfit. You can see the rules over on Oona’s blog. There were four different styles but I didn’t even need to pick the kind I wanted. Oona already knew. In fact, she started off early in the evening asking me if I could do anything with zombie fabric. Me?!? Use zombie fabric?!? As I’m carrying around my orange and purple skull bag made especially for my New York visit. I practically leapt out of my seat exclaiming that I must have all the zombie fabric.

Lolita Patterns | Fat Quarter Challenge

So guess which bundle I got? The zombies!  But of course, we all know I love my rainbows and hearts and things so I begged Devra to let me trade one fabric for some rainbows and unicorns. In my world, rainbows, unicorns, and zombies go hand in hand. They needed to be together. Lucky me, she agreed! So I now get one piece of rainbow unicorn fabric to use as well.

I have all these ideas on what to do but I keep changing my mind! There is a deadline so I will have to make up my mind soon….off to my sketchbook!

I have to tell you all, I had such a wonderful time in New York! I got to see Clare again and spend time with Lauren and meet tons of new people! So much so that I plan on going back very soon. I didn’t get nearly enough fabric shopping in, there were so many other things to do!  Next time…..

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Mar 132014
 

Remember the Spearmint themed giveaway we did in honor of Sew Grateful Week? Well we have a winner!

First, let’s refresh ourselves on the prize:

Lolita Patterns | Spearmint Giveaway

We had 127 entries! It was so wonderful to see how excited everyone was about this themed giveaway. And the winner is:

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Congrats Laura!

Laura is actually someone I had the pleasure of meeting in person last week!  She is so nice and very fun. We met up with another sewist, Joy, and went fabric shopping all over Los Angeles. She blogs over at A Make It Yourself Mom’s Diary. Hopefully I will get a chance to meet up with her again soon.

Right now I am blogging from my hotel room in New York!!  There are some epic meetups planned with a gaggle of people (Lladybird, Clare, Oona, Carolyn, Betsy, Sonja, Devra, Sown Brooklyn, and that’s just off the top of my head, there are more!)…dinner/drinks/fabric shopping so expect tons of instagram/twitter coming your way! And yes, I brought an empty suitcase with for the fabric I plan to buy…I did this in London and bought more than fit…hopefully I can stay within my one extra suitcase this time :)

Thanks for entering the giveaway. I’ll be back soon with New York news!

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Mar 092014
 

Edited to Add:  Apparently I never pressed publish so now this post is a little behind since Sew Grateful Week is over but I still love the Sew Grateful sentiment so I’m publishing anyway!

Sew Grateful Week continues! Today is the day to showcase a sewing project. This make combines several themes! It was made with a gifted pattern, Jalie 2921, and I also originally made it up to match with Project Sewn’s shoe inspiration challenge. But of course, I didn’t get it photographed in time so I figured it would be perfect for Sew Grateful!

Lolita Patterns | Jalie 2921

I was given this pattern quite some time ago and I loved it from long before then! I don’t know what took me so long..this is such a quick sew! It is only 4 pattern pieces. I made the smallest adult size, R, and extended under the arms out to size S. I have a broad ribcage and regularly add at the underarm on patterns. A quick check of the measurements showed that this would be a tiny bit too big, but since my fabric was only slightly stretchy, I figured it would work well. And it did….except for the sleeves. I couldn’t even get my arms in them! So I cut off the sleeves and re did them in the black trim fabric which is much stretchier. It is a black matte jersey that I buy in bulk and use all the time. My favorite!

Lolita Patterns | Jalie 2921

I had originally planned on doing all the hem bands and scarf collar in the black, but when I had to switch the sleeves to the black fabric, I switched the sleeve band to the yellow lace. It is a little itchy on my arm since the cuff is double layered and the lace rubs on my arm.

Lolita Patterns | Jalie 2921

Lolita Patterns | Jalie 2921

How great is this fabric?!? It matches my shoes absolutely perfectly! I have had these shoes for years, they are Colin Stuart from Victorias Secret. Yellow is my favorite color and I love lace (hello? Every single Gunmetal I’ve made!)  so the black lace yellow pumps were a no brainer!  When I was in London in November, I went to Walthamstow market with Simona and saw this fabric hanging in one of the stalls….I bought it immediately!

Lolita Patterns | Jalie 2921

I actually had another make I made for the Project Sewn Shoe Challenge that I didn’t get photographed. It involves shoes given to me by the awesome Leila!  I’ll post it soon. I also have my Sewcialist Blue February post to do…even though February is over. I’m slightly behind! I did post a sneak peek of my Blue February make over on my Instagram though so if you follow me there, you already caught a glimpse!

