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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Lilac Lane Christmas Gift to You

My newest pattern, A Happy Little Apron Pattern, comes out tomorrow. It's adorably girly with rows of ruffles and in sizes American Girl doll, child 4-12 and an range of women's sizes based on bust and waist. And if you are signed up for the Lilac Lane newsletter, it will be yours for free tomorrow. The only way to get this pattern for free is to subscribe to the newsletter, and it is only available in our next one, going out tomorrow!

 A special shout-out to all my pattern testers!  Karen Woodhull of Quilted Seasons.

 Kathya Briggs of Bonina Boutique.
  Katie Leatherwood showing an option for those who love gardening.

And Vanessa Rowell, owner of Bezalel's. I LOVE those pink polka dots.

For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given,
    and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6

Merry Christmas everyone!


Friday, December 5, 2014

Pattern Updates

We have recently changed the way we make e-patterns and wanted to send you this update. I think you will find the change refreshing: grids to mark each page, a clear place to tape pages together, and small graphics of what the final, taped-together pattern will look like. Every single one of our outfit patterns has been updated! Every. Single. One.
Here's a look at the new pattern pages in all Lilac Lane Patterns. If there is more than one page to assemble the piece, you get a grid which butts up right next to the grid on the next page. You get a graphic of the assembled piece (see the top left above). You also get a diagram showing where each particular page goes within the pieces of the pattern. Of course, each page is numbered and clearly marked with what the pattern piece is. In addition, our newest patterns have each size separated instead of nested so that you only print your size.
Secondly, many of the instruction pages have been updated with further clarifications and photographs. You now get the benefit of both illustrations and photos for each step of your sewing. While not updated on every pattern, if we felt it could be confusing, we updated.

And now, to reintroduce you to Lollipops and Gumdrops! This pattern is so cute, but to make it just a bit more fitted, with curved the side seams. The results are delightful, and these two models are the cutest.
 View one with its sweet collar and pleated front. Photo courtesy of Wonderfully Made Photography.
View 2 is all about the ruffles. Photo courtesy of Lisa Stramel Photography.

Why do we think these are PERFECT Christmas dresses? Just check them out with shirts underneath or a sweater on top. They will easily make the transition from winter to spring.

If you have previously purchased an e-pattern (PDF sewing pattern) from Lilac Lane on Etsy, then the update has been e-mailed to you. However, if you changed your e-mail since you bought it, go ahead and e-mail us a copy of your receipt and we will send it to your new e-mail address. Don't know how to find your receipt? Just log in to Etsy. Under the YOU tab, there is a category called PURCHASES AND REVIEWS. Find your receipt and either e-mail it to us or convo us. Either way, we will update you.

If you have previously purchased from Craftsy, updates should be automatically e-mailed to you.

If you have previously purchased from another vendor, please e-mail us your receipt, and we are so happy to send you any update.

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I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Lilac Lane's newest pattern: the Enchanting Dress

In all of the craziness of the Black Friday sale, I don't think I had a proper chance to introduce you to Enchanting. I absolutely adore this dress. There are no zippers, no buttons. It simply goes on and off over the head, so a girl can put it on herself without help. The knee length is classic and the optional bow is sewn in place, so it never needs tying. As you'll see from the coming photos, it seems to be a boot kind of dress. I'm not sure why but most everyone photographed it that way!
The pattern has each size separated, so you only print the pages needed for the size you're making. This pattern has sizes from 2T to 10.
 The Enchanting dress is fitted to the shoulders and upper back, then falls comfortably and loosely from there. Making it to the chest size ensures it will not slip from the shoulders.
Included in the pattern are cutting instructions and diagrams, a metric conversion chart, glossary, bow instructions, tips and tricks, and printing instructions.

And now, from the pattern testers:
 Size 2T by Vanessa Rowell. What a darling!
I also made a sample 2T, and this little baby is adorable. Also in the 2T testers was Alison Shaw.

 Buffey Hauptmann made a size 3 AND an 8 (see further down). What a sweetheart! And look at those turquoise shoes.

Here's another sample I made in a 4. Love the pink!

Ivey Crenshaw made a size 6. Isn't this little girl adorable? And I have to say the cotton makes me think of my Grannie who grew up picking cotton in the south.
OK as promised, Buffey also made a size 8! What a cute little girl.

Jenny Fish made the size 10. Just love the Sis Boom fabric on this!

Now you're ready to add your own take on the Enchanting Dress. You can buy it here on Etsy and whip it up just in time for Christmas! If you do, make sure to share it:
on Lilac Lane Patterns facebook page (we will repost!)
on Pinterest tagging #lilaclanepatterns (we will repin!)
on Twitter tagging #lilaclanepatterns @melissastramel (we will retweet!)
or on Instagram tagging @lilaclanepatterns (we will heart and share!)


