Katie Hennagir’s The House that Jack Built

The House that Jack Built

by Katie Hennagir

Hi! My name is Katie Hennagir and this is my son, Jack.

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And this is “The House That Jack Built.”

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Ever since my son Jack was little his “thing” has been Halloween. While other kids would have chosen dinosaurs or super heroes, Jack gravitated towards anything spooky. He loved bats, spiders, ghosts, and of course jack-o-lanterns. As our Halloween decorations started to outnumber our Christmas ones, I knew we were in deep. When he asked if he could decorate his bedroom in Halloween all year round I said, “why not.” Don’t get me wrong he’s not the only one who loves Halloween; I also love celebrating this holiday with fun sort-of spooky decorations. It wasn’t long before my love for Halloween and my love for Jack mixed together to create an idea in my head to design a line of fabric that would be a clever play on words with the nursery rhyme The House That Jack Built.

I knew right away that I wanted to create a fabric that would include my new version of the traditional nursery rhyme. I didn’t have to go far to find someone who was eager to help me write it. Jack and I brainstormed our own version with phrases like, this is the cat that chased the ghost… this is the door that creaked in the night… the is the witch who turned into a toad… in the house that Jack built. From there I added in prints that include Jack’s spooky house, a hexie spiderweb, and funky trees.

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As a fabric designer, my favorite part of the process is figuring out what projects to make. I love creating free quilt patterns that coordinate with the line so that you can get right down to the business of sewing.

This time I created three different patterns that can be found on Andover Fabric’s website (just click on the Quilts and Downloads tab to find them). Above you will see Jack’s Centerpiece. This is the perfect little table topper for adding a splash of Halloween to your décor. I love the gray and green combo and had a blast shopping for coordinating candy! It’s never too early to start getting ready for a party, right? I’m also pretty smitten with the orange colorway.

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I know we’ll use this centerpiece when we celebrate Halloween along with one of our favorite snacks: Caramel Corn Puffs. This is something my mom has made for years and it is just the perfect amount of sweet and salty. Head on over to my blog for this recipe as well as a couple more spooky time favorites: Monster Cookies & Buckeyes!

I also created these adorable candle mats or placements that feature a pieced house on one side and the story on the other side.

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I think these would make a great gift. You could tie one around a bottle of wine or include it with a cute coffee mug. It would be a great hostess gift if you’re headed to a Halloween party!

This girl said, “those cupcakes were a great prop mom!”

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And of course there had to be quilts!! Jack’s Quilt is a quick and easy sewing project that lets the fabric do all of the work.

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This pattern is also a free pattern on Andover’s site so be sure to go and download it.

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I love how the hexie border frames these quilts. I also decided to make up two of my best selling quilt patterns with fabrics from “The House That Jack Built”. Here’s a look at my Just Three Yards pattern. It’s just a half yard each of 6 different fabrics.

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And here is my Three Yard Throw pattern. A yard each of three different prints.

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Both of those patterns can be found on our shop’s website, Bay Window Quilt Shop:

Thank you for taking the time to hear about my new fabric line. I am thrilled to be able to show it to all of you along with what I’ve made so far. Knowing me, there will be more projects and ideas for using these prints that have a special place in my heart. If you want to join me along the way be sure to follow along on Instagram (@katiehennagir) or my blog. There are only 178 days until Halloween….

Happy Sewing! -Katie

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Dresden Carnival Blog Hop

Hey there, friends! Giuseppe here from Andover (AKA @giucy_giuce). Today we are reviewing the new book Dresden Carnival by Marian B. Gallian and Yvette Marie Jones of Pink Hippo Quilts and Vetmari, respectively.


When Marian and Yvette asked us to peruse their new book we jumped at the chance to get our hands on a copy. Our Brand Manager, Daryl (AKA @fabrichick), has worked with these ladies for as long as she has been at Andover. I’ve been a fan of their work in my tenure here as well. We couldn’t possibly be more excited for them and we are so honored to be included in this blog hop!

