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The Lily Bird Studio Sweet Allie Top Pattern Review

I was lucky enough to review a beautiful pattern by the Lily Bird Studio this week.  It's the Sweet Allie Top and I love it!
 The pattern comes with options to make a dress or a top.  LOVE getting options with a pattern.  It also goes from size 12 months to 10 years!  It is made with woven cotton and there are charts for yardage for both the top and the dress.  I would say it's an beginner/intermediate pattern.
 The pattern has photos at EVERY step and I found the pattern very easy to follow.  It is 47 pages long.  The only negative is that there are a lot of pieces to cut out.  It takes some time for sure, but I found that it sewed up very quickly and easily and was VERY pleasantly surprised.  But all those pattern pieces mean it is a shirt with contrasting details and personality!  There are 14 pattern pages to print out, match up, and tape together.
 Lily Bird Studio includes directions on putting snaps on the front or buttons.  I chose to pick from my button supply and do lots of different colored ones in pinks and purples.  My daughter liked this and it makes the shirt unique!
 It is an extremely sweet top that flares out at the bottom.  I chose not to make the fabric belt and belt loops since I just loved the shirt as is, but the belt would be beautiful too.  The directions to add this are very clear and easy.
 The sleeves have a very modern and simple cuff that folds up and adds some nice detail and contrast to the sleeve.
 This pattern is a HIT!  It's very unique with the contrasting side panels and I love the simple collar, sleeves and flared waist.

 I made a size 6 for my 6 year old daughter and found the fit to be perfect.  She is on the small size and there was a lot of room in the top for her to grow into.  I think the sizing was right on (length of top included).


 This sums it up-LOVE!
 
I will be making this pattern in a dress next and definitely a lot more tops. 
 
 I have two wonderful kids, love living in Colorado, and adore to sew for them whenever I can.  I have a blog, an etsy shop (where I sell custom girl bandana skirt sets, matching American Girl doll skirt sets, knot dress, purses and more) and Facebook page.  Please visit me and say hi!  Thanks for reading my review of such a cute pattern!!!!  -ellen

Western Outift for American Girl Dolls

I'm excited to show off my new addition to my etsy shop!  I'm going to start adding American Girl doll clothes (18 inch doll) and I'm beginning with matching bandana skirt sets!!!
Sewing for dolls is SO much fun!  Everything in miniature.  The western doll sets include an appliqued shirt in your choice of design and color, bandana skirt, matching cowboy boots and cowboy hat!
A perfect gift for a little girl this Christmas.  I currently have pink, purple and red cowboy hats and pink, purple and brown boots.  Matching girl and doll set listing is here and just the doll outfit is here.
I will also be listing tutus soon!  Lots of fun.....
Shared at these link parties:
and remodelaholic and Rain on a Tin Roof
Whipperberry
-ellen

Review of Colorblock Dress by My Childhood Treasures

Hi readers!  I'm Ellen and I'm a self taught sewer and I try to fit in sewing whenever I can!  I have a blog ellzabelle and an etsy shop with the same name.  I am lucky to have a 6 year old daughter and 7 year old son to sew for.  I specialize in custom bandana skirt sets for little cowgirls.

I jumped at the chance to review this ADORABLE long sleeve colorblock dress.  I knew my daughter would love it and it was perfectly my style of simple, modern, and sweet.  I'm not the ruffle/lots of stuff happening kind of girl.  This pattern is definitely my style and is wonderful! 
 
Some info about the pattern:
  • 45 pages long (24 pages are pattern pieces to print and piece together).
  • Includes 2 options- dress or top with peplum.
  • Uses fleece or interlock fabric-STRETCH!  An entire page with helpful hints for sewing with stretch fabrics (wonderful for me since I'm very intimidated with knits).
  • Sized 2-10 and includes sizing charts, fabric yardage charts, and ribbon yardage charts.
  • Instructions are very clear and include a photo in EVERY step! THANK YOU!!
  • I would rate this as beginner and it took a few hours over two nights to complete.
  • Fit was great.  Didn't have time to prewash so made a 6 for my very petite just turned 6 year old.  Sleeves long and very roomy but expecting it to shrink a bit when washed.
I made this pattern with fleece (can also be made with light to medium weight washable interlock and jersey knit). It's my first time sewing with fleece and it was very easy.  I tend to avoid knits when possible, but loved the fleece.  I do not have a serger and it was still easy! 
 
My daughter just turned 6 last week and we had a cheetah party so I knew the blue cheetah fleece from Hobby Lobby would be the winner!
As soon as my daughter put the dress on she said "it's SO cozy!"  Instant hit and I know it will be a go to dress this fall and winter.
It is also a great twirling dress!
 
That is very important to a little girl!
I love, love, love the collar.  It is a rectangle that gets folded down and has a sweet ribbon detail.  I looked for a gray velvet ribbon but couldn't find it, so I settled on a grosgrain with white edges.  Next time I will do the velvet like the pattern photos. 
 
