Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Wordless Wednesday- Cute Face

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Sewing Pattern Testing- Little Lizard King- Janie Lou, I LOVE you!

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Little Lizard King- Janie Lou Dress

Cassie of Little Lizard King is at it again.... this time with the Janie Lou Dress!! This dress is described as an, ".... A-line skirted top or a full gathered dress with a chevron bodice inset (optional), side sashes (optional) and a tabbed button closure along with elbow length sleeves with cuffs." This dress is definitely a labor of love, but boy, oh, boy do I LOVE the sweet details!


Little Lizard King- Janie Lou Dress- Front

First, let's talk pattern details;
-The Little Lizard King Janie Lou Dress is sized for 12m-12y.
-The Little Lizard King Janie Lou Dress features an optional pintuck bodice inset (along with a plain bodice inset).
-The Little Lizard King Janie Lou Dress includes step-by-step instructions for the pintuck bodice inset. Be sure to pay close attention to both the words and the pictures- trust me, it will walk you through it!

Little Lizard King- Janie Lou Dress- Pintuck Bodice Detail

-The Little Lizard King Janie Lou Dress features a fun, decorative sleeve cuff.
-The Little Lizard King Janie Lou Dress features a button back closure.
-The Little Lizard King Janie Lou Dress PDF sewing pattern includes a fabric chart, sizing chart and and cutting chart.
-The Little Lizard King Janie Lou Dress PDF sewing pattern is a layered pattern (aka, just print the size that you need/want). This is one of my FAVORITE features in a sewing pattern!!
-The Little Lizard King Janie Lou Dress PDF sewing pattern features step-by-step photographs to help you sew through the pattern.
-The Little Lizard King Janie Lou Dress has a top length and a dress length.
-The Little Lizard King Janie Lou Dress includes measurements for a regular sash, or a jumbo sash.

I sewed up a straight size six  Little Lizard King Janie Lou Dress. I did the pintuck bodice inset, cuff sleeves no sashes. The fabric was bought online and is part of the Michael Miller "Children at Play" fabric line. I've been hoarding, er, saving this beautiful fabric for a very special pattern... the Little Lizard King Janie Lou Dress is just PERFECT!

Let me start off by saying that the Little Lizard King Janie Lou Dress is definitely a labor of love. Those pintucks took me forever...! However, that gorgeous end result... LOVE IT!! 



Little Lizard King- Janie Lou Dress- Pintuck Bodice Detail

Another sweet detail of the Little Lizard King Janie Lou Dress is the cuff sleeve. I've never sewn such a cuff, before, but I love the attention to detail and the touch of whimsy and sweetness that it adds to the overall dress.



Little Lizard King- Janie Lou Dress- Cuff Sleeve Detail

The button up back is also a nice (if somewhat tedious) touch to the dress. I really, really, REALLY wanted to do the jumbo sash (I'm such a sucker for big bows!) but I didn't want to hide the pretty dress design fabric. 



Little Lizard King- Janie Lou Dress- Back

BTW, that aqua fabric with the dresses on it is titled, "Just stay little." This is so, so appropriate for my Lil' Miss! Every day, she shows us that she's growing up and spreading her wings... and not quite so little, anymore.... :( Sometimes, I do wish that she she'd just stay little.... at least for a little longer.... ;)



Little Lizard King- Janie Lou Dress

What can I say... I really do love you, Janie Lou!! Thank you Cassie and LLK team, for allowing me to test this gorgeous pattern! Good luck with the pattern release- this is my most favorite LLK pattern (yet)!!!

Little Lizard King- Janie Lou Dress

***Oh, and did I mention that the Little Lizard King- Janie Lou Dress also comes with a Dolly pattern, too?!?! Dolly and Me matching dresses are ALWAYS a big win in our house...!! :-)***


***Disclosure: "I received a free pattern in order to pattern test for Little Lizard King. The opinions expressed here are my own."***

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Sewing Pattern Testing- Made for Mermaids- Mya Top, Tunic and Dress

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Today, it is my pleasure to introduce you to the first Made for Mermaids pattern of 2016- the Mya Top, Tunic and Dress. Regular readers of All Things Katy! already know that Made for Mermaids is one of my FAVORITE PDF sewing pattern designers, and the Mya Top, Tunic and Dress does not disappoint. 



The Mya Top, Tunic and Dress is described as a simple a-line profile top, tunic or dress with multiple hem and sleeve options.