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Mar 042014
 

How many of you have ordered from Fabric Mart Fabrics in the past? I’ve been on their email list for years and cannot resist all the amazing prices and sales they have! They even have a great discount code for your first order! When I realized they also carry a select amount of indie patterns, I knew I had to contact them about Lolita Patterns. Luckily, they tried out the patterns and wanted to carry them!  I think I have used a piece of fabric I bought from Fabric Mart in at least one of the samples for every pattern.

Fabric Mart now carries all Lolita Patterns!  The best part? When you order your fabric, you pay a flat rate for shipping…and that shipping stays the same even when you add patterns to your order! No extra shipping charges ordering a pattern from a separate website..you can get everything at once on Fabric Mart’s website!

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My favorite part is that Fabric Mart separates all their fabrics by category–and even makes their categories very detailed! For example, anything in the coating category would be perfect for Spearmint!  Their mesh category is ideal for Gunmetal…I love that they have a separate section for that. Their ponte section is exactly what you need for the skirt section of Sugar Plum. And any of the silkschiffon, or challis’ (not wool) work for the top portion.

I just wanted to give you all a heads up now that Fabric Mart carries Lolita Patterns so you can order both your fabric and pattern at the same time!  New vendors coming soon…stay tuned!

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Feb 242014
 

Last year we participated in My Happy Sewing Place‘s Sew Grateful week where the sewing community can show their gratitude to everyone that supports us in our sewing endeavors. We had a great time participating last year and we saved our Spearmint themed Giveaway specifically for this years post!

This giveaway celebrates both Sew Grateful Week as well as the release of our Spearmint coat pattern back in December. This pattern has been really popular and there are many fantastic versions around the web. I have compiled many Spearmints from around the web on this Pinterest board here. They all look so gorgeous! This giveaway also coincides with the group sew-along we have going on right now. We are smack dab in the middle of sewing up Spearmint as a group on the blog. You can check out the sew-along page with all the links.

This not only goes with the Sew Grateful theme, it also goes along with our pattern themed giveaways! We have done one for every pattern we released and it is such a blast shopping for the color themed giveaways. Let’s see what the goodies are!

Lolita Patterns | Spearmint Giveaway

1. Spearmint colored buttons

2. Gorgeous gingham checked eyelet fabric

3. Fun stationery

4. Spearmint flavored Doublemint gum

5. Spearmint flavored Trident gum

6. Spearmint flavored Orbit gum

7. Sally Hansen nail polish in Mint Sorbet (not available if international winner since nail polish can only be shipped ground)

8. Spearmint colored ribbon with pink polka dots

9. Spearmint colored Coats and Clark thread

10. Spearmint colored Jordana eyeliner

11. Spearmint colored rose Amity Originals earrings

12. Spearmint colored Sharpie marker

13. The Spearmint pattern itself!

14. Sparkly spearmint colored fold over elastic

15. Shades of spearmint eyeshadow set

16. Spearmint Chapstick

17. Spearmint colored crepe knit fabric (awesome texture!)

18. Spearmint colored zipper

Whew! 18 pretty goodies!

To enter:

- Follow the blog (through wordpress or bloglovin’) and leave a comment on this post.

The following are optional (for more chances to win!):

- Like us on Facebook for an extra entry and let me know in the comments.

- Follow on Twitter for an extra entry and let me know in the comments.

- Follow on Pinterest for an extra entry and let me know in the comments.

- Follow on Instagram for an extra entry and let me know in the comments.

Here is the fine print: This giveaway is open to everyone everywhere! (One problem: If the winner is outside the continental U.S., I can’t include the nail polish because it has to be sent by ground shipping.) This giveaway will be open until midnight Pacific Time on March 3rd. Good luck!

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

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Jan 282014
 

This post has been a long time coming! My Spearmint (which has been done for ages) never got a proper photo shoot or blog post! So now it has both. This Spearmint is made from Marc Jacobs novelty wool boucle I picked up at Mood in Los Angeles while shopping with Caroline (miss you!) from the blog Tigerfeet.  I don’t see this fabric on their website, but it also comes in bright orange and hot pink…which I definitely considered. But going into Mood, I had a vision in my mind of a white sparkly Spearmint so I got the white. It is a sheer wool boucle that is kind of a creamy white, with white yarn type stuff going in stripes all the way across. And then of course there are the sparkles…beautiful sparkles!

