Search This Blog

Translate

Friday, October 19, 2018

Sofilantjes Sylva Onesie PDF Pattern Review


A onesie is such a staple in every baby's wardrobe, and I got the chance over the past week to make my 9 month old two onesies to add to her wardrobe. I tested the Sylva onesie pattern by Sofilantjes and made her a short sleeved and long sleeved version. For today's post, I will be reviewing the pattern, giving some tips for fitting a tall and skinny baby, and then, talking all about my sweet little cruious girl who seems to be growing so fast. 


The Pattern

The Sylva Onesie covers sizes Newborn through 18 months and has an overlapping neckline that forms a beautiful V. The neckline is the same on the front and the back. The lapped style of neckline is easy to construct and allows you to get the onesie over the baby's head easily just like the traditional onesie does with the openings at the shoulders. 



Fitting a Baby

My little one is 9 months old but is as active and can be and is tall and skinny for her age. Based on her measurements, I made a 6 month for her width, but her height put her in a 12 month. For my first onesie, I printed a straight 6 month and added the length needed by cutting a line straight through the front and back of the pattern and adding an inch. The fit was perfect once I got the onesie on her, but it was a little difficult to get over her head because her head size is not 6 months. The pattern comes with layers to make it easy to select your size. So, for the next onesie that I made her, I printed both the 6 month and 12 month size. I used all the 6 month lines for width and all the 12 month lines for height AND added 1 inch to both the font and back bodies as I had done before. This means I used the armhole and neckline for the 12 month size. The 6 month size was purely for the width of the body and the width of the front upper bodice pieces. This gave her more room in the armpit and more room in the neck and made getting her onesie on and off so much easier. It also means she will have a bit more growing room so she will get to wear the onesie for longer. 



She does not have very chubby arms, though, so her arms turned out a bit baggier than the intended pattern because I did not reduce the width of the arms to 6 months. Instead, I left them the same size as the armhole at 12 months. After trying it on her, I was happy with the growing room and left them on the baggy side. I did take out an inch of length in the arm on the long sleeved onesie so that it was not too long on her. 


I used a soft cotton lycra on both of her onesies and for her bindings. I love how well both of her onesies will coordinate with all the other clothes I have been making her. 


The Sylva Onesie pattern also has the same wonderful diaper coverage for a cloth diapered baby as the ADV Onesie. She is wearing a pocket-style cloth diaper that is stuffed with two inserts. Even with the bulk, her diaper is completely covered by this onesie. I love that the bands are over her upper thigh and do not show any of her diaper. 


Sofilantjes releases their patterns at a discounted price. I have learned after several releases that they never offer a sale as good as the release price. So, if you plan to get this onesie, do so now! The pattern can be found here. It will be on sale until Sunday night at midnight CET.


My Sweet Girl

Her chubby thighs. Her crinkled nose. Her fat fingers. Her two teeth. Her hair. This girl makes me so happy. She has the sweetest spirit. Already talks with her hands like her mama. Snorts and crinkles her nose and laughs. I adore her. She can put up a fight at naptime but is so happy to be cuddled with and nurse. She plays with her siblings so sweet. She squeals and pulls her brothers hair and wants to be kissed and talked to by her sisters. I feel like the baby days are racing by, and I just want to take it all in and cherish each moment. I did not have my blog when my other children were little so I regret that I don't have all the memories written down like I have been able to with her. 



I am so thankful to God for this sweet rainbow baby of mine who brings so much joy into my heart and into our home. 


Thank you so much for reading my blog! You may follow me on Instagram or receive updates by liking my page on Facebook. If you want to take a look into the things that inspire me, you can follow me on PinterestFollow my blog with Bloglovin.

Disclosures: I received this pattern for free as part of the testing process to give the designer feedback about the instructions and fit of the pattern. This post also may contain affiliate links, which means I receive a small compensation when you purchase via my link. There is no cost to you, and it allows me to continue to tell you all about my latest favorite sewing finds.  

