WEE WANDER DRESS Pattern: Free PDF

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I’m more than a little excited to release my first dress pattern of the season! This dress was a collaboration with an apparel designer, Nemiha Studebaker.

I designed the dress and she drafted out the pattern for us all to use, and It’s available as a FREE PDF PATTERN below.

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This dress was inspired by my love for fresh pressed blouses on little girls, but the freedom of something mostly sleeveless and easy to wear. Double ruffles on the bodice, box pleats on the skirt, a side zipper and a button on the back make this dress ultra feminine but clean lines.

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This dress features my Border Print Summer Night Lights, which makes for a very easy skirt (and dress!) design because of the large amounts of surface to draw from. This dress would be lovely with any other coordinating print on top, even some of the solids listed that coordinate with my fabric line from Michael Miller Fabrics. The possibilities are endless! There is pink/purple color way in these prints as well, which is super lovely to work with too! And I love the quality of this fabric…it’s so soft and light, but still a tight, dense fabric. My daughter is super sensitive about the slightest bit of “itch” in fabrics, and she loves these:)

 

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This pattern runs size 2T to 6, and was originally created to be a size 4, which is the size that is featured.  wee wander dress2  

click here to download

 

(Please note….if you downloaded this before 2/14/14 please download again as we made some minor changes in the alignment of one of the pieces)

Happy Sewing! I hope you enjoy making this! Spring is in the air, and I can’t wait to see all the little girls who will be chasing fireflies this summer wearing their Wee Wander Dress made by someone they love;)

Enjoy!

xo

Sarah Jane

 

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PDF Olympic Valentines

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It’s that time of year, where I get to figure out what I’m going to design for my kids for valentines. And this year, with THREE kids who have parties…and multiple parties….I’m keeping it simple but still super special.

Valentines Day is during the Winter Olympics…not something that has ever happened since my kids have had a school valentines party….and it will be the only one in their elementary school career! So, I decided to create something just for the occasion.

A super easy project….4 cards per print out, a chocolate gold coin that you can tape onto the back of the flat card, or attach to some ribbon for a fashionable goal medal!

A sure WIN this year. Feel free to download, and share the olympic love!

Happy Valentines Day!

xoxoxoxo
(extra hugs and kisses:)
Sarah
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click here to download

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Do you have a room to show?

Here at Sarah Jane Studios, we LOVE getting inspired by children’s spaces.

I’m still finishing putting together my own kid’s spaces (it takes forever it seems to get it “just” right!) and so we love it when you show us your magical rooms.

Are you designing a space or redesigning a space and are willing to make it photo worthy and blog about it? We are interested in working with Mama’s who have well designed spaces in mind. Shoot us a little “hello” and we’d love to work with you and contribute to your little one’s room!

Here are some recent shots of Finn’s room that his mom emailed me just this week.

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I just love how this room works together. I especially love seeing boy rooms!

Check out more of his amazing room here. 

And if you are wanting to work with us, again, please send us a message! We are looking forward to showing off more creative spaces!

xo

Sarah Jane

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Wee Wander Blog Tour: Twin Quilt Pattern

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The projects are rolling in for the Wee Wander Blog Tour, and I’m so excited to share this twin quilt tutorial.

This is a super great FAT QUARTER project, that uses a single fat quarter stack of all my Wee Wander Prints. Emily Carr of Simple Girl Simple Life put this tutorial together, and you can see it here.

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I love this quilt, and how all the prints go so well together. We even used the border print and it makes for such a magical, simple quilt!

Ella has this on her bed, and she loves to stare at all the pictures every night. It’s SO hard it seems to get a decent picture of a large quilt! I’ve not yet mastered that!

Here is a collection of the fabrics so you can get a closer look:

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CLICK HERE to visit Emily’s Blog with the FULL PATTERN DOWNLOAD

 

 

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GIVEAWAY: Smart Creative Style course!

What would you give to work with a team of creative minds to help you find your own personal creative style? So many of us have a creative vision, but do you feel your branding and style is strong and uniquely yours?

Today I’m offering a scholarship to a fantastic course called SMART CREATIVE STYLE aimed at helping creatives find their creative voice.

Many of you know Monica Lee, of Smart Creative Women. If you don’t, you’ll love her after visiting her site where she interviews creative women who have SO much to offer. She’s got an entire archive of people in textile, paper, fashion and home design that she interviews and gets right to the bottom of what they do, and how they do it. Pretty brilliant if you ask me. And the site offers tips and advice from some pretty amazing artists and designers.

I’ve known Monica for 2 years, and she continues to impress. She’s a wealth of knowledge,and she’s an amazing coach!

I’m giving away ONE SCHOLARSHIP to this 6 week program (worth $440!!)

Here’s what it’s all about(from the site):

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Your “creative style” is who you are visually and aesthetically. It also in your products and messaging. There is no doubt that we are in a world that is becoming more and more visual, and it’s more important than ever to have  your style nailed down. You don’t want to look like anyone else and why should you?