Lolita Patterns | Spearmint

First, I block fused the entire yardage because it was kind of sheer and merely a suiting weight and a more hefty weight is better suited to this pattern. I fused the yardage with a fusible tricot. Worked perfectly.

Lolita Patterns | Spearmint

Next, not paying attention when I bought it, in my head I assumed the stripes would be going lengthwise and it would be easy to match them up. Of course when I got home, I realized they went horizontal and I didn’t have enough fabric to go lengthwise. Begin cutting forever!! I matched up every single piece for the horizontal stripes…and Spearmint is a lot of pieces around the body to get great shaping.

Lolita Patterns | Spearmint

After cutting, sewing up Spearmint is a breeze. It is all done by machine and goes quickly. I used hair canvas for the collar…which is the trick to getting it able to be shaped and molded to the cascades you see here. Also, let me tell you, for this version I used the hair canvas I sell to all of you…..sooo much better!  The last hair canvas I used for samples was bought at F & S and I am not sure what happened, but the fusible beads would fly off all over the place and it did not want to stick to the fabric at all. I was very careful to make sure and test and get great fusible hair canvas for you all after that fiasco. I am here to tell you that not all fusible hair canvas is the same!  But in any case, I was able to use both kinds, just this one worked much easier than the other :)

Lolita Patterns | Spearmint

Here are a lot more pictures. Some closeups of the collar and the clean finish jump hem on the inside…no slip stitching needed!

Lolita Patterns | Spearmint

Lolita Patterns | Spearmint

Pretty houndstooth lining!

Lolita Patterns | Spearmint

clean finish, no slipstitching

Lolita Patterns | Spearmint

perfect jump hem

This coat looks wonderful opened or buttoned, and the pockets are nice and large. I am wearing Spearmint here with both my Leopard Gunmetal and my hot pink zebra Giorgio’s Top. I made my version 5 inches shorter than View A in the pattern and I made a size 2. I am very petite and I wanted a coat that would not dwarf me, plus I live in Los Angeles where it doesn’t get very cold, so I didn’t need the extra length. I am wearing it here with only the Gunmetal underneath it. This is how I designed this coat to be worn, as a topcoat. I wear it over dresses or blouses. As we have mentioned before, it is important to size up if you live in a cooler climate and want to wear layers underneath.

Lolita Patterns | Spearmint

This is a closeup of the gorgeous sparkly beaded button I bought for it. The button is also from Mood. A bunch of you helped me pick the right button by letting me know on Instagram which one looked best.

Lolita Patterns | Spearmint

Have you seen all the amazing Spearmint’s around the web?  We have collected them all on our Spearmint Pinterest board.

Are you all ready for the Spearmint sew-along? It starts next week! Gather your supplies, grab the sew-along badge in the sidebar, and meet us back here on February 3rd. Still need the pattern? Both PDF and physical versions are available in the shop.

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Jan 252014
 

In the spirit of Jungle January last year, I made a Giorgio’s Top out of red leopard print. In the spirit of Jungle January this year, I made a Giorgio’s Top out of hot pink zebra fabric!

Lolita Patterns | Giogio's Top

see my matching shoes again??

I made this immediately following my Jungle January Gunmetal. I love the way my Gunmetal turned out and it looks awesome, but when I was sewing it, I was craving color so badly. So I grabbed my hot pink shiny zebra knit and went to town!  Giorgio’s Top is an incredibly quick sew. It is only four pieces, and made entirely on the serger except for those who want to hem on your regular machine. This is my fourth version of Giorgio’s Top.

Lolita Patterns | Giorgio's Top

My best version was my first, the sparkly orange one. The slinky knit just hugs the figure better than the other knits. I made the other three out of regular knits and while they are wearable, I am not as happy as I am when I put on the original version. So from now on, I will be making this pattern out of slinky knits. I think the heavier weight makes it hug the body better around the waist. I suppose I could just sew those seams larger around the waist but it’s already done and wearable…and will be good when I gain weight since it has extra room.

Lolita Patterns | Giorgio's Top

I always make the smallest size in Silhouette Patterns and sometimes is too big. Giorgio’s Top happens to be a tiny bit roomy but it always still looks great. The peplum doesn’t flare like the photo on the pattern through…at least not in any version I have made. I actually traced off the pattern and added a 1/4″ to each side of each piece which would have added 4 inches to the bottom circumference in an attempt to make the bottom flare more, but it just looked like way too much fabric so I just stick with the original. In any case, it is still such a quick and easy sew, fits well, and looks good so I keep making them!

