E+M Boy’s Shirt Pattern No. 7 pattern test

 
I recently had the chance to test a boy’s shirt pattern by E+M Patterns (affiliate link) called Boy’s Shirt Pattern No. 7
 


I’ve tested for the designer before (see here) and really love her patterns. She gives directions to finish the inside seams (without the use of a serger) that give a professional finish. I really should have taken a picture of the inside but forgot, whoops!

 
For this test I had my rambunctious 3-year-old nephew test. (This photo session literally lasted 45 seconds). He likes Spiderman so obviously I went with that for the shirt. 😉 Originally I had planned for the shirt to be red on top, and Spiderman on the bottom but I had made a cutting error and had cut the wrong size out and then didn’t have enough red to do it that way. boo.



This is an early test version, there have been some changes to the fit but the details remain the same. Buttons at the shoulders and little vents on the sides at the bottom of the shirt. (Both of which I forgot to get detailed shots of). There is also a patch pocket to be added to the front of the shirt but I didn’t add it on in this version.

heehee can you spot Baby V in this picture?


I can’t wait to get a chance to make a new top for my nephew. You should see my sewing wishlist, it’s like a mile long!

You should definitely check out her patterns (affiliate link)! I think they’re great and you will too! 🙂

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Sugar and Spice top and dress by Peek-a-Boo patterns

I completely forgot to post this yesterday, the day that the pattern released. Oops! Better late than never though!

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I got to test this sweet little Sugar and Spice top* by Peek-a-Boo patterns*. I made the 12 month top length. It’s just the sweetest top. I love little flutter sleeves. Especially when the rest of the top isn’t overly girly, the flutter sleeves add a small dash of sweetness. Yep!
I used sweet three different times. 😉

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The instructions call for top stitching all around the bodice but I only had enough of that colour thread for around the bottom.


I’ve been a fan of Peek-a-Boo patterns for awhile now. Her designs are mostly everyday and practical. Not too much froufrou. I also don’t have any problems with her instructions and find them easy to understand. 


The Sugar and Spice top (or dress) features a square neckline (which I LOVE), optional flutter sleeves, optional piping, and accent side panels.
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Instructions are also included for doing bias trim around the bottom of the armhole which isn’t really scary at all. I’ve done bias trim a few times before and her instructions are easy to understand.

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This is a great design. I will definitely be making more. I can see it working well in colder months layered over a long sleeve. I also need to make a version with piping and a dress version (if not for Baby V then for Silly Bean).

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Pattern details: 

-Sizes 3 months to 12 years
-Instructions included for adding optional piping and/or flutter sleeves
-2 lengths top or dress
-Pattern pieces print on just 4 pages, with a cut chart included for the other pieces (main skirt panels, piping and bias)
-Intermediate level pattern due to piping, bias and buttons but I think an advanced beginner would be fine.

Fabric used:
Main panels: Sunny Happy Skies -Yellow Panda colourway

Bodice and accent panels: Ta-dot by Michael Miller in Apple colourway both fabrics from Whimsical Fabric
Brown fabric is from my stash, not sure where it’s from originally.

You should check out the Peek-a-boo Pattern shop group page on Facebook for more inspiration and to see how the top turned out for the older girls too. Really cute!

The pattern can be found here*! 
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Until next time!
 
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Ula writes for Lulu & Celeste

Pattern Test: Purse Organizer by GYCT

I had the pleasure of testing the Purse Organizer for Chelsea of GYCT Designs

The pattern is on sale until June 14th for just $4.95! You can also buy it in a bundle with the Lazy Days Crossover bag for just $7.95! (If I didn’t have the organizer I’d totally get the bundle).


It was a nice change from making clothes. So easy to get pictures of for one thing! No fussing or fighting, no nap-times to work around 😛


It has SO many pockets! (Which a good organizer should have!) The outside features a large pocket on the back (shown below), two side pockets and a pocket on the front with smaller card slot type pockets (first pic).


