Friday, September 19, 2014

cricket sew along debriefing

okay ladies - as promised. here is a post dedicated to more info about the upcoming cricket sew along!

as i usually do with a sew along, i will be showing you 2 different ways to make the cricket. both involve an elastic waist. this gives the dress a bit of a different look so that you can fill you little girl's wardrobe with crickets - but still have some variety. :)

  • the first look has elastic sewn to the actual dress, which is perfect for a lighter weight fabric with a bit more give and drape. with this construction i also show you how to make it without the lining, and instead using a facing so that the lining doesn't add extra weight to the middle of the dress that would prevent it from gathering so well with the elastic. for this dress - i used a polyester blend that i found at hobby lobby (i just looked to see if it was online but i couldn't find it). it feels so much like a rayon challis to me. it was a pain in in rear end to sew but holy smokes - it drapes like it has no other purpose in the world. this fabric MADE this cricket. the sleeves. oh my dear heavens!!! i added a belt to this one just to go over the elastic in the waist because lou has been begging me for a "grown up girl" dress with a belt. 

 let me be completely honest here. there have been many times when i was jealous over my child's wardrobe. this is totally one of those. but it is also bittersweet because usually while i am jealous, i am like, "nah...i can't wear that. it is completely age appropriate for her but people would be snapping pictures of me and posting things about a crazy lady in athens if i wore it." this time...that isn't the case. i could totally wear that dress and be okay with it. it means my little girl is growing up. sniff. but let me borrow your dress. haha. 

  • the second look is inspired by one of louisa's fave dresses i made her from a cali faye pattern. she loves this dress because of the bow. it is the sunny mae dress. i adore CFC. seriously if you haven't tried one of her patterns yet, you so should. the designer behind it is also adorable.

anyways - i wanted to figure out a way to make the cricket have this adorable bow too. so with the second look i will show you how to use the lining of the dress to make a casing for your elastic and an opening in case your little girl loves a bow too. this is perfect for a quilters cotton, voile or even knit. for this particular dress i used an art gallery knit (plumage knit in apricot) that i swear feels like a pair of the most comfortable pajamas. art gallery is hands-down the best for soft, awesome feeling fabrics. 

louisa looks so much like my grandmother in this picture that i catch myself staring at her profile. this is the same grandmother that taught me so much of what i know today about sewing. i find it fitting for lou to favor her, here's hoping she will be the 5th generation to sew!

so, those are the 2 looks we will be shooting for with the sew along. i haven't separated all the steps into days just yet, but here is a general schedule:
      • sunday 9/28 - BUY your pattern at a discount, in case you don't already have it. i will have it in the shop discounted until midnight EST.
      • monday 9/29 - friday 10/3 - the sew along. i will post each day a series of steps to construct our crickets. since this is just a sew along, many times i will reference the pattern. for example, i may say, finish construction as indicated on page 15 of tutorial. so, the pattern is kinda a must-have. :)
      • friday 10/3 - sunday 10/12 - i will start an album on the brownie-goose lovers group on facebook. this is where you will upload your creations to be entered into the giveaway. only photos in the album will be entered to win, so make sure to put them in the right spot!
      • monday 10/4 - i will announce TWO winners chosen randomly from the album to win 2 BG patterns of choice AND $25 gift certificate to hawthorne threads. eeeeeeeeeeks!

now, for those of you holding out for the pattern sale but wanting to shop for fabrics. here is a list of materials you may need. also, the pattern includes a tutorial on how to add/subtract length to the hem and also how to add/subtract length from the sleeve so that you can pull a 3/4 sleeve. (that is what i did with the blue one for lou.)

the only additional items/changes you will need will be:
  • elastic for the waistband. for both views 1 and 2 i suggest elastic that is about 3/8" to 1/2".  i am a firm believer in stretch rite elastic. trust me. i wish i could say they paid me to say that. haha.
  • sometimes i like to add about 2" to the hem of the dress when placing elastic on the waist. this is not a must have, but you know i like my dresses short...and when you add the waist it will make it just a smidgen shorter, so if you want to - account for about 2" more for the hem.
  • depending on which view you use, you may or may not need the lining.

i hope this helps out some! for those fabric shopping, grab some voile or some knit!!! or go for it and grab some rayon challis. you may cuss me when sewing, but when the dress is finished you will be sooooo glad. trust me, i was there 2 weeks ago. ;)

any other questions - holler at me either via email or in the brownie-goose lovers group. chances are someone else may have the same question!

