Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes...

I want to extend a huge virtual hug to my amazing research & development team (that's you guys out there, yeah!) for all the valuable help you've given me in the design & creation of my new line of boutique sewing patterns! (I'm preparing some nice goodies for a giveaway, so stay tuned!)

On my last posting I asked for suggestions regarding the "public restroom girls" -- or as one commenter, Annie, affectionately called them, "Potty girls" (hahaha) -- and lots of you out there piped up with great suggestions that would've never occurred to me!

Lisa, a.k.a thedomesticdiva, suggested adding "a simple bow in grayscale onto of their heads," which I thought was a fantastic idea! And lots of you agreed. But then, it got even better: binkiebo and trillium suggested adding "pigtails" or a "hair curli-que" and I immediately went "A-HA! why not both?" (btw, in the marketing world we call this "plusing," meaning adding one great idea on top of another to make an even greater one.)

So, I went back to the drawing board and made some quick changes to the restroom girls and VOILA!

frida-diagram-new

So, what do you think? Better?
(BTW, those of you waiting to test Frida for me may have to wait a couple more days, sorry. I ran out of the big paper I use for tiling my pattern pieces and can't find it locally so I'll need to order it online so I can get these printed out and on their way to you guys!)

Also, anyone want a sneak peek of pattern #3? Well, you're getting one anyway.

Kyoko-concept

I'm thinking of calling this one Kyoko, which means "child of the city" in Japanese. I'm not sold on this name yet, so if my R & D team has any suggestions, I'd love to hear them. I thought this pattern had a very metropolitan & chic look but with an obvious Asian flair so the "child of the city" name was fitting.

It has a criss-cross bodice with a very full attached stripwork skirt and features super flared out bell sleeves in short & long versions (so cute!) And the pièce de résistance is this amazing obi-style sash that just pulls the whole thing together. My favorite part is that it uses my 7/8" wide ribbon (or really any 7/8" wide ribbon you want to use) to cinch it closed, and it's a cinch to make... seriously, you can make this sash in less than 5 minutes!

For the test sample I used an old European fabric I've had sitting around my studio for years (don't ask me where I got it 'cause I have NO IDEA!) and paired it up with my Petal Jester and Michael Miller's Aqua Dumb Dots (one of my favorite fabric staples). For the ribbon I used my Petal Jester 7/8" wide jaquard ribbon.

I'm about to sew up a VIEW A for Sydney to model and another VIEW B using just my fabric for the cover of the instruction manual. Fun, fun, fun!

Oh, and speaking of changes, I gave my blog a little makeover yesterday, in case you didn't notice. ;) I thought it needed a fresh new look for the coming Spring months. I'm so excited about all the changes to come... just cannot wait to reveal everything to you guys. One thing at a time...

44 comments:

  1. I love how you solved your little restroom girl dilemma! They are so cute!!!
    And design #3--sign me up!! I like the name Kyoko but I think I'm partial because I had a great friend from Kyoto, Japan named Kyoko. :) The obi-style sash is a winner--and I'd be honored to be one of the first to purchase this adorable pattern!

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  2. Very nice solution! And I LOVE that new design. I think it's my favorite! So pretty!

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  3. I love the new look for your blog. I noticed right away and was very impressed. I love the pigtales on the potty girls. They look like little girls now! If you do boys maybe you could put a ball cap on them?

    I love the Kyoko dress. I really wish my girls were little enough to wear these. So sad that they had to grow up into tweens. :( I cant' wait to see photos of the dress on your daughters!

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  4. I love the new "models". It's just perfect! And I really love the new design too. It's absolutely gorgeous and I love the name too.

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  5. HAHA! I was the one who called them "potty girls"... you can tell I'm a mommy a mile away, huh!

    I just want to say, OMG, girl, you just keep outdoing yourself... I'm on the edge of my seat to see what's next! This blog design is even better than the last one and your new pattern is even better than the last one (not to say I still don't drool over Frida!)

    How do you do it?

    Annie

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  6. Ooooh, thank you all! So glad to hear you all like Kyoko and you were pleased with the "potty girl" changes! ;)

    Annie, yes, it was you who coined that term! I'm off to add your name to the posting. :)

    patty

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  7. Holy Cow...I LOVE the Asian-inspired dress! And the cute little pig tails on your "models" are just sweet!

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  8. I love the new dress design, and the blog. The potty girls are so cute!

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  9. The Kyoko pattern is TO DIE FOR! I almost have this feeling of anxiety that I must sew it! You've probably said many times where they'll be for sale, but if you'd repeat that info I'd appreciate it.

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  10. I'm in love with the Kyoto pattern! Wow!

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  11. Jennifer and I read your blog yesterday and again today.
    We could so envision you kickin back and enjoying the fruits of your labor; then Jon casually bursting your bubble. Today the "girls look, um, so girlie. It works!!

    Also absolutely love your new header.

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  12. perfect solution! they are very cute!

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  13. I love the Kyoko! Adorable.

