Moss Hooded Top/Dress by Sofiona Patterns

The Moss dress came out a while ago. I participated in the testing* of this however never got to finish in time, life just got too chaotic with sick kids etc. This is a visual, geographic dress which allows you to completely experiment with fabric.
Sofiona Patterns, in my eyes, are redesigning kids fashion. Their designs are both edgy, unique and fun, but also functional and comfortable.
The Moss dress is designed for knit fabric and can also be made as a top, with optional back cowl hood, a deep v back and optional front pockets. The dress can also be made into a maxi.
My intention for version 1 of this dress was to make a summer, lounge dress. I used Birch Organic Swallow blush fabric (100% cotton) and the navy came from my stash, I believe it’s cotton also. My dress did turn out a couple of inches shorter than the finished pattern because I was short on navy fabric. I added the back tie straps too.
This is an intermediate pattern and both the neckline and armholes have binding but I must admit the v neckline is probably the most challenging thing about this dress only because it requires precision. The instructions guide you through to a flawless finish though.
Version 2 was made with the same design elements as version 1 as I wanted to show the final pattern as it was released due to some minor changes that were made from version 1, mostly to the armscye although not overly obvious in the photos but also because fabric can play a role. My fabric was printed spandex floral in white/green/pink (95% cotton/5% elastane) for the pockets and contrast, and geo space dye pink jersey (50% cotton/47% polyester/3% spandex) from deep within my stash, I think it’s 3 years old. For reference, I made the smaller v opening in the back and as an additional design element tassels or beads would be a great finish for those ties.
Miss 7 loves these dresses and I’m sure is willing winter away so she can wear them. The Moss also makes a great swimsuit cover up, it particularly goes well with the Sofiona Narwhal swimsuit.
*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.

Paisley Shirt by Millicent Joy Patterns

If you have never heard of Millicent Joy Patterns before, you can be excused because I hadn’t either. This is a new pattern company that I was lucky enough to test* their newest design, the Paisley shirt, which is one of the new spring patterns. I have saved many Pinterest images of tops like this made from striped fabric and thought it would be a great opportunity to use up this fabric that has been sitting in my stash since I’m not sure when because I don’t have any record of what it is and when I purchased it. It feels like a cotton but has a bit of horizontal stretch.

 

I made a pattern size 5 in the full length top with the half length gathered sleeve. The thing I was most impressed with during testing was the instructions. I found them really clear, full of information, and the layout was really nice. You can tell lots of work has gone into creating these. There is information on pattern alterations, a “cheat sheet” page, pro tips throughout and elastic cutting guides both at the beginning of the instructions but also when required during construction. This is also a layered pattern.

I always feel a bit skeptical with off the shoulder tops because I don’t know if after a days wear they are really practical. I found this one quite good, maybe it was the thicker elastic neckline that made it more stable, I’m not sure.

This is a quick top to make, the casings take the longest and even that’s not time consuming. The alternate view is a crop top which is not at all my style, and the pattern also has a longer sleeve and either sleeve length can be left without gathers.

I feel this is a bit of an orphan top though, I’m not quite sure how to style it. I possibly need to invest, or sew, some bottoms that will match. And so the sewing list continues to grow 🙂


*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.

Clara Dress by DesignerStitch Patterns

Before I get into this pattern, I thought I would do a quick update on my stash shrinking which in fact has expanded instead this last month. February was good, I bought 5.7m and sewed 10.3m so happy with that BUT March was terrible. I bought 36.55m and only sewed 7.8m. Hoping to turn that around in April. Fingers crossed!!!!

Who doesn’t love a classic dress to fit all occasions? The Clara Dress (**affiliate link) by Designer Stitch Patterns is just that! I was part of the testing* process for this but taking photos was a difficult task on this one. I found life got in the way a bit.

Clara is elegant and classy with options for ankle length with high/low hem flounce, knee length and thigh length with a straight hem flounce and with either a cap or flutter sleeve or sleeveless. There is a centre back invisible zip closure and an all-in-one facing and either a v or round neckline. The advantage of many DesignerStitch Patterns is that they are offered in cup sizes B, C, D, DD (E) and AU/UK sizes 6-26. This PDF pattern also comes in a trimless version if you don’t like fiddling with patterns too much.

I chose a more casual fabric, premium cotton gingham 1/4 black/white (100% cotton) for my knee length, round neck version, making it sleeveless with a self tie belt. I figure I had more options to wear it this way with heels for a night out or sandals in the summer. I’m all about versatility in my wardrobe. Construction was easy and pattern pieces fit together faultlessly.

I did fussy cut all my pattern pieces so that they would line up at least horizontally and some didn’t when I sewed it together 😦 It’s okay though because the gingham pattern is quite small and I think I can get away with it. I made a pattern size 4 (AUS 12) with a B cup and no modifications to the pattern. The length hits me exactly where I like. For my belt I cut my fabric roughly 15cm wide and estimated the length so that it went around my waist once and I could tie a bow. I did have to add a hook and eye at the back neckline because for some reason I inserted my invisible zip in too low – that’s an easy fix though.

