Friday, November 21, 2014

Sewing Pattern Testing- Felicity Sewing Patterns- Suzie Skort and Top

Posted by Heather at Friday, November 21, 2014

Felicity Sewing Patterns- Suzie Skort and Suzie Top

Felicity Sewing Patterns- Suzie Skort and Suzie Top

I had the recent pleasure of testing Felicity Sewing Patterns' newest PDF sewing pattern, the Suzie Skort and Suzie Top/Headband. Now, the fun thing about the PDF sewing community is that it it worldwide. With the international exposure, PDF designers come from all over- including Stephanie, the brains and talent behind Felicity Sewing Patterns, all the way from Australia!

So, while we, here in the US are shivering with the recent polar vortex, Aussies are shedding their layers and welcoming the summer sun! Perfect for the warmer months, the Suzie Skort and Suzie Top are the perfect patterns for active girls.

Here's the highlights of the Suzie Skort and Suzie Top PDF Sewing Patterns:
-Both patterns fit sizes 2-14. I should note, though, that they both skip size 5 (my daughter's current size).
-The Suzie Skort features fitted knit shorts with two skirt options- wrap or flared, flippy.I tested the flippy option, with an inseam pocket on both sides. Skorts are the best way to dress active little girls as the run and jump and play (while still keeping them modest).
-The Suzie Top with matching headband helps creature the perfect, coordinated outfit.

Pertaining the the tutorial and pattern pieces themselves, here are my thoughts:
-The one word that I would use to describe the Suzie Skort and Suzie Top patterns (or, any Felicity Sewing Pattern), is "Straight-forward." Stephanie's style is clear and direct. Each step has it's own box and line. Very clear. Love that in a pattern!
-Due to the multiple pattern pieces for the flippy skirt, there are many color/pattern combinations to be made. I love when a pattern can be expressed in a variety of ways.
-I made my own bias tape (first time!) for the neck and arm binding in the Suzie top. Because of this, though, I feel like I fiddled a little too much- thus, stretching out-with the knit fabric. Complete operator error and no fault of the patterns. Next time, though, I'd probably either use pre-made bias tape and/or use a narrower seam allowance (to allow for more material to fold over the raw, knit edges).
-Lil' Miss loved the matching headband that came with the Suzie Top pattern. It's a great way to use up scraps of fabric!
-What I love most about this pattern, though, is the fact that my daughter LIVES in skorts in the summer and this is the perfect staple for my sewing library.

The Suzie Skort and Suzie Top are great summer staple sewing patterns for anybody sewing for a young girl. I know that I will be making more of these, once the spring and summer come around!

Thank you, Stephanie, for allowing me the opportunity to test the Suzie Skort and Suzie Top patterns for you! I had sew much fun!

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


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