Schooner Tee and Dress – Pattern Test for Jennuine Designs

Last week, we got to test the Schooner Tee and Dress by Jennuine Designs. I love Jenn’s patterns. I find them unique and one of a kind! The Schooner Tee is exactly that, the design is quite genius. It has adorable dolman sleeves with ruffles. The A line tee and dress come in regular and high-low hem options along with inseam pockets. Such a simple and cute pattern, you’ll want a closet full of these tees.

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To check fit, I made a top in rayon jersey, it turned out beautiful but for my dress version, I used a ponte knit so the flutters would be more pronounced.

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Don’t you love how those flutter sleeves stand out? I got the fabric as part of a destash sale, and love the floral print on her.

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I used a coral cotton spandex for the neckband. The pattern includes two pattern pieces for the neckband based on stretch percentage that is very helpful in getting that neckband to fit well and lay neatly. I completely forgot about the inseam pockets until my daughter suddenly discovered them during the photoshoot and that’s about the only picture I managed to get.

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Needless to say, its an adorable pattern, and a really quick sew!

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As soon as my husband saw this dress, he told me she’d need a few more now that we can actually get out and hang at the park, spring weather and all!!!

The Schooner Tee and Dress is currently on sale for only $5 hurry, get your copy and start cranking them out by the dozen!

The Naples Dress and Tunic was one of the first patterns that I’d tested for Jenn and blogged about it here. I cant believe how much older she looks now 😀

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Polina Dress – Pattern Test for Coffee and Thread Patterns

Polina dress by Coffee and Thread patterns was released earlier this week and you’ve probably seen so many adorable versions floating around. The PDF pattern world is really amazing isn’t it? I mean so many woven dress patterns out there, what could yet another new pattern offer right? wrong! this pattern is refreshingly beautiful, it’s a classic vintage inspired dress with adorable circular frills. I couldn’t resist and made one in each view.

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Ahh I have missed sewing with woven fabric, this was such a satisfying sew! I love the crisp hems, foldlines and the general good behavior that only woven fabrics tend to display 😛 This is a cotton lawn that my mom sent to me from India, earlier this year. Its more of a teal-aqua than the blue that the pictures seem to reflect. We were having so many technical difficulties the day of the shoot – the wind, the cold and to top it all, my little one was sick. I have to mention this though, she’s such a great sport she knew how desperate mama was for pictures. She was standing, posing and twirling there, I felt super guilty that afternoon!

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The bodice is fully lined here, but you have the option to make it unlined as well using bias tape to finish the neckline and armholes. This view A has long frills on the sides with a circle skirt and flared ties. If you’ve been here before you know what a big proponent of circle skirts my daughter is. The twirl is unbeatable!

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Look at all that wind, the weather was not very co-operative 😦

I have never done ruffles of this kind before, those ruffles add so much beauty and charm to the dress. They are not just rectangular strips of gathered fabric, and I found myself so excited to make this dress. Obviously I had to try the other view as well!

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I love the colors, frills, buttons and just how this view turned out. However, my photos don’t do this dress a whole lot of justice so bear with me here!

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I hope this picture properly shows the vintage vibe I was hoping my choice of fabric would bring to the dress!

Fun fact: These are eco-friendly coconut shell buttons!

I used nani iro spectacle double gauze for the ruffles and a cotton linen blend for the main dress. This view as you can see has the circular frill around the neck and a gathered skirt. The bodice on this is completely lined as well. I didn’t make the unlined version but I simply love how beautiful the inside of this dress looks, all the seams enclosed and the button placket construction is so neat!

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Okay now for some final statements, if you love woven dresses, if you want to start sewing more with woven dresses, you will love this pattern. Some patterns you’ll love for the design features and some patterns for their exceptional quality of design and instructions, and the Polina dress pattern most definitely fulfills both categories! It is currently on sale for $7.00 USD and an additional 10% when you join the Coffee and Threads Facebook group. You can check out all the gorgeous tester versions here.

And there’s a fun GIVEAWAY that Olga is hosting, enter to win the Polina Dress pattern for free along with 2 yards of a gorgeous cotton+steel fabric!

Don’t forget to enter in the RAFFLECOPTER.

Sahara Top & Dress – Pattern Test for Bella Sunshine Designs

Last week, I got to test the Sahara Top and Dress by Bella Sunshine Designs. It’s a fantastic knit dress pattern – simple, elegant and playful! What I love most about this pattern though is the fit, from the beautiful scoop in the back to the fit across the chest, it is complete perfection!

