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14 May '19

LLK Sunshine Pattern Release

Posted by Ellies Handmade
With summer in the USA just about to kick off, we (LLK) just released our summer Sunshine Collection, including two gorgeous swimsuits, Sanibel and Siesta, a darling dress - Delray, and two cute accessories, Coralie & Caspian Doll and Bag!
Sanibel is a gorgeous 2 piece number. I love all the options in this pattern, and Miss E chose to go with the panelled ruched bikini bottoms, and the tie top.
Siesta is a cute full piece swimsuit that I absolutely adore. We chose to add the optional chest ruffle to this piece. 

And of course, we had to have a mermaid with gorgeous purple hair! Coralie has the options to be made with either felt or wool hair, I love how the wool totally changes her look!
 Delray offers a cute cut out on the front bodice, in a small or large opening. It also comes as a shortsuit, dress or maxi. We chose to sew a small opening dress, with tie straps. I used a gorgeous small floral from the Antique Floral Collection by Lecien Fabrics.

15 Apr '19

Sewing Room Makeover

Posted by Ellies Handmade

Over the last 6 years or so my sewing room has always been a little bit of a work in progress. By nature, I love to rearrange furniture in our home, always searching for the perfect flow and look! Of course the sewing room has had many many changes, with the addition of new machines, fabric and sewing ''stuff'' there is always the need to keep things organised and tidy.
I recently won a fantastic prize package from Cricut - including the gorgeous champagne coloured Cricult Maker. I dedicated a whole area to this section, so there is enough room to use the Maker and the Easy press on the table and not have it stored away. I hung all the cool little tools and the mats directly on the wall using handy 3M hooks. I have all the vinyls and papers stored in a some stackable draws too, which keeps it all organised. My wonderful friend, Sarah Scott, from Piccolo Studio made the most gorgeous fabric bunting for me, which is the perfect inspirational piece to hang directly above this area! Sarah made the CREATE bunting using the upcoming Michael Miller fabric range - Little Sewists - designed by the company I design patterns for - Little Lizard King. Isn't it gorgeous?! There are Little Sewists pieces all over my sewing room, the fabric makes me sew happy!

In the past 12 months, I've been really committed to sewing my existing fabric stash, and have it down to just 9 cubes on my shelf. I use handy comic boards to wrap the fabric around them, which holds them nicely and keeps them neat. Its great to see what is actually on my shelves clearly too! I bought a few packs from eBay, and they fit perfectly into the cubes. 

I found these great mini jars at our local store, which keeps my size tags separate and in order. How pretty are the little rose gold lids?!

I had a lot of wall space near my embroidery machine, so with the help of my trusty 3M hooks again, i keep all my little sewing notions hanging from them and don't have to go hunting every time I need to find things like my button gauge or bias tape makers.
The Birch tutorial on how to make these gorgeous little fabric baskets is a fantastic way to use up some scrap, and create fun little storage units for your sewing room.

I also love having a peg board to hang lots of things like labels, cottons, scissors, rulers etc. Its so useful and looks fun! Another storage unit i love is the Ikea RASKOG trolley - i love that i can wheel it around and have it next to me at the sewing table if i need it. (Ellie is wearing the Malibu dress here - one of my fave patterns).

In keeping with the Little Sewists theme through my sewing room, i designed this free pincushion pattern  which is a fabulous way to use up some scrap fabric. This particular little girl on the Little Sewists fabric is inspired by my daughter, Ellie. How cool is that? The whole range was designed by my fabulous friend and co worker - Elise - check our her amazing work here.

So that's pretty much where my sewing room is up to now... its ever changing and improving so Im sure ill have some more updates soon!

01 Apr '19

Lecien Memoire A Paris X LLK Lenox Dress

Posted by Ellies Handmade
I've been working on a super fun project with Lecien Fabrics this month, I'm sewing up some of their wonderful new releases to take with me to Quilt Market in Kansas City Quilt Market in May. When I opened the parcel that arrived from Japan, from Lecien Headquarters, I was in awe at the stunning prints in the box.
The first that jumped out at me was the stunning Memoire a Paris prints. If you have never worked with a cotton lawn before, I urge you to run out right now and get your hands on some of this range. The lawn is so smooth, and so soft, it is a DELIGHT to sew.

Over at Little Lizard King, we happened to have a gorgeous dress pattern in the works, Lenox, that I thought would be so perfect for this fabric.
Combined with a trip away to Huskisson for the weekend, I sewed up this stunning fabric into a Lenox mini length dress, and headed out for a sunrise photo shoot. Seriously - the beach I went to took my breath away! The whitest sand you could imagine, gorgeous soft waves. Needless to say we went back later that day for a few hours of fun in the sun.

You can find the Lenox Dress pattern here, sized 12 months through to 14 years.
13 Mar '19

Albany Dress

Posted by Ellies Handmade
I absolutely love designing new patterns, my latest is the Albany Dress. This was created with Easter in mind, a classic dress with two necklines, squared or curved. It has a gorgeous scooped back, and optional big bow and pretty flutter sleeves!
Isn't the bunny and floral fabric just divine? I ordered it from Hawthorne Supply Co, and it (like all prints by Shop Cabin) did NOT disappoint. So cute. The dress is sized in our girls range, 12 months through to 14 years.
12 Mar '19

Meet the latest Little Lizard King Pattern - Birmgham

Posted by Ellies Handmade
Meet the latest LLK pattern - Birmingham!

What a fun little dress this is. It's got the cutest triangle feature back and darling bib on the front which is just perfect to embellish. I used an older fabric for this one, but one that I had hoarded, as the pink its the prettiest shade, and those florals. Its Lecien Flower Sugar of course!

I recently purchased a great little embroidery machine, and thought this dress pattern would be the perfect opportunity to try out my first pattern. I used a pattern from Oopsidaisy Embroidery on Etsy. So much fun. The whole embroidery process took me around an hour and half or so, but i was so happy with the result.

As always, the LLK girls size range for patterns is 12 months to 14 years. Grab the pattern here.

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