Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Liesel Pattern Review for Peek-a-Boo Pattern shop


I had the pleasure of recently testing the new Peek-a-boo pattern shop pattern, the Liesel Peasant dress and tunic. It truly is adorable. It at first looks like a typical peasant dress, but don’t be deceived, it has lots of details. Instead of being an elastic neck, it is gathered and bound with bias tape. It has a key hole opening in the neck line and a tie closure.

The pattern has several variations such as dress length or tunic, short or long sleeves and the option to put shirring around the waist.

I made a friend’s daughter a nautical inspired tunic with long sleeves and a hand embroidered anchor on it. She absolutely loved it! Even though its 95 degrees outside, she didn’t want to take it off!

I also made my daughter one. She picked out the fabric, an adorable green leaf print from Michael Miller. I even decoded to attempt shirring again- even thought I’ve had disastrous outcomes in the past (and almost trashed my sewing machine in anger). I love how it turned out- which was perfect (probably just a fluke haha). -- And she also loved it too, she begged me to “pictures outside?” after she tried it on… which means she loved it - therefore wanting to model it for pictures.

The pattern sewed up super easy and only took me around an hour to complete. It took just over half a yard for the size 2 for my daughter, and about ¾ yards for the size 10 - both long sleeved.


Verdict: You have got to get this pattern!

Luna Corset Review by Ashley E Designs

I recently pattern tested for a new pattern designer out of the Netherlands, Ashley E. Designs. She designed a cute and girly corset top called the Luna Corset. It was very simple, even with the amount of detail it has and sewed up super quick. It is also a very unique pattern.

It has lots of options: plain front, detailed front, halter straps and lace up back, straps that as used to lace up the back ending in a bow at the bottom. It is super adorable and even comes with a modesty panel to cover more skin. I made one for my daughter with thicker straps, because I don’t like the look of thin straps on little girls. It makes it a lot more modest in my opinion.


It can be paired with a simple tiered ruffle skirt for a dressy look, or some shorts, bloomers or jeans for a more casual look. It is completely perfect for a cute and girly summer look.

It took me around 2 hours from start to finish, which is great, because of all the ruffles, I expected it to take double that.

Verdict: take a chance on this new designer. You will not be disappointed.





Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Pattern Review: Delaney Tunic/Dress by {Sig}nature Creations


I recently folded to the peer pressure and purchased the {Sig}nature Creations Delaney Tunic/dress pattern. I’ve been seeing it EVERYWHERE lately, it’s the new “hot” pattern. And truly it did not let me down, I made one fore my daughter and it is stinkin’ adorable!

It was super easy and definitely someone with beginner skills could figure it out, there are lots of helpful pictures in the tutorial of how it’s put together. It is also a super quick project so if you’re like me and decide you’re little girl needs a new outfit the day you need to be at a party/special trip/ whatever, you could definitely get it done super quick. It took me about an hour from picking fabric to cutting and sewing. And seriously I just LOVE how it turned out.
If you are super crafty (and good with pattern drafting, based on measurement) you probably don’t NEED the pattern, basically you are given the measurements for the parts, because they are all rectangles. I know I can, but If you’re sewing for a boutique (like I plan to in the future) its definitely worth the investment, since it has the measurements for the pieces for sizes 0-6m all the way to size 8 (and she even just released a second Delaney pattern for sizes 8y to 16y (so all the way up to almost adult sizes!!!).

I finished it differently than the pattern is intended, my daughter isn’t thrilled with bulky bows on her back, so I extended the band and added snaps in the middle, but, next week, I hear, she’s going to be releasing the add on pattern, which gives 3 more ways to finish the closures, a different type bow, a button closure, and a lace up closure. All of them look super cute and my daughter will be getting more in each closure one I can pick up the pattern.

So final verdict: GET THIS PATTERN! Its seriously adorable. And versatile enough to be worn all year round, summer without anything under, and fall/winter/spring with a shirt under like an apron/pinafore.
(shown with the Skinny Jeans from Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop)