Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Pattern Review: Honeydew Kisses Patterns Josephine Dress

From the Archives

 Honeydew Kisses Patterns Josephine Dress:
It's been awhile since I did any pattern testing.  It's a process I love, but lately I've just felt like sewing what I feel like. But when I saw this call for testers, I knew I wanted to do this dress.  I already own the Seraphina dress pattern (not sewn up yet) and I knew HDKP specialized in beautiful, classic, vintage designs. 

 This dress is no exception: the pleats, the underskirt, cap sleeves, the lace trimmed bodice and the way the sash slides underneath--I love it all.  And of course, the Peter Pan collar gets me every time.  

I used some hoarded fabric and I truly think it's one of the prettiest dresses I've ever made.  I have another one half-completed too!

 The pattern is easy to read and organized. The instructions are terrific, including the pleats! And there's so many different looks just by alternating fabric combinations.
The pattern releases Saturday 2/20/2016 and will be on sale for a limited time!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Pattern Review: Seaside Notions Grand Isle Top, Dress and Maxi

From the Archives

Lots of pattern testing lately! Busy, fun and challenging.  One of my favorites has been the Seaside Notions Grand Isle dress.  I was assigned a size and style (maxi) which I personally love because I'm terrible at making decisions--it takes me long enough to figure out fabrics!  

This was my first time sewing a Seaside Notions pattern.  They are lovely.  Each of the designs is inspired by a coastal location and the pattern includes a little  info about the spot and I thought that was really neat.  They are definitely beachy and would be perfect for location photos.  Maybe we should plan a trip...

 I thought the maxi would be too long on a toddler, but it's actually adorable.  
 There was originally an elasticized waist option but during the testing, it proved to make the bodice flare out a bit too much so that option was removed (still optional and still REALLY cute).  That's one of the things that I love about the testing process.  Sometimes things don't go as planned and a good designer listens to feedback and changes accordingly.  I really appreciate that the released pattern is the best it can be and will provide consistent results.  

 So I took out the elastic and added these amazing pockets and it's just as cute and Amelia LOVES pockets.  

 See? It's love.  
 I used some of my vintage sheets for both these dresses and it's perfect for the drape and movement and to showcase the fabric.
  There's also a top and regular length dress option and I already have fabrics picked out for more.  It's a quick and easy, the pattern is easy to understand and organized and the look is stunning!
Seaside Notions has an active Facebook group where frequent sales are announced.  It's worth joining. 
There's a big spring sale right now in fact! Check them out!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Pattern Review: Wings Cut Back Tunic by PL Kids

This week the Wings Cut Back Tunic by PL Kids released. 
This is a sweet and fast summer sew with lots of cute options. 

My model currently wears only pink. So I knew no matter how cute the pattern was it had to be made up in PINK for it to get worn and I'm glad I did cause it turned out super cute. This fabric is from the fabulous Mabel Madison--my favorite shop for quality, unique Euro fabrics.

The Wings Cut Back tunic is for sizes 18m to 10. It's a very easy fitting top that will look cute on all girls.  Included in the pattern is a heart shaped "wings" design that you can cut out of the back for a super cute design element, hence the name. We just did the plain back. The tunic features 2 styles for mixing and matching patterns or color blocking. Lots of fun options!

There's adorable circle pockets which you could do contrast fabric to mix thing up. We just did pink, you guessed it.

This pattern is meant for knits, so it's helpful to have some knowledge of binding techniques, or own a coverstitch machine. I want one SO BAD. This pattern also doesn't come with seam allowances added in, which is common in Euro patterns, but a new experience for a lot of us Americans. But it's not hard! Оксана walks you through every step of the way, so don't fear!

There you have it! A fun summer tunic perfect for lots of play. I really like it paired with ankle length leggings, but once it gets warmer, some knee length leggings will be so cute.

You can find the pattern HERE and it's 20% off until February 25 with coupon code "PROMO20" .

You can find Оксана and PL Kids on facebook here--stay updated for more cute and comfy patterns! 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Pattern Review: Leilani by Peach Patterns

My pattern testing days are not what they used to be. I used to jump on any application that was posted, whether I was crazy about the design (or designer) or not.