The hardest part of this post was picking which photos to use. Here are more that I just couldn't delete! She had so much fun crawling all over the place during our little photo session.




Thursday, October 18, 2018

Striped Swallow Designs Girls Lost Coast Cardigan

I recently got the opportunity to test a cardigan for Striped Swallow Designs for my daughter Tabitha. She will be turning 8 next month and has such a sweet spirit. For today's post, I will review the pattern and also chat a little about parenting. I hope you find something encouraging from my post. 


The Pattern

The Lost Coast Cardigan is a children's cardigan pattern with raglan sleeves. The size range covers sizes 2T to 14. A women's pattern is also available separately.  There are optional belt loops and a belt tie as well as pockets. The arms are finished with a cuff, and the bottom is finished with a simple hem. I think it has the perfect amount of ease to use to layer over long sleeves. 

The pattern has the option of a shawl collar or a hood. I made the shawl collar and lined the reverse with a pink contrast.  The instructions have you tack part of the collar down to create the shawl affect. I made a size 7 for my daughter based on her measurements. Tabitha did not want a belt or pockets on it, so it was a rather quick sew for me. The pattern came together really easily and has gotten a lot of use already. 

 

I used a soft French terry from a Knitpop auction box that feels like a rayon blend with spandex. If I made the pattern again, I would make it all solid so that she could wear it with some of her floral dresses. I feel that making it out of one of my pretty florals limits how many outfits it will go with. She still loves it though and has been wearing it with all her patterned clothes. 


She paired it for the photoshoot with her unicorn Greenstyle Slope Tank (a free kids pattern that I blogged about here). 


Notes from Mom Life

She cut her hair. Many kids do this at some point in their lives. BUT she did not want to cut her hair. She got slime stuck in it, and instead of asking for help, she took care of it. BIG SIGH. She wore a hat the first day, which I remember thinking was strange. Her sister later told me what happened. When I went to inspect and found just how much she had cut, which was most of the top, I cried again. She cried too and was so embarrassed and scared to tell me. 

We got to have one of those long talks. The ones where I pray that I am saying the right words in a way that she understands and remembers. I really wasn't sad about the hair. I was more sad about realizing that she did not run to me when she needed help. She has told me for the last several years how she wanted to have long hair. It took quite a long time to grow out as a baby and was very short for so long. She had finally gotten it to a length that she loved. BUT She felt in that moment that cutting off her hair was easier than telling mom that she got slime stuck in it.

So my long mom talk, which included lots of hugs, told her that she will find herself throughout her life in situations that are hard and that she can always ask for help without judgment. I am not here to punish her for every bad thing happening, rather I am here to help her and pick her up when life gets messy. She never has to make a choice so drastic and hide her problems. I told her that mom's arms will always be open and ready no matter how difficult the situation may feel at the time. 

Maybe I over-reacted and over-dealt with the situation, but I knew what a big deal this was to her. I also really felt like it was such a teaching moment that I will need when she is a teenager. I really want to have already set the tone that she doesn't need to hide whatever crazy thing comes her way in life (even by her own doing). 


I am so glad she has a stash of big bows. It has been a few weeks since she cut it so it is starting to grow. You can see the short bangs poking out under her bows. I am not sure how it is going to look when the short top underneath the bow starts to show more. Hopefully a very talented stylist can give me some pointers. Surely she isn't the first girl to cut all the top of her hair. 

I was also so happy that after our talk she was so willing to let me sign her up for a pattern test and get her right back in front of the camera. It made me feel like all of my words reassuring her of her beauty sunk in. She was so concerned that she looked like a boy. This parenting gig is the most important and hardest thing I have done in my life. I feel so blessed and happy to get to walk alongside my children and try to use every moment to teach them and plant words in their hearts for their future. 


Thanks so much for reading my blog! I hope I have inspired you. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me. You may follow me on Instagram or receive updates by liking my page on Facebook. If you want to take a look into the things that inspire me, you can follow me on Pinterest. You may also follow my blog with Bloglovin.

