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: 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**