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**

 

Pattern Reviews

Pattern Review: Petite Stitchery Garnet Winter Coat

I was able to test a new coat this month from Petite Stitchery and it is such an easy sew!  The Garnet Winter Coat features several different options to customize your perfect coat. You can choose from rounded or square collar or if you prefer a hood there is a pixie hood and rounded hood option instead!  You can choose from toggles or a sash (or both!) for closures with optional inner ties as well.  Finally, how about a fully reversible coat option!? The size range is huge from 2T up to girls 17 and requires heavyweight knits with a little stretch (yes fleece is an option!).

For my daughter’s coat I blended sizes from a 10 length and a 6 width which was very simple to do.  I used a double knit (from Joann Fabrics ages ago) and lined with a super plush also from Joann.  Since we are in South Florida a hood isn’t really needed here so we chose the rounded collar option.  I opted for one toggle closure and a sash but skipped the inner ties.  We did not do fully reversible but could easily go that route by adding another toggle on the lining side.

 

 

 

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The pattern is on sale for a short time here and there is even a women’s sizing 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

Pattern Review: Keeley Cardigan by Rebecca 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 Rebecca 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**