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Farewell For Now…

Yes, We're Closing

Guess what? I suck at multi-tasking. There. I said it out loud. Too many pots on the fire and I run and hide. Even those who know me in “real life” may be surprised to know this revelation about me, only those closest to me know it.  After all, my life is very full of activity revolving around the large family that I am blessed with. I mean, who in the world has 5 kids and can’t effectively multi-task? Well…me.

This has been a growing struggle for a long time. My super squishy oh-so-squeezy and much loved baby #5 has backed me into a self-evaluating corner, though. Since his birth in early August I have been forced to switch gears from so much of my focus on LilyGiggle back to my focus being on my family. Another confession? My kids are SO much happier and so am I. I had not realized how much more of me they truly needed until I was giving them that much more. As I have watched this energy in our home go from more chaos to more peace there has been a nagging little thought that has continually crept up in the back of my mind. At first, I completely squashed this thought, pushing it aside and making excuses for it. It was a silly idea, completely impossible, totally unreasonable and downright out of the question. Darn if that tiny thought didn’t just grow bigger and bolder and more convincing, though.

owenWhat was that thought that drove me crazy and made me lose more sleep than my newborn did? The thought that it was time to choose. It was time to own up to my strengths and weaknesses. It was time to be brave and listen to that still, small voice. It was time to stop making excuses and start doing what I know is right for MY family (not anyone else’s). I do believe there are women out there that are fully able to run the show I’ve been running. I’m just not cut from the same cloth. I have lots of strengths. This isn’t a pity party, by any means. There comes a time, though, when we all have to face ourselves and make sure that we are being honest with ourselves. For me, this is that time and, for me, my truth is that I am doing more than I can handle effectively and it’s time to pull in the reigns.

So, what is that choice I have had to make? For me, it was choosing between being the pattern designer I want to be and being the mom I want to be. It was just that cut and dry. For others it is not and I totally respect that. I never want to come across that you can’t run a a business and be a great mom because I don’t believe that. We are all different. For me, it was obvious that I couldn’t do both right now. It doesn’t mean I believe that I never can. In order to do both the best that I can I need to spend some time re-evaluating, re-structuring and working on my weaknesses until they are strong enough to do this thing right.

Finally, a decision has been made. A line drawn in the sand. Peace in my spirit. I’m taking a break from LilyGiggle.

What does that mean exactly? Well, for you all that have helped me make this business so successful it means a big sale. A very, very big sale. I’m really excited to offer it to you because I think it’s going to make you giddy. :) I’m clearing out the old and shutting down…hopefully, temporarily…but nonetheless totally closing up shop for a few months. I plan to spend this time making sure I’m not missing any of this one precious baby year that little man is blessing us with, reconnecting with my 3 year old who is not having the easiest time transitioning into big sisterhood, making sure that I’m equipping my 8 year old and 11 year old with all they need to move from little kids to tweens and to just breathe. Secondly, I plan to work on a realistic plan for my business, finish up the oodles of patterns that are already in some state of completeness and set myself up to re-launch when my life is ready to take it on again.

LilyGiggle will be closing on November 30. Our patterns will no longer be available for purchase after that until we re-launch sometime next year.You will still be able to log into our website to download the patterns you have purchased via our website previously. After November 30, you will no longer be able to purchase LilyGiggle patterns anywhere. Many of the patterns will be completely discontinued forever. When I do come back I want to put out something fresh. A spare few patterns may resurface along with the new LilyGiggle but they won’t be the same. New refreshed designer…new refreshed work…that’s the plan.

Thank you TONS for all the support you have given me and my family these past few years. Thank you, in advance, for your support as we take this leap of faith into our new phase of life. It’s scary but I believe that doing the right thing usually is.

Now for the sale details.

Beginning tomorrow morning, November 11 until November 30 all of our single patterns will be marked down 30% on our website and whole master collections will be $30!!! Yes, you read that right. You can download all 30 LilyGiggle patterns for $30…a dollar a pattern. Buying them right here on our site will mean that you will continue to have access to them even while we are on hiatus. You can simply sign in to your account and download them whenever you need them. They’ll be nice and safe in one place. I told you it would make you giddy…a crazy sale! You all have been awesome and we want to make it easy for you to have all those patterns you may have wanted but never got around to purchasing. We also want you all to have access to them while we are gone. Hope you feel the love…we appreciate you all so much.

xoxo.

