Pattern Reviews

Petite Stitchery Oversized Andy Raglan and Jessica Skirt Patterns

I was able to test out a few new patterns for Petite Stitchery these last few weeks.  The Jessica Skirt and Andy’s Oversized Raglan in Baby, Kids and Adult sizes all released this week and are great for mixing and matching!

First, let’s talk about Andy’s Oversized Raglan.  This pattern is an oversized, loose, flowy fit.  All sizes of these are designed to be unisex patterns with feminine details available as well to dress it up.  The baby sizes range from nb-24 month and include options for a crop top, shirt length top, dress, onesie or bubble romper.  The kids sizes offer a huge range from 2T all the way up to 17 and adult sizes range from XS-4X.  Both the kids and adult patterns offer options for crop top, shirt length or dress.  There are cap sleeves, short or long sleeves in all 3 patterns and a sleeve ruffle that is optional on the cap sleeve length.  The long sleeve has an option of a flowy sleeve with elastic wrist or a more fitted traditional long sleeve.  There is also an optional ruffle for the bottom of the crop top.

I sewed up a different option in each of these patterns!  For the baby size I sewed a bubble romper with long sleeves and added the sleeve ruffle.  The bubble romper has leg bands with elastic and a snap placket on the crotch for easy diaper changes.  I blended an 18 month width with 24 month length and used an adorable fawn print I got ages ago from Girl Charlee that was perfect for Valentine’s Day this week!  For my bands and ruffle I used double brushed poly from Knitpop and I paired her romper with the Opal Socks in thigh length worn scrunched down.  I can not get over how stinking cute this romper is and plan to make her several more for Spring!

For the kids sizes I sewed up the dress length for my six year old who is in a dress only phase.  The dress option features a drop waist and gathered skirt.  I used the cap sleeve with ruffle for her dress.  All of her measurements fit into the size 6 so no size modifications were needed.  This fabric is from the Doodles line at Joann Fabrics and I paired it with a double brushed poly also from Knitpop for a pop of bright aqua.  My daughter loves this dress and it will be great in those upcoming hot summer months!

Next up are both the  adult size raglan and the Jessica Skirt.  I made two different tops and made several of the skirts.  These two patterns pair together perfectly and make me feel put together without much effort.  All of my measurements fit into the size medium so no size modifications were needed.  I made a top length and a crop length with ruffle both with ruffled cap sleeves and both are made with rayon spandex fabric.  Now let me just say that this belly has not braved sunshine or the outdoors or the public in probably 10 years (hello 4 babies worth of stretch marks).  I was terrified to try the crop option but also wanted to be open to the idea.  Can I tell you something?  I LOVE it on my body.  The loose and flowy fit makes me feel confident and comfortable.

The skirt features either a fitted or a-line silhouette with multiple options including pockets, slits and different lengths.  I sewed a maxi length fitted skirt with modest side slits (thigh length slits are also an option) and I also sewed up the a-line in mid-thigh length.  The fitted skirt has a contoured waistband and the a-line skirt has an elastic waistband with optional drawstrings.  Even better, the a-line skirt is perfect for a mommy and me set using the Lola pattern.  Now, let’s talk fabrics.  The sunflowers are a scuba crepe from Knitpop, the maxi skirt is a ponte and the pineapples are French Terry.  Are you ready for picture overload?

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These patterns are on sale for a short time and are eligible for bundle discounts on the website as well!  I’d love to see what you create:)

**I RECEIVED A FREE COPY OF THESE PATTERNS AS PART OF THE TESTING PROCESS. ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN. THIS POST CONTAINS AFFILIATE LINKS**

 

Pattern Reviews

Pattern Review: Children’s Hoodie Dress by Rebecca Page

We love a comfy but stylish outfit for these cooler months in South Florida and the new Children’s Hoodie Dress pattern from Rebecca Page fills those requirements perfectly!

This pattern comes in a large size range from 12 months up to size 12 which means it will fit all of my kids without buying baby sizing as well! This is a raglan style pullover hoodie that has a loose fit.  There are options to add drawstrings in the hood and/or a kangaroo pocket.  The sleeves and hem are both cuffed instead of hemmed (so quick!).  There are two length options of mid-thigh or knee length and it has a subtle high low hem.  This is a very beginner friendly sewing pattern and is extremely quick and simple!

For my first one I sewed up an 11/12 length blended to the 7/8 width for my ten year old.   It was very simple to grade between sizes and the fit was spot on.  We used a French Terry that I have had for a couple of years in my stash from Knitpop.  We added the kangaroo pocket but opted out of the drawstring on the hood and did the mid-thigh length.  My daughter is getting to the age where she is a bit more particular about what she wears and immediately asked for several more of these as soon as she put this on.  We paired it with simple leggings and it’s the perfect comfy outfit.

