Sep 042015

Today we have a special treat from Sew Indie Month. Kati from Kate & Rose is here to show a tutorial on how she made this amazing folkswear inspired Olive that goes perfectly with her new Kinga skirt pattern. Kate & Rose patterns are folkwear inspired and she has several garment patterns along with many embroidery patterns. The patterns go well together and create a very cohesive look. Her style is incredible! You can check out all the Kate & Rose patterns here.

The Kinga skirt pattern is brand new and you can only get this pattern in the second huge bundle sale we have going on right now! Check out her amazing Kinga and Olive and then run over and buy your bundle! Remember 20% of proceeds go to Women for Women charity. Check out for all the information. Without anymore delay, here she is with this great tutorial:

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The inspiration for the new Kinga skirt came from one of my favorite styles of Hungarian folk wear: from the North-Eastern part of Hungary, like the Cabbage Rose Fancy and Faraway Garden embroidery pattern sets. The most common outfit has a skirt with tons and tons of ribbons and flowers, and a fitted top with a pouf sleeve and a wide, colorful ribbon around the waist:

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For this tutorial, I want to show you how to hack Lolita Patterns’ Olive blouse pattern to create a contemporary version of this look along with the Kinga skirt.

Ribbons are an obsession of Central European folk wear, you can even see it in contemporary fashion design like Lena Hoschek’s ribbon skirt. The Olive pattern has a great shape through which to combine the most important elements of both: princess seams, a sweet peplum, and a distinctive straight waistband piece which is perfect for displaying a wide floral ribbon. A lovely pattern all around.


To do this, I replaced the side zip with a front zipper opening, for which I used a metal separating zipper. Then, I covered the waistband with folkwear ribbon. I used a vintage ribbon I found in a thrift shop a couple years ago, but you can find beautiful folk art ribbons at M & J Trimmings or Etsy. The width of the ribbon is the same as the width of the waistband of the Olive. The separating zipper I chose is also in a contrasting color with my blouse fabric (I used a simple black cotton broadcloth), it matches the ribbon. The zipper is one of those stunning, way-too-expensive Riri zippers one gets seduced into buying when going to Pacific Trimmings. I got it cut to the exact length I needed, which I will tell you how to figure out.


1. Pattern work

To create the front zip opening, we have to adjust the pattern pieces a tiny bit, then change the front facing to accommodate the zipper.

The front facing of the Olive is made of one piece and extends to the sleeves and side seams. This kind of facing supports the finished blouse across the shoulders and around the sleeves, is easy to finish and stays put nicely. All we need to do is re-create it as a two-piece facing, and extend it to the bottom of the blouse.

We’ll work with the front of the blouse from View B. I created a handy series of diagrams to walk you through the workflow – nothing very complicated.


We’ll need pattern pieces 6 (front facing), 8 (front waistband), 10 (front peplum), and 18 (front center bodice) (diagram 1). Cut the front waistband piece (8) and the front peplum piece (10) in half, as if they needed to be cut on the fold line (diagram 2). To find where the bodice center will actually be, measure the width of your zipper teeth – they can vary a bit.


Add about 2 mm (1/8”) to this measurement to give the opening a bit of space, then mark and cut off the same amount at the center fold line on all front pattern pieces, including the facing (diagram 3).

Now subtract the seam allowance (3/8” or 1 cm), marking the seamlines around the waistband on the front center bodice, the waistband, and the front peplum (diagram 4). Next, lay the outer front pattern pieces together so that the seam allowance is removed, measure, and extend the center front seamline of the front facing (piece 6) by this amount (diagram 5). This is also the length of the zipper you’ll need, though make sure you remove the neckline seam allowance and the hem allowance from your final zipper length measurement.