and i know not everyone will be able to participate due to jobs, life, schedules, etc. and this makes me sad BUT i always leave the sew along links up in the top of my blog. seriously, go check it out. you may find some awesome lazy susan and pepper sew alongs already there!

peace out and GO DAWGS ladies!! enjoy your weekends.

xoxo - amy

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

lots of BG fun in the next few weeks!

okay, so while i was busy falling off the face of the earth i also did a little bit of falling off the face of organization. my bad. it happens quickly and then it snowballs and then i (who hates snow) try my best to crawl my way out from the bottom of that big fat snowball and find fresh air again. 

well, today i have my delicious fall candle burning and i am pawing my way out looking for fresh air. enough with the code talk...this is what i am up to. 

i am trying to organize my next few weeks and i must admit, i LOVE to color coordinate my planner and am so very excited about all of the fun stuff that is going on in the next few weeks for brownie-goose. 

so, ladies...get out your fall candles, your fave pens and your calendar and let's set some dates! these are so not chronically correct, i am not that organized. :)

  • Flip this Pattern - i am so very excited to announce that the hattie was chosen for the october pattern to flip. if you are new to flip this pattern it is such a fun, fun time where bloggers take their creativity and place spins on patterns and their creations are voted upon. this is a fave of mine because i absolutely love to see how creative people are. i love to see what spins are put on patterns and where people's design takes them. it is a lot of fun and there is a linky part that runs from Oct 7-23 that i encourage you to participate in as there are prizes at the end! follow frances suzanne on facebook for more details for this upcoming event.

  • Brownie Goose Online Showcase - this is a first and must not miss ladies! A group of very talented girls have gotten together to bring you the very first online showcase featuring BG patterns. the date for the online showcase is Nov. 10 - but the fun starts even before that with the introduction of the girls behind the showcase and a little on the girl behind BG too. and did i mention there was going to be a giveaway for some BG patterns? eeeeeeks! for more details, follow the showcase on facebook. this will be a ton of fun!

  • Lily Ruffler upsize - finally, right? again, you have asked. and asked, and asked and waited so patiently but the day will soon be here! i don't have a date just yet but know that the pattern has been graded up to a size 12 and will soon be in the shop as an upsize, just as i have done before with the darbys, lolas and summer sailors. get excited. lily rufflers forever!

  • Cricket Sew Along - last but certainly not least...the cricket sew along. i have been shamelessly teasing you for days with pictures on this but not a whole lot of information (remember, i have been under a snowball). well, time to put a stop to that right now! for BG sew alongs, i like to show different ways to make the pattern - giving it a little tweak here and there so that you can add versatility to your kiddo's wardrobe and so that you can get many looks from one pattern. more bang for your buck. i am all about that! so, for this sew along i will be showing you 2 different ways to add an elastic waistband to your cricket. one will be with clear elastic and the other will be with a casing allowing a bow. fun, right? here are the dates you need: 
      • sunday 9/28 - the cricket will be on sale in the etsy shop for those that haven't purchased it before. there is no need for a code, the discount will be done on my end and already marked down the in the shop. don't miss out. buy your pattern and get it taped together and ready to go!
      • monday 9/29 - friday 10/3 the sew along is on the blog! i will split it up in days as i have done before with other sew alongs. while this is going on - make sure to join the brownie-goose lovers group on facebook so that you can share photos, tips, questions, etc. throughout the week. 
      • friday 10/3 to sunday 10/12 - upload your cricket creations to the sew along album that will be created on the brownie-goose lovers group. i am giving everyone a little over a week because life happens, i totally understand that. there is a good chance the girl behind BG may be running from another snowball at that point. 
      • monday 10/13 - i will will pick 2 winners FROM THE ALBUM randomly and they will each get 2 BG patterns of their choice and a $25 gift certificate to hawthorne threads. pretty awesome, right?

get thee behind me snowball! phew, dates are set and calendar is marked. there is more info that i need to divulge for the sew along regarding materials needed, sizing, etc. so that everyone can prepare. that post will be published very soon. promise. i just had to get this done first so i could breathe some fresh air!

now, who's excited about all that is coming up!!!????

