Girl’s shirt/dress Pattern No. 6 by E+M Patterns SALE and GIVEAWAY

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Edited March 4, 2017: Please note that Allison of E+M Patterns has merged her shops and now sells all her patterns under Petitboo Patterns. You can find all the patterns under new names on Etsy* or Craftsy*. I’ve updated all links to redirect to the new shop but for the most part have kept the wording the same.

I ♥ E+M Patterns

Ok, just had to get that out before I started.

I was lucky enough to test for Allison from E+M Patterns (now Petitboo*) again. This pattern is now known as the Heather Dress*.

You can see my first test here for Girl’s Skirt Pattern No.5, and you can go here to see the Boy’s Shirt Pattern No.7 with my nephew as the model. (And I also tested the not-yet-released dress pattern she collaborated on with Deb from Sprouting JubeJube! Eek! More on that one soon!)

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Seamingly Smitten Summer Blog Tour

Welcome to my stop on the Seamingly Smitten Summer Pattern Tour!

I’m so excited to be taking part in this tour. I will be showing you my version of the Magazine Street Maxi Dress for Girl’s. Read to the end there’s an awesome discount and a chance to be one of three winners of a bundle of 5 patterns from Seamingly Smitten!



My 4-year-old, Silly Bean, is starting to get a little picky about what she’ll wear. Lately she’s been going through a princess kick and she only wants to wear whatever she deems to be princessy (sometimes her idea of princess clothes involves blues and greens so it’s not all bad). So I sold the idea of the maxi dress as being a princess dress because it was long!

It worked!

She actually liked it, phew!


Unfortunately things have been a little hectic around here so the day I finally could get pictures there was thunder and lightning outside, boo! So inside pics were what we were stuck with. 🙁

I’m hoping it clears up and I get a chance for better pictures before this post goes live. Ha


I REALLY like the sizing chart. It gives measurements for chest, waist AND height. Silly Bean is slightly above average in height for her age but is on the skinny side. She measured in the 2T for the chest and waist but in the middle of the size range for size 6 for height. She has wide shoulders so I was worried the 2T wouldn’t fit right on the shoulders, so I cut the bodice with the 4T width with the 6 length. I think it fits great!

For the skirt I cut the regular 4 length since I had added length to the bodice. I probably could have cut the tall length as it was a little short when I tried it on her unhemmed. I ended up doing a smaller hem than recommended and it falls about an inch above her ankles. Which, honestly, is just fine since she can be a bit of a clutz 😉 


The bodice seems to fit great. Its a little roomy through the chest, but I could probably take a larger seam allowance under the armholes if I wanted a more fitted look though. I think it looks fine as is though.

This was such a fast and easy sew! I want to make another for her and play around with the pattern a bit. I think the next one I will add tiers or try the cap sleeves, or even try a knee length version with it.

Pattern details:

  • Sizes 2 to 16 (every two sizes, ie. 2, 4, 6, etc)
  • Sizing chart, fabric requirement chart
  • Very detailed steps with photos
  • Tips for sewing with knits included
  • Dress can be made in all knit or knit bodice and woven bottom (like here)
  • Three different lengths for the skirt: petite, regular or tall.
  • Also features a hidden elastic waistband
  • Can be sleeveless or have little cap sleeves
Fabric:
The white is cotton lycra knit from Fabric.com
The red is a kind of cotton blend voile from Fabricville here in Montreal.

The pattern can be found here!

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ETA: Some outdoor pics!  🙂



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Scalloped Princess dress by Little Kiwis Closet Blog Tour and GIVEAWAY!

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Hi and welcome to my stop on the Scalloped Princess dress pattern tour! This pattern by Little Kiwi’s Closet has so so so many options, and I’m excited to show you what I made.

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Lydia from Little Kiwi’s Closet was one the first designers I tested patterns for. You can see some of the other patterns I tested for her here and here. There are a couple others I tested but never blogged about! I should get on that!

First off, before you can cut out your pattern and sew it up, you need to choose what kind of bodice to make! There are 4 neckline options and two bodice (bottom) options. There is a scoop neck, square neck, sweetheart neck or V neck; and for bodices you can choose from a princess or scalloped edge. With the different options that means you can make 8 different bodices! Each neckline prints on a separate page and you tape/glue the bodice type to the neckline of your choice.

I chose to do the sweetheart neckline with the princess bodice.

There are also two skirt lengths, below the knee and long, as well as a high-low option. My skirt was supposed to be below the knee but seeing the pictures I realize I sewed it wrong (topstitching the bodice down is a little tricky) and it turned out high-low (but shh! don’t tell anyone it was a mistake and maybe they’ll think it was on purpose. 😉 ) 

I think she’s yelling at her baby sister here.

You also have the choice of a scalloped hem or a simple (straight) hem. I chose to do scalloped, it’s so cute! If you do the scalloped edge you can either do the hem facing to the outside or the inside.


