Love Notions Spectacular

Welcome to this stop on the Love Notions Spectacular tour!

When Kelly from Handmade Boy asked me to join, I jumped on it. For one reason, Kelly is awesome, but the other reason is I wanted a chance to sew up the li’l LDT pattern for my daughter’s Halloween costume.

Love Notions Spectacular: Kiki's Delvery Service Costume using the Li'l LDT pattern

Since she had her hair cut short, my Falafel has been listing different costumes that she would like to be. Kiki from Kiki’s Delivery Service (affiliate link) was on top of her list. And really, why wouldn’t she be? We are constantly telling her she looks like she fell out of a Miyasaki film.

Love Notions Spectacular: Kiki's Delvery Service Costume using the Li'l LDT pattern

Although I am new to Love Notions patterns, I took a leap and dove right in. I didn’t even do a muslin! I sewed it up based on her measurements which turned out to be a size 7 and it fits her perfectly. The only changes I made were to raise the neckline up (to look more like Kiki’s dress), and made sleeves 3/4 length. Both things were quick and incredibly easy to do. There are so many options with this pattern! AND it goes up to girls size 16!! That is going to take this petite nut a long way.

Love Notions Spectacular: Kiki's Delvery Service Costume using the Li'l LDT pattern

A friend of mine sent me a whole bunch of this dreamy thick organic black knit awhile ago. It is super soft and has lovely movement. I didn’t even have to hem the sleeves or bottom.

Perfect for flying!

Love Notions Spectacular: Kiki's Delvery Service Costume using the Li'l LDT pattern

That bow was done on the fly (pun intended), without a pattern. I seriously just threw it together, and thankfully it worked! Similar to this bow tie tutorial, only bigger. Like over-the-top bigger. And because the headband is knit, there is no need for hook and loop closures. To make it stand on it’s own, I fused iron-on batting to the red knit fabric.

Love Notions Spectacular: Kiki's Delvery Service Costume using the Li'l LDT pattern

Of course, after I made her this, she decided she wants to be a cat, and wear this one as a regular everyday dress….which (witch-ha!) is fine by me!

Love Notions Spectacular: Kiki's Delvery Service Costume using the Li'l LDT pattern

Thank you so much for including me on tour!

Now for some fun! If you hop on over to the Love Notions blog every day this week, you will find a different game to play for a chance to win some pretty great stuff. This is what is going on today.

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Love Notions would like to thank all of the amazing bloggers on the tour. Please be sure to stop by and see what awesomeness was created! And don’t forget to check out the guest bloggers participating each day on the Love Notions Blog!

 
 

Welcome to the Twig and Tale Blog tour

Welcome if you are coming over from the new (formerly known as Big Little) Twig + Tale site! And welcome back to all those who have been here before!

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I am in love with this name. I think it perfectly represents the fairytale kind of magic that these patterns have the potential for.

Twig+Tale blog tour : Wild Things Cape Pattern

I had the pleasure of sewing up a Wild Things cape for my cat-loving girl.

Twig+Tale blog tour : Wild Things Cape Pattern

Using fur for the outer, and two different beautiful Art Gallery fabrics for the lining, it is one cozy cape.

Twig+Tale blog tour : Wild Things Cape Pattern

My Falafel chose Cheshire feathers pastry fabric by Wonderland for the main lining, and her reasoning was that cats would eat birds, so the feathers would be in the belly. I just thought it was pretty with the soft colors and metallic flecks, not to mention that feathers are one of my favorite things. Really it is a win/win. She gets to pretend she has a belly full of birds, and I get to look at something lovely.

Twig+Tale blog tour : Wild Things Cape Pattern

I chose this pale pink fabric called Rosewater Tears by Wonderland for the ears and lining the hood. The color picks up the same color in the feather fabric, to tie it all together.

Twig+Tale blog tour : Wild Things Cape Pattern

The only change I made to the pattern (albeit a weird one) was the tail placement. I sewed it in the middle of the cape as per the request of my persnickety 10 year old. I really wanted her to get lots of wear out of this, so I encouraged any input she had. She is never short on opinions, this one.

Twig+Tale blog tour : Wild Things Cape Pattern

And you know what? She has worn it every day since I photographed it, and has asked to wear it for Halloween. I call that a raging success!

Twig+Tale blog tour : Wild Things Cape Pattern

The things I appreciate about this pattern are all in the unique details.

Twig+Tale blog tour : Wild Things Cape Pattern

I had never made button loops the way this pattern suggests before, and have vowed to never do it another way. They came out so proffessional looking and neat. AND they hold the cape closed incredibly well. No gaps, or movement.

Twig+Tale blog tour : Wild Things Cape Pattern

The pocket detail was the other thing that struck me as uncommon and special. Look at those tiny claws peeking out. Such a fun addition. I made mine out of cotton, and lined them, so they would hold up to many washings (which I know this will get because my girl plays hard).

Twig+Tale blog tour : Wild Things Cape Pattern

What if you child doesn’t like cats? No problem. Animals included are: Fox, Unicorn, Lion, Bear, Bunny, Dino, Mouse, Giraffe, Zebra, Horse, Donkey, Ladybird, Panda and Puppy.  AND by modifying the pattern pieces you can make almost any animal you can think of!

Twig+Tale blog tour : Wild Things Cape Pattern

Big thank you to Twig + Tale for having me as part of the tour, and to Art Gallery Fabrics for providing the fabulous fabric to do so.

But that isn’t all….

What would a Blog Tour be without a giveaway?!

Art Gallery Fabrics is kindly sponsoring 2 yards of Art Gallery fabric of your choice. To make the prize extra sweet, we are also adding a collection of 5 Twig + Tale patterns of your choice.
International entries are very welcome. Our bloggers come from every corner of the world to celebrate the global nature of Twig +Tale too.
Enter using the rafflecopter below.
(The winning entry will be checked to ensure all criteria are met).
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AND as a bonus, there is something FREE for you, if you already have the Wild Things cape pattern:

Click Here to Download Free Wild Things Dragon Add-on

Be sure to check out the bloggers on this tour!