Pattern Reviews

Pattern Review: Breanna’s Peekaboo Shorts, Pants & Capris by Simple Life Pattern Company

Simple Life Pattern Company just re-released Breanna’s Peekaboo Shorts, Pants and Capris with updated fit and sizing options.

Breanna’s is an advanced beginner pattern for woven or knit fabrics with sizing that runs from 2T up to size 12.  There are three different lengths to choose from:  shorts, capris or pants and have optional side ties for a ruched look.  The waistband is a flat front and elastic back.

I sewed up the shorts option since it is already HOT here in South Florida and this is going to be our summer uniform this year!  I opted for the optional side ties and used cotton woven fabric from Hobby Lobby.  The pattern was very easy to grade between sizing for that perfect fit.  My daughter is wearing a size 6 in width and size 7 in length.  We paired these shorts with a Kyra Cross Back Top in the A-Line fit in cotton lycra from Purple Seamstress.  This was also my first time sewing up Kyra and it is my new favorite!  This top has so many options and is perfect for summer.  I love the A-Line top and dress but the twirly skirt option gets my girls every time (and Kyra has both!).

 

The pattern is on sale 20% off through May 13 and I can’t wait to see yours sewn up.   If you buy this pattern 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

Petite Stitchery Rey Overalls Pattern

I was able to test out the newest pattern for Petite Stitchery amongst the chaos of quarantine with 4 kids and Covid-19.  The Rey Overalls in adult, kids and baby sizes all released this week and are packed full of options like all PSCO patterns are!

I sewed up the adult option for myself and am so excited to share it with you!  This pattern requires a stable knit with 50% 4 way stretch.  I am including the line drawing below so you can see how many options are available to mix and match.  Just a few of them are overalls in shorts, skirt or pants, stand alone pants, skirt or shorts and tons of different accents such as pockets, drawstrings and closures.

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I opted for the shorts overalls since it is already getting quite hot in South Florida.  I sewed a size medium using the front tie straps, bib pocket, 5″ shorts inseam and drawstring in the waistband.  For my fabric I used a dreamy stretch suede I scored on clearance at Hobby Lobby for super cheap.  I only had one yard and was able to squeeze my entire set out including the lining!   I love that the front bodice, back bodice and waistband are all lined for a really clean professional finish.  I paired my overalls with a sleeveless Juliet leotard in cotton lycra from Purpleseamstress for the perfect Spring outfit.

 

 

These patterns are on sale for a short time here and are eligible for bundle discounts on the website as well!  I’m going to sew up all the shorts and overalls for summer over here.  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: Pippa’s Scalloped Romper & Dress by Simple Life Pattern Company

Simple Life Pattern Company just released Pippa’s Scalloped Romper & Dress and I was lucky enough to test this gorgeous pattern for them.

Pippa’s is an advanced beginner pattern for woven fabrics with sizing that runs from 2T up to size 12.  You can opt for a circle shorts romper (hello amazing twirl!) or a dress in vintage or knee length.  There are optional ruffles on both the romper and the dress and the back has a gorgeous scalloped detail with dainty shoulder ties.

My ten year old is romper obsessed and was so excited to wear this!  We opted for the no ruffle romper option and added a decorative fringe trim to the bodice.  Her measurements are all over the place so we used a size 6 waist, size 8 chest and size 12 length.  It can be pretty daunting to mash all those sizes together but it was very clear in the tutorial and very easy to get the perfect sizing.  Don’t let the scalloped details on the back intimidate you either! You will have a tracing template for these pieces making it so easy to follow the curves and get them to lay just right.  I bought the fabric and trim at Hobby Lobby and it is the perfect print for summer right around the corner!

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The pattern is on sale 20% off through March 25 (happy birthday to me!)  and I can’t wait to see yours sewn up.   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: Petite Stitchery Baby Sunflower Pattern

I was able to test an updated pattern with NEW baby sizes and extra features this month from Petite Stitchery and it is so perfect for Spring and Summer!  The Baby Sunflower Crop, Skirt and Dress features several different options to customize your perfect lightweight Spring outfit. This pattern is intended for lightweight flowy woven fabrics such as rayon challis, chiffon or double gauze.  The size range goes from newborn up to 24 months and the pattern is also available in girls and womens sizing.

The Sunflower is a true wrap and includes options for a dress in knee or maxi length, a stand alone skirt in knee or maxi length or a crop top.  You can choose sleeveless, flounce sleeve or long bell sleeve and there are optional ruffles on the bodice and skirt.  For my daughter I combined an 18 month width with 24 month length according to her measurements and the fit is perfect on her.  I decided to sew the stand alone maxi skirt with ruffles when I found the perfect fabric as it screamed summer swim cover up to me!  I found this striped fabric at Hobby Lobby in their Spring Line and it is perfect for this pattern.  They actually had several lightweight flowy woven fabrics in the Spring line that you could pick up at a great price to sew up your own Sunflower!

I paired her maxi skirt with a Juliet leotard with shoulder flutters to play up the ruffles on the skirt.  I also decided to add a back flutter in the easiest pattern hack of all time.  I simply used the pattern piece for the shoulder flutter and added it to the back neckline.  I LOVE how extra girly and feminine it makes this simple leotard allowing the skirt to shine.  I used a cotton lycra from Purple Seamstress for the leotard, CL is my favorite fabric to use on this pattern!

