Pixie Pants Blog Tour - Day 3

September 17, 2014

Today's stop on the Pixie Pants bog tour takes us to visit Jenny, who sews a plethora of wonderful garments for both herself and her children and shares her crafting adventures on her inspirational sewing blog Mend and Make New.

Jenny lives with her husband (she married her childhood sweetheart - how sweet!) and her three adorable children in New Zealand, who happen to be perfect little models for pixie shorts!  Jenny made two pairs of shorts, one for her "littlest" in corduroy which is perfect for spring and fall, and the other for her older girl in a light cotton for summer.

Be sure to stop by and check out Jenny's version of the Pixie Shorts on her blog Mend and Make New - right here!

The patterns do come in ALL sizes from 6 months right through to age 10 - great value if you want to be able to use the same pattern for more than one member of the family :)


The blog tour continues tomorrow...

Mon 15 Lisa @ Big Little
Tues 16 Leanne @ Paper Moon
Wed 17 Jenny @ Mend & Make New
Thurs 18 Leonie @ Sunshine x 3
Fri 19 Aimee @ Small Steps Big Noises
Sat 20 Brooke @ Gracenuts
Mon 22 Orsolya @ Borsoo
Tues 23 Viki - posted by Big Little and a GIVEAWAY!

You can purchase the Pixie Pants pattern here and the Pixie Shorts pattern here.
Use the code PIXIEPANTS15 to receive 15% off pattern/s at checkout.
This code is active until next Tuesday 23 September.




Pixie Pants Blog Tour - Day 2

September 16, 2014




The first stop on the Pixie Pants blog tour takes us to visit Leanne, who I met during The Hottie Project back in it's first year.  Leanne was the creative maker behind the blog "My Year of Crafting Dangerously" where she made all sorts of crafty goodness, from sewing clothes for her kids, home decor, wedding styling, crochet, you name it!

Leanne now blogs at Paper Moon Living, a heartfelt and wonderfully written lifestyle blog.  It is one of my must-read blogs and I just love it when I see a new post from her show up in my reader.

Leanne chose to sew the longer version of the Pixie Pants in a summer weight fabric - a super cute chevron print.  Be sure to stop by and check out Leanne's Pixie Pants on her blog Paper Moon Living!

I love to create versatile patterns you can use re-over and over again, and with this one you can make both winter pants and summer pants!  The patterns do come in ALL sizes from 6 months right through to age 10 - great value if you want to be able to use the same pattern for more than one member of the family too :)


The blog tour continues tomorrow...

Mon 15 Lisa @ Big Little
Tues 16 Leanne @ Paper Moon
Wed 17 Jenny @ Mend & Make New
Thurs 18 Leonie @ Sunshine x 3
Fri 19 Aimee @ Small Steps Big Noises
Sat 20 Brooke @ Gracenuts
Mon 22 Orsolya @ Borsoo
Tues 23 Viki - posted by Big Little and a GIVEAWAY!

You can purchase the Pixie Pants pattern here and the Pixie Shorts pattern here.
Use the code PIXIEPANTS15 to receive 15% off pattern/s at checkout.
This code is active until next Tuesday 23 September.








Pixie Pants and a Blog Hop

September 15, 2014


A long time ago, I did a wee sketch of some pixie pants I would like to make for our little girl.

Well, almost two years later they are now finally a reality!  You can read about the original idea here, but basically I wanted something super cute, but really practical.  Lots of room to move, play and accommodate a cloth nappy (yep, that is how long ago it was!). Protect knees when crawling or tree climbing and just generally a rugged yet fun design.

A kind of pantaloon style trouser which can be worn in winter over tights, or alternatively can be made in a light fabric for summer.  Of course the pattern is really versatile and they are really four season pants as corduroy is perfect for spring and autumn too.

So here they are... Big Little Pixie Pants.  The pattern is now officially in the shop along with another ... The Big Little Pixie Short.  Yes! two patterns in one week - I can barely believe it either!

Quietly over the last month or so, both the shorts and the pants pattern have been tested by the lovely and talented sewers in the new pattern testing pool, who will share pics of their finished garments with us!  Yippee!  It is always fun to see what fabrics and colours others have chosen and see them modelled by their lovely little ones.

For the duration of the blog tour, I am offering 15% off the Pixie Pants pattern here, and the Pixie Shorts pattern here. in my shop.   Use the code PIXIEPANTS15 to receive 15% off at checkout.

I will also be giving away a FREE copy of each pattern at the end of the tour!

Oooh exciting......So here is the line- up!

Mon 15 Lisa @ Big Little
Tues 16 Leanne @ Paper Moon
Wed 17 Jenny @ Mend & Make New
Thurs 18 Leonie @ Sunshine x 3
Fri 19 Aimee @ Small Steps Big Noises
Sat 20 Brooke @ Gracenuts
Mon 22 Orsolya @ Borsoo
Tues 23 Viki - posted by Big Little and a GIVEAWAY!

You can purchase the Pixie Pants pattern here and the Pixie Shorts pattern here.
Use the code PIXIEPANTS15 to receive 15% off at checkout.
This code is active until next Tuesday 23 September.







Becoming a Pattern Tester

July 30, 2014

You might have noticed that I have taken a wee break from taking custom orders for a while and one of the reasons is to spend some time focusing on the pattern side of Big Little.  In the coming months I will be working on quite a number of new designs which I am incredibly excited about. 

