New Pattern is HERE–The Parfait Pouch

Hooray! I have a new pattern to share with you!
YES. These are some of my favorite days—sending a pattern off into the sewing-sphere and seeing what you guys make with it.

Of course I love a pattern that is a simple quick-sew, with tons of possibilities.  So I think you’ll enjoy it too!  Because a person can never have too many bags, right??

The pattern is the Parfait Pouch.
It’s parfait for holding so many things; and they make great gifts—make one for everyone you know.  The pattern comes in 8 sizes, with perfectly rounded pattern pieces, and detailed illustrated instructions.
You can get the PDF pattern HERE in the shop—for only $4.
Hooray again!

I’ve shown you how to make zipper pouches before….but the reason for this pattern is to get a really specific fit with metal zippers, in many lengths.  YES.  I love metal zippers. They give your projects a unique and polished look.  (I’ve got links to good zipper shops here in the listing, and on the Headquarters Page).

Since metal zippers come in many standard lengths, I made this pattern to fit the exact range of zippers from 5 inches up to 12.  That gives you lots of options!  I love having these perfectly rounded bon-bon looking pattern pieces all ready to sew with.

This pattern is great for beginners up to advanced sewers–even if you’ve never sewn a zipper before!  You’ll be able to follow along with the detailed instructions and clear illustrations.  Plus there’s a cheat sheet of quick steps included at the end, so it’s easy sew again and again.  Here are some snippets from the pattern:

Bon Bon Pouch sewing pattern from MADE Everyday with DanaThere are tips in the pattern for:
• Sewing with interfacing
• Sewing with vinyl
• Sewing with zippers
• Topstitching/quilting ideas
• Tips for getting a nice polished finish

It’s all in there!
With plenty of room for your own lipgloss and summer shades.

So grab the Parfait Pouch Pattern HERE – $4
And check out the Headquarters page HERE, with additional tips and info.

Of course I want to see what you make, so tag your photos on Instagram with #parfaitpouch and @made_everyday.
Have fun sewing!

 

Weekend Style–Sewing book GIVEAWAY

Sew Caroline Weekend Style book on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard

The weekend is here! So how about a new WEEKEND STYLE sewing book!
Yessss.
I love this book (by Caroline Hulse of Sew Caroline).
And I just love Caroline!

She’s one of my fellow designers at Art Gallery Fabrics…so you’ll often notice HER sewing with my fabrics; and ME sewing with hers.
We both have a thing for bright colors and happy fabrics.

Sew Caroline Weekend Style book on MADE Everyday with Dana WillardIn fact that’s what I love most about Caroline: her cheerful personality, and of course her adorable style.
All of that is in the new book.

Sew Caroline Weekend Style book on MADE Everyday with Dana WillardThere are some great intro pages—talking about fabrics, how to care for them, which stitches to use, etc.

Sew Caroline Weekend Style book on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard(And yep, I’m still holding onto scraps of Caroline’s yellow knit fabric that I used for both my girls here.  I can’t get rid of it! And I can’t believe how short Lucy’s hair was!)

Then Caroline jumps right into the projects.
And they’re all so cute/cool/useful.

Sew Caroline Weekend Style book on MADE Everyday with Dana WillardI really appreciate that in a book—when each project is something you REALLY would make and use (rather than filler projects).
I mean this skirt?? I would totally wear that.
In fact, I need that.

Sew Caroline Weekend Style book on MADE Everyday with Dana WillardThis dress has a cool back that I haven’t seen before:

Sew Caroline Weekend Style book on MADE Everyday with Dana WillardAnd if you’re not a garment sewer, there are some fun bags, flip flops, and other projects too.

Sew Caroline Weekend Style book on MADE Everyday with Dana WillardSew Caroline Weekend Style book on MADE Everyday with Dana WillardAnd honestly, she had me at Shift Dress.
THIS. IS. SO. CUTE.

Sew Caroline Weekend Style book on MADE Everyday with Dana WillardWould you like to see more?
Check out the rest of the book tour here.

And
, if you want to win a copy of the book??…..

Today we’re giving away ONE copy of Weekend Style.

Sew Caroline Weekend Style book on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard Sew Caroline Weekend Style book on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard

GIVEAWAY RULES:
• Leave a comment, that’s it.
• Only one entry per person.
• Open to US residents only.
• ONE winner will be picked via random.org
• Giveaway ends Monday 7/3/17 at 10pm Central time.

Thanks Caroline!
Grab the Weekend Style book here.

Summer Picnic Dress

Summer Picnic gingham sundress from MADE Everyday with Dana - Sophie Dress pattern from Simple Life Pattern Company

Summer is here! I mean like, for REAL it’s here… there’s nothing but hot days in our forecast. We even have some triple digits coming within the next week. So now is a perfect time to talk about the dress I made for Clara at Christmas, right??

Summer Picnic gingham sundress from MADE Everyday with Dana - Sophie Dress pattern from Simple Life Pattern CompanyBut then again, gingham is always in season. And in Texas, so are sundresses!
I love Melissa’s Sundress month. You know about this, right?

Summer Picnic gingham sundress from MADE Everyday with Dana - Sophie Dress pattern from Simple Life Pattern Company

Melissa Mora of Melly Sews hosts it every June, and bloggers from everywhere share their different takes on sundresses. This is my second year to play along (with a little less neon this time around), and I always find a ton of inspiration in the posts everyone contributes.

Summer Picnic gingham sundress from MADE Everyday with Dana - Sophie Dress pattern from Simple Life Pattern Company

Speaking of things I love? Dude. The Sophie Dress from Simple Life Pattern Company.
Oh my gosh, this is such a cute design. I’ve made 3!
So far.
Remember my first one? I haven’t blogged about the second, but you can see it in the Fiesta Fun look book.

This time around, I made a few subtle adjustments to get the look I was going for. I made the neck ruffle slightly wider, and I played with the neckline curve a little. Do you do that too? Sometimes I just can’t help messing with a pattern when I’m making it again and again. It’s too fun!

Summer Picnic gingham sundress from MADE Everyday with Dana - Sophie Dress pattern from Simple Life Pattern Company

I couldn’t decide whether to do the ruffle on the straight grain or on the bias, and this time I chose straight. But gingham on bias would be amazing.

There’s so much to love about the design of this pattern. But what keeps bringing me back?….I’m alllll about the scoop neck with the button placket.

Summer Picnic gingham sundress from MADE Everyday with Dana - Sophie Dress pattern from Simple Life Pattern Company

I mean, how cute is that??
Very. So very.

So how did I decide on a gingham theme for our Christmas card? A very technical and deliberate method…

http://www.madeeveryday.com/?p=24852&preview=trueBasically I realized that Lucy already had a gingham dress, and Casey and Owen already had gingham ties. Haah! OK and I wanted a gingham skirt. Win-win. Win.

Summer Picnic gingham sundress from MADE Everyday with Dana - Sophie Dress pattern from Simple Life Pattern Company

As a bonus, I finally got to play around with gingham color blocking, something I’ve wanted to do for forever. And Clara ended up with another adorable Sophie sundress that she’s getting a ton of wear from.
Happy Sundressing (and picnic-ing)!

Summer Picnic gingham sundress from MADE Everyday with Dana - Sophie Dress pattern from Simple Life Pattern Company