Pattern Reviews

Pattern Review: Keeley Cardigan by Rececca Page

I was so excited to sew up the new Child’s Keeley Cardigan pattern for Rebecca Page last month as a brand ambassador for them.  My oldest is in the “pre-teen” stage and getting more difficult to please with handmade clothing.  She jumped at the chance to wear this cardigan though!

This pattern comes in a huge size range from newborn up to size 12 which means it will fit all of my kids without buying baby sizing as well!  It features 2 lengths (top or midi), 2 sleeves (3/4 or long) and has optional accents such as side vents, pockets and buttons or snaps.

I sewed up the size 11-12 length blended to a 7-8 width for my ten year old.  I opted for midi length with long sleeves and we skipped all the extra features this time as we were on a time crunch.  Let me tell you it was SO easy and quick, 20 minutes tops from cut to hemming.  It was simple to blend sizes and fits her just perfect.  I used a sweater knit from Hobby Lobby for this cardigan and have several more planned with pockets and side vents.  She loves it and has worn it every time it is fresh out of the dryer!  Any pattern that can please a picky pre-teen is a win in my book.

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This pattern is on sale for a short time so scoop it up here (and also comes in adult sizes!) and sew up all the cardigans!  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: Unicorn Cape by Rececca Page

I was so excited to sew up the new Child’s Unicorn Cape pattern for Rebecca Page last month as a new brand ambassador for them.  All of my kids are crazy about dress up and with Halloween around the corner as well I knew this would be a well loved pattern in our house.

The best part about this pattern is that you have creative freedom to add pretty much ANYTHING you want to this!  The cape features a mane, birthmark, nostrils, ears, horn fringe and horn as well as optional elastics to attach to the wrists.  There are also options to add elastice to the hood and a fastener for under the chin.

I sewed up the size 4-8 and opted for only the wrist elastic.  I added the mane, ears, and horn but skipped the horn fringe.  There are pattern pieces for the eyes, nostrils and birthmark but there are also svg files to use your favorite cutting machine.  I used the svg files and did my eyes with heat transfer vinyl.  I did use the pattern pieces though for my nostrils and birthmark and used fabric backed with heat and bond to attach those instead of sewing them.  For my horn I wanted something sturdy so I used glitter canvas found at Hobby Lobby in the ribbon isle.  It worked perfect for giving the horn enough stability to stand up.

For the mane I used yarn but you can use fabric, felt, ribbon, anything your heart desires!  Luckily I am a little bit of a hoarder of craft supplies so I didn’t need to buy any yarn for mine and used what I already had in my supplies.  The mane does take quite a bit of material and is very time consuming but well worth it in the end!  We also dressed ours up with paper flowers around the horn and in the mane.  For the cape fabric I wanted something lightweight that wouldn’t weigh my kids down when they were wearing it so I used quilting cotton (also from Hobby Lobby)  for both the lining and the outer.

The instructions are very detail oriented and easy to follow.  While it is not a quick sew it is beginner friendly and your kids will have endless hours of dress up fun when you are finished!

 

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This pattern is on sale for a short time so scoop it up here (and also comes in adult sizes!) and sew up a magical unicorn cape!  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

Petite Stitchery Saffron and Sage Patterns

I was able to test out three new woven patterns for Petite Stitchery these last few weeks.  The Baby SaffronSaffron, the Girls Saffron , and the Girls Sage all released this week and are fantastic for Fall!

The Girls Sage  is a great layering piece for Fall as you can wear it over a shirt or you can wear it alone and throw on a cardigan when it cools off.  This pattern comes in a top or dress length with a feminine V shape on the bodice.  You can choose from a color blocked bodice, slip on without closures, solid bodice or a button placket.  It also includes optional pockets.  I have grown to love buttons but I am also a sucker for a quick no closure sew which this was!  For ours I chose the dress length, slip on solid bodice with pockets.  This bodice is great for embellishing with trim, buttons, lace, you name it.  I layered ours over the Sapphire which is a great layering piece.  I used a dark olive cotton lycra from Purple Seamstress for the shirt and both fabrics for the dress are from Joann.  Grading between sizes was super easy as well, I graded this as a size 10 for length with a size 5 for width to get that perfect fit.

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Next up are both the  Baby Saffron and the Girls Saffron patterns.  Both patterns include options for a scoop back slip on bodice, button back bodice, and 2 different color blocked bodice options.  There are 3 sleeve lengths, 3 skirt lengths and a pocket option with both patterns.  The baby pattern also includes a bubble romper option with a snap panel.  This pattern is also great for adding fun embellishments like trim and lace.  I only needed to grade the baby pattern for a 12 month width and 18 month length and again it was very simple to do to get that perfect fit.

For the baby pattern I sewed up a bubble romper and a color blocked slip on bodice dress.  For the girls size I also sewed up a color blocked slip on bodice dress.  The romper fabric and lace are both last season from Hobby Lobby as well as the animal fabric on both dresses.

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These patterns are on sale for a short time and there is even a womens sizing available on the Saffron as well as one more woven dress release too!   No worries if you miss the sale pricing, they have bundle discounts available 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 Baby Bitty Bells

I have been not so patiently waiting for baby sized bell bottoms from Petite Stitchery since testing the girls pattern last Fall.  The wait is finally over and the Baby Bitty Bells are finally here and they do not disappoint!

