Pattern Testing: The Rylee Dress

I absolutely love a bit of pattern testing, really enjoy the process and seeing what so many talented ladies in one place can make! This time I am writing about the lovely Rylee Dress from Addie at addiek. The dress comes in sizes 2-12, so great value for money. I made the contrast version, but the pattern includes the solid front version, and the final release also has the option for some rather cute and practical in seam pockets. It’s a really quick sew, mainly because of the dolman sleeves, and the solid front version would be super quick!

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The pattern is for knits, and includes some great tips for those who are new to sewing with knits. I used some interlock, I was trying to decide between a few colour combinations, so I do my usual trick and asked Evie and she picked out these two! I only asked her for one as I under estimated her great taste in fabrics and thought I would have to coordinate another colour… but no, she picked out two that worked great together, and I just about managed to eek the pieces I need from what I had left of both fabrics. I don’t know how she does it!! Anyway, back to the dress, I love how casual and comfy it is, and perfect with a pair of tights and boots for this weather.

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Go get your copy of this fab pattern from the addiek shop by clicking here!!

In other news, I’ve not been well recently and not had the energy to sew (I know, I’m useless!) I have however been using the paypal account a fair bit this last weekend taking advantage of the sales, so when I do get better I have plenty of lovely things to sew, yeyyeyey!!

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Ruffled PJ party tour!

So I saw that the ladies at Once Upon a Sewing machine were asking for blogs to join their tour for the Ruffled PJ PDF pattern at the same time as I was being very organised and thinking about Christmas PJs for my girlies. Of course I had to jump on board, I know my almost 4 year old would love these. These are the perfect girly pjs and the pattern includes sizes from 12m up to size 6.

The plan was to go a bit OTT with Christmas prints, and I was convinced when I showed the main fabric to Evie and she absolutely loved it. This is the first year she has been very very excited for Christmas, which of course makes me very happy! I tried to capture that in the second photo below…

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…she looks slightly scary instead though!! 😀 I used quilting cottons for the main and star contrast that I picked up from my local-ish fabric shop Oh Sew Crafty!, and because these PJs are from winter I used a white flannel for the bodice lining. I love that she’s going to be so cosy in these. I was a bit worried that the fabric choice was going to be a bit too much, but she looks so cute, and she adores them so that’s what matters most to me 🙂 For the back instead of using buttons, as I was feeling a bit lazy, I used my trusty Kam Snaps. I made the size 4 and the fit is perfect for her, laziness strikes again, but I didn’t measure for the elastic waist and wrists and used the pattern recommendations, which were just right!

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My youngest Scarlett is now 18 months, but she’s tiny and her chest is much too small for the size 12m measurements. She has a fluffy cloth bum so I knew that the bottoms would fit her fine, and they did, the plan was to sew her up a quick red jersey top to go with… it is on the todo list still though! For these I did the contrast cuff, and I think they look great, even despite the fact I chopped off the penguins heads (kicking myself as I’m usually a bit ocd with patterns!). This pattern comes together really nicely, the bottoms are a very quick sew, and while the tops requires a few more steps and techniques, it’s straight forward, explained very well, and didn’t take me too long at all.

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nawww ❤ these two!! OK, so good news time, The Ruffled PJ Pattern is on sale all this week, until the 6th December, for just $5. Go here to buy on etsy, and don’t worry the discount already applied!! Oh yeah and make sure you follow the rest of the tour, it’s full of amazing talented sewing bloggers!

And one last thing, while writing this it reminded me that the dolly I used for the photos was given to Evie from a good friend of mine when she was born, made me dig out this photo and think about how it doesn’t seem like 5 minutes ago she was this small. Time doing that flying thing!

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