Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Chloe Dress pattern release - Laela Jeyne Patterns

The Chloe Dress by Laela Jeyne Patterns has now released - and what a beautiful pattern it is!

The design is simple and classic in the front, but has a lovely overlapping open back detail - which adds a beautiful detail, but is still modest. The back of the skirt is elasticated, so it stays put and is easy to move around in.

You can make this dress with a flutter sleeve or faux cap sleeve bodice. And it comes with measurements to create a dress length version - with or without a ruffle, or maxi length version.

Just as I finished this dress the gardens near to wear we live were in full bloom with bluebells and snowdrops - it was so pretty I had to take the opportunity to get some cute shots of Little B!

The pattern is designed to be used with two buttons, but you could easily customise your look with the buttons on the back - maybe try one big one, or three or four little ones would look cute too!

The instructions in the pattern are clear and easy to follow - with accompanying colour photos for each step - the pattern includes a mixture of actual pattern pieces and some measurement tables for the rectangular skirt pieces.

The pattern has a great size range - it comes in NB-6 and 7-14, and even has bodice pieces for developing girls in the larger sizes.

Little B loves her dress and enjoyed walking in the sunshine and twirling around!

I used some Tula Pink fabric I've had stashed away for some time, and I just love it. One of the other testers used satin to make a really special dress and it turned out amazing.

The pattern is on sale for $5.75 if you want just one size group, or $10 for a bundle with both size groups. Shop now at

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Pattern release and giveaway - Jacqueline Hoodie by Itch to Stitch

I love love LOVE this jacket!! Another beautifully wearable design from Kennis at Itch to Stitch Designs! Stylish and so practical - I have already had tonnes of wear out of mine.

This hoodie is so full of pretty features including A LOT of double topstitching - a bit time consuming - but so worth the effort. I wouldn't have left it off, because it adds stuff wonderful detail and a real professional finish. But if you're in a rush to wear your hoodie you could compromise with a single topstitch!!

And there are lots of options to customise this jacket and make it your own - there is the option to have welt pockets, buttons and epaulettes - or you can leave them all off for a simpler look. I went with a simple version with no buttons - but I will definitely be making myself another with the front button detail - look how cool it is!!!

I also decided to omit the snaps - I didn't want them to show when the jacket was undone - and I found that my overlapped pieces stayed in position well without them.

The hood is a three piece hood - so it has a lovely fit, and it's lined - so is super neat inside and out. The front edge of the hood is finished with a binding.

I made a small - but because of the looser fit style of the jacket I think I might make my next one an extra small for a more fitted look. Although I love how comfy and warm this one is!

I used a ponte roma knit for my version - I love the teal colour - but it did cause me some issues to try and match a zip, thread and buttons to!!

The pattern is available HERE and is currently 20% off - it comes in sizes XXS - XL. As with all the other Itch to Stitch Patterns - this one includes clear detailed instructions with excellent illustrations to help guide you through the construction. It also includes the layers feature - so you only have to print the size(s) you want.

Or if you fancy your chances at winning the pattern - enter the competition below - Good luck and happy sewing!!

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Check out some of the other gorgeous Hoodies made by other testers:
Monday, Apr 27: Coralie  at
Tuesday, Apr 28: Angela at
Wednesday, Apr 29: Jordan at
Thursday, Apr 30: Elsa at
Monday, May 4: Stacey here at
Tuesday, May 5: Rachel at
Wednesday, May 6: Debbie at