Monday, May 21, 2012

Sew Mama Sew GIVEAWAY!!!!

So! I'm partaking in yet another giveaway day with Sew Mama Sew.... 
Who doesn't like a giveaway?  Right?
I am giving FOUR readers the choice of any ONE pattern in our store!  
A bit about our store.

Adirondack Patterns is a collaboration between twin sisters Laura and Julia who's love of sewing and crafting for their children expanded into the creation of a store. Over the past 2 years, AdirondackPatterns has grown to include over 60 patterns and tutorials; including those on cloth diaper sewing, complete instructions on several variations of Waldorf dolls, clothing tutorials, and accessories for little ones. All of the patterns and tutorials are very simple to follow and almost all of them have detailed photos for every step of the process.

"Our sole purpose in sharing our tutorials at reasonable prices is to inspire and make it possible for other Mama’s to create handmade goods and toys for their little ones. Because every wee one deserves to have something handmade with love." 
 A smattering of our patterns...

Easy newborn earflap hat pattern


DISCOUNT PACKAGE.... Complete Waldorf doll pattern and tutorial package for doll hair and dress

For a chance to win please leave a comment ( with your email address ) on this post. For an additional chance to win, either "favorite" Adirondack Patterns shop OR "like" our facebook page and leave an additional comment letting me know you did so! 
The giveaway will be open for one week. I will randomly choose the winners and we will contact the winner via email.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Free Easy Patchwork Waldorf Doll Summer Dress Pattern

Today, we are happy to share a pattern from our shop FOR FREE with our BLOG followers! Just in time for Spring and Summer, we know how those little Waldorf lasies love to change up their wardrobe! So, with that, here is the pattern for our newest pattern, the Patchwork Dress!

A super simple and detailed tutorial for making a darling dress for your Waldorf inspired doll.

Imagine the color combinations! The dress is secured with elastic straps.

This dress, as instructed in this tutorial and using the template... fits a doll with a around the chest circumference of 13 inches.

If you have a larger or a smaller doll, you can easily adjust the template by adding length at the arm pit measurements or the length of the squares, trim, etc.

It's only 6 pieces, front and back, so there is no struggling with arm sleeve attachments, etc.


Patchwork Dress Pattern/Tutorial

Click on the picture directly below this text and print the picture: You want to make sure it is 100% filling the 8.5 X 11 inch page in order for the bodice piece (Upper Left Corner) to be the correct size.

Please note: for the bodice pattern~I used another fabric for another dress, I took pictures of this pattern, and not the one shown in the actual dress picture. Sorry for the confusion, camera issues! (battery was charging for the beginning of the dress making ;)

NOTE:  There is a 1/4 inch seam allowance, while cutting out your fabric, if you need more than this, just increase as needed.
Cut 4 total pieces of this bodice piece. Cut around the red lines as shown in the photo below.  Make sure the long edge of the template is on the fold.
Lay 2 of the pieces right side up.
Flip the top piece wrong side up, and place over the other piece as shown.
Cut 2 pieces of elastic with measurements shown in photo below.
NOTE!  If you like tighter shoulder straps, you can use a 3 inch piece of elastic. Also, you can use plain ribbon here instead of the elastic, this makes for a prettier strap if desired.  just remember that the ribbon doesn’t stretch so measure it over the doll’’s shoulders before you sew it into place.
Sandwich the elastic in between the two pieces of fabric (as shown), and pin in place.
Sew around the red outlined sides as shown below.
Turn right side out.
Push insides of all corners out with pencil.
Place the elastic over the top of another RIGHT side out piece of bodice.
Place another piece of bodice over the elastic as you did for the first pieces.
Pin the elastic in place to the piece of bodice.
Sew around the perimeter as you did before.
Turn this piece right side out also, and push corners out again.

Choose 4 separate complimenting fabrics to the color you chose for the bodice
Cut out a 2 ¾ in X 2 ¾ in square (this is the patchwork template)
Now, cut out 12 pieces of each of the 4 fabrics
Place in a diagonal pattern (continuing in the same sequence for each row, as shown here), or you can choose your own pattern if you like.
I have applied a number to each fabric for ease of placement


Sew the first row of 4 together, beginning at the top square, and working down

You are going to do this for each row, making sure you keep them in the same order.  Do this for the front and back pieces of the skirt. Make sure you keep the two sides separate though.

Now, iron all of your rows of 4 flat, this will make it easier to sew the rows of 4 together

Sew the rows together, as shown below

Then, iron flat again, and sew another row of 4 to that piece you just sewed

Continue along until you have all rows of 4 sewn to eachother for the front and back pieces

Now, make sure your pieces follow the pattern at the seam, as shown below, this will make for a more continuous look to the dress!

Now, take a piece of one of the fabrics you used on the dress, and fold it in half length wisel. The total dimensions of the folded fabric will be as follows. Please, make this piece as wide as you like!
21 in. length, by 2 in. width

The right side (above) will be the hem of the dress, but since it is already a finished edge, you need no seaming!
Now, gather (make ruffled) the skirt and trim pieces using a basting stitch along the top edge of both of the skirt pieces, and long the unfinished raw edge of each trim piece (make sure you get both pieces of the edge fabric in the basting stitch)
This is how things should look now

Flip the gathered trim up onto the right side of the bottom of the front skirt piece, and spread evenly along, pinning in place.
Sew the two together making sure that the basting stitch is included in the seam allowance so it doesn’t show when the trim is folded back down
See below

See, no basting stitch showing!