The ladies used Makower UK‘s Modern Folkloric fabric to splendid effect in their gorgeous Italian Ice quilt. I love the beautiful swish of the Dresden Plates against the angularity of the outer-most border.

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The book is packed to the brim with inspiring Dreseden Plate quilts for all levels. As a quilter I have never tackled the Dresden Plate. All those curves and appliqué are so intimidating! I can honestly say, though, that this book really has inspired me to give it a shot. The instructions throughout the book are super clear and easy to follow.

After reading the book I pulled some fabric for a Dresden pillow I hope to make soon. I pulled from groups by Alison Glass, Lizzy House, and our newest designer Libs Elliott.  FullSizeRender (5)

Dresden Carnival is chock-full of sophisticated, colorful quilts. The fabrics are so expertly curated, the palettes so romantic and classic. I felt like this fabric pull invoked that same feeling of chic elegance.
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I highly recommend checking this book out. For the experienced Dresden maker it is filled with projects that will inspire you to look at this classic motif in a new light. For the novice, like me, it’ll inspire and motivate you to try something new!

There are a ton of great posts about this book on the tour. Check out the blog hop schedule below!

Mon. April 18: C&T Publishing

Tues. April 19: Generation Q Magazine 

Wed. April 20: Bryan House Quilts

Thurs. April 21: Michael Miller Fabrics

Fri. April 22: Textile Time Travels

Mon. April 25: Happy Quilting

Tues. April 26: Kitchen Table Quilting

Wed. April 27: Andover Fabrics

Thurs. April 28Crazy Old Ladies

Fri. April 29Vetmari  & Pink Hippo Quilts

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Design Inspiration: The Dargate Book

A NOTE ON THE AUTHOR: Margo Krager, owner of ReproductionFabrics.com, a website and storefront located in Northfield, MN, has been a fabric retailer since 1984. She has spent over 20 years researching historic cotton printed and yarn-dyed fabrics used in quilts and garments, gives lectures on historic dye, and print technologies and does hands-on workshops on Center Medallion Quilts.

Margo received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Medical Technology in 1970 from Michigan State University and worked in that field for 15 years. In 1984 she switched needles and became a fabric retailer. Since that time she has also done graduate level work in History at Montana State University, distance learning through the Quilt Studies Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and published a professions paper, The Calico Trade Shirts on the Journey with Lewis and Clark, with the Textile Society of America.

Her design inspiration comes from the 9 antique fabric sample books she owns.

Design Inspiration: The Dargate Book

by Margo Krager

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This fabric sample book was obtained from an estate sale at the Dargate Auction House in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the summer of 1997. The ledger-style book (10” X 16”) contains 330 rag-paper pages with fabric samples attached with either horse hoof or fish bone glue. The book had been kept in a slipcase, away from light for about 80 years. Consequently there has been very little deterioration of either the fabrics or the dye colors (archival environment…rag paper, archival glues and no light). It contains approximately 1,750 fabric swatches of c. 1830 French dress goods. Both Dr. Virginia Gunn, Professor of Costume at the University of Akron (now retired) and Susan Meller, author and textile historian, have dated the samples c. 1830.

In 1997, I had my mail order company in an old country store in the Dutch farming community of Churchill, MT. UPS was on strike late in the summer of 1997. Some fabric wholesalers suspended shipments with a ‘wait and see’ attitude. Others began to ship goods through the US Postal Service. One day in late August, my postal carrier brought the mail—letters with orders, boxes with fabric and notions, and then he handed me a large flat box. From the label I knew it was the book. Not insured, not registered. Somehow with the United State Post Office in extremis, this very special package had arrived.

There is no provenance on the book, no inscriptions, no notations, and no dates. I took it to Dr. Virginia Gunn, professor of costume at the University of Akron and sent scans to Susan Meller, author of Textile Designs. They both dated the book c. 1830 and probably French. After numerous hours of turning pages and admiring the wide variety of designs, I knew this would be a great source of reproduction fabric designs, not only for quilters but also for costumers. My goal has been to reproduce as accurately as possible the designs, scale and colors of the samples in the Dargate Book.