The pattern is on sale for a short time here and don’t forget the women and girl sizes as well.   No worries if you miss the sale pricing, they have build your own bundle discounts available on the website as well!  I’d love to see what you create:)

**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

Petite Stitchery Harper Top, Mickie Joggers and Billie Bomber Patterns

I was able to test out a few new patterns for Petite Stitchery these last few weeks.  I tested the Kids Billie Bomber, the Baby Mickie Joggers and the Harper Top and Dress in Baby and Adult sizes.  They all released this week (and all 3 come in baby, kids and women) and all are on sale!

First, let’s talk about the Kids Billie Bomber.   The kids sizes offer a huge range from 2T all the way up to 17 and this jacket is a great unisex option.  Like all PSCO patterns, this jacket is loaded with extras.  There are long sleeves or balloon sleeves, inseam pockets, zipper or snap closure, fully lined so you can opt for reversible, designed for knits or wovens and crop, waist or hip length options!  Phew, so much versatility in a jacket pattern!  I sewed up a size 6 for my daughter as all of her measurements fell into that size.  I used flannel outer and cotton woven inner lining (both from Joann) and I used a ponte for the bands and collar (these pieces must be knit!).  I sewed the crop length, long sleeve, snap front for my daughter.  I added the pockets BUT with the crop length it’s a bit difficult to actually use the pockets!  I paired her jacket with a Juliet leo and Lola skirt (both also PSCO patterns).  My cat obsessed little girl is pretty obsessed with her new jacket.

Next up is the Harper pattern!  The adult pattern can be made as a crop, top length or dress and the  baby pattern can also be made as a harem style romper.  My favorite part of these patterns are the pretty sleeve details.  You can do a sleeveless, short or long sleeve but there is also a tulip sleeve in short or long with a side tie.  The crop length can be made in a swing or waterfall hem and you can make any options with a faux or functional button placket (or NO placket!).  The romper comes in both shorts and pants lengths with grow with me cuffs available to stretch your wear out a little longer.  For my shirts I did the swing top length on both and did a short sleeve on one and a short tulip sleeve on the other.  I opted out of the placket on both as well.  I love how simple they are but so flattering and still dressy with the tulip sleeves and flowy swing hem.  My measurements all fall into the size medium so no size modifications were needed.  I paired the first one with ready to wear jeans, the fabric was from Knitpop.  I paired the second one with an a-line Jessica Skirt in a wonderful stripe fabric I got ages ago in a mystery box from Sincerely Rylee.

For the baby size I sewed up a tulip short sleeve dress, short sleeve shorts romper and several shirts.  I mashed the 18 month width with 24 month length to fit her measurements and all the pieces I made were very easy to adjust and all fit perfectly.   The dress is SO easy and simple but the swing silhouette paired with that tulip sleeve is just gorgeous.  I used a clearance double brushed poly from Hobby Lobby for this dress.  For the harem style romper I used the simple short sleeve, faux button placket, leg bands and crotch snap placket.  You can opt to go without a snap placket and the romper is designed to slide up and over with or without closures.  I used a waffle knit with Spring florals from Knitpop and love how it turned out!  For the black top I trimmed my tulip sleeves with stretch lace instead of bands and also did the same lace on the hemline.  I did the faux button placket on the shirt as well and used the waterfall crop length.  This was made with a 4 yards for $4 ribbed knit bundle from Walmart and I can’t love it more.  For the sage green top I added lace to the faux button placket and also did the waterfall crop length with short tulip sleeves.  I paired this top with modified Bitty Bells (also a PSCO pattern) and am dying over the boho vibes.

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Finally, I sewed up the Baby Mickie Joggers in so many combinations!  The baby pattern also includes a BONUS Lola skirt to match the kids and adult sizes!  When choosing the joggers there are shorts, capri and pants lengths available and any can be sewn in knit OR woven.  There are front pockets, back welt pockets, knit or elastic waistband, elastic ankles and a faux fly.  The Lola is an a-line skirt with optional pockets and elastic waistband.  Just like with her Harper tops I mashed 18 month width with 24 month length for both the pants and skirts.  The fit turned out perfect and both items were easy to modify sizing to her measurements.  First, let’s talk about Lola.  I used a Doodles pint from Joann and paired hers with another (I know, I know) tulip sleeve Harper top in the waterfall crop length.  Can I be as cool as my toddler when I grow up?!

For the joggers I sewed up three different pairs. I did pants length in woven with front pockets on all 3 and added the back welt pockets to two of them.  Welt pockets have terrified me for years and I have been too afraid to try them.  I tested this pattern for the sole reason that it would force me out of my comfort zone and make me try something new.  And, while they aren’t easy, the finished product looks SO amazing and SO professional that I am no longer swearing off patterns with welt pockets! The fabric for all 3 came from Joann and Hobby Lobby.  I paired the first pair with Harper and the second pair with a Juliet leo modified to have a back flutter.

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I can’t say enough how much I love the fit of all 3 of these patterns as well as allllllll the included options!  These patterns are all 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

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**