Inside are even more pockets! (see below) Two side pockets and two large pockets that you can divide into smaller ones. I decided to make one large enough to hold my favourite notebook and made a few smaller slots for pens. You can make as many slots as you like.


It’s a fairly fast project. The longest part is cutting out all those pieces (the only downside to this project). But really, if you want to have all those pockets you’ll need to cut out lots of pieces 😛 Well, the only other downside is that your 4-year-old might want to steal yours like mine does.

And now I love purse organizers! You can keep everything in it and just transfer the organizer from one purse to another. You could also just use it as a little tote. I’m going to make another one for my daughter (I’ll leave off a few pockets on the outside since the way she carries things they’ll just fall out), and then I’m going to enlarge it to make more of a tote size.

Oh, there is one change from the pattern that I did. I accidentally cut my side pockets out oriented the wrong way so they’re a lot shorter than they should be. 

Pattern Details:
  • Finished project is 8.5″ x 8.5″ x 3″. You can play with your printer settings to enlarge or reduce the pattern for a larger or smaller organizer.
  • Pattern pieces are provided. Which is good because there are a LOT of pieces to cut out, so it helps keep them sorted for one thing (I did however also pin labels to other pieces to keep track better). It prints out on 5 pages.
  • Instructions are easy to understand with clear photos
  • Cutting guide (so you can make sure you have all the pieces you need)

Fabric:

Michael Miller Garden Walk Wing Song in Aqua and Kona Cotton in Pink both from Fabric.com


Thank you Chelsea for having me test! So much fun 🙂

GYCT Designs patterns can be found here: Craftsy or Etsy
Follow Chelsea’s blog here
Ula writes for luluandceleste.blogspot.ca


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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 🙂

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. 😉

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 🙂

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!

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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 🙂







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. 🙂

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


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Rissa Roo’s Pixie Halter Top by The Plucky Butterfly

**Giveaway is now closed**

Normally I wouldn’t even bother making a halter top for Silly Bean because she doesn’t like it when her back “peeks out” but this was such a cute design I had to try it out!

Lucky me I got to test it, because you know what? She LOVES it!
The Rissa Roo Pixie Halter Top by The Plucky Butterfly is a cute halter top with a unique look. It was designed so that the shape mimicked the shape of a butterfly. Cute!

*Pattern pieces for the front and back only, measurements are given for the binding and ruffle hem.

If you’ve sewn with knit before it is EASY and VERY quick to sew up. I managed to get it printed, cut out and sewn all in one night. That never happens for me! 🙂

Silly is wearing the size 2. She’s 4 and about 42″ tall with a 20.5″ chest. I didn’t do any adjustments to the pattern. I will be adding the ruffle to the bottom once my order arrives (I thought I had enough of the pink knit but no 🙁 ). That way she’ll have a little extra length in case she grows again, lol.

Silly Bean picked out the butterfly knit from my stash and then when wearing it she decided that butterfly shirts need butterfly wings to match, naturally!

She also commented that it was a like a swimming shirt so I think I’m going to have to pick up some swimsuit material and try it out.

She was in a good mood for pics and was even taking direction (as in staying still for a few shots). That never happens, so yeah, she loves this top!

Get the pattern here!
Afterwards it will be at the regular price of $7.95. Get it in the Etsy shop here.

BUT guess what? You could win a copy of this pattern right here on this page! Woohoo! Check out the Rafflecopter below.

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April Pattern Testing Roundup

In April I tested these patterns: (clockwise from top left)


Women’s Lorelei dress by E-Beth Designs (affiliate)
The Hadley dress by Aila and Frankie
Bohemian Babydoll top and dress by Elegance & Elephants (affiliate)
Princess Party dress by Mandy K Designs
Skirt Pattern #5 by E+M Patterns (without and with the underskirt)
The Ballon Top by Heidi & Finn




Tested but not pictured, oops!
Active Classics Pants by Ginger Baby Patterns
Women’s California Dress by EYMM (affiliate)