Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Toddler Ribbon & Lace

#2 Release in the Mama Mia May is the Ribbon and Lace Toddler dress patterns.  It includes instructions for 4 sizes: 18mo, 2T, 3T, 4T along with directions for 2 different styles.  The regular looks more like the infant dresses where the skirt pattern is long.  The Drop Waist Dress has a longer body and shorter skirt.  The dresses you have seen my girls wearing in photos is of the Drop Waist.  The purple dress shown here is also the Drop Waist style.

The Toddler pattern is only available on Craftsy right now for instant download. It is on sale for $3 for 1 week and then will go to $5. 

To celebrate the release of the toddler pattern, you can also get the Infant Ribbon and Lace pattern on craftsy for 1/2 price right now ($2). http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/crocheting/Clothing/Ribbon--Lace-Baby-Dress/7317

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Mama Mia May

I am finally able to start releasing my toddler dress patterns.  I will be celebrating (hopefully) 1,000 fans on my FaceBook page this month https://www.facebook.com/pages/Crafting-Friends/180595232008676?ref=tn_tnmn  and have a fun multi-vendor giveaway going on. 

With Mothers Day coming soon, I wanted to do something fun.  So...EVERYTHING in my Etsy shop will be 25% off if you use code MamaMiaMay at check out.  http://www.etsy.com/shop/CraftingFriends4you

To start the release of the toddler patterns, I will be adding them to the Craftsy website individually at a sale price of $3 for 1 week.  After that, they will be $5 each.  As soon as they are all released, I will have them available in a pattern pack for $18.

The Snap Dragon dress pattern was released today and you can get it for instant download here: http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/crocheting/Clothing/Snap-Dragon-Toddler-Dress/14257

As I was trying to finish this dress today in order to have a  photo for the pattern, this is what I started with

I liked it, but wasn't sure on the flower placement.

Taylee LOVEs it!

I still need to put the buttons on the back, but I felt like it was missing something. So....I remembered I had some pink ribbon and gave it a shot.

And now I just need to do the buttons and she will be able to wear it to church :)  My friend Julie was awesome and made the girls some slips to use with these dresses.   http://sewinsanity.blogspot.com/

This is so fun!  The girls have even started requesting new colors for dresses - not sure I would be able to keep up with them, but it's great to see them wear something I have made :)

I would love to hear ideas of things you would like to see here, or on my other pages.  Please feel free to leave comments and let me know what you think.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Saturday/Sunday SALE

I have been a slacker lately and have not posted my deals here on the blog.  A while ago, I decided that I need to start having a daily focus on my Facebook page and one for the weekends, I chose to have 1 pattern on sale.  It has been crazy busy with all of the giveaways I have been part of and now holding my own for 1000 fans :)

Today, I have been trying to get everything tagged and ready to go for the Craft Fair I will be participating in tomorrow.  Since I won't be around much, I set up my sale to start today.  If you have not purchased it yet, you can get the instant download of the Diamonds Infant Dress Pattern in my Craftsy shop for 1/2 price ($2) this weekend only.

For those of you who are waiting for the Toddler sizes, I hope to be able to start releasing them next weekend. 

Wishing you all a wonerful and warm weekend!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Behind the Scenes of Designing

I thought I would share with you what it looks like while trying to create a pattern in 4 different sizes.

 The Bright Blue and Bright green tops are infant size from creating the Infant pattern pack.  I cant decide how I want to finish them, but they have taken a back seat while I work on the toddler patterns.

The Bright Pink and White top and the Teal and White top are both ideas I would like to get written up, but also took a back seat to the toddler patterns. 

The 4 Larger tops are for the Basic Toddler patterns.  I have the tops set and work up several rows of each of the 6 skirt pattern and send it out to the testers.  Then I get to finish them :) 

This has been a wonderful adventure!  I have had so many customers send pictures of the dresses they have made using my patterns and quite a few of them surprised they could even make a dress - but that was the point of the Basic Patterns.  I want even beginners to feel accomplished in making something other than a scarf or hat :)

The toddler patterns should be complete within the next few weeks and will be released for sale on Craftsy and Etsy.  I look forward to designing some more intermediated patterns and adding other Items to my pattern list.  I found some patterns for baby sandals and baby barefoot sandals, but even after gauging, they are to large for newborns, so I may be up for designing some myself.

Thank you for following this blog and please feel free to leave comments or suggestions.  I love to hear feedback from all of you :)

Friday, April 13, 2012

I'm gonna make it work - or balls of yarn may be flying through the air

As I began my adventure in designing baby dresses, I intended on only making newborn size.  I quickly learne that - though that size is great - Everyone wants a variety of sizes to go with each option.  Jumping to the task at hand, I was able to create instructions for 4 sizes ranging from newborn - 12 months.  4 testers, 6 patterns in 4 sizes plus the 4 dresses I made to work with the testers was actually smooth sailing in order to release my first pattern pack of dresses.

