FREE Unicorn Pillow Pattern by Rebecca Page as a Brand Ambassador

The FREE Unicorn Pillow (**affiliate link) pattern from Rebecca Page is definitely on trend because which child doesn’t love the fantasy world. My girls love unicorns so this month it was a no brainer of what to make for them.

I must admit I fabric shopped myself for this project, they had no say in what they were getting but I’m happy to report both gave me the thumbs up. I chose printed poplin milky way sparkle (100% cotton) for the main body, horn and outer ears, poly organza in pink (100% polyester) for the mane and some stash silver nylon/spandex (unknown exact composition) for the mane, inner ears and fringe. The silver spandex obviously was a stretch fabric so I interfaced it for the smaller pattern pieces but didn’t bother with the mane so that it could be gathered easily.  They eyes I cut out of black felt and the nose from purple felt and blanket stitched them onto the face. My horn was embellished with a silver ribbon from my stash.

I did go rogue a bit with the mane because I was using sheer fabric, rather than cut two pieces and sew them along the long edge. I cut my strip double the width and folded it in half because I didn’t want a visible seam.

I’m happy to report that the excitement was high when these were gifted to the kids. Now back to sewing for me again :).

Keep in mind you aren’t restricted to the pattern for this pillow, but by your imagination. Some people have sewn ponys, dragons and deers by being creative. These also make great gifts so I suggest you get sewing to fill up your present cupboards.

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Posy Pleated Pants by Rebecca Page as a Brand Ambassador

I have the pleasure of promoting some great patterns in this role but also it still gives me the opportunity to test patterns for Rebecca Page too.

One of the newest offerings was the Posy Pleated Pants (**affiliate link). I’m not an extremely fashion forward person, more a comfort person and these pants offer both. They are on trend but have the benefit of being a quick sew with a high comfort factor.

The pants have the front box pleats which add the drama and also four back darts, two per side. This was great for me being pear shaped and having a sway back as the fit is quite good. The pattern piece for the front legs is very wide so be cautious when buying fabric to make sure it is wide enough or you get the correct yardage.

My pair is basic black made from french black crepe 148cm (100% polyester). It helps to use fabric with drape if you want a pair of pants that flow however a stiffer fabric might add more drama as it will retain the shape of the legs more.

These are really quick to sew up. There are no closures, the back has an elastic waistband and the front waistband is flat. I was trying to be a bit smart making these and I went down a size instead of going by the measurement chart, so made a medium, and put myself in a bit of a pickle. You see I’m quite pear shaped and the waist measurement for the medium ended up being 1.5 inch smaller than my hips so getting them on and off was a bit of a battle – it’s a silly mistake on my part. So I made them up as described in the pattern for the testing sake but have since had to alter them so I can actually wear them more easily. My solution was to put in an invisible zipper in the centre back which meant unpicking the centre back seam and cutting the waistband in the centre too. I did also have to shave off some fabric in the back to make it a more fitted as the elastic back there was now non existent. I’m just really annoyed with myself for doing this and creating extra work.

I forgot to mention these also have optional pockets which are a good size too to keep a phone, keys and your hands in. And also there is an optional sash that is sewn into the waistband and you can add belt loops to keep this in place. Now that I have added in a zip, I will possibly also add belt loops since my waistband isn’t gathered anywhere anymore.

I also must admit that normally I have to shorten pants but these seem to fall at the right spot for me when I have heels on, and I’m 165cm. I am waiting for a date night so I can wear them proudly and be stylish too.

The pattern is also available in kids sizing. You have to check them out as they are currently on sale.

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The Artiest Skirt by The Eli Monster as a Brand Ambassador

Being a Brand Ambassador is a great way to sew lots but also to try new patterns and designs. I’m all for a maxi skirt and decided this month to make The Artiest Skirt (**affiliate link). It is indeed a maxi skirt with optional pockets that uses up lots of fabric!!!!

Keep in mind, this skirt is very full and although requires lots of fabric, having panels gives that same effect without having to cut a circle skirt. The other advantage is that it has a back zip closure with a waistband so the bulk at the hips and waist is minimised with all the fullness at the bottom of the skirt.

Usually when I want to sew something I peruse Pinterest for inspiration and for this skirt found some images I really liked. For my pattern size E, which equates to AUS 12, I needed about 5 metres of fabric, which is a lot. I thought I would do a plain skirt (read single colour, non-directional print). When I got to the fabric store I couldn’t find any fabric like I had imagined and then stumbled on this printed crepe Jungle in navy 148cm (100% polyester). Not what I was after – it’s both directional and multi coloured!

