Sunday, September 27, 2015

Love Notion {Laundry Day Tee/Tunic} A Review

Let me start off by saying this pattern is FREE! yes, you read that right... FREE!! you just need to join the facebook group Love Notions Patterns to find your special discount code that will give you $4 off the pattern! and the same amount of testing went into this as any other of Tami's patterns for Love Notions.

It is such a super quick pattern to put together and sew, not fuss, no stress, cut cut and sew up.. and you have a gorgeous Tunic or Tee that you can either dress up for out on the town, or wear as it name says.. to do the laundry.

Yes, I styled to play up on the name Laundry... truth be told, I don't do the laundry... ever. I have an amazing mother who does that for me when I myself and Hubby are at work, and while she is watching the kids, but I will wear this heaps for relaxing days at home sewing (or folding the piles of clothes?)

I used a really gorgeous rayon knit that I got at spotlight... This pattern calls for really nicely draped fabric to that is sits nicely over the hips. I never used to pay attention to what fabric is recommended, especially having been sucked into the custom knit world, where everything is cotton/lycra and medium weight. It is another thing sewing for myself and Pattern testing has taught me, fabric choice is VERY important.

We have the following options for this one

Tee Length
Tunic Length
3 sleeve lengths (short, 3/4 and long)
2 necklines (scoop neck and v neck)

We also have the standard with Love Notions patterns, of Layers and no trim pages (for both lettter and A4 page sizes)

I even added a little cuff to the end of the sleeves instead of hemming, because.. well I was a little lazy.

Seriously what have you got to lose? the pattern is Free, and its amazing!

Head to the Love notions website to grab this pattern now!

look at that topstitching on the neck line... isn't it beautiful? I sure have come along way with top stitching

Monday, September 21, 2015

The Wolf and The Tree {Abby Tights} A Review

I've been a busy little sewer lately, my sew-jo is strong at the moment! I recently did a test sew for The Wolf and The Tree, had never heard of this designer before seeing the tester call, and if her latest pattern is anything to go by I suspect we will be seeing more from Saskia in the pdf pattern world in the not so distant future.

Originally this pattern was designed for 2 way stretch knits, but due to a few of us making suggestions its able to be used for both 2 way and 4 way stretch knits. This allows you to use a whole range of different types of knit, from stretch lace to sweater knits.. and even merino to make some lovely thermals for the colder weather.

My version is a 4 way cotton lycra version, using one of my favourite knit fabrics from The Art of Fabric, Alice.. I use it very sparingly, because I don't want it to be all gone!

This pattern comes with a few options
  • large size Range - 0-14
  • regular and extra wide yoga waistband
  • elastic waistband
  • side accents (panel like mine, or ruffles)
  • french seam option, 
  • cloth diaper fit
  • Layers for printing
You can check this pattern out here use the coupon code ''Abbystights"to get $3 off the pattern, Score! its definitely a very versatile pattern, a staple in any wardrobe.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Stitchwerx {Bitty Beetle tunic and dress} A review

Size 2T Full length, lap neck with short sleeves, used an interlock knit

One of the things  I love about being a pattern tester is that is gives me the opportunity to test out patterns from designers I haven't heard about or experienced in the past. I saw a tester call for Stitchwerx and the pattern looked like it would be a great staple in anyone pattern's collection. The collection I tested, consisted of a few options, snap bodysuit, T-shirt (swing for the girls straight for the boys), Tunic, and Full length dress.

I tested out the full length dress and tunic dress. The tutorial was very easy to follow, even though with the amount of pages it could look very overwhelming. With so many options it was bound to have a lot of pages.

Each step is explained very well, and the pattern comes together very nicely

We have a nice range of options too.

- Body Suit (nappy and non nappy sizes)
- Swing Tee
- Straight Tee
- Tunic
- Knee Length Dress
- Full length Dress

- Short
- Long
- Long with Cuffs


- Lap Neck
- Circle Neck

Its definitely a great pattern to have as staple in your pattern stash, with it having so many uses for both boys and girls.

You can buy the pattern here Stitchwerx and if you don't sew yourself, and would like something like this made for one of your little ones or as a gift for someone, feel free to drop me a message at my FB shop and I can make one up for you Sew Deelightful

Size 2T tunic, with long sleeves and circle neck. Used a cotton(95)/lyrca(5) knit

Love Notions {Boyfriend Cardigan - girls and ladies} A review

Size 5t Shawl collar and Pockets
Size Small, Shawl collar and Pockets

Its coming up to my favourite time of the year, well one of my favourite times.. SPRING! (autumn is my other favourite time of the year) the inbetween winter and summer seasons. Where you can really wear anything in your wardrobe. Whats one staple you must have in any Spring wardrobe? Cardi's! I love Cardi's perfect for layering. Mind you they are also perfect for Winter here, seeing as though it doesn't really get very cold here ;)

So when Tami from love notions opened up a test for her new boyfriend Cardigan, of course I had to jump on it, and what was even better then a ladies pattern? a girls pattern at the same time! Having 3 girls I sew for, and a lack of Cardi's in there wardrobe.. it was a must have pattern.

I'd never sewn one before, button holes in knit scare me, and I have never been able to get them right as of yet. This one, thankfully does not have buttons! but it has nice little side vents that add a really nice touch!

Like always we have lots of options you can choose from.

Size Ranges
Girls: 2t - 16
Ladies: XS- XXXL

No Hood
Shawl Collar
No Shawl Collar
Drop Pockets
In the girls version I made I used a heavy weight loopback knit I got from Girl Charlie a year ago, and for the ladies version I used a Reaaally light weight cotton burnout fabric I got from lincraft in the reduced section, that one I had to completely use my sewing machine for and it went together really well, and very quickly! I think the longest part of putting the pattern together was making the pocket, and we both love our new Cardi's

You can purchase both patterns until the 19th of September for 20% off using the code sewallthecardigans at Love Notions you can also use the tired pricing system and save even more. This pattern wont disappoint you!