As far as children's garments are concerned, I have used, Kari Mecca, Izzy & Ivy, Children's Corner, Favorite Things, Olive Ann Designs, The Old Fashioned Baby, Fiona Bell, Rob Merrett, Petite Poche, Janet Pray, Victoria Jones, etc., etc.. I can't even count all of the designers that I have used in the past. That being said, I must confess that I rarely use the traditional pattern makers, McCalls, Butterick, Vogue, Burda, etc., because I enjoy using someone different. I don't dislike the traditional, I just love designs that are fun and unique. The problem that I have found in using many of the newer designer's patterns however is that many simply do not know how to write directions properly and many seamstresses out there get frustrated....including me. In fact, if I were not a good seamstress on my own, I would have thrown the cute designer pattern, fabric, and everything I purchased to go with it in the trash. BUT...I can eventually figure out what the designer is striving to explain and move on, but for many out there, especially those newer sewers, it's nearly impossible. Hence my reason for writing the next few post.
Yesterday I started with Martha Pullen, today I will talk about Izzy & Ivy. I love their designs, I love how they include their label in the pattern, and I love the pictures on the front of their patterns. It's all about marketing ladies. HOWEVER, their instructions are very poor. When I travel, I visit quilt shops and nice fabric shops to see what is new and popular. In one very nice fabric shop in Lawrence, KS I saw a little girl's mannequin with one of the Izzy & Ivy dresses that I had made in the past year. The store owner was nearby and we had a great discussion in regards to this particular pattern. She shared that it was one of her most popular little girl patterns that she sells in her shop. BUT because of the difficulty of the directions, she said that she felt as though she needed to give a class to those who purchased the pattern so that they could actually complete the dress. How sad. I have made three Izzy & Ivy patterns, including the one that was on display. My granddaughters absolutely loved the dresses that I made...but beware. Unless they've changed, I give these patterns a C overall...and if you're new to sewing, wait awhile before trying these.
Here are the three patterns that I made:
This one is Macy Giggles.
The next two are Kayla Bubble. (A side note here- as you can see, I did not bubble any of the dresses but simply hemmed them. ALSO, you need to know how to wrap elastic thread in your bobbin as the entire back is elasticized....but so cute!)
This last one, the one that was on display in Kansas, is Beverly Belle. This is not one for the weak of heart. ;-)