Silly Bean generally wears 4T in RTW tops but for this dress she measured just under the 2Y size. I decided to sew the 3y width with the 4y length. I put the button a little further in to get a better fit and later on I can move the button over slightly. (I know I should sew the size she really is but I keep thinking she’s going to have a sudden growth spurt!) For the skirt, I made sure to do the same 3y width with 4y length.

My fabric was super sheer so I ended up lining the skirt and added an extra layer to the front bodice. For the lining skirt I cut it to the length of the skirt pattern piece after cutting the hem facing piece off. Then after hemming the lining I simply basted it to the main skirt and sewed the two pieces as one.

She wouldn’t take the leggings off for the pictures. :/

For the bodice, I cut an extra front bodice piece out of the lining material and basted the two pieces together and treated them as one front piece.


Overall it’s a great pattern. With all the options you can get a lot of use out of it! Since the skirt is a circle skirt it can take quite a bit of fabric and it can be a little tricky to topstitch the bodice down. But I think the end result is great. I am putting it on my “sew again in the near future” list. 

Pattern details:

  • Sizes 12m to 9 years
  • Measurements given in both metric and imperial
  • Like mentioned above, lots of options! 4 necklines, 2 bodice styles, 3 lengths, 3 hem options. Plus she gives ideas for other mods you can make. She even includes some bodice line drawings so you can draw out your ideas.
  • Instructions include clear photos and some line drawings.
  • 2 pages of cute tester photos to get inspired by!
Fabric used: 

Both the lining and main fabric seem to be some sort of poly cotton that I think I got from fabric.com.


And guess what?! There’s a giveaway! You have the chance to win 2 patterns from Little Kiwi’s Closet. 🙂 But if you just can’t wait to find out if you win go here to pick up the pattern!


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Don’t forget to check out the rest of the stops on the blog tour, links are below! (Dates are New Zealand time!)


 July 1st
July 2nd
July 3rd
July 4th
July 5th
July 6th

Mimi Dress by Filles a Maman Blog Tour and GIVEAWAY

Hi there! I’m so excited to take part in this pattern tour and to share my version of the Mimi Dress/top by Filles à Maman

Read to the end to enter the giveaway and get the discount code! 🙂

The Mimi is a really lovely design with many options. Top or dress, short or long sleeves, collar, fringe or none. You can make many variations with the same pattern. Love options! I decided for my first Mimi that I would make a short-sleeved dress with the collar.

Mel, from Filles à Maman, is a Quebec designer who names her patterns after the people that she loves. I think that’s sweet. Her designs have a slight European feel to them (or maybe it’s Quebecoise flair). Either way I really like them!


My 4-year-old Silly Bean was the lucky recipient of this dress. I bribed her with pearls for this photo shoot. (She had to give them back though).

This was my first time sewing a collar! Not as scary as I thought it would be, although I think I messed up the seam allowance a smidge, but that’s ok, I think it’s still cute. I added a lace overlay to the collar by simply cutting out an extra collar piece and basting it to one of the other collar pieces before continuing on with the tutorial.


I think I put the button too far over since you don’t see the keyhole detail so well. 🙁 Easy fix!


The pattern calls for making belt loops for the dress version but knowing my daughter I decided to omit them. The belt would have gotten separated from the dress and turned into either a cat toy or a leash for her toy dogs so for pictures I just tied a ribbon on. 



I think I’m in love with the lace overlay on the collar.


The only other change I made was because of a mistake. I don’t know why but I completely misread the step about making the cuffs on the sleeve and thought I was supposed to sew down the edge of the cuff instead of basically just tacking it down in two places. My mistake completely! It doesn’t say to do that in the pattern. All that hassle for no reason! Ha. Next time I’ll know 🙂


My 4 year-old’s measurements for chest/waist were just under the size 3 and is the size 5 for height. I ended up making a size 4 with added length. It fits well now and I figured I could layer it over a long sleeve tee in the fall.



Pattern details:

  • Sizes included: 12months – 14 years
  • Illustrations showing the different options, colour photos for each step
  • Charts included: child size charts, finished length, yardage, pattern layout
  • The cut lines on the pattern pieces are in different colours for each size as well as different dashes for those of you who print in black and white (like me)
  • Pieces are easy to put together with little bullets and letters helping to line everything up!
  • Instructions are easy to understand.
  • Tips included for sewing with knits and for lengthening or shortening the pattern.
Overall I loved this pattern. It was so much easier than I thought it would be. I would say it is suitable for advanced beginners. If you have some knowledge of sewing with knits it will be fairly easy. I had planned to make one for Baby V as well, but I think I will wait for Fall as she already has a huge summer wardrobe what with all her hand-me-downs and all the recent pattern testing I’ve done.

ok..I’m done now

Fabric:
Dress: Pink Roses on Yellow Cotton Interlock from The Fabric Fairy
Collar: Kona cotton in pink and Raschel lace in ivory both from Fabric.com

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Till next time!

Ula writes for luluandceleste.blogspot.ca

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Rissa Roo’s Pixie Halter Top by The Plucky Butterfly

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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!

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