Category Archives: Pattern Testing

Love Notions “Lotus Blossom Blouse” Review

I had the pleasure of testing a new pattern by Love Notions,  the Lotus Blossom Blouse.   There are actually 2 patterns available, girls size 2T -16, and ladies size through  3XL.  This PDF pattern goes together simply, with a no trim page and layering, which means you can pick and choose what size  or sizes you want to print.  I love both of these options!!!

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

This is the girls size 14 that I made for my daughter.  Made from a lightweight knit for the awesome drape, this top is perfect for spring and summer wear!  She also really liked it and wore it the day after I made it, and wants me to make her more!!

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES                        SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Her younger sis, also wants me to make her some. This is a quick sew, taking about 1 hour, after the pattern has been assembled. Love Notions patterns have great tutorials with them, with step by step instructions, sewing tips and photos.   At the very end of the pattern there are inspirational photos  so you can see many different sizes and fabrics that were used by testers.

If you have not yet tried a Love Notions pattern, they are great for both kids and adults.  You can find Love Notions patterns on Etsy, Craftsy, or Love Notions Website

Advertisements

~~~~~Heat Wave~~~~~

      We are having a wonderfully warm…and now, hot summer!! I have tested a few patterns for The Plucky Butterfly Designs and she has a few awesome tops that are great for summertime. These are both a quick sew, and fun and easy to make.

First up, Rissa Roo’s Knit Pixie Summer Tank Top, which like the title says, is made from knit fabrics. This has a great size range from size 2 through 14 girls.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

The pattern calls for knit binding, which I used in the red/white stars stripe, but in the lavender top, I cheated and used foldover elastic, which made the process even easier and faster. Either way, cute results and my daughter loves how comfy and cool they are!

She also has a pattern for halter if that is your preferred style “Rissa Roo’s Knit Pixie Summer Halter Top, same size range as the other, and a very quick sew also. 

hanabackhanafnt1

She also created a pattern for the halter using woven fabrics, called the Cotton Woven Pixie Halter combo. This pattern has several options, including a dress.   Here is the top view of the pattern with a double ruffle.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Photos above show how you can either tie at the back or tie as a halter.

These patterns are all perfect for this hot summer weather!! 

You can check out all of her patterns in her Craftsy store.

 

The Amelie Dress (tester)

If you are looking for a pattern that has great twirl, is stylish, works for the holidays, weddings, or parties, this would be the dress pattern for you!!! This multi-sized pattern goes from 12 months to size 8.  I recently had the opportunity to test this pattern, and I can say that I will definitely be making this again!!  It’s not a hard pattern, but does take some time, so I would allow for that in your planning and sewing. This can be made from cotton wovens (like I used) or out of special occasion fabrics for fancier wear.

The fabrics I used were purchased at Hobby Lobby. They have a wonderful selection of prints with coordinating fabrics, so it’s very easy to choose fabrics that go together (well….once you decide on the main print that is.).  In my photos, my daughter is wearing a pettiskirt under her dress for added fullness, but you definitely don’t have to do this. It has awesome twirl with or without a pettiskirt.

The designer behind this pattern is Honeydew Kisses. This is her first pattern release, and she did a wonderful job of communicating  and listening to all her testers, to make sure this pattern would be easy to understand and follow. This is a PDF pattern, which means once you purchase, you download it, print it out and tape it together. While this may sound very time consuming, it’s really pretty simple, and I can tall you, that the more you do this, the quicker and easier it gets!!  You can find the pattern in her ETSY shop and also in her Crafty shop.  You can also like her facebook page to get announcements about her patterns and sales.

Here are photos of my finished version of the dress

Image

Image

Image

Image

Ainsley and Aiden Baby Pattern Suite

 

Do you love sewing baby gifts? Do you have a baby of your own that you sew for?  If so, here is a wonderful suite of patterns that are perfect for that first year of life.

BabySuiteISet500px

Super comfy and cute, these patterns can be made to mix and match, great for your own little babe, or perfect for shower gifts!!

I recently had the opportunity to sew up items from this suite of patterns and am happy to be a part of the Ainsley & Aiden Baby Suite Blog Tour. The Ainsley & Aiden Baby Suite I is a set of four patterns in sizes Preemie-12M. The Suite released on Wednesday, June 11 with a Special Bundle Sale Price of $18.75 (a $25 value sold separately). Sale price runs through Friday June 20, (midnight, EDT). After the sale, all patterns will be available for purchase individually and as a bundle in the Stitchwerx Designs Etsy Shop.

