Emmy Children’s T-Shirt – Pattern Test

The Emmy Children’s T-Shirt released yesterday by Laela Jeyne Patterns* is a great basic t-shirt pattern. It is is the perfect back to school item, the kind you want to to fill your kid’s closet with. It has options enough to make every Emmy shirt different than the other!

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The pattern comes with options for a regular neckline, cowl neck or hood.  The sleeves come in short, elbow, and long lengths with or without cuffs, and even a thumb hole cuff option (that I haven’t tried out yet). It also has a gathered sleeve cap and a regular one. Are you tired of listening to all the options yet? More options to customize your little Emmy Tee – three different elbow patch styles, and an accent triangle option!

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The gold dotted fabric I used for this Emmy tee is a stable cotton jersey from Hobby Lobby. It has good stretch and recovery and works very well for this pattern. The cowl fabric is a thin gold striped rayon jersey from Hancock fabrics. Unfortunately, it didn’t photograph very well.

I used the gathered sleeve option with a cuff for this version.

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The fit is nice and comfortable and I really like the subtly curved hemline of this shirt.

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It comes in sizes 6m – 6 (unisex) and for girls 7-14 .

It is a layered pattern, so you can print only the size you need, and in trimless pages for both US and A4 paper. It includes well written instructions and clear photos with accompanying photos for each step.

Emmy Children’s T-Shirt* is on sale now for $6, All other patterns on the Laela Jeyne Patterns*site are 30% off sale too till the 29th of August.

This pattern is the children’s version of the Emily Women’s T-Shirt* that was released earlier this year. You can see my review here.

And if you want to match with your kiddo, you can get the Emily and Emmy T-shirt patterns bundle here* for $10.50.

Don’t forget to share your creations with us at Laela Jeyne Patterns Group on Facebook.

**If you buy the pattern through one of my affiliate links, I get a small percentage of the sale at no additional cost to you and you will help support my blogging adventure. Thank you.

Linden Shorts & Skirt – Pattern Test

We tested yet another exciting new pattern in the past week – The Linden Shorts & Skirt by Sew a Little Seam.

Cited from the listing ‘The Linden Shorts & Skirt Pattern is loaded with options perfect for both boys and girls. There are two short lengths; long is designed to hit at the knee, while the short version hits just above mid thigh. The pattern also comes with a skirt option that hits just above the knee. All versions come with multiple hem finishes, three front pocket and four back pocket options, an optional back yoke, and three waistband choices. You can create so many different looks with just one pattern!

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I made a muslin in corduroy, and loved the pattern and instructions so much that I had to make another one in stretch denim. On a quick trip to Jo Ann fabrics for snaps, I was distracted by this LOVELY tie dye floral denim and I dropped everything else to wash, cut and make this mini skirt.

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Kelly’s instructions are outstanding and I cannot say enough about how well she explains the construction and several seam finishing techniques. When a pattern is as detailed as this, you want to try everything right? For this version, I did the back yoke, curved pockets, back patch pockets with top stitching detail and flat front waistband with heavy duty snaps and faux fly.

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I love all the top stitching detail that is included in the pattern, I used a contrasting thread but I should also have used proper top stitching thread for it to show prominently.

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For the top, I used the bowlittle top pattern by George & Ginger Pattern Co. and love how it pairs with the Linden skirt 🙂

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I love that PDF patterns are such great teaching resources while also providing us patterns to create beautiful garments. I learnt some new sewing techniques from the Linden Shorts & Skirt pattern that helped me advance a little more in my sewing journey. Definitely give this pattern a shot, you just might love it!!!

Happy Sewing!!!

Back to School Tour

I am so excited to be sharing my makes for the back to school tour hosted by Sprouting Jube Jube and Lulu & Celeste.

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My daughter doesn’t go to school yet, so back to school for us is essentially  errands and big brother’s drop offs and pick ups. So I decided to use this tour as an excuse to build her a mini-capsule of sorts, that she could use to wear both for quick trips and special events as well 🙂

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My motto for this capsule is “comfort and style” and whats more comfortable than knit! In trying to make everything a bit more cohesive, we picked our favorite colors – my daughter’s  pink and mine teal and thus found the perfect excuse to put our raspberry creek club knit fabrics to good use.

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When I was browsing through patterns for the the tour, I found that the Filles à maman’s Petit Oiseau Dolman top  fits the ‘comfort and style’ bill perfectly and was the starting point for my capsule. It has such a cool and casual vibe about it.

I love the design of the tee and decided to use just that without the flounce (though a french terry Petit Oiseau with a flounce is next on my list). Mel from FAM so kindly sent the Petit Oiseau pattern over to me for the purpose of this tour but all opinions are my own.

There isn’t much I can say that hasn’t already been said about what an amazing pattern the Petit Oiseau is! It is a very well drafted pattern with clear illustrations and instructions. A super quick sew with a great style factor!!

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The lovely grey is from the RCF and the teal is an upcycle from my husband’s old tee and don’t those fabrics look like they were meant to be!?!