Monday, December 1, 2014

Cyber Monday Sale Extended!

Cyber Monday Sale extended until tomorrow, December 2nd!
No hoops to jump through, no coupon codes.
50% off pdf patterns & Pattern Combos
40% off clearance
25% off fabric and sewing notions

Click Here to purchase from Lilac Lanes Etsy Shop
Buy a girls dress pattern for only $3.98!
Hurry though, sale ends tomorrow.
Thank you all for making this a wildly successful sale!

Happy Sewing,
Assistant for Lilac Lane Patterns

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Time to Print Your FREE Countdown to Christmas

The Lilac Lane Patterns half off PDF patterns sale continues! Just visit Lilac Lane on Etsy for huge savings. Did you know that we also have fabric! It is normally just $7.50 per yard, but that is marked 25% off as well. No coupon necessary.

Make sure to print this FREE download to get your family ready for Christmas!
Can you believe that it's ONE day until December? I have a fun little craft for you today. I love all those Advent calendars out there. Except that they all give toys and candy each day until Christmas. And my husband and I like to focus on the real Christmas meaning.

I thought and thought and finally came up with what I wanted to do. Each little envelope contains a Bible verse leading up to Christmas. I also added a teeny bit of Christmas confetti to each envelope. The first 12 envelopes have Old Testament verses, prophesying the Messiah. The second 12 envelopes have New Testament verses about the birth and life of Jesus Christ.

Would you like to make this for your family? I have complete instructions including all the supplies you need and printable sheets for the Bible verses and numbers on the fronts of the envelopes on my website! It's under the Free Patterns section. While you're there, take a look around. You might see something to make for a Christmas gift for someone.

Merry Christmas!


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Huge Sale and New Dress Pattern!

There's a new dress pattern available now from Lilac Lane! Comfy yet feminine. Fitted to the shoulders but after that loose. And a big bow (if you want one) to top it all off! We are in love with Enchanting! Get yours now at half price in our big Lilac Lane Black-Friday through Cyber Monday sale! This dress has already received quite a bit of press. See Jennifer Paganelli of Sis Boom's words here:
See Jenny Fish of Sew Pretty Dresses words here:

Black-Friday Cyber Monday Sale! 

No coupon is needed. 
50% off pdf patterns and pattern combos! 
40% off clearance! 
25% off fabric and sewing notions!

While at the shop check out the Special Deals section for clearance pricing on all paper patterns.

Also if you like free patterns Click Here to sign up for Lilac Lane's monthly newsletter for exclusive FREE patterns:  We won't spam you and never sell your e-mail address or share with other businesses.

Be sure to check out Lilac Lanes other new dress pattern Treasured! 
The Treasured Dress is just the one to make memories. Ranging in size from 2T-12, this is definitely the dress for weddings, first communion or baptism. The dress is perfect for twirling and showing off a gorgeous, large-print fabric, like Penny Rose’s Olivia line. Make something to cherish, something to keep, something to treasure.

Happy Sewing,

Friday, November 21, 2014

Caring by Design

Lilac Lane is part of something big, and you can be too. All proceeds from Lilac Lane PDF sewing patterns sold between now and 11/25 are being donated to Caring by Design. In addition, you can enter to win one of five pattern bundles, each bundle is a huge amount of patterns. Bundle number three contains all 12 Lilac Lane outfit patterns, among lots of other patterns. What is Caring by Design? Keep reading!
For better or worse, in sickness and in health. Two pattern designers, both with young children at home, are caring for husbands fighting cancer. Both men have served in their country's military, both have a long road ahead of them. These sweet, strong women never complain. Anyone who has ever cared for an ill person can understand the demands placed on these women. It is a long road and a tough battle, but as one of the women said of her husband, "I still choose him so there isn't another option".

Over 65 pdf pattern designers have come together to show support for Naomi and Annemieke. This fundraiser is a way to let them know that even though we can't attend the appointments with them, that we can give them a virtual hug and that they're not going through this alone. They have friends, fans and family that know what they are going through and that we are happy to help.
We are reaching out to ask each person who visits for a $2.00 donation and/or a supportive comment. You are welcome to donate more if you wish.

Key Info: The facebook group that shows all the pattern bundles is: Caring by Design
1) The donation site is here…/the-2-00-fundraiser/266093
We are asking for $2.00 but will take any amount
2) Only comments left on the You Caring site will be counted as entries to win one of the 5 pattern bundles. No donation is required.
3) The bundles are shown under the "files" on the facebook page listed above.
4) The event ends 11/30 at midnight EST.
5) Winners of the bundles will be announced on 12/1 on the facebook page above!

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