Sewing Inspiration & Sew Along News!

Did you know the Bubblegum Dress sew-along is started last Thursday!? Join here (you need to be a part of the Candy Castle Patterns Group to see the event).
If you're not quite sure what a sew along is, you can read more here.

You can join in and catch up the days you are behind at any point, so don't worry if you missed the first day(s)!

Don't miss it! I'm joining too and there will be prizes to win. The Bubblegum Dress pattern has a 20% off discount code for participants of the sew along. For the code, please make sure to join the event on Facebook, as the code will be posted there today.

It's the PERFECT way to get a beautiful dress done, make some new friends and have the possibility to win a sweet prize. Don't miss it :)
This is the pattern we'll be using.

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Cherry Swirl Dress

Jen English posted this beautiful picture in our Pattern Group. This is the Cherry Swirl Dress! The bodice & skirt are both included in this bundle.
Jen wrote us: "Hi, my name is Jen. I live in a little village, Tyndale, NSW AUSTRALIA. I'm a Nana to 12. I had made my granddaughters their Peppermint Swirl dresses three years ago. I absolutely LOVE this pattern. I actually had one of my daughters help me who'd never sewn, never cut a pattern before. We had so much fun making 4 dresses together, after I'd made one for a test run. The pattern instructions are so helpful and easy to follow. And of course the granddaughters loved their dresses. I bought my fabric, but didn't make the time. It's a New Year again, and I'm making time!! So finally this Nana made her own. The bodice is from the Cherry Cosmopolitan Dress. I found this pattern so easy to follow, and I couldn't be happier with the fit. Guess I'll be making 6 more for the granddaughters!! ( we have had another 2 granddaughters in the three year period.)"

Looking for a circle skirt dress that has an amazing fit, can be worn for a long time due to the adjustable bodice, has a crazy size range (0m-14y) and is an incredibly fun sew? I got you covered! The Bubblegum Lollipop Pi!


Peppermint Swirl Dress

It was Kyra's first time sewing clothing! Can you imagine that? She jumped right in and made a Peppermint Swirl Dress - I really loved the prints she used.

She told us: "These dresses ended up being Christmas presents (a perfect reason to stop putting off making them and get over your fear). I actually brought both girls with me to pick out their fabric after getting recommendations through the candy castle Facebook group and being told about a sale at Joanns. I loved being able to combine most of the vehicle related fabrics available to me! I love how the matching pattern and the black fabric makes the dresses match. And bonus they easily forgot about the fabric so their presents were still a surprise. "

Oh, Kyra wrote a review on the pattern too, you can find it here!

I have SO many buttons stashed, I really wanted to do something with them. So I made this Banana Pudding top!
Super pleased with how it turned out, and so is little Miss! This is a very quick top and since it´s such a big panel, it´s perfect for embellishing.

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Mary Poppins

Carrie Darling sent in this beauty. She made a brilliant Mary Poppins dress by using the Princess Dress pattern.
She told us: "My daughter kept sending me posts last year of Peppermint Swirl and Princess dresses that people had made, hinting for me to make one for her little girl. I was a bit intimidated (like so many people say), but I jumped in with the Peppermint Swirls and have made a few of them, I love them! The Princess with the gathers and puffiness scared me away, until Christmas when I jumped in and made two.

Mary Poppins is my all-time favorite movie, and I have a granddaughter that likes to sneak in some play times with one of my Mary Poppins dolls. I was looking at the Candy Castle patterns and thought the Princess dress might make a good Mary Poppins dress with the way it pulls up at the bottom around the top skirt. I ventured out to find some shiny, washable, white fabric and lace to make this dress. Using lace for the top skirt gave it a similar look as to what Mary Poppins wears on her Jolly Holiday. "


Peppermint Swirl Dress

This is such an awesome outfit! See the matching shoes, and the beautiful detail of the yellow bias tape at the hem?
Gini Kreutzkamp sent us this picture of the lovely Peppermint Swirl Dress she made and she wrote us:
"I used fabric from JoAnns. I made it for her because we got tickets to a special taping episode of The Price is Right Kids edition! I had been to the show before and a woman wearing a gorgeous dress got on the show so I was hoping she'd stand out. Everyone loved it! She was too shy for the show to get on though. Bummer. But I told her she was my winner because she got the most amazing dress! She agreed!"
Well, we totally agree too, Gini!