This hot pink zebra was a stash fabric knit that came from Fabric.com, the same place my orange sparkly slinky knit (the first Giorgio’s Top) came from…same order actually! I didn’t bother trying to make the print match at all…the zebra stripes go in all different directions anyway so I wasn’t concerned about it. Plus I needed a break from the epic horizontal stripe matching that was my Spearmint…way  back in December. I’ll blog my Spearmint in the next post!  Those of you who follow me on Instagram have seen glimpses of my pretty Marc Jacobs fabric Spearmint.

That reminds me! Do you all know about the Showcase? If you tag your instagram photos with #lolitapatterns, your photo automatically shows up on the Showcase page!

Don’t forget that the Spearmint Sew-Along is starting February 3rd! Make sure you gather your supplies and grab your badge from the sidebar. This sew-along is going to have so many tips and photos and extras, you won’t want to miss it!

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Jan 232014
 

I’m sure you all know about Jungle January hosted by Pretty Grievances. We sew up animal prints and wear them proudly! This is my first Jungle January make of this year. Last year I made a Giorgio’s Top out of red leopard print. You can see the post here.

Lolita Patterns | Leopard Gunmetal

This Gunmetal is a pretty different make from what I usually sew. The entire time I was so jealous of Leila’s Gunmetal. She used the same rose burnout leopard print lace with some very fun hot pink! I kept wanting to do the bright colors but I was inspired by one of my testers versions of Gunmetal. Kate from Sewing for Sanity made a gorgeous nude neutral Gunmetal that we featured in this blog and she featured on her own blog as well.

Lolita Patterns | Leopard Gunmetal

see my matching shoes?

Remembering how much I loved that version helped me stick to my guns with this one. I used a nude swimsuit lining underneath the leopard and used brown thread when doing the rolled hems. Everything is so very neutral! I know it is still leopard print but trust me, this is as neutral as it gets for me…and I’m glad I stuck to it…I love the way it turned out!

Lolita Patterns | Leopard Gunmetal

I used the nude lining under every part. On my previous Gunmetals, the center and side center panels were made without the overlay and so were the sleeves. For this one, I used the overlay on every single piece and the fashion fabric (nude swimsuit lining) on every single piece. That means the sleeves are lined, the center pieces are covered with leopard and the peplum is also lined. It turned out great! I also hemmed the sleeves with a rolled hem to keep the continuity from the ruffles..plus it is way easier than a traditional hem!

Lolita Patterns | Leopard Gunmetal

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I think Gunmetal looks so different without the contrast pieces…I was surprised. Because I used the overlay on the center piece, I thought adding buttons would be too much. Usually the center piece is the solid underlay fabric and the buttons add the perfect touch..but I tried auditioning some and it just did not look right. So my Gunmetal is buttonless…just like Sew Busy Lizzy’s.

Lolita Patterns | Leopard Gunmetal

Here is a closeup picture of the ruffles and the ruching. On the left side, I pleated the ruching. On the right side, I gathered it just like the Gunmetal instructions. And guess what? They both looked the same! I was trying to see if it would give a different look but with this fabric combination, it turned out looking exactly the same.

Lolita Patterns | Leopard Gunmetal

I held the fabric up to the light with the lining behind it so you could see the pretty rose burnout effect. And leopard print. And lace! And only $2/yd in the Los Angeles garment district. It was a great find!

Lastly I want to talk about the lining. I chose not to line this version, but I am also not picky at all about how the insides look. I sewed a straight stitch while stretching the fabric and then serged them. There are also many pieces so there are a lot of seams inside. The seams are neat but they are still many. So if you like pretty insides, make sure to use the lining pieces. I did not want the extra layers because I wear a tank top/camisole under everything anyway. Yes, everything. So a lining would be too many layers. I am only pointing this out so you know that it can be made without a lining–but you do need to use the neck ruffle or other finishing method for the neckline if you are not going to use the lining.

Lolita Patterns | Leopard Gunmetal

That being said, my version that I made with a lining is beautiful inside! So it is all up to your preferences! Want to make Gunmetal yourself? You can pick up your own Gunmetal in the shop. We also just finished the Gunmetal sew-along so you can get extra help and photos when sewing it up! Also check out the Pinterest page of finished Gunmetals found in the wild.

What do you think? Have you joined in Jungle January?  I have another Jungle January make to show in my next post…love those animal prints…both Jungle January makes have been made completely from stash fabrics!