For my littlest I modified the pattern to have a lined hood but otherwise followed the pattern.  I sewed this with all the same options as my oldest with the kangaroo pocket and mid-thigh length and also paired hers with leggings.  For this one I used a cute succulent print from the Doodles line at Joann Fabrics and paired with with a stretch faux sequin from my fabric stash.

This pattern is on sale for a short time so scoop it up here (and also comes in ladies sizes!) and sew up all the hoodies!  I’d love to see what you create:)

**I RECEIVED A FREE COPY OF THIS PATTERN AS PART OF THE BRAND AMBASSADOR PROCESS. ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN. THIS POST CONTAINS AFFILIATE LINKS**

 

Pattern Reviews

Pattern Review: Hampton High Low Top & Dress by Simple Life Pattern Company

Simple Life Pattern Company is currently celebrating 5 years and just released two new knit patterns (on sale) along with a site-wide sale!  I was able to test one of these new patterns and can’t wait to share it with you all.

Hampton’s High Low Top & Dress is a gorgeous knit pattern loaded with options.   The sizing runs from 2T up to size 12 with gathered or circle skirts in top, knee and maxi lengths, both with high low options.  The high low skirt has a unique spin as it is shorter on the sides while still being longer in the back.  In addition to a sleeveless bodice there are sleeves offered in either a short puffed sleeve or a long bishop sleeve.  You can choose the solid back or the cut-out back to dress this up even more.  My daughter’s measurements fell into size 6 in all areas so there were no size modifications needed.  The bodice is fully lined giving it a clean professional inside finish.  This is listed as an advanced beginner sew with directions that are very clear and easy to follow.  I sewed up two dresses and love them both!

The first dress I sewed up has the long sleeve, cut-out back and high low circle skirt.  I used a stretch velvet that I bought on clearance (score!) at Hobby Lobby this winter.

The second dress I sewed up is also using the cut-out back and high low circle skirt but with short puffed sleeves instead.  I chose to hem this one with white bias tape instead of a traditional hem to give a little pop of bright white when she twirls.  For this dress I used a double brushed poly from Knitpop that makes me long for summer and fresh strawberries!

The pattern is on sale 20% off through February 17 along with the other new releases.  All other patterns (excluding new releases) are 40% off with coupon code CELEBRATE.  I love Hampton’s so much and definitely plan to grab a few more patterns in the sale.  If you buy this pattern (or the others!) on sale let us know what you think!

**I RECEIVED A FREE COPY OF THIS PATTERN AS PART OF THE TESTING PROCESS. ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN. THIS POST CONTAINS AFFILIATE LINKS**

 

Pattern Reviews

Pattern Review: Shelly’s Wrap Dress and Top by Simple Life Pattern Company

I am excited to be testing for a few new pattern companies this year!  I have loved every pattern I have purchased from Simple Life Pattern Company and jumped at the chance to test one of their anniversary release patterns!  They are celebrating 5 years and have 10 new patterns releasing this week along with a site-wide sale.

Shelly’s Tiered Collar Wrap Dress and Top is one of these new patterns and it is packed with options.  The sizing runs from 2T up to size 12 with dress or top length options, tiered or simple skirt (gathered or circle), multiple sleeves and an optional collar.  I sewed up the dress with the collar, simple gathered skirt and short sleeves in a size 6.  My daughter’s measurements fell into size 6 in all areas so there were no size modifications needed.  The fit is perfect on her and great for transitioning from Winter to Spring in this South Florida weather.   The tiered skirt option is also beautiful and we will be trying that one next!

The pattern is on sale 20% off through February 17 along with the other new releases.  All other patterns (excluding new releases) are 40% off with coupon code CELEBRATE.  I love Shelly’s so much and definitely plan to grab a few more patterns in the sale.  If you buy this pattern (or the others!) on sale let us know what you think!

**I RECEIVED A FREE COPY OF THIS PATTERN AS PART OF THE TESTING PROCESS. ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN. THIS POST CONTAINS AFFILIATE LINKS**

 

Pattern Reviews

Pattern Review: Nightingale Cardigan and Top by Striped Swallow Designs

I was so excited to test out the new Nightingale pattern for Striped Swallow Designs a few weeks ago.  I am a sucker for cardigans and feminine details so this pattern was right up my alley.

There is an oversized cardigan with a high-low hem and bishop sleeve option as well as a button up crop top with long sleeve option.  There are optional pockets as well.  If you prefer a straight hem there is also a blog post on the Striped Swallow Designs website on how to hack this into a straight hem instead of high-low.