Here are the Mya Top, Tunic and Dress pattern basics;
-The Made for Mermaids Mya Top, Tunic and Dress is sized for 1/2-14y.
-The Made for Mermaids Mya Top, Tunic and Dress PDF sewing pattern tutorial includes a measurement chart, a cutting chart and fabric cutting chart.
-The Made for Mermaids Mya Top, Tunic and Dress features three hemlines- top, tunic and dress. Only the tunic length is curved.
-The Made for Mermaids Mya Top, Tunic and Dress features three sleeve lengths- short, 3/4 and long.


-The Made for Mermaids Mya Top, Tunic and Dress also includes pattern pieces/instructions for three different necklines- ruffle, banded and cowl.
-The Made for Mermaids Mya Top, Tunic and Dress also includes measurements/instructions for ruffle sleeves and ruffle hemline. *Note on the sleeve ruffles- the ruffle length is the same for any sleeve length. This means that the ruffle will either be more or less ruffled, depending on your sleeve length.*


-The Made for Mermaids Mya Top, Tunic and Dress also includes pattern pieces/instructions for flutters (at the shoulder).



-The Made for Mermaids Mya Top, Tunic and Dress PDF sewing pattern tutorial includes numbered, step-by-step instructions and photographs for each step.
-The Made for Mermaids Mya Top, Tunic and Dress PDF sewing pattern includes trimless, layered pattern pieces (my favorite!). This means only cut the size that you need/want and no excess trimming before you put your pattern pieces together. Yay!



I sewed up a size five width, size six length. We were instructed to sew up two garments in the course of testing. The black cupcake one is curved hemline, tunic length, flutter shoulders, 3/4 sleeve, banded neckline. The Olaf and Sven one is top length, double ruffle sleeves and banded neckline. (I should note that my pictured tops are of the first go-around. The neckband was revised during the course of testing for better on/off).




The Made for Mermaids Mya Top, Tunic and Dress is a super simple sew. It's a great wardrobe staple with a lot of options included in the pattern. That means you get a lot of bang for you PDF sewing pattern bucks! I sewed up the cupcake Mya Top, Tunic and Dress in about 20 mins.- no joke! It took me longer to print, assemble, tape and cut out the pattern pieces, than it did to sew up the actual top! I love a quick sew!

Also, the Mya Top, Tunic and Dress isn't a fabric hog and the ruffles and flutters are a great way to use of those odd bits of knit scraps. The Mya Top, Tunic and Dress looks great worn out, or layered under a cute jumper, or with a skirt (say, the Made for Mermaids Samantha skirt...? ;-). 
So, in conclusion, the Made for Mermaids Mya Top, Tunic and Dress is a simple, versatile, wardrobe staple pattern. There are lots of variations and ways to make each garment you sew up, unique!!

Thank you to the whole Made for Mermaids team for allowing me to test this wonderful pattern. Good luck with the pattern release!! Sew much fun!



**Guess what? If you like Mommy and Me fashions, the Made for Mermaids Mya Top, Tunic and Dress is also available in Mama Mya Top, Tunic and Dress!**

***Disclosure: "I received a free pattern in order to review this pattern for Made for Mermaids. The opinions expressed here are my own."***

****This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small percentage of the sale.****

Monday, January 18, 2016

Sentence of the Day- Definitions

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Katy and I got to spend a rare (now-a-days) Mommy and Katy day. Lil' Miss was off school for MLK day and I took off work to be with her. We lunched at Ikea (as per our usual ways ;-).

Katy had eaten a good lunch and was onto eating her dessert. She offered me a bite. Not really much for the chocolate confection that she was offering, but grateful for her sincere and earnest intentions, I told that I'd, ".... take just a small little bite."

"Technically, Mom, that would be considered a nibble. Something smaller than a bite is a nibble- not a bite," Katy corrected me.

...and there you have it folks.... I live with an walking talking dictionary..... ha!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Sentence of the Day- Dancing Cheek to Cheek...

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The other day, Lil' Miss was "helping" me get ready for work by handing me my makeup as I applied. Then, after I was all done, she declared that we should, "....snuggle cheek to cheek..." Thinking that she was being sweet and just wanted to cuddle, I put my cheek to her's. After a couple of seconds, she popped up and said, "Yay! Now I have makeup on, too!" (by transference).

Hahahhahaha... that girl...!

Friday, January 15, 2016

5 out of 4 Fleece Pullover Blog Tour

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Back in November, I had the opportunity to test the new-to-me designer 5 out of 4 Women's Ascent Fleece Pullover. This pattern went through a couple of rounds of revisions but we finally got it just right...!



Now, I had the opportunity to review the kidlet version of the same pullover, the 5 out of 4 Kids K2 Fleece Pullover. The 5 out of 4 Kids K2 Fleece Pullover is described as, "...a PDF sewing pattern for a relaxed fit kids’ 1/4 zip pullover with a relaxed shoulder. Optional invisible zipper pockets on side seam or front contrast. This pullover can be made color blocked or in a solid color."



