It’s been a crazy couple of months here. After my entire immediate family got done celebrating their birthday’s there was Halloween sewing and a bunch of family (13 people to be exact in addition to my brood) over for Thanksgiving at my house. I’ve hired a couple new designers that I’ve been mentoring (who shall be announced as soon as their first design is released). Plus I’ve been busy, busy, busy designing TWO new patterns for you guys! I don’t sleep much, in case you were wondering.
First let me present the one that started on back in JULY: Gabriella’s Winter Coat. Now it may seem strange to design a winter coat in July (or maybe to you Aussie’s that’s not so strange), but my first sketches were done while I was on vacation in Buffalo, NY over the summer. Maybe it’s because I live in Florida and rarely get much winter coat time, but I had a dream of making my little girl a wool peacoat. You know, just like one you would see in a high-end children’s clothing store.
So many coat patterns for children that I see in the market do not have that traditional, closed coat lining that includes a facing, so I knew that’s what I wanted in this design. I have to say, after sewing it EIGHT times to get the fit right, one round of pretesting and one round of full testing, I am pretty proud of this one. And the results are stunning…
It really is a garment that’s just as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside. I literally sighed when I was making it. It just is so beautiful and dream like. It’s exactly what I was hoping for. While this pattern is not suitable for beginners, it looks a lot more intimidating than it actually is. My testers were so excited when they finished. A lot of them couldn’t believe that they actually sewed a real winter coat.
Here are a few of my favorite tester shots:
Those are some nice looking coats! My testers as always seriously rock. They work so hard and I appreciate everything that they do! We had a lot of new faces this time as well even with the US Holiday. It was fun seeing everyone so proud of what they made.
Now you can’t have a shiny new coat without something pretty to go under it! The other release I have for you today is the Adeline Dress & Tunic. This simple color blocked garment has two length options and two sleeve options. The elastic in the sleeve gives a nice little ruffle without overpowering the entire look. It sews up quick which is perfect if you don’t have a Christmas dress made yet. Take a look at the Holiday dresses I made for my girls this year:
Cute huh? And as normal, my testers blew this one out of the park.
Check out my favorite photos of their creations:
So many different looks with just one pattern. I love it! It even pairs great with the Bow tie Leggings & Shorts:
If you don’t already have that pattern, you should pick it up. It’s one of my favorites and a super quick sew.
Both Gabriella’s Winter Coat and the Adeline Dress & Tunic come in sizes 6M to girls 12 (undeveloped) so the pattern will last you a long time no matter what size you girls are in now. Be sure and grab them while they are on sale for the new release.