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These shorts!!! yes I made them!!! They are the just released Linden shorts by Sew a Little Seam and also my foray into the I-can-make-jeans category 😀

I love this pattern so much, it has so many options and styles and really neat finishing techniques along with great instructions and step by step pictures.

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I used stretch denim left over from another project for the shorts, and RCF club knit to finish seams by hong kong finish technique that Kelly so clearly explains in the pattern.

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Not so creative with my top stitching detail on the back pocket design now was I? honestly they were meant to curve downwards rather than look like a giant X

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Promise! that is the last close up of the shorts!

When I was thinking about what patterns to pick, I was heavily under the influence of One thimble issue 12 that I had been looking at the previous day so #111 Thread Faction dress was sort of an obvious choice. It was one of the first patterns that made me want to buy the magazine.

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The #111 Thread Faction dress is the perfect summer top with really cute details like the curved bodice in the front and the racerback style in the back. A toddler can never have too many knit shirts right?

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The bodice fabric is a really nice eyelet (maybe laser cut?) knit that I got from Hancock fabrics a long time ago and used here. I followed the pattern exactly as it is but shortened the skirt piece by about 3″ so it would be a nice top/tunic length.

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Summer is almost ending here, so I really like that these tops and shorts can all be layered with full sleeved shirts, tights and a cardigan to take her through fall as well.

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Okay so it was too hot and humid for clothes that day let alone a cardigan! so she didn’t wear it long enough to get clear shots of the sweatshirt.

For the sweatshirt, I used the FREE double breasted hooded sweatshirt pattern by Sew a Little Seam. I skipped the 4 buttons mostly ’cause my sewing machine didn’t wanna make button holes in french terry.

I love that its like a cardigan but with a hoodie. For the hood lining and facing I used the RCF club knit again, so it would coordinate with the other garments, though I imagine it’ll be worn with everything in her wardrobe.

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I am still recovering from the shock of being able to find this great French terry at my local Jo Ann fabrics where I thought my best bet for a sweatshirt would be fleece fabric.

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In case you’re wondering, this is take 2 which happened the next morning hence the smile!

It’s not often that fabrics jump out at me asking to be made into a certain pattern but when that happens, it sorta makes sense to go with the flow right!?! That is how this gorgeous flowy rayon spandex fabric ended up becoming a Brook Blossom Skirt by Orange Daisy Patterns also from One thimble issue 12.

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It is such a lovely looking skirt, with that dramatic high-low hem (my daughter thinks it’s her princess cape lol)

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The instructions for finishing the waist band on this skirt are really nice.

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Believe it or not, this outfit with not a lick of pink is hands down her favorite!! she’s either wearing or dragging the poor skirt along with her all day long.

I followed all instructions as per the pattern including french seams on the sides. I did make one small change – instead of using a lining, I added a pair of sweat shorts and basted them to the skirt before attaching the waistband. Now she can twirl all she wants!

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I had so much fun creating all these garments, I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about them. Leave me a comment to let me know which one is your favorite!

Come follow along the tour and enter to win special prizes along the way!

SEW ALONG PRIZE:  Be sure to link up any back-to-school item you’ve sewn from August 1st until the link up closes on Sept 4th to win a prize!  For more prize information and to link up, check out this post by Sprouting Jube Jube or this post by Lulu and Celeste.

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Talia Fitted Dress – Pattern Test for Laela Jeyne Patterns

Phew weekend’s almost here, It’s been a crazy last week with friends visiting, a birthday celebration, and some non-stop sewing. But I can’t wait to tell you all about what I am going to be sharing today – I made a maxi! my first ever!

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This is the Talia Fitted Dress* released yesterday by Laela Jeyne Patterns*.  Talia has a fitted bodice with a scoop neck or a soft V neck in the front and a round neck or a deep V in the back. The beautiful fit in the bodice is achieved by bust and waist darts along with an invisible zipper on the side. Can you see my invisible zipper in the pic below? ( I hope not! :))

The Talia Fitted Dressflows into a flattering A line skirt that can be made in tunic, mini, knee length, midi or maxi lengths. Additionally It has some really great hem options like the shark bite hem (tunic and knee length) and the faux wrap (maxi length).

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I am not entirely sure of the fabric content of my dress, it feels like rayon challis, frays like chiffon, and has a lovely drape and weight. It is extra special to me ’cause my mom sent it to me from India.

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My original plan was to make a shark bite hem tunic which I might or might not have pleaded Marisa to include in the pattern but that drapey floral fabric suckered me into cutting it to maxi length and I couldn’t have been more pleased with it. It makes me look taller than I am doesn’t it? For reference I am almost 5 feet tall (short?)

I lined the bodice completely but left the skirt unlined but the pattern includes pattern pieces and instructions for both partially and fully lined dress.

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The Talia Fitted Dress* can be a gorgeous cocktail dress, a stylish date night dress or a sweet sun dress based on your choice of fabric and length. Check out all the amazing tester versions in the listing for more inspiration or come join the Laela Jeyne Patterns  Facebook group to get the latest scoop on new pattern releases and sales.