Beth

 

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The Secret Garden Dress 2.0

Ah…the Secret Garden Dress…one of my favorite dresses even 3 years after I designed her. I just love her simple beauty. This is a pattern I pull out over and over. It never gets old to me.

Look how little my girl was back then…
ANDROID BLOOMIN DRESS 1Over time she has evolved, though, and I felt it was time to offer that evolution to you all. Originally designed as a sleeveless dress, she now has options for short, 3/4 and long sleeves as well. Her simple contoured A-line silhouette has become more refined and better-fitting. The choices for finishing her neck have gone from just a simple turned neckline to include thorough details on creating a beautiful traditional neckband and a fun, shabby chic raw edge reverse neckband to mimic the finish of her whimsical cascading flowers.

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If you already own the original pattern, I believe you will be especially pleased with all the new details. Several new sizes have been added and it now has a size range from 3/6 months all the way up to 12 years. I’ve been listening to my amazing customers’ feedback and have worked diligently to make it as user-friendly as possible. The new PDF is now divided into 3 different size ranges so there’s no need to print the largest sizes when you only need a baby size and vice-versa. Lots and lots of new details have been added to the tutorial to ensure that sewing up the dress is as frustration-free as possible even for beginners.

Can you tell how excited I am to share this one with you?

Click Here to Buy Now!

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For a very limited time we are offering the Secret Garden Dress 2.0 for the crazy low price of just $4. This is to make sure you get a deal even if you already own the original version. If you have never bought this pattern, now is the time to grab one before it goes back up to full price at $9.95. This sale will end next Saturday, May 4 2013 at midnight eastern time.

You can get your very own copy right here. No coupon code needed while at its special price! Yay!

Special Note: If you plan to buy a bundle, please be sure and buy the Secret Garden Dress separately or our shopping cart system will charge more than $4 for it. Thanks!

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Banded Bottom Leggings Tutorial

Sooooooooooo happy to finally be able to share the Zinnia Dress pattern with you all! There were days I didn’t think I would ever have it ready to get out there but it’s done and I couldn’t be happier with it. I also could not be happier with the sweet photos by 4 Eleven Photography.

We’ve all been ooohing and ahhhing over her precious little model and I’ve been getting request after request for a pattern for the fun leggings she is wearing. I’m pleased to let you know that you just might already have the pattern in your collection of PDFs. The leggings were made from the Petunia Petal Pants pattern with just a very simple little tweak and I’m going to show you how to do it.

Ya ready? Here we go…

  1. Using the Petunia Petal Pants pattern, cut out the FRONT and BACK pants but don’t cut out the ruffles. If you are using a stripe you need to be extra careful that you line up the stripes when you cut them out. This is the edge of my folded fabric showing how I lined it up. I have lots of practice in this. If you aren’t confident that you can line them up, don’t cut on the fold. Lay the fabric out flat and line the bottom of the pants pattern piece up with one of the stripes. Cut out. Flip the pattern piece over and place it on the fabric right next to where you just cut, lining the bottom up with the same stripe and cut it out again.

2. Measure the bottom of the pant leg.

3. Grab the fabric you want to make the banded bottom from and fold it over so that you can cut 2 pieces at once. Cut a rectangle with the measurement of your pant leg as the width of the rectangle and a length of 6 ½”.

My measurement was 7 3/4″ so I cut a rectangle that was 7 3/4″ along the width x 6 1/2″ long. (Which almost makes a square!)

Be sure the grainline is running parallel to the selvedge edge of the fabric.

4. Set the 2 rectangle pieces aside for now.

5. Follow the instructions for the Petunia Petal Pants until you reach the point where you would normally attach the petal ruffles.

6. Grab those rectangles again and fold them in half (right sides together) bringing the short sides of the rectangle together. Pin and sew. Press seam. You have somewhat of a tube now.

