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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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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