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: 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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Willow and Co Patterns: Wanderlust

Today is the day!  Willow and Co Patterns is releasing their first pattern collection, called Wanderlust.  It is a “glamping” collection with easy breezy, cute and versatile, interesting patterns for kids 6 months to 12 years.  I tested the Ash Jumpsuit, as you may recall… and I flash tested the Kudzu Cargos, which will be released at a later date. 

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I mostly tested the fit on these, so the fabric is not necessarily what I would have chosen if I were to make them for reals.  🙂  I kind of like the crazy combo, though…

ImageThey have some really great details and finish up really nicely.  I love the knit waistband- no elastic, no zippers, no buttons… but they still stay on. 

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In the meantime, head on over to Willow and Co to pick up all of the other Wanderlust patterns!

Pattern Testing: Ash Jumpsuit

I had another opportunity, recently, to test an adorable girly pattern… this time for Willow & Co. Patterns

It is called the Ash Jumpsuit and has plenty of options to customize.  I sewed up the separates version: top with a regular hem

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and pants with no pockets. Image

The pants have a fun little ruffle detail around the waist. 

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I used this plaid linen from my stash- I love using fabrics that have been around for a million years on a current pattern.  Makes me happy to make it work! 

ImageThe fit on these pants is pretty amazing!  The top is good, too, but the pants… They’re a little bit slim in the hips, which I love for a little one.  I tried this whole outfit on my pretty boy, Luke, and he looked adorable :), but would have nothing to do with taking pictures.

ImageLuckily, I have a wonderful photographer/ friend who has a cutie pie daughter and was willing to have her model for me. 

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She is fabulous and kind and you should totally get a hold of her for all of your photography needs.

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This pattern will be available on April 22… that’s just 1 week away!  Hurry over and pick up your copy.  It’s a fun, easy sew.  Perfect for summer!

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Pattern Testing: Winnie Shrug

Remember back when I did some pattern testing for Wee Muses Pattern shop?  Well, I did some more testing on a new pattern that’s now available: the Winnie Shrug. 

ImageIt is a quick and fairly easy sew.  The only real tricky part is setting the sleeves.  Don’t look too closely at mine because I got a fair amount of bunching.

ImageI sewed up a couple of the reversible style for my nieces out of this fun pink corduroy, that’s been used for various other projects here, here, and here. 

ImageI can’t seem to get away from its cuteness!  I will be very sad when my supply is gone.  I need to make something for my own little girly, I think.

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ImageAnyway, this shrug is cute to dress up a t-shirt and jeans or to add a little something to a cute Easter dress.  Check out all the ways Anneliese has made some for her girls.  Really cute.  That gray jersey shrug… Love it!

ImageImageHop on over to Aesthetic Nest and Wee Muses to pick up your pattern. 

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