Finally, tape a long piece of paper to the facing, and extend the inner edge of the front facing down to its new bottom, creating a strip of about 2.5” or 6 cm, and draw a nice smooth curve to join the strip to the original facing (diagram 6). Tape some more paper to the center edge of the front center piece, the waistband piece, and the peplum, and add a seam allowance of 3/8” or 1cm (diagram 7). Cut off the excess paper (diagram 8) and your new front pieces are now ready.

2. Sewing the top

To sew the new top, we’ll change up the order of sewing from the instructions just a tiny bit. First, sew the entire bodice, minus the facings – just the front and back bodice, waistbands, peplum. At this point (and here we deviate from the original instructions), also sew the side seams. We’re doing this so that the ribbon can be attached in a continuous piece in just a little bit.


Then, add a thin strip of interfacing to the center front opening on both sides (you can see that I used leftover pretty fabric as a kind of interlining for pattern pieces that otherwise needed interfacing).


Next, attach the ribbon to the waistband. Sew a line of topstitching using a thread that matches the color of the zipper. To be on the safe side, make sure the ribbon has extra seam allowance at either edge, and finish its edges before attaching to the waistband.


Sew carefully along both edges of the ribbon. Change the thread to a color that matches the ribbon.


Now it’s time to attach the zipper. To make sure the zipper is in the right position, line up the bottom end of the zipper teeth is with the edge of the hemline allowance first.


This way, in case the zipper is slightly too long, you can shorten it at the top. The correct length of the zipper should put the top of the zipper teeth right at the edge of the neckline seam allowance.


Start sewing a bit below the top of the zipper opening, to avoid the zipper pull, and attach zipper to both sides.


Finish by opening the zipper pull and stitch the top of the zipper the rest of the way to the bodice.


Next, stitch the shoulder and side seams of the front and back facings, and finish the outer edge of the facing. To attach the bodice to the facing along the zipper, first open the zipper all the way. Then, with the zipper teeth facing inward, match up the shoulder seams, corners, and so on, and sandwich the zipper between the facing and the bodice.


Stitch facing to bodice. I like to begin stitching at the center neckline, and along one side, then go back to the center neckline and stitch down along the other side. Make sure to avoid the top zipper opening and the metallic bits, stopping your stitching right before you get to that area, and either leaving it open for later handstitching or handcranking the sewing machine carefully over it to avoid breaking your needle.


Carefully position the needle on the edge of the zipper and stitch along the edge.


When sewing the side with the zipper pull, position the zipper pull all the way to the bottom to make sure you don’t accidentally stitch over it.


Then pull the zipper pull past where you’re stitching, and stitch all the way down the edge. 15_zipper_bottom_facing2 Stitch the bottom edge of the facing to the hem, stopping your stitching before you get to the zipper teeth.


Repeat with the other side of the zipper, lining up the waistband carefully. When done, clip corners of facing.


Handstitch corners closed that we left open to avoid breaking the sewing machine needle.


Turn facing to the inside and blouse right side out, and press. The zipper is done!


All you’ve got left to do is attach and finish the sleeves, hem the blouse, and you’ve got yourself a folksy-yet-zippy little top!


I bet you’ll get tons of compliments on it. Just that fancy ribbon alone!


What do you think? I’m definitely putting a zipper down the front in my next Olive. I never even though of it but it looks awesome! I’m so glad Kati did this tutorial and put the idea in my head. More SIM posts are on their way this month so keep watching. Also, don’t forget, for the month of September, all PDF patterns are 40% off with the code SIM40OFF! This way you can grab a pattern and sew it up to enter the SIM contests and win prizes. I can’t wait to see what you all make!

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Aug 152014

Remember way back in March when I went to NY and partied with some awesome sewing ladies? During that trip, we told you about Oona’s Drunken Fat Quarter Challenge. Well the time has come for the big reveal!