The Sahara Dress features a fully lined bodice with a scooped neckline (with no closures which I really like) and both sleeveless and sleeve options in different lengths. It has a full circle skirt which comes in top and dress lengths. The circle skirt is without a doubt my daughter’s favorite element, you can never have enough twirly dresses around here. Every piece of fabric that she sees me petting, she has to ask “are you making a pretty dress for me?” pretty equals twirly!

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This dress for me is the classic combination of perfect fabric meets perfect pattern. I love the texture and stretch and drape of double brushed polyester, and have used it a ton for leggings this past year. And the Sahara Dress pattern recommends fabric with good drape and more importantly, good recovery, so this fabric (fabric from So Sew English Fabrics) works beautifully for this pattern, with no stretching out or rippling around the neckline and the waistline.

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This child just turned 3, but is skinny and still fits into her baby clothes. One of the most helpful things I learnt while testing this pattern is how to blend correctly across sizes. This dress is a 12 month size widthwise blended to a 2year size in length. The pattern comes with clear instructions and illustrations for blending between sizes, so you get the perfect fit. I love love love that pretty neckline and those 3/4th sleeves!

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For the sleeveless version, I used this lovely spring-like cotton spandex from Raspberry Creek Fabrics and an interlock jersey for the bodice lining.

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Obviously, I can’t decide which one I love more but these dresses will be worn and loved to death, that I do know!!

Because, I don’t believe I’ve said it enough times 😉 but the fit of the Sahara Dress is pure excellence and is such a great pattern to have on hand, oh the possibilities of having a well fitted basic pattern!  My husband says she needs a princess dress for when we go to watch the Beauty and the Beast next week, I’m wondering if I can use this pattern for a maxi length dress.

The Sahara Top & Dress is currently on release sale price of $5.50 (regular price $7.95 USD), don’t forget to take a look at the listing for some gorgeous tester versions. One thing that I have come to love about Bella Sunshine Designs is how thorough their testing process is and how they strive for perfection in the pattern fit and instructions. I have used and reviewed several of their patterns (here, here, here and here) before and highly recommend their patterns.

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.

Constance Sweater – Pattern Test for Sew a Little Seam

The Constance Sweater by Sew a Little Seam is here and we are in LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! I love it so much that I am desperately waiting for a women’s version so I can match my mini!

But here’s something else that I hope will make you want to buy the pattern – Kelly is in the process of designing the Meaningfully Made collection, the first of which is the Constance Sweater. This is both important and personal for her and I think it’s pretty amazing that she’s directing 100% of the proceeds towards the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.

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The PDF pattern comes in sizes 3 months all the way up to 12 years. It has three lengths – top, tunic or dress, three sleeve (gathered or regular) lengths – short, 3/4 and long. You can choose to do a regular neckline with a neckband or a lined or unlined hood. It also includes options like the kangaroo pocket, oval and heart elbow patches, and cuffs and hem bands. It has layered sizing and a very clear photo tutorial. My favorite features from all of Kelly’s patterns are her attention to clean finishing techniques be it the HongKong seam finishes in the Linden Shorts and Skirt or the super awesome reversible Ollie Bomber jacket. Don’t you just love when PDF patterns help you better your skills?!?

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For my first version, I made a tunic with a completely lined hood in hacci sweater knit fabric that I got from my Girl Charlee Knitfix last year. It is a medium to heavy weight knit with good stretch but more importantly it’s really warm, and paired with woollen tights it’s great for our the chilly weather. The ivory rib knit is from Jo Ann fabrics.

For our final version, I sized up to allow more room for layering. The pattern comes with both regular and gathered (or pleated) sleeves and I opted to do these sweet looking pleated sleeves.

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oohh Im loving this tunic on her!!!

This lovely coral french terry is from LA Finch fabrics, and the liverpool knit that I used for the cuffs and binding is from Sincerely Rylee fabrics (I used it here for my Chloe skirt). This french terry is so soft and snuggly! with great stretch too so its perfect for this pattern. I got a lot of this fabric that I am saving for my Constance Sweater which hopefully is not too far off 😀

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Did i mention that this pattern is unisex? Yes you can make the Constance Sweater for little dudes too!! And it’s only $4!!! Check out the listing for more inspiration, and go make a bunch of Constance sweaters, I know I am because brrr it’s cold here in pittsburgh!

Happy Sewing and Happy Holidays!!

 

 

 

Saumur Dress – Pattern Test for Lil Luxe Collection

Hey friends!

Have you started sewing and shopping for the holidays yet? I have a great holiday dress pattern to share with you today! It is from the Lil Luxe collection so fabulousness guaranteed!!!

