Tulle Skirt by Rebecca Page

I know little girls love to have big fluffy skirts that they can play dress ups with and twirl but I’m sure secretly some adults do to. I think as the lines of fashion become more blurred and there aren’t really as many rules anymore, I thought to myself, why not make myself a big, poofy skirt too.

Rebecca Page recently released the Tulle Skirt for Ladies** which I tested, not really quite sure how it would fit into my wardrobe. I originally envisioned Hollywood glam but as you can see, inner rock chic took over. The pattern itself isn’t very difficult, it’s just time consuming because of the layers and having to gather each later. I chose the less gathered version because of my fabric choices and knowing that they would make it full on their own. This is a fitted waistband pattern, not an elastic one, and there is an invisible zipper at the back. The size range is XXS to 5XL and although labelled a beginner pattern which is probably correct, I think it could get tricky for a beginner.

                                      

My lining is black top pop poplin (100% polyester) and my first layer is black polyester netting (100% polyester) and quite stiff, adding lots of body. My top layer is black crystal organza (100%  nylon). My waistband is made from black winston satin (100% polyester), I wanted something that would add a bit more glam. The skirt is also designed to be tea length so keep that in mind if you want something longer, you will have to allow for extra fabric. Given my fabrics are poly’s this is a wash and wear type skirt that won’t require any special care and maintenance which is great for me.

I’m not going to lie, care is required when sewing on the waistband as I got my under layers caught from underneath a couple of times. Also I hemmed my lining as instructed, the netting I just cut as straight as possible and with the organza I didn’t want to do any treatment that would shorten the length such as a rolled hem and leaving it raw wasn’t and option because it frays. I essentially used a really narrow, short zig zag stitch which worked out perfectly. This is perhaps something to keep in mind if using different types of materials for the different layers.

Check out my zipper, it’s invisible!!!

               

I think there are lots of variations/hacks to be done to this pattern. The instructions include a ribbon hem finish but you could also add a separate ruffle piece at the bottom, maxify the skirt or even to each layer a different length. For now I will stick to my one version. I now it’s too early to talk about, but this may also become my festive season skirt this year.

Although this is a relatively time consuming sew, I think the outcome is great, not to mention the feeling of satisfaction and happiness when you wear it for the first time.

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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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Sofia Shirt Dress by Rebecca Page Patterns

Aside from being a brand ambassador, I still enjoy testing patterns for Rebecca Page. One of the newest offerings was the Sofia Shirt Dress (**affiliate link) designed for woven fabric, which I envisioned as the perfect summer dress, not to mention that everyone could probably do with a shirtdress in their wardrobe.

For that reason I chose to test* the sleeveless, knee length view, as less fabric meant more comfort for the warmer weather, having said that, my fabric choice was probably not ideal. There are many other options to the pattern that will make it a very worthwhile purchase such as three sleeve and skirt lengths, optional belt, two-part collar with bust and waist darts and a button-up front and that it spans a large size range with ladies going from XXS to 5XL, you could also match your mini me’s and dolls too by getting the matching pattern.

My eagerness to make this resulted in an error on my part with my fabric purchase. I bought some light weight denim, nice and soft, but clearly not enough as I was short by one skirt side panel 😦 I went back to the fabric store with no more to be found so bought some Ink premium cotton sateen 127cm (96% cotton/ 4% spandex) instead and forged ahead with version 2. Construction is pretty simple, just time consuming, doing the collar and the buttons/buttonholes and also because there are eight skirt panels, all of which are french seamed. There are only a few things I don’t enjoy about sewing, gathering and sewing buttonholes, so that was a bit of a hurdle, but once they were done, sewing on the buttons were easy and I was super proud.

This time I also thought I would get the fit right and make sure I addressed my swayback, so I took out about an inch from the centre back length and tapered to nothing at the side seams.

Clean insides with french seams on the skirt panels and bias bound armholes. My collar isn’t perfect though but I don’t think anyone will notice.

The fit feels really good and the darts all seem to hit in the right place. I didn’t make the optional belt, but probably should have in hind sight. I feel quite elegant in this dress, worn with heels here but I think more realistically I will wear it casually with sandals.

It has lots of twirl due to the many panels, kids can’t have all the fun!!!!

*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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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.

**This post contains affiliate links to Rebecca Page Patterns

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.

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Cora Cocoon Cardigan by Rebecca Page

Aaaargh!!! It’s so frustrating because I want to be blogging and sewing a lot more than I am at the moment. I do have a recent test* to show you though.

This is the Cora Cocoon Cardigan** by Rebecca Page. Although I am a brand ambassador for them, I chose to test this separately as trying to get my winter wardrobe together has been slow progress, just like the weather was but suddenly it has turned cold and wintery this week. These cocoon type cardigans are everywhere at the moment and what better way to invest in one than make your own.

This is a really quick sew and the fact that it is loose and slouchy means there aren’t any fit issues to deal with and for that reason also makes a great gift. Three pattern pieces make up the cardigan, the body, the hem and the sleeves. Obviously depending on the type of fabric you use will determine the season you wear this and with either long, 3/4 sleeves or sleeveless that makes lots of possibilities.

I used coco coloured rayon mesh knit (73% polyester/ 25% rayon/ 2% spandex) and made a size medium with the long sleeves. I will mention that the sleeves are quite fitted so if you plan on wearing this as an outer layer, it is wise to choose fabric with 4-way stretch, or at least a considerable amount of stretch, to allow for layering underneath. Mine is perfect for this and has been in regular rotation since I made it. Additionally, to get the full effect of the cocoon shape using a fabric with good drape would be advisable.

This is like wearing a warm, cosy blanket as you can literally wrap yourself up. Since it has just been released, at the moment it’s on SALE for $8.75 for the ladies’ sizing (XXS – 5XL), $6.65 for the girls’ (newborn to 12 years) and $3.15 for the 18 inch dolls’. Or for only $16.90 you can buy the whole bundle.  Sale ends Monday 09 July 2018

I had some fabric left over and didn’t want it to go to waste so I made a scarfe for my girls to share, leaving the hems and long edges raw and also a beanie with a free pattern I found online.

*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.

** This post contains affiliate links to Rebecca Page