Teacher's Pet Cardi, Simple Tee and Poppy Skirt GIVEAWAY!!!! CLOSED.

August 28, 2009

I took a while to make this next giveaway because I wanted to create a complete set with documented patterns which always takes longer. I hope to make a couple more Teacher's Pet pieces down the road. They have a preppy, yet eclectic feel.

In the meantime, I've been fortunate enough to have a couple wonderful guests share their pieces on Grosgrain.

Lily was fabulous during this shoot. I think the apples had something to do with it. Her exact words were, "I used to not like apples but these are the best apples I've ever had." I'll have to include fruit more often in my photos.

Lily has started kindergarten this past week. I found this antique school desk at a local Salvation Army. Her teacher recommended having a stationary place for her to do her homework. (Yeah, kindergarteners have homework!)

We only had the dining room table which didn't seem very personal to me. So the desk served two great purposes! I might repaint the bottom. Any color suggestions?

I liked the blue, mustard and white color pairing. All Teacher's Pet pieces will have these colors throughout.

The skirt is a simple pattern. With a straight waistband in the front and a adjustable elastic band in the back.

But of course the icing on the cake is the giant linen poppy affixed to the side. The poppy is removable and can be worn close to the shoulder as a boutonnière.

If you'd like I could write a tutorial on how to make these fabulous poppies!

I also want to thank April Spinetti who introduced me to a great fabric store in the Lancaster area with a generous selection of knits.

Without her I wouldn't have found fabric for the cardi or tee. I even found a swiss dot plum knit! Beat that JoAnn's. I'm constantly underwhelmed by the selection of knits at all the local chains.

The Goodville Fabric Outlet not only had an endless selection of knits in almost any color but they were CHEAP. And they had something I had never seen before....sweater material on bolts. They didn't have quite as much as that but it certainly peaked my interest.

It's too bad the store is a little over an hour from my home. I just have to make some reasons to go to Lancaster. There's never a shortage....outlet shopping, cheese, friends and family:)

The cardi is gathered at the neckline into four pleats. The result is a trapeze look. I also used large eye popping buttons to compliment the white strips in the tee.

I really debated on what fabric to use for the tee. Along with the swiss dot plum knits, I also found navy swiss dot knits. I can very close to using that for this outfit but in the end I liked the punchiness that the stripes offered to the outfit.

I was able to use my serger to finish off the edges of the knits which was so great. It's easy and never frays. The only problem I've had is changing threads. So many times I settle for using a white thread on a colored fabric because the thought of rethreading the machine is just too much to handle.

I've heard of these wonderful air jet things on the very expensive sergers. I like to say 'it's like cameras". You really have to settle for what you can afford. If it's over $1,000 I have to pass. But wouldn't it be nice? Just once in a while.

I found these kid beads at Claires in bunches of five for a great deal. One in every color. And the mustard tights were from Urban Outfitters.

You probably would never be able to tell but I moved the "studio" down to our really scary basement. It's so strange to have all these lights and backdrop in the middle of cobwebs, concrete and dankness.

I originally had it upstairs in our sewing/office/exercise/ guest room. Obviously we had space issues. Finally I bit the bullet and moved everything downstairs. And I think despite the occasional gross out, it was the right decision.

I had wanted to take these photos out in a field or woods with the desk but with the heat wave we've been experiencing I couldn't imagine asking Lily to wear this fall outfit. It's good for temperatures in the 60s which should be happening sometime soon.

I usually dread fall and winter and the crisp air that accompanies them but oddly this year I find myself craving it. Perhaps it's because recently the heat seems to be making me sick.

But I'm also really looking forward to Halloween and costumes and have a couple ideas in the works already. Last year will be difficult to top. I certainly can't promise anything. I suppose it will depend on my energy level which is so erratic these days.

Like I said earlier if you would like a tutorial on how to make the boutonniere poppies just let me know. There are about twelve tiers of petals. It was more time consuming than difficult. I think they look great on adults!

If you don't have the time to make one for yourself you should check out this fabulous creator of linen poppies. At emersonmade.

So classy. Think new england, j.crew. Great for weddings too. I'm so jealous of her house, her life. Let's say mine could use a maid-for-hire once in a while. At least someone to put away all this clean laundry!

Speaking of laundry. I know this is totally unrelated but it's against township ordinances to hang our laundry in our yard. Isn't that strange.

I guess I can see why it might be an eye sore if you were hanging them from one window to another but the loo
k of fresh laundry hanging in the fresh summer air seems like a pleasing memory.

I've never had the pleasure of air drying my laundry. I assume it's something I couldn't find the time for but I do remember my mother doing it when I was very small. Then one year a nest of bees settled in our laundry poles and stung my father as he tried to evacuate them. That was the end of freshly aired laundry in my house/ life.