On to the next task - Toddler sizes for the same 6 patterns.  Luckily the sizing of the infant dresses was an easy fix.  If it had not been, I may have stopped there!  Honestly - The toddler sizing has KICKED MY BUTT!!!  I should have taken pictures of the tragedies I came up with. (really, the dresses didn't look bad, but the sizing was just not right)  I would work 8 rows of the pattern to find out that it was to wide or not wide enough and have to start over...not once, not twice, but at Least a dozen times.  Grrrr! 

Alas, I think my trials for the toddler dresses are coming to a close :)  I have made the tops to an 18mo, 2T, 3T, & 4T.  Now, to work on the instructions for the 6 different skirt options and get it all out to the fantastic ladies who test for me. 

Once the toddler patterns are released, I will hopefully be able to figure out instructions for 1 more size to the Emerald City dress (which has not been released yet).  I have also had requests for different sizing of the Angelique dress - That will be an interesting task, but I shall give it a try.

I also have an option for the butterfly pattern on the arms.  I can't decide if I should type it up and offer it as a freebie option for those who have purchased the basic patterns, or if I should create a new skirt and release it as a new dress.  Any thoughts or suggestions?

Have a safe and relaxing weekend and if you can, take a minute and notice all the beautiful flowers that are popping up everywhere and the birds chirping :) 

Friday, April 6, 2012

Pattern Pack

I fianlly have all the results back from testers.  24 dresses later, we have a pattern pack available.  It includes 6 dresses at 4 sizes each.

Dresses include: Shell Brook which was just released individually today, Diamond, Ribbon & Lace, Snap Dragon, Oh Snap and Baby Tay.

Pattern can be purchased on Etsy here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/CraftingFriends4you

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Weekend Pattern Sale

As part of releasing my patterns in 4 sizes (newborn - 12mo)  I will be highlighting a pattern every weekend and posting it for 1/2 price on the Craftsy website.  Sale will be from 9am mst Friday 3-30 through Sunday 4-1 at 6pm mst.

The feature pattern this time will be the Diamond Infant dress

The 1/2 price will ONLY be on the craftsy site so it will be instant download.  The link is here: http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/crocheting/Clothing/Diamond-Baby-Dress/4277

Friday, March 23, 2012

Pattern Sizing

I have finally updated my Ribbon & Lace Dress pattern to include 4 sizes (newborn - 12mo).  I have emailed out the updated version to everyone who already purchased it and have updated my Craftsy pattern store.  If you purchased it and for some reason did not receive the update, please email me at craftingfriends4you@yahoo.com with your paypal email address and I will verify the address and send out another copy. 

If you are interested in purchasing this pattern, you can get the instant download here: http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/crocheting/Clothing/Ribbon--Lace-Baby-Dress/7317

If you would like a discount, use code FRIENDS25 on Etsy to receive 25% off http://www.etsy.com/shop/CraftingFriends4you

This next week, I will be working on updating the rest of my infant patterns to include 4 sizes also.  I have started writing the patterns for 18mo - 4T.  These  sizes will be released as a seperate pattern - hopefully within the next month. 

Friday, March 16, 2012

Emerald City Dress

It has been a while since I posted, so I figured I'd better get some updates on here.  I have been BUSY :)  I have had most of my dress patterns tested and have them for sale on Etsy, Craftsy and in my Facebook Shop.  I will be placing the Buy Now option for patterns back on the blog to make it easier for you. 

Originally, I only wanted to focus on Newborn dresses but I have been bombarded with requests for larger sizes.  That has been my focus the last couple of weeks.  I designed the Emerald City Dress and this is the first of my patterns to have multiple sizes.  The hard part of this is that I don't have any infants near me to try them on.  The good news is that I made the pattern large enough to fit my 2 girls, so they will each be getting a new dress :)  The smallest size has been tested and ok'd and I'm waiting on 2 more before I release it.
 My picture of the original -smaller Green dress has disappeared from my computer somehow, but a picture of my 2yr old wearing her Emerald City Dress

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Angelique Baby Dress

I have a group of wonderful ladies who are testing the pattern for this "Angelique" Newborn Dress pattern.  As soon as they are finished and I make any changes that may be needed, I will post the pattern for sale.  The pattern will include instructions for a Short version and Long version.  This is more of an Intermediate pattern.  It takes some concentration and as I learned, it's best to use some stitch markers on this and I think I will laminate it so I can use a wet erase marker to track where I am at.  Once you get through the first 7 rows, it is a breeze.

This picture is of the Short dress.  I will be adding a few different touches to it. But I'm happy with how it turned out.