To refresh your memory, this is what I started with:

Lolita Patterns | Oona's Fat Quarter Challenge Reveal

And here is what I ended with:

Lolita Patterns | Oona's Fat Quarter Challenge Reveal

Oops. I forgot to mention. This is the only way I can fit this garment at the moment. When the challenge was created in March, I was barely pregnant. And the due date was April 30th so I was not going to be showing yet. But as the due date kept getting pushed back, I kept getting bigger and bigger. And the cute skirt and top I had planned was no longer going to work. No woven was going to fit well now! Plus, I wanted to be able to wear my zombies more often than only when I was nearing my third trimester!

My solution? Make an Olive! I can’t believe it never occurred to me earlier. I had this adorable skirt and top I had picked out of the Sew Serendipity book but when I couldn’t make something work with my belly in a woven fabric right now, I realized Olive would be so cute “zombie blocked.” (i.e. colorblocked) It was my goal to try and use all the fat quarters without any supplemental fabric! I used all but 1 fabric…but I have plans for it don’t worry! I made view B and I made it sleeveless and finished the sleeves with bias binding.

Lolita Patterns | Oona's Fat Quarter Challenge Reveal


I used the awesome rainbow fabric I traded Devra for in the waistband piece of Olive. I love my rainbow waistbands. The rest is all various zombie collection fabrics. Zombies in the front and back center, and buttons on the other pieces. More zombies on the facings!

Lolita Patterns | Oona's Fat Quarter Challenge Reveal


I made this Olive one size larger than my regular size hoping to account for post pregnancy weight as well as a larger bust. I want to wear this baby as soon as I can! When I was making it, I kept thinking it looked so weird. But I am in love with the finished product! I am going to colorblock some more Olives!

Lolita Patterns | Oona's Fat Quarter Challenge Reveal


For the peplum pieces, I split them into three pieces, added seam allowances, and sewed the different pieces together to make them work with all the different fabrics…plus the peplums were too wide for the fat quarter on its own…sometimes creative solutions end up being the best!

What do you all think? Do you think Devra and I have convinced Oona that you can use fat quarters in clothing projects? Should we all send her fat quarter bundles to use??  If not, we still have Jennifer and Carolyn showing their projects to help us convince Oona. They will be posting this month as well as part of Oona’s birthday extravaganza!

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May 152014

Today I want to show you two gorgeous Olive’s made by testers. The first one started as view A but was converted into something completely different. This one was made by Handmade by Carolyn.

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The above photo shows the final version. She started out with view A making the cowl overlay and flounce which you can see below but decided it did not quite fit her style…so she adapted a button front view instead! You can see how on her blog post!

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Her Olive is made of a beautiful white linen and I love how the white tone on tone looks for Olive. Below you can see a closeup of her final version after modifications.

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She has a bunch more pictures and details of her modifications over on her blog post.


The second Olive I have to show you was made by Velosewer. And this version is made out of olive colored fabric!  This is so perfect. She made a spearmint colored Spearmint and now an olive colored Olive!

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Her version is view B but she couldn’t resist adding the sleeve ruffles from view A. She also converted the neckline into a v-neck. Don’t worry, she will be doing a post on how to do that on your own Olive!

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Here is a closeup of the sleeve ruffles.

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There are tons more pictures and info on her alterations over on her blog post. She even mentions another version of Olive coming up! Click on over to see the details.

I’ll be featuring more Olives as we go along. In the meantime, don’t forget about the coupon code sewing15indie to save 15% on all physical patterns through May 19th including Olive!


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May 122014

I am happy to finally introduce you to our latest pattern, Olive. Olive envelope front olive line drawing

Olive is a beautiful blouse that plays with fabric texture to create a striking look. View A features a beautiful draping sheer fabric combined with a stable solid that produces a unique look. The sheer cowl overlay and soft flounces draw attention to the gorgeous blend of fabric textures. The waistband combined with the pleated peplum adds shaping to the garment. View B eliminates the sheer fabric to provide a fantastic all-around basic blouse perfect for pairing with suits, skirts, and pants.