Sunday, August 24, 2014

the Hattie...revisited.

hey ladies - i bet half of you thought i had fallen off the face of the earth. well, turns out i haven't, i have just been SUPER shady lately and buried in a kitchen renovation, back to school, bundleUP boys patterns (have you gotten yours yet? you should!!) and various other things that have kept me quiet. and for those of you that know me by know that when the girl behind BG is quiet, she is usually up to no good. ;)

this time it is no different. with fall right around the corner i decided to pay a visit to one of my most favorite BG patterns of all time...the Hattie.

okay, i am giggling over the stinky nose/duck face pose. louisa no longer loves photo shoots like she used to. there once was a time i could bribe her with a single sticker...her taste has gotten more expensive as the years go on. :/

every detail of this pattern makes my heart pitter patter. well, over the years you have asked for split sizing, a smaller neck and a more consistent sleeve. so, you know the term...ask and ye shall receive!

so, hattie has been revamped. i have split the sizes and she is now sized 6-12 mo, 18 mo, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10 and 12. i have drafted it as a long sleeve, but have included a tutorial in the pattern on how to add/remove length to/from the sleeve in case you wanted to go with a 3/4 sleeve, which is just as fantastic. the hattie is still drafted as a dress and a tunic so you can get more looks from just one pattern, and there is also a tutorial for how to add/remove length from the hem in case the Brady Bunch hemline isn't your fave. 

now, with this all said - i cannot do a simple upsize in my etsy shop like i ususally do when i upsize a pattern since this entire pattern was redrafted. so, i thought and thought and thought and then used the brains of some of my fellow designer friends as to how i should handle this revamp. so, this is how it will work. for 48 hours ONLY the brand new hattie will be in my shop for $4. that is 55% off the retail price. this allows those that already have the hattie and want to upgrade to be able to do so, while those that may not already have it get to luck out. 

so y'all, please spread this around as facebook hasn't been very consistent for my promotions lately. grab your hattie for the first time or the second, and sew away this fall!

again, to lay it all out there:
the BG hattie is new and improved and only $4 from now until tuesday, august 26 at 6 pm EST. 

get this while you can and spread the word around!!!

thanks again geese - i have a lot planned for this fall and hope to be able to accomplish the most of it. :)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

bundles and patterns and contests, oh my!

so, unless you are like me and tend to live with your head in the sand, you've probably seen some of the news in the PDF community lately about pattern bundles. it's really a fantastic idea when you think about it. not only are you offered PDF sewing patterns at a huge discount, but you are also introduced to some designers that you maybe have never tried before. that may be my personal fave about a bundle as i find i learn so much more about sewing, technique, trouble-shooting and short-cuts when i sew a pattern from another designer. it follows the age-old saying (as the huge animal-lover that i am, i have a hard time saying it) that there are many ways to skin a cat. same thing in the sewing world. there are many ways to sew, construct, finish and accessorize a garment and the more exposed you stay - the more you know. :)

with all of that said - i have some great news for you. brownie-goose was asked to be part of a group of amazing designers (i must admit i was quite star struck) teaming up to bring you the 
first bundle from Bundle UP. 

this is a first time for brownie-goose and i must admit i am super excited. i was so excited that i decided to bring out the big guns with a pattern that makes me swoon each and every time i see it. 

meet the bay by BG. i like to say she's business in the front and party in the back.


dear mother of macaroni, that back. i wont even admit how many drafts it took to get it just right. :)

so, that my dears is BG's contribution to this fantastic first bundle from Bundle UP. but don't stop there - please treat yourself with all the awesomeness brought forth in this group of patterns for girls (word on the street is that the next bundle will be women's patterns - eeeeeeks!). this post on pattern revolution will tell you anything and everything you need to know about this bundle that goes live on april 26th. trust me. can you even stand the thought of these awesome patterns for less than $5 each!!??

well, i can't stand it, and i've got my eyes on some pretties. however, i am a very impatient person. i want everything yesterday. horribly impatient. in fact, waiting to spill the beans on this pattern and bundle was a very trying time for me. you see, i am also a terrible secret keeper when it comes to my own. you can tell me a secret and i will keep it just that, mostly because i will forget it. oops. but, my own, they don't stand a chance! so this was a tough one. BUT for those of you that might be impatient like me, you have the chance to win this bundle before you can buy it. holy moles. so, head on over to pattern revolution to enter for your chance to win it before you can buy it. i might see you there. watch out though, i may swing some elbows to get my name in. :)

enough excitement for one day...but i will be back later in the week to tell you more about the bay to get you ready for it to hit the market. i am dying to show off all the tester photos!

gosh, i feel like a huge weight was just lifted. secret's out! phew.

-amy of BG