First, let's talk pattern basics;
-The  5 out of 4 Kids K2 Fleece Pullover is sized for size 2-18. (honestly, I could probably fit into the 18!) That's a really great big, wide size range (lots of bang for your PDF sewing pattern buck ;-).
- The 5 out of 4 Kids K2 Fleece Pullover PDF sewing pattern includes a fabric requirement chart, a sizing chart, finished measurements chart and a helpful stretch guide.
- The 5 out of 4 Kids K2 Fleece Pullover features layered, trimless pattern pieces (God bless layered, trimless pattern pieces!!).
- The 5 out of 4 Kids K2 Fleece Pullover PDF sewing pattern also includes a printing guide (to tell you which pattern pieces/pages to print for your specific option). I love when patterns include this type of guide because it really saves paper- only print the pieces/pages that you need! Love that!!
- The 5 out of 4 Kids K2 Fleece Pullover includes two options- solid or color blocked. Color blocked is great if you have limited fleece in one color, etc.
-The  5 out of 4 Kids K2 Fleece Pullover features shaded diagrams for each step. There is a smattering of detail photographs included in the tutorial.
-The  5 out of 4 Kids K2 Fleece Pullover also includes optional pocket pattern pieces.
-The  5 out of 4 Kids K2 Fleece Pullover does require the advance knowledge of how to install a zipper (or more- depending on if you choose to do the zipper-closed pockets).



For Lil' Miss, I sewed up a size six, solid  5 out of 4 Kids K2 Fleece Pullover. I did not include pockets (much to Katy's dismay- she loves anything with pockets!!).  I used anti-pill fleece leftover from my fabric stash (purchased locally from Hancock Fabrics).

The instructions are fairly easy to follow. Right sides together, bodice, sleeves, hem. I did find the directions for the collar to be a big clunky and confusing (I found them to be confusing when I tested the women's pattern, though, too). So, I would definitely deem the  5 out of 4 Kids K2 Fleece Pullover an intermediate level pattern. Basic sewing knowledge will definitely come in handy when sewing up this pullover!

The fit of the 5 out of 4 Kids K2 Fleece Pullover is pretty accurate. I found it to be roomy but not voluminous (aka, big enough to slip on over a top, but not so huge that Lil' Miss is swimming in it). I did make the sleeves 1" shorter (cut on the pattern provided shorten/lengthen line). This shorter sleeve length was perfect for my daughter's wingspan. The 5 out of 4 Kids K2 Fleece Pullover hit right below the seat and the side seams hit directly where they should hit- on the sides.

I did embellish my 5 out of 4 Kids K2 Fleece Pullover by doing a simple My Little Pony Twilight Sparkle cutie mark in the front, lower right hem.



In conclusion, the 5 out of 4 Kids K2 Fleece Pullover is a great fall/winter staple for colder temperatures. Lil' Miss wears LOTS of pullovers in the transition months, so I love having a great wardrobe staple to include in my sewing repertoire!

Now, go ahead and show the other participants in the 5 out of 4 Fleece Pullover Blog Tour some blog lovin' by checking out their 5 out of 4 Fleece Pullover Blog Tour posts!

5 out of 4 Blog tour schedule: 
1/10/16: Larissa from Connected by a Thread 
1/11/16: JaNette from Merri Poppins 
1/12/16: Ula from Lulu and Celeste 
1/13/16: Tibeca from Sewing by Ti 
1/14/16: Melissa from Rebel and Malice 
1/15/16: Heather from All things Katy and Patricia from Sew Far North 
1/16/16: Essence from Adventures with Bubba and Bug 

You can purchase your own copy of any of the 5 out of 4 patterns here for 30% using the code "fleeceforall" now through Jan 17th as they celebrate their 1 year anniversary!
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Now, my pony-loving girl just had to have a matching Twilight Sparkle hooded scarf to go with her MLP-inspired 5 out of 4 Kids K2 Fleece Pullover...! We had lots of fun trying on the 5 out of 4 Kids K2 Fleece Pullover with her Twilight Sparkle inspired hooded scarf (sewn using the Heidi and Finn All in One Hooded Scarf PDF sewing pattern). I loosely adapted the  Sugar Tart Crafts My Little Pony Tutorial found here to do the mane and unicorn horn.

Sew much fun!









***Disclosure: "I received a free pattern in order to review this pattern for 5 out of 4 Kids. The opinions expressed here are my own."***

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Wordless Wednesday- Accessorize!

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