Hello all you lovely LLK Fans (or soon-to-be!). It’s my turn on the Winnie Pinnie blog tour and I’m so excited about it! I was actually signed up to test this lovely pattern, but it happened to be the week that Jason’s grandpa passed away and we hopped in the car to drive to NY for the funeral! I’m glad we were able to spend that time with family, but I was so bummed that I had to back out of the test – so I’m making up for it now!
This dress is just sweeter than candy. I really love the clean lines and the simplicity of the pattern, and then BAM. There’s this stunning cut-out in the back. I was all heart-eyes throughout this shoot with Maci, and even more so while editing the photos. As Cassie explained over on the LLK blog, the dress has a vintage-inspired vibe, and I’m diggin’ it! And I don’t think I’m the only one! 🙂
It was so obvious how much Maci loved this dress! First, she flat out told me she loved it. So there’s that. But, she was also pulling out all kinds of poses, and faces, and twirls the whole time she was wearing it! She was beaming! Can you blame her? One thing I adore about this dress is the full skirt. Before I read the tutorial, I was planning on cutting the skirt pieces width-of-fabric because I wanted a nice, full skirt. Well guess what? That’s basically what the pattern called for in Maci’s size (size 7). Perfect! Maci was swishing the skirt around and twirling endlessly.
I really loved the pattern and design of this dress as-is (Cassie did an amazing job!) so I didn’t make any major modifications to Maci’s! The only change I made was using Kam Snaps instead of buttons on the back bodice. The pattern calls for 1 button for the top tab, and 1 button for the bottom. I used 2 size 20 Kam Snaps on each tab instead! I love the look and the back bodice is held securely in place and those tabs are lined up perfectly! I tried the dress on Maci before placing the snaps so I could get a customized fit. I love the way it turned out!
Here’s a little more info about Winnie Pinnie:
- Sizes 12 months – Girl’s 9
- Top or Dress Length
- Simple Full Skirt or Bias Pieced Skirt
- Clean finish (it looks pretty on the inside, too!)
- Layered Pattern
- Easy to follow instructions with photos
This beautiful pattern screams easy-breezy summertime, but you better believe Maci will be layering this through the fall and winter as well. This dress has instantly become a new favorite and we will get as much wear out of it as we possibly can 🙂
Enjoy a little photo overload, and scroll down to the bottom for a coupon code!
Grab your copy of Winnie Pinnie and use the code WPTOUR at checkout – you will receive 20% off ! Code is good through 8/1/2016 midnight EST.
Make sure to check out the other bloggers on tour and all of the fun hacks and mods they did! (links are below!)
The Winnie Pinnie Blog Tour Calendar
Monday, July 25th- Kick off post with Little Lizard King (Sale Begins)
Monday, August 1- Raedene | Little Lizard King | (End of Sale)
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Boy, has life been crazy lately! I feel like I’ve been going 100 mph, and it has taken a toll on my blogging! I have so much catching up to do, but I’ll get to that another time! Today, I am reviewing the fabulous Sun Kissed Tee PDF sewing pattern from Peekaboo Pattern Shop (PAB). I have been sewing with PAB patterns since I ventured into the PDF world, and they never, ever disappoint. One of my very first pattern tests back in the day was a PAB pattern – the Rosalie Ruffle Tee.
My sewing and photography skills have improved greatly since then. At least I think so 🙂 Anywho, back to the pattern at hand! Here’s the nitty gritty on the Sun Kissed Tee pattern:
|Printable pattern pages/copy shop version||13 for standard tee or 15 for ruched tee|
|Measurements for Rectangle Pieces||No|
|Size made||XXL graded out at waist & back in at hip|
|Options chosen||Standard Hem|
|Fabric Requirement for your size||2 yards|
|Measurement Chart||Bust, Waist, Hip, Upper Arm, Finished Measurements|
|Pattern Printing Layout||No|
|Suggested Fabrics||Light-Medium Weight Knits with at least 30% stretch|
|Layer Printing Option||No|
|Neck Line Options||Neck Binding|
|Hem Options||Standard Hem or Ruched bottom|
|Separate add-on pack||Yes – Maternity Add-on|
|Fit||Fitted at bust, semi-fitted at waist & hip|
|Easy to read instructions||Yes|
|Drawing or photograph instructions||Color Photographs|
One thing I can always count on with a Peekaboo pattern, is that it is going to be well drafted. While you can’t print with layers, the patterns are digitally drawn and color coded for easy assembling and cutting. There is a diagram printed on the pattern pieces that show how each piece goes together. This pattern was easy and quick to assemble, the pieces went together flawlessly, and I was on my way to cutting fabric and sewing without breaking a sweat!
Based on the measurement chart included in the PDF, I chose to make an XXL and grade out a little at the waist. As I have mentioned before, I am far from an “hourglass” shape – my waist measurement usually falls one or two sizes above my bust/hip measurements. In ready-to-wear (RTW) clothing and in most patterns, I am an XL, so it was a little hard to embrace the XXL. While I wanted to cut the XL for vanity’s sake, I knew better and went with the size my measurements indicated. It was definitely the right choice. I ended up with a shirt that fits well and will definitely get worn!
I love the way this turned out! It is slightly fitted at the bust, and then has a little more ease at the waist and hip. It is very flattering and floats away from my least appealing feature (my belly!) The sleeves are also nice and roomy without being overly huge, and it’s a very comfortable shirt to wear! I am slightly below average height (5’4″), but I decided not to shorten the pattern. I love the length and wouldn’t change anything about the fit. Not bad for my first time making this pattern!
