Kids' Clothes Week: Day 1 - Debbie's birthday dress and a pre-release PATTERN GIVEAWAY!!

July 16, 2013

 
I wasn't really planning on joining in with Kids' Clothes Week this season, since we are mid winter here in Australia, and I knew most people would be posting great summer stuff.  But, after being asked by Meg to guest post on the KCW blog, I decided to join in anyway.  The first thing I have sewed up for the week actually fits in with the Summer season.  It's another version of my upcoming digital pattern - Debbie's birthday dress.  You can see the original versions of the dress and introduction to the pattern here and here.
 
Read on to find out how to win one of two of my patterns before my official 'launch' next week.  The pattern is almost ready - just a few last minute tweaks... 
I wanted to make up the dress in a print this time.  I found this gorgeous spotted fabric for $6 per metre at a fabric store in Melbourne and thought it was very "Debbie" style.  I also wanted to have fun with the trim and detail on the bodice. I went for cream eyelet lace with a  satin musk pink ribbon overlay and three vintage cream buttons down the centre.
I love how easy this view of my dress is to sew up.  Once I had it all cut out, I had it sewn and pressed within an hour.
The hemline sits just above the knee - not quite as short as Debbie wore hers, but I think much more wearable.
Isabella was not overly keen to stop playing to try the dress on and have her photo taken, so I promised her I would play any game she wanted for half an hour after taking them...
For some reason, Issie loves pretending she is a cat.  She donned her cat mask and had me crawling around on all fours being the Mummy cat.  She played the kitten, while Juliette was 'owner' and Emily was the puppy dog.  Love being a Mum!
 
Now, onto that GIVEWAWAY!!  My pattern will be ready for purchase next week.  You might see a couple of versions this week for KCW from my lovely pattern testers.  I also have a fabulous blog tour arranged for early August, where you can see some different versions of my pattern.  But for now, I am offering a FREE PATTERN to two readers.  To enter, you need to be a follower of my blog (via Google friend connect or Bloglovin' - links on my sidebar).  Simply leave a comment to let me know you would like one, and if you are a new follower, let me know you have followed sewpony.  If you do not have a blog, make sure you leave your email address if it is not connected to your profile.
The giveaway will be open until the end of Kids' Clothes Week - Which will be 12.00 midday Monday 22nd July (AEST), Sunday night for Northern Hemisphere readers.  I will draw the winners at random and post the winners later on Monday.
 Good Luck!

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66 comments

  1. Oh the dress is so cute! Looks gorgeous. I would love to win a copy :) following on BL and a few other places xx

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  2. Who wouldn't want a copy?! A crazy person, that's who. I can't wait to see what your pattern testers have made. Do you have a form for prospective pattern testers? I'd love to test any future patterns!

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    1. That's so sweet - thankyou Tasha! I will definitely call on your for my next pattern. I am not organized enough to have an online form for testers ! ;)

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  3. I love this version of the dress - so pretty! I would love to win a copy. I'm a follower on Bloglovin, Facebook, Pinterest and if you had Twitter and Instagram I would stalk you there too lol

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  4. I'd LOVE that pattern!! I love the fancy bodice. I follow on bloglovin' and my email is mayendesigns@gmail.com. My site is SewsNBows dot com.

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  5. Of course I'd love a copy, it's very cute! Looking forward to the blog tour of the pattern as well, love to see what everyone is making with it. I follow on Bloglivin already!

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  6. Pick me, pretty please. Love this little mod dress, Suz!

    Hugs,
    Trine

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  7. This version is gorgeous - that trim is a perfect match! Choosing and sewing with vintage trim was one of my favourite parts of sewing up my Debbie dress. There are not many patterns that call for trim these days.

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  8. I adore the eyelet trim as well as the fabric. Such an adorable dress! I'm a new follower on Bloglovin'. Can't wait until this pattern comes out!

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  9. I love seeing your dresses and am a follower. I'd love to make one for my 3 year old girl. After 3 boys I'm enjoying my girly girl, who chooses to wear dresses every day. Gorgeous pattern.

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  10. Oh I'd love the pattern! I'm following via Bloglovin

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  11. You know that I'm a huge Debbie-fan... and I really love your dresses!
    I already won a beautiful giveaway from you, but maybe I am really, really lucky to win again ;-).
    I am a follower!

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  12. Oh, I'd love to win that pattern!
    I am a follower since a few weeks.

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  13. Beautiful! I love this pattern, of course I'd like a chance to win! Oh, and, of course, I follow Sew Pony via Bloglovin' ;)
    Rlynneholmes@aol.com

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  14. Love this dress! It would be fabulous for my two girls. I follow via bloglovin. Thanks for the chance.
    Georgiabrungs(at)(gmail)(dot)com

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  15. This version is my fav so far. I love the rims :) Thank you for giving us a chance to win a pattern :) I already follow your sewing adventures via B loving, FB and perhaps even Pinterest :P

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  16. I would love to win the pattern!! I already follow your blog. At the moment I'm sewing the Perennial Tunic. As soon as it is ready I will send you some pictures.

