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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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 042013

Lolita Patterns | Sugar Plum Contest

The entries are all in and now it is time for you to vote!  As a reminder, we launched a Sugar Plum contest for anyone who made a Sugar Plum and the lucky winner will receive some exciting prizes!

The winner will receive:

Lolita Patterns | Sugar Plum Contest

The bonus prizes include:

Lolita Patterns | Sugar Plum Contest Prize

Beautiful bluish green and brown beaded fabric, and

Lolita Patterns | Sugar Plum Contest Prize

a gorgeous Liberty needle case. You can see more detailed pictures of the prizes in the original post here.

We have tried to make voting as simple as possible!  I have rounded up all the contestants here in this post so check them out, and then click your vote below. Voting will be open for one week and will close at midnight the evening of December 11th so get your votes in early!

Without further ado, here are the contestants in alphabetical order:


Lolita Patterns | Sugar Plum Contest

M. Drury

Lolita Patterns | Sugar Plum Contest


Lolita Patterns | Sugar Plum Contest

SewTell #1

Lolita Patterns | Sugar Plum Contest

SewTell #2

Lolita Patterns | Sugar Plum Contest


Lolita Patterns | Sugar Plum Contest

Suzy Bee

Lolita Patterns | Sugar Plum Contest


Lolita Patterns | Sugar Plum Contest

The contestants are listed below for voting.  Choose your favorite and click vote!

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Thank you for voting!  Help spread the word about the voting on all your social media!

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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 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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Sugar Plum Giveaway Winner

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Nov 062013

In the midst of all the business of getting new patterns to print and doing the Sugar Plum sew-along, I completely forgot to post about the winner of the Sugar Plum giveaway!

As a reminder, here is the prize: Lolita Patterns | Sugar Plum Giveaway

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: Lolita Patterns | Sugar Plum Giveaway



The crazy thing is I will actually be meeting up with her when I go to London next week!  How crazy is that??  I can see first hand how much she likes her new goodies! I also added in a few other Sugar Plum colored goodies I have found since the giveaway went live. Thank you all for entering and stay tuned for the next themed giveaway! It is not too far off now….pattern is at the printer as we speak!

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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.

Lolita Patterns | Non Stretch Sugar Plum

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.

Lolita Patterns | Non Stretch Sugar Plum

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.

Lolita Patterns | Non Stretch Sugar Plum

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.

Lolita Patterns | Non Stretch Sugar Plum

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!

Lolita Patterns | Non Stretch Sugar Plum

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.

Lolita Patterns | Non Stretch Sugar Plum

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 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!

Lolita Patterns #3013 Sugar Plum

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 :)

Lolita Patterns #3013 Sugar Plum

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.

Lolita Patterns #3013 Sugar Plum

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.

Lolita Patterns #3013 Sugar Plum

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.

Lolita Patterns #3013 Sugar Plum

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!


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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.

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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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Aug 102013

We wanted to update you on the status of Sugar Plum and its release date. We were hoping it would be ready by now but it is not quite there yet and we want to explain why. The physical patterns are here! The physical instructions are here! Everything should be ready to go right?  Not quite. We hit a snafu in our packaging. We have been working with a special packaging company since January to produce the exact perfect packaging for our patterns. Extremely durable yet cute and cost effective. We can’t wait to share it with you! Unfortunately, we have hit some scheduling delays with the packaging company that is preventing us from being able to ship out the pattern and instructions that are sitting in boxes waiting!  As soon as the packaging issue works itself out, we will definitely be putting the physical pattern up for sale.

In the meantime, we were wondering, would you all prefer to have the PDF pattern for sale until the paper pattern is fully ready? If you all are interested in getting the PDF or print shop version of the pattern now, we could certainly put it up for sale. Our original intent was to put them all up at once. What do you all think?

Lolita Patterns | PDF Pattern

pdf pattern sneak peek

Rest assured, we have so many exciting things in the works! Nhi and I spent an entire day running all over the hot garment district carrying humongous bolts of fabric and supplies so we could put together the cutest kits for Sugar Plum for you all. You should have seen us wandering around carrying bolts of fabric. Both Nhi and I are very tiny! All these chivalrous men kept offering us help. How sweet! Also coming up— we have already got three more patterns in the works!

