Lacey Back Tee by Snuggle My Baby Patterns

Hi All.  It’s not that I haven’t been sewing, but I’ve been remiss with keeping up with the blog!  I will try to do better!

I had the honor to test this cute little tee for Snuggle My Baby Patterns!

The Lacey Back Tee is another versatile top from Snuggle My Baby Patterns.  Design wise, you can use the back panel to make a feminine lace top or use the same or a contrasting knit to make this top fun and playful!15972775_1453024134709842_3280666993642489839_o  The pattern has three sleeve lengths so you can play with matching lace sleeves for ultra feminine top or again contrasting or the same knit for playful and fun.  Short,  long, or 3/4 length sleeves make it year ’round.  The hem is also a design feature with a straight hem in the front and a longer scooped hem in the back.  It comes in sizes 2T-16 and has a layered feature so you can print only the size you need!

The pattern comes with a full tutorial and color photos in an easy to print PDF. Tutorial includes body measurements chart, fabric layout chart, and required fabric chart. Since it is a knit pattern, the expertise level is for advances beginners up.


15936852_1453024031376519_7759357537114069262_oCailey chose to have this top made from a little ribbed light blue ballerina t-shirt knit and wanted lavender stretch lace for the back.  It was chilly outside, so our little model got cold quickly, but she did wear it to school with a cami underneath the next day.  She wants a pink butterfly short sleeved one next with hot pink lace for the back and sleeves.  She adores her new top!  And our group of testers LOVED this top so much that we encouraged Jennifer Gunn to put a matching Ladies sized on her pattern to do list so look for one later in the year!


Order this pattern for an introductory price thru January 20, 2017 at Snuggle My Baby Patterns!




Felicity Dress and Top by Bella Sunshine Designs

Bella Sunshine Designs recently released their Felicity Dress and Top.DSCN8302-2
This dress is perfect for the warm weather. The thin shoulder straps are dainty and allow your little one to soak up the sun’s rays. The pattern has a real twirl factor which my granddaughter LOVES!  DSCN8348-10There are so many options with this DSCN8337-11dress.  Dress with a hemline to hit right above the knee or thigh length top, elastic or shirred back bodice, tucked or gathered skirt, and with or without the optional botton ruffle.  Of course, my granddaughter wanted the extra ruffle with the gathered skirt.  Grandma didn’t want to fiddle with the elastic thread for shirring so I made it with the elastic.  Either way makes for easy fitting.  The whole dress is lined so there are no seams exposed to rub during the hot and sticky weather.  I just made this one from a quilting cotton that I had in my stash.

As with all the Bella Sunshine Designs Patterns, the instructions are very detailed and pictures help guide you through all the steps.  There are even links to posts on the blog to further help you understand and added tips and tricks if trying a new technique.  Also now there is a free PDF add-on to make a maxi dress!

This pattern comes in Sizes 6 months to Girls Size 12 and is for the Confident Beginner seamstress. Make sure you check out Bella Sunshine Designs for their Memorial Day Sale.DSCN8355-12



Vintage Grace Flutter Dress by Bella Sunshine Designs

Bella Sunshine Designs recently launched their newest pattern the Vintage Grace Flutter Dress.  This little dress and top have a classic bodice with a skirt gathered at the natural waist.DSCN7911


The bodice back has a low cut neckline fastened together with buttons and a placket.  This allows the dress or top to open fully for easy dressing.  Add some flutter sleeves and you have a dress or top for any occasion in the spring or summer.





The front bodice leads of ideas of embroidery, fussy cutting and all kinds of other embellishments.  Look at all the tester photos on the pattern page for other ideas!  The
entire bodice is lined to cover all those annoying seams that rub against the skin.DSCN7985

The flutters can be lined or use a rolled hem,  add a little lace for DSCN7987something a little fluttery!

This pattern is available in sizes 6 mo. to girls 12 and is appropriate for a confident beginner seamstress.  The instructions are very concise and detailed so you can follow along step by step and use some techniques that you might have never tried!


Stop over to Bella Sunshine Designs and get this sure to be wardrobe staple!

Justin’s and Justine’s Muscle Top by Snuggle My Baby Patterns

Justin’s and Justine’s Muscle Top by Snuggle My Baby Patterns is sure to become a staple in your wardrobe for this summer! DSCN7364 It comes in sizes 2T-16 and is unisex so the same pattern can be used by both the boys and girls in the family.

It is to be made from a knit-make sure to check the stretch on your knit!  If you have never sewn with knit, don’t worry.  There is a page explaining how to sew knits from needles to threads to stitches.

A serger makes construction extremely quick, but don’t worry if you don’t have one, a regular machine works just fine with a specialty needle and some stretch stitches or zigzags.