Disclosures: I received this pattern for free as part of the testing process to give the designer feedback about the instructions and fit of the pattern. This post also may contain affiliate links, which means I receive a small compensation when you purchase via my link. There is no cost to you.  Any and all opinions expressed are my own.


Resources
  1. The free tank pattern that she is wearing under her cardigan can be found here.
  2. The pattern for her cardigan can be found here.
  3. The fabric I used for her cardigan came from Knitpop


 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Greenstyle Solo Tank PDF Pattern Review


I just love Greenstyle Creations patterns for workout clothes. I can recreate almost any look I want and make clothes that I feel good in when I work out. For today's blogpost, I am talking about their latest athletic pattern release - the SoLo Tank. I was able to make 2 tanks during the pattern testing phase, and in today's post, I will talk a little about what fabrics I think work well for this pattern and about how to get binding that you are happy with. 


The Pattern

I have been looking for a muscle tank pattern for some time. I love the low armholes and don't feel immodest in them because I am usually wearing a sports bra that still covers my side area. It is such a gym basic that I was totally missing out on in my handmade wardrobe. 

The SoLo tank has the perfect low armhole with a racerback and two neckline options: mid or high. I made both of my tanks using the mid neckline option. The pattern also includes the option to leave one side open so that you can tie it to cinch your waist tighter. 





Fabric

Let's talk about fabric choice. For this black tank, I used a basic cotton lycra from Made Whimsy. On the other tank that I made, I used a very lightweight burnout jersey. The burnout fabric is also cotton but does not have any lycra in it. I personally think the lighter weight jersey drapes nicer next to my body and feels cooler to wear during a sweaty work out. The cotton lycra, on the other hand, tents out  more and gives me less definition.

I think this tank is perfect for lightweight knits that hang nicely. It is not fitted and will tent out if you make it in a fabric without drape (like I did on the black one!). If I want a more fitted tank, I may mash this armscye with the Greenstyle Jillian or Lille tanks. When I make my next SoLo tank, I am going to use an athletic knit that is lightweight. All the athletic knits in my stash at the moment were heavier weight for leggings


I am wearing my black tank with my modified Super Gs that I blogged about here. They are still my favorite pair of leggings, and I am glad to have another top that goes well with them! Let's take a look now at my first tank that I made in a burnout jersey. I paired it with my favorite Jillian bra and some Moxi shorts.


I love how well the racerback and low armholes show off the fun details of this bra!


Binding

Let's chat binding now. The biggest time investment you will make on this tank will be applying the binding. It is a lot of stitches to rip if you are unhappy with it!

I feel like my armholes set a little lower in this pink/orange/tangerine tank because the binding does not have the recovery that a knit with spandex would. When working with it, it liked to stretch out and gape and almost felt too long at times. I steamed it really well, though, and I was happy with how I was able to get it to lay after steaming it.

You will notice when you are making the SoLo tank that if you are using a high spandex knit with great recovery that your binding with bunch up and even may look puckered . I suggest that you will need to make these bindings longer than the pattern recommends. Binding is generally 85% of the measured armhole (plus seam allowance). If I use an athletic knit with lots of spandex that bounces back firmly after stretched, I will remeasure my armhole and increase my binding length. On the other hand, if I am using fabric that has very poor recovery and no spandex (like this burnout jersey), I may cut mine a small amount shorter (like closer to 80%) and use a lot of steam when I iron it to help it recover after sewn.


Resources

1. The SoLo tank pattern is available here
2. The Jillian bra pattern that I wore under my second tank can be found here
3. The Super G pattern that I wore with my first tank is available here. The Moxi short pattern that I wore with my second tank can be found here
4. The cotton lycra that I used for my black tank is available here.
5. My burnout tank fabric was from my sweet friend Aimee. 


