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Chloe Hack: Paper Piecing your Chloe Bodice

Hey readers, it’s Becca, from Sunflower Seams, here to share my paper pieced Chloe and some tips and tricks I learned along the way!!

I have wanted to try my hand at paper piecing for some time now but always felt a little intimidated by the small pieces and perfectly matching corners.  I even have several paper piecing patterns that I’ve downloaded and never sewn.  If you search the internet you can find tons of free options for paper piecing patterns, ranging in all experience levels.

My daughter loves butterflies!!  She probably asks me once a week if I will make her a butterfly dress.  Seriously, how can you say no to mama-made requests!?!  She picked out this fun butterfly fabric for me to use but I wanted  something more and that’s when the light bulb went off.  The bodice of Chloe is perfect for embellishing with appliqués so why not a small paper piecing project?

 

I found this pattern for a 5″ butterfly from Lilly Ella.  When you download her file there are three different butterflies you can choose from.  This one only had 6 sections instead of 8 like the other two so I felt it might be a little easier for a first timer like myself.

If you have never paper pieced before I suggest printing the pattern on card-stock for more stability.  This will help your paper not to tear in case you need to rip the stitches and try again.  Cutting your fabric pieces 1/2-1″ larger then the entire block ensures there is enough overlap for your seam allowance.  I marked each fabric block with the corresponding number on the pattern so I didn’t get confused with it’s placement.  It also helps to shorten your stitch length to 1.0 or 1.3.  This will make it easier to pull away the paper from your block later.

The 5″ square worked well for this 5T bodice, however you may need to use smaller pattern for smaller sizes.  This is really just personal preference.  After my paper piecing was completed, I added interfacing to the block and sewed four large strips to each side.  Then I cut bodice and completed the pattern per instructions.

I’m not sure why it too me so long to try paper piecing.  Paper piecing doesn’t have to be just for quilts.  It was such a fun project and added so much detail to the Chloe.  Next time I may try adding it some to the skirt as well.

Well, that’s all folks! I hope my piecing project tips were helpful and inspired you to try something outside of the box! Thanks for taking a peek!!  Xoxo. Becca.

Girl’s Chloe Open Back Dress Bundle ALL Sizes

This pattern bundle is for a perfect summer dress for the pretty girl in your life! This pattern bundle is for sizes NB-14 Developed for the intermediate sewer.
The bodice comes with two options: flutter sleeve and faux cap sleeve. It is fully lined for a professional look. The pattern comes with instructions to create a dress length with or without a ruffle, and a maxi length.
The best part of this pattern is the back! It features a open back reminiscent of a beautiful tulip. The back is adorable but still modest! The back skirt has an elastic casing to hold it up.
The front of the bodice is perfect for adding embroidery or applique designs.
This pattern is made for woven material so it can be made from a calico cotton to a beautiful satin for a dressy look. Some of the testers also made the skirt with a knit material and it turned out great!
This pattern is for an intermediate sewist. Please view the size chart pictured on this listing to ensure the correct fit for your recipient.
Note: This file is a pdf file and not a finished product.
The pdf file will be available for instant download once purchased. You will receive instructions for download after you complete your purchase.
The Chloe pattern is original to Laela Jeyne Patterns. The pattern and images are copyrighted by Laela Jeyne Patterns and may not be copied, shared, or resold. Please feel free to sell items made with this pattern on a small scale. And of course I would be grateful if you shared the pattern source!
Due to the nature of this item, no returns or refunds will be given.

7-14 Chloe Romper Add-On PDF Pattern

You can make an adorable romper with this add-on pattern! You must own or purchase the Chloe Dress pattern to be able to use the add-on. This pattern is for sizes 7-14 for the intermediate sewer. The pattern comes with instructions on how to add a snap inseam or how to do a closed inseam. The length is perfect for covering up legs when it gets a little cooler!
The add-on features pattern pieces for the romper and clear instructions with full color pictures. The pattern has layers and includes instructions on how to print only the sizes you want!
This pattern is for an intermediate sewist. Please view the size chart pictured on this listing to ensure the correct fit for your recipient.
Note: This file is a pdf file and not a finished product.
The pdf file will be available for instant download once purchased. You will receive instructions for download after you complete your purchase.
The Chloe pattern is original to Laela Jeyne Patterns. The pattern and images are copyrighted by Laela Jeyne Patterns and may not be copied, shared, or resold. Please feel free to sell items made with this pattern on a small scale. And of course I would be grateful if you shared the pattern source!
Due to the nature of this item, no returns or refunds will be given.

NB-6 Chloe Romper Add-On PDF Pattern

You can make an adorable romper with this add-on pattern! You must own or purchase the Chloe Dress pattern to be able to use the add-on. This pattern is for sizes NB-6 for the intermediate sewer. The pattern comes with instructions on how to add a snap inseam or how to do a closed inseam. The length is perfect for covering up legs when it gets a little cooler!
The add-on features pattern pieces for the romper and clear instructions with full color pictures. The pattern has layers and includes instructions on how to print only the sizes you want!
This pattern is for an intermediate sewist. Please view the size chart pictured on this listing to ensure the correct fit for your recipient.
Note: This file is a pdf file and not a finished product.
The pdf file will be available for instant download once purchased. You will receive instructions for download after you complete your purchase.
The Chloe pattern is original to Laela Jeyne Patterns. The pattern and images are copyrighted by Laela Jeyne Patterns and may not be copied, shared, or resold. Please feel free to sell items made with this pattern on a small scale. And of course I would be grateful if you shared the pattern source!
Due to the nature of this item, no returns or refunds will be given.

