Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Bonjour Ma Cherie!

 I was so excited when Jessica Stewart of Snickerdoole Stew wanted to make children's clothes with Cherie! Her work is amazing.

Jessica Stewart is the creator, writer, and photographer at Snickerdoodle Stew, and also works as an online assistant to the team at Izzy & Ivy Designs.  The Emory Dress seen here is a PDF pattern from Izzy & Ivy Designs and the crochet trimmed bias was purchased from Vintage Door on Etsy.
 This sweet, crochet trim bias tape is from the ladies at Vintage Door on Etsy.
 Look at the amazing details of this pocket!
 The details are so adorable! 

 Thank you so much Jessica, for this post! It is so wonderful ! I hope you guys enjoy this too.
Stay tuned for more coming up!
Love, Frances

Friday, August 22, 2014

Sanae in "Cherie" Part 2

 I was so excited to have Sanae Ishida make garments for me. I love the beauty and simplicity of her photography. Her Blog is a treat to see. An her artistic athestics and beautiful watercolors. This Dress pattern is called Darling Ranges by Megan Nielsen and can be found HERE I am definatly falling in love with these indi sewing pattern designers.

 Thank you Sanae for your gorgeous post! 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Lovely Sanae Ishida and her gorgeous creations using "Cherie" #cheriehop

 This Summer I was enamored by trying to sew garments. It is not something that I have been interested since I graduated college, with all the quilts and needle work and crafts that I love to do, I had very little patience for garment sewing but suddenly my fire was kindled. As I was researching new patterns and blogs, I stumbled upon a stunning blog by Sanae Ishida who's tag line is: "A crafty little atelier in a grey city" Her sewing , crafts and paintings have a mark of elegance sofistication simplicity and beauty.
Well needless to say I simply fell in love. And the photography had me mesmerized. I immediately wrote to Sanae and to my amazement she immediately wrote back. (Not everyone wrties back even if you offer free fabric believe it or not!)
Well, Sanea asked for 2 fabrics skews from my Cherie fabric collection:
Les Points power and  En Route Sable.  And this is the gorgeous dress she created for her daughter "K".  Please read all the details of how she made this dress on her blog.

 I love the details in the dress! Please go read about how Sanae made this dress at her blog HERE

 Such a beautiful dress and daughter.  Thank you so much Sanae for you beautiful work.
Pattern for this dress can be bought HERE


Because there are no formal dates to this bloghop, just look for the hashtag #cherie (also on my facebook design page) then come join the party and see all the lovely creations using Cherie fabrics.

 1. Keep following along my blog for the next month and look on instagram for this hashtag
2. Make a coment on 2 blogs : mine, and the one I am featuring. 
see HERE!
You do not have to follow all month just keep checking and look for any post with Cherie fabrics and my hashtag.

                                       Thank you so much hope you enjoy this post! 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Cherie has finally hit stores! Thank you AGF for these gorgeous shots!

 I am very excited about  Chérie which is my second collection with AGF. This one is extremely different than her previous, so get ready to escape from Africa (Safari Moon)---to Paris with this romantic collection.
Let's tell you more about this beautiful, fresh new collection!
Chérie is a young, beautiful jet-setter. She's the kind of person who creates a garden in the midst of a city. Fresh, modern, and airy with a hint of grungy romance. 
Thank you to Art Gallery fabrics for doing this incredible photo shoot.

This picture knocks me out! It's gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!
This Quilt was designed by Karen Turchan Queen Bee and you can get the free download HERE!


To enter:
  • Explore the Chérie lookbook On the ART GALLERY FABRICS BLOG HERE:, then comment ON THEIR SITE with the project you'd most like to make from the lookbook.
  • Giveaway ends August 19th at 12pm EST.
  • Winner will be chosen using random.org and announced August on this very post. 
Thank you all and I am excited about this collection. It sews very well and all the prints are very versatile and work great together! 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sewaholic Yaletown dress

I LOVE this fabric by Sara Lawson! Thank you Sara! Here is my pattern review for anyone interested in making this dress…
Fabric:ART GALLERY FABRICS  voile floral asphalt from Jungle Ave by Sew sweetness
Pattern Description: pretty easy just a couple little things that confused me about the pockets. Which actually ended up being way simpler than I thought. Also it says to finish the edges before sewing together I found it easier to finish my edges on the pockets after sewing the skirt pieces together.

Pattern Sizing:
I chose size 14 but ended up shearing it down. It runs a bit big so next time a size 12 might fit me.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, it did.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
I think a few more diagrams might have helped for beginners.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the fact that it works for a woman who is busty. Most clothes and dresses dont fit in the bust.

Fabric Used:
Voile  Interface was a light WOVEN

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I cut a little less than an inch on the bottom of the top once finished and I took in the sides quite a bit about another 5/8' on each side. The I shorted the length right above my knee so I cut off about 6' off the skirt part.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes and yes. I can't wait to make this again maybe a less flirty style more sofisticated by making it longer.


I love this dress and it is incredibly comfortable, I had a very tough time fitting it mainly because I am just learning to sew garments and fit myself. I have some problem areas with my body. So I am having trouble with being between sizes 12-14 . I ended up having to rip out seams a lot just trying to fit it on me. But know that I know how to make it, it will be very easy next time.