Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Secret Garden Dress Release has Arrived!

By now I believe everyone knows I love pattern testing! They are so many wonderful designers out there. My heart goes flutter every time I see a tester call. I say now this is my favorite and then there is always that next one waiting to be tested and it becomes a favorite! :) So, my list of favorites is getting pretty long....lol...

Ok, so this is one of my favorites of oh so many! 
Allison of E+M Patterns and Deb of Sprouting JubeJube teamed together to design the Secret garden Dress! Perfect dress for little ladies not wanting ruffles but want a classic sweet design that makes one say, "that is girly without the ruffles!" Now, I am a ruffle kind of gal but I do love this dress just as much as ruffles and lace! :) 

The dress has a fully lined bodice with a side zipper. It has a double skirt. If you would like a more simple version you can make the underskirt only. Of course it would not have the gorgeous cascading bow it the back! That  is one of the great show off features of this dress! 

The PDF instant download pattern can be bought at E+M Patterns and on Etsy for a discounted price of $6.00 ( regular $8.00)!

The pattern comes in sizes girl sizes 2-10. Instructions are well written along with great pics. 

Please show Deb and Allison some loves on their FB pages!

Of course, as always CRD is always happy to create your special outfit! You can contact me anytime!

Till next testing, 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Ollie and Annie has Released the Mabel pattern and it has a sale code!!!

I am so pleased that I was chosen by Stephanie to test her newest pattern Mabel! It is a fast and easy sew even for a beginner! 

The Mabel dress is a vintage styled drop waist dress with a flared skirt. It also has an option to add a belt for extra style! Best of all, this pattern is so versatile. The Mabel dress is made with a little extra room in the bodice which makes it great for all seasons! Just pair up a t-shirt under the dress for colder months or wear it as is for warmer months. The design is quite simple, but the possibilities are endless. Your little girls will love this dress!

Sizes available include 12 months, 18 months, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.

This pdf pattern includes easy to follow step-by-step instructions with colored photos. For beginners, it also includes explanations on certain sewing techniques.

This listing is for a pdf pattern only so you can make your very own Mabel dress! It is also available for instant download so you can start making your dress as soon as you receive it! Stephanie is  always available for questions on constructing your dress and her email is provided in the pattern. You can also find her on Facebook at Ollie and Annie Collection.

Use the code MABELDRESS25 to receive 25% of the pattern in the OLLIE and ANNIE COLLECTION SHOP! If you buy the Mabel dress pattern you can also received 25% off the Bubbly Bubble Skirt! What a steal! Sale code is good though 7/28/2014.

Here is my model already for her first year of  school in my ABC version with a ruffle down the center of the bodice.

Now for a quick tutorial on making the ruffle.  And I do mean it is quick and easy! Attach the ruffle as the last step in making your dress. I made the size 5. I cut my ruffle 1 3/4" wide and the length is double the length of the bodice. Of course. you can go more wide or narrow for the ruffle and the length is determined to how much gathering you like. I did a rolled hem to all 4 edges of the ruffle. (If you are going to turn the edges under on the ruffle instead of doing the rolled hem add 1" to the width and length.) Next, gather the down the center of the ruffle. Then, using your marking tool of choice, mark a line down the center of the bodice. Pin the center of ruffle on the drawn line and then stitch! Now you have added a cute ruffle to the Mabel dress!

Join Stephanie from Ollie and Annie Collection on her blog and FB.

Visit Sew Crazy MOM because she has a great review also of the Mabel Dress!

Of course if you are not a sewer or do not have time to create this cute dress Cranberry Ridge Dress would be delighted to sew it up for you! I can be contacted at Cranberry Ridge Design.

Be seeing you at another review real soon!

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