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  14. I love the new Potty Girls (that sticks in my head - hee hee)! The pigtails and bows are adorable and very clever. :)

    Gosh, Patty, every time I come here it's a feast for the eyes!! I love the new pattern - love them all - and can't wait to get my hands on them.

    I like Kyoko, too, but if you're looking for suggestions:
    -Modan
    -Toshi
    -Kawaii
    -Shidoni
    -Aikou

    (If you are looking for testers, please, oh please, count me in!)

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  15. I love the new little girls! The pigtails make it! No restroom attachment for me. Your super talented and I love the Kimono one. I think Vienna needs to wear that!! I'll contact you for the pattern.

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  16. Ha ha- just don't call it "obi". ;)

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  17. I'm dying to know if your new blog header is a little teazer of your new fabric line? If it is, I'm totally excited to see more because I love your new header. Your dolls look great with their pony tails and I'm really liking your new pattern. I love that it's different from all the other girl patterns out there. Too bad I don't have any girls to sew for:) Just boring boys.

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  18. Nancy9:45 PM

    Cute, cute, cute potty girls!!

    Your new look on your blog is so nice and springy. I'm ready for some nice weather.

    Can't wait for you to get your patterns done. All your designs are just adorable.

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  19. So adorable! The bows with pigtails are as cute as can be!

    Blog looks great too!

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  20. love it! love it! and love it! Patty, I'm so excited for your patterns and I don't even have kids to make them for. I adore your creations because they are something fresh and different. love it!

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  21. The new and improved pattern girls are adorable! I love both Frida, and the new pattern. Beautiful!

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  22. Patty! LOVE your signature style pattern people! Kyoko is a great name, I had a friend in College with that name :) Love your new pattern ~ you are one talented woman! xoxo

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  23. The new art banner is really nice and I WANT THE PATTERN!!! It's so cute!

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  24. I guess great minds think alike, eh :) Check out my own Kyoko dress from last year:

    http://www.etsy.com/view_transaction.php?transaction_id=9398755

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  25. I LOVE Kyoko! My sister in law is getting married this Sept and this would be perfect for the flower girls. When will this pattern be available?

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  26. I think the potty girls look well...like girls now with the pigtales! Perfect! Can't wait to get my hands on those patterns.

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  27. I love them! You're amazing!!

    (Note to self: must learn illustrator ASAP!)

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  28. now that i'm reading this, i'm thinking back to our discussion earlier today and wondering if i said "kyoto" or "kyoko." i'm cracking myself up at the thought of kyoto...teehee...i truly am such a dork so much of the time!

    love you, and i love your patterns (kyoko aka kyoto is my favorite!)

    :)

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  29. The restroom girls are adorable!

    You are so clever.

    Love ya!
    Chelsea

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  30. Yes Yes now it's perfect!! Love pattern #3 in the s/s version especially - that is on my list for when these come out.

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  31. FABULOUS - love the piggies and the bows - LOVE the new pattern!
    Cree

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  32. I am in love with the new cross over pattern - a designer after my own heart :)

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  33. Ooooh, love the new dress! I'll have to make those for my girls! Keep up the good work!

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  34. Oh, you sneaky girl, you! I'm enjoying the tease quite a bit. The green is set off perfectly with the accent colors.

    The Diva told me all about your potty girls at breakfast this morning but it's great to see them for myself. Love the little tweaks!

    I really like Kyoko but I think there will be some confusion with Kyoto, just because of the familiarity with the city. Don't think it's significant enough to use that as an impetus for renaming it, though.

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  35. Love this kyoko dress! So cute!!!! I will be getting this pattern as soon as it is out! Are you going to have it at market?

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  36. Anonymous6:00 PM

    I'll be stalking your site for pattern 3- gorgeous!!!

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  37. I *LOVE* the new pattern... and kyoko is a great name for it. Can't wait to get my hands on it and sew a dress for my daughter!!!

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  38. Sign me up for design #3 too! I am sewing for my daughter right now and would LOVE to have a pattern for her like that. When will it be available?

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  39. Thanks again soooo much for all the sweet comments! So glad you're loving the patterns! I'm hard at work on finishing up the artwork on these and getting them all tested. For those of you who have asked, I'm hoping to have these ready *before* quilt market (which is in May) but at the latest I'll have them ready for the show. We're looking at another 8 weeks or so, :)

    patty

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  40. I cannot wait for this pattern to come out. I have two boys and nothing fun to make them so i am constantly making girl clothing for friends. This will be a fun and beautiful one to create!

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  41. This new pattern is lovely! I would love to make it for my own girl. And the fabrics you chose are perfect together, very cherry blossom, is what I think when I see it. Thank you for being such an inspiration!

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  42. Jennifer and I especially love this pattern of yours. We can just see Amelia in this one.

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  43. Your blog is adorable and I love the name for the dress - it's stunning! Now, if I just had a grand daughter ;)

    Connie

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  44. One more comment: PLEASE make these in "big girl" sizes (8-10, for example). My little big girl would love this.

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