VFT “Annie”

Posted in Uncategorized on June 17th, 2015 by misha – Be the first to comment

IMG_1661We LOVE Annie!! Isn’t she a beauty?! Annie was released with a trio of patterns, Quinn misses and child, Annie, and Allie, but my heart swoons for Annie! The beautiful and delicate detailing in the shoulder straps is what did me in. She comes with instructions on how make her a maxi or knee length dress, a romper, and also how to make her skirts double and full (what we chose). You can use premade trim or there are very detailed instructions in the tutorial on how to make your own braided straps from fabric. Both options make this dress a summer show piece.

IMG_1718Annie has a high waisted bodice and the skirts gather to make a very full dress. The two sets of straps criss cross in the back to comfortably secure the front and back bodices. The back bodice is elasticized for ease of fit. No buttons, zippers, or plackets complicate this easy-wear dress. Easy on, easy off.

IMG_1720The front bodice has a true “V” shape and perfect front coverage while maintaining its summer style. The two sets of straps are sewn on in sets to adorn the bodice and criss cross before attaching to the back. Detailed instructions in the tutorial accompanied with colored photos will show you how to fully enclose the bodice seams.

IMG_1665 The Annie dress and romper pattern from Violette Field Threads is available in extended sizes, 6-12 months through 10 years. The pattern comes with an easy to follow detailed tutorial, color photos, sewing tips, and a printable easy to put together pattern. Need more help? Join the Violette Field Threads sewing group on Facebook to connect with other VFT enthusiasts and get inspiration along with help and encouragement from the designers. Easy and fun for a beginner, intermediate, or advanced seamstress. A quick and satisfying summer sew. No matter how cool your kid is, Annie is a perfect match for her.

VFT “Loralie”

Posted in Uncategorized on June 17th, 2015 by misha – Be the first to comment

IMG_1411I was so excited to be able to test this beauty! Loralie is such a unique and exquisite dress. It is perfect to show off that fabric you have been hoarding stashing for months. It has two options: a hidden center “inset” bodice with delicate top pleats or an exposed center “inset” bodice. Both maintain that vintage chic look Violette Field Threads is so popular for. Add a full double skirt and optional waist tie and the look is complete.

IMG_1412Loralie truly has a unique and vintage look. The center bodice or “inset” can be exposed or hidden. We chose to sew out the first option. The pattern is perfect to showcase your best prints. I chose fabric from my Michael Miller Wee Wander collection (Wee Wander Woods, Tree Lights, and Glow Friends) to complete our Loralie. I am quite pleased with the fabric combination I came up with and love the outcome. Warm pinks, bright blues, and sea green make this dress a welcomed piece in my daughter’s closet.

IMG_1380The lovely long bodice of the Loralie requires a skirt placket, but have no fear! The instructions will help guide you through easily and flawlessly. Put away those seam rippers ladies!

IMG_1413 Violette Field Threads “Loralie” is available in sizes 2T through 10 years. The sizing chart will help you select the size that best suites your child. It comes in two different views: hidden inset with pleats or exposed inset, a full double skirt, button back bodice, skirt placket, and optional fabric belt. All of Violette Field Threads patterns come with well explained step by step tutorials with detailed color photos to help you, whether you are a beginner or a more advanced seamstress. The tutorial includes printable professional pattern pieces to print out and easily assemble along with their fantastic customer service. I do hope you give this beautiful pattern a try and as always, happy sewing!

“Haven” romper from VFT

Posted in Uncategorized on March 1st, 2015 by misha – Be the first to comment

IMG_0912Stunning! Gorgeous! Breathtaking! Adorable! There aren’t any words that sufficiently describe the newest pattern release from Violette Field Threads. They have done it again and have released a show stopper! This adorable romper is available in sizes 6-12 months through girls 10. It can be made into a dress, bubble shorts, or pantaloons (only in the smaller sizes, 6-12 months through girls 6). A lovely bib style bodice with full front and side coverage and little lace detailing on the back straps. The pantaloons feature ribbon cinches on the sides and the shorts can be pushed up to create the “bubble effect.”

IMG_0916We chose to sew out the pantaloons version and are so pleased with the results! The pantaloons hit just below the child’s knee and cinch beautifully. The ribbon creates a lovely Southern touch. {The nautical themed fabric can be found at Hobby Lobby along with the coordinating satin ribbon.}

IMG_0915The back bodice straps can be adorned with either lace or fabric and are tied off into a bow.

IMG_0928The front bodice has full coverage but you can also pair the Haven romper with a feminine lace trimmed tank top as well.

IMG_0926As you can see, the Haven romper is a huge hit with my daughter (and me!) and will definitely be filling my daughter’s closet for the summer. Such a sweet vintage chic pattern that will no doubt be a staple in many Southern girls’ closets.

