For a while now I've had the itch to sew...not only to sew, but to LEARN how to sew better. I can do a few basic things on the sewing machine, but I'd love to be able to do more...to sew matching dresses for my girls, or to sew clothing that actually fits our slim & trim boy! I was really excited when I came across Leila & Ben. They create original patterns for both sewing and crochet, and the best part is that their patterns come with step-by-step instructions and color photographs. Definitely what I need to help me learn how to sew! Leila & Ben sent me their Sweet Little Dress pattern for both the smaller sizes and the larger sizes so I could sew a dress for each of my daughters. It was so fun to open up the pattern (which is sent via a PDF file) and to begin sewing matching dresses for our girls. The dress has cute puffed sleeves, and a simple design - which means it can easily be completed in one night! It took about 2-3 hours to make two dresses. I found the patterns to be very easy to follow and they clearly spelled out every step of the process so that even a beginner (like me :) ) could sew it!
These dresses are a great thing to have in a little girls closet too as they are great for summer, and can also be used during the winter over a long sleeved shirt, or it can be used as a tunic once the dress gets too short. I love the new additions to our wardrobe, and they are extra special since "mommy made them!"
Leila & Ben has a variety of other sewing patterns too, as well as some really great crochet patterns. I just love the Earflap Hat. It's adorable...and perfect for our cold Canadian winters! So if you feel like making something special...something handmade, head over and see what Leila & Ben can offer.
Leila & Ben is giving TWO winners TWO patterns of their choice each! In order to get one entry, head over to Leila & Ben and let us know which 2 patterns you would choose if you were the lucky winner.
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