The Holly, by Audrey & Tiffany

I’m delighted to be able to share an adorable dress that I was honored to test recently.  The Holly is the first pattern officially released by Audrey & Tiffany.  If you haven’t yet heard of this designer, you will certainly be seeing more of them.  Audrey & Tiffany is a lovely collaboration between E+M Patterns and Sprouting Jube Jube.  However this is not the first dress that they designed together.  Do you remember the enchanting Secret Garden Dress?

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Now that you’ve seen it, of course you remember it.  The flounce is so beautiful.  The Holly is equally lovely and such a classic design.

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The Holly features a beautiful pin tucked bodice, square neck line, empire waist and a full skirt.  The skirt is not quite a circle so it doesn’t take up an excessive amount of fabric.  The contrast band at the top of the skirt is optional.  I really like the band because you can use it to pull out a pop of color without having to manage a tie.

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When I took these photos it was chilly out so I paired it with a long sleeve shirt and leggings underneath.  Isn’t it still so adorable?  It’s great to have such a versatile dress.

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The back closes with button loops.  I chose 3 because the buttons are fairly large.  I have seen some other testers use up to 5 and it looks exquisite.

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As always with E+M Patterns the inside is finished beautifully.  The only exposed seams are in the skirt.  If you did a french seam for the skirt, there would be no seams anywhere to be seen.  In fact, you could probably be super clever by lining the skirt and making it reversible.  I might just have to try that…

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The bodice of the dress is slim enough to give it a tailored look without losing the needed ease for comfort.  The dress sews up super quick aside from the pin tucks.  But Deb and Allison have a fix for that!  They have also included the option to gather the bodice instead of the pin tucks.  I didn’t sew one up but the dresses I saw with the gathers were also gorgeous.

Now for the details on how you can get this lovely pattern.  Head over to the ETSY STORE.  The pattern retails for $6 which is already a steal and until tomorrow you can get 25% off with the code HOLLY.  That means at $4.50 you can have this pattern for less than you would pay for your morning coffee and donut.

pssst… the code works for the Secret Garden too!

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Slim Trousers by Lil Luxe Collection

Happy New Year!  I know, it’s already February.  But we are creeping up on Chinese New Year so I’m both fashionably late and early to the party.  Contrary to my blogging silence, I’ve actually been rather busy.  I can’t wait to show you the latest addition to B’s wardrobe.  She prefers to wear dresses but I send her to school in pants and leggings because she’s rough on her clothes.  She always comes back with stains of unknown origin and occasionally rips and holes.  Since I’ve embarked on this sewing adventure I have not replaced her leggings or pants so B was in desperate need.

Luckily I was able to test this amazing slim trousers pattern by Lil Luxe Collection just in time.

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These are made from stretch denim I found in the Joann red tag area.  These pants have such a beautiful clean look and my little fashionista loves the zippers.  The trousers are a slim fit so they look well tailored.

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Jessica has once again come up with a pattern I wish I could wear.

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As with all of her patterns, there are lots of options for you.  Starting from the top, you can use elastic or a hidden zipper in the waistband.  Moving down, you can put in pockets in the front and or faux pocket flaps in the back.  Down to the bottom, you can choose this ankle length or an adorable crop length.  And finally, you can choose to add the side zippers.  If you are put off by installing zippers, don’t be because the tutorial walks you right through it.  Alternatively, you can omit the zippers all together.

For my next pair I chose a black lace zipper.

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This is even simpler to put in.  You just follow all the instructions up to where you install the zipper and just sew it right on top.  Easy as can be!

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This fabric is a bottom weight with 2% spandex.  It’s super sturdy too.  She’s gone to school with these pants at least 3 times now and they have held up to her rough play.  Other than coming hone with mysterious chocolate stains, we have had no ripping or tearing.

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Don’t worry about the grumpy face.  No children were harmed in the taking of these photos.  She was just upset that her sister was playing with her toys.  Here is a behind the scenes shot of the baby running off with a beloved toy something or another.

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It is usually a battle to get her to wear pants that aren’t leggings because she complains that they aren’t comfortable.  Fortunately she loves these pants and she is more than willing to pull them out of her dresser when it’s time to head out the door.  I love that I don’t have to be the mean mommy that makes her wear uncomfortable pants.  I chose to omit the invisible zipper so she can dress herself and use the potty by herself at school.

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Hurry run over to get the pattern on sale until Wed Feb 11th!  Head over here (affiliate) to get your hands on the pattern.