Stitchwerx Designs Ainsley & Aiden Baby Suite I Blog Tour


Welcome to Day 2 of the Ainsley & Aiden Baby Suite pattern collection by Stitchwerx Designs! There’s a giveaway over on the Stitchwerx blog to win the patterns! Link at the end of the post πŸ™‚

I love sewing for my Baby V, she’s just the cutest baby! (I’m totally biased I know). Plus baby patterns use way less fabric than women ones do, ha.


These were the first Stitchwerx Designs patterns that I’ve sewn up. (Although I already own another but haven’t had a chance to sew it yet but after working on these ones it has gone right to the top of my sewing list!) 

Tiddly Wink topper square beanie, Bitty Beetle tee, and the Comfy Caterpillar pants with no cuffs

Stitchwerx patterns are so easy to read. Each main part of the construction is separated into different sections with steps in each section, for example sleeves, side seams, and so on. Which is great for someone like me who gets interrupted frequently, makes it easy to remember where I stopped off. πŸ˜‰

Bitty Beetle tee and Roly Poly pants


There are four patterns included in the Ainsley & Aiden Baby Suite: the Bitty Beetle, which includes the bodysuit, tee and gown; the Comfy Caterpillar knit pants; the Roly Poly pants (which are fully lined); and the Tiddly Wink Toppers, which can be square or rounded. With all the options its really a lot more than 4! The bundle is on sale for a limited time at the price of $18.75 (individually they will be a total of $25) The sale price is good until June 20th after which the patterns will be released individually.


I know we shouldn’t play favourites but my favourite pattern of the bunch is probably the Bitty Beetle. With this one pattern you can make a tee, snap shirt/bodysuit or gown. I love the lap tee neckline, so easy to get on and off. And I love baby gowns! They’re great for babies that like to kick off their blankets. They’re so hard to find in the bigger baby sizes, she outgrew all hers at around 6 months. So I’m happy to make a few more πŸ™‚

Bitty Beetle baby gown, long sleeves with mittens -obviously I didn’t make a coordinated set :p


The Tiddly Wink Toppers can be square (like mine) or round. So cute and cozy. And since it’s lined if you stitch the opening really well it’s technically reversible!




The Comfy Caterpillar pants feature a knit waistband (no elastic) and can either be cuffed or hemmed as shown! (I decided to try a fancy stitch on the hem, lol). These are my favourite style of pants for babies since they’re so easy to move around in.


And last, but not least, are the Roly Poly pants. These can be made in knits or wovens, feature patch pockets on the front and back, and an elastic waistband, and are fully lined. The ones I made are in wovens, but for the next pair I will try lining in knit. They would be great to line in flannel for a winter pair! Super cute, and I know my fabric choice for these are a little crazy but I wanted something in red to go with the shirt!

front
back

Baby V is a big baby, she was born big (9lbs 2 oz) and is still on the big size weighing in at 22 lbs at 10 months (big sis only weighs 10 lbs more) and for most PDF patterns she currently fits in the 12 month or 12-18 months size. BUT for this she fit the 9 month! Awesome! That means I get to use these patterns for a little while longer, yay πŸ™‚







Pattern details:

  • Sizes preemie to 12 months
  • Tips for sewing with knits on a sewing machine (3 pages!)
  • Print layout for easy assembling and pattern layout guide
  • Charts included: child measurements, finished garment measurements, yardage chart
  • List of online fabric shops, to help you feed your fabric addiction find great fabric deals
  • Pattern pieces are provided for main pieces and cut chart for binding pieces and elastic
  • Pattern pieces are nested and in different colour for each size (I print in black and white and didn’t have any issues finding the right line to cut)
  • Pattern pieces line up easily with corner boxes to help guide you



Fabric
Red, light blue and butterfly print are Robert Kaufman knits from Fabric.com
Dark blue and white are upcycled from some old tees of mine.
Bird fabric and polka dots are from my stash, I can’t remember the names but pretty sure I bought them from fabric.com.