Finally, I know posting my winners has gotten backed up. I have to get on Brian's case tomorrow and hopefully they will be announced by Monday. So please check back then. Whenever a picture is taken off the top list of current giveaways then a winner has been announced.

I would say this cardi, tee and skirt would fit a 3T-5T.

As usual, if you would like a chance to win this cardi, tee and skirt just link back to this post.

If you have any questions see the "questions and answers" link to the right. If you use blogger just use the "create a link" link at the bottom of this post. If you don't use blogger, that's fine too. Just create a link on your page as you normally would and I will see it using Technorati.

Create a Link

Create a Link
j.crew, j crew, jcrew, j.crew, j crew, jcrew, j.crew, j crew, jcrew, j.crew, j crew, jcrew, ann taylor, ann taylor loft, modcloth, express, gymboree, the children's place, gap, baby gap, old navy, the limited, crewcuts, garnet hill, j. jill, banana republic, nyco, white house black market, american eagle, h&m, forever 21, charlotte russe, macy's, bloomingdales, a pea in the pod, abercrombie and fitch, bebe, coldwater creek, delias, motherhood, urban outfitters, victoria's secret, wet seal

93 {comments}:

selahestelle said... Best Blogger Tips

this outfit is SOOO CUTE!!! Love it! Wonderful photos as well!

Ashley said... Best Blogger Tips

Cute photos! I know what you mean about documenting patterns.... takes forever. I'm almost done with my fall ones and I be glad to put away the camera for a while. Hope you got the one I sent you.

Carolyn said... Best Blogger Tips

Yes, I'd love a tutorial for that flower!

Sarah MomE25 said... Best Blogger Tips

Cute colors!

Clements Family said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh my goodness..that outfit is to die for! Love it!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

So lovely, I would totally wear that! (and I´m 25.) A tutorial for that poppy would be great!

Shauna said... Best Blogger Tips

Everything about this outfit/these photos makes me happy.

Leanne said... Best Blogger Tips

LOVE IT! I am already thinking of all the fun places my daughter could wear this.... my fingers are crossed. So glad you are back to giving away your own creations... they are always fabulous!

Ashley said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh, and I'd LOVE the poppy tute!

Jessie said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh my - you never cease to amaze me :) I am so unworthy and probably would mess it all up but I would love a tutorial anyway :) Beautiful work mama!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

okay, first of all, gorgeous outfit, gorgeous photos, per usual. Second of all, I'd love a poppy tutorial. And thirdly, gorgeous outfit and gorgeous photos. Wait, did I already say that? Okay, well, it deserves twice.

Rachel said... Best Blogger Tips

Gorgeous! I definitly want to make this for my neice! I would love the tutorial on the flower!

Ryan and LeDawn said... Best Blogger Tips

absolutely ADORABLE as always! I wish I had a daughter to put that on! Seriously you are so talented! I would LOVE a tutorial for that poppy!

Jaclyn said... Best Blogger Tips

please please PLEASE do a tutorial for the gorgeous poppy! I need one for my little girl... I mean NEED. :) Your teacher's pet ensemble is beautiful!!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

absolutly amazing!

Georgine said... Best Blogger Tips

Will you sell these patterns? I would love, Love, LOVE to buy them. Do you have a store? I thought I saw where you did, but I cannot find a link. You are quite talented and your daughter is a FAB model.

Grace Wong said... Best Blogger Tips

I blogged about this.

And I would love a tutorial!

Myshell said... Best Blogger Tips

Very Cute...again, no surprise. Linking you up and adding it to my "GrosGrain Spotlight"

Misia Pepa Adventures said... Best Blogger Tips

That's adorable. I would LOVE to learn how to do the flower. My daugther would love it.

Linds said... Best Blogger Tips

Can I get one in my size?!!!
Alright aliright...My daughter Cyrie can sport it! SO CUTE!

Kristin said... Best Blogger Tips

Adorable! I wish I could wear it. :)

*jj said... Best Blogger Tips

Yes please on the poppy tutorial! LOVE the outfit.. great work. I'm officially inspired.

*jj said... Best Blogger Tips

Yes please on the poppy tutorial! LOVE the outfit.. great work. I'm officially inspired.

mindy said... Best Blogger Tips

So so cute!!! love your pictures as well. Please do the poppy tutorial, I think they'd be so much fun to make. you're the best :)

Karen Burr said... Best Blogger Tips

SOOOO cute! Does someone want to make it for me?

The Rogers said... Best Blogger Tips

SOOO cute!! I love the desk, the little girl ;), the outfit! I also wish it was my size!