Mandy K Designs “Bon Bon”

Posted in Uncategorized on March 1st, 2015 by misha – Be the first to comment

IMG_0768Oh my goodness what a breath of fresh air! The newly released Bon Bon from Mandy K Designs is unique and unlike any other dress pattern. Available in sizes 12 months through girls 14 and as an added bonus, doll sizing for an 18″ doll. The dress has a high twirl factor and the hem of the dress can be finished with a narrow hem, roll hem, bias binding, or horse hair braid for a full effect (details in the tutorial). It has no zipper closure nor buttons and buttonholes and pulls right over the child’s head. It also features an optional sash for waist cinching. Easy and no tears dressing! It is worn perfectly on it’s own or pairs well with leggings and long sleeves.

IMG_0769The Bon Bon dress has a beautiful scoop that extends down the front center of the front bodice…

IMG_0833and also scoops slightly down the back bodice. It is such a beautifully detailed feature and pictures do it no justice.

IMG_0831Mandy K Designs’ Bon Bon dress is now available for sale, perfect for a quick sew to add to you child’s spring or summer wardrobe.

“Joy” top or dress from Violette Field Threads

Posted in Uncategorized on February 19th, 2015 by misha – Be the first to comment

VFT "Joy"

VFT “Joy”

I am definitely in a “testing boom.” I have had the honor to be able to test for many great designers lately and one of my favorites is Violette Field Threads. I love their vintage-modern style and how classic the clothing looks. Timeless, really. Their newest release, the Joy, lends a summery feel. It can be made into a dress or shortened into a top. Sizing ranges from a toddler 12 months to a girls size 10. It is a sweet little dress that is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

IMG_0701 When I showed Bug a picture of the dress we would be testing, she squealed!! She was just as excited as I was. We chose to make the dress length. Those of you who know Bug, you know that Bug does NOT “do” pants. So the top version was out for us. We picked some fabric that I had been hoarding I mean… saving from my fabric stash and I had just enough of Alexander Henry’s princess fabric to make the bodice into the center piece of the dress. From there, the rest of the fabric came together quite nicely. I also chose to use grosgrain ribbon to secure the sides of the bodice instead of making ties. I really like how thin and wispy the ribbon is and how the wind catches it as it ruffles about.

IMG_0731The bodice is made to be wider so you can cinch the sides of it together and secure it back with ribbon or ties. It makes a very pretty “scalloped” look and stays secured. The front of the dress (or top), has a center front skirt panel and two side skirt panels so you can mix and match fabrics for a more vintage-y look.

back view

back view

The dress (or top) has two straps that criss cross together in the back and secure to the back of the dress with a button. You can tuck the tails in or leave them out for presentation. The back of the dress is elasticized for comfort and design. The Joy dress or top will be releasing soon from Violette Field Threads; be sure to look out for it to get your copy! And as always, happy sewing!

Bebelambs “Raine”

Posted in Uncategorized on February 4th, 2015 by misha – Be the first to comment

I have previously tested two other patterns for Lynn Owens of Bebelambs, the Emme skirt and the Catherine shirred top or dress. I like her simplified style and her complete set of patterns are a staple for any Southern child’s wardrobe. Today I am going to talk about the newest pattern released from Bebelambs, the Raine. It is available in three different styles, twirly, shirred, or bubble (which I chose). It has a foldover or slouched yoga style waistband for ease and comfort. It even has a pattern and instructions for adding shorts! There are two lengths, regular and modest. We sewed out the regular length and it hit right at the knee. The instructions are written well and Lynn even has a section devoted to teaching you how to shirr! Raine is a beginner pattern but has so many options it will not disappoint. Available now through the etsy store.

Violette Field Threads “Annabelle”

Posted in Uncategorized on February 4th, 2015 by misha – Be the first to comment

IMG_0528When Ericka Wright and Jessica Herning of Violette Field Threads asked if I would like to test a pattern that would be available in the girls’ winter #bundleup sale available through Pattern Revolution, it was a no-brainer! If you are not familiar with Violette Field Threads, their patterns are reminiscent of a time from the past when things moved at a slower pace and people exchanged small talk and pleasantries. Vintage mixed with a bit of modern. A throw back, if you will. Violette Field Threads offers both girl’s and women’s patterns in paper or PDF form. They also have kits available for their lovely hair accessories, with the booklet of instructions and the supplies you need to create your masterpiece.

IMG_0529The Annabelle. We just love this dress. It is a maxi dress available in sizes 2T through 10 years with a modest princess bodice and wide straps. The front bodice has an optional center insert and flat piping and the bodice back is elastic. The skirt is much more simple than it looks, I promise. With the pattern pieces that Violette Field Threads includes in the pattern, you simply trace your fabric and put the pieces together like a puzzle, or a quilt. Once you get it started, it is a breeze to put together. The skirt is a great fabric scraps buster and allows you the freedom to coordinate many different fabric choices. The hem is meant to be maxi, but the bottom skirt panel is large enough in length to hem it a bit shorter. We let our hem graze the top of my daughter’s feet. The Annabelle from Violette Field Threads will be available for purchase in early February. Get yours soon and share your finished design!

