Sample Dress Giveaway!

designstitchgo_icequeen_giveawayI talked a lil’ about this Elsa inspired gown in my previous post…and today, I’m opening up the floor to all of YOU for your chance to purchase this gown for your little!

Dress Details

– size 5 (children’s)

– off shoulder sheer sleeves

– textiles: organza, glitter poly satin, cotton lining, novelty mesh

– novelty mesh cape attached at back bodice and along arm hole

– 2:1 ruffle ratio on bodice

– organza shoulder straps

– full length skirt (2:1 ratio)

– organza skirt overlay

– zipper closure

– rolled hem at sleeves + organza skirt

– 3 thread overlock

– additional pics of dress in previous post

Giveaway Info

– Enter a comment on this post talking about who your favorite princess is and why?

– A winner will be chosen at random Tuesday 3/18/14 at 10am

– The chosen winner will win the sample dress, to be purchased for $60 (includes shipping).

– Giveaway is only open to those within the 48 contiguous states.

– Giveaway starts at 6 am PT 3/17/14 and ends at 10 am PT 3/17/14.

– Winner will be posted on instagram + on the blog.

 

GOOD LUCK everyone!! and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

 

Pretty Princesses

During my 5 year stint as a costume designer, I learned so much!  And one of the things I vowed I would never do, is buy costumes for my girls…ever!  As appealing as buying off the rack for my girls is, no costume will ever be made with such detail and love as the ones I make.

Check out some of the costumes I’ve made for my girls throughout the years here.  And more recently these…

designstitchgo_princessdressesI made that Lil’ Mermaid Ariel dress in 2012, and the Belle dress in 2011.

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Measuring Your Littles

PIN this!  I’ll wait……..

This lil’ guide will come in handy if/when you need to take proper measurements of your littles:

Full Length

First, mark w/ a pin where the waist is.  Then measure from mid-neck down to CF (center front)/waist.

designstitchgo_fulllengthAcross Shoulder

Mark w/ a pin where CF (center front is) then measure from shoulder tip to CF/neck.

designstitchgo_acrossshoulderCenter Front Length

Measure CF (center front) neckline (usually where collar bones meet) down to CF/waist.

designstitchgo_cflengthChest/Bust Arc

Approximately 1.5” below underarm, measure from side seam to CF (center front).

designstitchgo_bustarcShoulder Slope

Measure diagonally from shoulder tip to CF (center front).

designstitchgo_shoulderslopeShoulder Length

Measure along the shoulder, from tip to point where shoulder and neck meet, or at desired length.

designstitchgo_shoulderlength1Side Length

Approximately 1.5” below underarm, measure side seam down to CF(center front)/waist.

designstitchgo_sidelengthTips for taking measurements of your little’s:

  1. Outfit them with tight fitting/comfy clothes to get an accurate measurement.
  2. Bribing them w/ yummy snacks (o.e. goldfish, or cookies) is highly recommended.
  3. Play their favorite movie or songs during their measurement sesh, to keep them and you sane.
  4. Use washi or masking tape to mark where you want the desired shoulder tip to be.  This will make it easier to reference back to the same point.
  5. Use a pin to mark where you want center front and side seam.

Final Heritage Costumes

Finally sharing the photos of the final costumes I sewed for the Heritage fair…

designstitchgo_heritage2Each costume, for each girl, consisted of 3 pieces: the skirt, the top and the shoulder scarf.  It was a fairly easy project, even though I ended up sewing 18 pieces total.  But just like with every project, the smiles make all the work, worth it!

And here are all the kiddos together.  I love their smiles and all their energy!!

designstitchgo_heritage1A couple performance shots also…

designstitchgo_heritage4designstitchgo_heritage5And some silly faces to brighten your Wednesday…

designstitchgo_sillyfacesThe kids had a great performance and I’m jes so amazed at their talent and hard work.  Great job kiddos…and parents!

Baby Gingham

designstitchgo_jacketThe cutest gingham coat ever, don’t u guys agree?!  I made this last month for my friend’s itty bitty 8 month old girl (same Oliver + S pattern from my old Laid Off Mom post).