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Don’t forget to check out the rest of the blog tour! I love looking at everyone’s creations, they help inspire me for my next projects. πŸ™‚

Blog Tour Participants
Wednesday June 11
Thursday, June 12
Rebekah Sews  –  Lulu & Celeste (that’s me!)  –  Gloria June
Friday, June 13
Monday, June 16
Golden Rippy  –  Playground Pixie Designs  –  Friends Stitched Together  –  The Life of Jennifer Dawn
Tuesday June 17
“You there! Enter the giveaway!”

For more details on these patterns check out the Stitchwerx Design blog!

Giveaway:Go here to enter over on the Stitchwerx blog!

Ula writes for luluandceleste.blogspot.ca


Link up parties you might find me at:

BebeLambs’ Hope Floats Breezy Blog Tour

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. This means if you purchase a pattern through one of my links I will receive a small commission. I received a copy of the pattern for free for participating in the blog tour but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

My first blog tour! I’m a little excited! Welcome! Read to the end to find out how to win a copy of the pattern!

If you came here through the link posted on BebeLambs blog I’ll introduce myself a little. My name is Ula, I’m mama to two beautiful girls, one 4-year-old  “Silly Bean”, and an almost 10-month-old “Baby V”, and I’m wife to G. Presently I’m on maternity leave from my part-time clerical job and I’ve gone a little sew crazy the past 10 months.



When I saw Lynn from BebeLambs looking for contributors for her blog tour I jumped at the chance! The Hope Floats is just too cute and I had the perfect fabric.



I love eyelet. I’ve been wanting to upcycle this eyelet fabric I picked up a few years ago at a craft fair (for free!) for awhile now. This was the perfect pattern for the fabric. 


I had to make a small modification to the pattern since the length of the fabric was a bit short for the requirements for the skirt. So it’s a little shorter than it should be but not by much. BUT since it was already hemmed I got to skip that step! The hem isn’t as wide as what it calls for in the pattern but it was already done for me. Yay for upcycling! The fabric also wasn’t wide enough to make the fuller version of the skirt so I did the simple skirt.


The Hope Floats is quick to make. I think it took me about two hours, it would probably be even faster if you just used a serger to finish the seams or if you skipped topstitching the straps and bodice. I decided to do the topstitching since I thought it would look nicer.



It is so so pretty! Perfect for the beach..


..or playing in the backyard on a cloudy day. 

The back bodice has elastic casings and the straps wrap over and go through a buttonhole in the back bodice and tie into a bow. I did my buttonhole horizontally between the rows of elastic.



I think this pattern is so versatile. The front bodice is large enough to add embroidery or applique, and you could try adding flutter sleeves to the straps for another look.

This is such a great pattern for beginners too. You do need to make a buttonhole though.

Pattern Details:
-Sizes NB to 10
-Skirt can be full or simple
-Pattern piece provided for front bodice, measurement charts for the straps, skirt and back bodice, and elastic.
-Finished length measurement chart included

Fabric used:
Upcycled white cotton eyelet and white Kona cotton for lining and straps.


I paired the Hope Floats top with the Addie shorts from My Little Plumcake (not an affiliate). Perfect combo, fabric and pattern! Eyelet and chambray β™₯


Here are the links to other bloggers on the tour:
Manning and the Machine
Keep Calm and Carrion
Sew Like My Mom
Two Novembers
Sofilantjes
Gracious Threads
My Love is Homemade

You can find Bebelambs patterns here or on Etsy here.


And don’t forget to check out the Bebelambs blog for a chance to win your own copy of the Hope Floats pattern! Giveaway now closed!

Thank you Lynn for having me on your blog tour!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I would love it if you left me a comment πŸ™‚ 



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Bohemian Babydoll Dress by Elegance & Elephants

SO excited to share this sweet top from Elegance & Elephants!

The Bohemian Babydoll top or dress is just the sweetest thing. I’m not an over the top ruffly person, I love a little bit of ruffle to give just a hint of sweetness to a top.