It was on sale so that helped the decision along however when I went to get my 5 metres cut there was only 3.5 metres left on the bolt. The lady at the counter kind of convinced me I would be okay because of the width of the fabric and although I still wasn’t sure, I went with it. I don’t think she realised how much flare the pattern pieces had. Anyway, fast forward a week later and I prepared myself to cut the fabric.  I was trying to be strategic because I only had one chance to get this right. I cut the front and backs out first and then the side panels, thinking I could probably piece together some fabric at the bottom and it wouldn’t be visible. Lo and behold, there was no need. The pattern pieces literally just fit on the fabric, going into the selvage slightly which is okay as that’s the seam allowance anyway. I will also mention that I chose not to add pockets, blasphemy!!!

So 3.5 metres later and I have a full maxi skirt that swishes amazingly and feels really feminine with some scraps left over probably to make a little camisole. I wonder if I could get away with this looking like a maxi dress then when worn together, time will tell!

I did make one minor adjustment to the skirt as this size was too big when at the zip insertion stage, and that was to take out some width from the centre back. I took out about 6cm at the waist and tapered to about 3cm at the hip. Not an ideal way to do this but next time will alter each pattern piece separately. Also although my invisible zip looks great, I do have some bubbling at the bottom which smooths out when worn, but my main concern was because this fabric is lightweight, I should have interfaced the zip area as I normally do. The instructions don’t have you do this but I highly recommend it.

I do highly recommend The Artiest Skirt Pattern if you want a flowy maxi skirt without the trouble of cutting a circle skirt and it’s currently on sale for $7.00. I’m sure you could even use up less fabric when using a non-directional fabric, providing it is wide enough. You know the feeling when you put on an item of clothing and feel really feminine and good in it, this is how I feel in the Artiest skirt.

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Bloem Top by The Eli Monster as a Brand Ambassador Sew

I’m not doing a great job promoting these patterns at the moment as a brand ambassador but am trying to stay diligent for 2019.

The Bloem Top (**affiliate link) by The Eli Monster is a simple, airy casual top perfect for warmer weather. Excellent for beginners as the necessary sewing techniques are basic and also it is super fast to sew. This top features bias trim neckline and arm openings, a simple single button back closure and a subtle high/low hem. There is also a kids version available if you want to add some wardrobe basics for everyone.

Like the rest of The Eli Monster’s patterns, The Bloem Top is layered which means you only need to print the size you are making.  All steps are accompanied by colour photographs. To save paper, cutting dimensions for rectangular pieces are included in lieu of pattern pieces.

I used a nice drapey mustard sketch printed rayon 135cm (100% viscose rayon). Looking back however perhaps I could go down 2 sizes next time as it has ended up quite roomy but also perfect for hot, sweltering weather. Also I made an error with the neckline but didn’t bother fixing it. The bias trim is not mean to be turned completely to the inside which I did without thinking, but instead should be half visible as a finish. I’m okay with that in this version because I was too lazy to make my own so used black instead and don’t know if that would have been visually appealing. Also because I did this, those neck gathers aren’t as obvious as they are meant to be as I sewed them down when I top stitched. Face Palm!!!!

The fit issue I have become more aware the more I sew is that often armholes are too tight in sleeveless garments. This is not the case with the Bloem top. They come down quite low so I’m not feeling restricted in any way and also no undergarments are visible so don’t need to worry about showing too much.

For quite a simple top the finishes are nice. The instructions have you finish the hem with bias tape however I cheated and surged, turned and top stitched. I wasn’t sure if the bias would affect how the hem flowed since this fabric is so drapey. Probably not an issue if I had made my own with the same fabric however the bought bias felt a bit stiff.

Also once complete, I noticed the back closure was not really necessary as I can get the top on and off without undoing it. I’m not sure if I went down a couple of sizes whether this would be affected but will need to check for next time. I would love to make a nice crisp white version for summer, perhaps in some eyelet fabric.

I honestly recommend this pattern for a wardrobe basic which takes no time to sew up.

**This post contains affiliate links to The Eli Monster Patterns

Also just a quick update on my fabric quota for the month of January according to my Stash Shrinker in this post. I purchased 10.1m for the month of January and sewed 3.5m. Lets hope February sways more the other way!

The Rivier Dress by The Eli Monster

So, I have joined The Eli Monster Brand Ambassador program and this months’ theme was spooky or sweet. I of course went for sweet, because that’s what little girls are made of :), although I was tempted to do spooky and make a purple and black witches dress. I just thought sweet would get more mileage though.