Lolita Patterns | Olive

In the photos here, I am wearing View A. I will also be sharing with you some fabulous versions of View B in the coming weeks. This blouse is so versatile and so unique…I love all the ways you can play around with fabric pairings and texture with this pattern. Olive is now available for sale! And the timing is perfect because we have a 15% off all physical patterns sale going on right now for Sewing Indie Month…and that includes Olive! Just use coupon code sewing15indie and the discount will show in your cart.

Lolita Patterns | Olive

That isn’t all. We decided to launch a limited two pack set so customers can save when buying two patterns. This two pack set is not part of the Sewing Indie coupon code because it is already discounted. But don’t worry, the two pack will still be around after the sale ends so you can still save when buying multiple patterns.

Lolita Patterns | Olive

Both views of Olive use small amounts of fabric when you cut in a single layer so it is great for small remnants and special fabrics. You can see all yardage chart information on the Olive pattern page.

We also have exciting news: Olive will be launched with a blog tour of various sewing bloggers around the world starting tomorrow! Here is a list of the bloggers participating this week.

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Handmade by Carolyn



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Instead of a sew-along with Olive, we have chosen the trickiest parts and decided to feature tutorials on how to do them best. Each time we post an Olive tutorial, we will post a link on the Olive pattern page so they are all collected in one place. We will also feature hacks for the pattern including making Olive in a knit, using lace, and even making the top into a v-neck!  I can’t wait for you all to see it!

The pattern comes in both physical pattern and PDF form. The PDF version includes both tiled PDF versions and print shop versions.

Don’t forget that the Sewing Indie discount code (sewing15indie) is only good through 11:59pm Pacific Time Zone on May 19th, 2014!

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Apr 152014

Today I want to feature this drop dead gorgeous Gunmetal made by Cari Homemaker. I think the combination of the white and black checked fabric with the black underlay looks incredible. And I love that she made the D-ring version!

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My other favorite part of her Gunmetal is how she made the underlayer longer for the skirt portion…it’s a simple way to add such a statement to the bottom of the dress! I definitely want to do this on my next version…it is genius!

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It is also hard to see but this fabric has some sparkles in it! Girl after my own heart!

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She also has a lot of details about the pattern including rolled hems and what her man thought over on her blog post. She also has a bonus make in her post that you won’t want to miss so click on over!

Want to get a Gunmetal of your very own? Check out both the PDF and physical versions in the shop!

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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 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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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!

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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 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

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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 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 312013

We are back to feature another beautiful red Spearmint by Cation Designs!

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Does this picture remind you of anyone famous? I’m not telling! Cation Designs shares some coat inspiration with you over on her blog post…click over for the big reveal!

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The coat looks fantastic whether it is worn open or closed!

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She also talks about the giant pockets being a little too big for her and suggests a fix! It is a great idea and an easy fix if you prefer the pockets slightly smaller.

Are you starting to agree with me about how wonderful the red Spearmints look? (See here and here) The truly perfect, neutral, dressy coat.

Cation Designs used hair canvas interfacing in her collar as recommended by the pattern and pressed it into shape and it looks wonderful with the wool fabric. The key to the collar is to use wool and hair canvas…it may seem like it will be too thick but trust us, it produces the best results! Even with melton wool!

The best part? I got to see this coat in person! Cindy wore it to the San Francisco meet up a couple weeks ago! And Seamstress Erin wore her Gunmetal! Leila also had on her Spearmint….it was a Lolita Patterns party!

Lolita Patterns | Cation Designs Spearmint and Seamstress Erin Gunmetal

I had such a great time at the meetup and met some wonderful ladies and I can’t wait to go back and do it again!

The new year is almost here and that means that the Limited Edition Three Pack will be gone soon! It also means the Gunmetal sew-along is almost here! Do you have your fabric all picked out yet?

See you there!

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Sugar Plum Contest Winner!

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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 172013

Today’s feature is another Spearmint made in red. I don’t know about you, but I am starting to feel like the red ones make the perfect dress coat, it is almost like the red is a neutral. The perfect, goes with everything, neutral, red, dressy coat. Hahaha…so many things that should contradict each other in that last sentence but nope…it is exactly right.