I’ve been following her blog for a little while and I was so lucky that I happened to be online when I saw her post the tester call a few days ago. I always feel a little awestruck testing for someone who I’ve been following in blog land for awhile. I never actually meet them in person but it’s like the whole six degrees of separation thing, ha πŸ™‚ You should all totally check out her blog. Lots of helpful tutorials and some cute patterns including a few free ones.

Closeup of the curved front bodice. Note to self: don’t topstitch with a baby in your lap, it ends up a little wonky.

Anyway, onto the pattern I tested. I made the top length with the ruffle sleeves, you can leave them off if you want but why would you? They’re sweet!

The bodice is fully lined and you make a hem facing for the skirt. (My first time doing a hem facing and I’m for sure doing that all the time now when I hem a curved skirt, so much easier!) The trickiest part was folding in the edges of the armholes. (No raw edges on the bodice)

It took me roughly two hours to sew (broken up in 5-10 minute chunks). It would probably be a lot faster if you don’t sew with teething babies on your lap though πŸ˜‰ but you do what you have to when you’ve got a tight deadline.

This top (and dress) would be great layered. I like the open neckline, reminds me of a pinafore. So sweet πŸ™‚ And it’s sweet on it’s own as well.

And now for the heck of it here are a couple outtakes. Baby V was really interested in the bananas that her daddy had just bought so I had to work around the banana to get shots. Eventually big sis wanted in on the pics and daddy added a few more fruit to the setup.

Here’s the link again for the pattern!
Linked up here:

PiePie Designs

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Princess Party Dress from Mandy K Design

I got to test another pattern for Mandy K Design. Remember this dress, the one my mom said was her favourite of every one I’ve made? I think this one will be her new fave.




The Princess Party dressIt’s just so sweet! And not just because it’s made with strawberry fabric πŸ˜‰

Amanda from Mandy K Design, was inspired by the princess dresses in the movie Frozen when she came up with this pattern. But as you can see it looks nice even in regular cotton. 


 The pattern comes with the option of making a cape that is either permanently attached or removable. There are also three different sleeve lengths as well.


 What I like the most about this dress is the bodice. It takes your standard peasant dress and adds a bit of oomph.

There are elastic casings in the back to allow for ease of dressing and growing room. Which is great because I loved that strawberry fabric so much I nearly cried cutting it to make this dress. She’ll be wearing this dress a lot until she grows out of it.



And then maybe I’ll frame it just so I can look at those pretty strawberries all the time.

The pattern is geared for beginners. The steps are clear and have lots of detail so I think a true beginner could easily follow this pattern. The trickiest part is doing the casing on the sleeves. BUT even that’s not too hard. I will definitely make this one again.

There were lots of great tester versions of this dress. A few in cotton and some in the more fancy princess style out of satin. All very lovely. 

Here is another tester’s dress!
The awesome Chelsea of Get Your Crap Together

I will update as I find more links!

Find the pattern on Craftsy here or on Etsy here.

See you next time!

Pattern test: Tiers of Joy dress by Mandy K Designs

I don’t have any pattern tests due this week, so I’m playing a little catch up. πŸ™‚
This sweet pattern comes from Mandy K Designs. She is a newer designer, so that’s always fun! It’s the Tiers of Joy dress and tunicΒ which I did in the dress length but with the simple skirt. We were having a little bit of a difficult time adjusting the time change so I decided to go for the quicker version. The tiered version is even sweeter I will have to post the link to one of the other tester’s versions when she shares it on her blog, it’s SO beautiful!
(ETA: Here is the tiered version I was talking about:Β Sprouting JubeJube’s Tiers of Joy version)
Poor Baby V was not having a good morning. The photo shoot started out ok.

but quickly degenerated into this… πŸ™

Poor pouty baby, I’m sorry I laugh at your cute poutiness! (Is it bad that I possibly made up a word that makes me think of poutine?mmm poutine)

I love the ties, they are so cute!

The instructions are SO super thorough! Great for beginners πŸ™‚

Oh, and of all the dresses I’ve made Baby V recently, this was my mom’s fave! Grammy loves sweet and simple dresses.
A la prochaine!