before i go on to tell you all about the newest pattern i have, let me first set down some rules. if i ever, ever, ever, ever try to come out with a new pattern in november or december i need one of you to come find me and rearrange my teeth. i won't hold it against you. promise. i mean, if i even mention it...yall discuss it amongst yourselves and figure out who will come do the disciplining. :) bad, bad timing on my part. in fact, i usually take november and december off, but this year i must have had a moment of invincibility in which i could do it all. lesson learned.
but with that said, at the end of the day i had an amazing set of testers that helped me along the way. this was my first time using a facebook group for testing and i must say i am now hooked. you will see in this post with 3,931 photos how awesome of a job they did. but first...a little behind the scenes.
cricket is the newest pattern to join the family of BG. and the best part - inspiration for this pattern came from all of you! that's right. i kept seeing all of these fabulous creations you were making on the brownie-goose lovers page on facebook, especially the one you all called the "lazy pepper." for those not familiar, people were using the bodice of the lazy susan and the bell sleeves of the pepper for a really pretty combination. so, i got to work. i took that beautiful boat neck from the lazy susan and scooped it out just a bit more. then, i added quite possibly my fave part...the gathered bishop sleeves. i just swoon every time i see them! then i put a sweet curved hem on the bottom of an a-line and finished it off with a keyhole button closure in the back. i love it. simplicity at its best.
in the tutorial, i have included pattern pieces for both a cricket dress and a tunic. as you will see from all of these pictures, you may be hard pressed to pick a fave. the tunic was made for a pair of straight leg or skinny blue jeans - and i am dying over the dress paired with cowboys and flats. i have also added a tutorial in for a how to on adding/removing length from a curved hem (not everyone loves the dresses as short as the girl behind BG does) and how to add/remove length from a sleeve. these are tips you can use with almost any pattern, so a great addition to the sewing arsenal!
so now for the best part...all the beautiful tester photos!
i had almost forgotten that the cricket is fantabulous with the henrietta pant!!
that sleeve...i just die.
these next few girls are so stinking excited about the never ending possibilities for fabric choice...cotton, voile, knit, oh my!
pearls and cowboy boots...the way to the girl behind BG's heart!
between this gorgeous keyhole and this little girl's personality, i think i need to put her in my pocket.
the dress is designed to hit right above the knee, but with the tutorial i included you can easily adjust it for a more modest length.
i am going to need this one right here in my size.
that sleeve...every time i cannot hardly stand it. swoon.
i don't know what i love more...the wooden button, the yellow fabric or those cheeks!!
and last but not least...these sweet sisters in flannel crickets. overload.
now for the question that everyone is asking...when. not sure just yet. remember what i said about the whole bad timing and this month being wild? well, it holds true for me and my awesome graphics girl that not only just moved but is also renovating, grieving the loss of her sweet hound dog, being a momma to two of the most adorable boys you have ever seen (she calls them her clowns, i have a soft spot for them) and unpacking.
so, i foresee the cricket in the next couple of weeks. i just couldn't hold it from you anymore and wanted to share all of the fun photos! i will also attach a link for materials needed and size chart here in case anyone wants to take advantage of new years fabric sales. :) i will announce the debut on the facebook page - so don't miss out!
click here to be directed to the size chart and materials needed list.
xoxo - amy