Monday, 12 December 2016

The Christmas Gift Giving Blog Tour 2016



Welcome to the Christmas Gift Giving BLog Tour.  Today is Day One of the Tour and both Tibeca Yao from Sewing by Ti and I, Lauren Wernli from Sew by Pattern Pieces, will be your hosts.

It is that time of year where we are looking for something to wear that is a little festive.  Ever since I laid my eyes on this beautiful fabric in a destash group (Thank you Sneha), I have had the vision of this dress in my head.  I am so excited that I have now had the time to put it together and also to be able to share it with you.  

Thank you to the lovely, awesome, fantastic and very patient Tasha Kimlin who took the following photos for this post.  Tash has the most amazing eye for detail and this is represented throughout her home.  As soon as I saw her stunning tree (as it is every year!) I knew I had to use this location as the backdrop to showcase this dress.




In order to create this dress, I have taken the Ladies Fun Tee and brought it in 1/2" each side at the waist and cut it off 1" below the lengthen shorten line at the waist (I am long in the body!)  Next I measured the Glamour Swirl Skirt (Free when you join my group) waists and found a size to fit the top half of the Ladies Tee and used that for the skirt.  This skirt is a full circle.



There are many options to create a feature at the waist.  One idea could be an actual belt!  We very nearly used a rose gold one.  Another idea could be a contrast band in stretch.  We decided in this case to use a statin sash, about 8cm wide and wrapped around twice and tied into a bow.  The sash finishes the dress off nicely worn either at the front of the dress or at the back.



Have you decided on your Christmas outfit this year?  Using the Ladies Fun Tee could be a great option.  We live in Australia and I find this dress so comfortable in the heat, no need to iron and it has the abilty to dress up or down to suit the occasion.  Plus I can change the band at the waist and my shoes and have a completely different outfit.


The Ladies Fun Tee is available with Fronts for A-G cup

Sizes supplied in this pattern 

  AU 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 26 US 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 EU 32 34 36 38 40 42 44 46 48 50 52




We have had many lovely designers contribute to the prize package for this tour.  With only a couple of weeks until Christmas we thought it would be a great idea to showcase a pattern from each designer that would make a great gift to give away over the Festive Season.  



Every one of the businesses that are featured in this post have kindly donated the prizes for this tour, so I hope you love reading about the fun projects they have on offer and pay them a visit.  Do not forget to enter the Rafflecopter at the end of this post, as you could be the lucky winner of a pattern from each one of these designers.  



All of the contributers are listed in alphabetical order.

The holiday cutout dress by Bella Sunshine The Holiday Cutout Dress & Top is packed full of options. Different cutouts, different lengths, and an optional appliqué give you the opportunity to make it unique every time you sew it. Layer it over a long sleeve shirt and leggings for the winter or keep it as is for warmer months. And with the different cutouts available in various sizes, you can make one for every one of your favorite holidays. Included cutouts feature a heart, shamrock, bunny, star, pumpkin, and tree.



The Puppet Purses from Bishy Barnababes make great, fun gifts that can be whipped up in no time. Using felt or fleece, they are a unique design that combines both a puppet and small purse for lose change or other treasures. Kids love them! There are two sets of animals and both patterns are currently on sale in the Bishy Barnababes shop.



The Primrose Pj’s from Daydream Patterns is a super cute design for your favourite girl – perfect for sleepover parties and summer fun! An easy and quick Christmas present - who doesn't need new jammies for Xmas?

 
The pdf pattern includes pyjama shorts with a lace edging along the hem and pocket and a stretch knit singlet top with soft gathers across the front shoulders and across the back.  The pattern includes 4 applique templates – a heart, a cupcake, a butterfly shape and a Christmas tree shape especially for the festive season. Also included is a sleep mask in size small and medium. Full instructions on how to make these are included in the tutorial.

The pattern includes size 4 – 14 girls sizes and a detailed instruction tutorial with illustrations. An A0 copy shop file and a 36″ wide copy shop file are also included.


Harem Shorts Little Kiwi's Closet. Easy to sew and super addictive to make, just one pair of these harem shorts is not enough. Made from comfy knit these shorts move and grow with your child as they explore their world.  Smaller sizes are suitable for cloth and disposable nappies.




The Tainted Love Fold Over Clutch from Little Moo Designs brings together clean lines, contrast panels and a double zipper focus for a perfect clutch to take you from daytime to evening. This grab and go style clutch features an internal zipper welt pocket and a double card slot holding all of your essentials in one place. Designed for leather and vinyl, the contrast panel allows the Clutch to be matched to your favourite seasonal outfit.

Coif from Mother Grimm Designs There are 4 basic Coif styles- One Seam, Two Seam, Short and Long Pixie points.  This is a close fitting hood/hat that can be lined and made reversible.  It can fit easily underneath coats and tops, keeping the neck and the entire head warm - meaning that scarves and other bulky items are not necessary to keep warm. 

The add-on feature a completely different bonus free coif pattern that allows you to make a shark/dolphin/fish.  The add-on pack also contains a selection of different ear styles and sizes (including Dragon, Rabbit and Puppy), spikes/teeth as well as a range of Knight crests and a visor for budding adventurers.  