This Spearmint was made by Lady Katza of Peanut Butter Macrame. Check out how well her hair color goes with the coat! Love!

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I love the popped collar pictures…it really shows how dramatic the collar can be!

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Click over to Lady Katza’s blog post to see what she loves about the pattern, and what she will change next time.  She was very helpful while testing this pattern because she helped me realize that the pockets were way too low..(see her pic on the blog) and that the sleeves were too long. Guess what? Thanks to her and all the other testers, those are all fixed in the final pattern!  That is why pattern testers are so crucial to getting the best pattern possible to the printer. The final version has pockets in a much better place and the sleeve length has been corrected.

Tomorrow we have a great tutorial popping up on the blog that will help when you make Spearmint. All the tester versions of Spearmint have not been featured yet, but we will take a break for a couple of days to get some other posts up, specifically the tutorial and to announce the Sugar Plum contest winner!  Fear not! More Spearmints will be featured soon…..

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Dec 162013

The pre-sale is over and Spearmint is officially released and shipping!  Thank you all for the support in the pre-sale phase..your orders are on their way. The sale price for Spearmint may be over, but you can still save when buying the Limited Edition Three Pack. The official release of Spearmint also includes the release of the PDF version of Spearmint. One word of warning: This is a long coat and therefore the PDF pages end up being fairly lengthy. Not impossible of course, the testers braved the PDF version!

Now for the exciting feature Spearmint. Pretty Grievances made a dressy suiting version of Spearmint and she nailed it! Check it out!

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She chose a fun lining and gives us a good shot of the sizable pockets.

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A collar close-up.

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Back on her blog post, she has so many pictures…even an artistic collage! I won’t say more…I’ll save the surprise for when you click over to her blog. She talks about bound buttonholes, making the coat in a suiting, and attaching the lining. Her final picture is a fantastic shot…she looks like she is having such a blast!  I love big smiling pictures. Stick around…we have another fantastic Spearmint tomorrow. I know what you are thinking…when will it end? Hopefully never!  As long as I have people who want to feature their Spearmint, I plan on doing so! All versions of Spearmint are now available. The physical pattern, PDF version, or you can get the Limited Edition Three Pack Set. Don’t forget that the 1 1/4 yard of hair canvas needed to make Spearmint is available for purchase too at a great price! See you tomorrow! amity bow | Lolita Patterns

Simona’s Spearmint

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Dec 162013

I am a day behind on this post!  Some of you may know I went up to San Francisco to meet Leila and have an epic sewcialist meetup. My travel back home took longer than expected and my post did not get out yesterday. So lucky for you all, today we get multiple features!  First up, Simona’s beautiful purple Spearmint.

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That color is so rich and beautiful! What a great find! Wool coating is so often only found in neutral colors. Simona found this exciting color at Minerva Crafts.

Check out how wonderfully the coat drapes in this back view.

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The lining is so gorgeous also!

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Woo! I love how well it goes with her dress! That is one spectacular outfit!

Over on her blog, Simona talks about making her first coat, working with bound buttonholes, and that luscious fabric. She also has way more pictures so click on over and check it out!

Later today Spearmint will be officially released and taken off its pre-sale status. Once that happens, Spearmint will be full price! The Limited Edition Three Pack Set will still be around which has Sugar Plum,Gunmetal, and Spearmint, at more than 15% off regular price. I also have another fabulous Spearmint to feature so stay tuned!

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Scruffy Badger’s Spearmint

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Dec 142013

You all are in for a treat today! We have Scruffy Badger’s Spearmint coat, complete with ric rac! One of the things Scruffy Badger is known for is her classic and elegant use of ric rac. It always makes her garments so unique and she wasn’t about to leave Spearmint out of the loop!

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That teal is to die for…and look at this gorgeous floral lining!

