Petite Stitchery Valentine’s Day Blog Tour

Welcome to the 7th day of the Petite Stitchery Valentine’s Day Blog Tour hosted by Seams Sew Lo. First things first! Each of day of this blog tour, the featured pattern(s) will be on sale for THAT DAY ONLY! I’ve sewed up the Girls Lulu & Womens Lulu, and the bundle containing those patterns is on sale today. No coupon code needed, the price is already discounted. Second things second! Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway at the end of this post for your chance to win a $100 store credit to Petite Stitchery!

This is what you get when the seven year old asks to pose herself! I love it, so obviously it’s making the blog post.

I let River pick out the fabric for our matching Mommy & Me Lulus. This fabric is in direct violation of my grey, black, and drab wardrobe choices. I seriously don’t think I can mentally handle how shiny it is. That’s just the honest truth of the matter. Having said that, I did wear it to church on Sunday so that River and I could match, and I did get quite a few compliments on it. Maybe I could learn to accept a little shiny in to my wardrobe. Maybe! I also would have preferred a luscious sweater knit to this spandex concoction, but I did leave the decision up to my girly.

The hemline of the Lulu Dolman might just be my favorite thing. It’s an exaggerated hi-low hemline. I love how much longer it is in the back. Perfect for pairing with leggings. Since it’s a pretty curved hemline, wash away hem tape can be a pretty handy asset for securing that hem down. I’ve done quite a few curved hemlines this year already, so I skipped the hem tape and just pinned that sucker into place. For the Women’s Lulu Dolman, there’s also an option to bind that tricky curved hemline. I opted to just flip the hem up and stitch her down.

Now. I’m not afraid to admit when I’ve made a mistake. First off, the sleeve cuffs of my dolman are about 1/2″ too short. Total cutting error. You know when you fold your fabric in half and you don’t realize there’s a chunk missing out of the bottom half. Yup. Total rookie mistake. I opted to use them and just slice off the chunked off inch, but it did result in slightly shorter sleeve cuffs. I guess after this flub, I could have just done the banded elbow sleeve, or recut my cuffs, buuuuuuuuut…. I’m a wee bit lazy, I suppose. Also, it’s freezing cold out – I’m so not ready to lose my long sleeved tops yet.

Our internet was down for four days during the time that I was sewing for this tour. Thanks, Shaw! The under ground line in to our house cracked and it took four days before an aerial line was installed. I keep my “in use” patterns on my Dropbox, and hadn’t set them to be available offline. I figured, “no big deal, I know how to sew, I’ve made a dolman before, it’ll be fine.” And honestly, for the most part, totally fine. Except for my neckline. I attached it like any other band, right sides together. Not the technique used in the pattern. Ugh! So, my neckline is mildly off. Dang it! It’s not a huge deal, but it would lay flatter if it was done according to the instructions. I blame Shaw!

I found ONE minor mistake while making River’s Lulu Dolman. The order of construction was slightly out – one step had been moved out of order. Why am I pointing out an error with the pattern? Because of Petite Stitchery‘s response. They were gracious about me pointing out the little mistake, thankful I brought it to their attention, corrected it, and let me know the issue had been resolved. All very quickly, might I add. I think it’s important to remember that designers are human too. Mistakes happen. But, it’s how they choose to respond when these errors are pointed out, that really will let you know who this designer is. So, hats off to you, Petite Stitchery, for handling this situation with class.

The tour is nearly over, but here’s a list of the patterns that have been on sale, and will be on sale. Remember that each pattern is only on sale the day of the blog feature.

1. February 6th: Girls Periwinkle

2. February 7th: Girls Clover

3. February 8th: Girls Maize & Girls Lily

4. February 9th: Womens Cassidy

5. February 10th: Womens Lulu

6. February 11th: Girls Adelyn & Mama Adelyn

7. February 12th: Girls Lulu & Womens Lulu

8. February 13th: Girls Aria & Womens Bliss

9. February 14th: Girls Sapphire & Womens Flirt

Please, visit all of the wonderful blog stops on the Petite Stitchery Valentine’s Day Blog Tour hosted by Seams Sew Lo! We’d all appreciate it if you dropped a comment on our blogs! Let’s us know you stopped by.

1. February 6th: Seams Sew Lo

2. February 7th: Octaves of Color

3. February 8th: Our Play Place

4. February 9th: My Sewing Roots

5. February 10th: The Petite Sewist

6. February 11th: Aurora Designs

7. February 12th: Manning the Machine

8. February 13th: Cross Stitches Custom Clothing

9. February 14th: On Wednesday We Sew

Don’t forget to enter to win a $100 store credit to Petite Stitchery!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


About manningthemachine

I'm Laura. Mama to four, and wife to one awesome guy. I'm ever so slightly sarcastic. Just a little bit. I like to quote movies, but since our house is managed by little people, most of those quotes come from kiddie shows. At least my husband generally gets the references. It makes me feel less awkward. I took sewing lessons starting at the age of 8, through the Kids Can Sew program. I took lessons for four or five years. Then I became a snotty teen and decided sewing was lame. I've repented of my ways, and enjoy sewing for my little ones. And sometimes other people. And almost never for myself. Oh hey. My blog name. "Manning The Machine." I think it's probably only funny if you know me in real life. And even then, maybe it is only funny to me. My last name is Manning. This is a blog about my sewing. Manning The (Sewing) Machine. Do you get it? Do you? No. That's fine. I think it's funny even if you don't.
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8 Responses to Petite Stitchery Valentine’s Day Blog Tour

  1. Kim Korstjens says:

    Those are absolutely beautiful!


  2. thepetitesewist says:

    These tops are so fun! And I totally agree about hem tape – I wouldn’t attempt hemming curves without it.


  3. Patti Zoellick says:

    Love the top and color. Perfect for a mother and daughter dress alike.


  4. Beth P says:

    You girls look awesome! I love the fabric choice!


  5. I love this look and love the mommy and me pics!


  6. Seams Sew Lo says:

    Adorable!! I love the matching outfits!


  7. mysewingroots says:

    Ha, I’ve had problems with my cuffs too. Not o. This pattern but another one. It always seems to be the “easy” stuff that gets you. I enjoyed your blog and how awesome that you let your daughter choose , even if it’s not your preferred fabric


  8. Jessica J says:

    Your fabric choice is wonderful!


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