Chloe Open Back Dress and Maxi PDF Pattern Sizes 7-14

This pattern is for a perfect summer dress for the pretty little girl in your life! This pattern is sized for 7-14 girls with an option for girls with developing figures sizes 11-14. This pattern is for the intermediate sewer.
The bodice comes with two options: flutter sleeve and faux cap sleeve. It is fully lined for a professional look. The pattern comes with instructions to create a dress length with or without a ruffle, and a maxi length.
The best part of this pattern is the back! It features a cutout reminiscent of a beautiful tulip. The cutout is adorable but still modest! The back skirt has an elastic casing to hold it up.
The front of the bodice is perfect for adding embroidery or applique designs.
This pattern is made for woven material so it can be made from a calico cotton to a dressy satin for a dressy look. Some of the testers also made the skirt with a knit material and it turned out great!
This pattern is for an intermediate sewist. Please view the size chart pictured on this listing to ensure the correct fit for your recipient.
Note: This file is a pdf file and not a finished product.
The pdf file will be available for instant download once purchased. You will receive instructions for downloading after you complete you purchase.
The Chloe pattern is original to Laela Jeyne Patterns. The pattern and images are copyrighted by Laela Jeyne Patterns and may not be copied, shared, or resold. Please feel free to sell items made with this pattern on a small scale. And of course I would be grateful if you shared the pattern source!
Due to the nature of this item, no returns or refunds will be given.given.

Chloe Open Back Dress and Maxi PDF Pattern NB-6

This pattern is for a perfect summer dress for the pretty little girl in your life! This pattern is for sizes NB-6 for the intermediate sewer.
The bodice comes with two options: flutter sleeve and faux cap sleeve. It is fully lined for a professional look. The pattern comes with instructions to create a dress length with or without a ruffle, and a maxi length.
The best part of this pattern is the back! It features a open back reminiscent of a beautiful tulip. The back is adorable but still modest! The back skirt has an elastic casing to hold it up.
The front of the bodice is perfect for adding embroidery or applique designs.
This pattern is made for woven material so it can be made from a calico cotton to a beautiful satin for a dressy look. Some of the testers also made the skirt with a knit material and it turned out great!
This pattern is for an intermediate sewist. Please view the size chart pictured on this listing to ensure the correct fit for your recipient.
Note: This file is a pdf file and not a finished product.
The pdf file will be available for instant download once purchased. You will receive instructions for download after you complete your purchase.
The Chloe pattern is original to Laela Jeyne Patterns. The pattern and images are copyrighted by Laela Jeyne Patterns and may not be copied, shared, or resold. Please feel free to sell items made with this pattern on a small scale. And of course I would be grateful if you shared the pattern source!
Due to the nature of this item, no returns or refunds will be given.

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New here? Learn more about me here!

 

Hello everyone! I signed up for a designer intro on the Swhetty Betties Blog and figured I would post it here as well so you could all learn more about me!

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My name is Marisa and I am 26 years young. I have two beautiful little girls (I’m pretty biased) and a super handsome hubby. I have been sewing since I was a teenager with a long break in there. I picked it up again when the Pinterest craze started and you had to wait to get an invitation to join! I’ve always loved being crafty and consider myself to be very artistic, but when I set out to teach myself how to sew, it instantly became my favorite crafty hobby. My first project was a quilt (not a very good first project!). I painstakingly cut each square very crookedly on my living room floor and upcycled a bedsheet as the backing. I think I will keep that quilt and pass it on to one of my girls when I get older. Even with it’s many mistakes, it is still one of my favorite pieces.

Pattern making was something I have always been intrigued with but never knew I could do it effectively by myself. When my oldest daughter was a baby, I purchased Kwik Sew’s Sewing for Babies and used the pattern pieces to invent several dresses and shirts for her. I read Craftiness is Not Optional all the time to get ideas of clothes to make for her. Eventually, I decided to open up my own sewing business. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the time or understanding to really grow my business and got lost in the sea of Etsy. So I looked for a seamstress job after my second daughter was born and was hired by a children’s clothing designer in Brooklyn. She needed me to finish sewing her first collection and start pattern designing for the second one. I took online classes to learn how to digitally design and am currently working on my second collection designing for her. I think I will have designed about 30 patterns when I am done with this second collection!

With my newfound knowledge of computer designing, I decided to open Laela Jeyne Patterns. I am inspired to make clothing that is as practical as it is cute and fashionable. I think my favorite pattern that I have designed is the Chloe Dress and Maxi. It has just enough sass in the back and is extremely versatile depending on what fabrics are used.

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The pattern I am most proud of is my Lola Swimsuit. I set out to make a swimsuit that could cover any styling, modesty, or body security issues that a woman might have, but still make a great swimsuit. I feel like that is so important for a woman to feel beautiful in their clothing, and the Lola Swimsuit does just that!

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Well, thanks for giving me a minute to introduce myself! I hope you check the website out once in a while to see the new pattern releases as they come! I have some exciting styles planned well into next year!