Monday, July 23, 2012

Cutie Capris Giveaway WINNERS

Sorry to be getting to this so late – the day got away from me!!

This week I’ve been hosting a giveaway for TWO finished pairs of Cutie Capris plus a copy of the PDF Pattern.

The winner of the size 2Ts is: Connie!

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Giveaway Winner - 2Ts

The winner of the size 3Ts is: JustPam!


Giveaway Winner - 3Ts

and the winner of a copy of the PDF pattern is: Natalie!

Giveaway Winner 3

Giveaway Winner - Pattern


Pam and Natalie, I’ve sent you an email already! Connie, please email me so that I can get your address to send you your Cutie Capris!!



Saturday, July 21, 2012

GIVEAWAY–There’s Still Time To Enter!!

Just a quick reminder about the giveaway going on for my first blog anniversary. There still time left to enter!! If you’d like to win one of two finished pairs of Cutie Capris or a copy of the pattern, then head on over here and enter! Open for entries until tomorrow night.


Monday, July 16, 2012

It’s My 1st Blog-o-versary!!–and there’s a GIVEAWAY!!

Hurray! Today marks One Year since I started this blog. It’s been so much fun.

Over the past year I have really enjoyed writing about my sewing projects, sharing tutorials and I even released my first pattern!

I wanted to host a little giveaway to make today special. During the process of developing my pattern, I made LOTS of test pairs of the Cutie Capris. I made all four sizes that the pattern includes, 2T-5T. However, my girls are in the 4T and 5T, and right at the moment we don’t have any little 2T or 3T girls around us. What does that mean?

I have TWO Finished Pairs of Cutie Capris to giveaway!

Cutie Capris Giveaway

One is size 2T and one is size 3T. Both look exactly like this photo, they are the pairs that I used for the pattern cover.

PLUS – for extra fun, I’m giving away one copy of the Cutie Capri PDF pattern too!!

To enter the giveaway, be a follower of my blog and leave a comment letting me know which size you would like (either 2T or 3T) for the finished capris. That’s all!! I’ll draw one winner for each size plus one extra for the pattern.

Entry into the giveaway will end on Sunday, July 22nd at 9:00pm CST, USA and the three winners will be announced on Monday, July 23rd.

Thanks for following my blog! I’m looking forward to another fun year!!


Friday, July 13, 2012

Another Spring Favorite from M5793

Whew! I needed a little bloggy break after finishing up my pattern last month. The computer work was intense so I’ve been busy just sewing and sewing and sewing these last couple of weeks. Trouble with that is it leaves no time for photo taking or blogging. So now I’m SUPER behind with posting all the dresses I’ve made lately!
I realized though that I had made a set of dresses for the girls this spring that I had never posted about, and they have been a favorite this year. Here it is, another variation of my all time favorite M5793:

These were made for a special occasion this spring. I made a pleated skirt rather than a gathered skirt and lengthened the tulle underskirt a little bit (a little too much as it turns out, oh well).
I made them matching shrugs, using my easy knit shrug tutorial and added a little ribbon flower embellishment at the neckline – the girls LOVED this detail.

These dresses had BIG bows in the back – my favorite part.

And what’s a new dress without a new hair accessory?

Alas, they have been too busy this spring/summer making “cupcakes” in the mud outside to be modeling dresses and taking photos with me, so I’m lacking photos of them wearing much of what I’ve made them lately, but that’s OK with me. Summer is so short here, we must enjoying it while we can!
Make sure you stop by my pattern shop and check out my first pattern, the Cutie Capris! I have a fun giveaway planned for next week – stay tuned for it!


Monday, July 2, 2012

ANNOUNCING: The Cutie Capris Pattern!


Un Petit Design - Cutie Capris PDF Pattern

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It’s finally here! I am very excited to announce my first multi-size, digital sewing pattern. The Cutie Capris.

The Cutie Capris are a mid-calf length capri pant featuring slash pockets, pleating and an adorable double waistband.

I was inspired by a pair of RTW pants I saw that had a double waistband and I could not get the idea out of my head. The structure and style of a woven waistband with the comfy ease of a knit waistband all in one. LOVE! These waistbands scoop down in the front to give maximum wearing comfort to toddler tummies!

The Cutie Capris PDF Sewing Pattern includes four sizes, comparable to RTW size 2T, 3T, 4T and 5T.

Cutie Capris Description and Information

Instructions Sample

The pattern comes with detailed, step-by-step instructions with full color photographs of every step to make it clear and easy for an Advanced Beginner. I’ve included lots of tips to help you achieve great results throughout the instructions too.

The little details of this pattern add up to make this an adorable little capri – the pleats, the slash pockets and the carefully placed topstitching will leave you with an easy-to-make, yet very professional looking pair of capris!

They have been great for summer days and evenings spent outside, when it’s too warm for jeans or long pants, but something a little more than shorts is needed to protect little legs from the sun and bugs!



I have to say, it was such a fun process to get this pattern to completion and I am very proud of it. I had some great pattern testers that gave me really helpful feedback too, so a big THANK YOU to those of you who tested this pattern for me.

I’ve sewn up more pairs of these capris than I can count now, so I’m glad I love them so much!!






Are you ready to make your own?? Then head on over to my new shop and get your copy!



Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Simple Summer Dresses – M5838 {Review and Modifications}

Last week I finished up a pair of new summer dresses for the girls made from McCalls 5838. I hadn’t really paid attention to this dress when the pattern was released, but I liked it when I noticed it sewn up on a dressform at JoAnns.


I used a quilting cotton, from JoAnns and cotton broadcloth for the lining. I read the reviews on PR in my prep for these dresses and noted several reviewers that omitted the zipper and added a casing for elastic in the bodice back. I liked the idea of this and that’s what I did. I took photos of my modifications, click the link below to see the details!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Pattern Testers Needed

Good morning and Happy Monday blogland!

I’m partially back at it, at least on the blogging side. I have use of a work laptop at home right now, as my regular machine, which broke down, seems to be just two weeks outside of the warranty! *Sigh* I don’t want to pay to have it fixed, because I could almost just buy a new laptop for as much as it would cost to fix the one I have. So for now, I’m borrowing a laptop from my dad’s office, so we’ll see how consistent I can be until I get the techno situation resolved.

Otherwise, I’ve been sewing tons and tons! I have three new dresses finished for myself (yeah!!!) and a new pair of dresses finished for the girls. I hope to get those blogged here shortly, I think you’ll like them!

But what I’ve been really busy working on is a new pattern! I’ve been reading and learning about pattern drafting, and more specifically about pattern grading and I’ve just about finished my first multi-sized pattern. I’ve decided I’m going to open a little pattern shop (and I do mean little!) and just add to it as I go. I’m not coming out with a full wardrobe all at once, but I would like to eventually get a mini-wardrobe of sorts set up in a shop. I will still have lots of tutorials and I even have a few freebies in the works right now too.

That being said, I’m looking for a few pattern testers, to give my new pattern a test drive for me. It is a pattern for toddlers carpi pants, and I’m looking for testers in sizes 2T, 3T, 4T and 5T. I would love to have testers finished by Wednesday, June 27th and return a brief survey on the pattern so that I can get some feedback.

If you are interested and can be finished by the 27th, please email me at unpetitdesignblog {at} gmail {dot} com

OH – and now I have to mention – for anyone who has ever emailed me at unpetitdesignblog {at} gmail {dot} com – I have never received your emails until just tonight. I AM SO SORRY!!! It’s crazy to think that I missed so many nice emails and questions and such. Please know, I was not ignoring you. I had some settings setup funny and I honestly thought I had never received an email there before. Oh, I’m so embarrassed! But, I have fixed it (and now read through emails back to January!!!!) and I will receive anything new sent there. Big HUGE sorry to anyone who ever sent an email.

OK, any pattern tester out there?

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Please Wait - We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties...

I wanted to give a quick update, I may not post for a while as my main computer has just had it's processor chip die. It's going to have to be shipped of to some customer service place and let just hope they take care of it under the warranty. Until then, I'm not going to be able to share any of the goodness I've been working on lately (I've sewing up a TON this month). I'm writing this on an ANCIENT, FOSSIL of a computer that is not fit for much else than internet browsing, and that is even sometimes painful.

When my regular computer is fixed, you'll look forward to not one, but two new kids patterns, plus some highlights of three new dresses I made for myself (imagine that!)

Take care - I'll be back when my computer is fixed!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Plumberries, Oranges and Port Wine

…these are the color names of the cottons used for this dress.


And that is exactly what I was thinking of as I was stitching it up. Delicious, colorful fruits and a glass of dark red wine (a personal favorite). All while I was thinking of this dress and working with the fabrics, I had images like this one swirling in my mind.


Yum! I just love this color combination and how the dress worked out. I drafted this during KCWC last week and finished it up yesterday.


I’m entering this dress into this weeks challenge at Project Run & Play. The challenge theme this week is: color. Initially when I read that, I thought of bright, bold, loud, big colors. But then I started to think of how color in deeper, more subtle tones can make just as much of an impact. I was inspired by a RTW dress that I saw with a similar color palette and I was sold!

It’s made of quilting cottons, the seams were finished with pinking shears. Normally I serge all my interior seams, but this time I was too tired lazy to change the thread in my serger.




I started to document the process with the idea of writing a tutorial, but then I got anxious to finish. But I do want to make this dress again. Anyone interested in a tutorial or maybe a digital pattern? If you are, leave a comment and let me know. If enough people are interested, I might write up a tutorial and put the pieces I drafted together for a download.


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

KCWC-Days Five, Six & Seven: A Pattern Drafted, and half-finished dresses

For the last three days of the KCWC, I drafted a new pattern and began sewing it up. Sometimes pattern drafting goes really quickly for me, and other times it doesn’t.

This one took a while, possibly because I was already tired when I started (in the late evening, after the kids are in bed). I drafted it all up on Friday, cut it out and starting sewing Saturday and worked until I reached a fiddly part on Sunday. By then, I had most certainly put in my ‘hour a day’ and I decided I wanted to sit on the couch and read. So this is where it stands right now.


(that collar is even, it’s just a funny angle of the photo that makes it look weird)

I will probably finish these up this week on Wednesday night. Wednesdays are my sewing days – the kids go to bed and my husband is out of the house, so I can sew uninterrupted for a few hours. Hey, maybe I’ll get them done in time to enter in to this weeks challenge at PR&P!?!

Thanks to Elsie Marley for hosing KCWC. It was really fun to participate. I’m looking forward to the challenge in the fall, and I think I’ll draft up all my designs and cut out my fabric in advance next time!


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