There are only two main pieces to this pattern, the remaining are the bindings for the arm and neck.  As with all the Snuggle My Baby Patterns, the instructions are very detailed with plenty of pictures to guide you.

This pattern is a beginners pattern.  After it was cut I finished my tops in approximately 20 minutes!  The kids love them!


Make sure you measure your child and compare those measurements against the sizing chart.  The best thing about this is that you can personalize your look by making a size 5 shirt with a size 7 length.  My grandson is usually swimming in shirts so it was nice to see one that actually fit him!  I upcycled a shirt from his wrestling team from a Men’s M that he probably wouldn’t use for years.  He wants to wear it to school, but winter hasn’t left PA yet and temps have been in the 50’s by the time he gets home!






My granddaughter’s shirt is an interlocking knit that I had in my stash.  She wanted it trimmed in pink.

They have both picked out several other fabrics to make more and are looking for shorts material to match them.  Warmer weather is coming! (I hope!)




Bella’s Party and Play Dress by Snuggle My Baby Patterns

Bella’s Party and Play dress by Snuggle My Baby Patterns is an pattern for all occasions!

This darling dress can be made in many ways. DSCN7053The dress comes in sizes 2T-12 years and features a split bodice with a long or short skirt and 3 sleeve options-sleeveless, short or long sleeves.  You can make it for formal occasions or just for play depending upon your fabrics!

I made this dress for our little princess with a Cinderella print cotton and she loves it!





DSCN7055Special occasion fabrics can also be used for a more formal occasion.  Picture a lace or illusion upper bodice with a satin lower bodice and a full tulle skirt for a beautiful flower girl dress!  The options of this pattern are limitless!




DSCN7049As always with all the Snuggle My Baby Patterns it comes with a full color pictures in the easy to read step by step tutorial and even a video to show how to attach the tulle!

Check it out and get it while it’s on sale!

See other versions of more Special Occasion dresses at Snuggle My Baby Patterns.

Little Birdy Outfit by Laela Jeyne Patterns

DSCN5297Just finished testing this cute pattern from Laela Jeyne Patterns!  Actually this outfit is two patterns-the Little Birdy Dress Pattern and the Little Birdy Flair Pants!

The Little Birdy Dress Pattern is a perfectly vintage blouse and dress pattern!  It features a uniquely shaped bodice with two styles of collars and a flared circle skirt for both the blouse and dress.  There are both short and long sleeve options that have a sweet gather at the hem. 


The Little Birdy Flare Pants PDF Pattern is the perfect pairing to the Little Birdy Blouse pattern! It features an elastic waist, flared bottoms, and a sweet little pintuck down the leg that gives it that vintage feel! This pattern is perfect for denim, corduroy, and any vintage fabric you may have.


I made Cailey’s out of corduroy!  She picked this pretty teal and also her favorite-elephants! Doesn’t she just look so adorable in her 70’s style outfit!


Also available as a Pattern Collection

The best part of this pattern is that a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Angel Unaware in Fort Worth Texas for the first year after its release.  Angel Unaware is the 3rd pediatric hospice program in the United States serving patients and their families with end of life care.  This pattern was a collaboration with Dorie Kirk, an online boutique owner and fellow sewing fanatic, who has also lost a little bird.  She, along with the founders of Angel Unaware, want to bring awareness of the care that is available to those who may need it.

Betty’s Sock Hop Poodle Skirt by Snuggle My Baby Patterns

DSCN5181Just released!  Betty’s Sock Hop Poodle Skirt from Snuggle My Baby Patterns.  This versatile circle skirt features a flat waistband, side zipper, and free motion applique.

Of course we just HAD to make the traditional Poodle skirt!  The bottom of the skirt is trimmed with bias binding which also hems the skirt. The sewing level for this skirt is advanced beginner to expert and is available in sizes 2T-16. As usual for Snuggle My Baby Patterns, the tutorial is very detailed with many picture to guide you along including free motion embroidery of a cute French Poodle.  Even if DSCN5257you’ve never tried free motion embroidery before, the tutorial will guide you step by step through each part and soon you have a great free motion French Poodle!

Our second skirt was made using part of a design from Fluffy Rainbow Designs.  We made a Halloween skirt with a black cat chasing some scary spiders.  This skirt also came in handy for Orange day at Preschool!

This pattern is great for all seasons!  Change fabrics and you have a canvas to embroider, applique,or paint any design you want!
And for a 3 year old the best part is how the skirt twirls!
DSCN5235DSCN5166   DSCN5248I can see that this skirt is going to be a staple in our wardrobe.  She wants one with a turkey on it.  Grandma better get busy!

 This pattern is introductory priced so grab it while you can!