The Soda Pop Polo Shirt also got a complete make-over! It now prints only in black and white and has a much smoother printout than when it was released many years ago.

Kristal Timmerman posted this beautiful Pumpkin Pie Poncho in our pattern group. She wrote us: "I made the Pumpkin Pie Poncho for my daughter. She loves soft and comfy tops, so I knew this would be a perfect match for us. I saw the fabric and it practically jumped in my cart begging to become a Pumpkin Pie Poncho. The pattern was so fun to make. The tutorial was written clearly and it was incredibly helpful. It made the construction so simple for me. I especially loved that I could print the pieces in black and white and I could cut out the size I needed with ease. Thank you so much for such an amazing pattern, we will definitely have many many more in our future!"

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Candy Castle Princess Dress

Such a beautiful Princess Dress, made by Mandy Swiger. She made it years ago, had forgotten about it, and then ran into this picture. Of course I had to share; I love the beautiful bright fabrics.

Lisa Santoy made something really amazing. A patchwork Cappuccino Cardigan!
Here's how she did it!
"To make the Cappuccino Cardigan as a patchwork, [..] I laid out the pattern pieces and then just started laying the fabric pieces out on top, making sure to add extra for seam allowances. I wanted my sweater to be asymmetrical, so I did a second layout of each pattern piece exactly the same. Then I just used my serger to sew the pieces together, seams on the outside, basically making big patchwork rectangles. From there I just pinned my pattern pieces and cut like normal. I then followed the sewing instructions and was very pleases with the results! I am going to be using more scraps to make another one :) I had been wanting to use my scraps in this way for a long time, and I knew from the beginning this pattern would be perfect for it.
I absolutely love this pattern and this cardigan. I have made quite a few and have plans to make more.

Mandy Swiger sewed up this sweet Ice Cream Skirt and added lace to it. These skirts are so easy to make but they have such a sweet effect!

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If you've been looking for a quick and fun project that uses up your pretty scraps of fabric, make sure to check out the Licorice Bits Legwarmers. They got a make-over last month too, and they are the perfect quick gift for any girl!
In this picture, little Eden is wearing legwarmers Mandy Swiger made for her - ready for dancing class!

Elizabeth Hall stunned me with this dress. She wrote:
"This is the fourth Peppermint Swirl dress I have made, and it is one of my favorite patterns! It is such a well written, easy to follow pattern. I get so many compliments when my daughter wears hers. I make them for her to play in, so she wears them to school and around town.

The panda Peppermint Swirl dress was inspired by my children's school, East Point Academy. East Point Academy is a public Mandarin Chinese immersion school, and they host an annual Chinese New Year Gala to raise money for the school. The Gala features a silent auction and all proceeds from the auction support the school. I wanted to donate something unique to the auction, and on a whim decided I would attempt to make a panda Peppermint Swirl (the school's mascot is a panda) and use the school's colors. I wasn't sure I was going to love the blue/black combo, as it is something I wouldn't have picked out for myself. It turned out so much better than I expected! The auction is next weekend, so I'm excited to see how it does!"

I really hope you didn't miss the release of the Jawbreaker Joggers! This is my new favorite pattern and it just might become yours too!

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Triple Layered Cake Tunic

In case you missed it: the Triple Layered Cake Tunic pattern was completely re-released, with improved instructions and pattern pieces. It now has 4 less pages to print and prints in all black and white.


I hope you got tons of sewing inspiration; let's get creative!

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