Mandy K Designs “English Rose”

Posted in Uncategorized on February 4th, 2015 by misha – Be the first to comment

IMG_3689-LI had the pleasure of testing the newest dress pattern from Mandy K Designs, the English Rose. This pattern is loaded with all the extra options you would compare to a luxury car. A ruffle or tulle underskirt, pleated sash, peter pan collar, elasticized sash for comfort, and removable bow. This dress is the black tie of the PDF world. Elegant and feminine, without being too fussy or frilly. Amanda Kauffman has outdone herself again!

IMG_3887-Edit-LMany of the “bells and whistles” of this pattern are optional and we chose to sew them all. I started by selecting my “fashionable princess” fabric I had been hoarding saving for a special occasion. I decided to pair a crisp black with petite white dots fabric to accent the princess fabric and make it stand out. I chose black tulle for the ruffle of the underskirt and it paired beautifully with the princess fabric. The collar is cut perfectly to round out the bodice and I LOVE the pleated sash. If you have never pleated a sash before, no need to worry, Amanda Kauffman’s instructions are both straight forward and well explained. The oversized bow in the back is removable for easing washing (what didn’t she think of?)

IMG_3675-Edit-LOverall, the “English Rose” dress pattern from Mandy K Designs is a show stopper. Elegant and beautiful, this dress will impress even the most experienced seamstress. Perfect for a wedding or daddy/daughter date. Or just to make your little girl feel special.

VFT “Piper”

Posted in Uncategorized on December 8th, 2014 by misha – Be the first to comment

I have sewn quite a lot of dresses over the past year. My sewing skills have gone from beginner to I can put in a zipper in my sleep. And with Bug refusing to wear pants, dresses get made a lot around here. I have a lot of favorites, TDD Perfect Party Dress, Sewing Mama RaeAnna’s Bumblebee, and Foo Foo Thread’s Ruthie’s Picnic dress. Until I met the Piper. It is the most breathtaking dress I. have. made. The simple elegance of the pleated shift dress with modest peter pan collar meets the jaw dropping bow with tails in the back of the dress. Even the modestly sloping neckline is beautiful. IMG_0211The fabric combinations on this dress are endless. I just love mixing up colors and patterns to create a very unique and not copied look. It’s what sets The Crafty Contessa apart from other boutiques.IMG_0208We were at my inlaw’s house for Thanksgiving and I stole away from cooking to snap some shots of Lucia at the pond in front of the house. It was freezing, but she was a real trooper and let me take some pictures of her.IMG_0347I can safely say that she loves the dress too. I made her another one (short sleeve) for the Nutcracker ballet we attended last Friday. Both girls loved the ballet!!IMG_0242And I made a matching Piper and Bumblebee dress from Sewing Mama RaeAnna for my nieces for Christmas. Win!

VFT Fall Sewing Retreat

Posted in Uncategorized on December 8th, 2014 by misha – Be the first to comment

This lucky girl got to go to was gifted the Violette Field Threads Fall weekend Sewing Retreat. I was so shocked to open my email on my birthday to find a surprise letter informing me a spot on the weekend retreat was reserved for me! After I got over the shock, I mentally prepared for what I knew would be an exciting weekend filled with sewing, laughter, and good food. And did they deliver. I was greeted on the first night with yummy finger foods and a glass of wine. We were able to rummage through the assortment of paper patterns and told to pick five of them (I actually picked some for myself). Afterwards we picked out what fabric we would be sewing with (unreleased fabric from Hawthorne Threads and Art Gallery!) and a bonus 3 yards we were able to take home. The second day (first full day) we sewed out the Gemma. A beautiful circle skirt and coordinating button down blouse with collar. All the pieces were at our work stations and the tutorial printed out in color and binded. Needless to say, between the refreshing cocktails, girl chatter, and yummy lunch, it took us most of the day to finish our outfits. The results were stunning. IMG_0138I was very pleased with both the pattern result and the beautiful fabric I chose, Calliope by Hawthorne Threads. The twirl factor on the full circle skirt is breathtaking. IMG_0158And does my little girl like to twirl… quite breathtaking… yes??IMG_0157

The third day we sewed up the little knit Margot. She is a long sleeve A line high-low dress accented with a woven ruffle at the hem and woven French cuffs that button. It didn’t take us as long to finish this one. Knits are pretty easy to work with as long as you can wrangle with your machine keep your machine from eating the fabric keep your cool. And bonus I learned how to use a serger! Now I will take mine out of the box… eventually. I chose to use Art Gallery Recollection as my fabric and so love that I did. I accented Amy Butler’s butterflies to coordinate. My little girl loves her new dress.IMG_0118 She wants mommy to go away on sewing retreats more often. So do I, little bug, so do I.