Wednesday, April 23, 2014

How about some Hexagons?

Ever wondered what to do with those beautiful stripe fabrics?  Here's some cute new patterns that are all about stripes, triangles, and hexagons:

Let's start with the Triangle Frenzy Hexagon Table Topper pattern by Artistically Engineered Designs.  Size is dependent on the width to the strip used. 

Next, is the Triangle Frenzy Runner pattern by Artistically Engineered Designs.  Again, the length is width is determined by the width of the stripe. However, the size is given as approximately 20" x 46".  Are you seeing any possibilities?

The final pattern is the Triangle Frenzy Swirl runner pattern by Artistically Engineered Designs.  Even more possibilities.  As with the previous two patterns the finished size is dependent on the strip width.  The front cover runner in lavender is approximately 18" x 32". 

The one thing that you will need to create any of these patterns is a 12inch 60 degree ruler.  I have the Creative Grid version of the ruler. 

One more fun little item:

Perfect for all you hedgehog fans is the Hedge Fun! Hedgehog Hot Pads pattern by Susie C Shore Designs.  You can depend on this company to create cute little patterns.

Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

More inspiration with the Lauren Dress

Have you looked at the Lauren Dress pattern by Colette patterns?  Here is a visual:

This vintage inspired silhouette seems to be popular for spring.  Here are a few examples from Three Dots Spring 2014 collection:

Isn't this a lovely group of dresses?  From my research, the starting price on these dress is about $120.00 and ends around $280.00.  The high end is the dress on the flounce on the bottom.  The Laurel dress pattern comes with 4 variations in the package with one of variations being the flounce on the sleeve, another with the patch pockets and another without the patch pockets.  Four of the above looks are already provided within the pattern. 

Interested in the flounce on the bottom of the dress in the fourth picture?  Adding a flounce isn't difficult but there are some design decisions that you would have to make.  You will need to decide how deep you want your flounce, how much of a ruffle you want, and whether or not you want the flounce to add length to the dress.  You will need to experiment with your fabric to get the flounce that you want.  Here's a tutorial on a Fast and Easy Flounce.  The tutorial is showing a sleeve but the principle is the same for any edge that has a flounce added. 

If you're interested in duplicating any of these looks, hop on over to the Pattern Loft shop using the first link above.

Happy Stitching!