People often talk about tried and true patterns and I’m really happy with my dress and the fit of it that I think the pattern will get some hacking over time. I’m thinking peplum tops, more dresses, skirts, endless possibilities really.

*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

Adventure Bag by Mamma Can Do It

 The Adventure Bag **has just been released by Mamma Can Do It and for being part of their Facebook Group you can get it for free with a code (check out the pinned post) otherwise it’s currently on sale.

I got to test* this tote bag which comes in medium or large and best of all it’s reversible. There is also the option of colour-blocking and since everything is a rectangular shape, you don’t have to print the pattern as a cut chart is provided. This is a beginner friendly bag, really quick to sew, and instructions are accompanied with great photographs and descriptions. Although a medium weight woven in recommended, a lighter fabric can be used but is probably best interfaced.

I used Montreaux Printed Drill Black Stripe (100% cotton) and Hot pink drill (100% cotton) for the exterior, with white broadcloth (100% cotton) for the interior. I chose not to make mine reversible. I have just started working again since having my baby and made this as my lunch bag. The medium is perfect to fit a lunchbox, fruit, notebook and the all important coffee mug.

The large bag is great as a beach bag or overnight bag whilst the medium size bag would make a great library bag or gift bag, just fill it with goodies for the recipient.

*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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Ballerina Tooth Fairy Pillow by Rebecca Page

As a brand ambassador it’s my job to sew and promote Patterns by Rebecca Page. I’ve been a bit slack on the promoting lately but wanted to be organised this time around. Aided by the fact my sewing room is no longer in existence, I have more time to catch up on blog posts than sew.

My oldest is 6 and yet to loose a tooth, I believe she now has four wobbly teeth so this was the perfect opportunity to get ready for when that time comes.

Rebecca Page has released a trio of tooth fairy pillows in the Tooth Fairy Pillow Pattern**. There is a a ‘Big Tooth’ pillow, a ‘Monster Teeth’ pillow with removable teeth, or a ‘Ballerina Tooth’ pillow complete with tutu.

The finished measurements of the pillows are:

  • Big Tooth Pillow – 5.5 inches x 5.5 inches
  • Monster Teeth Pillow – 5.5 inches x 5 inches
  • Ballerina Tooth Pillow – 4.75 inches x 5.25 inches

As a mum of girls I couldn’t go past the ballerina. This really is such a quick pattern to sew and is also a great scrap buster. I used white drill (100% cotton) for the pillow and some pink tulle for the ballet tutu. I went a bit rogue with the face. The pattern suggests embroidery and has a different template but I ended up drawing mine on with fabric pens. I do think next time I would rather the embroidered look or perhaps paint the face on. I also chose to make mine the hanging version and sewed the matching ribbon at the top edge of the tulle and gave her a hair bow.

To convince you further….. The Tooth Fairy Pillow Pattern is a freebie at the Rebecca Page shop so if you don’t need it right now pop it in your cart anyway because all in all, it’s such a fun, quick project, and also a great gift idea. Possibilities are endless as you can use the pattern as a guide to stimulate your imagination. Perhaps it’s worth getting your children involved in sewing this one.

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Rebecca Page Brand Ambassador The Ultimate Bunting Kit

November for me was a busy month. My baby was close to two months old and it was nearing the end of the school year and was also trying to fit in my christmas shopping and of course, sadly packed my sewing room to make it the baby’s nursery. I decided to make The Ultimate Bunting Kit  (**aff. link). This was perfect timing really as I had always wanted one for the nursery and since baby girl was born in September I knew the gender and was able to select the colours I preferred. I used all fabric from my stash, which were either top pop poplins (100% polyester) or cotton poplins and I lined the pieces with white top pop poplin. This is really a great stash busting project if you are looking for something quick to make, unless you choose a bunting with appliques and complicated shapes.

There are a number of pattern shapes included in this pattern, really as the name suggests it has everything, but I went with basic/traditional triangles. The instructions provide you with a number of ways to finish the bunting, however I chose to sew the pieces right sides together, then turn them right side out and topstitch. Alternatively you could sew them wrong sides together and cut the raw edges with pinking shears. There really isn’t a right or wrong way.

I chose these particular colours as they are soft and feminine for a baby girls room and thinking as she grows up they won’t date. I also opted to finish the bunting with white pre made bias tape. I can’t recall exactly how much spacing I allowed between the triangles but think it was roughly 2 inches, it’s personal preference.

The Bunting Kit is also a freebie at the Rebecca Page shop so if you don’t need it right now pop it in your cart anyway because it makes a great gift, festive season decor or you could even use the shapes to applique clothes and pillows. Possibilities are endless.

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