Lolita Patterns | Fabric Swatches

sample fabric swatches

The good news is that we won’t have this packaging snafu ever again in the future. The set up and sample parts are all behind us so in the future, we won’t have this delay. So I hope this update helps explain a little more about what it is like to start an independent sewing pattern company. We will be doing a post specifically on the packaging where we can explain how we went about finding a packaging company, designing it, working with manufacturers and printers and the final outcome.

Please let us know what you think about offering PDF and print shop versions before the paper patterns. We are always interested in hearing what you think! If you think it is a good idea, we do too!

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Jul 122013

For the past couple of months Amity and I have been up to our eyeballs sewing many Sugar Plums for in our sample sizes.  Unfortunately we are not our sample size 8 or 16 so we can’t actually wear these garments.  I finally got a chance to sew a Sugar Plum for myself.  I decided on a casual version that I can wear to the office on casual Fridays or our offices that are business casual.

Lolita Patterns | Casual Friday Sugar Plum

For the bodice I used a super fray-y poly chiffon in a yellow with white polka dots from ML Loft.  Since the polka dots are large, I went with version B which doesn’t have the flounces.  The loose weave of the fabric caused some challenges which we’ll address in the Sugar Plum sew-along.  The lining and buttons were from JoAnn’s.

Lolita Patterns | Casual Friday Sugar Plum

For the skirt I used a dark blue jegging denim fabric from JoAnn’s.  I’ve made this dress and these pants from this fabric and really love it.  I dusted off the set of cams for my Elna Carina and decided this triangle stitch would be just the look I wanted.  I used the decorative topstitch down the seams in hopes of making me look taller.  Did it work?  I also thought about doing a yellow bias trim in the seam but thought it would look too casual for the office.

 Lolita Patterns | Casual Friday Sugar Plum

There’s lots about the construction I would like to write about but that’ll have to wait for the sew-along.  In the upcoming weeks we’ll be writing a few more posts in the Sew That’s Why series and  keeping you posted on the upcoming pattern release.  For now here are some more pics of my Casual Friday Sugar Plum.

Lolita Patterns | Casual Friday Sugar Plum

Lolita Patterns | Casual Friday Sugar Plum

Lolita Patterns | Casual Friday Sugar Plum

Nhi Signature

Jul 032013


 Lolita Patterns | Big Thank You

About a month ago we put a call out for testers of our next pattern, Sugar Plum.  The number of virtual hands that went up was amazing.  We are so honored to be a part of such a supportive and giving group of sewists.  We wanted to thank everyone who volunteered.  We had more volunteers than we needed for this round but will keep your names on a list for future pattern testing.  We have several incredible patterns in the works so your turn may be just around the corner.

A special thanks goes out to all those who tested Sugar Plum.  We have spent countless hours working this pattern and thought we had every “i” dotted and every “t” crossed.  Turns out we missed plenty of things and you ladies gave us so many more ideas that we wanted to incorporate.  The finished dresses were all gorgeous!!  From the incredible fabric choices to the impeccable construction to the model-esq poses, you all went above and beyond the call of duty.  We can’t thank you enough for your time and effort.

We are now in the process of making the final edits on the instructions.  The pattern pieces have been sent off to our printer.  We will get proofs next week.  Our packaging is in the works.  We’re so excited that our dream of starting an indie pattern company is finally feeling like reality.  Thank you everyone for supporting us along our journey.

Big hugs from

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Jun 022013

First off, thank you all so much for responding about being a tester for Sugar Plum. We are still compiling all the information and organizing which sizes are still needed, etc and will get back to all of you soon. But it seems like I was not very clear about what kind of garment Sugar Plum is. It is the dress I am wearing in the picture on the previous post.

#3013 Sugar Plum

Lolita Patterns | Sugar Plum

Sugar Plum is a dress. The top part is a woven, but the skirt is a ponte or doubleknit for comfort when sitting all day at the office, or courtroom, or car. This garment is so much fun to wear because it looks so professional, yet is still comfortable. This pattern has been through all kinds of testing by Nhi and myself and the wearability factor is extremely high!  You can see based on the above line drawing that the pattern will offer two different views, for those who love their flounces, and for those who don’t. The fun thing about this pattern is its versatility. You can see that when I add a blazer, it looks like I am wearing a three piece suit! It also looks like a blouse and skirt combination….but without the hassle of finding matching pieces in the morning. It is quick and easy to just throw on a dress. It is so easy when I wear one of my Sugar Plum’s to work.