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The Saumur dress is a classic party dress with princess seams and puffed sleeves. What makes it stand out though is the combination of pleats and gathers in the skirt along with bow ties in the sides and the option to add piping or trim along the entire length of the dress.

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The design of the Saumur dress provides so many options to play with color and trims in the bodice and skirt.

I used the same fabric for the entire dress – linen (joann fabrics)  with black piping along the princess seams and velvet trim for the side ties. The sleeves are fully lined, though there’s an option to make it unlined as well.

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The colors I picked were a bit hard to photograph, but it really is a beautiful dress with pleats in the center front and back and gathering in the sides with the bow ties 🙂

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Clean finish with a fully lined bodice and an invisible zipper in the back really take the dress up a notch, and I love how the heavy linen sorta puffs it up!

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It is not a quick sew pattern, planning and sewing the entire dress does take up a bit of time, but its a pattern you’ll be glad you tried ’cause the result is so beautiful. I can’t wait to try more fabric and trim combinations for this dress.

The Saumur dress PDF pattern includes

  • sizes sizes 18m-10y

  • Layered sizing, so you can print only the sizes you want

  • Illustrations and pictures with an easy to understand tutorial

  • Both Imperial and metric measurement charts

  • 36″ standard pdf print file for large format printers so you can print at your local print shop (labeled PS-PATTERN)

    Happy Sewing and Happy Holidays!!!

Pembridge Pinafore – Lil Luxe Collection

I have another exciting pattern test to share you guys today! Its another first for us too! A pinafore by Lil Luxe Collection!!!

The Pembridge Pinafore  is a sweet vintage style Pinafore with elastic in the waist, and the option to have adjustable straps or a classic style button down back. It has beautiful seam finishes and a lovely fit.

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I had picked another fabric for this pinafore but my little was quite firm in her choice of this mustardy yellow floral.

The construction for this pinafore is simple and quick, with beautiful seam finishes.

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This is so perfect for summer! It was quite warm the day we took pictures, so she’s wearing the pinafore by itself but this would be so perfect layered over a white shirt in lace or eyelet.

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I had to try this pattern to realize how adorable my little one looks in this vintage style pinafore dress!

For our final version, we chose a bottom weight denim fabric in animal print and LOVE the Pembridge Pinafore even more!!!

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The lovely little top she’s wearing is the Jane top from Shwin Designs.

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I love when patterns can be sewed up so quick and still look so put together! This whole outfit took me less than one naptime!

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The Pembridge Pinafore PDF pattern is currently on sale for $7 (regular price is $10)

  • It comes in sizes 18m-10y

  • It is a layered pattern so you can print only the sizes you want

  • Has Step by step instructions and illustrations

  • Both Imperial and metric measurements are included

    More pictures for inspiration on the Lil Luxe Collection blog and in the Facebook group here. There is also a special 40% discount on all Lil Luxe patterns TODAY ONLY!

    Happy Sewing!!!

Swallowtail Dress – lil luxe collection

The Swallowtail top and dress was released by lil luxe collection last week!! And how awesome is it that we got to test this sweet delicate dress!?!

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I love the Swallowtail pattern description on their website “This vintage inspired pattern is everything a girl could ask for: sweet, breezy and topped with a bow!” Absolutely true!!!

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Oh but that bow! and that open back! sigh!! I love it so very much!

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For the bodice, I used a loosely woven handloom fabric from Fine Fabrics Atlanta (They don’t have a website), it is so soft so perfect for this pattern, and I love how those ties drape over her back rather than stand out stiffly. And for the skirt, this denim jacquard from JoAnn fabrics.

Contrary to what I first thought, this pattern comes together rather quickly. And has two things that I’ve grown to really appreciate and look for, in sewing patterns: Extremely well drafted pattern pieces, and beautiful finishing techniques (even on the inside).

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Right before we went for pictures, I was possessed by a need to make a top knot headband for her and I’ve never really made headbands and accessories lol! Since I was using woven fabric and didn’t want to fuss with elastic, I shirred about 5 inches of the headband with several rows of elastic thread in the center back.

Watching my little one in clothes that I made is truly gratifying, and that experience is even more rewarding when the pattern used is as well drafted and clearly explained as this one!

The swallowtail Top and Dress come in sizes 18m – 10y with options for a top, knee length dress or Maxi dress.  With no need for zippers and buttonholes, its a great beginner’s pattern, not to mention quick-sew. It has beautiful feminine flutter sleeves that I totally left out for this dress 🙂

Until next time… Happy Sewing!!!