Holly Dress by Audrey & Tiffany PDF Patterns

I’ve been in a bit of a sewing slump lately, so when a pattern call was put out for the Holly Dress by Audrey & Tiffany PDF Patterns I jumped at the chance!

With young girls in our house, there never seems to be a shortage of ruffles and twirly skirts. While I love to see my 4 year old spin her way across the living room there’s a part of me that is always drawn to classic designs that allow the details of a dress to really stand out.

The Holly Dress is a perfect example of that!

Stitch To Stitch Holly Dress 1Two sets of small pintucks flank the fully lined bodice, creating gorgeous attention at the neckline. Most dresses/tops have you only sew in a handful but a full panel of more than a dozen pintucks sets this dress apart!

Stitch To Stitch Holly Dress PintucksThe back is accentuated with buttons loops instead of buttonholes. Shank buttons draw further attention to this sweet design element. A full placket provides extra coverage — no peeking skin — and shows the quality/knowledge of the designers.

Stitch To Stitch Holly Dress BackThe beautiful bodice details flow into an optional contrasting band, highlighting the knee length circle skirt. It is a perfect dress for spring, or special occasions! I could see this as a perfect little Easter dress!

Stitch To Stitch Holly Dress SittingNow that I’ve shown off my darling little girl, and her beautiful new dress, time to focus on the specifics…

Audrey & Tiffany PDF Patterns is a new(er) collaboration, combining the talents of Allison at E+M Patterns and Deb at Sprouting Jube Jube. Their patterns are classically beautiful with simple lines and amazing attention to detail. Last year they released the popular Secret Garden Dress; the Holly Dress is their second project to be released for sale. I’ve worked on pattern testing for Allison before and love her techniques; finished items are well put together, with proper technique. The insides of dresses/skirts are just as pretty as the outside.

The Holly Dress pattern is clearly written, with photos to guide you through every step. It is available in sizes 2-10 and has options for both a pintucked (like shown above) or gathered bodice. I’d consider the Holly Dress to be an intermediate sew because of the precision needed on those dainty pintucks, plus the construction of the back bodice. It is a great pattern to have in your arsenal and I’m excited to make more for my girls!

The Holly Dress is available for purchase through the Audrey & Tiffany Etsy Shop. Use coupon code “HOLLY” for 25% off your purchase (good to use on the Secret Garden Dress as well).

Happy sewing!

Amanda at Stitch To Stitch

The Launch

So the store is officially up and running.  It feels really good to have things rolling, finally.

I found myself continuously checking my etsy account this morning hoping that there would be an email announcing a sale.   (Which there was one this evening!) But I know that they will come, in time.

Bump in the Road

Wouldn’t it figure that the needle plate on my serger breaks a week before my launch?  Yeah, that seems to be the luck of the sewing world.  When you need everything to work efficiently and smoothly it gives you fits and fights you like a toddler not wanting to take a bath.

To add insult to injury, the repair tech at the local store is on vacation until next week.  Even more awesome!  Thankfully the wonderful sewing ladies helped me to determine it was just the needle plate causing me troubles.  Unfortunately though, they don’t have one in stock and it will take 10 days for them to get one in.

I came home though and immediately found myself searching the world wide web for the needle plate.  Fifteen minutes later I had the same part ordered for about 60% of the cost AND priority mail shipping.  My hope is that the package is here tomorrow or Friday, giving me the weekend to pound out some last minute items.

So in my down time I’ve been working on taking/editing photos, writing listings and organizing all of the notes I keep writing on random scraps of paper and tucking into my sketchbooks.  You can see the new photos on my flickr photostream.

As for the listings, I don’t plan on posting anything until late this weekend or early next week.  Official launch is June 1st but I think I’ll spread the listings out over a couple of days to get more exposure.

Tomorrow I want to get fabric cut for some new items as well.  That way I’ll be ready to sew as soon as the postal carrier brings me my serger parts!

Delayed Grand Opening

About 10 days ago I made the decision to push the Grand Opening back to June 1st.  I was sitting at the sewing machine one day fretting over how I was going to get it all done and ready.  I had dresses, skirts, shirts and pants to get sewn; I had pictures to take of all the items; I had listings to write and post on Etsy.  Add to that my day to day housework, laundry, tending to my daughter, trying to get my garden prepped and planted and the camper put back in order (i.e. curtains and cushion covers sewn).

When I looked at all of the pieces it just felt like too much.

I will be ready to go on the 1st.

Labels

This is a preview of what I’m ordering.  I wanted something simple for now.  Maybe in the future I’ll design something a little bit more “showy”.

The first one is to make my items CPSIA compliant.  It pretty much tracks an item back to the manufacturer should their be a recall (this mainly stems from the problems and resulting recalls of imported children’s toys over the last couple years) and buyers need to check if they are affected.  It will fold in half and be sewn in — probably at the neck or waist line — so that all you see at first is the store name and website.

The second label meets the FTC requirements for care instructions.  I’m not sure if I will sew them in with the first label or attach them inside a side seam.  That will be determined once I get them and see them in person.

Yay!  One more thing to check off of my “to-do” list for launch!

Making Strides

Step by step, I’m getting there.  One by one I’m checking things off of my “to-do” list:

  • mission statement written
  • applied for an assumed business name with the state of Idaho
  • applied for (and received) my seller’s permit to collect (and therefore pay back) Idaho sales tax
  • applied for a tax identification number
  • ordered polymailers for shipping
  • ordered business cards, return address labels, thank you tags.

Still on the list of “to-do”:

  • finish business plan
  • finalize pricing
  • order garment and care labels to meet CPSIA/FTC guidelines
  • finalize Etsy shop policies
  • rough drafts of product listings
  • sew
  • sew
  • sew

I’m pushing my launch back until the middle of May if not the beginning of June.  I’ll gauge it as I go.