Some Dargate pinks…

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Small and large prints in two or three shades of pink or red (often referred to as Double Pinks, 2 or 3 Reds and Cinnamon pinks) have been a perennial favorite of the textile industry. The Dargate Book has a large assorted of double pinks as well as many with highlights of yellow!


The only natural dye stuffs (a substance that can be used as a dye or from which a dye can be obtained) with an affinity for cotton are indigo, some berries and tree barks. Other natural dyes such as madder need a mordant to bind them to the fabric. The word mordant is from the French, mordre, meaning ‘biting’ or ‘caustic’. Mordants are salts of common chemicals such as aluminum (alum) or iron. They form a bond between the dye and the cloth.

Different mordants produce different colors in the madder dye bath while different strengths of the same mordant give different shades of a hue. An aluminum acetate mordant (alum) produces a range of colors from deep red to a very pale pink and was used historically for block printing as well as copper plate and then roller printing.

For a double pink, the fabric was first printed in a pattern with a weak solution of alum and allowed to dry/age and then over printed with a companion pattern in a stronger alum mixture and dried again.

The next step was a madder dye bath. The mordants bonded the dye and cloth together for a lively double pink design. Occasionally a design with three pinks/reds was produced using three different strengths of the mordant.

Today’s modern fiber reactive dyes are able to reproduce these much loved designs.


































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Diamontology: The SARIELLA Way 

Guest blog post by Sari Thomas of @sariditty and Nikki Young of @lillyellasworld


While neither of us can remember exactly how we met (we just know it was on Instagram) and it was only about a year ago, we both agree it feels like it’s been a lifetime and agree we must be twins separated at birth. We are just a couple years apart in age and are both military wives without children who love big mutts and cannot lie. An affinity for donuts and hyperactive creative drives are the two most prominent traits we share among a lengthy list of similarities. It didn’t take long before a few emails turned into an occasional text, which turned into an everyday text, which turned into neither of us being able to make a decision without the other one involved. All of our projects began to feel like joint efforts, so it only made sense for us to team up officially.


While some people may think all we do is eat donuts and wear fancy leggings, in reality, we’ve teamed up and created SARIELLA (@sariellastudios) to bring the best of our two minds to life through unique patterns, fun tutorials, and miscellaneous crafty goodness. When we’re invited to work with a fabric line for an event or blog tour, we can’t help but jump at the opportunity for an exciting side project (and by jump we mean dive head first and don’t come up for air until we’re done). #sendcoffee #andpoolnoodles


In this instance, Andover asked us to create a piece for Spring Market using the new Whisper Palette by Lizzy House. The timing was serendipitous in that we already had a work visit (a.k.a. SARIELLA retreat) planned at Sari’s for the following week. Though we’ve grown accustomed to working with 1,466 miles and two time zones between us (Sari currently lives in West Virginia and Nikki is in Colorado), sharing airspace definitely makes the collaborative process easier and way more fun.


When deciding what to create with a specific fabric line or bundle, we draw our inspiration solely from the theme of the collection. We are constantly brainstorming and always have several patterns and ideas in various stages of development. We look to these first and decide if any are a good match to best showcase the fabric, but we often end up designing a new pattern specifically created for the collection. This involves maxing out an unlimited cell phone plan (I bet you didn’t know that was possible) and bouncing ideas off each other for about 15 uninterrupted hours, pausing only for dog exercise and donut refills.


With Whisper Palette, however, we knew almost instantly that a few antique star cut diamond sketches that Sari had been working on would showcase the collection perfectly, so the only question remaining was what specifically to do with them. We tend to dream big, and that’s always where we start. Occasionally, we have to rein in our ideas due to any number of limitations; whether it’s turn around time, space constraints, or a limited amount of fabric because we’re working with strike offs. And sometimes all of the above.