Brad, Brooke, Abigayle, Rebekah and Indy said... Best Blogger Tips

PLEASE give us the tutorial for the poppy! LOVE it! Just found your blog & can't stop looking at all the goodness!

My girlies would look so cute in this adorable outfit!

Mindy said... Best Blogger Tips

I love it, the colors, the stripes, the beads, and of course the adorable model! I'll be watching for the tutorial on that flower!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

This is beyond adorable! Love it! I linked to you from my blog and used a picture to show it off, hope that is ok!

I would love a tutorial on the poppies! Please!

Thanks so much!

Silver Thread Design said... Best Blogger Tips

I too just found your blog and LOVE it!! What a cute outfit!!

S.L.P said... Best Blogger Tips

I love the outfit! I would like the poppy tutorial!

You do not have to rethread your serger to change colors. Cut the string on the current spool leaving it plenty long and tie the next spool to it with a small knot. Then hand turn the machine slowly while pulling on the strings at the needle until the new color is all the way through. Go slow and pull firm but not tight. I learned that just recently as a dressmakers apprentice and boy am I glad I did!

Amberly said... Best Blogger Tips

are you kidding me with this?! it is so adorable!! throw my name in the hat, please!

Lana Lulu Handmade said... Best Blogger Tips

You amaze me. Your designs are absolutely unique and gorgeous! This one is so cute!

Anne said... Best Blogger Tips

that is so posh! here's my link http://iheartgiveaways.blogspot.com/2009/08/teachers-pet-cardi-simple-tee-and-poppy.html

dana said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats on moving your studio downstairs. Oh, to have a studio, no matter what scariness surrounds it :).
Great photo shoot! Love it all. The color combo is perfect. And yes, I agree....an object or prop for my little girl to hold always makes the shoot go easier.
Your creation is darling; TRULY darling. I really love your posts b/c you share such a variety of info. Helps us get a feel for you. I should be better about that.
Anyway, you never cease to amaze me! Thanks for sharing with all of us!

- dana

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

What a darling outfit, the poppy skirt is gorgeous!! I would love for you to post the tutorial :)


Jaime said... Best Blogger Tips

You are amazing!! YOu should have your own line!!

Melissa said... Best Blogger Tips

so cute, i'm in love with the flower!

The reviewers said... Best Blogger Tips

Ok, this is the CUTEST little outfit I have EVER seen. I would love to learn how to make that adorable poppy flower so I can add some to my own skirts as well ;) Please do a tutorial!!! I also added a link to my page so I hope I may have a shot! :)

joolee said... Best Blogger Tips

Amazing, heavenly, gorgeous...does it come in my size? :) LOVE. IT.

Krishna said... Best Blogger Tips

Your photography abilites are developing so well. I'm jealous! Love the outfit, my gal would look so cute too. Gotta learn to sew.

carrie said... Best Blogger Tips

So adorable! I love your style!

aezra noell said... Best Blogger Tips

oogle, oogle, oogle....and then some drool.

Taylor Anne Vail said... Best Blogger Tips

Adorable...I love it!

noreen said... Best Blogger Tips

just linked
so sweet

mags said... Best Blogger Tips

you are so freaking talented!

celine said... Best Blogger Tips

It's lovely ! I'm going to link back to your post !

Art Nest said... Best Blogger Tips

Kathleen! You are really coming into your own - this is fabulous!!
Little Bella would LOVE to wear this to kindergarten~

Susannah @ Art Nest

Monica said... Best Blogger Tips

I put the link on my blog:


I really like the colors and the black and white shirt underneath the yellow sweater. I want to win it for my niece. She would ♥ it!

Thanks!! ☺


Laura Gerencser said... Best Blogger Tips

Yes, I'd love a tutorial!! Adorable!
I linked!

The Sewing Dork said... Best Blogger Tips

I love the colors together - so different from what you often see in stores!

Tessies Hearts said... Best Blogger Tips

This is absolutely gorgeous!The colours are perfect, and the photos are brilliant!

I would LOVE to see a tutorial on how to make those poppies!!

nicola xx

Care said... Best Blogger Tips

yes, please, give us a tutorial!!

Jennie said... Best Blogger Tips

Breathtaking! What a sweet little model! I can't even decide which shot is my favorite, they are all stunning! I love, love, LOVE the poppy!

Daniel, Sara, Dmitri & Paige said... Best Blogger Tips

I think you should definitely do a tutorial for the poppy! And I LOVE the cardigan! i need one in my size! :}

Ryan & Cynthia Clan said... Best Blogger Tips

I never wanted to be Teacher's Pet, but if it meant wearing an outfit like this, I would have been bringing LOTS & LOTS of apples to school. I just love the mustard yellow color. Beautiful job as always.


