Maddalie Spring Dress

We are continuing our closer look at the 2014 Spring Collection. Today, we are discussing the Maddalie Spring Dress. I love the look of ruffles and frills on my daughter, but not all the time. Simplicity can be a beautiful thing! This was the inspiration behind the Maddalie Spring Dress. I wanted a simple dress with a classic look for her spring wardrobe.

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For the photo shoot, I decided to go with dressier fabric options. I love the look of pairing the cream eyelet used for the yoke with the silky metallic floral lame for the main fabric. Probably not the most practical fabric, but I still love it for a special occasion.  For this dress,  I took off about 2 ½ inches from the length and added a band in coordinating fabric from the yoke.

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You can easily dress up or down this dress by your fabric choice. I also love this lightweight cotton I found at Hobby Lobby. It looks super cute paired with her favorite slip-on sneakers.

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The yoke has a dip in the center front. This is designed to add a bit of elegance and sweetness to the dress. Gathers to the main fabric around the dip add a bit of fullness to the dress.

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The back is secured with 3 button loops and buttons. I LOVE these buttons I found online from MOOD Fabrics. http://www.moodfabrics.com/

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There are only 4 pattern pieces to this pattern, making this a super quick and easy pattern!  The dress is fully lined resulting in a high quality, durable garment.

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We truly have the most amazing group of talented women in the My Little Plumcake’s Testing Group.  Each pattern went through an extensive round of testing prior to release.  Here are a few of my favorites from testing (it was REALLY hard only to pick a few)!

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Oh! Sew Precious: https://www.facebook.com/ohsewprecious

 

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Fabulous tester Erin!

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Sprouting Jube Jube Blog: http://sproutingjj.blogspot.com/  Today is the LAST day to register for her giveaway.  Giveaway includes the entire Spring Collection!

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And finally my favorite!  I promise she liked the dress 🙂  I think this little one was upset she could not hold her bear while Mom was trying to capture  a few shots.  This one is from the hilarious Brianne over at Ali Cat & Co: http://alicatco.blogspot.com/

Next up we will be discussing the Addie Spring Shorts.

Have a fabulous day!

-Michelle

 

Detailed Look at the 2014 Collection – The Chloe Pleated Skirt

Happy Spring!! It is so exciting to be able to finally say that now! Here in Indiana, it has been a long, cold and snowy winter. The grass is starting to get a little greener, birds are chirping all around and it’s almost warm enough to start jogging again. I am a complete wuss and will only exert myself if it’s between 60 and 85 degrees outside.

Anyhoo, I want to take a deeper dive into each pattern in the 2014 Spring Collection. How easy is it to sew? What are the options with the pattern? Fabric Recommendations? I want to address all of these with you.

The Chloe Pleated Skirt

Let’s start from the beginning! This was my first inspiration for the line. My vision was a pleated skirt with a banded waistline. The band is meant to sit high on the waist. The skirt is fully lined helping add a bit of fullness.

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Does your daughter like to twirl in her pretty outfits? This is the skirt for her then!

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The skirt is also easy to get on and off with a hook and eye closure at one side. This also helps make the skirt waistline adjustable. You could even add two eyes to help the skirt grow with your child.

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My absolute favorite feature are the pockets! These are the easiest pockets you will ever sew and look super professional when complete.

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Hannah loves the pockets! Oh, and this picture was taken about a month ago if you are noticing the snow in the background 🙂

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The straps are optional. Through testing, we found that the skirt is a bit hard to stay up high on the waist unless the straps are added. Crisscross the straps in the back for an added feature. By this point, I think Hannah was boycotting our photo session. I promise I did not put her in the corner! 🙂 However, it is a great picture to show the backside.

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The straps are not sewn into the waistband. The skirt is designed with 4 buttons on the inside of the waistband. This allows the straps to be worn one day, and not the next. The straps have buttonholes on each end so they can be connected to the buttons.

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I also love the look of using suspenders instead of the straps. It’s a great way to give the outfit a bit more personality. I am seeing suspenders everywhere this year in children’s clothing wear. This is the perfect outfit to capture what we are seeing on the runway! Here is a picture from the photo shoot. We went for a dressier look and added the suspenders.

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This pattern is geared towards advanced beginner/intermediate level seamstresses. I feel this trickiest aspect of this pattern is the pleats. It is important to iron and pin the pleats close to one another and even. Fortunately, we have taken out all the guess work in forming the pleats. We have a ruler that is printed along with the pattern for each size. No measuring is necessary with this pattern. Once you get past the pleats, you are golden. The pattern is really very simple from there on out.

So what about fabric recommendations. There is a wide array of fabrics that can be used in this pattern. Personally, I have experimented with cotton, silk, brocade and suiting material.

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Here is a picture of a tester that used seersucker. I love this skirt! Plus, the model is super adorable!!  Please check out her amazing blog for her experience with the skirt: http://www.stitchedbycrystal.com/2014/01/my-little-plumcake-skirt.html?m=1

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You can find other great tester photos by following this link to our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.677864952252017.1073741829.417276488310866&type=1

Check back for our next blog post on the rest of the 2014 Spring Collection! Next up will be the Maddalie Spring Dress.