The only problem I ran into when sewing this dress was that I cut the collar pattern piece the wrong direction on the fabric.  This meant that my collar had no stretch and would not fit onto the neck opening.  Thankfully I had just enough fabric left to cut again with the stretch the correct direction.  *PAY ATTENTION TO THE PATTERN PIECE LAYOUT so the stretch is correct.  That was my only hiccup. 
Ribbon detail on sleeve and skirt.

You can choose to finish the hems or leave unsewn since it's fleece, but I finished them.
Just like being wrapped in a blanket!  A very STYLISH blanket!
 
Next time I will try the top with peplum that she can wear with jeans or leggings.  Can't wait!
I highly recommend this pattern for fall/winter.  I have not seen many cute and easy dresses for this time of year and am thrilled that I now have this pattern to use (and use till she's 10!).  This was my first pattern by My Childhood Treasures, but I'm sure it won't be my last!  I think this dress would look adorable in an ombre- three shades of fleece, going from dark to light, in one color.  I want to make my next dress like on the pattern:
Loving the gray and pink combo. 
Happy Sewing!


Recovered Chair

I finally got around to recovering my sewing chair!  I had taken the back off months ago and was actually sewing without a back.  QUITE UNCOMFORTABLE!  So I motivated myself and finished this easy project very quickly.
 My chair is a very old chair from a thrift store and was covered in shaggy brown fabric.  I had a white chair cover on it but it was getting dirty and stretched out.
 All I needed for this project was a screwdriver, staple remover, fabric, and my amazing staple gun.
 I used fabric that I had bought last year-navy d├ęcor weight fabric with lots of pink ikat like patterns and paisley and flowers.  It has some bumpy texture and I love it for my new sewing room/living room (photos to come shortly!).
 Here you can see the ugly old fabric on the seat.  Sorry I didn't get a before photo of the chair.
 Stapled the back cover on.  Staple gun is so powerful and was cheap at the craft store.
 Finished seat!  You can see the texture on the fabric here.

Love the new chair.  Navy against the silver arms.  Now I can sew in comfort and a bit more style.

-ellen

The Cottage Mama Daphne Wrap Dress Pattern

 This is a pattern I tested for Cottage Mama this summer.  It's the Daphne Wrap Dress.  You can buy the pattern here. I also tested her Georgia Vintage Dress which was beautiful.
 I chose some chevron that I had at the house.  I know you're shocked!  But it's so cute!!!!!  The back of the dress swings when she walks and it's lined in bright pink.
 It has a sweet pocket in the front and fabric covered buttons (4 of them) in the back.
 This was the easiest pattern I've done in a while and went quickly. 


 The best news is this pattern goes from 6 months to size 10 years, can pick a dress or a top, and you can make it reversible!!!!!  The next one I make will definitely be reversible-what a great idea.  She's pretty amazing over at The Cottage Home.  My daughter's photo made it into the pattern too!You can see her post on this pattern here.
It was so much fun being a part of this testing group.  We had a closed group on Facebook where we could share pics and ideas and ask questions.  Really a fun thing!  I'm hoping to do a lot more in the future and hope to work with Lindsay again!

-ellen

Aesthetic Nest Bateau Neck Dress Pattern Add-On Option

 We had another modeling session this week to test out an add on to the Aesthetic Nest Bateau Top.  This is a dress option that is AWESOME!  She's still working out all the details, but you will be able to purchase the dress extension pieces to add to the top pattern pieces.
 

 This was my favorite shot, with her looking down.  My daughter did the best job this time and FAST!  She's really getting great.
 We chose an awesome aqua Marseille lace bonded bodrae that looked so great with her blue eyes.  I have no idea what this fabric is, but it was silky on the underside, had a tiny bit of stretch, and I knew my daughter would love how it felt against her skin.  And the best part, it was originally $14.99 at Hobby Lobby but on sale for $5/yd so I had to try it!
 Had to do some movie star looks!  Used a perfectly matched necklace for the look.
 I made a bow for her headband out of the extra fabric and added tiny bows to both sleeves.  Was thinking it was a bit old lady with the lacy fabric so I wanted to cute it up like Audrey Hepburn.  I really loved it with the bows.

Again I took photos at Colorado National Monument, 5 min from my house.  It's my go-to backdrop for all my photo sessions!  I feel spoiled.

 This was my daughter's choice of accessories.

Close up of bow detail.  So cute!  The pattern gives options for elbow length sleeves (my choice) or short sleeves.  It also does A line skirt (my choice) or drawstring dress which is GORGEOUS and I will try next.  I've loved testing 3 patterns this summer and hope to do more in the future, it's FUN and I love getting more patterns, especially ones going up to size 10 years. You can see more at Aesthetic Nest.
 
-ellen

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