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Jan 172014
 

Hey everyone! We have an awesome Spearmint to share today. This Spearmint was made by Brooke of Custom Style. She made an amazing casual version out of denim. Click over to see her detailed blog post. Check it out!

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Check out the awesome lining!

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In her blog post, she goes into detail about how she modified the pattern to fit her petite frame. Also, how she managed to eek this out with only 2 yards of fabric! There are great tips on creative cutting on her Spearmint post.  Look at that gorgeous collar!

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I barely broke the surface of all the information Brooke included in that post..any questions you may have about Spearmint are probably answered there on her blog!

Brooke did not use hair canvas interfacing since her denim fabric was already thick and you can see how it results in a beautiful drapey collar. As we discussed before, the collar all depends on your preference! Depending on the interfacing method you choose, it can be drapey, structured, or anything in between. We will cover all that during the sew-along.

The sew-along! It starts February 3rd. Is everyone ready? Gathering your supplies? I can’t wait! Don’t forget the sew-along badge in the sidebar! If you still need your pattern, you can pick it up here in the shop.

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Dec 202013
 

Remember the Sugar Plum contest? We had eight entries and and hundreds of votes!  Need a reminder? The contestants are below.

Lolita Patterns | Sugar Plum Contest

The prizes were listed in previous posts about the contest but for a quick summary: Two future patterns of their choice, an exquisite piece of blue/green/brown beaded fabric, and a Liberty London needle case. Without futher ado, the winner is:

M Drury!

Lolita Patterns | Sugar Plum Contest

Thank you all so much for your participation and for voting!  I love how much support we got for the contest!  The best part was getting to see all the different versions out there and the various fabric combinations.

Congratulations again to M Drury! Get in touch so I can mail out your goodies and we will talk about which future patterns you might be interested in.

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Dec 192013
 

Today is my birthday!  I woke up this morning and decided it would be fun to have a 12 hour sale for my birthday. I’m thinking 31% off all physical patterns? What do you think? It is crazy to think I am 31 years old right now…the last year just flew by! So many exciting new changes kept me so busy that I barely noticed my birthday coming up. It is easy for it to get lost in the shuffle since it is around the holidays and things get crazy.

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But I didn’t forget it! And now we have a sale! All individual physical patterns will be 31% off their full price for 12 hours, from noon today until midnight Pacific Time Zone. Use the code happy31birthday to save!  This does not include the Three Pack Set, however, buying all three individually with the birthday discount actually results in a much deeper discount than the Three Pack Set anyway!

Here are the details: Coupon code is valid worldwide on orders of individual physical pattern orders placed through lolitapatterns.com Coupon code can only be used once, and expires at midnight Pacific Time Zone on Thursday, December 19th. All individual physical patterns are included in this promotion. All sales are final.

Thanks again everyone for all your support! Enjoy the one day sale!

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Dec 092013
 

I am so excited to finally be launching Spearmint! This is our last pattern of the year, and has been such a fun project. Spearmint is perfect for this time of year!

Lolita Patterns | Spearmint Envelope Front Spearmint line drawing

Spearmint is a beautiful coat with a romantic lolita twist. Spearmint is a stunning option when fashionable outwear is needed. A gorgeous oversized flounce collar cascades around the neck while one statement button holds the coat closed. The coat is fully lined with princess seams that provide shaping and in seam pockets to keep your hands warm. View A is designed to hit at the knee. View B is a longer winter version and hems at mid calf.

This coat works best as a transitional/topcoat. I wear it over dresses for a night out or over a blouse. If you want to wear layers to add warmth for very cold weather, you will definitely want to size up as this is designed as a topcoat. We will make sure and cover all that during the sew-along. This coat is perfect for the weather right now, and will be great to transition into Spring.

Lolita Patterns | Leila's Spearmint

Leila’s Zebra Print View B

Spearmint is available now for pre-sale!  The physical pattern will ship one week from today, on Monday, December 16th, 2013. This is the same day that the PDF version will be available. For this week, while Spearmint is on pre-sale, it will be 15% off the regular price. After the pre-sale is over, the only way to save on Spearmint is to get it as part of the Limited Edition Three Pack Set for the holidays.

Lolita Patterns | Limited Edition Three Pack Set

The Three Pack Set has the physical versions of Sugar Plum, Gunmetal, and Spearmint bundled together for $52 which is more than 15% off the full price!  This deal is only around for the holidays so snap it up quick.

