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Summer Collection 2017 Blog Tour Day 1 Round Up

Hi all! Have you been enjoying the pictures you’ve seen from the Laela Jeyne Summer Collection 2017? We decided to do a blog tour to show off all the new designs because there are 7! This week we’ll be viewing each of the patterns from the collection. You can visit here every day for the giveaways and to see the different bloggers that are being featured for the day. And while you’re viewing all the new patterns, be sure to pick them up here. They’re only on sale until July 6th!

So today we’ll be seeing the Lily top from Amy at Anna’s Heirloom Boutique

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We’ll also being hearing from Amy about her Dahlia tank tops and Rose skirts at Sea of Estrogen.

 

And lastly, we’ll be seeing Elizabeth’s sweet Violet with ruffles at Olive Ashby!

 

Below you’ll find the schedule for the whole week! (Once the week is over, all of the links will be viewable)

 

Monday

Anna’s Heirloom BoutiqueSwimming in a Sea of EstrogenOlive Ashby

Tuesday

Mahlica DesignsPear Berry LaneSewing with Sarah

Wednesday

Sewn at SeamsNini and AshThe Crafting FiendSew a Piece of Joy

Thursday

I am Mami de SofionaSew and Tell ProjectMy Heart Will Sew On

Friday

Love ThingsIdle SunshineLovely for LifeNeva Couture

 

And last but not least, here is the first of a number of giveaways happening during the blog tour! Be sure to enter using all of the options!

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Summer Collection 2017 Day 3

Today is the last day to show of some of our tester creations for the Summer Collection Release.  I hope you have enjoyed seeing some of these makes.  The last pattern in the Summer Collection is the Lily Woven Blouse. The Lily offers multiple neckline and sleeve options.  Even though this top is released in the Summer Collection, it is definitely a multi-seasonal pattern that you can use as you are creating your capsule wardrobe.

Don’t be afraid of woven tops for yourselves ladies.  This pattern, like the Dahlia Tank, includes bust size selection so you don’t have to do any of that work yourself.  There are so many possibilities with this top.

If you missed the first two days of the kickoff, you can see Day 1 here and Day 2 here.

 

Elizabeth

Katie

Essence

Raechel

Tamara

Monday we will be highlighting the summer collection with creations from the Summer Collection with a blog tour. We are so excited to see what the bloggers have come up with for the tour.  Be sure to come back Monday and check it out.

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Summer Collection 2017 Tester Round Up Day 2

How have you been liking the collection so far?  Today we are featuring some of the testers for the Women’s Rose Circle Skirt, the Girl’s Rosie Circle Skirt, and the Dahlia Tank Top. These patterns together can help you to create that capsule wardrobe you’ve been aspiring to create. Combine them with the Lily Woven Top Pattern and you can really utilize this collection for wardrobe building.  Build your own collection bundle to get started.

The Rose Circle Skirt PDF Pattern comes is full, half, and quarter widths in mini, knee, midi, and two maxi lengths. The pattern is suitable for woven or knit fabric with different waistbands for each.  This leaves the door open for creativity and flexibility while developing your wardrobe. With the correct fabric and length selections you can make a super casual look, or take this pattern into evening. To create a Mommy and Me look or to satisfy your little girl’s love of twirling, grab the Girl’s Rosie Circle Skirt Pattern too.  The Dahlia Tank pairs well with the Rose Circle Skirt. It provides great coverage while giving you a comfortable look for summer.  A new feature you will find in our top patterns is the ability to chose a bust size.  This is going to allow you to get the perfect fit for your body.

Tamara

Katie

Ilse

Synthia

Sarah

Ying

Joan

Katie

Liesel

Tia

Elizabeth

I hope this gives you a glimpse of some of the creations you can make with these new patterns.  Be sure to check out each listing and Create Your Own bundle for the summer collection.  Don’t forget to share your creations with us in the Facebook Group.

