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4.16.2010

The Sweet Dress

When money is tight, sewing should be a better alternative to buying clothes--
but is it?
To buy a pattern and the supplies can often times make sewing MORE expensive than buying clothing.

My goal this month, is to share ways in which you can take one simple pattern and make it into MANY different outfits, thus cutting some of the costs for sewing.


The pattern I am going use it called The Sweet Dress, by Leila and Ben.
It is a simple, ADORABLE dress that is perfect for 'making-over.'
It has a classic a-line shape. The pattern is ideal for beginners and can be made in record speed!


I remember the first time I came across Leila and Ben.

I was searching on etsy for pdf patterns and came across this:




And I was hooked!

Leila and Ben have a fresh, simple style with several crochet and sewing patterns available. Here is what they have to say:

We're two moms who make handmade sewing and crochet patterns for modern kids.


All of our patterns are made with the beginner in mind and feature step-by-step instructions and clear photographs to make your projects a success!






They are very generous, too! Each week of this month they will giveaway one Sweet Dress pattern pack, which includes the Sweet Dress pattern in size 12M to 5T and the Sweet Dress for Babies for sizes 3M to 12M.

So how can you win one?

Easy! Just leave a comment on any post this week and you will be entered into the drawing. Want more chances? The more comments you make, the more chances you get. You can leave one comment on each and every post and a name will be drawn out of all the comments for the week. Make sure leave a way for me to reach you, in case you win!

GIVEAWAY CLOSED

61 comments:

lovemyabbie@gmail.com said...

I love that little crochet top!

lovemyabbie at gmail.com

Alisha said...

I love the crochet top too. But I don't know how to crochet! Guess I'd better learn -- or just check out their sewing patterns. :)

jbr said...

Fun idea. Love the sweet dress pattern.

Lynn said...

Just what the frugal sewing Grama needs...The Sweet Dress for the Sweet Grand Daughter!

JamieS said...

love the sweet dress!

tong said...

Love that little jacket, so adorable!

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Fawnbrooke Farm said...

Those vests are just way to cute!

felicia said...

Can't wait to see what you come up with!

Jenny said...

i think these outfits are so darling, each and every one...but am I the only one that would have to fight their daughter tooth and nail to wear it??

Lynette said...

I love their stuff...so cute!

lynetteloveridge@gmail.com

leigh7911 said...

Oh, that IS a sweet dress!!

*Michelle* said...

Ooh! Count me in! :)

Melissa Stramel said...

Can I enter too? I'm anxious to see what you come up with. I have a very similar, easy peasy pattern. Very similar. So this could REALLY be fun!

Deb said...

That's an awesome dress, I want to make some!!

Jessica said...

That is a cute dress, and that jacket is to die for! Super adorable!

Kathy said...

The dress is very cute.....but as a mom to three sons I would really like to see someone come out with patterns for boys who are beyond the preschool age. I was trying to find a simple hooded jacket pattern last weekend and it took me forever. Any suggestions where to look?

Needled Mom said...

I love the cute vest pattern.

heather said...

I love their patterns, especially the Sweet Dress! And I have been eyeing the jacket pattern for a while, I love the sleeves!

ange_moore said...

A sweet dress for my soon-to-be-4 sweet girl - what could be more prefect!!

Freda said...

I love the bolero jacket! I can't wait to see what you have in store this month!

Kelly O. said...

too cute!

michal said...

it is adorable, I'd love to have it :-)

Lisa said...

Love the dress! I can't wait to see how you do a "make-over" on it too :)

Kimberly said...

I have been in love with that jacket pattern for a while now. I would totally buy it in a larger size. My girl is too big for it.
I cannot wait to see the fun stuff you do with the dress pattern!

BJ_Mama said...

AWESOME! I've wanted to get this pattern for a LONG time!

CRocoFin said...

I really like the crocheted tank top and the vests. Great with the tip on Leila & Ben. They were unknown to me, but what lovelly patterns they have!

barbara said...

i'd so love to win a pattern.
here's hoping....
barbara

Marcia said...

Would appreciate winning this pattern for such a Sweet Dress. Thank you for the giveaway. mlwright29 (at) hotmail (dot) com

Lacey said...

I love all this Leisel! You sure have been doing an awesome job and are very talented and very busy! Love it all and I love checking up on your blog everyday to see what new things you are doing!

Angela C. said...

I would love this pattern. I have been admiring it. Thanks for the giveaway.

accoupons at gmail dot com

Sian said...

cool! i actually already have this pattern but i have a friend who would love it!

Kristin said...

Kristin Stout...love he cute things Im seeing!
krisstout@hotmail.com

carmel said...

very sweet
the vest is great to!
thanks

Little Lizard King said...

The dress is super sweet!

Jen said...

I would love to win the pattern!
jenlea2000@hotmail.com

Amy said...

I would love to win this! So cute.
llpreschool at gmail dot com

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Sarah said...

What a great idea! I love it!!

sarah8914 at gmail dot com

Misty said...

That crocheted top is adorable!!

tulsileaf said...

lovely patterns!

tulsileaftraders@gmail.com

Natalie said...

These are adorable patterns. Thank you for the chance to win!!

Nicole Spring (Frontier Dreams) said...

*swoon* this is the PERFECT giveaway!

Jenn said...

I have the Leila and Ben hat pattern that is so fun to make! Their stuff is some of the most stylin and easy to read out there!

The Wynn Family said...

a chance to win those cute patterns count me in!

Raye Ann said...

I am expecting a sweet daughter in July- I would love to make some of the "sweet" and adorable dresses you have featured! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

theteo5 said...

I have taken to refashioning clothes I find at garage sales since sewing (especially the patterns and fabric) are so expensive! Great idea to test a new theory!

Mama Lusco said...

I'm always looking for ways to update patterns, too! Thanks for the giveaway. luscofamily@ortelco.net

Peggy said...

I don't have girls but have friends who do and plenty of fabric for said little girls.

Mandy said...

great giveaway! mandybeez at gmail

Lexi said...

Oh that Sweet Little Dress is simply adorable! My daughter would look gorgeous in her home made clothing.

cmboyd_1999 said...

YEAH! for giveaways!

Ana said...

Love all these outfits!!
acwink@cox.net

Ginnie@allie~millie designs said...

that dress is a-dor-able! I'd love to make it for my little girl!

Misty said...

Sweet is the perfect way to describe this dress!
thundercloudgirl{at}hotmail{dot}com

Attilio said...

just realised my wee one has hardly any summer clothes, would love such a cute and easy pattern to set me off sewing lots and lots,
thanks becky
bpbajona(at)maltanet(dot)net

Montrose Lewises said...

love love love leila and ben's designs!!

Sarah said...

Love those patterns!

free indeed said...

My grandbabies are coming fast and furious and I want to be a grandma that sews cute cute outfits that these modern day mothers will appreciate! Thanks for this opportunity to finally start!

AmandaHall said...

I love Leila and Ben patterns!!

Courtney said...

This is already one of my favorite patterns, then to see it redone in so many fantastic ways! I think I'm in heaven, thank you so so much!c