Mystery Sewing Challenge ~ Morpho Butterfly

Morpho Butterfly inspired 'Sugar and Spice' Dress
Morpho Butterfly inspired dress

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I belong to a group on Facebook for crafty bloggers (art, sewing, etc) and one of the bloggers, Amy, of Friends Stitched Together, decided to organize this round of a little challenge for any crafty/sewing blogger that wanted to take part. The Mystery Sewing Challenge.

Mystery Challenge

The basic premise is after being assigned a mystery partner, we had to assign a theme for the other blogger who then had to design an item based on that theme. It’s a friendly little challenge, no prizes or anything, so it’s more of a personal challenge to go out of your comfort zone I suppose. It was a little tough. It was hard enough just coming up with a theme that would hopefully be interesting and inspiring for the other blogger let alone coming up with ideas once I got my own theme. 

Morpho Butterfly inspired 'Sugar and Spice' Dress sewn by Lulu&Celeste

So what was my theme? The Morpho Butterfly/Rainforest! (Morpho butterflies live in the Rainforest so in case I couldn’t think of anything for the butterfly I had a broader category to fall back on. Thanks Jessica for the theme!)

So I had never heard of the Morpho butterfly but after a quick Google image search I realized that I had seen pictures of them before. They are a gorgeous, brilliant blue, and I happened to have the perfect Kona cotton in my stash!

Morpho Butterfly inspired 'Sugar and Spice' Dress sewn by Lulu&Celeste
My little butterfly

At first I thought about making a skirt with faux butterfly wings (kinda like this)  but then decided I wanted it to be less of a dress up skirt and more of a real skirt to wear. So then I decided on a cute little twirly skirt with layers of chiffon to make it flowy and mimic a butterfly’s movement but I figured the layers of chiffon would just hide the beautiful blue colour. Then I was testing a cute twirly and flippy skirt that would have been perfect for what I was picturing that would work without chiffon but since the pattern isn’t being released until next week that idea was nixed as well. 

I go through this same thought process almost every time I tackle a project. (Even for test projects I have to debate fabric choices for a few days).

Morpho Butterfly inspired 'Sugar and Spice' Dress sewn by Lulu&Celeste

So I changed tactics and decided to do a dress with flutter sleeves. Ha! There are many flutter sleeve dress patterns out there but the perfect one for me was the Sugar and Spice (affiliate link) from Peek-a-boo Patterns. The morpho butterfly’s wings are edged in black and the Sugar and Spice has side panel details as well a small, square yoke that worked perfectly by making those pieces in black.

I knew I was playing with fire by making a blue dress for my pink and sparkle obsessed daughter. So I found her this pretty SPARKLY scarf (it’s part of Salwar Kameez outfit my friend gave me) that she ran around with for pictures. (Also the reason for the pink leggings she had to keep on wearing, one day soon -I hope- this child will decide she likes other colours. I’m waiting!)

Morpho Butterfly inspired 'Sugar and Spice' Dress sewn by Lulu&Celeste

After I finally had come up with that I thought I should make a raincoat as well to complete the outfit. (Hey it rains in the Rainforest right?!) But the only raincoat pattern I own needed to print out on something like 70 pages and it was running late and I just didn’t have the time to spend on putting  together that pattern. Another time!

The outfit didn’t turn out exactly how I envisioned it. Next time I’ll try less writing down and drawing out my ideas and spend more time sewing them. I had really wanted a whole rainforest inspired look but the dress is all I wound up having time for. 

If you want to see a top I made with the Sugar and Spice (affiliate link) pattern you can go here. It’s a cute pattern!

Check out the rest of the challenge looks:

Friends Stitched Together – History of Flight – 8/17
Felt with Love Designs – Under the Sea – 8/18
Knot Sew Normal – Fruit – 8/19
Friends Stitched Together – My Little Pony – 8/20
The Berry Bunch – Cover Up – 8/21
Pensebrox – Titanic – 8/22
Tangible Pursuits – London Dapper – 8/23
Rebel and Malice – Disco – 8/24
Sewing Sober – Espionage – 8/25
Sugaridoo – Musical Instruments – 8/26
Lulu & Celeste – Morpho Butterfly/Rainforest – 8/27
Paisley Roots – Classic Summer Movies – 8/28
Create 3.5 – Morocco – 8/29
Mae&K – Solar System – 8/30
The Sewing Sparrow – Safari – 8/31


Project #5 for the  August Sewing from the Stash challenge! The black I’ve had for years and years, and the blue has been in the stash since last October. I also used the blue in this project.

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Cherry Blossom dress by Mandy K Designs

Disclaimer: I received the pattern for free for testing it. All opinions are my own. The pictures are of a tester version of the dress, slight modifications may have been made in the final version.This post contains affiliate links (in this case with Craftsy). That means if you click the link and buy through it, I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.