We’ve both really been into adding fun 3D elements to our projects lately and our initial idea was to create a large mobile of dangling gems; however, hanging it was just not a possibility with the setup of the Andover Spring Quilt Market booth. So, from there we scaled back and revamped our idea into what became our final design.


After hashing out all the project details, Sari finalized her sketches and sent them off to Nikki to work her digital pattern magic. One day later (and one day before her flight to BWI), three patterns were ready to go. Thanks to the perfect timing of Giuseppe and UPS, a box of whispery goodness was waiting for us at Sari’s house when we got home from the airport. The next steps of deciding on fabric placement and creating the pieces took a fraction of time compared to what it normally would since we were together, but typically this process involves texting numerous photos back and forth, mailing supplies, deciding how to split the work load and partaking in a few dozen overly-caffeinated Face Time sessions.

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While most of a project’s details are determined ahead of time, sometimes ideas for special finishing touches hit us only after a piece is completed. In this case, we both knew that these gems needed a little extra sparkle and that heat set Swarovski crystals were perfect for the job. We also have one more final step to complete this piece, but you’ll have to wait until Market for that reveal!


With side projects like this, sometimes a pattern we create is ready to be released as is, and sometimes the pattern needs modifying into a more versatile design before releasing. We wanted these diamonds to make a bold statement for Market, but will most likely add additional gem cut designs and create a larger series which are formatted to be used as minis, pillows, or in a quilt.

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We’ve loved sharing a bit about ourselves and what SARIELLA is all about. And we can’t wait to hear your feedback about our Andover project. If you are in attendance at Market, please find the awesome Andover booth and snap a pic with our gemstones and tag us on Instagram (@sariellastudios) – we’d love to see them and you!


xo Sari & Nikki

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Introducing Libs Elliott

Hi, I’m Elizabeth Elliott, aka Libs.Libs Elliott

As a textile artist, I’ve been designing and making quilts since 2009. I have always liked the idea of taking a traditional and tactile art, like quilting, and marrying it with modern technology. Which is why I work from digital to analogue. I enjoy the quick gratification of generative art combined with the slow-craft of building a quilt.

I began using generative design for my textiles after collaborating with Joshua Davis. He provided me with the inspiration and customized Processing code that I now use to design my quilts and textiles. I play with various colour palettes, use simple geometric shapes and alter variables in the code to generate random compositions.  I can then take those compositions and adjust them further using Illustrator until I get the results I want. The combinations and permutations are endless and addictive. When the digital results are so beautiful that I want to wrap myself in them, I make them into quilts and textiles.


I’m inspired by good design, the randomness of nature, and all kinds of music. When I’m not obsessing over triangles and fabrics, I spend my time hanging out with my awesome family in Toronto, Canada.


The TRUE LOVE fabric collection balances bold graphics with soft textures and embodies my love for using both technology and my hands to create. It’s about that electric feeling you get when you see something you desire and the nostalgia of love at first sight. It makes you dizzy. It makes you restless. It’s like a wicked first crush.

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You can find out more about my process, workshops and available patterns and fabrics on my website. And be sure to follow me on Instagram & Twitter.


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Andover Fabrics: Libs Elliott, Alison Glass, & Lizzy House Steal the Show at QuiltCon 2016!

We had quite an exciting week at QuiltCon West in Pasadena, California. Our little booth of color saw many friends, new and old.

IMG_4134Our #ModernMinis4Andover project made quite a splash. We asked some of our friends to create mini quilts using a limited palette that would amount to a giant wall of color-order goodness. Boy, did they deliver. Check out the hashtag by clicking here.


The wall made quite a splash. Many stopped by to take photos in front of the wall or of their favorite minis. We can’t thank all the makers enough for helping us create this magnificent, eye-catching display.


We saw quite a few trends at this year’s QuiltCon. For one, hand sewing was front and center. So many modern makers infused their work with the traditional techniques of appliqué and other hand sewing methods. Many of the minis in our #ModernMinis4Andover project utilized hand sewing techniques. We also gave out these adorable little packets of hexies, courtesy of our friends at Paper Pieces.