Lolita Patterns | Leila's Spearmint

Both views of Spearmint require 1 1/4 yard of fusible hair canvas. Fusible hair canvas can sometimes be difficult to source so we have provided the fusible hair canvas at a great price so you can get what you need in one order.  The hair canvas is sold here if you want to grab some for your Spearmint!

Lolita Patterns | Leila's Spearmint

Let’s talk details!  The sew-along will begin on Monday, February 3rd, 2014. We will cover every question you might have about making this coat. Spearmint uses an awesome technique to bag the lining completely by machine. No hand sewing required! Every step will be covered in detail with plenty of photos. We will even have a video to show you for better clarity!  This is an excellent pattern to use if you have never sewn a coat before. The factory style finish means the entire coat it sewn only by machine. You can use this technique on future lined garments for a great, quick finish.

Lolita Patterns | Leila's Spearmint

close-up of flounce collar

We had some wonderful testers who really helped perfect and refine the pattern before it went to print. You will see their versions popping up around the web during the next week. This coat looks truly fantastic on every single tester. It isn’t often you see something that really looks great on everyone who wears it but I swear this pattern does!

Lolita Patterns | Leila's Spearmint

These last three patterns were released quickly, with one right after the other. Now that these three are out, we will be changing back to a more regular (i.e. sane) pace. We have some gorgeous patterns planned for the new year. Things work so far ahead of schedule–we already have a pattern being released next August being drafted right now!

A quick summary: Spearmint is beautiful and available for pre-sale now at 15% off! This sale price only lasts until next Monday when the patterns ship.

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Nov 272013
 

I know some of you were wondering where the themed giveaway for this pattern was. Well now you know the answer!  When Gunmetal was first released, there were a few giveaways for the pattern around the blogosphere and I wanted to give those a chance to complete before announcing the themed giveaway.  This giveaway has a lot of Gunmetal colored goodies and I must say, this was the easiest one to find things for. So let’s see what we have!

Lolita Patterns | Gunmetal Giveaway

 

1. We have a very cool double ended eyeliner from Milani. (I have these in every color) The thin end has a blackened gunmetal color for eyeliner and the fatter end has a sparkled silvery gunmetal color for shadow. They are very pretty. I use these all the time when I am wearing a certain color as the “blackened” color on one end is great. The blackened pink is an especially pretty color to wear with purple eyeshadows.

2. A gunmetal colored thread from Coats and Clark.

3. A gunmetal colored metal zipper. (Will work great with two other things later on in the giveaway)

4. A Sally Hansen nail polish in color “Gunmetal”!

5. Hot fix rhinestones in a gunmetal color. These are so much fun! You place them where you want them and cover with a press cloth and hold the iron on them and they literally fix into place permanently! You can also use a hot fix rhinestone tool. (This is the one I use.)

6. A gorgeous sparkly silvery gunmetal quilting cotton. 1/3 of a yard. This is the perfect amount to make a cute pouch or place for your makeup or clutch. Use the zipper from number 3 and the buttons for a front pocket from number 11. And the thread from number 2 to sew it up! All the supplies you need are in this giveaway!

7. Benefit lipstick in color Hollywood Roll. Now you may think, this isn’t gunmetal colored. Well yes, the lipstick isn’t…I didn’t think gunmetal colored lipstick would be very popular. But look at the case!  The case is a kind of gunmetal color…. :)

8. A super cute headband that is gunmetal colored with some rhinestones on it. Sometimes, it is just a headband kind of day.

9. An eyeshadow quad from Rimmel in the most gorgeous shades of gunmetal. From white to black and in between. And it has some pretty shimmer!

10. The Gunmetal pattern itself!

11. Two clear buttons with gunmetal sparkles. Perfect for use in that clutch/makeup pouch we discussed in number 6.

12. Sparkly glitter eyeliner. Now some of you may be thinking this is to twee…but check this out. I wear sparkle eyeliner all the time for a night out and I’ll explain how to make it look elegant. First use your dark colored eyeliner such as black, charcoal, or brown. Whichever you prefer. Then take this eyeliner and put it over the top. It adds a little sparkle that goes well with the dark color and is not crazy…it really looks elegant when you use glitter eyeliner this way.

13. One yard of gunmetal colored ponte roma fabric. This fabric is perfect for a Sugar Plum!

14. Five yards of gunmetal diamond ribbon. Look close. See the beautiful shaded diamonds?  This ribbon is beautiful!

15. Ten gunmetal colored shank buttons. These buttons would be absolutely perfect for a trench coat!

16. A gunmetal colored invisible zipper.

Phew!  That is a lot of goodies! Now for the fine print:

This giveaway is open to everyone, everywhere. First follow the blog (you can follow through wordpress or bloglovin’) and then leave a comment below to be entered. You can like us on Facebook for another entry and follow us on Twitter and/or Pinterest for additional entries. Let me know in the comments below if you have additional entries.