Patterns included in this set:

Bitty Beetle Bodysuit, Tee & Gown:

The Stitchwerx Designs S115 Bitty Beetle Bodysuit, Tee & Gown pattern is an Intermediate level pattern designed to work well with 2-way or 4-way stretch knit fabrics. Features include a lap shoulder neckline with contrast binding for easy on and off dressing. Make a snap-crotch bodysuit, tee or gown with your choice of short, long or extra-long mitten sleeves.

We all know that little babies spend a lot of time in bodysuits, so why not make up some adorable ones for your baby to wear this summer. This pattern is true to size, and sews up quickly.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

The gown has great coverage, with elastic at the hemline, for ease in those middle of the night diaper changes!!  Here are a few photos of the gown with long sleeves and mittens

gowntopgownmittens

Comfy Caterpillar Easy Knit Pants

The Stitchwerx Designs S117 Comfy Caterpillar pants is a Confident Beginner level pattern designed to be sewn with 2 way or 4 way stretch knits. There are two style options to make hemmed or cuffed pants. These are so simple to make (only 1 paper pattern piece). Cutting Chart is included for contrasting waistband and cuffs. No elastic needed!

Roly Poly Lined Pants

The Stitchwerx Designs S118 Roly Poly Pants pattern is an Intermediate level pattern. Roly Poly Pants are lined with plenty of ease in the waist and hips. There is extra length so they can be cuffed to show off the contrast lining. This will give you extended wear as you can unroll the cuff as your baby grows. Contrasting rectangular front and rear chevron pockets are cute coordinating accents with the rolled cuffs. These pants can be sewn from woven fabrics, knit fabrics, or a combination of both.

Such a cute pair of stylish pants for your baby. These were fun to make, and I LOVE the attention to detail on this pattern.  These could be made reversible also.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Tiddly Wink Toppers

The Stitchwerx Designs S120 Tiddly Wink Toppers is a Beginner level pattern designed to be sewn with 2 way or 4 way stretch knits. There are two style options to make a Round Slouchy Beanie or a Square Beanie. These beanies are such a quick sew, you will want to make several for your little one!

The Bitty Beetle, Comfy Caterpillar & Tiddly Wink Toppers patterns all include a special bonus section with tips for sewing knits without a serger. The Bitty Beetle and Comfy Caterpillar patterns also have a bonus “Faux Coverstitch Quick Tutorial”. You do not need a serger to sew any of the garments included in this suite of patterns.

Modeled here is the Round Slouchy Beanie. Super quick sew, you will want to make matching beanies for all of your little one’s outfits!

hat

As you can see, this pattern would be a wonderful addition to your pattern collection.  Kim has included in the suite of patterns,  great tips for sewing with knits, a list of fabric shops that carry knit fabrics, and a very detailed set of instructions for each pattern, along with great example photos.

THE GIVEAWAY

To help celebrate the BABY SUITE I pattern release, Stitchwerx is giving away this lovely prize package:

The Contest Rules:
You must be 18 to enter.
You can gain entries by entering the Rafflecopter Prompts.
Giveaway ends: 6/20/14 at midnight EDT.
One winner will be chosen and announced on 6/21/14.
 
          Make sure you enter the giveaway here for your chance at this great pattern bundle!
 
To see many other samples of this pattern suite, please visit the blogs listed below
Blog Tour Schedule:
Wednesday, June 11
Thursday, June 12
Friday, June 13
Monday, June 16
Tuesday, June 17

 

Love Notions Tuxedo Knit Dress

LNtuxedodressI recently tested the Love Notions Tuxedo Knit Dress pattern.  This is a great pattern for knit fabrics, and perfect for any time of the year. This dress would be great for school, or play and my daughter says it’s very comfy!  I tested a size 10, shown here, and we like our dresses a little long, so the length was perfect for us.

This dress is a quick and easy sew, and has several options. It has several sleeve variations, and can be made to include side seam pockets, make it with or without the ruffle or bib front. With such a great variety, each dress can have a totally different look  to it!

This pattern will be released on June 12 and you can find it in the Love Notions Etsy Store and for the first week, you can use the code  tuxedo   for a 15% discount.

 

The Firecracker Dress and Tunic

I had the opportunity to test this great summer pattern. Hana loves it, and has already worn it a few times!!  This is a pretty easy sew and the results are super cute and fun, perfect for warm spring, or hot summer days. She has also worn it with a t-shirt underneath, when it was a little too cool for just the straps.

You can check out GYCT Designs for more photos showing off this cute pattern, which you can see would be perfect for the 4th of July.  You can find the pattern here: GYCTDESIGNS on Craftsy

Here is the finished dress on Hana

Image