This pattern features three different flare options:  bootcut, medium flare and large flare.  You can choose from a knit waistband or elastic waistband.  They also have added a jumper option which is my very favorite!  I may or may not have already sewn up eight pairs for her already and do not plan on stopping.  Bell bottoms are the new leggings this year at my house.

For the pairs pictured below I used the medium flare and knit waistband.  I also slightly mashed sizes which was very easy to do.  My daughter measures 18 month in girth but 12 month in width and inseam length.  So the straight 18 month is too big and size 12 is too small.  To adjust for her measurements I simply used the 12 month length and width, however, I used the 18 month rise and they fit PERFECT.

Sunflowers were my favorite during my teenage years and I am SO happy they are back in style.  These sunflowers from Raspberry Creek Fabrics are gorgeous and I knew as soon as I saw them they would be amazing bell bottoms.   They are by far my favorite pair I have sewn up so far.  I paired it with the Juliet leotard also from Petite Stitchery in cotton lycra from Purple Seamstress and added some fringe trim to the bodice to add to the boho feel of the sunflowers.

 

For the jumper option I wanted something more neutral that would pair with multiple tops.  I went with a faux denim I got last Fall from Knitpop and also paired it with another Juliet leotard in a mustard polka dot from Hobby Lobby that screams Fall to me.  I have stretch corduroy planned for the next jumper!

The pattern is on sale for a short time and even better is that they updated the additional options to the Tardy Bells and added women’s sizing as well.   No worries if you miss the sale pricing, they have bundle discounts available on the website as well!  I can’t wait to sew up some mommy and me sets!    I’d love to see what you create:)

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For this pair, the stripes are also from Knitpop and Solid for the top is from Purple Seamstress
**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 Dax Wardrobe Builder

I was so excited to test out the new boys pattern for Petite Stitchery recently.  The Dax Wardrobe Builder is perfect for building up your son’s Fall wardrobe.  You can create an entire capsule wardrobe from this one pattern alone and it has a huge range of sizes from 2T all the way up to 20 so it will be used for years and years.

This pattern is so versatile offering tank, short or long sleeves for the top and pants or shorts length for the bottoms.  Tons of extras also including in seam pockets, kangaroo pocket, t shirt style pocket, hood, and faux drawstring.  Here’s a look at the line drawing showing the options to choose from.

Line Drawings

Since it’s still sweltering hot here in South Florida I opted for short sleeves on the top and shorts.  I added in seam pockets on the shorts and both the kangaroo pocket and hood on the top.  If your son is like mine pockets and a hood make any outfit awesome.

My son fell in love with a cotton lycra super hero print at Hobby Lobby so we scooped up a yard when it went on clearance this summer.  I paired it with a french terry fleece knit I found at Fashion Fabrics Club.  I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect with the fleece in the title but it is divine.  Super soft and perfect for some lounge shorts!  My girls are now requesting some comfy clothes with it as well.

I can’t wait to sew up the pants when the weather cools off with some coordinating tops!  This pattern is on sale for a short time so scoop it up here and whip up a Fall capsule for your son!  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

Pattern Review: Vintage Lace Jumper by Rain City Patterns

I was so excited to test out the new Vintage Lace Jumper pattern for Rain City Patterns this summer.  This was my first pattern with her and I love it so much.  The jumper features a vintage length with ruffle, crossed suspender straps, back elastic and pleating on the flat front waistband.  Don’t care for the straps?  Just leave them off and you have a gorgeous skirt!

I always have to grade patterns pretty drastically for my skinny ten year old and this was no exception.  I sewed up a 4 width/10 length size for Ava and it was super easy to grade with all rectangle pieces and fit her just perfect.  This is also a beginner friendly pattern, if you have a sewing machine then you can make this.  We were lucky enough to be visiting her grandparents Indiana farm to get these lovely pictures which emphasize the summer vintage feel to this jumper.

The pattern is on sale for only $3.85 right now which is a steal.  This is such a great pattern for summer and I can’t wait to sew one up for her little sister.  If you grab 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

Pattern Review: Brynn Top by Sew a Little Seam

I was so excited to test out the new Brynn Top pattern for Sew a Little Seam this month.  I love sewing up her patterns and this top is PACKED with options! It’s truly the last shirt pattern you’ll need to buy for your girls -and your guys- as it can be totally gender neutral as well.  Just take a look at these line drawings with over 18 sleeve options, multiple hems, ties and fun extras to choose from:

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I tested this top for two of my girls and since it’s summer here in South Florida I chose to go with the sleeveless option for my first ones.  I chose bands for arms and neckline (there are also visible and non-visible binding options), curved back hemlines and front ties.  My youngest is wearing a 6 month width graded to 12 month height and my older daughter is wearing a 5 width graded to a 6 height.  The fit is spot on for their measurements and the pattern is super easy to grade as well.  These tops are great for dressing up or down and I see many more in their wardrobe!

 

 

There is a coupon code for the Brynn Top for a short time if you head over and join the facebook group.   I have already sewn up a tulip sleeve top for my oldest and have a 4th of July tank cut next for our little man.  What options are you excited to sew up?

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