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She discusses tailoring, fabric challenges (she ran out!), and that awesome collar she added ric rac to over on her blog post at Scruffy Badger Time. Her fix for running out of fabric is nothing short of brilliant! It looks so incredible, I want to do the same thing on my next version. What was her clever fix you ask?  Click over to her blog and find out!

I wanted to show you the close up picture of the collar so you can see how pretty the ric rac looks inserted into the edge of the collar seam. She has a lot more pictures in her post at the blog, including closeups of the buttonhole and other full length shots of the coat!

That’s it for today’s Spearmint. And yes, we have another for tomorrow!

Spearmint is still 15% off until Monday in the shop for pre-sale. All orders with Spearmint in them will ship on Monday. Want even more of a discount?  You can get all 3 physical patterns (Sugar Plum,Gunmetal, and Spearmint) in  Limited Edition Three Pack Set for more than 15% off!

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Dec 132013

The feature Spearmint for today was made by Heather of Handmade by Heather B. Check out this fabric! The color looks amazing on her…and she matches it perfectly with her red lipstick!

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Heather’s blog post talks about the alterations she made, goes into detail about fabric choices for Spearmint, her bound buttonhole, and the fun of a dramatic collar!

More pictures? Here you go!

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Woo! Check out that lining. It looks awesome with her fabric…but you have to click over to her blog to see the closeup!

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I love this back shot. I think it shows how beautifully the coat flows with its skirt and how nicely the collar sits.

So head on over to her post and see all the rest!

I am so lucky these testers turned out such wonderful Spearmints! They were all so helpful with the testing of this pattern, and the finished Spearmint that is for sale is 100% better off thanks to all their advice and feedback!

Don’t worry…we still have more tester versions to show you!  I’ll be back tomorrow with another.

Don’t forget that Spearmint is 15% off until Monday in the shop for pre-sale. All orders with Spearmint in them will ship on Monday. Want even more of a discount?  You can get all 3 physical patterns (Sugar Plum, Gunmetal, and Spearmint) in  Limited Edition Three Pack Set for more than 15% off!

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Dec 122013

You all have already gotten a sneak peek at a few pictures of Leila’s zebra print Spearmint when we first released the pattern, but today she posted all the details about sewing up her Spearmint over on her blog Three Dresses Project!

She has way more pictures than we are showing over here, plus she talks about pattern specifics and gives tips and tricks!

Loving that collar drama!

Ooh pretty purple lining!

Best of all, Leila shows you how she altered the pattern to make it work for a fuller bust! Sorry…not showing you that here… have to click over to her blog to check out all those goodies!

Want to get your own Spearmint? Spearmint is available for pre-sale right now at 15% off or in the Limited Edition Three Pack Set for even more than 15% off!

Liking these feature Spearmints? We will be featuring a new one every day! So keep checking back to see more fabulous Spearmints pop up.

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Dec 122013

It is time to announce the winner of the Gunmetal themed giveaway!  As a reminder, here are the goodies:

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I put all the names into a spreadsheet to account for all the people who earned more than one entry. Then I used random generator to pull a number and the winner is:

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Congratulations!!  Please get in touch and send your information so I can send out your prize!  Thank you all so much for entering!

Don’t forget that right now Spearmint is on pre-sale for 15% off. Grab it now. Once it ships (starting December 16) it will be full price!

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Dec 112013

Have you all gotten a chance to see Velosewer’s Spearmint?  She even made it out of Spearmint colored fabric…and during a heat wave!

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I think the color is just gorgeous…and the fabric looks amazing!

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On her blog post, she goes into detail about the alterations she made to fit for petite sizing.

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This is also not the first time Velosewer tested for Lolita Patterns! Some of you may remember her pretty Sugar Plum with the multi-colored flounces?

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Head on over to her blog to get all the details on her gorgeous coat!  Because she did not use wool, it works great as a transition coat and she can still wear it in the middle of the summer in Australia! That weather looks so nice in the picture above….

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