Sewing Snack: My Valentine’s Little Plum[short]cake

Valentine’s Day is only a few days away and you may be struggling with the dessert portion of your special lovey dovey dinner that you’ve planned specially for your Valentine.  Well, I’m back to smother you with sweetness. Everyone knows that I love chocolate, but I do like sweet things that exist without chocolate (although, I don’t know anything that can exist without chocolate).  After  thinking and thinking, I came up with this recipe.  It’s easy, it’s theme-y and it’s so DELISH.

I call it “My Valentine’s Little Plum[short]cake”

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Here’s what you do!

First, start by making some shortbread.  I used the shortcake portion of this recipe and I cannot rave enough about it!  I’ve never made shortbread before and I was certain that I was going to mess it up.  I didn’t!  And they were perfect.   Instead of cutting them into circles, I cut them into hearts before putting them in the oven. I made some big hearts and then an equal amount of small hearts for a little pizazz.  I also cut them thinner than the recipe calls for.  3” thick patties were a bit too much shortbread for my taste.  I cut them a little over ¼” thick and they were great.

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Next, I whipped up the cream.  I made it up all by myself.  It was kind of an accident.  I was trying to make a fruit dip recipe I had, but I couldn’t find it on my Pinterest…my food boards are out of control.  I thought I had the ingredients right, but nope.  It’s soooo good though and I’m grateful for the mistake.  Here’s how to make it

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Ingredients:


8 Oz of Cream cheese, softened

¼ cup heavy whipping cream

One 8 oz container of Cool Whip- thawed, not frozen

¼ Cup milk

1 packet of instant vanilla pudding mix

Instructions:

Cream together the cream cheese with ¼ cup whipping cream.   Mix in the Cool Whip and ¼ cup milk gradually switching off- a little bit of this, then a little bit of that.  Mix in the vanilla pudding mix.  That’s it!  It’s supposed to be on the thicker side like a spread, but if it’s too thick for you feel free to add little bits of milk until you reach a consistency that you like.    Here’s what you should have. MMMMMM

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P.S. this makes a LOT of cream.  You can probably half it if you want to. But I’ll find other uses for the rest I’m sure.  It’ll hold in the refrigerator for a few says.  Use your discretion on the amount of time you keep it…it has dairy, so definitely refrigerate between uses.

Now grab a jar of Red Plum Jam.  I found it at the regular grocery store in the jam section.  You can use any kind you like, but for mine, I went with plum and it was GOOOOOOOD.

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Assemble this bad boy!

Melt the jelly by either heating on the stove top on low heat in a sauce pan, or by microwaving it in a glass dish at 10-15 second intervals.  Pour the Jelly on the large shortcake heart.  Add some cream to the top using a cake piping bag or a freezer bag with a hole cut in the bottom.  Now, place your smaller shortcake heart on top and drizzle more jam for a finishing touch.

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Make sure to add an extra dollop of cream if you want…why not?

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I really hope you enjoy this special Valentine’s Day treat.  It’s so flippin’ tasty and my entire family LOVED it.  It’s so versatile too!  You can change up the cream by changing your pudding mix flavors.  You can use any flavor of jam or even substitute it for a covering of chocolate or caramel…mmmmm.  Make it how you like it!

We hope you have a great Valentine’s Day with the ones you love.  We will ❤

-Michelle & Crystal-

Pattern Of The Month: February 2014- The Cordelia!

It’s the first of the month and that means it’s time to announce the new Pattern of the month!  February is a month for sweethearts, so what better way to celebrate love than by offering the Cordelia Peplum Top for 25% off for the entire month?

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The Cordelia is a sleeveless sweetheart top that comes with an optional scalloped collar.  The fun little peplum adds a little bit of flounce and fancy.  It can be worn as-is for those warm spring and summer days, but also looks amazing with a pretty cardigan or a simple long sleeved top underneath when there’s a chill in the air.  It can be paired with the Jack & Jill pants if you’d like and looks great under the Sophie cape.

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Make sure you pick up your copy of this pattern and stay tuned for some fun pattern of the month blog posts.

-Michelle & Crystal-

Family Time in the Arts

My husband and I decided to make family resolutions for 2014.  One of the things we decided to do was to try to get out more together.  We are SUCH homebodies.  Mainly it’s because there aren’t many family-friendly activities to do in the town I live and the things we have cost so many dollars.  I was tasked with finding something entertaining for the whole family: something that didn’t cost much, would be fun for everyone, and was within 20 minutes of home so we wouldn’t have to spend much time in the car since the kids hate it.  Awesome.  UGH.  Luckily for me, our city has a monthly arts showcase 15 minutes from my house.  HECK YES!  It’s called “First Friday” (I apologize in advance for the photos…all I brought was the cell phone GRRRR)

All 4 of us love music and art.  The kids are big on coloring and painting and the hubbs likes to draw, paint miniatures & play music.  I sew and sing, so this seemed like the perfect thing for us.  I am happy to report that it was GREAT!  We had so much fun.  There were vendors selling all kinds of things.  Aurelia got a new necklace and I was so indecisive that I walked away with nothing.  Haha!  I will say that I totally walked by the booths with hand sewn items because I wanted to compare my own skills.  Don’t judge…you would do it, too.

