Pattern Testing | Heidi and Finn Mini Pals Doll and Backpack

How cute is the new Heidi and Finn pattern pack?!

I had the opportunity to be a part of the tester group, so I got to see other fabulous versions. Some of my favorites included a Star Wars theme– with Leia and Luke, and a Native American theme. I think there may be a tester tour soon, so I will update those links if they become available.

As you can see, there are so many options for these fun patterns. Here is my version. I used fabric that was leftover from other projects, so it was a great stash buster!

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The doll

She was made out of canvas that I had leftover from a large painting I created. Her body is made from seersucker and cotton. Her hair is made from some of my handmade felt. Tessa chose the hair color. I was secretly hoping she’d choose pink, but she wanted it to match her own hair. I also needle felted the eyes onto the canvas.

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The day that I was working on the majority of this project, I was babysitting my nephew. After he left, my sweet little Tessa asked if we could make Kash a boy doll. So, I whipped this boy version up lickety split.

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Sorry about the blurry photo. I was in a hurry to get this little guy to his new owner. 🙂

The clothes

The clothes pack comes with 2 hat styles, a blouse or dress, some jogger pants, a skirt, and some knee socks. The one piece that I feel this pattern pack is missing is a boy’s shirt. The blouse is definitely girly. But, I just cut out a sweatshirt shape with the fleece I used for the jogger pants for Kash’s boy. For Tessa’s girl, I cut the blouse pattern piece down the middle front to make a cardigan/ jacket sort of shirt.

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I had also made a dress, using the same panda print fabric, but it looked more like pajamas. I liked the skirt much more in that print.

The Backpack

This pattern actually comes with a backpack version or a messenger bag version- both with the front pocket for the doll.

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I think this may be Tessa’s favorite part. She loves that she gets to wear her dolly and store other toys and things in her backpack. It’s just the right size for her little body.

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All in all, this is such a fun and versatile pattern. I think it may become my new go-to for little toddler gifts!

Right now, you can get the pattern bundle for a special price of $11.50! Go here to snag that deal!

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Pattern Testing: Veritas Poncho… Bonus unicorn tutorial

I did some sewing pattern testing last week for the first time in, what… almost a year, I think. I needed to figure out Halloween costumes anyway and I think this is just the cutest poncho/ cape ever! I’m a big fan of all of Heidi and Finn patterns, so I was super excited to be selected for this test!

 

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I did the size 2T for my Tessa girl. I first found the sweatshirt fleece in my stash (that was in my mom’s stash- so it’s easily 20 years old). Then, I decided I’d turn it into a unicorn to use for Halloween.

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The pattern includes pieces for the ears, but not horse ears. I thought the pig/ cat ears looked like the right shape. I cut out the biggest size ears for this so they’d look more like horse ears.

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Of course, I added a horn and mane to complete the look. I found the fluffy pink fleece in the remnant bin at Joann and splurged for the multicolor faux fur ($29.99/ yard). I only bought 4 inches of the fur and it was on sale ($20.99/ yard), so my entire project cost less than about $4 (I made Hana one, too, and still have enough fur to use on something else). Oh, I love a good, cheap, project!

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After posting my version, I had lots of messages asking how I did the horn and mane, so I put together a bonus tutorial for you! I made a matching poncho for my Hana, so now they’ll both be unicorns for Halloween. I may make the boys’ costumes using this pattern, too, if I get around to it… maybe dragons or sharks or something. 🙂

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I was barely short on the purple sweatshirt fleece, so my 12 month size poncho (I modified it slightly to fit my 5 month old) has a fun pop of color on the back shoulders. I’m almost wishing I had done the same thing on the bigger one.

 

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Sewing: Pattern Testing| Blue Ridge Dress by Hello Holli

blue-ridge-dress-instructionsEvery once in a while, I have the opportunity to test a sewing pattern that has the potential of becoming a go-to project.  I think the Blue Ridge Dress by Hello Holli might just fit that bill.

This is before hemming, so it's way too long
This is before hemming, so it’s way too long

It is quick, simple, easy, but with a super clean finish and loads of possibilities.

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This is the first version I made using fabric from a sentimental skirt of mine. This version is reversible.

The fit is great.  Even on my bitty baby, I like the fit.

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Check out all the other versions made during the test… this thing looks great on every single model.  That’s definitely saying something.

DSC_0308 (4)eThe back is cute, with its long opening hole and bias tape button hole.

DSC_0322 (2)The skirt is fully gathered, offering lots of swing and flow.  I would imagine that little 3-5 year old princesses would love twirling in this dress.  🙂

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Holli put a lot of work into this pattern.  It is well written and easy to understand.  She’s included awesome illustrations.

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The pattern features a wide range of sizes: 12 m-14y, so it will be one of your go-to patterns for years to come.

Check out the other stops on the tester tour here.

And snag your copy of the Blue Ridge Dress pattern here. You can use the code BLUERIDGELAUNCH through Friday, July 3rd for 20% off the price of the pattern.

Also, if you hurry, you could try to win a copy of the pattern here!

DSC_0316 (3)e(The length has been edited since finishing this dress.  The skirt is supposed to hit right at the knee, so it’s obviously too long on my tiny lady.  That’s one thing that’s nice about the pattern, though… you can customize it to be really any length.)

Sewing | Pattern Testing: Limon Dress and Top

DSC_0007 (3)eppdDo you remember the Kudzu Cargos that I made, here, and here?  What about the Fawn Lily, here?  Charming Doodle has contributed another pattern to Willow and Co Patterns that I think you’ll like!  It is called the Limon Dress and Top.