I adore this Ice Green Quatrefoil jersey I used for my Sun Kissed Tee. It is a nice springy color and I’m a sucker for that geometric pattern! While I chose to do the basic tee with standard hem, this pattern also comes with a cute Ruched Side option. It’s a fun detail to add to an otherwise basic shirt 🙂 If you are pregnant, there is a handy Maternity Add-On available for this top as well. Talk about super quick & cute maternity shirt!
In my opinion, the only downside is the lack of variations included with this top. I would have liked to see a tunic length option and other sleeve length options. Overall, it is a solid pattern that is drafted well, fits well, and goes together quickly and easily! And in case you wanted to see this on me from my worst possible angle, here you go….
Something I want to mention about PAB patterns in general is that the instructions and photos are always very clear, straightforward and to the point. There are additional notes or tips added in when necessary, and I never have a problem trying to understand the process described. Something else worth mentioning is that for every purchase you make at Peekaboo Pattern Shop, you earn reward points that can be redeemed for discounts on future purchases. And there are so SO many amazing patterns to choose from. On top of all that, there are also bundle discounts available. If you’ve never sewn with a PAB pattern, take this opportunity to grab a pattern or two (or ten) and give them a try!
As if you needed any more motivation, Amy has generously offered a discount code for the Dive into Dolmans Blog Tour readers! Use the code “SUN15” for 15% off of the Sun Kissed Tee and/or Maternity Add-On pack, through April 17, 2016.
Now be sure to visit the other stops on the Dive Into Dolmans Blog Tour today! And make sure you stick with us, because there will be an amazing giveaway at the end of the tour!
Diving Into Dolmans Week 3
Hello, and welcome to Week 1 of the “Dive into Dolmans Blog Tour”! Every Thursday for the next 5 weeks, several bloggers (including me!) will be featuring different dolman-style shirt PDF patterns and comparing them side-by-side. It seems that there are roughly a bajillion PDF dolman patterns, so we want to break it all down and help you find the one that is perfect for you! We will cover everything from fit, to adjustments, to how many pages need to be printed, and SO. MUCH. MORE. Each of the main bloggers has a pretty distinct body type, and we will be talking about any adjustments we make to suit our bodies. There are several guest bloggers who will also be popping in to share their comparisons as well! We have a handy dandy chart that we will be using in each review, so it will be super easy for you to compare!
Follow along with us, because at the end of the tour there will be a roundup of all of the posts.. and of course – a giveaway! 🙂
For week 1, I will admit that I took the easy way out and I am featuring a dolman that I had already made and photographed for a pattern test! Between other pattern tests, photo shoots, and Easter this past weekend, I have been completely swamped. So without further adieu, today I will be talking about the Sweet Tee from Patterns for Pirates!
For starters, here is the review chart with all of the important details about this specific PDF pattern.
Let’s just talk about that size range for a second. There are a total of TEN sizes included in the Sweet Tee pattern. It is amazing to have so many sizes covered in a single pattern. For my Sweet Tee, I made an XL according to my bust measurement. Based on my waist measurement, I should have graded out to XXL at the waist, and then back in at the hip. With most knit top patterns, I don’t usually take the time to grade between sizes, since knit fabric is so forgiving (read:stretchy!) Since I didn’t grade out as I should have, you can see that the shirt is more fitted on me all the way down, instead of the intended “semi-fitted at waist & hip” fit. I also used a medium weight 95/5 cotton/lycra blend, which is a slightly thicker and sturdier fabric, which also affected the overall fit of the shirt.
Patterns for Pirates drafts their women’s patterns for an hourglass figure, which is clearly not me. By grading my pattern out at the waist, I could have easily achieved the intended fit. Even though it is more on the fitted side, it is still completely comfortable and wearable! To see an illustration showing the intended fit of P4P’s different shirt patterns, see her blog post here. The pattern is drafted for a height of 5’5″ and I am 5’4″, but I typically don’t shorten my tops, because I like the coverage the extra length lends! There is a live link in the pattern that will lead you to this blog post that will walk you through lengthening or shortening the pattern according to your height. I chose short sleeves (come on warm weather!) and the tall waistband option. Again – more booty coverage! 🙂 My next Sweet Tee will definitely have a curved hem!
In general, dolman tops have an easy fit, and sew up very quickly since there aren’t separate sleeve pieces to set-in. This pattern is no different! You could easily have a Sweet Tee cut & sewn in under an hour. The tutorial is short and sweet, and very easy to understand. A confident beginner could tackle this pattern without too much trouble!
The verdict? I love my Sweet Tee – the fit is great (even better if you make adjustments based on your body type), it’s a quick sew, the pattern is layered and has no-trim pages, and there are several options to fill up your closet and take you through every season! If you consider the size range and options included, this pattern is an incredible value at $9.00. And bonus – there is a girl’s version, too (Sugar Pie). Double the fun and make some cute Mommy & Me tops! 🙂 If you need both patterns (you do!) you can grab the bundle here and save yourself a buck!
Make sure you check out the other Week 1 posts at the links below! So many amazing patterns are being reviewed this week by some amazing sew-bloggers! See you here next Thursday for Week 2! 🙂
Diving Into Dolmans Week 1
Guest blogger: Rebel and Malice