My inspiration was the colour of candy given that Halloween is such a sugar fest, but I also wanted some romantic element. I chose to make The Rivier Dress (* affiliate link) because I could add soft ruffles, tulle and a bow, very girly indeed.

This dress has a faux/partial wrap bodice with two sets of snaps at the sides, so it’s an easy dress in that you don’t need to insert a zipper. The skirt is a simple gathered one and the neckline can be super simple or ruffled and then there is a sleeveless or cap sleeves option. The pattern ranges from size 18mo up to teen 16, and that is a lot of use for a pattern.

All of The Eli Monster’s patterns feature the layered option and there are color photographs with the instructions. There is a cut chart for all rectangular pieces instead of pattern pieces, to save on both ink and paper and while some people prefer pattern pieces for everything, I’m happy to adapt to either option.

 

For my version, the bodice is completely lined with white broadcloth (100% cotton) and the main exterior fabric is floral printed poplin scattered white (100% cotton) overlayed with soft bridal tulle in mushroom colour (100% nylon). I sewed everything as instructed in the pattern however I sewed the floral and netting as two separate layers up until I sewed them onto the bodice. I used French seams for the netting and cut it to the length specified in the pattern and because I didn’t hem it, it’s longer than the under skirt, which is what I was going for. I also made a size bigger than I should have because I wanted my daughter to get more use out of it but it has ended up a bit big and long although she still adores it.

I chose to make the optional bow with cherry broadcloth (100% cotton), but wasn’t sure at the time if it was too much, but in the end I thought it finished off the dress. I did attach it to a brooch pin instead of to the dress so it is detachable and also can function as a hair brooch.

It’s very feminine and my daughter loves it so that’s a great end to this sweet tale. The Rivier Dress is currently on sale for $7.00 but check out The Eli Monster to get some other great patterns that you can adapt to suit any occasion.

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The Stevie Skirt by Rebecca Page

With summer fast approaching, it’s time to swap out our winter wardrobe. Miss 7 is growing like a weed and is in need of some new clothes for the season. I decided to test* The Stevie Skirt by Rebecca Page (**affiliate link) as it’s a really quick sew, a versatile pattern that can have different looks depending on fabric choice and beginner friendly with great instructions.

                              

The size range is massive, from 8-inch doll, girls newborn to 12 years and ladies XXS to 5XL. There are four different length options (above the knee, knee, midi, and maxi) and to top it off there is a special launch price for the all-inclusive BUNDLE (ladies XXS to 5XL, girls newborn to 12 years, and 18-inch dolls) for $12.90 until 23.59 GMT on 15 October 2018. The girls pattern individually is currently $6.00.

Suggested fabrics are those with a minimum of 30% stretch. I used some rayon spandex tie dye ink and made the knee length version. I chose to make the “yoga” waistband and omit the elastic but it is a tad loose on her. I think more so because the fabric doesn’t have great recovery. Anyway, she didn’t want me to alter it and says it’s okay and the fact she has already worn it to a birthday party and the day after that suggests she is happy.

I have more of this fabric left over and am contemplating a maxi or midi version of my own. I believe it’s a wardrobe necessity for all seasons and the skirt shape is extremely flattering on all body shapes.

*The pattern was provided to me free of charge for testing but all opinions expressed are my own and I received a copy of the finalised pattern for taking part.

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Family Passport Wallet by Rebecca Page

I’m lagging behind posting my RP Brand Ambassador makes so you might get a few coming up in quick succession.

The Family Passport Wallet (**affiliate link) is a really quick sew, once all the pieces are cut out and interfaced that is. The instructions are clear and actually it’s a fun project. It’s a decent size, 4.5 in x 11 in ( 11.43 cm x 27.94 cm) completed, and can hold up to four passports and has a pocket for boarding passes. Suggested fabric is cotton, something quite durable, especially if you are a seasoned traveler.

I will mention though that you need to stitch down the centre of one of the pocket pairs, not both, otherwise you will end up with small pockets on the left and right instead of having a larger pocket on one side. This is in the instructions but possibly may be misinterpreted.

I used some fun stash fabric. The outside is prints charming # 4 confetti in pink (100% cotton) and the inside is red prints charming #12 (100% cotton), and I’m sure one of my daughters will claim this if they see it. The suggested closure is a magnet however I only had snaps on hand and they worked equally as effective as I’m sure velcro would too.

The awesome thing about The Family Passport Wallet is that it is a freebie, and worthwhile downloading. It’s great if you are genuinely traveling but also for holding notebooks, coloring stuff and also if you are creative enough you can hack it into a purse. Also think about all the gifts you can make from this pattern.

**This post contains affiliate links to Rebecca Page Patterns