Monday, December 17, 2012

Sew and Tell with the Emory Dress

Welcome back for another Sew and Tell Review!  This week, we are bringing you a look at the Emory Dress from Sew Sweet Patterns.  Ladies, if you are looking for a classic, sleeved dress to use for your Christmas sewing, you should definitely look into this one!  The pattern is available in a 12 month - 6.  I love the contrasting yoke, though you could totally use the same fabric if you wanted.  You could add some fun buttons to the back bodice to really make it POP!  There even is a great place for a sweet little monogram on the yoke.  I love a monogram on little kid's clothes  :)  The last time I used this pattern, I added a band along the bottom of the skirt using the same fabric as the yoke.  Loved it!  Sew Sweet Patterns really live up to the name!

Shannon Castle is doing the review for us today!  You can find her on Etsy at

My name is Shannon, and I have been sewing for about a year and enjoy it immensely!!!  I have my own shop called Gracie and Emma's Boutique, and I create clothing for children and adults . 
The pattern was very easy to follow.  The total time to do the dress was about 2 hours - that includes cutting it out and sewing it together. The pattern runs true to size.   I made a size 4 for my daughter so she can grow into it, but love it!!
I thought the pattern was very simple to follow!  The only thing that I did differently was to top stitch around the bodice on the front and the back.  It just gave it a nice finished look!  The only problem I ran into was I couldn't find an explanation for the placket.  I figured it out myself, but there were no measurements given for the size needed.  When printing out the pattern I had to switch to a horizontal view so that I could get all of the pattern to fit on the pages.  Other than that it was absolutely perfect, and I have already cut out another one to sew!  My daughter loves it and calls it her Princess Sofia dress :)


I love what Shannon did with this pattern!  It is such a precious little dress, perfect for church or photographs.  And you can get your own pattern here... for a discount!  Go ahead and check it out on the website, the discount won't last long!  :) 

While you are there, you might want to take a look at these gorgeous (and super fun!) zipper flowers from Indygo Junction.  I can't stop thinking about how cute one of these My Garden Zips would look right where the 2 fabrics meet on the bottom corner.  A great way to add a bit of interest to your dress for special occasions! 

If you're sewing for a younger girl, you may want to round out your outfit with a pair of these beauties!  The Magnolia Baby Ballerina Shoes from Lena's Patterns are available in sizes 0-24 months and are as cute as can be!  The best part is you can make them to perfectly match your little one's outfit.  Who can resist cute baby shoes???  Not me!!!  Take a look at all of all the shoes available from Lena's Patterns

Alright, ladies, it's time to sew!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Sew and Tell with the Tana Tutu Dress

It's time for another Sew and Tell pattern review!  This week, we'll be taking a little looksee at the Tana Tutu Dress by Nanoo Designs.  It comes in sizes 1-4.  I think every little girl at some point in her life decides she is going to be a ballerina, and then proceeds to leap and pirouette all over the house.  And it's quite possible she'll want to wear a leotard and tutu all day.  Everyday.  Aren't little girls just the cutest?  So why not make her a dress that still lets her feel like a ballerina while donning something a little more appropriate for say, church or school?  Even if your little girl isn't filling her days with dreams of being a prima ballerina, isn't this dress just stinkin' cute? 

Alicia Strayer from Muddie Puddles brings us today's Sew and Tell Review. 

  I took a quilting class three years ago and caught the sewing bug.  I then ventured into sewing clothes for my daughter, and I am addicted.  This pattern is perfect for beginners.  It is one of the first dresses I sewed when I started sewing and was able to achieve great results without too much frustration, or I wouldn't have made 5+ more of them.  The pattern runs true to size.  My daughter is 3 1/2.  The Christmas dress is a size 3, and the Tutu Dress is a  size 2. 

I think this is a great little dress if you need something in a hurry.  The pattern took about 4 1/2 hours to complete. Probably a little less if you don't have a little one bugging you.   Taping the pattern together took some adjusting as I am an OCD sewist, and I like everything to match up perfectly. LOL! 

 I made several dresses from the pattern and only used the ribbon method for the straps.  The pattern gives another option for the straps that involves fabric loops and ribbon.  I used a 1 1/2 ribbon on the bottom to add more emphasis.  This was one of the first dresses I made when I started sewing and attaching the ribbon along the bottom was just a little tricky.  I followed the directions on the first dress when sewing on the ribbon and sewed the top of the ribbon to the dress first, as stated.   I then cut the ribbon and sewed the bottom of the ribbon to the dress.  Since the dress curves as you go around you actually need a little more ribbon on the bottom than on the top.  So I would suggest sewing the bottom of the ribbon down, cut the ribbon (but leave at least inch overlap), and then sew the top of the ribbon to the dress.  I used a ruffler foot to gather the tulle which saves time.  You will use more tulle, so don't cut it until you have enough.  I also made the bow along the bottom detachable so that it doesn't get ruined when washing.  Adding an embroidered design really changes it up.  

Thanks so much to Alicia for being a part of our Sew and Tell feature!  Y'all, how cute is her little girl?  And those dresses are just precious!  You can get a special limited-time discount on Nanoo's Tana Tutu Dress on the website!  While you are there, check out all of Nanoo Design's patterns.  There is some serious cuteness going on!  If you have some photos of your Tana Tutu dress you would like to share, we'd love to see them!