7. Turn the tube right side out and fold it in half bringing the open ends together. Now you have a band.
8. Hold the band with the folded edge at the top and put the bottom of the pant leg down into the band until the unfinished edge of the pants meet up with the unfinished edges of the band.
9. Match up the seam of the band with the inseam of the pants and pin. Continue pinning the band to the pants all the way around and sew along this pinned edge.
10. Press your seam and admire the pretty banded bottom leggings you just created…and in no time at all. Easy peasy lickety split!
Adding a couple of buttons creates the perfect finishing touch.

 

Hope you enjoy whipping up some leggings this fall. I know I will be!

 

 

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Sweet Shop Skort Pattern Release – Plus SKORTACULAR Savings!

LilyGiggle Skort PatternHey, all you sewists! (I would have said sewers, but that could be taken really, really wrong.) We’re proud to announce the release of the latest LilyGiggle pattern – the Sweet Shop Skort! And, to launch it right, we’re offering a 25% off sale, so you can stock up on the perfect summer play time skirt. It’s so simple you can whip it right up during nap time and have it ready to wear to the park before she even wakes up. Designed to be monkey bar friendly with attached but hidden bike shorts underneath and designed for comfort with the no-elastic yoga waistband. It’s sized for 12 months to 14 years, so you can get a LOT of mileage out of this one.

It’s really a great, versatile pattern – and it whips up so easy! We dig it, and we think you’ll dig it, too. Most importantly, though – it’s so comfortable and easy to wear, your little ones are really going to dig it!

And, to celebrate the release, we’re offering a fat 25% off all orders on LilyGiggle.com. You can order as much as you like – and remember – the more you order the more you save! Use code SkortMania in your shopping cart, and you’ll save some dough. This coupon expires on Friday, April 6 – so, get moving!

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New LilyGiggle.com Launched!

sewing patterns from lilygiggleHey, folks – James here. Today, I’m putting on my shameless self-promotion hat. I’m just all businessy like that.

To the point: BRAND NEW LilyGiggle.com launched today! Very new look – a serious collaboration between Beth and me. Mostly Beth saying – this goes there and me saying “Yes, ma’am.” We’re excited to have a much more integrated shopping cart, instant downloads on EVERYTHING, including our fabulous and money-saving bundles. Ever want to get LilyGiggle patterns for 5 bucks each? Well NOW YOU CAN – with instant downloads. SWEET! We’ve got a lot more in store for LilyGiggle.com and LilyGiggle in general. We’ve got a couple of minor issues to iron out (the royal we…) but it’s up and humming and looking almost as good as my wife’s designs.

Free Blogs for CraftersSecondly – you can get a blog just like LilyGiggle.com – FREE. Yes, that’s my favorite price, too. I’m launching a little side business – CraftyMamaBlogs.com. What you get is a great blog setup using the same software (WordPress) and an insanely awesome, feature-packed and easy-to-use theme of your choice – PLUS it has Ecommerce built right in. Sweet, right? The graphics, of course, are up to you* – but you’ll have a great looking site right out of the gates – and you can easily customize it and change it up to look just the way you want. It’s free, it has built-in tutorial videos and a lot of other great features – plus (I may have mentioned this) it’s FREE. All you have to do is sign up for a hosting account (you’ll need hosting anyway,) and you’re good-to-go, with accounts starting at $3.96 per month. I’ll install and set up everything, hand you the keys and away you go. You own your domain name, you have your own server, and you have your own awesome website. I’ll also be putting up some great how-to videos with marketing tips, website tweaks and some great business ideas and resources. You’ll have access to all that – for FREE! FREE! FREEEEEEEEE!!!!!!

These sites aren’t limited to crafts and mamas – they can be used for anything. Businesses, personal blogs, photography galleries – anything.

So – check out both sites. Let us know what you think. Buy some patterns, get your own site – and Sew Some Happy!

*I can design stuff for you, but I would have to actually charge for that service. Beth pays me in coffee. Plus she’s pretty cute.
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LilyGiggle is officially closed (for now...) Please direct all inquiries to igotissues@lilygiggle.com for questions concerning your orders, downloads and that sort of thing. THANK YOU SO MUCH for the support through the years. We look forward to coming back with a stronger and better LilyGiggle. Stay tuned - and, again, thanks!