A few days ago, wind chill values in my neck of the words were 50 degrees Fahrenheit BELOW zero. Yes, you read that correctly.
So what does a rational woman do in this circumstance? She signs up to test an adorable swimsuit for her little girl!
It has been awhile since I’ve tested a pattern. Lately, while I’ve been creating a lot and working on various projects around my house, I just haven’t had time to do a test with a deadline. But who could pass up this cuteness? Now you don’t need to wait any longer to sew a cute suit or leo for your girl! The Swan Lake Leotard and Swimsuit has released and is available for purchase at the release price of $6.75 today (1/19). Continue Reading
Happy Mama Joy release day!
Here’s a secret: I haven’t worn ANYTHING knee length in years. When I saw the testing call, I was so excited. Just like that, I had a vision of what I wanted to do with the pattern and what fabric I wanted to do it with, and my knees came out of retirement. Continue Reading
Love Notions has been hinting about this pattern for a while now, and anticipation has been high.
Let me tell you…it lives up to all the hype. Welcome to the pdf pattern world, Whistler Pullover by Love Notions.
Whistler is a loose pullover meant for layering, available in sizes XS through XXXL.
I’ve chosen the hooded version in a fun Dr. Who print (poly spandex blend from JoAnn Fabrics). I’ve been hoarding this fabric for what seems like a really long time, but this seemed the perfect use for it. The black fabric is a rib knit, also from JoAnn’s. Continue Reading
If you are looking for a fresh new pattern for darling knit tunics and dresses for little girls, Simple Life Pattern Company has a treat for you! The new Isla’s Infinity Tunic and Dress is a darling new pattern jam-packed full of options. There are many sleeve options – tank, flutter, short sleeve, elbow length, 3/4 length sleeve, and long sleeves. There are also circular flutter options for the sleeves for some extra flair. Continue Reading
Peekaboo Pattern Shop has released an exciting new pattern just in time for holiday sewing – the Dreamland Nightgown! With two length options – knee and full – and both short and long sleeve options, this pattern is perfect for all seasons.
The pattern is designed to be made from knits. This particular one is made from a fun Doodles knit print from Joann Fabrics accented with fuschia cotton lycra from Peekaboo Fabric Shop. One thoughtful feature of this pattern is that the front is same as the back making it impossible for little girls to accidentally put their nightgowns on backwards. Continue Reading
I tested the newly-released Wonderland Wings by Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop. The Wonderland Wings pattern includes three unique wing shapes: butterfly, fairy, and dragon. Testers also used the shapes to make angel and bat wings! This is a very versatile pattern to be used for Halloween or everyday dress up. I finished each pair in about 2 hours from cut to finish. The wings are made with 2 layers of very stiff interfacing to give them a nice shape! I was intimidated at first to sew with two layers of Peltex 71F on my little machine, but the tutorial includes tips and suggestions to make it easier. Continue Reading
Genie and I are back with another set of fun raglan tees for our kids! Patterns for Pirates is celebrating Raglan Week this week, and as part of the celebration, they are re-releasing an updated Jolly Roger Raglan. But the best part is they designed an add-on pack to go with the raglan! I’ll talk more about the add-on pack in a minute but first….the basic shirt.
Genie and I both tested the updated basic raglan pattern. I love when pattern designers include layers in their patterns, and it makes taping and piecing the pattern quick and easy! Here are some adorable pics of Genie’s little guy wearing a 6 month short sleeve version with a triangle accent. Seriously, could he be cuter?! Continue Reading
I have a confession to make.
I buy fabric to make things for myself, but never make anything. I end up hoarding it, or using it for my kids. Pattern testing for myself has been an awesome way to break me out of my shell. Since I have sewn wovens for many more years than knits, I was super excited when Judy from Patterns for Pirates announced that she had a woven pattern almost ready for testing. As soon as the call went out, I signed on. And you know what? Continue Reading
When I saw the sneak pics of the new jacket Amy over at Peek A Boo Pattern Shop was working on, I fell in love. As soon as the testing call went up in the Peek A Boo Pattern Group, I jumped right in and signed up. And the best part…I got selected! I couldn’t resist sewing more than one version up during testing. Once again, Amy has knocked it out of the park with a great pattern filled with a variety of options. Continue Reading