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Summer Collection Kick Off

Today is the KICKOFF of the Laela Jeyne Patterns Summer Collection!  We’ve been so excited for our first collection release.  This collection features tops, circle skirts, and swimwear for women and girls.  You will find all the new patterns featured throughout this week, plus a release tour next week.  Be sure to follow along for all the inspiration you will need to get started on your new makes.

Today we are sharing some of our tester creations for the Women’s Violet Swimsuit and Girl’s Vi vi Swimsuit patterns.  Both patterns offer a cross over front plus options like a bodice ruffle, high and low back cut lines, as well as side cut outs.  Along with these options, the Violet also includes cup size options so that you can get the perfect fit for your body and all the leg work is done for you.

Violet Swimsuit

Erin

Shalini

Kyrsten

Emily

Synthia

Samantha

Vivi Swimsuit

Samantha

Kimberly

 

Katie

Jodi

Jodi

Emily

Geraly

Rochelle

Liesel

Now that you have gotten a little sneak from some of our testers, which version would you sew up first?  Be sure to hop over to the listing an snag your copy at release pricing.  Come back tomorrow for more sneaks on the summer collection.

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Emmy and Charlotte Hack: The perfect swim set

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This past weekend was Memorial Day weekend and we celebrated out on the boat all weekend long.  I wanted the kids to have cute swimsuits but still be protected from the hot summer sun.

My daughter doesn’t like wearing store bought rash guards, she thinks they are too tight around the neck and refuses to wear them so I decided I’d make her one myself.

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I bought this adorable “One in a Melon” swim panel from Peekaboo Fabrics a while ago and it was perfect for this project.  The panel comes with all three fabrics I used, making it so easy to coordinate. The best part is the fabric is UV 50+ so I can feel confident they aren’t going to get burned.

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I used the Emmy T-shirt pattern to make the perfect rash guard for her.  Because she doesn’t like them to be too tight, I made her a size 5. This is the normal size she wears so I was a little worried it would be too big as a rash guard but it worked out nicely.  The only modifications I made to the shirt was shortening it about 3/4″.

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For the bottoms I used the Deluxe Charlotte Leggings pattern.  The deluxe version of Charlotte is amazing!!  It comes with leggings and sweatpants styles in boy short, short, knee, capri, and ankle lengths. There is also a pattern piece to add a cute little skirt onto the leggings. The waistband can be made with elastic or a fabric band in regular or yoga style.

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I cut a size 4 in the boy shorts version and added the skirt.  Then I shortened the skirt 4″ in order to have it look more like swim bottoms.  Since I added the skirt, I used the banded waistband.

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If you are anything like me then you probably already have these 2 patterns in your stash.  But if you don’t, then you can purchase them HERE.

I love how easily it is to make the perfect swim set using patterns I already had!!  www.sunflowerseams.com

Keep up to date with me behind the seams by following me on Instagram!

Happy Sewing!

Becca

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Introducing Tiffany!

Hello readers!

I’d like to take a moment to introduce the newest member of the Laela Jeyne Patterns team–Tiffany! Tiffany started out by testing for Laela Jeyne Patterns last summer and was added as an admin in the beginning of 2017. She then took on the role of Virtual Assistant for me and has already shown herself to be invaluable! Now, when you contact the company, you will be responded to by either Tiffany or myself.

Tiffany has also started a series of blog posts and group content for the Laela Jeyne Patterns Facebook group!

Her themes are highlighted below:

  • Mondays will consist of “Maker Mondays”. This will be showing what is on the cutting table, or what is a work in progress.
  • Tuesdays will be “Tip Tuesday”. This will be a tip, or tutorial, to help sewists of all levels.
  • Wednesdays will be “What are you wearing Wednesday”. This will be a chance to show something you have made (recently, or a fave from a while ago) with Laela Jeyne patterns.
  • Thursdays will be “Thimble Thursdays”. This will be a chance to bring up the many different tools of sewing.
  • Fridays will be “Fun Friday”. This will be an ever-changing type of post, and could be anything from fabric sales to photos of wardrobe.