But my time seems to have shrunk (5 kids?) and I've been trying to spend what little sewing time I have sewing up the patterns I've actually bought. But there's a few designers I still enjoy testing for. One of those is Marina of Peach Patterns. I know that Peach Patterns are quality, thorough patterns with great designs and Marina is awesome to work with. I'm always happy to test them!

The latest design is an adorable (and super fast!) boho sundress. It features a flounced top layer, tie straps and 2 different hem options (hi-lo maxi and knee length). It's perfect for showcasing cute trims and beautiful drapey fabrics.

I made 4 different dresses (I said it was fast!) mostly in pink because Miss Janie Bae LOVES pink.
I only got decent photos of 2 because our modeling days are not quite as easy-going as they used to be... we get lots of less-than-thrilled faces...

 This one I made out of a vintage sheet, thinking the drape would be good, but it's still a little stiff. But it's so cute with the pom-pom trim. This is the hi-lo hem.

 I edited out Amelia's massive nasty forehead wound from these pics. It's pretty bad, look:

I didn't want it to detract from the cute dress.

This is my personal favorite done in a super soft lawn. I love lawn. Why isn't everything made of lawn. I need more lawn. 
 I used a vintage trim on the top flounce, but didn't have enough for the bottom, sadly.
 It was sunny when I took these pics, but windy and a tiny bit chilly so we tried some indoors pics.

I think the Leilani is a great pattern for sewing gifts. It's fast (about 30 minutes) and it's an easy fit. You could whip one of these up for every little girl in sizes 1-12.
And--there's also a doll size available!  Wouldn't that be the cutest gift?!

The Leilani Pattern is on sale until February 21, for $6.95 and you can find the listing here

Look for these in the future --I'll definitely be making more!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Pattern Review: Puperita Bee Sweet

From the archives: Originally posted 3/30/2016
I wanted a quick little sew and I actually used some of my treasured stash. I've had this little pile of fabrics sitting in a basket because they are so pretty and I've never made anything with them. All of them are very vintage inspired and shabby chic and I finally got brave and put them to good use!

I have loved every Puperita pattern I've sewn up, even though I think the sizing runs a tad big. Of course, Amelia is also tiny. 

I added some ecru cotton lace (from walmart) down the bodice front and some buttons and a bow for sweet little details. I also added a band at the bottom as another way to showcase my favorite fabrics.

Definitely sweet in the Puperita Bee Sweet!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Pattern Review: Made for Mermaids Quinn

Awhile back I got to test the Made for Mermaids Quinn

They always need testers in the biggest size range and Elle fit the measurements exactly. Elle is here in a size 14 (which she has sadly outgrown), and of course I had to make one for Amelia too, she's in size 1. 

 It's a super cute summer design, with lots of options: two bodice lengths, 2 different skirt styles and multiple lengths. So many possibilities!
I had grand ideas of a flowy, boho maxi dress with a lace overlay in pretty pastels, but when I added the lace fabric to the skirt it was just too much. It didn't look loose and flowy, but weighed down and dull. So I took scissors and just cut it right off. 
I still like the lace part on top, but it doesn't really look awesome against her skin. I don't really think pastels are my girls' thing. I should really remember that. 

I did the shirred back option cause I actually love shirring. I bought a separate bobbin holder just for elastic thread so I don't have to mess with tension. Wise investment. 

Amelia's version: 
I did pastels and lace on hers too, and made one of those overdone fancy headbands. This is the tunic length and I made cute bloomers for underneath trimmed with the same velvet ribbon I used on the straps. 

 How does she know to do this pose? She kills me. 

 Finally using some of my vintage lace collection!

 Oh, those curls. 

 You can see the little velvet bows here. It's one of my favorite little things. 

 serious woodland creature ;)

 Quinn is a super fast sew, especially if you use ribbon for the ties, and the shirring option.  It's one I'd make again, but maybe better suited for younger sizes because of the whole bra-strap thing--we like a little more coverage on top, but I did see a really cute one that was layered.