Thursday, April 20

Spring Tests for Petite Stitchery

We were happy to test two from the newest line from Petite Stitchery

First up is the Periwinkle Top and Dress.  The pattern comes with different skirt options and is a quick and easy make especially in the top version.

I would recommend trying the straps for size before sewing them in if you have a child that is tall.  My DD is only slender but quite tall, so for us I made the 7 width, 10 length, with strap length of 12.  She is really looking forward to spring/summer when i can make a dress length.   

For now we did a top which as it turns out is perfect for climbing trees at the Sunshine Coast. 

We also tested the Box Pleat Skirt which is my daughters favourite at the moment.  She adores the watermelon version.

This cute little skirt has box pleats and a neat waistbands, add pockets if you like and belt loops.  It comes with an invisible zip.  But is easily transformed to use a standard zip.  Which is what I did on the watermelon version as I was out of invisible ones.   

I did adjust the watermelon skirt slightly as I bound the bottom edge and its probably a teeny bit shorter than it should be, but my DD adores it and its her most favourite thing in the cupboard at the moment. 

It was a relatively quick sew as well, once you have made the pleats and came together nicely. 

And we also made a heavier pinwale cord version.

Wednesday, March 8

One Thimble - Winter Wear Designs - Amuse Boho Top

As soon as I saw Issue 14 of One Thimble I knew that I had to smock this pattern.   The gathering under the centre front piece was just crying out for me to smock it - just adding a little texture rather than making it a feature. 

You can find the instructions for a how-to hack on the One Thimble Blog here

But here are some photos as well.

If you are an experience smocker, you could well make it without cutting the front section out or you could also make the entire front section one piece and smock that to suit as well, quite a few variations are possible including smocking the back instead of gathering. 

I made the size XL and I made no changes.  Round necks don't suit me that well, hence the v shaped fold back on the neckline.   Do if you make the faced version tack it down at the shoulders etc, as it did want to flap in the rayon, a heavier fabric probably won't though. 

I hope you enjoy the hack and I'd love to see your finished projects. 

If you'd like to grab a copy of the magazine - you can find it here
Winter Wear Designs designed the Amuse Boho and you can find Suzanne here 

Friday, March 3

Bella Sunshine Designs - Reagan Raglan

This is the second test I've done for Bella Sunshine Designs.  What strikes me most about this designer is that Melissa listens to her testers, she tweaks and changes, makes things fun and most of all is very appreciative of her testers.   You feel valued as a tester.

The Reagan Raglan has been released to celebrate Bella Sunshine's 2nd Birthday in conjunction with the Ladies Reagan Raglan and a huge 40% off sale on existing designs.

I made up the dress length short sleeve for Katherine - I am trying very hard to use up stash because well really its embarrassing to have so much fabric lol!  It has taken over the entire downstairs pretty much and I need to curtail it a bit.  95% of it is working fabric, and well I should use what I have before buying more.    So I used a black/red stripe that i had, its not super stretchy but as K is slender it worked well.

As you can see the pattern is what I would call a slim fit, nice coverage for the sleeve and a very quick sew.   You can easily dress it up or down.  I made K the size 8 width and 11 length.   Which is pretty much spot on for her.

If you prefer a looser fit just go up a size in the width.

Pop on over and join in the Bella Sunshine Designs PDF Patterns group on Facebook to retrieve the code needed for both the kids and ladies Reagan Raglan