The Cherry Blossom dress is the latest pattern released by Mandy K Designs (affiliate). The dress is an Asian inspired dress which features a faux front placket, a cute mandarin style collar and a ruched sash. It comes in sizes 12m to 14. (Read to the end to get the sale code!)

Lulu & Celeste: Cherry Blossom dress pattern by Mandy K Designs
Cherry Blossom Dress pattern by Mandy K Designs sewn by Lulu&Celeste

Amanda, of Mandy K Design, released this pattern as part of the Aspiring Designers Challenge which is hosted by Pattern Revolution. It’s a pretty cool challenge that encourages new designers to come out with new designs. You should check it out if you haven’t already and read about some of the lesser known designers out there. (And hint: if you want to try pattern testing following some of the “smaller” designers is your best bet since your chances of being picked are greater).

I’ve sewn/tested for Mandy K Design a few times before: The Princess Party Dress, the Tiers of Joy Dress, and the Tilt and Twirl dress (that I never got around to blogging about! whoops!). Can you tell I like her designs? 

Now, on to the Cherry Blossom!

Lulu & Celeste: Cherry Blossom dress pattern by Mandy K Designs
Trying to show that she does have a neck!

Like all of Amanda’s patterns, the instructions are very detailed and great for beginners. I would recommend any of her patterns to a newbie to sewing because of how clearly the instructions are written. More advanced sewists can probably “do their own thing” I suppose.

The trickiest bit of this pattern is attaching the collar. I still haven’t mastered collars yet. And also doing the bias trim along the armhole. Take it slowly and you should be fine.

 Lulu & Celeste: Cherry Blossom dress pattern by Mandy K Designs

There are also instructions for adding decorative buttons or frog closures on the front. Unfortunately the only frog closures I could find in the time I had to make this dress would have been way too big for this size dress. So I’m going through my vintage button collection trying to find three matching buttons. Hard work because they need to be tiny (or at least I want them to be tiny).

Lulu & Celeste: Cherry Blossom dress pattern by Mandy K Designs
If only she would have stayed looking at me! It would have been a good shot

I believe that in the final copy of the pattern the skirt will be slightly longer, hitting mid knee. (I think the issue with the length was only on a couple of the smaller sizes, the larger sizes seem to hit the knee on the testers). Although I do like this length (but a diaper cover is needed), it’s adorable and Baby V has cute little knees!

Pattern details:

  • Sizes 12m to 14 ; Chest sizes to 19″ to 31.5″
  • Includes cutting charts, finished measurement charts, and child’s size charts, fabric requirement chart
  • Pattern pieces are nested but split into two group sizes with the option to print in layers as well
  • Clear photos with each step
  • Instructions included for doing either snaps or button holes
  • Includes 18″ doll pattern
  • Main is Anisa Floral in Lavender by Hoffman Fabrics. Purchased from but I don’t see it on their website anymore.
  • Contrast is Kona cotton in Turquoise also purchased from
Lulu & Celeste: Cherry Blossom dress pattern by Mandy K Designs
Her Tiers of Joy flashback moment
Lulu & Celeste: Cherry Blossom dress pattern by Mandy K Designs
Note to self: Remove wheelbarrow from background next time
Pick up a copy of the pattern in their Craftsy shop (affiliate) or on Etsy. Until August 22nd all her patterns are 20% off! The prices are already reduced by 20% on Craftsy, or go to Etsy and use code CHERRY20 to get 20% off. And head on over to the Pattern Revolution blog to try your chance at winning a copy.
You can find Mandy K Designs on Facebook here (and the Facebook group page here) and her blog here to keep an eye out for the next pattern releases!
This project is project #4 for the August Sewing from the Stash challenge. The main fabric has been in my stash only since April whereas the turquoise has been hanging out with me untouched since last October!
See you next time!

Baby basics Rock-a-bye Baby Bundle tour

So Tweet Patterns has just released a FREE pattern bundle of baby basics, the Rock-a-bye Bundle! This is the first pattern from Shelly who also blogs over at Giggles & Beans

Included in the pattern bundle are patterns and instructions to make a bib (in two sizes), a burp cloth, and car seat (or stroller) strap covers.

Miss V inherited all of Silly Bean’s hand me down bibs and didn’t have any new ones for herself. I wasn’t too concerned about her using stained bibs (well, because they’ll just get stained some more) but some of them have started to get gross looking. This bundle came along at the right time because I was just about to sew her up some new ones!

Kissy face!

Bibs are fun because you can use large scraps of fabrics and they don’t take a lot of time to make. It’s nice to sew a few up after working on a longer project. (More on that next week!)