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To celebrate the release, The Talia fitted dress* is currently on sale for $7 (regular price is $9.95). Some more details on the pattern:

  • It comes with clearly written instructions along with color photos or technical drawings.

  • Includes instructions to make  the dress partially or fully lined along with fitting adjustments, blending sizes, and shortening or lengthening the dress/tunic lengths.

  • It prints in layers, so you can print only the size you need, a feature i have started to appreciate more and more.

  • Has been extensively tested and ranges from women’s sizes 00 to 26

  • Trimless pages for US and A4 paper

  • A0 print shop copy file

Also just released is the new  Tula A line dress* (on sale for $7) with great options to make in tunic, or dress lengths with feminine flattering neckline styles and a zipperless option too! Don’t forget to check out all the tester images in the listing and in the FB group.

Or get the Talia and Tula bundle* for only $12, this is a great price and this pattern doesn’t disappoint!

All other Laela Jeyne Patterns* are on sale for 30% off too!

And that’s it for today, Happy Weekend and Happy Sewing!

*If you buy the pattern through one of my affiliate links, I get a small percentage of the sale at no additional cost to you and you will help support my blogging adventure. Thank you.

Free Pattern – Top Knot headband – 421 Myers Design Studio

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When Linda Stafford from 421 Myers Design Studio put out a testing call for headbands, I knew I had to try them. If you’ve been following my earlier posts, you know I love to add hair accessories to my little one’s outfits. I have lost count of the number of times I have scrambled to find something around the house to match her dress just before a photoshoot lol. I have on occasion done a frantic search over the internet and put together flowers, flower crowns and even a headband but I am so thrilled to have Linda’s patterns now which include

  • Adult and Child Knot Headband

  • Elastic Headband with Tied bow

  • Non Slip Headband

  • Wired Headband

    The tester pictures for all these different headband options are all so fabulous, I am so inspired to make so many more. I intend to fully make use of all these fabulous FREE patterns, maybe churn out a headband for every outfit I make? but for today I want to share pictures of this adorable Top Knot head band I made for her.

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The Knot Headband has enclosed elastic in the back, and the ties close into an adorable knot. You can whip this up in under 30 min. The instructions along with pictures make for a good and easy to understand tutorial.

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Headbands are such great accessories to dress up any outfit not to mention what wonderful props they make, when you’re trying to get good pictures for your blog 🙂 You’ll be seeing more of this outfit when it releases later this week but for now, don’t wait to get your hands on the free Headband patterns.

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Here’s how you can get your copy of the pattern, join the 421 Myers Design Studio‘s Facebook group and look for the free patterns in the pinned post. While you’re at it, also check out some other free patterns such as Bow Ties and Bracelets that Linda offers for her group members.

If you’re going to be sewing up a storm of these headbands like me, be sure to post your creations in the group and on instagram with the tag #421Myers!

Happy Sewing!

Sullivan dress – Pattern Test for Sew Much Ado

I am so excited to share with you all the Sullivan dress from Sew Much Ado. Scalloped (or straight hem) overlay, BEAUTIFUL notched sleeves (or sleeveless) with knee length and maxi length skirt (with chiffon or lace overlay) options, what’s not to love???

The Sullivan dress which comes in sizes 12-18m to 12 years, is a layered pattern so you can print only the size that you want. It includes a detailed video tutorial for a clean finish on the sleeveless option as well. All the measurements are given in both imperial and metric units.

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I used a swiss dot in ivory (from Jo Ann fabrics) for the bodice and linen for the skirt.

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Do you see why I love those notched sleeves so much?

She’s such a poser! I was trying to get her to hold her hair so I could photograph the pretty keyhole feature in the back but no! she had to do her own thing lol!

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And here’s the back view with the pretty keyhole, how adorable is it!?!

I love everything about this dress – the wooden button, the linen and swiss dot fabrics and the pom pom trim!! And the fit of course, it’s perfect!

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This dress has all my heart eyes! I know I say that about everything I make for her but one I find my daughter adorable in anything she wears and two I really blame the designers who keep coming up with such cute patterns that I can’t seem to resist 🙂

Now as you already know I usually make two of everything, here’s my other version – this was actually the first one I made.

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This is the sleeveless, Straight hem overlay in maxi length.  The lovely gauze fabric is from Fine Fabrics Atlanta. I really miss that place, they have such an amazing collection of fabrics and notions, its a pity they don’t have an online store 😦

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Some days are golden with just how well she cooperates, this was one of those days!

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I wish I had measured properly and lengthened the bodice on this one, but I still like it. More importantly, she likes it – it has pink flowers and its princess length (yes that is what we like to call maxi length around here)

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So, if you like the Sullivan dress, hurry on and get the PDF pattern here for a release sale price of $8.

I am not an affiliate, I just really love Abby’s patterns 🙂 Here’s a review of my Magrath Dress also from Sew Much Ado.