The fabrics we recommend for the top portion are lightweight wovens such as chiffon, georgette, challis, batiste, and lawn. For the bottom portion we recommend stable knits such as ponteroma and doubleknits.

I hope this clears up any confusion. After a cursory glance at the results as they come in, it looks like we still need volunteers for the larger sizes. I will know for sure after tallying up all the responses.  Thanks again for the welcoming response!

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Jun 012013

The time has finally come to release the next pattern to testers! As I am sure you all can understand, getting the first printed pattern ready to go has not been without its bumps and hurdles. We have huge dreams, but need to be realistic when finding vendors or suppliers to implement them. In the end, we think we have found a happy solution and things should be much smoother going forward.

Since we find it very interesting reading about how companies make their decisions and why, we have decided to include you in how our decisions came about when developing this pattern company. We will be doing a series of posts explaining what we saw in the pattern company market, what changes we wanted to make, what ended up being feasible, and why we chose that particular method.

But first we need to talk about our sizing chart and setting up some testers for our pattern! Most importantly, we want to debut our official sizing chart. We will do a special in detail post on what makes our sizing so unique and why, but in the meantime I will give you some highlights.

Lolita Patterns | Sizing Chart

Lolita Patterns | Sizing Chart

We went through many drafts and edits when deciding on our official sizing. The most unique part of this sizing chart is that it uses a different block for the smaller and larger sizes. This means that we are not making one base size and grading all the way down and all the way up which results in an “Uncle Fester” type fit where the shoulders and general fit gets boxy. Instead, we chose to use a separate block for the larger sizes that takes into account the way a body actually gets larger. This way the shoulders, the armholes, and other measurements do not get grossly out of proportion. It definitely takes more work to do two separate blocks and two separate sets of grading rules, but it was important to us that our patterns fit well right out of the envelope and have enough sizes to fit a majority of women.

But to be triply sure, we want to find testers for every size who are willing to test sew up the pattern. These testers will get computer versions of both the pattern and the instructions as well as a short survey of questions. We will also need the pattern test turned around fairly quickly. We are looking at getting the pattern to you by the end of next week and are hoping for return feedback within two weeks. We want you to sew up the pattern, give feedback regarding instructions, pattern, fit, and anything else that strikes you. We also want to see a couple pictures of you in the garment.

Lolita Patterns | Sugar Plum

Amity in one of her Sugar Plum’s

After getting feedback, we will make any necessary edits and send the pattern and instructions to the printer. Then we just wait for the turnaround time and then get the pattern up for sale!

In exchange for helping us out, we want to offer you something in return! We promise you the first mailed copies of the official pattern when it is released and we also want to feature you and your garment on the blog and our other social media including the website.  We hope to find enough testers to test every size we have. If not, we will be sewing up the other sizes ourselves just to make sure there are no glaring discrepancies. We want it to be as perfect as can be the first time out and working with you all will help us get there.

The testers were are looking for are for our next pattern, Sugar Plum. One version can be seen above, but there is another view and we are happy with either version you wish to make. Also, this is a more difficult pattern so if you are a confident beginner sewer and would like to test, let us know in the comments below as the next pattern might be perfect for you to try.

If you want to test the pattern, please leave a comment here or contact us with your email, and what size you would sew up based on the sizing chart. Please keep in mind that our patterns are professional wear and have very little design ease. These patterns are very close fitting. If you are in between sizes, or like your garments to fit looser, please choose the larger size.

We also want to test all our patterns in every size so if you do not feel like you can fit this one in, or this pattern might be too advanced, we have an easier one coming up next that might be perfect for you! Throw your name in the hat as we will keep a running list.

We are so excited we finally got this far. It seems like it took forever but we are already getting the third pattern ready…it might even go out before Sugar Plum finished printing! It is so great to finally feel like the kinks are getting worked out and the beginning of a rhythm is being found. Thanks for joining us on this journey!


**UPDATED TO ADD: Sorry about the confusion surrounding what kind of garment this is! I wrote a clarification post with line drawings here. Thank you all for your response about testing! We will go through all the responses and organize what sizes we have and what we still need and will get back to you within a few days. Thanks!**

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