If you happen to follow Big Little on Facebook you will no doubt have seen the call for pattern testers in the past, and the large number of people jostling to be chosen once the call goes out.  This process has worked well previously, however, I have been hankering for something a little bit more inclusive, more friendly.

What I would dearly love to do, is gather together a "pool" of like minded crafters - a collaboration of sorts with a bunch of lovely, kind-hearted fellow sewers.   Members of the selected pool would receive complimentary copies of patterns in exchange for testing them, but it is more than that.  It is the chance to take part in something, be a valuable part of the sewing community and of course it is always fun being the first to try a new design.

You don't need to be an expert sewer.  I always like to have a mix of beginners and more experienced sewers, as patterns will eventually be sewn by a variety of people with various sewing skills.  It is important that absolute beginners feel the patterns are achievable too! 

So what is involved?
  • Sew up the item in the size agreed upon.
  • Ensure all the pattern pieces print correctly.
  • Check the "fit" of the garment and make note of any adjustments needed.
  • Provide feedback on the tutorial, suggest improvements to areas that may be unclear.
  • Note any spelling or grammatical errors.
  • Take photographs of the completed item.
  • In some cases review the pattern and/or write a blogpost together with your finished pics.
  • Receive a brand-spanking updated version of the pattern for your further sewing pleasure :)

So how will the testing pool work? 
When I have a new pattern ready for testing, members of the testing pool will receive an email with a description of the pattern, possibly a photo, sewing difficulty and a timeframe in which it will need to be completed.  If it sounds like one you would like to try, you simply reply to the email with the size you would most like to make and we go from there.


So how do I join?  
I would love to have you join me on this adventure!  Please drop me an email to thebiglittleshop@gmail.com with the subject line PATTERN TESTING POOL and I will reply with further information on the selection criteria.  I am so excited to get started on this next stage of my journey and I do so hope to work with some of you very soon.

Lisa x




A Little Update

July 23, 2014

I have alluded to some changes happening at Big Little over the next few months.  While it is really exciting working on new things, it does mean taking a break from doing custom orders and making things in general.

Never fear, I do have a few things up my sleeve to tide you over. Over the next few weeks I will be listing a few select items on a first come first served basis.  These will be the last things made for some time so grab them while you can.  I will give you a heads up both here and on the Big Little Facebook page so you will get the first look :)

There is still time to enter The Famous Big Little Giveaway if you haven't already done so!  You will find it here.


This week we have a pair of Little Birdie Embroidered Baby Shoes
A warm and snuggly Candy Floss Pixie Hood Vest perfect for layering in this chilly weather.
A pair of woollen Bumble Bee Slipper Boots with leather soles.

I do hope you enjoy them - simply click on the links to find the listings.
Hope you are having a lovely week,


xx


The Famous Big Little Winter Giveaway!

July 18, 2014


Happy winter everyone and welcome to The Famous Big Little Winter Giveaway!
I have delivered up a super duper bunch of lovely goodies to say thanks.  Thanks for being you! and  affording me the opportunity to make lovely things for lovely people.  It is such a pleasure.

One winner will receive the following:

1. Dandelion Pea Coat  An exquisitely hand embroidered coat made from 100% pure New Zealand wool.  Fully lined and built to last, an heirloom piece to delight any little girl.  Valued at $115

2. Botanical Notebook A tiny lovely notebook carefully crafted from vintage wool.  Hand stitched and embroidered it holds a bundle of charming tea soaked, hand torn pages. Valued at $20

3. Satisfy your winter craft cravings by making a delightful Toadstool Playhouse with this incredible e-pattern.  Valued at $15 (Actual toadstool house valued at $180)

4. Monarch Butterfly Garden Seeds A delightful packet of seeds so you can attract these delightful butterflies into your garden by growing their favourite food. Valued at $10

5. Enjoy the aroma of freshly baked cookies with your little ones (or just yourself!) with this super cute little Gingerbread Cookie Kit containing mummy, daddy and baby gingerbread cookie cutters together with a copy of my personal gingerbread recipe. Valued at $18

6. Hand Embroidered Baby Shoes  Cosy and warm slipper shoes, individually handmade and hand embroidered with love.  Valued at $40

7. Dandelion Hottie Cover  Stay warm the old fashioned way during these chilly months with a gorgeous wool hottie cover.  Valued at $34

8.  A delightful wee Racoon, sure to cheer any heart. Made with love from a recycled Kiwi blanket.

9.  Autumn Leaf Pixie Hat  An adorable snuggly hat made from recycled NZ wool.  Features hand cut oak leaves and acorn fashioned from felt and hand stitched on with embroidery.  Valued at $34


International entires are welcome!
Entries close 8pm New Zealand Standard Time, Friday July 25th.
Good luck!


To enter simply use the raflecopter below! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Hottie Project Wrap 2014

July 17, 2014


The 2014 Hottie Project has just wrapped up and it was better than ever!

I just want to say thanks a million to everyone who contributed this year.  Seriously.  With everyones contributions we DOUBLED the total number of hotties from last year!  I am blown away by your support.

Your beautiful, warm cosy hotties are sure to not only warm a bunch of kids, but make them feel like there is another person out there that cares enough to have made one just for them.   A special thanks to the many of you who made rather a number of hotties, you are awesome.
The care parcel is expected to be delivered after schools come back from the holidays - what a great welcome back to school gift.

Once again, thanks so much everyone.  You make projects like these the success they are and I sincerely thank you for you time, love and crafty goodness.

Xx


PS:  Be sure to pop in tomorrow as I have something very exciting to share with you!