Your imagination can run wild and create a complete new and unique look every time.

Enjoy 18% off everything at the moment using the code DAVEBIRTHDAY18
Sale ends midnight December 13th.



Mermaid Tail Blanket from Made for Mermaids are comfy, take little fabric, adorable and a quick sew! If you need a quick gift for ANY child, they will love this fun blanket. Very easy fit with options given to make it fit a large size range. Matching dolly takes NO extra yardage and makes the perfect add on to your handmade shop OR your doll loving daughter. Mermaid tail blankets for everyone!  Free Downloadable pattern from their website.

Image result for made for mermaids mermaid tail blanket


The Tea To Go tea bag travel case from Rachel Rossi Designs makes a great gift for any tea lover: mothers, grandmothers, best friends, and sisters! Tea To Go is the perfect way to travel with your favorite teas, It includes 6 pockets and folds up small enough to fit in your jeans pocket.


A PDF sewing pattern for a camera toy by Swoodsen Says, with  both neck strap and wrist strap options. A small vinyl pocket on the back allows you to slip in pictures for a ‘view-finder’ to use in pretend play. Perfect as a softie for a baby or infant OR a prop for dress-up & imaginative play for an older child. 




The Briar and Fluer dolls from Twig and Tale are wonderful for young ones learning about the world absorb all they see, hear and feel with wide open eyes and hearts.  A doll made from natural materials makes the intangible real and shows them love can be held and nurtured.  Made by you, he or she will always be perfect in their eyes, a priceless gift and lifelong friend. 

These delightful  dolls have clear, detailed tutorials - no previous dollmaking or embroidery experience is required!

The  patterns for their lovely wee clothes are also included so your doll is all ready for someone special to love and play with.


The Fable Headband from Wolf and Tree  This pattern has so many options that can be made out of woven, knit, wool, felt.....

Make ear muffs with a round shape or troll shaped. You can also add ears or flowers to embellish or omit the ear muffs and make beautiful headbands to turn this pattern into a pattern for all seasons.

Use the pattern to make crowns as party favors and gifts. This pattern does it all.




Today we have seen amazing gift giving patterns on the market,  
which one will you grab hold of and sew for a friend or family member?

Don't miss any of the posts on the 

(Note: the links below will not work until their scheduled day, but feel free to click through and check out the rest of their blogs anytime!)

Tour runs from Tuesday 13th- Friday 16th December 2016


Day 1 Tuesday 13th _ Lauren Wernli and Tibeca Yao

Day 2 Wednesday 14th _ Thao Luxa and Sarah Hoggett

Day 3 Thursday 15th _ Anne-Mari Orgla and Angie Kyp

Day 4 Friday 16th _ Nelleke van der Haar (Rounding up the Tour)



29 comments:

  1. What I like is how all the designers have come together to sponsor this giveaway.

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  2. I love making handmade gifts and there are such great ideas on this blog tour!

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  3. Fabulous collection of gift ideas! Well done to all the pattern designers

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  4. This dress you have made is absolutely amazing!

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  5. I always enjoy finding new patterns groups, a collaboration like this so I can see what each one offers is always fun and appreciated even if I don't win it I always seem to come out with a new pattern designer that grabs my eye and I want to try

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  6. Wow, LOVE your dress! Some great gift ideas to sew, too. Thanks!

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  7. This is great for someone like me who loves sewing but still doesn't know what they most love sewing! Blog tours give me the chance to try different things from small crafts to full length adult dresses and learn a whole range of new different skills

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  8. My favorite is the Coif from MGD. :)

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  9. One of the Facebook groups I visited had girls long sleeved dresses. That's what appeals to me most so far!

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  10. Love the variety of items offered and the chance to see some new designers.

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  11. I love the variety as well. Those dolls from twig and Tale are gorgeous and lots of new designs I haven't seen before.

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  12. I love your dress! And what a great collection of gift ideas!

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  13. Ladies Fun Tee looks great, I love the kids one and it would be great to have one for me.

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  14. Such an awesome range of patterns and ideas for gifts!

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  15. Love the variety of patterns on the tour - something for everyone and every sewing "mood". well done designers

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  16. I did not know you were an Aussie Lauren! Great post and ideas ❤️

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  17. this is amazing!! i love this blog tour - so many great patterns to learn about!! *Robin Elkthunder

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  18. Thank you for this great blog post. I love finding new small businesses and patterns that I wouldn't have seen otherwise. Kudos! April from April's Whim.

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  19. The dress is gorgeous! And I love the different variations or ideas from so many patterns.

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  20. What a fun group of giveaways. I love all the M4M patterns!!

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  21. Thank you everyone for your lovely comments and feedback on this post. Have a happy and safe festive break. :)

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  22. Great post & lovely outfit designs. Sewing makes your work much easier but has to be done carefully!

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  24. Hey guys! Sewing work could never get boring.. I still do sewing work. and do the Wedding Photography work as well. Not just this but normal photo shoot as well.

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