Crafted from a thin gingham woven, it’s also adorned w/ 4 vintage buttons I found at a thrift store a while back, with a simple hook + eye closure.

designstitchgo_buttons_hookeyeThere’s also a hot pink bias finishing detail along the facing, on the inside of the jacket.

And did you catch that cute tag on the inside?!!  That’s me!  I’m finally making my dream happen y’all! I’ll be opening up an etsy shop for all your itty bitty’s, this year!  Yay!!  Wish me luck guys =)

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designstitchgo_hem……this jacket was soo cute, I feel like making one for myself! ;P

Heritage Costumes

designstitchgo_mariaclaraHappy New Year guys!!  Hope you all had a great holiday, and are back in the swing of things!

I’ve been working on a fun project for the annual Multicultural Heritage Festival (namely that lil’ unfinished look above), being held at Annalise’s school this month!…An awesome event that showcases many cultures + delicacies (mmmm) from around the world =)

We’re from the Philippines, so we’ll be representing our beautiful country w/ yummy food, artifacts and a fun choreographed dance (the “carinosa“) that our children (along w/ Annalise) will be presenting.

This is where Miss Louise comes in…

I volunteered myself to create the Maria Clara outfits that the girls will be wearing for this dance.  And there are a total of 6 girls in this production…Easy enough right?! =P

Some back history: Maria Clara is a traditional Philippine style of dress from the late 1800’s.  Typically this look has 4 pieces, like it is mentioned here, but for Heritage Night, we’re only going w/ 3 pieces (the skirt, the top and the scarf).

I started back in mid November, and I’m almost done!  Just in time for dress rehearsals next week!  Yay!

Here’s my progress…

designstitchgo_skirtsThe skirts are almost finished.  I have 2 waistbands to put in, and then it’s just a matter of finishing off the hems and closures.

Here’s a close up of the different cotton textiles I’m using…

designstitchgo_textilesOur country has such a vibrant history, so I wanted to emphasize that energy in the costumes.  And each skirt is a flare skirt that comes down to the ankles, with a velcro closure in the back.

designstitchgo_organzatopThe top (or camisa) is made of polyester organza.  It has a blouse type structure to it with a gathered detail on the sleeves at the shoulder line.  I’m also adding a lace/ruffle detail to the sleeve + the hem of the blouse.  You’ll notice the extra seam on the bodice…I added that detail to serve as a holding place for the scarf…that’s where we’ll be pinning the scarf to the top.  I’ve pretty much got 3 tops done, I just need to finish the rest, and then do the scarfs.

The first pic above really doesn’t do this look justice though.  Especially since I put a size 7 look on a size 2/3 mannequin….but you get the gist right?!

I’ve got my work cut out for me for the next week, but it’s really just been so fun for me!  And I’m super excited to see all the girls together, all dolled up!  I’ll be posting pics of the dress rehearsal and the finished looks soon.  Can’t wait!

Shwagg Love

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Do you guys know E?  If yer friends w/ me, then I know you’re friends w/ E!  Erin’s one of my bloggy blog bff’s and she’s throwing one of her FAB Eat Drink Create partayy’s this week!  And she’s doin it up w/ some holiday flair!

Are you going?!!  YEA?!

Well, be sure to get there early…cuz the first 50 people to show up get some shwagg!!!  I hear she’s giving away some awesome stuff…including these cute pink measuring tapes from lil’ ol me!  Aren’t they adorbs?!

So if yer in the area, get out to West Elm, snag some shwag and give my BFF a big hug from me!

Welcome to the Workroom!

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Well…HELLO THERE old friends!  This is a bit different huh?!!

Laid Off Mom it’s been fun, but I gotta go where my heart has the warm fuzzies!  And Design Stitch Go! is where it’s at my friends!!

Welcome to my new online home…Design Stitch Go! where I’m putting all my focus and heart into what I do best…designing and creating apparel!

Duh Louise?!!  We already knew that!! — hahaha, you’re not the only one saying that!…took me a while to get here.  Did a lot of soul searching and really being honest w/ myself.  But I’m here now, and I’m not looking back!  So, get comfy and visit the workroom every now and again, k?!

Sew freggin happy you guys are here!!…and most importantly, I’m happy to be here!! xoxo