 

Be sure to check out her blog posts each day on her blog, Sew A Piece of Joy

Happy sewing!!

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A Pajama Hack using the Emily T-Shirt Pattern

This month’s post is really more of a pattern refashion then it is a hack.  It started with the need for some new shorts to wear around the house and ended with these incredibly cozy pajamas.

Ok so let’s get personal for a moment.  I pretty much live in pajamas.  I come home and change into my sweats right away, but I do also like to look somewhat presentable incase someone stops by.  I think I have accomplished that with this look.  These pajamas are the most comfortable things I’ve worn but if the post man comes to the door I don’t have to pretend I’m not home.

I used a super soft 2-way french terry from LA Finch Fabrics to make the Comfy Cozy Pajama shorts.  The original pattern has a cuff around the leg of the shorts.  I sewed up the low rise shorts without the cuff, leaving the edges raw.  I really like how the raw edges of french terry curl up and decided to use that as part of my look.

I’m sure you know by now how much I love pockets, on everything!!  Lucky for me, the pattern already has pockets so that was an obvious choice.  

I used the Emily T-shirt pattern for this top.  I didn’t have to do much to alter the original pattern.  Normally I sew up a size small but because I was looking for a looser fit I sized up to a medium.  I used a lightweight solid rayon spandex knit from LA Finch Fabrics.  Their knit is so soft!!  After trying the pajamas on, I felt like there was something missing.  The top needed something to help tie everything together.  I cut out a small breast pocket from the french terry scraps I had left.

I love how these turned out!!  I have already worn them twice since I made them earlier this week.  Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!  I’d love to see how you refashion your Laela Jeyne patterns.

Happy Sewing!

xoxo-Becca

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Tula Hack: Using knit to achieve the perfect look

Hey sewing friends!  It’s Becca again, over at Sunflower Seams.  Today I have a super fun twist on the Tula A-Line dress that I want to share with you.

If you aren’t familiar with Tula, this pattern was written for a light to medium weight woven fabric with a side seam zipper.  You can see all the tester photos here.

Ever since the weather started getting warmer here, I have been dreaming of this dress in knit but kept putting it off.  I really don’t like sewing knits on my sewing machine.  A few weeks ago I finally bought myself a serger (I know I am so far behind in times) and this Tula was the perfect pattern to try it out.

I did a little research before cutting into my gorgeous Boho Fusion fabric by Art Gallery Fabrics and found tons of great resources for using knit fabrics when a pattern calls for a woven fabric.

My current measurements are Bust – 33″, Waist – 27″, Hips – 38″.  Based on these measurements this places me in a size 4 on the chart for bust and waist and a size 8 for the hips.  Luckily, (in this case anyway) I am small chested so I didn’t have to worry about doing any bust adjustments.  Because Tula has a decent amount of ease I sized down two sizes to a 0 and graded out to a 2 at the hips.  I highly suggest making a muslin.  It is a such great way to assess fit.  You may want yours to be more fitted then mine.

I attached the facing per the partially lined instructions, leaving the interfacing off.  Originally I did attach the interfacing but didn’t like how rigid it made the knit feel and decided to remove it.  I also skipped adding the zipper.  The knit provided enough stretch to easily pull the dress over my head without any issues.

It is already in the 80’s here and I was looking for something I could wear all summer long so I cut the mini length.   I added 2″ to the length since the pattern is drafted for a women 5’5″ in height and I am 5’7″.  I didn’t however, take into account that the weight of the knit would pull the dress down a bit and removed those 2″ after trying it on for fit.

I am so happy with the length!  It still looks stylish while allowing me to run around with the kiddos and not have any wardrobe malfunctions.  I call that a win win!

Overall I am very happy with how this Tula turned out.  It is perfect marriage of style and comfort.  I see myself making many more for this hot summer that we are about to have.  Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you love Tula in knit as much as I do!  I’d love to see your #LJKnitTula

Happy Sewing!

 Becca

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Thank you, Becca! You can find more of Becca on her blog and on Instagram.

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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.

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It’s Our 2nd Anniversary!