The pattern gives instructions on working with minky fabric but since I’m doing an stash sewing challenge this month, I have to sew from what I have and not buy any new fabric. So I took some scraps of some pretty quilting cottons and some terry cloth I had.

And I got these two made in under an hour. (Not including choosing the fabrics. That was the longest part for me!)

If I had had this pattern back when Miss V was a newborn, I very likely would have made the burp cloth as well. I love how it’s contoured around the neck. But she’s well past that stage!

 Pattern Details:

  • Includes pattern and instructions for: bibs in two sizes NB to 6 months, and 6 months – 2years; contoured burp cloth; car seat/ stroller strap covers
  • Illustrations with each step
  • Clear instructions. Tips for using minky fabric, and includes instructions for using velcro for the closure but I couldn’t find my velcro in my mess craft room.
  • FREE
So, if you’ve a got a new baby on the way (or an older baby) or have some baby showers to go to, go and download this pattern bundle and sew something cute!

YAY! New bibs!

 I’ll be sewing up a pair of the strap covers soon since the ones for her stroller disappeared. Just have to pick the fabric I like best!

Don’t forget to go download your copy of the FREE pattern here!

See you next week!

Golden Rippy Delilah Blog Tour- Sewing for moi! + GIVEAWAY

Hey there! Welcome to my stop on the Golden Rippy Delilah Blog Tour!

Delilah top by Golden Rippy sewn by Lulu&Celeste
Photo taken by the ever talented Silly Bean!

Golden Rippy is a newer designer sharing their designs with the world! There are currently two patterns out. The Delilah (of which I’m sharing my version here) and the Dahlia which is the girl’s version of the Delilah. (So if you want to do the whole mommy and daughter matching thing you can!) 

Read to the bottom to find out how to enter the giveaway!

 Delilah top by Golden Rippy sewn by Lulu&Celeste

The Delilah is a cute Dolman style top. I like these style tops, loose and flowy and help hide the mummy tummy but still flattering. I know horizontal stripes are maybe not the best but I loved the colours. 

I sewed up the XL size and did a few modifications to fit it better on me. I cut the hip band in the size L since my hip measurements fell into lower end of that range. But then cut a few inches off the hip band length so it would be a little more snug on my hips. I also shortened the overall length by a couple inches cuz I was afraid it would be too

Delilah top by Golden Rippy sewn by Lulu&Celeste

I’m so happy with how this turned out! It is the first project I’ve sewn for myself that turned out so well!! And I did pretty good with matching the stripes! yay! 

Delilah top by Golden Rippy sewn by Lulu&Celeste

This is a pretty fast sew. For me maybe about 2 hours. But part of that was stopping to check fit every so often. The next ones should go faster.

I’m already planning to make a few more. And next time I’ll use a plain knit so I can try out the embellishment options. My sister has also asked me to make her a top too! I call this a successful project!

Pattern details:
  • illustrated instructions
  • six sizes  XXS to XL (bust measurements 30-43″)
  • 2 sleeve lengths (cap and half-sleeve)
  • 2 embellishment options
  • printing guide
  • pattern layout guide
  • grainlines
  • 28 page PDF pattern download to make the top; pattern pieces prints out on 20 pages
  • fabric yardages for 45″ and 60″ widths
  • seam allowances included
  • professionally designed and graded pattern
A nice drapey knit that I bought locally! I think it would make a nice maxi length dress too 😉 (That was totally accidental. I thought the fabric looked familiar when I bought it and remembered where I’d seen it after it was sewn up!)

Both of her patterns are currently on sale so check them out!

Link to Golden Rippy Shop:

Link to Delilah Top Pattern:

Link to Golden Rippy Facebook Page:

Link to Golden Rippy Blog:


Prize Package & Rules

Two winners will each win:
            * 2 Patterns of your choice from Golden Rippy
The Contest Rules:
You must be 18 to enter.
You can gain entries by entering the Rafflecopter Prompts.
Giveaway ends: 8/6/14 at midnight PST.

Two winners will be chosen and announced on 8/7/14

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Check out the rest of the blog tour! What a great lineup!

Monday- July 28

Tuesday- July 29

Wednesday- July 30
Thursday- July 31
Friday- Aug 1

Saturday- Aug 2

Sunday- Aug 3

Monday- Aug 4
Daisy Chain Creations – Knot Sew Normal – Lulu & Celeste (You’re Here!)   

Tuesday- Aug 5

Wednesday- Aug 6
Bebe Lambs – Create3.5 – Lady and the Gents    


I’m sewing up my stash this month! This counts as project #1 of stash sewing. I used approx. 2 yards of fabric from stash! Woot!