Our friend Nicole Daksiewicz, aka Modern Handcraft, stopped by to show everyone how to make hexies.


Our very own Daryl Cohen even got in on the action!


Another trend we saw was that many makers are utilizing many different substrates to tell their story in their quilting: lawns, jersey, chambray, double gauze, denim… It’s so exciting to see some of these classic substrates make a comeback and turn up in the world of quilting.

The last, and possibly most important trend, was  diversity in the crowd of sewists. From novice quilters in their teens and early twenties to veteran quilters in their seventies and eighties, the wide array of makers showed us that the world of modern quilting intrigues and excites quilters of all ages and backgrounds.

Many of our designers stopped by the booth and did demos. Libs Elliott premiered her new collection True Love to a full house in the QuiltCon demo area. To celebrate, we invited attendees to meet Libs and have her apply a temporary tattoo in her signature diamond design.

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Alison Glass demoed a hand sewing technique from her book Alison Glass Appliqué to a packed house in the QuiltCon demo area.

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Tiffany Hayes stopped by the booth to demo her amazing Goddess Ruler.


All of these blocks were created with one very powerful tool!


Lizzy House hung out with us in the booth and met with fans from all over the world.


Andover was well represented with the vendors as well. Alison Glass and Lizzy House fabric could be found everywhere!

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And then of course there was the quilt show. Andover was all over the places, even as part of award-winning quilts! Chillingsworth himself made an appearance in Victoria Findlay Wolfe‘s quilt, which won Judge’s Choice.


Many quilts featured our fabrics in new and inventive ways.

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Overall, we had quite an amazing time at this year’s QuiltCon West. We are already planning for next year’s show in Savannah, Geaorgia. Can’t wait to see you all again!


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Little House Table Runner Tutorial

table-runner-22Our friends over at Little House on the Prairie have an adorable tutorial over on their blog about making a holiday table runner with our newest collection. This quick and easy tutorial is the perfect gift for the Little House fan in your life. Click here to get started.
The site is always being updated with new tutorials. To check out the full list, click here.
And don’t forget to enter the amazing Little House on the Prairie giveaway by clicking here.
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Fall ’15 Quilt Market Recap

Our designers made our booth more beautiful than ever at Fall 2015 Quilt Market!


Our booth at this year’s Fall Quilt Market was our best yet! With new lines from everyone from Lizzy House and Alison Glass to Di Ford and Margo Krager, the booth was more beautiful and diverse than ever before. At our designer meet and greet, Lizzy House, Kim Schaefer, Carol Van Zandt, Margo Krager, Alison Glass, Renee Nanneman, Katie Hennagir, and Michelle Stoffel (of Firetrail Designs) talked about their newest lines.


Our designers showcased beautiful projects made from their latest collections. Firetrail Designs had an adorable assortment of projects made with #babychic.




Lizzy House enchanted with her new collection The Lovely Hunt, featuring whimsical unicorns, bunnies, and pheasants.

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We are totally smitten with these elephants made with Carol Van Zandt’s Improv.


The details of Di Ford-Hall’s incredible applique quilt were so delicate and beautiful. This quilt was a real show-stopper.


Lonni Rossi’s deeply saturated Geishas and Ginkgos featured so many stunning projects. Printed on our chambray, the sheen of this line is spectacular!




Alison Glass’ Sun Prints and Handcrafted Indigoes shined when sewn together with her crisp Abacus collection. The color-play was, as always, spectacular.


The projects for Kim Schaefer’s Cutting Garden were colorful, bright, and cheery.


Modern Quilt Studio’s booth featured projects using many of their lines, including Barbados, The Color Collection, and their latest group, The Gray Collection.


Renee Nanneman’s beautiful Tender Romance features elegant reds, pinks, and creams.


Margo’s Mignonettes and Dargate Polychromes were strinkingly beautiful in Margo Krager’s booth.


We have so many amazing collections hitting stores in the next few months and we absolutely cannot wait to see all the amazing projects that you’ll create with them!