Wow! It’s been an exciting two years! For those of you who are new to Laela Jeyne Patterns, I’ve been busy designing for girls’ and women’s patterns since December of 2014. And recently, I’ve added children’s and men’s styles to the catalog as well! It all started with the Jemma dress and tunic (that is now retired) and our latest pattern is the men’s William Vest. I’ve come a long way in my understanding of designing clothing for real bodies and developing my brand!

The Jemma Tunic
The William Vest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve added a bunch of awesome ladies to the team to help out with the Facebook group and social media advertising. I have to give a huge shout out to Indu, Kim, Liesel, Elizabeth, and especially Cassy! Thank you for all your help!!

In this next year, we hope to bring you several top quality patterns from myself and couple of the ladies on the team!

So to thank all of my customers–past, present, and future (I hope!)– I’m having a huge sale and giveaway to commemorate the anniversary!

Sale Information:

You can get all single patterns for 25% off from 2/8/17 to 2/13/17 (EST) AND you can get an additional 10% off anything using the coupon code found in the pinned post of the Laela Jeyne Patterns Facebook Group

Giveaway Information:

We had A TON of awesome fabric companies and designers pitch in to make this an amazing event. I am blown away by the support that the sewing community has for each other!

So without further ado, here are the prizes!!

(please note: if the designer or company uses their Facebook group as means of entry, the contestant must be a member of the group to qualify for the entry)

The Grand Prize winner will receive

5 patterns of choice from Laela Jeyne Patterns (no bundles)

2 patterns of choice from A Sparkly Baby

2 patterns of choice (excludes bundles) from Bella Sunshine Designs

Any pattern (excludes bundles) from Bishy Barnababes

2 patterns of choice from Chalk and Notch

Two patterns of choice from Coffee + Thread

1 pattern of choice Designer Stitch

1 PDF pattern of choice from Designs by Call Ajaire

$25 gift certificate to Ellie and Mac

One single pattern of choice (no bundles) from EYMM

1 free PDF, no restrictions from Goober Pea Designs

1 pattern from Halla Patterns

Pattern of choice (pattern bundles excluded) from Handmaiden’s Cottage

Choice of three single PDF patterns from Jennuine Design

$30 Gift certificate to Style Maker Fabrics

2 Yards of Knit fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics

$50 Gift Card from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

$50 Gift Card from Knitpop

AND 1 Panel and 2 Coordinating yards of fabric from Fabric Stache!

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The 2nd Prize Winner will receive

3 single patterns of choice from Laela Jeyne Patterns

3 pdf sewing patterns – winner’s choice from LBG STUDIO

1 pattern of choice from LittleKiwisCloset

1 free pattern from Made by Jack’s Mum

1 free pattern from Max & Meena Patterns

Any two patterns of choice from Mummykins and Me

2 individual patterns of choice (no bundles) from New Horizons

$20 shop credit from Patterns for Pirates

Pattern of choice from Pickle Toes Patterns

1 pattern of choice from Pollywoggles

Pattern of choice from PUPERITA

1 pattern of choice from Serger Pepper Designs

2 patterns of choice from Simple Life Pattern Co

$40 La Finch Fabrics Gift certificate

AND $50 Gift Certificate to Sincerely Rylee Fabrics

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AND the 3rd Prize Winner will receive

2 single Patterns of choice from Laela Jeyne Patterns

2 patterns of choice from Striped Swallow Designs

2 PDF patterns of choice from Sunday Girl Designs

1 free pattern of winner’s choosing from The Eli Monster

1 pattern of choice from The Wolf and the Tree

1 PDF pattern of choice from Tie Dye Diva Patterns

A $30 voucher for Titchy Threads shop

Pattern of choice from Twig + Tale

Any one pattern from Foofoo Threads Sewing Patterns

2 single patterns of choice from Duck Butt Designs

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A HUGE thank you to everyone who has supported Laela Jeyne Patterns these past two years! I hope to continue to make great patterns for women, men, and children for years to come!