It’s Day 3 of The Hope Floats Breezy Blog Tour

I met Melissa, the awesome designer over at Sew Like My Mom, when I tested her Kudzu pattern. (Which I loved) We have made several! When I needed an extra person for my blog Melissa graciously volunteered and I was doing a happy dance!! I am a new designer and this is my first Blog Tour. I was thrilled she would volunteer! IMG_4032
Head on over to Sew Like My Mom and check out Day 3 of the Tour.

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It’s Day 2 of the Hope Floats Breezy Blog Tour

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Today we will be with Alyssa Carrion from Keep Calm and Carrion! My theme was light, breezy and beachy. She nailed it with this adorable Hope Floats and best part???? She got to photograph at the beach!  Love!!

Alyssa did awesome tutorial with great pictures! The best part? She makes it so it works well for children with sensitive skin or sensory issues! Love that and I will be trying it her way for one of my sensitive wee ones!

Make sure you check out her post and make sure to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway!

Keep Calm and Carrion!!!

Make sure to keep up with the rest of our blog tour!

 

 
May11: Laura Manning from Manning and the Machine

May 12: Alyssa Carrion from Keep Calm and Carrion

May 13: Melissa Uribe from Sew Like My Mom

May 14: Bethany Holtet from Two Novembers

May 15:Annemieke Jacobs from Sofilantjes

May 16:Jessica Dewit from Gracious Threads

May 17th: Ula Celeste from Lulu and Celeste

May 18th:Terry Steinmetz from My Love is Homemade

May 19th: Faith Alexander

May 20th: My version!!!

Enter to win the Hope Floats Pattern if you don’t already have it!

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It’s Day 1 of the Hope Floats Breezy Blog Tour

I am so excited for Day 1 of my bebelambs blog tour!!! First up we have Laura from Manning the Machine.

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I can’t wait for you to see what Laura has done with the Hope Floats. Laura is part of my Core tester group and I LOVE working with her! From the very beginning she has been on top of it and fearless. She helps come up with ideas and gets her projects done immediately. I don’t know HOW she does it being pregnant and with wee ones running around.

Let’s all head over to Manning the Machine and check out Laura’s Creation!

 

Hope Floats Breezy Blog Tour

I am so excited for my first bebelambs blog tour! The Hope Floats has been my most popular pattern to date. It’s such a fun pattern for summer and bonus…it’s a pretty easy sew! The challenge was to make something with the theme of light, beachy, breezy! I can’t wait to see what this exciting group of designers is going to come up with! Image Hope Floats Breezy Blog Tour Dates

May11: Laura Manning from Manning and the Machine

May 12: Alyssa Carrion from Keep Calm and Carrion

May 13: Melissa Uribe  from Sew Like My Mom

May 14: Bethany Holtet from Two Novembers

May 15:Annemieke Jacobs from Sofilantjes

May 16:Jessica Dewit from Gracious Threads

May 17th: Ula Celeste from Lulu and Celeste

May 18th:Terry Steinmetz from My Love is Homemade

May 19th: Faith Alexander

May 20th: My version!!!

Enter to win the Hope Floats Pattern if you don’t already have it!
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Momtography 101

I am so excited to have a guest today!! Shy from She’s SewShy is going to give is a quick lesson in Momtography 101!!

I asked Shy to do this because she is one of my go to testers and always turns in amazing shots! Every tester shot doesn’t need to be a cover shot but if you are always getting passed up for Tester Calls or your items aren’t selling on Etsy, your pictures could be an issue. I use my tester photos for marketing. When I do a tester call and I receive pictures with trash, cut-up fabric or all of this week’s laundry in the floor, it doesn’t matter how good the actual construction of the garment is, all I see is the stuff around it.

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Hi Everyone! I’m Shy, from She’s SewShy. I live on the beautiful island of Okinawa, Japan with my husband and two crazy kiddos.

Today I am going to talk to you about how to take a great, eye catching photo. Let me start by saying that I am not a professional photographer and you don’t have to be either! You just need to know what you like and how to get it. So let’s get started!

First things first, let’s talk lighting! Natural light is the best light! So take your little one outside if weather permits. Find a nice shady spot with indirect sunlight. Bright sun can wash out bright colors and make your model squint. For photographing a garment, I find that it’s best to shoot with the sun at your back, to light the garment.