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The booth that really caught mine and my daughter’s eyes was this cool recycled materials lighting booth.  We were mesmerized.

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There were live performers doing everything from hula hooping, to playing violins and we even saw a guy playing the pan pipes.  He was phenomenal.

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There were food vendors and a stage with live music, but the kids were so worn out after an hour that we just headed home.  It took us an hour to get there even though it was 15 minutes from our house…one way streets in an area you’re not familiar with cause lots of arguments disguised in pleasant voices for the children’s sake.  We did make time for this cool little area where they had used big plastic toy cars and paints & brushes for the kids to get creative with.

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*Random side note: I totally saw the Sister Wives guy with 2 of his ladies.  Not that exciting.  I would have rather seen The Little Couple.

We had a great night and I think the experience rubbed off on the kids: the boy picked up and started to browse through a Hancock magazine before we could even strap him in and the girl “painted” the next morning.  It made my heart happy.  I hope we’re always a family that appreciates the arts.

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P.S.  I don’t know if you noticed, but both of my kids were wearing My Little Plumcake creations that night.  Obren was in his Canaan Blazer and Aurelia was in her Sophie.  =)

-Crystal-

Sewing Snack: Redemption

Since I failed you on Monday by not giving you something to munch on whilst you sew, I’m making it up to you today with a recipe review!

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I combed our “Sewing Snacks” Pinterest board for a recipe to try and I found these heavenly looking chocolate chip cookie dough bars by The Recipe Critic.  The drool on my keyboard was a clear indication that this was the one to try (and also an indication that I should get a keyboard spit guard).  I bought my ingredients, made pinky promise to myself that I wouldn’t snack on any of them, and made the bars.  Here’s what I think:

They’re pretty good as-is.  I have a pretty strong sweet tooth….we’re talking Hulk Hogan strong, but these were a bit too sweet for me.  I used salted butter instead of unsalted and I’m glad I did or I may not have been able to stomach it all.  Maybe I’ll substitute a little usweetened apple sauce for the some of the sweetened condensed milk next time…and there will be a next time, I assure you.  If you eat them in small bites like fudge, then it’s not overwhelming, but don’t cut yourself a giant square.  Trust me.  Also, I’d double the peanut butter chocolate glaze stuff.  It’s Da BaBomb Diggity fo sho. My kids loved them and my husband did too…I ate more than my fair share, but I’m the chef and that’s allowed.

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Anyway, I hope this makes up for my pig out on Monday.  Try this recipe this weekend!  It’s no bake, but YES yum!

-Crystal-

Sewing Snack…I tried

Sewing snacks!

We all know that part of the sewing experience includes munchies during those brief breaks we take to look at our work and say “dang, I’m good” or “it’s missing something” or “Screw it all, I need chocolate!”  Michelle has tasked me with making sure you all have pleasant-tasting fuel to keep you going when the ideas are slowing and the momentum may be dying.  I take this responsibility very seriously, but unfortunately my first attempt at a recipe for you failed.  But I wasn’t going to give up!  I grabbed a bag of chocolate chips popped a few in my mouth and searched through my cabinets for more ingredients to go along with those little morsels of heaven.  I checked my recipe index, ate a few more chocolate chips and then checked the cabinets to see if I had enough of anything to make for you.

Yeah…I didn’t.  So then I though that maybe I could get creative with what I had and make something totally original.  I munched on some more chocolate and thought.   I finally had a recipe in mind and then discovered that I had done this…

Ingredients:

1 bag of chocolate chips

Instructions:

Snack until you have accidentally eaten almost the whole bag and ruined your blog post.  Feel shameful.  Then eat a few more chips to make yourself feel better.

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Well, um….there’s your sewing snack for the day.   Sometimes chocolate chips are all you really need.  I hope you giggle a bit at my piglet tendencies.  And I promise that I’ll make it up to you with something awesome very soon.  Until then, grab a bag of chocolate chips and get your snack on.

-Crystal-

Pattern Revolution Pattern Tour: Canaan’s Incredible Blazer

Hey all!  I hope you’re having a great day =)  We are! “Why?” you ask.  Well, it’s a pattern tour kind of thing.   The Canaan’s Incredible Blazer was released in December 2013 and the wonderful gals over at Pattern Revolution put together the most amazing line-up of talented seamstresses and bloggers for a pattern tour.  This is a pattern that Michelle is very proud of and that I absolutely loved to sew and my kids love to wear.  Here’s the line-up for the tour.  Make sure you check them all out…it’s going to be fantastic!

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Thank you to all of the bloggers that took the time to create such amazing garments and write such kind words.  You are all very important to the My Little Plumcake team.  So much love is being sent your way ❤

If you’d like a copy of the Canaan’s Incredible Blazer, you can pick one up  in the Etsy shop here.

Have a Great Day

-Crystal-

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