Thanks so much for reading my blog! I hope I have inspired you. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me. You may follow me on Instagram or receive updates by liking my page on Facebook. If you want to take a look into the things that inspire me, you can follow me on Pinterest. You may also follow my blog with Bloglovin.

Disclosures: I received this pattern for free as part of the testing process to give the designer feedback about the instructions and fit of the pattern. This post also may contain affiliate links, which means I receive a small compensation when you purchase via my link. There is no cost to you.  Any and all opinions expressed are my own.





Friday, October 12, 2018

Greenstyle Green Tee - A Free Tee Shirt PDF Pattern

Velvet T Shirt


I am a T-shirt and jeans kind of girl. When I first began sewing clothes, I wanted to make a basic t shirt that fit me well and tried so many patterns. I will never forget the "AHA" moment that I had when I figured out how to sew a neckband on. It definitely was not on my first t shirt! I still get that satisfied feeling when I pull a knit top off of my machine and see that the neckband lays flat. 

My current favorite knit T-shirt pattern that has a set in sleeve is the Greenstyle Green Tee. This simple short-sleeved top pattern comes with two neckline variations - a scoop neck or a V neck. I can just choose a fabric and give it the look I want. I can size up and get a slouchier tee or choose my size and get the perfect fit. The pattern is drafted to fit sizes XXS to 3X, and the best part about it all is that the pattern is FREE! 

Velvet T Shirt PDF Pattern

 I recently got the opportunity to sew a neckband on the Greenstyle Green Tee for the Fabric Wholesale Direct blog. You can see the video for the scoop neck t neckband here. You can see the video for the V neckband here. If you are a beginner, I suggest you start by tackling the scoop neck. Once you tackle that, do the V neck! Start with a more stable fabric until you understand the concept, then you can easily move onto fabrics that have more drape to them (but that may be a little slinky). When I am doing a V neck on a more uncooperative fabric, I will often use tissue paper to stabilize the V area (the kind used for stuffing in gift bags!). 


When I was trying to decide what fabric to use to demonstrate sewing the round neck of the Green Tee, I immediately was drawn to this dusty rose velvet. I was so pleased with the quality when it came in the mail and love the shirt that I made with it. I feel like it makes my basic T anything but basic. The fun part about velvet is that it is a different color from different angles, so if you plan to use velvet on a top, make sure that you cut all your pieces going in the same direction. It is easiest to tell by touching it. You are going "with the nap" if you are stroking the soft side and you are going "against the nap" if it feels rougher or more resistant to the touch. I cut mine going with the nap so that it is soft going from top to bottom. 


Velvet is also very slippery and smooth on the wrong side of the fabric so when sewing the neckband on, I had to be extra careful that I was catching all the layers together at once. 


Here is the V-neck version of the Green Tee. I have made this version several times in rayon spandex and poly blend knits. I chose a cotton lycra in burgundy for the video. This is a color that goes well in my wardrobe, and I like the weight of this fabric for demonstrating a V neck. I also love a good flattering V and use them to nurse in often. 




Resources
  1. The Green Tee pattern can be found here. Join the Greenstyle Facebook group. The coupon code to get the pattern for free is in the Announcement post of the group. It is also a great place to show off your tee when you finish or to ask questions if you get stuck along the way. 
  2. The dusty rose velvet fabric I used for my scoop neck came from here.
  3. The video to see me sew the scoop neck Green Tee is here.
  4. The video to see me sew the V neck Green Tee is here
  5. The burgundy cotton jersey fabric for my V neck t came from here

Thanks so much for reading my blog! I hope I have inspired you. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me. You may follow me on Instagram or receive updates by liking my page on Facebook. If you want to take a look into the things that inspire me, you can follow me on Pinterest. You may also follow my blog with Bloglovin.

Disclosures: I received this pattern for free because it is a free pattern! This post also may contain affiliate links, which means I receive a small compensation when you purchase via my link. There is no cost to you.  Any and all opinions expressed are my own.