Showing posts with label DIY. Show all posts
Showing posts with label DIY. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Make your own Mannequin with a PDF Sewing Pattern from Lily Pig Designs

This is a pattern review I provided to Pattern Revolution, posted on their website.  I'm cross-posting here for my readers.  Enjoy!

I'm Gloria Richardson, the blogger behind gloriajune.  I have been dabbling in sewing for more than 30 years, but I have never received proper training in the art of sewing.  I have many self-taught skills, which  may or may not be good (!), but I make myself happy with what I sew, and in the last few years, I've been sewing for our grandchildren and myself.

I have made lots of children's clothing and have just laid them out on the floor or have taken pictures of the garments on hangers.  At one point, I even turned a tomato cage upside down, padded it, and manipulated dresses and whatnot over it just to take a picture.

But not anymore!

I have just made my own Display Mannequin, 
with the PDF tutorial and pattern of the same name, by Lily Pig Designs. 

Don't be scared off by my less-than-perfect stuffing skills!  This Mannequin rocks!  
I made the size 5-6, the perfect size for our oldest grandchildren, a boy and girl. 

Here's the breakdown:

  • A beginner+ can rock this pattern! (one who has used a sewing machine, and is comfortable pinning and sewing lines and easy curves);
  • 5 color-coded pages to print for sizes 6-12 months through 5-6; (also included as a second PDF File are sizes 8 - 14 years);
  • Two pattern pieces to cut out;
  • Options for displaying the mannequin for dresses and/or pants; (I used both casing options on my mannequin because they are separate from each other and do not disturb each other in placement.)
  • Woven fabrics are best for the beginner (an experienced sewist may get creative with burlap, decor fabrics, etc.).  I do not recommend a lightweight broadcloth--I used it for my mannequin and I would prefer a heavier weighted cotton that would withstand the stuffing phase.  I'm not good at stuffing!    
  • Depending on your skill level, it can take up to an hour (stuffing the mannequin may take time if you are a perfectionist or wanting to achieve the best look to display clothing for sale).

The designer is from the Netherlands, so you will find that her word choices are different than what we use in the United States.  You will see phrases like "stick the pieces together," which I know means to piece together or to lay on top of each other.  And, "turn out the right way," which I know means right side out. You can figure out the word choices!

The Fabric Requirements are given in centimeters.  You can easily access a measurement converter on the internet to convert to inches if necessary.  Round up is the rule of thumb!

There is no mention of how much polyfill or stuffing to buy -- it will vary upon the size you make.  I bought 20 ounces for my Size 5-6 Mannequin and used only 1/4 or so of the bag.

The directions are clear and pictures are included along the way.  Suggestions and photos for poles/stands are provided.  My husband used scraps from our wood collection.

I added a logo with my embroidery machine.  I think that would be great for those of you who wish to display your garments for sale!

This is where I chose to embroider a logo.  I don't sell clothes, but thought this may work for those of you who do!

A shirt for my grandson!

A dress for my granddaughter!

You can get closeups of details easily with the mannequin!

You'll be happy with this pattern!  I am glad I finally made one!   You can buy a copy of the pattern from Lily Pig Designs here.  Use code "review" for 20% off your purchase price!

Happy Sewing!

gloria june

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Stitchwerx releases a Sweet Suite of Baby Patterns that has inspired me to FLIP my blog!

Stitchwerx Ainsley & Aiden Collection Baby Suite 1

This collection of sewing patterns for baby's first year has me flipped!  So much so, that we are flipping the blog today -- the HOW TO is up first!

I'm part of a blog tour promoting the release of this pattern.  If you follow the tour, you'll see lots of beautiful photos of babies wearing garments made and inspired by the entire collection.  A few of us used baby dolls that were carefully selected to fit the sizing of a preemie or newborn -- so you might even see photos of those as well.

Most important to me in promoting this pattern is to let you know that I participated in the testing of this pattern; and straightaway I knew it was a winner.  I used scrap fabrics, as I usually do during testing of a new pattern, and wouldn't you know it . . . I should have used my best fabrics because 

All of the items were perfect the first time!!!  

That is why . . . . .

I finally have a GO-TO pattern 
for baby showers and newborns! 
(happy dance!!)

Here's HOW-TO  create your own, easy to access, never cut it out again, best-baby-gift ever-pattern-pieces, conveniently stored for use over and over again from Stitchwerx !

Grab everything you need to start tracing your new favorite pattern:

  • Tracing paper
  • Printed Pattern (link to purchase the pattern)
  • Tape
  • Ruler
  • Pattern Weights
  • Markers/pens
  • Cutting tool

Lay your fully taped pattern on a flat surface.  
Place your tracing paper on top, lining the edges on the fold side or straightest edge of the piece you are tracing.  Place pattern weights on top.  

Trace the pattern with a sharpie.
Use a ruler to keep the straight lines straight.  This really helps!

Mark your grain line direction and all placement markings. 

Hang your fully taped pattern piece in the closet for future use of all the other sizes.

Grab an envelope or file folder.

Pretty it up so you'll be able to find it later -- I'm keeping this pattern on TOP of all the others!

You're done! 
The next time you get an invitation to a baby shower, or news of a new baby on the way, 
you are ready to go!!!

I've decided NOT to share the photos of my first gift set.  They're for my niece and nephew.  The shower is in July.  Emma Rose is due early September.  You don't want me to ruin the surprise for them do you?

For inspiration and to view an array of beautiful garments you can make with this collection, 

please visit these blogs on the pattern release tour:

Pattern RevolutionRebekah Sews
Mama Says SewLulu & Celeste
The Berry Bunch
Begin With B
Once Upon a Sewing MachineGolden Rippy
Feather’s FlightsPlayground Pixie Designs
Pattern NutFriends Stitched Together
The Life of Jennifer Dawn
Stitch and Bake
Shaffer Sisters
The Life of a Compulsive Crafter

You can also enter to win a fabulous Prize Package as Stitchwerx celebrates the release!

Prize Package & Giveaway Rules

Prize Package:
          *4 patterns of your choice from Stitchwerx Designs
          * Set of 4 Custom 8 x 10" Art Prints from Artful Life Designs
          * $25 Gift Card from the Fabric Store of Your Choice
          * Set of 100 Custom Mommy/Playdate Cards from Artful Life Designs

The Contest Rules:
You must be 18 to enter.
You can gain entries by entering the Rafflecopter Prompts.
Giveaway end: 6/20/14 at midnight EDT.
One winner will be chosen and announced on 6/21/14.

Good Luck everyone!  And, you can come back and thank me later!

Happy Sewing!

gloria june

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