Do the same for the back piece, and iron all pieces flat
Now, take the bodice, and lay flat with the skirt in place below

Then, flip the skirt upon the bodice right side, and spread evenly along the bodice edge, pin in place and sew as you did the skirt trim.

Fold back over, iron in place, and repeat the steps above for the other dress pieces
this is how it should look now

Flip the two dress pieces on top of each other, right sides together.  you are now going to seam the sides of the dress together to finish the dress.  As you are pinning the seam together, make sure that where the seams of the dress pieces are (bodice to skirt, and skirt to trim) meet the twin of it on the other side of the dress for a more finished product.
Sew along the line as shown below

This is how it should look now

Do the same for the other side
Then trim your loose threads, and turn right side out

Put on the doll from the feet up, and then tuck the arms in. This avoids messing up their lovely hair!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Windfall Dolls March Giveaway~Meet Marabel!

Stop on over to Windfall Dolls for a chance to win the uber-fabulous Marabel!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner! ;

Thanks so much for the people who commented on the giveaway!  We appreciate the love!  Now~for the good stuff...the winners!  Congratulations to our four winners, we will be emailing you today!

Kristen won one of the 2 pattern packs!

I just started sewing for my 3.5 yr old daughter and TWIN (almost 2 yr old) boys (I didn't realize you were twins until the other day when I sat down and read some stuff on FB)! I would SOOOOOO love to win the pattern pack so I can make some stuff for my little ones! I really love the Waldorf inspired dolls and would love to make each of my little ones....especially since one of the twins keeps stealing his big sister's dolls! :) Love your items! Thank you SO much for sharing your talents! - Kristen Kozeliski Katula

Avital won the other pattern pack!

I would SO love to win the patterns! The dresses are cute cute cute, but I have two little boys. You two are so awesome with what you do, your patterns, and your doll giveaways!

Angelina won the first dress!
either dress would be super lovely! thank you! beautiful creations..

Kristin won the second dress!

I would love to win dress #2 for our fifth child, our first baby girl, Stella Rose. Congratulations on two years!

Now~don't get down if you didn't win.  Hop on over to Windfall Dolls on Friday for a chance at a Windfall Doll!

Hugs~Laura and Julia

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A Celebration of Two Years in Business With a Giveaway!

Today is a milestone of sorts. Two years ago today we made a change, we changed from being makers of goods, to sellers of patterns. 

We had a business, Adirondack Mama's Gifts, selling handmade goods for babies, and adults.  Everything sewn from our 4 hands hands, and sewing machines.  Whisked away and piled into our vehicles, with our boys in tow, these goods were brought to craft fairs at local farmers markets, and were widely praised. We had repeat customers, lots of word of mouth referrals. 

Overall a huge success!

Eben in 2009~so little!
This was our first farmer's market!

We made bibs, bags, burp cloths, blankies, booties, sewing wraps, needles cases, coloring wraps, and dresses. All of these things made with our own patterns, and in a huge variety of fabrics!

Here we are Spring 2009
Boy did we have a blast!

Here is one of the 100 or so dresses I made

One of Julia's Coloring Wraps (another 100 or so made and sold)

A Diaper Wrap

Unfortunately in early 2010 we decided to close up shop due to the numerous restrictions by the US Government and labeling restrictions on goods for children.  

We cried, we moped, and we got angry.  Then we got real. So, if we can't sell our goods, lets sell our original patterns! That way we still have creative freedom, and we can allow other people to make lovely things for their little ones!

So Adirondack Patterns came to life!

Over the 2 years in business as a pattern shop we have grown a lot!
And we have almost 1000 sales under our belt!

Julia designs Waldorf Inspired Dolls, and accessories

Like this adorable rosette hair band!

 A Waldorf Inspired Baby Doll (One of our BIGGEST sellers!)

And last, but not least...the Lillipals!

I came up with a slew of crochet patterns
The Hayden Beret

The Textured Vest

And A Newborn Going Home Dress (another huge seller)

So, as a thank you to our fans~we would like to offer up a giveaway!

We are offering to TWO separate winners each one of the two dresses below!

With Summer peaking it's head around the corner, I thought some summer dresses might be in order!

These dresses are from the patterns I used to make the ones we sold, and also inspired our Waldorf Doll Pattern found here:

(Dress # 1)
12-18 MONTHS Size


Dress # 2

Also 12-18 MONTHS size

That is not all!!!

ALSO TWO more separate winners will win a choice of any TWO patterns in our shop!


In order to win, you must comment below, stating if you would like to win the dress (which one, #1, or #2), or the 2 pattern choices, and provide your email address in your comment.  

Additional Entries (Additional Chances!)

1.Like Adirondack Patterns on Facebook, and leave a comment letting us know you did so!
2. Blog or Tweet About the giveaway,telling people where to come, and leave a comment letting us know you did so.

Entries must be in by Midnight 3/27/12

Thanks Again~enjoy the giveaway!
Sincerely, Julia and Laura (Adirondack Mama's)