DSC_0013 (4)ppdThis was such a fun test.  The pattern is fun and engaging, and easy to understand.  The finished dress (or top) is fully lined and finishes very professionally.  The pattern includes instructions for sleeveless or sleeved, optional button placket and ruffles, and different hem length options.

DSC_0017 (3)ppdI added elastic to the hemline of my sleeves, giving a different look. DSC_0013 (3)ppdI also did a bubble hem by shortening the lining, ruffling the outer skirt hem, and sewing the two hems together.  I like the way that puffy shape of the sleeves is repeated in the bubble hem.

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DSC_0024 (4)ppdYou may not know this about me: I LOVE tucks… and the Limon Dress has plenty of them!  I love ironing them down… I know, I’m weird.  🙂

DSC_0022 (5)ppdAnyway, this really is a beautiful pattern!

Check out the other tester projects here.

And, pick up your copy of the Limon Dress and Top Pattern here.

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Sewing | Pattern Testing: Haven Acres Mini Collection

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DSC_0146ppdRemember way back, when Tessa was first born?  I tested a pattern called the LOL Swing Top by the uber talented Jenn at Jennuine Designs.  Well, she’s done it again!  This time, though, it’s a mini collection.

First up- the Dressage Leggings (pattern):

DSC_0125 (3)Don’t mind the wrinkles and dirt.  These things are worn often!

Check out the cute bum.  Do not check out the crumbs and rogue strings all over the place.  Oy!

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There’s a simple leggings version, or the dressage leggings, which allows for all sorts of pattern pairing and color blocking.

The Haven Acres Blouse (pattern):

DSC_0129ppdcropThis is the first version of the blouse, which looks so cute on my little Miss, but was just too snug.  Those fit issues have been worked out and now this blouse is great!  I made 4 of these tops during the testing!  #1

DSC_0135#2 was cut down to make #4.  This is where the back placket was added.

#3DSC_0124 (3)I decided to experiment with a zipper instead of buttons.  I love this one- except that I didn’t change my thread and I wasn’t very careful when sewing.  I was mostly just testing the fit.  But, I like it enough that Tessa wears it- even in public! 🙂

DSC_0160ppd#4 I liked this fabric to match the cap, so I did one more floral version.  This time I used lace for the sleeves and omitted the keyhole. I also did the binding at the neckline differently.  I need to redo it, though. Something got all wonky.

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DSC_0131 (4)ppdand The Sweet Pea Cap (pattern):

DSC_0130 (3)There’s nothing much sweeter than a baby wearing animal eared hats.  I used some corduroy for the outer and the same floral for the lining.  I haven’t made it yet, but I hear there’s a different construction method to help the cap lay smoother.  I will be trying that next.

Tessa’s got a pretty little head, so I added some elastic to the back.

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Check out the other testers of the Haven Acres Mini CollectionHA Tester TourDSC_0166ppdThese patterns are sized from NB to 12 years.  Really, they are a great value.  There are so many possibilities for each.  Pick up your copy now while they’re on sale!

Haven Acres Blouse

Dressage Leggings

Sweet Pea Cap

And, check out each day of the Tester Tour at Jennuine Life.

Sewing: Game Day Jersey

DSC_0049 (3)About a month ago, I did some more pattern testing for Anneliese of Aesthetic NestDSC_0053 (3)

It’s called the Game Day Jersey.  It’s kind of a basic tee with interesting details.DSC_0045 (3)This is a simple pattern with loads of potential.

DSC_0056It is a girl’s pattern, but was tested for and modeled by several boys.  It’s cool because it works for both boys and girls.

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Sewing| Pattern Testing: The LOL Swing Top

IMG_1974IMG_1995Guys, I love this top!  It is called the LOL Swing Top, designed by Jenn at Jennuine Design.

IMG_1975IMG_1996I was lucky enough to help with the pattern testing and, since I happen to have a tiny newborn baby girl, I was able to test the NB size.  Over the next couple of weeks, you can see some more adorable creations from the following sewists.  There are some babies, some toddlers, and some big kids, so be sure to check them all out.

LOL Pattern Tester TourThat’s a great thing about this pattern… it ranges in size from NB to 12!  And, it looks great on literally every one of the testers’ models.  Every. One.  (Even when they pull a silly face)

DSC_0028eIt can be sewn using wovens, knits or a combination of the two- mine are knits, but the purple one has a woven yoke piece.

DSC_0011 (2)editI love the swing.  I love how high the neckline comes up in the front.  I love how wide the straps are.

DSC_0005editI love the little bits of girly gathers in the front and back.  I love love love the racerback.

IMG_1997I love the pattern- the instructions are clear and smart.  I love how quick it is to sew.  (Is it pretty obvious yet that I love everything about this top?)

DSC_0037eLet’s see, if I had to say something that I don’t like about it, I guess I’d say that I don’t like hemming curves, but that really has nothing to do with the pattern. (I STILL haven’t hemmed mine, but since they’re knit, they won’t fray… so I’m just rolling with the un-hemmed look.)

DSC_0032eIt is seriously a super cute, super fun top with so many possibilities. (I plan to lengthen the hem, maybe take out a bit of the fullness, and make a suh-weet little dress.)  Do yourself a favor and pick up this pattern.  It’s in the final stages of testing right now and should be released very soon.  I’ll keep you posted. 🙂DSC_0008 (2)edit