Eclipse top and dress by MBJM Pattern Review

Please note I have chosen to write this review in my own words without request due to buying and using this pattern for my own use.

What can I say about this pattern apart from I’m a little obsessed with it! You can buy this from Made by Jacks Mum website or from Etsy- MBJM Eclipse T-shirt and Dress. This pattern is from newborn to age 8. You can make a t-shirt, hooded top, dress without or without hood and with my usual adjustments I’ve found it great for making hooded onesies for babies.

This was my first one. After being bought a hooded top for him and me loving it on him to making my own version that wasn’t quite right I came across this top. It is a fairly baggy fit and he’s wearing a size 4 here but I’ve since made for friends and they look great!

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Here are a couple t-shirt options as you can tell it looks great in combos and block colour with applique (which btw is very hard on jersey for a novice jersey applique-r).

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Same shirt but with no hood and looks great again but I do personally prefer this top as a hooded version but that’s just me. These are size 1 and 5. imageimage

At first I was unsure of the cross over hood style and worried it would add bulk to it or get in way. But it really doesn’t. As it’s a top you use thinner jersey instead of thicker hoodie suitable fabrics so creates a lovely soft neckline. The hood is a great thing too. You cut out on two fold so the only seam runs up the back and you don’t get that boxy look some hoods can have.

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To make the onesie version I used the ringer onesie to extend it to the crotch. This became tricky and wouldn’t say was a very easy hack so therefore would say to use MBJM’s pattern that is same instead. The ringer onesie is a slimmer fit and when I matched the waists to extend the crotch area it ended up about 3 inches too long. If you do the same I recommend giving the ringer more ease and adjusting the MBJM hood to fit.  If I decide to make more I will be buying the pattern though.

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The other problem I found is it make the leg arch a bit square which for a reborn (below) is perfect a baby not so much.

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Next up was the dress version. I had some jersey scraps so doll versions had to made. The pattern doesn’t come with doll sizes so I used my favourite method to scale down to 8 and 14 inch doll sizes.

The smallest size I made in short sleeves as was pretty difficult to get on an 8 inch clay doll with anything longer. I accidentally made the doll versions with t-shirt length torso so they have low waists when shouldnt but for the dolls it works.

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I then made child versions and made same mistake of cutting the waist too low. It looks a little unusual!!

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I then finally got it right and boy does it help to get it right haha. It looks boxy and shapeless on a hanger but when it’s on it looks great. (see below)

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GOOD POINTS

  • Great value for money with so many options to use.
  • Clear size charts- I ended up making a size 7 for a 3 year old based on her measurements and fit perfectly.
  • Quick easy construction with full details to maximise ease and minimise any ugly parts like start and end of sewing.
  • Simple design that doesn’t get old and can be used endlessly. Also great for pj tops, gifts or with a bit of fixing onesies and doll clothes.

BAD POINTS

  • I think it would benefit from extra sizes as t-shirts and dresses don’t really have an age limit.
  • A package to get the parts you need and don’t need would be great. This pattern is great and worth it just for the t-shirt option but for someone like me with 2 sons they may find the dress option unuseable. I’d also love the option to add MBJM’s onesie pattern to this pattern without buying a whole new pattern. It’s not a bad point but think would certainly make me love it even more (if that’s even possible)
  • I can’t stop making it… literally!
  • There are way TOO many options I could try!!!! I’ll never make anything else again hehe and possibly never eat again with all the fabric options I’d love to try

Overall I love this pattern and look forward to a time when bundles are an option.

tracy

 

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