This giveaway will close on midnight, Pacific Time Zone, of Friday December 6th. Good luck! Also remember, today is the last day to use the code gun15metal to get 15% off the physical version of Gunmetal!

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

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Nov 252013
 

I wanted to remind you all about the Sugar Plum contest we have going on. There have been so many beautiful versions and we want to showcase all of them!  A reader voted contest seemed like a fun idea…especially since I was going to London and going to pick up some extra special prizes :)

Here is a reminder of the prize:

Lolita Patterns | Sugar Plum Contest

The winner of the contest will receive any two Lolita Patterns of their choice (and we have some good ones on their way soon!) and the special bonus prizes I picked up in London.

Now I am here to tell you what the bonus prizes are!  While in England I think I went to nearly all the fabric shops in the greater London area! I found this gorgeous beaded fabric while shopping with Simona at Saeeds Fabrics in Walthamstow, recommended by Karen of Did You Make That.

Lolita Patterns | Sugar Plum Contest Prize

It is hard to show the texture so I am showing you several photos. It is a greenish blue and brown beaded in an animal print fabric. The texture is incredible…I have never felt anything quite like it. It is truly beautiful and exquisite. I picked up 1 yard for the very lucky winner.

  Lolita Patterns | Sugar Plum Contest Prize

Lolita Patterns | Sugar Plum Contest Prize

And what would a trip to London be without stopping at Liberty?

Lolita Patterns | Sugar Plum Contest Prize

I picked up a beautiful Liberty sewing notion kit for the winner!  It is a needle case filled with everything you could need for your hand sewing needs. The outside is a beautiful floral Liberty print and I have taken a picture of each “page” of the inside so you can see all it comes with!

Lolita Patterns | Sugar Plum Contest Prize

Lolita Patterns | Sugar Plum Contest Prize

Lolita Patterns | Sugar Plum Contest Prize

Lolita Patterns | Sugar Plum Contest Prize

Lolita Patterns | Sugar Plum Contest Prize

Aren’t these prizes wonderful? I am so excited for the contest!  As a reminder, anyone who has made a Sugar Plum can enter!  Post your pictures to our Flickr page and make sure to tag them Sugar Plum. The contest is open until December 2nd at midnight Pacific Time Zone. Don’t have a Flickr account? No problem! I will feature the entries on the blog so everyone can vote, so if you don’t have a Flickr account, you can send the pictures to me and I’ll make sure they get entered.

If you made a Sugar Plum and have pictures posted somewhere and I don’t know about it, please send me an email! I would love to add you to our Pinterest page of Sugar Plums found in the wild!

I am so excited about the next pattern. The testers look drop dead gorgeous in it!!!  It is currently at the printers so I hope to have it available soon. I predict it will be our most popular pattern!  With the holidays, the delivery might be slightly delayed, so I might pre-sale it before it arrives if the printing and shipping takes a little extra so you all can get your copies ordered before the holidays. Hint: There might be a holiday special!

A lot of people have emailed me about their finished Sugar Plums so I would love for you to send along pics or post them to Flickr so you can be in the contest! Enter your Sugar Plum and you might even get the next couple patterns for free if you win! Not to mention this fantabulous fabric and Liberty needle case!

Still need to grab a Sugar Plum so you can enter the contest?  You can get the PDF version here in the shop to start making it immediately! Don’t forget if you get stuck, there is always the sew-along to help and you can email me! I answer emails at all hours so don’t hesitate to contact me.

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Nov 182013
 

Today is Gunmetal’s release into the world!!! Gunmetal is my personal favorite pattern and has been in my wardrobe for years.

Lolita Patterns | Gunmetal

Gunmetal #4013 Line Drawing

Gunmetal Envelope Front

Gunmetal is an edgy dress and blouse with figure flattering ruching and ruffled trim. Made completely out of stretch fabrics, it is surprisingly comfortable while being flirty and fun. This pattern can be used with a variety of unique sheers and laces as the overlay resulting in fun color combinations. View A has contrasting panels with matching ruffles, sheer sleeves, and buttons down the center front. A softly draping circle skirt finishes the bottom of the dress an inch above the knee. View B has a gothic lolita vibe and features ready-to-wear hardware details and faux corset accents. The blouse has a fashionable peplum that finishes at the high hip and the sleeves are finished with clear elastic in the hem.