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  17. Looking forward to next week - think I have the perfect fabric for this.
    And I follow you :-)

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  18. This dress is simply darling. I'm a follower and have enjoyed watching this pattern come to life. Well done!
    This dress reminds me of the one's I wore when I was young; coincidentally my name is Debbie too and I had a dachshund as a child just like the little girl in the book!

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  19. I'm a blog follower via Feedly & I'd love a copy of your pattern :-)

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  20. I follow through gfc.. I would to make one for my little girl! :-)

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  21. would love to have the pattern!

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  22. I would love to try this pattern. I read your blog using the Newsbar app, but joined Google friend connect in order to try for this!

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  23. I would LOVE to have this pattern! I follow you on bloglovin', one of my "Must Reads!" :) My email is handmadefrenzy(at)gmail(dot)com

    Heidi @ handmadefrenzy.blogspot.com

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  24. I follow you on BlogLovin'!

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  25. Looks very cute - and vintage! Love it!

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  26. I'm a new follower, and am especially enjoying your When We Were Young series! I think your pattern is very cute. I have been a quilter for a while, but have two young girls, and would really like to start learning how to sew clothes for them now. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  27. I love this version. The fabric and the trim are so sweet. I always love the fabric you pick and it is usually fabric I don't see anywhere else. The picture of all your kids is too cute. We have a similar cat mask and a fox mask. They are so fun. I have been following your blog for a while now. I am crossing my fingers that I win your pattern.

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  28. I'm a new follower! I love your When We Were Young series. The garments you make are timless and adorable, just what I need for my 2 year old lovely.

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  29. What a wonderful dress for little girls! I would love to have the pattern! Just downloaded your "perennial tunic" free pattern and I am foing to start working on it! And followed you in Google friends connect. Thanks Suz!

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  30. Oh i can't wait for this pattern to be released!!! and i would be soooooo happy to win this, sooooo sooooooo happy! :-)
    I follow your blog with bloglovin.

    Thank you!

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  31. Would love a pattern ! Full of ideas now about sewing it up! I follow on blogger and fb

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  32. Not quite sure if I can comment here, still ... this pattern brings back so many memories (love both versions). Congratulations, Suz! Keeping my fingers crossed for you :-)

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  33. Thankyou for all the encouraging words about my pattern! I can't wait to see what people create with it:)

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  34. Fantastic dress. Although I have a little boy I do make dresses for my friend's girls. They'd love it and I'd love making it for them. I've started following your blog again (sometimes I "fall" off blog lists that I follow. Weird).
    nicp42@live.com.au

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  35. I would love to win this pattern. I am a new follower, I found you through KCW. I am enjoying seeing your creations and gathering inspiration.
    I have a 5 year old girly girl who would look very cute in the Debbie Birthday Dress.

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  36. What an adorable new pattern!
    Love to win one and make it for my little girl
    warm greetings from Belgium
    Marjan

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  37. would LOVE to win a copy! I follow on bloglovin

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  38. I would like a copy of You pattern! monymonymony@gmail.com

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  39. Beautiful dress! Would love to sew one. I follow on Bloglovin'.

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  40. Sew cute :) I started following you on Bloglovin after seeing you on a pattern tester's blog :)

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  41. I really like this dress and loved seeing more versions over on SanaeIshida. I follow you on feedly...does that count?

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  42. this makes me excited to make that view of the dress! yesterday I picked up some fabric to make one for my youngest. It's AMAZING and will be really cute

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  43. Yay I love this!! So freakin cute. I'm following on Bloglovin.

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  44. I love the Debbie Dress. The classic shape lends itself to so many fun variations. I'd love to win a copy. I just found you through Sanae Ishida's blog and I am following you now with Feedly. I hope that counts. Thanks! kristie_keely(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  45. Oh, I would like to test this pattern as I like "Tini" story books and I missed the chance to be your tester but I'm glad you do pre-release pattern giveaway. Thanks Suz for the chance to win this copy! my email: lolligarden@gmail.com

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  46. I would love to win this pattern. And I'm following you via bloglovin!

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  47. It's really adorable, and so retro. I would love to win something like this!

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  48. I love the dress! I would love to win this pattern. I just started following you. Thanks for the chance!

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  49. Woot! This is a fantastic pattern, I can't wait. I love the more 'retro' styles and, especially, lengths. Just saw Sanae's version and I was sold.

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  50. Love it! I am a new follower on BlogLovin!

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  51. I would love to win the pattern. It's gorgeous.
    Isabel A.
    (isabel_mbpp@hotmail.com)

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  52. I LOVE the version with the peter pan collar! The style is so classic, yet lends itself to so many possibilities with personalized creativity. I've been following you via feedly, but have added you to bloglovin'.

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  53. I really love this pattern, it's so cute. I'm a new follower.

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