Pattern Reviews

Pattern Review: Advanced Bralette Add-On by Rebecca Page

Rebecca Page Patterns just released an add-on to their Bralette Tank pattern and it’s fantastic!  The Advanced Bralette Add-On uses the main bralette pattern (you must own that first!) and adds extra features and options to it. 

Let’s first go over the basics of the main Bralette Tank.  This is available in a huge range of sizes XXS to 5XL (also available in children’s sizing).  This can be worn alone as a bralette/crop top however it is not intended to be worn as a sports bra.  A regular bra underneath is recommended for full support when worn for exercise.  It can also be worn as a tank with pleated or gathered flowy sides.  It is a fully lined pullover style with optional back pocket.

Okay, now that the basics are covered let’s go over all the extra fun options in the Advanced Bralette Add-On!  This is a great mega add-on that features nine different strap and three different back options not included in the basic pattern.  Don’t be intimidated by the “advanced” in the title as it is totally beginner friendly with tons of detailed steps in the tutorial.  Take a look at the line drawing below to see what you can choose from. 

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I sewed up two different bralettes choosing Option H and Option E for mine.  I used an athletic knit from Hobby Lobby and paired mine with the Sports Shorts in the legging option short length modified to have a foldover waistband.  I sewed up a size medium on both with no alterations to the size and both bralettes fit fantastic.  As they aren’t intended to be stand alone supportive I wear mine for yoga or weight training days instead of cardio so that I don’t have to wear a bra underneath and distract from those fancy back straps! 

I would love to sew up the tank option next and maybe even a swim top!  This pattern is on sale for a short time so scoop it up here and sew up some fancy bralettes!  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**

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Pattern Review: Petite Stitchery Phoenix Crop, Top and Romper

Petite Stitchery just released the Phoenix pattern and it will be your new summer wardrobe staple!   The Phoenix is available in baby, girls and women’s sizing.  I tested the baby size and can’t wait to grab the other two sizes as well.

The baby Phoenix pattern is a spaghetti strap tank style that includes options for a bikini, crop, top and romper.  The optional accents include flounce (front, back or both) or a peek-a-boo back.  The baby sizes include bummies and can be paired as separates or as a romper.  Multiple necklines are available which include scoop, squared or high.  Sizing runs from newborn up to 24 months in the baby pattern.  Check out the line drawings below for even more details on all the awesome options included:

I made two different views for my daughter in testing and love both of them. First, let’s talk about sizing.  Her measurements put her in the 18 month width and 24 month length.  This was super easy to grade and came out in a really great fit on her.  For the first set I opted for separates to mix and match.  I sewed up the bummies with a regular waistband (yoga band is also included) and tank top.  This tank is the regular scoop neckline with no extra accents added.  Both fabrics are cotton lycra from Raspberry Creek Fabrics and I added some glitter HTV with my Silhouette on the tank.  We are heading to the Grand Canyon on vacation in a few weeks and this National Parks fabric was too cute to pass up!

I am a sucker for rompers so I had to sew up the romper view for her as well!  For this one I used the flounce on the front only and scoop neck.  The pastel gingham is also from Raspberry Creek Fabrics and the solid pink is from Purple Seamstress.  Both fabrics are a cotton lycra as well.  I always worry on rompers without closures about over-stretching when taking it off/on.  But, this romper is very easy to get dressed without closures and without stretching it out.  The fit is spot on and SO cute with the flounce! I know a lot of sewists also shy away from patterns with bindings (I know I have in the past) but don’t be afraid.  Binding really isn’t difficult and the instructions in the tutorial make it so easy.  I don’t have a fancy coverstitch machine and just used a triple stitch on the longest stitch length to do my binding (and hemming) top stitching!

I love all the options packed into this fun summer pattern and plan to sew up a bikini top and peek-a-boo back tank top next!  The Phoenix is on sale for a short time and is 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**

 

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Pattern Review: Petite Stitchery Hibiscus Bodysuit, Top & Dress

Petite Stitchery just revamped the Hibiscus pattern and re-released it with loads of updates!   The Hibiscus is available in baby, girls and women’s sizing.  I tested the girls size and can’t wait to grab the other two sizes as well.

The Hibiscus pattern is an off-shoulder style that includes options for a bodysuit, top and dress.  You can choose from a flounce (in 2 lengths), ruffle or banded neck.  Sleeve options include sleeveless, short, half (elbow), 3/4 and long.  You can opt for crop, fitted top or flare top lengths.  The bodysuit includes leg bands or leg elastic and optional snap crotch.  If the top and bodysuit weren’t enough….there are 2 skirt lengths for a dress or stand alone skirt! Check out the line drawings below for even more details on all the awesome options included:

We started a tie dye tradition last summer and this pattern was PERFECT for tie dye this summer!  For this top I sewed my daughter a 7 width mashed with 12 length according to her measurements which was super easy to blend and ended up with a perfect fit.  This one is a fitted top length, short sleeve and short flounce.  We used a solid white cotton lycra from Raspberry Creek Fabrics and then dyed it.  The end result is so fun and unique!

My daughter is also in need of new swimsuits this summer so we slightly hacked this pattern for a new suit.  The only modifications I made to the pattern were to add a full suit lining and elastic to the underarm seam.  Super easy, right?!  I used the leg bands, short flounce and sleeveless options on this suit.  This swim fabric is one of my favorite new prints this summer from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

I love how versatile this pattern is and can’t wait to sew up the dress and crop (as a swim top of course) next!  The Hibiscus is on sale for a short time and is 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**

 

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Pattern Review: Children’s Two Piece Swim Set by Rebecca Page

When you live in South Florida in the summer you need LOTS of swim suits to make it through the heat!  The two piece ruched swim suit just released from Rebecca Page and it’s full of options.

This pattern comes in a large size range from 12 months up to size 12 which means it will fit all of my girls without buying baby sizing as well! For the swim top you can choose a cropped or tankini length with ruched sides.  There is an optional decorative zipper you can add to the top.   The bottoms have a high or mid rise and choices for plain or ruched sides and/or back.  There is full booty coverage and the entire suit is fully lined.  If you choose to leave off the decorative zipper this is a surprisingly quick and easy swim suit to sew up!

For my first one I sewed up an 11/12 length blended to the 7/8 width for my eleven year old.   It was very simple to grade between sizes and the fit was spot on.  This is the crop length and mid rise side ruched bottoms.  We used a solid swim fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics and added a strip of stretch lace to break up the solid color.

For my youngest I sewed up the 18/24 month sizing with no modifications.  The fit is great as well and it is also a crop length with mid rise side ruched bottoms.  The striped swim fabric is also from Raspberry Creek Fabrics and the pink swim solid is from Knitpop.

I already have several hacks planned to add a peplum or band or ruffle to the crop length top and ruffles on the legs!  This pattern is on sale for a short time so scoop it up here (also comes in ladies sizes!) and sew up all the swim suits this summer!  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**