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Trust me, it is all too easy to get caught up in the visual clutter and to lose your way, falling out of sync with who you truly are. We veer off course. This is your time to define or redefine your style, business and branding.

The world is dying for you to be authentic. But up until now, no one is encouraging you to take the time and figure out HOW to tap into your authenticity or your creative style. They just say you NEED it but don’t offer the HOW.

 

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To win this scholarship, here’s what you need to do: 

1) Leave a comment below telling Monica why you need this course

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2) Share on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and/or Pinterest and mention any links below (one for each entry)

3) Come back Friday morning, Feb. 7th to see the lucky winner!

Thanks Monica for this great offer. I can’t wait to find out who will get this free ticket!

 

COMMENTS CLOSED: 
Winner: #50 Tori

Be sure to check out the course….so worth it! xo

 

 

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Chapter Books for the Younger Kids: Revised.

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A couple years back, I created a list of chapter books that were suitable for very small children to have read to them. We are big readers in our house!  If you were to come over right now, you’d see bookshelves everywhere. And we could use more….there are books on the couch, the coffee table, the kids’ beds, and even on the kitchen counter.

My husband started reading chapter books to the kids when they were as young as age 3. But we found it difficult to find advanced books that were suitable for children who weren’t even in kindergarten yet!

So, we visited with our librarian, asked other parents, and put together a list.

And it was so helpful for so many! We had over 110 comments of other parents pitching in their ideas. It’s been a long while, but we thought we’d put that list in a single printable PDF  for you to bring with you to the library:

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It’s a 5 page document full of awesome titles. It’s been so helpful to have on hand!

With the weather a little dreary and cold here, our “library” room is getting used quite a lot.

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With the weather a little dreary and cold here, our “library” room is getting used quite a lot.

Thanks for all your input, and happy reading!!

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365 Sketches

 

 

 

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The interesting thing about drawing is that it requires a lot of what I don’t seem to have a lot of right now:

1. Two hands. You only need to draw with one, but the other hand steadies your paper. Something I’d never thought of before I had children.

2. A pencil. Preferably one that doesn’t get stolen from the child you are sitting with.

3. Creativity. Well, yes folks. It takes a wandering mind to go places that create magic. The places where I can put feelings onto paper. My mind wanders plenty….but lately it’s because I’m drifting off to sleep while making pancakes. Not exactly productive.

4. Time. As much as I like to draw stick figures, I just don’t get a thrill out of it. Sketching something doesn’t take hours, but it does take longer than 2 minutes…and if I had that in my day I’d take a shower instead:)

But, all that being said, I don’t feel human without putting to paper how I feel about my children, childhood and what I see in my head. It’s amazing that with all the sleep deprivation right now (yes he’s almost 6 months and yes he’s still making a zombie out of me!) There are still hints of life in my right brain. It’s not where I want it to be, and that’s OK because baby making is #1 on my list of my best creations. But I’ve decided to try and sketch as much as I can. Make myself even. It’s like exercise (which I’m lousy at)…it requires blocking out bits of time and making it happen. At least with 4 kids at home.  9eefc6387ecd11e39e3c1216422729ed_8 a725f68a826d11e3b0fe1213113368a2_8 3e28d3727ed111e39b8a125d06582ab4_8  

And with being in the middle of creative deadlines right now, sketching keeps my brain from thinking there isn’t anything in there. When you are only getting 4-5 hours of sleep in 2-3 intervals, there really isn’t much in there:) It helps me realize that maybe I actually do think about more than just what I’m making (or not making) for dinner.

So, 365 Drawings…I’m ready for you. It might take me 3 years, but I’m determined to put pencil to paper more. It’s my magic time.

PS: You can keep up with my INSTAGRAM drawings here.

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Wee Wander Firefly Border Quilt

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With the WEE WANDER fabric collection hitting stores this week, I’m so excited to start the Wee Wander Blog Tour!

Each Tuesday, I’ll be featuring a FREE pattern and/or tutorial for you to create your very own Wee Wander inspired project.

Some of the projects are from my Quilt Market Booth. And some projects are completely new!

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For our very first project, I’m featuring the Wee Wander Firefly Border Quilt. Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter put this pattern together with me. I just love the small patchwork around this nighttime scene. This border print, like my other border prints, runs along the selvedge, with a mirror image on the other side with a big tall night sky between! There is so much to work with this print! If you look closely, you can see how I embroidered a little bit around some of the stars.

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Here’s an example of what the print looks like selvedge to selvedge so you can see how it works. I love that is leaves so much of the sky so you can really use large sections of it!

The full PDF Pattern is available below:

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Have fun! And as always, I love to see your projects! Please feel free to share them on my PINTEREST BOARD and send an email to info@sarahjanestudios.com to receive an invite to post! Happy Sewing!

 

More Patterns and tutorials are coming weekly! Dresses, decor, quilts….stay tuned!

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