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~The Seamstresses at Practically Pretty by Design
Monday, September 29, 2014
Monday, July 21, 2014
One of our lovely seamstresses, Sarah Lewis, made this beautiful nursing dress from the Serendipity Studio Tara Tank Dress pattern. The Tara Tank dress is the main style while Baker Lane's Catherine's Choice dress is the inspiration for the nursing access. We thought all of you would like to see this creative use of these two patterns. Don't you just love those beautiful tucks? Here at Practically Pretty by Design, we customize clothing to fit your needs and style! Don't hesitate to think outside the box and contact us for your own custom dress!
Thursday, May 2, 2013
My dear friend in sewing has sent me a photo of her daughter, wearing a dress made by adapting the Peasant Blouse Pattern to make a dress! She says:
I made Viola a dress from the blouse pattern I bought from you, and figured I would share a picture of the finished product. I love the pattern and it is super easy to put together!!!
I really appreciate your efforts in designing this pattern!
In case you were interested here are my sewing notes: I used the Girls' Peasant Blouse pattern size large. Viola's measurements: Chest 27", waist 23 1/2", and hips 32". For the front blouse I added 1 1/2" at the hip area, and I didn't take in the curve of the blouse I just cut that straight. For the back blouse I added 2 1/2" at the hip area and again I didn't curve the waist, instead I cut it straight from the arm pit down. For the waist line elastic and contrast trim, I measured the blouse from the arm pit down 3 1/2" and that was perfect for her. I wanted this dress long, plus enough extra length to add a tuck, so I measured 29" down from each edge of the blouse, and made each half of the dress 16" wide at the bottom. This gave her a total hem width of 64". For the neck and waist elastic measurements I kinda went by the girls shift dress pattern. Viola has plenty of room to grow in this dress, so I'm hoping to be able to use this pattern for another year or so yet.
Friday, December 28, 2012
Would you believe it?! The peasant blouse pattern is ready to post, after many computer and server glitches over the past few months, both in West Virginia and in Kenya, where my daughter Jennie Chancey lives.
While we were visiting Jennie's family in Kenya this Fall, I was privileged to introduce the Simple Peasant Blouse Pattern to Jennie's sewing guild. We had a wonderful three hours showing the ladies how to measure, cut and sew several blouses. It was a challenge, since I only had with me my personal pattern sized for me! We adjusted the size for each lady, but did not have time to complete all the blouses we cut out. The leader of the guild was going to help the rest of the ladies make their blouses after we left.
We hope you will be happy with this simple pattern which comes in Girls' small, medium and large, and also in Ladies' 10--16 and 3X. The directions are similar to the Girls' Simple Gathered Shift pattern many of you have been using. It is easy to adjust the pattern to suit you, since it has just three pieces. Have fun making your own creative alterations!
May God bless you with a wonderful New Year!
Sunday, October 28, 2012
The Practically Pretty seamstresses are now pleased to announce a new offering for motherhood, and every season before and after. Visit the Ladies Dresses page for more information on Catherine's Choice!
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Wouldn't you know? As soon as we said the pattern was almost on its way, I found an error! By "accident," I discovered a mistake in the long sleeve version of this blouse when I decided to make myself one for the Fall and Winter. I had made many short sleeve versions for children and adults that worked well, but it was not until I made a long sleeve version for myself that I realized I needed to improve the pattern.
Back to the drawing board, I adjusted the pattern for the long sleeve version and made myself a new blouse with the altered pattern. Now we must take the new design back to the company who scans the pattern, transforming it into a down-loadable file usable for our customers. When we finally get that done, you will be able to purchase the pattern here.
Our desire is to give you a pattern that can be easily adjusted to your own needs and altered creatively by you. Thanks so much to the friends who have encouraged us to persist in making sure this pattern will be truly practical and pretty for all those who love to sew for themselves and their daughters.
To God alone, who helps us frail mortals, be the glory!
Monday, July 23, 2012
After working over a year on our new blouse pattern, we see the end in sight! It took the help of several friends acting as models and pattern testers to get the final pattern design ready to go to the printers!
The blouse is simple to make-- only three pattern pieces-- and can be adjusted several ways to achieve different looks.
Thank you for your patience. We hope you will like it.