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Hi all! Welcome back to those of you who are returning, and to those of you just joining me, it’s nice to “meet” you! Thanks so much for stopping by!
I’ve been a big fan of Lindsey Essary and her company, Ellie and Mac for awhile now. (You can see some just a couple of our many pattern testing adventures here and here. ) Lindsey is a genius when it comes to creating looks that are special, cute and unique, yet easy to create. I love working with her patterns, as no matter what it is, I’m always pleasantly surprised at the outcome.
Lindsey sells Sewing patterns as well as embroidery patterns. You can find them all on the main Ellie and Mac website. Everything on her site is currently half off, for the month of July, so this is a great time to shop her things and get aquainted!
In the time I’ve known Lindsey, I’ve always seen her go above and beyond the call of duty. This is one of my favorite things about her. She doesn’t just put out a good pattern, then sit back and dream up the next item. She is consistently going back in and making sure her patterns are staying relevant and are full of as many options and features as they can be. Recently, she has begun to revamp and update all her old patterns. For starters, she has formatted them so that they can be printed using the Adobe layers feature. This saves you time and money. (if you haven’t looked into using this method when printing, I highly reccomend it). She has also devoted an entire month of her summer to going through every older pattern to ensure there aren’t any issues with the printing, the tutorials, photos, or anything else having to do with the pattern. It’s been time consuming, I’m sure!
This is just one example of her constant customer service and help. She also runs sales called “wacky wednesday” specials, where you can buy older patterns for $1. There is a “show me love” facebook contest, where you share a picture of any of her patterns and tag it #showmelove and at the end of the month, one person is picked to win a free pattern! There is also a huge giveaway going on right now in the E&M facebook group! Head over and check it out! The grand prize includes a couple gift cards and a COVERSTITCH machine!!! (so RUN, don’t walk over there!!)
Generally speaking, I try to write one blog post per pattern test. But I have been so incredibly overwhelmed lately…not by work, but by having all 4 of my kids home at once. ( and usually a couple friends/cousins too)
I’m soooooooo ready for school to start! I love my kids, but….you know.
Anyway….we have done several recent (and not so recent) tests for Ellie & Mac. I’m going to share just a bit about each below. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. You can also join the Facebook group and ask anything, or check out the ellie and Mac site to learn more!
The Teachers Pet Romper
This one was one of my personal favorites, because it didn’t call for a ton of my precious fabric, and it was meant for boys and girls, meaning my son could get in on the fun, too!
The website description says that the Teachers Pet Romper is
“A sewing pattern is full of options! It features two romper versions that suit both a boy and a girl and bubble jumper dress. The rompers are perfect for the summer and are super comfy for your little ones. The jumper dress would be perfect for summer wear and also with tights and a long sleeve top in the winter! Definitely a must have! “
It’s available in size 6 months up to big kids size 6. I love (and tested ) all 3 of the different versions! My son got 2 shorts rompers out of it, while my daughter got a bubble skirt romper and a ruffled shorts romper. And it’s very seldom that I find a unisex pattern that actually looks decent on both kids. But this pattern looked adorable on them both!
The romper is one made from 4 way stretch knit. It goes on like pants, then is pulled up and the straps go over the shoulders. It is very easy to pull up and down, (even my 4 year old can dress himself! ) but if you wanted it, it would be fairly easy to add a snap placket before sewing the shorts together, so that you could have easy diaper access.
I love the way this romper looks on its own, for everyday comfort. But it’s also easy to dress it up a bit by adding a shirt underneath. You could even take it into fall by lengthening the shorts and turning them into pants, then adding a turtleneck! So many options!
*The shirts in the pictures below are the SHWINN & SHWINN free leotard pattern (on aquila) and the tshirt from the Peekaboo Pattern shops free day camp shorts and shirt pattern (on kalel)
*The gorgeous unicorn fabric, batman fabrics, as well as the solid pink & all the fabrics in the photos above, are from one of my favorite fabric shops, Aurora Designs fabric
I may not have written an entire post about our Sailor Dress test, but I’ve certainly shared our feelings about it! You can find some of the love (and more pics) here and here . You can buy the pdf pattern by visiting the Ellie and Mac site here.
Lindsey describes the dress as
“A peplum top and dress sewing pattern that’s great for so many occasions! It can be made dressy or casual. It features peplum or dress version and sleeveless or short sleeve bodices. “
That is about the drift of it…except it’s too short! I could go on and on, but I would definitely say it’s perfect for every occasion. It’s a peplum top or a dress (2 options), then there are 2 different sleeve options as well. My favorite part of this dress pattern, though, is the front bodice. In the sort of sewing witchery, lindsey has included 2 video tutorials to walk you through how to create this fully lined, seamless (encased seams) bodice with a solid, rectangular panel that is shorter than the two front bodice sides. The result is princess seams, surrounding a blank canvas on the front of the dress, which is perfect for a small panel, embroidery, embellishment, htv or any number of special touches! Add a half circle skirt to the bottom, and you have a beautiful piece, and one folks will be complimenting every time your little one wears it!
Here are just a few more pictures of the different Ellie and Mac patterns we have tried over the years:
Don’t forget to join the Facebook group and enter the giveaway! https://www.facebook.com/groups/PDFellieandmacsewingpattern/
You can find all the patterns on sale for 50% of the main Ellie and mac site: www.ellieandmac.com
Thanks so much for reading and stopping by!
Until next time,
Sewin’ and Swimmin’,
*Scattered through this post, you will see a few affliate links. These links serve to provide credit for referring you to my favorite companies. Sometimes, I will receive discounted products or a very small percentage of any orders you place. (approx. 3%) This helps keep my fabric and sewing lifestyle up and running. If you take issue with this, please let me know and I will happily provide you the same links, without the affliate codes attached. 🙂