Steph said... Best Blogger Tips

SO adorable!
Please, please post the tutorials for us stay-at-home-mommies :)

annies home said... Best Blogger Tips

I linked to this post and pasted it here http://shopannies.blogspot.com/2009/08/teachers-pet-cardi-simple-tee-and-poppy.html


Mrs. S said... Best Blogger Tips

So cute and I love the colors. I am glad you liked the fabric shop! I can't wait till my next trip. I would love to win this. A tutorial would be amazing!

Emily said... Best Blogger Tips

love, love, love!! And I would love the poppy tutorial too!!

Candace said... Best Blogger Tips

LOve, Love, Love itQ Blogged here:

Leah said... Best Blogger Tips

My daughter would look to die for in this darling get-up!

Hailey said... Best Blogger Tips

I hope I win!
Caroline would look adorable in this!

Jinii said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this! Pick me!!

Blake Bench said... Best Blogger Tips

What a perfectly fun outfit for autumn! I can't wait to see what else you have in store!

Croslands said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh so cute. I want one for my daughter and one in my size too. Adorable.

Kristi said... Best Blogger Tips

i love everything about this outfit and the poppy flower makes it all so special. I would love love love a tutorial on how to make on myself!

Melinda said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh man, can I be you please?! LOVE THIS SO MUCH!!

Please please PLEASE for the tutorial!!!

Still loving it!!!

tiarastantrums said... Best Blogger Tips

would love to see a tutorial on the poppy

S.L.North said... Best Blogger Tips

Great job! These are fantastic.
A tutorial on the awesome flowers would be great. :):):):):)

alisquire said... Best Blogger Tips

Absolutely adorable!

O'Loughlin Family said... Best Blogger Tips

So cute!

Claudia Kiley said... Best Blogger Tips

This outfit took my breath away. I love how whimiscal it looks.

Karen said... Best Blogger Tips

yes please, on the poppy tutorial! Just found your site, can't wait to check it out more.

Yoga with Gaileee said... Best Blogger Tips

Ah, yes poppy tutorial a must need!

I've link/posted the giveaway to my site at:
Love 2 Sew 4 Fun


p.s. Again, lovely model!

Amy said... Best Blogger Tips

I'd love a poppy tutorial...and that outfit for grown-up girls. Adorable.

Sandy said... Best Blogger Tips

I love the flower - Please do a tutorial!!!

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

Please do a tutorial for the flower, you have amazing talents!

Paige said... Best Blogger Tips

Adorable. I linked to this post. Please count me in the giveaway!



Cherry Blossoms said... Best Blogger Tips

This IS SOOOOO ADORABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I blogged:

CherryBlossomsDesign at hotmail

Heather said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh yes, please do a tutorial for that poppy! I love it!

Hannah & Holly said... Best Blogger Tips

ohh!!!!!!!!! so cute! posted a link and blogged about it! :)

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

The visit was useful. Content was really very informative.

pacotille said... Best Blogger Tips

Lovely ! The link is already on my blog.

Gombojav Tribe said... Best Blogger Tips

Love it!


Christina said... Best Blogger Tips

cutest. outfit. ever! oh my goodness. i'd love to see my niece in this.

Welcome to Lulu's life. said... Best Blogger Tips

My sister would love this! Normally I wouldn't enter a drawing for children's clothes but this is darling so I created a link!

Steph said... Best Blogger Tips

So cute! My daughter would look great in this for her first day of preschool.



charlie said... Best Blogger Tips

This outfit is just adorable and would look so cute on my grandaughter. Would love a tutorial for that amazing flower also. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win.

MOMI Boutique said... Best Blogger Tips

wow! I just stumbled upon your blog through a google search for the goodville fabric shop! Nice to see you are in PA as well. :) Your photography is amazing & your daughter is such a doll!
Do you have a photography studio that you shoot out of?

Flower store uk said... Best Blogger Tips

I suggest this site to my friends so it could be useful & informative for them also. Great effort.

Helen said... Best Blogger Tips

A trick to speed up rethreading your serger is to leave the machine threaded and cut the old thread color off near the spools. Set your new thread on the machine and tie each new thread to the corresponding old thread. Make sure the knots are tight and trim the tails short - a little more than a quarter inch. Make sure that the presser foot is lifted so that the tension is off and then just carefully pull the threads through the machine. You'll probably have to snip the knots when they get to the needles and then thread them individually, but I still find it a real timesaver!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

I can not tell you how much I adore this little set!!!I've looked absolutely everywhere for something showing me how to do the pleated neckline like on the cardigan!!! Is there any way I could get the pattern for it?? I would love to buy it from you, I honestly don't think I'll be able to move on until I have the exact replica in my daughters closet!! Thankyou

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...