Keeping in the spirit of tutus...

Why not whip up a No-Sew Princess Tutu for your tiny dancer?  Blissful Patterns has a great tutorial for you to make your own!  Available in sizes NB-10.

And to perfectly compliment your Tana Tutu Dress, why not try out the Tara Tutu Tights?  I bet you can't say that 5 times fast!  These are fun and unique, and oh so girly!  Create Kids Couture always has something new, so take a look at their pattern collection.  The Tara Tutu Tights are available in sizes 18m- 6. 

It's time to get sewing!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Sew, Mama, Sew! Giveaway Day!

For those of you new to our blog, WELCOME!  For all of our regular readers, welcome back! Fairytale Frocks & Lollipops is an online store featuring a huge collection of sewing patterns from some of the greatest independent designers out there!  We'd love for you to take a look at our website, and we're sure you'll find something you like!  We are also currently liquidating our paper pattern inventory with a $5 sale, so be sure to check out those great savings! 

We've also started a new feature on our blog called "Sew and Tell" where every week we showcase a different pattern and have a customer write up a review on it.  We'd love for you read along!

Now for the fun stuff!  Fairytale Frocks & Lollipops is giving away a copy of ...

More Sewing with Whimsy by Kari Mecca!!

This is such a wonderful reference and source of inspiration if you love sewing for little girls!  And, there are several stunning patterns included!  Go ahead and enter...and good luck!

Check out the rest of the giveaways on the Sew, Mama, Sew blog!! 
 It's like a giveaway wonderland over there!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Sew and Tell with the Pillowcase Romper

Who's ready for a new review (and discount!)?  For this week's Sew and Tell review, we are featuring Whimsy Couture's Pillowcase RomperWhimsy Couture has a huge collection of absolutely gorgeous patterns for sale on our website.  The pillowcase romper is one of the more recent patterns I've made.  This is an extremely versatile pattern and comes in sizes preemie-10.  There are so many ways to sew this pattern up that you will never get bored with it.  I mean let's face it, sometimes you buy a pattern and use it only once because you don't want to keep sewing the same thing over and over again.  This pillowcase romper will definitely not disappoint! 

My name is Kayla, and I've been sewing and doing machine applique for three years.  I sew mainly for that little cutie in the picture, but I do a little custom work on the side.  This pattern was fairly easy to sew.  It took me about a half an hour to cut out, about an hour for the applique, and sewing the romper took me about 2 hours.  (Side Note:  I sew more slowly than most people because A)  I'm a little OCD and B)  That little cutie also happens to be quite a distraction!  I know you moms can relate.)

None of it is hard, and the directions are very clear.  The only thing someone might have a possible problem with is making and attaching the ruffles.  I make my ruffles by either adjusting the settings on my serger, or if I'm using my sewing machine, I will sew my gathering stitch using clear thread.  The fabric just slides so much easier with that clear thread  :)

The fit is great!  I was really happy with the length of the pants.  I've also made these in a 5T, and those fit great, as well.  But if your daughter is really tall or short, you could easily adjust the length. As for the rest of the romper, it has a roomy fit that should accommodate most all children and it ties at the shoulders.  No button holes to make and no zipper to install... yay!!

I followed the pattern exactly except for two small adjustments.  Instead of making my own ties out of fabric,  I used ribbon.  The directions give that as an option.  Also, I like a longer ruffle, so I added an inch to the ruffle length and subtracted an inch from the pant length.  It was a very easy modification to make.

As I mentioned at the beginning, there are just so many options available in this pattern that you could make it 5 or 6 times and have it look different each time.  There are measurements given for the short version (more like a bubble), capri length rompers, and the full length rompers.  You can also add a ruffle around the waist (so cute!).  Plus, you can change up the look by leaving the ruffles off the bottom of the pants.  You can add snaps to the crotch for the diaper wearing babes or add elastic to the ties so the older girls can easily dress themselves.  I also love that there is a lot of room for a monogram or applique on the front.  I think that is a fun way to add some interest.  So many options, so much cuteness!

Check out all of Whimsy Couture's patterns on the website!  And while you are there, pick up the Pillowcase Romper pattern for 25% off (for a limited time!)

If you want to sew up a simple knit t-shirt to coordinate with your pillowcase romper, check out Jocole's Classic Knit Tee pattern here.  You can embellish this pattern or keep it as simple as you like.  A great addition to your pattern stash!

Or if it is really cold and just a long-sleeved shirt won't cut it, you can make your little one the Annabelle Jacket from Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop, found here.  Every time I see this pattern I kick myself for not having sewn one up yet!

If you are interested in doing a review for us, send me an email at for more information!  

Do you have a picture of your Whimsy Couture Pillowcase Romper you would like to share?  We'd love to see them!  You can post on our Facebook page!!

It's time to get sewing!  

Friday, November 16, 2012

It's Time For a Giveaway!!

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we want all of our customers to know how THANKFUL we are for you!!  So what better way to say thanks than to give back, right?  We want to give one lucky lady (or gentleman) their choice of 3 E-Patterns!!  The winner can choose from any of the E-Patterns we currently have for sale on our website.  With over 40 WONDERFUL pattern designers featured in our shop, you will have a hard time deciding which 3 to choose.  The winner will be chosen on Cyber Monday (I mean, we are giving away E-Patterns so it only seems fitting.) 

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