Monday, March 18, 2019

Jess for Project Farmer's Market

Today we're highlighting the Banana Boat Tee and the Soleil Skirt and their designer, Jess of Lil Luxe Collection.

Hi I’m Jess, Designer/Owner of Lil Luxe collection. I’m an architectural designer turned pattern designer, work from home mom raising two little girls with my husband in the Chicagoland area. I design for the modern princess with a street style edge who’s always in fashion but down for roughing around outside with the kids on the block. We love everyday wear inspired by our sweet and sassy attitudes, the beautiful city scenes surrounding us and the social atmosphere we live in.  

It's been a whirl of a time and a wonderful experience working with some pretty AHmazing designers to put together this first collaborative collection for Project Run & Play. Hard to believe its already been 4 months since we first started the collaboration!!  I love how each designer has a different point of view/aesthetic, how well we all deliberated virtually in different time zones and of course the outcome of such a cohesive capsule collection. All of the patterns work so well together and look OH SO GOOD in the LookBook!!

For my pattern contribution, I wanted something easy breezy that my girls could wear together while walking through the markets or pair with other outfits. The Banana Boat Tee has a modest neckline with cinched sides that tie together at the side with a bow for a twist on an everyday tee. The Soleil Skirt has three length options, inseam pockets, optional straps, and bow, elastic back and a flat front with faux button placket for easy wear and easy sewing! 

Be sure to head over to Lil Luxe Collection to grab this fun and free DIY Tote and FREE Circuit Iron On, perfect for taking to the Farmer's Market!

Friday, March 15, 2019

Jenn for Project Farmer's Market

Remember, the release week sale of 20% off individual patterns ends Sunday, March 17th!

Today we're highlighting the Jonagold Jumper and it's designer, Jenn of Jennuine Design.

Hi, I'm Jenn of Jennuine Design.  I'm an accountant by degree and I've taken my love of logic and precision and mashed it up with my creative side to grow into a designer.  Originally from Michigan, my husband and two daughters now call New Jersey home.  I promise, we aren't living the Soprano's life here - though several places here in town were used as filming locations!  Arden (10) and Hadley (7) love wearing and modeling the clothes I make for them, often helping with planning and styling as well as modeling for photos.

I designed the Jonagold Jumper to be a comfortable and versatile wardrobe staple for any season.  With a relaxed and modern silhouette and many options it appeals to babies, toddlers, big kids, tweens, and boys or girls.  There are four options for the bottom of the jumper - skirt, shorts, crops, or pants.  During testing we added more options like an alternate straight neckline and different shaped pockets to offer choices that would appeal to different tastes.  Large front pockets can be placed on the bottoms and/or the bib.  There are multiple ways the ties can be attached - my favorite is to tie a knot through grommets.  

The collaborative atmosphere for Project Farmer's Market was amazing!  All the designers worked together, pitching ideas that would complement the others, brainstorming for the theme, offering guidance and feedback as we worked through the patterns, and then sewing from the collection.  Designing can often feel somewhat isolating, and this was a wonderful opportunity to work with a great group of creative, sharing, and professional women.  What we accomplished together was so much greater than any one of us could have produced on our own.

I enjoyed getting to sew up a number of the patterns from the collection.  Again, what I gained by doing this was so much more than just some new clothes for my kids.  I was able to craft a mix and match capsule wardrobe for my two daughters, who happen to be nearly the same size.  This allowed me to be able to speak with knowledge about the fantastic quality of the patterns I sewed.  It also presented an opportunity to do a really fun, editorial style photo shoot of the collection.  I asked a photographer friend to come along as my expert, and I was able to take some shots more as an assistant while focusing on checking the styling and learning some tricks along the way.  I'm a reasonable hobbyist photographer, but Carlos' photos are the real deal and I'm so pleased with the images we captured.  A good friend of mine (also named Jennifer) owns Olive That and More where we took our photos so the girls didn't have to pretend it was warm enough to model spring looks!  

As my "bonus" accessory pattern, you can pick up the Rancher Bandana on my site.  This cute and quick pattern is a bib with snap fasteners for babies, a cowl for toddlers through adults, or a one-size tied bandana.  Even our four-legged friends can get in on the action, as my dog Laser and Randi's dog happily tried it on for size!

I hope you enjoy this amazing collection of patterns we have put together for you and can't wait to see what you make!  Come join the community and share your makes on Facebook at Sew Jennuine Design or on Instagram at @jennuinedesign

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Suz for Project Farmer's Market

We're delighted to share more about Suz of Sew Pony and the Seed Pattern she designed for Project Farmer's Market.

Hi there, my name is Suz.  I live in country Victoria, Australia on a six acre property with my husband and three daughters.  Isabella (10 years), Juliette (8 years) and Emily (7 years) are my main sewing inspiration! I started my blog way back in 2011 for fun and to share my sewing.  My husband Stefan came up with the name 'sewpony' as a take on the term 'show pony', since I am essentially 'showing off' the things that I sew. 

The Seed pattern set offers a variety of options – a pretty, easy fitting jumpsuit or dress as well as comfortable shorts or pants.  Both the jumpsuit and dress offer a sleeveless or flutter sleeve view, button opening and elasticised waist for easy dressing.  Pockets can be incorporated as well.  The jumpsuit features shorts or pants with regular or elasticised hem.  The dress option features a below the knee length skirt.  The neckline and sleeveless view are finished with a bias hem, making the design light and well finished.  The Seed pattern is designed for lightweight woven fabric, however some knit fabrics may also be suitable. 

When I decided to join Audrey and the growing team of designers and knew that we were designing for spring, I knew I wanted to design a jumpsuit.  I'm a big fan of jumpsuits and have always wanted to design one for my girls.  The Seed pattern developed along the way to also include a dress as well as separate shorts and pants...because who doesn't love too many options?  I chose the name Seed because it's sweet and is the source of farmers' market produce!  Collaborating as part of a team has been an absolute delight.  We have all supported and encouraged each other and it has helped me enormously in keeping my momentum going with designing and delivering the seed pattern! 

Grab the FREE Seed Headband over on the Sew Pony blog and read more about the Seed Pattern.