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Next, you’ll want to put a little thought into your background. You’ll want to choose a background that will compliment your garment, but not distract from it! It may not seem important, but choosing the right spot to pose makes a huge difference. So messy workspaces, laundry and leftover lunches are out! A wooden fence, a pretty bush or garden or even a fun wall are all good examples. We live on an island so I often take photos at the beach! If you don’t have a model or can’t get outside, a Command hook on a white wall works wonders. Especially when you have concrete walls like I do!

 

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Moving on, I want to talk about angles. Most of the time, our models are less that 4ft tall. That means that in order to get a good angle, you are going to have to take a knee or a butt, whatever works for you! You want your lens to be at your models eye level. Experiment with different body shapes. Every garment and fabric moves differently, so try to find a pose that will really showcase the fit and flow of your work. Pointed toes are always nice! Can’t get your little ones to look at the camera? I am not above bribery. I keep a pocket full of M & M’s or skittles for both my daughter and my behind the scenes assistant, my 4 year old son! He is my official camera bag holder. Having a job to do means less tantrums!

 

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Once you are happy with your location and lighting, your models and assistants are all properly bribed and your hamstrings are feeling the burn, take as many photos as possible. Seriously take a hundred pictures. Two hundred pictures even! Seriously! I take hundreds of photos. Have your model move in small increments in a wide array of poses. You never know how certain poses are going to translate in a photo. So just keep snapping! Don’t be afraid to take the camera off auto. Learn your camera. It is your new best friend.

 

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My last bit of advice is small but very important to our photoshoot routine! ICE CREAM! I buy both kiddos an ice cream cone to show them that I appreciate all of their hard work. Better photos will make you memorable and more likely to be selected as a pattern tester, and we all love testing new patterns! I hope that these tips help you take better boutique quality photos!
Good luck! Shy

 

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Patterns are Here! Get your Kinley’s Ruffle Pants!!!

I am so excited to announce bebelambs will now now have patterns! YAY ME! I have really been working on several designs and have had a great group of testers along the way. My very first pattern, Kinley’s Ruffle pants has sooo many options and for a great price. Pants, long shorts, Capri’s, single, double, triple ruffle, coordinating color block options!

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https://www.etsy.com/listing/184546663/kinleys-ruffle-pants-pattern-shorts?

Kenzie’s Party Dress Blog Tour

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BLOG TOUR DATES:

Kenzie’s Party Dress
 
 
I was so excited when Kymy asked for participants to be part of the Kenzie’s Party Dress Pattern Tour. I Love Kymy’s patterns and had been hoarding this one in my Craftsy cart. The sky is the limit with the options on this dress! 
 
It is available in two size groups NB-4t and 5-18.  

 

There is also an 18″ doll dress add-on available


Or you can purchase it all in one bundle at an awesome discount.


It can be made as the “Signature style” with all the flounces


Or as a simple dress, which makes a perfect fancy party dress.


It has cap sleeves or the sleeveless option.


 


Kymy’s challenge was to think spring, I made the dress for my youngest daughter in her signature color.  I have a large family so each child gets their own color and Kinley’s is purple. I love this pattern and all the options it comes with. You can pick it up at Everything Your Mama Made & More!
 
 For my dress, I chose the simple dress with the cap sleeves.  
 
I loved how easy this pattern was to follow!  Kymy makes great easy-to-follow patterns with great pictures.  (The pictures are my favorite part, since I actually don’t like to read the patterns.)  I chose a nice spring chevron for the bodice and this great Peacock fabric for the skirt.

As soon as Kinley saw the dress, she said “Oh Mom, so pretty dress; is that for me?” She loves girly dresses.
Kinley is small for her age and could probably wear the 2 but I wanted to make a 3 so we could make it last a little longer.  I believe the dress ran really true to size.
I love the scoop back detail in the back and the nice full bow.
Another thing I love about this pattern are the French seams and the top stitching; it makes for such a nice quality dress.  From cutting the pattern to finish, this dress took me about 2 hours.  I see many of Kenzie’s Party Dresses in Kinley’s future. Thanks so much Kymy for letting me be a part of this tour and for making such a great and easy to follow pattern.
Want to get your own copy of Kenzie’s Party Dress & Skirt?  Now until 2/24 use the code “kpdblogtour” on a Kenzie’s Party Dress order of $8.95 or more from www.eymm.com & get $1.95 off.  This makes individual patterns just $7 & the bundle with both size ranges AND the bonus doll add on just $12.47.  Limit 1 coupon per person.
 
Make sure you check out the next stop on the tour tomorrow  at Crafty Biggers