That is where my brain has been over the past few weeks and I am so excited about the things that will be happening in the new year --both for me and Practically Pretty. As Grammie mentioned, I am hoping to offer things for girls and teens all the way up through ladies and maternity wear. It is a big undertaking and something we have been talking about for probably a year now! A lot of the previous projects on here are things that you will see in the new Practically Pretty store. The Changing Seasons pattern and those dresses are definitely on the list along with some skirt styles I hope to be posting soon. What has me realy excited right now are some new pattern lines from other small businesses that have been kind enough to let other home businesses use their patterns.
I've mentioned the Handmade Dress pattern line before but now that I have the patterns in hand and am picking out the fabrics to make up samples for Practically Pretty, I am even more pleased and excited about using them! Samantha Caffee is a homeschooling mom with 3 children and one on the way and is also in the process of adopting a sibling group from Bulgaria. She is just a sweetie and I have enjoyed her blog so much and it pleases me even more to say that her motivation behind her pattern line is just the same as sewing for Practically Pretty-- she wanted more for her little girl than what is offered already by the clothing industry. I doubt I am the only one who has noticed how common the sexualization of little girls is especially in the fashion and design world. I think Samantha is doing a fabulous job by offering alternatives through her patterns and I hope that Practically Pretty becomes a great resource for custom girls clothing that caters to those who value little girls and young ladies in their modesty and innocence.
Next up is another wonderful pattern line, also by a homeschooling mother of 4, who in the same way, started her pattern line for her daughter. Her name is Dawn Hansen and she is the owner of Olabelhe patterns. You can read more about her on her "My Story" page of her website. I only just recently came across Olabelhe patterns but the moment I saw her designs, I contacted her to ask about her copyright policy!! From reading her e-mail, I could tell she was also a real sweetie and was kind enough to allow me to use her patterns through Practically Pretty also. She has everything in her pattern line from jumpers to dresses to skirts and blouses, coats and even hats! Dawn, I am getting ready to place my order today! Thank you so much for all the time you have put into your beautiful designs.
Sense and Sensibility patterns have been used by Practically Pretty in the past and I certainly hope to continue using them. They are so enjoyable to use with their good instructions and quality paper. I know for sure that Jennie's Edwardian Apron (that you see all the time on this blog!!) is very practical and pretty so that is a must. ;) Her girls pinafore and pantaloon pattern is also so functional especially for active little girls.
Last but not least is an old find but with many new beautiful things! Judith Marquis of Amberlane in Canada is a very talented designer who specializes in heirloom with a lot of detail from smocking. I came across her patterns because I was looking for a nice nightgown pattern that was also pretty. I think her patterns are just that! She has a new robe pattern called "Autumn Leaves" that I am super excited about and I just can't wait to get started on making some samples from her patterns.
Well, I do hope you have enjoyed this small update on things to come with Practically Pretty. Lord Willing, this is just the start and I am enjoying it already. I have spent some time over the past few days picking out fabrics and matching styles and patterns to fabrics and writing scribbles here and there. Here's to hoping that much will be accomplished in the way of warm weather things in time for Spring weather!