I sewed up the cardigan option with pockets and am just in love with the bishop sleeve!  For my cardigan I used an oatmeal french terry from Knitpop (I bought it a few years ago though) and sewed a size medium.  I have already sewed up a second one in sweater knit and have 2 more planned.  This is a fairly easy sew as long as you are comfortable with buttonholes.  If you are scared of sewing buttonholes, don’t be!  It’s much easier than it looks and there are tons of tutorials on youtube to teach you!

I paired my cardigan with SOS pants from Patterns for Pirates and the Harbor Knot Tee (in slim fit/lower knot option) from Striped Swallow Designs.  This was my first Harbor Knot Tee although I have made several in the tank option and let me just say it is LOVE and I see many more in my wardrobe soon!

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This pattern is also available in kids sizing and is on sale with coupon code NIGHTINGALE for $2 off through January 31!    Grab yours here before the coupon expires and I hope you enjoy this pattern as much as I do and I can’t wait to see what you sew up:)

**I RECEIVED A FREE COPY OF THIS PATTERN AS PART OF THE TESTING PROCESS. ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN.**

 

Pattern Reviews

Petite Stitchery Doll Patterns

One of my favorite pattern companies, Petite Stitchery, is now designing some of your favorite patterns in doll sizes!  My doll loving little girls LOVE matching their dollies, so I jumped at the chance to test out the first round of doll sizes.

The first patterns to be offered in doll sizing (both 15″ & 18″!!) are the Hazel, Sapphire, Tansy, Fawn, Mistletoe and Sassy Skirt.  The Sassy Skirt is free just like the girls option, scoop that up here.  I have made countless sassy skirts for my girls, we just adore the paper bag waist.  The others are all bundled together here for a fantastic price and are on sale for a short time as well.  You really can’t beat the price for 5 patterns in 2 different doll sizes!

I was able to sew up a Mistletoe dress with long sleeve and circle skirt, Tansy ruffle pants with single ruffle option in woven, Fawn leggings in both the color blocked option and solid leggings, and the Sapphire top in ruffle 3/4 sleeeves and simple short sleeves.  I sewed all 18″ options and our dolls are Our Generation and American Girl brands with no issues on fit.

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There are options on the all of the tops to be a velcro/snap back closure or pull over the head.  I opted for a pullover on the Mistletoe and had zero issues getting the dress off and on easily.  I used Velcro on all 3 of the Sapphire tops I made and my girls love how easy it is to dress the dolls.

The Tansy ruffle pants and Fawn leggings are also easy to dress for kids and fit fantastic.  I see many many dolly and me outfits in our house this winter!

 

These patterns are on sale for a short time bundled together here and don’t forget to grab the Sassy skirt for free here as well!  I hear that more of your favorite Petite Stitchery patterns are planned in doll sizing this year too:)

**I RECEIVED A FREE COPY OF THESE PATTERNS AS PART OF THE TESTING PROCESS. ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN. THIS POST CONTAINS AFFILIATE LINKS**

 

Pattern Reviews

Pattern Review: Children’s Family PJs by Rebecca Page

I was able to get my holiday sewing started early with the new Children’s Family Pjs pattern for Rebecca Page last month as a brand ambassador for them.  I am often a last minute type of sewist so having my kids’ Christmas pajamas finished (and photographed!) before December first is a huge accomplishment for me!

This pattern comes in a large size range from 12 months up to size 12 which means it will fit all of my kids without buying baby sizing as well!  It features 2  bottoms (shorts or pants), 2 sleeves (short or long) and has optional accents such as pants inseam pockets, chest pocket and piping!  This pattern is for woven fabrics such as flannel, satin, cotton, etc.  This is also the perfect time of year to score some great deals on flannel to stock up for these pajamas!

I sewed up 8 pairs (yes EIGHT) for my kids!  I sewed up a non-Christmas pair in shorts and short sleeves for each of them to wear year round and then sewed coordinating Christmas pairs in pants and short sleeves (because Florida) as well.  I skipped the piping and chest pocket on all of them but did add the inseam pants pockets to all but the baby pairs.  I used flannel (all found at Joann) and snaps (instead of buttons) for all of the sets.  I did some size grading as well and found it very simple to do resulting in that perfect fit on every pair.

This pattern is on sale for a short time so scoop it up here (and also comes in both mens and ladies sizes!) and sew up all the matching family pajamas!  I’d love to see what you create:)

**I RECEIVED A FREE COPY OF THIS PATTERN AS PART OF THE BRAND AMBASSADOR PROCESS. ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN. THIS POST CONTAINS AFFILIATE LINKS**