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

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

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.

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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

Petite Stitchery Bonfire Basics Collection

I was so excited to test out the new Bonfire Basics Collection for Petite Stitchery last week.  The Bonfire Basics Collection  is so fun  for Fall.  I am just in love with all the options jam packed into ONE pattern!  You can make an entire mini capsule out of one pattern, that is a total win in my book!

This pattern is so versatile offering options for days!  Here are the options you can pick from:

*Three different romper styles with 2 different closure options (snaps or envelope back)

*Bodysuit

*Dress/Skirted bodysuit

*Separates:  tee (banded or hemmed), harem pants

*2 sleeve lengths:  short or banded long

*Optional pockets, patches, flutters and ruffles!

Since it’s still sweltering hot here in South Florida I opted for short sleeves on both of the rompers I sewed up.  I also did sleeve flutters and the ruffle romper on both because I am a sucker for those girly details.

For the first romper I used up some camo print I had in my stash from Girl Charlee and paired it with a cheery solid pink that I had from Purple Seamstress.  If you are looking for a great selection of cotton lycra solids Purple Seamstress is the place to shop!  I added a little glitter heat transfer vinyl as well at the last minute!  Don’t be intimidated by the snaps if you have never done them before.  They are seriously so easy and make diaper changes so convenient.  But, if you have a love/hate relationship with snaps the envelope romper option has NO snaps at all.  I made this romper in a straight 6 month size with a rolled hem on the ruffles and flutters; while it is a tiny bit big still it should fit great through the entire Fall season.

 

For my second romper I wanted something with a bit more of a Fall feel to it so I used this navy Jolene floral paired with a solid rust that I just swooned over.  They are both from Knitpop but I believe the floral is currently sold out.  They are my absolute favorite shop to buy fabric from:   they have lightning fast shipping, incredible customer service, have frequent sales, and a customer reward program.  I also did a straight 6 month size for this romper but used a traditional hem for my ruffles and flutters instead of the rolled hem I used on the camo romper.  This made the length on the pants a little shorter making it a perfect fit for right now.

 

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I can’t wait to sew up the dress version and some separates for everyday wear!  This pattern is on sale for a short time so scoop it up here and whip up a mini Fall capsule for your babe!  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 Back to School Collection

I was so excited to test out a few new patterns in the Back to School Collection for Petite Stitchery last week.  The Schoolhouse Tunic and the Tardy Bells are so fun and versatile for Fall!  My girls are in completely in love with both styles.

Living in South Florida we don’t need warm clothes for Fall so I was thrilled to see that the Schoolhouse Tunic had both short sleeve and sleeveless options.  I sewed up the short sleeve version for both but plan to try a sleeveless version with flutters next time!  It also fits a wide range of sizes going from size 2-12.  This pattern is perfect for that boho chic style with the full bottom ruffle and optional chest ruffle with or without accent buttons.  It’s also a great pattern for using up scraps with the color blocking on the sides.  I love mixing and matching fabrics so this pattern was right up my alley.  The tunic is full of options to get totally different looks all from the same pattern.

The Tardy Bells are probably my favorite pants pattern I have ever sewed up.  They are incredibly quick to sew up, as fast as a pair of leggings.  I was able to cut and sew each pair in under 20 minutes the first time.  There are elastic and knit waistband options which is great for my girls who hate elastic waistbands.  They were easy to grade for sizing with my very thin tall 9 year old who needed a 4 width and 8 length as well.  And, rumor is that ladies sizes are in the works!  My high school flare leg jean loving self is a little too excited about this prospect!

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These patterns are both on sale for a short time so scoop them up here and whip up some back to school outfits for your girls!  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**