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Are You Ready for LHOTP – Shipping to stores this week!

Little House on the Prairie was the talk of Quilt Market!

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320We had quite an exciting week at Quilt Market in Houston! The buzz around the release of our Little House on the Prairie collection was palpable. Between our star-studded Premier Schoolhouse and the meet and greet with members of the cast, the word on everyone’s lips was Andover!



The Premier Schoolhouse for Little House on the Prairie was a smash. It was standing room only with over 1,300 excited guests! In attendance were Charlotte Stewart (who played Miss Beadle) and Alison Arngrim (who played Nellie Oleson). The actresses couldn’t have been more engaging and charming. They entertained the crowd, regaling stories from their time on Little House on the Prairie.


Also in attendance were Trip Friendly and Rebecca Friendly, son and granddaughter of Ed Friendly who produced the famed television show. They attended the Premier Schoolhouse, as well as our meet and greet at the Andover booth.

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If we weren’t excited about the release of our Little House on the Prairie collection before, we certainly are after meeting the actresses and having heard their stories from the set. We cannot wait for the collection to start shipping to stores this week!


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Guest Poster Alyson Clair talks Lizzy House

Greetings from rainy Portland, Oregon! I’m Alyson Clair, a patternmaker, dressmaker, and apparel nerd. Over the last few months my pal Lauren, from Spit Up & Stilettos, and I have had a great time making some kiddo versions of my most popular Women’s dress designs.

We’ve also had a lot of fun using the new Lizzy House knits line from Andover Fabrics to make our pretty dresses out of. I pretty much only sew with knits, so it’s always fantastic to find a nice quality fabric to sew with, that is also super wearable and fun.

I know that knits can often be a challenging new thing, especially if you are used to sewing with wovens. In classes I teach, I always tell new knit sewers that if I can sew with knits, so can you! I actually didn’t even learn to sew anything at all until I was 22, and in college for apparel design. I spent the first year and a half of my program cursing at wovens, and having a seam ripper pretty much attached to my hand. (We won’t talk about the home economics portion of my middle school that ended in some stapling of an apron project.)

Once I sat down at a serger and a coverstitch, it was a match made in heaven and I have pretty much been sewing with knits exclusively for the last 10 years. In the dresses that I make, I want to look pretty, fancy, and put together, but comfort is also one of the top things. When I look at my wardrobe, my go to things are all knit, so I strive to create things that are well loved every day garments.

We’ve put together a selection of 3 dresses and one Mommy and Me top. It was hard to pick which ones, but I knew I had to for sure do my best selling ladies style – The Unicorn Dress. I do love unicorns, but it really does seem to look good on everyone, which is what earned it the name. So of course we make a super adorable version for the kiddos!
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The other two dresses we put together have a lot of options for variety and color blocking. The Peplum Dress and the Tie Back Dress.

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Tie Back Dress

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The Trapeze top is a Mommy and Me style. The Mommy top can be worn through pregnancy and postpartum. I have carefully drafted the pattern to be flattering at all stages of baby and after. The kiddo version is a top that is great for play and twirling in. Make matching if you’d like, or add a belt for more outfit variety.
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The other really exciting thing going on, is the Great Giveaway. Yes, it really is a GREAT giveaway. 20 winners will be given full pattern sets of Alyson Clair Patterns, 10 winners will receive a 5 yard fabric bundle from the new Lizzy House line for Andover Fabrics, and one grand prize winner will receive a Brother 1034D serger. This giveaway is open internationally, so enter away until September 30th and good luck!

To enter just click the image below:
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While we were working on and planning this release, I really got to thinking about my starting to sew with knits. It was hard. It was intimidating. Threading a serger was a daunting task. What helped me learn was a trusty machine, that was easy to learn on, and had a lot of variety for the things I was sewing. It would be the best gift to a new or seasoned knits sewist, so we decided to make it the grand prize.

If you don’t have a serger, do not worry! We made sure all the patterns could be sewn on your regular machine. Happy Sewing from a knits nerd!
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