Lolita Patterns | Purple Lace Gunmetal

You can tell how much I am obsessed with it by seeing how often I used it. I wore a Gunmetal for my engagement pictures, for my rehearsal dinner, and even had all my bridesmaids wear Gunmetal for my wedding! All my personal versions were made with view B, but many made in dress form or with view A sleeves. I made the samples in view A so you will get to see all kinds of versions. In addition, the testers and promoters went wild with all kinds of mish-mashes between the views and they all look gorgeous!

Lolita Patterns | Purple Lace Gunmetal

I’m showing you a few different versions in this post but I will be going into detail on each one in future posts so you can see what I did differently on each one. In addition, I’ll be showing testers versions so you all can see how different it can look depending on what you leave out or add more of! Here is a closeup of the faux corseting so you can see it in detail. You can also see the ruched panels really well in this picture.

Lolita Patterns | White Lace Gunmetal

There are a few things I want to let you know about Gunmetal. It comes in both printed version and PDF (A4 compatible) as well as print shop versions (included in PDF)–which now work with A0 paper! (Thanks to Velosewer!) The printed version comes in the cute packaging you see here where the bow is actually the prong that attaches the packaging together. It is sturdy and gorgeous!

Lolita Patterns | Gunmetal

View B of this pattern, the ones you see featured above, uses twenty 3/8″ D-rings. It is very hard to find D-rings this small so I sourced them and made them available for you at cost if you want them. I didn’t want the lack of small enough D-rings to keep anyone from getting their inner gothic lolita on!

Lolita Patterns | Gunmetal

My black and purple “gothic” version complete with skull choker, earrings, and bracelet

You can buy this pattern with twenty D-rings included for only $2 extra dollars and no extra shipping. Or, if you already have the pattern and decide later to make view B, or want to make more than one view B, you can buy the D-rings separately for the same price with a small shipping fee.

Lolita Patterns | Black Gunmetal

Gunmetal’s instructions show you how to make this fully lined, however, if you want a lighter version, it is very simple to leave out the lining and neaten up your seams with serging or another seam finish. In fact, I only lined one of my versions! My insides aren’t drop dead gorgeous, but I still love the finished look.

The sew-along page has all the information you could possibly want to know about Gunmetal including finished garment measurements, pictures, metric and imperial envelope backs and more! The sew-along won’t begin until the new year to give everyone time for loved ones and gift sewing for the holidays. The sew-along badges are already available in the side bar though so if you you love the pattern or think you might join us, grab the badge and show some love!

Lolita Patterns | Gunmetal Sew-Along Badge 200 x 200

What do you think? Still with me? If so, here comes the prize! The physical version of the pattern will be 15% off through November 27th, the day before US Thanksgiving. Both the individual pattern and the pattern that comes with the D-rings. Use code gun15metal to get 15% off your physical pattern!

Lastly, don’t forget about our themed giveaway! The Gunmetal giveaway will go live soon!

All versions are available in the shop.

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Nov 082013
 

Is there anything more fun than a sewing contest?? I can’t think of much!  I wanted to have a great way for you to show off your finished Sugar Plums either from the sew-along or from your own sewing. Therefore, I want to announce….

Lolita Patterns | Sugar Plum Contest

Did you participate in the sew-along? Make a Sugar Plum on your own? We want to see! Post picture(s) of your Sugar Plum in the Lolita Patterns Flickr Group and make sure you tag it “Sugar Plum”. Make sure you post your pictures by Monday, December 2nd by midnight, Pacific Time Zone.

If you still need to grab your pattern, it is available here in the shop.

Sugar Plum Sew-Along Badge: 200 x 200

Didn’t have time to follow the sew-along? Don’t stress! We have compiled all of the sew-along posts and all the information you could ever want on Sugar Plum on the sew-along page.

These will be reader voted so anyone can win! On December 3rd, we will post a roundup of all the submissions and begin voting.

What is the prize you ask?  Two future Lolita Patterns and a special bonus prize!  I am intending to pick up something special while in London for the winner…I don’t know what it is yet but it will be fantastic!

You can choose any two future patterns you like but I have to warn you, two more patterns will be out by the end of the year and they are incredible!  The tester versions have been gorgeous, I can’t wait for you to see them!

So let’s get started! Post your Sugar Plum photos in the Flickr group by December 2nd!

Good luck!

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