Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Meet Miss Alice, and something about Mary...



Miss Alice....Oh she is just so lovely! This is the Fall dress I told you about, and the next pattern! The colors are so perfect for Fall! The orange fabric is an old thrifted pillowcase, it made for a really ugly pillowcase, but I think it made an awesome dress.


Miss Alice has a flat front, perfect for monogramming, embroidery, or appliques; and gathers under the arms for fullness. I love the way this turned out! Sometimes my designs just aren't near as cute as the sketch I start with, but this one turned out better than I expected. Below is the original sketch, I did draft the yoke a little wider and skip the buttons, but that's all that changed in the design process (which is sort of unheard of).

Madeline looks like a little school girl here! Doesn't she look like she should have a little stack of books in her hand?

I know some of you may be wondering "What in the world happened to Miss Mary?"....well, there is a very good, but long, explanation for that. The short version is this: I would have to raise the cost of the pattern, to cover the cost of printing, higher than I would feel comfortable with. I really like keeping my printed patterns in the $11- $12 range, anymore than that and I start to feel like it's getting too expensive. So until I can find a way to have pieces that large printed for a good price, Miss Mary will have to go in the back burner. I'm sorry. I feel really bad about it, but I would feel even worse having to charge you an arm and a leg for a pattern.


 I need some feedback! What do you think about the cost of patterns? Do you like Miss Alice? And are you ready for the huge surprise (sewing related) that I get to announce in the next week?! Oh, it's big! Huge in fact! I better go before I tell!

13 comments:

LadySnow said...

I absolutely love it. My daughter loves her Miss Molly and Miss Madeline...this will be a great addition!

Anonymous said...

Sam,
I Love It. I like the flat front. Keep up the great work.

Anonymous said...

Above message is from me.

Tracy P.

Megan said...

I love it, Sam!

kirstin & jordan said...

oooh, I LOVE This! LOVE the flat front (mostly because I have a serious affections for monograms). And I love the pillowcase you used. Fantastic!

Marlya said...

Hi Sam! I love the new pattern- Madeline looks gorgeous in it too! As for the cost of patterns, some companies charge around the $15 mark for their patterns. Maybe if you could print in bulk it would be cheaper per pattern? I suppose it does depend on how many people order printed pattern versus pdf ones. If more order pdf, perhaps you could only offer it as a pdf and if it is really popular, then have a printed version available?

I can't wait to hear what your huge suprise is!

Stephanie said...

So pretty and I wanted to tell you that I love how your patterns have longer skirts. My dd is long and narrow and with a lot of patterns I have to add a lot of length or they are way too short. Its so nice to just be able to make yours without adjustment.

Lex and Lilly's Mom said...

I absolutely love the Miss Alice dress! I can't wait to get it for my daughter. She looks adorable in the other dresses I made for her from your patterns

Summer

Hayes said...

I love Miss Alice! It helps, of course, that my little sister's name is Alice. As for the bigger patterns, would it be an option to only sell those as PDF files? Then you wouldn't have to worry about the bigger pattern pieces. Also, you cut make the pattern pieces smaller and have the consumer piece them together. For example, make the front skirt 2 pieces, and then I could trace to two pieces together. Can't wait to hear about your big news next week!

Jody said...

Love Miss Alice! Totally Love her!!! Can't wait to hear the surprise!

Feather Webb said...

Really cute!! Hopefully we can get this soon!! :)

me said...

i love it! it is precious!

Molly said...

I LOOOOOVE it! I absolutely love the fact that it has a flat front but still fits loosely. Can't wait for it to come out! My girls are gonna love it. You are making it in bigger girls' sizes, too, aren't you?! Pretty please with sugar on top! :)