Duck Butt PPT Pattern Review

Please note I chose to review this pattern after purchasing it and using it for my own use. This was not asked of me.

This week I had a go at the Panel Pocket Tee by Duck Butt Designs. I ended up wanting to give this a go due to previously using fabric panels for tops but finding the width of them only good up to age 4 and with an 8 year old I needed a better solution. The PPT is it! Of course there’s other patterns that could work also but this was enough funky style and area to show off the panel without being outrageously difficult to make.

The pattern uses a fair few pattern pieces but you do have option of full sleeves and no pocket to reduce those down. As in my usual style I had to give it a go in miniature. First up was 7 inch doll and I will never make this top that small again! It was hard work, which wasn’t helped by the fabric I used. I adjusted it to fit with shoulder fastening and eliminated the pockets.

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Then I tried 14 inch and this was a great size! In fact duck butt sell an american girl version for $2 so you don’t have to do any of the resizing yourself. The pattern has great range of sizes that was recently updated to include pre teen sizes. They also sell a separate adult version.

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This pattern does require following the instructions but once you’ve done one it’s really easy to remember the process and the next ones tend to be really fast despite all the pieces.

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GOOD POINTS

  • Easy and fast to make once you’ve practised.
  • Full clear instructions that presented no issue.
  • Great for panels
  • Great for using up scraps and smaller bits of fabric , or expensive fabrics you don’t want to use too much of
  • Great options if you want to reduce the work a little.
  • Excellent range of sizes
  • Comfy fit that looks casual but stylish too and a little funky!
  • Free pancake recipe included in pattern

BAD POINTS

  • Even with the full sleeves and no pockets you have 6-7 pattern pieces and with pockets and split sleeves that shoots up to 10 pieces! This isn’t an issue but  may put some off.
  • You need at least 3-4 different materials which is great if you have scraps but not so great if you’re buying especially for this project. Of course there’s nothing saying you need contrast sides or pockets but it’s kinda the point of this top.
  • No option for short sleeve despite being called a tee, however this is easily done using the full sleeve pattern piece.
  • The extra sizes were added by scrolling sideways on the PDF this can be rather confusing when viewing on a screen and not automatically printing out.

Watch this space for my panel version.

tracy

MBJM Harem Romper Pattern review

Please note I chose to review this pattern after purchasing it and using it for my own use. This was not asked of me.

This romper is a harem romper so the crotch area is slightly lower on the legs. You may think hmmm I don’t really like harem but MBJM’s harem aren’t super low. As seen on my miniature doll it barely looks dropped. This makes it ideal for ALL babies and kids especially cloth bum babies.

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You have options like snap fasten neck or normal pull over head style. You can have short or long arms and short or full legs. You also have the option of cuffs to the leg and arms or not.  I made both arm options and love both looks.

I’m sure given a bit of adjusting you could use the hood off your other MBJM patterns to add to this.

I made a newborn size and also miniaturised it for 7 inch and 14 inch dolls.

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I did one version without the snaps at the crotch and 2 with. It was fairly easy to do and looks neat with minimum effort. I found the shoulder snap option the neatest and love this new option for my sewing.

 

Good Points

  • Great sizing options
  • Looks comfy and sweet
  • Multiple options as usual for various looks
  • Great for summer in light jersey but perfect for winter in thicker materials
  • Not as baggy as some harems making it perfect for those who aren’t keen
  • Great for cloth bum babies

Improvements I’d love.

  • Options to add pockets and a hood would be great extras
  • Having a zip up the front hack or even in the back to eliminate the snaps at crotch for older children would be fab.

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Overall I loved this pattern as I do all MBJM patterns. I can’t help it.

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Mini Skeins

A recent craze I’ve come across is mini skeins! These are hand dyed hanks of wool in 5-20g weights. For a decent size project you usually need minimum of 1-200g so I wanted to show you what I had got up to with some of mine.

First up was a shades blanket. The idea was each month you got 4 shades on one colour over course of a year- pink, red, orange, yellow, green, lime green, pale blues, darker blues, lilac, purple, grey then undyed for joining. I haven’t finished but here’s my layout plan and progress.

I got a 100g each month in 4 x 25g skeins to make into 16 squares.

This produces a single size blanket approximately if like rectangles or if like squares like me it makes a good couch blanket.

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After that club ended I joined a mini skeins club. This is a random club with no set pattern or ideas but great for those wanting a bit of every hand dyed goodiness they see but without the huge cost. This was month 2’s!! This club only ran for 3 months which is a shame but I managed to collect 25 skeins plus I joined another so in total I have 35!!

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My first project was a miniature doll’s dress. The free pattern can be found here 

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I also made a few newborn headbands with mostly the solid colours. My roundup post can be found here

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Now to think up more ideas!! Many people have knitted or crocheted shawls and blankets so if you’re into colour use your imagination!

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I’m a Work at Home Mum

Nearly 3 years ago I wrote about the True Definition of WAHM so I thought I’d rewrite it.

Littlest is now 3.5 years old  and biggest is 8!!!!!!!!!

Recently littlest is up at 5.30 am ready to wash his favourite programmes. Thankfully not much is required of me as he’s not yet hungry but TMI… you’ve been warned. I mean it if not sure then scroll on but …. he wakes most mornings with a big stinky nappy… yes toilet training is well and truly not happening.

After a mad rush… we’re late every morning despite living 1 minute from school. We can see the back of the school from our front pavement but despite that we rush every morning.

After big is at school depending on the day depends what occurs next. Every other Monday is online food shopping arrival meaning cleaning also occurs.  Fighting off littlest wanting all the yummy food he can see and he very unhelpful help.

Sunday is online food shop being done which takes forever with my slow computer. Fun.

Wednesday is my post office day which doesn’t take too long phew!

By time I’m home and finished doing this bit of tidying that bit of wiping it’s nearly 10. hour or so sewing or cuttings and it’s time to sort lunch out.

Once lunch is sorted and eaten after half an hour not eating, 10 minutes sucking on it rather than chewing and the sudden arrival of overwhelming hunger it’s time to get ready for nursery.

Nappy change, clean clothes, full scrub down and spruce up we’re out the door. Now normally I cycle him to nursery, it’s not far so means I get a little more out of my afternoon than if I walked but if like today your tire is flat, your gate is unlockable and your littlest is the world’s worse walker it doesn’t turn into such a good idea signing him up.

Side story here. We have big double gates which we lock with a bike lock. The bottom thingy that keeps in it in place (technical name escapes me) is zip tied onto the gate on one side and the lock is on at ALL times. Approximately 1 year ago littlest appeared on my door step with the neighbour… he had pushed the locked gate (different lock) and got out through a gap and was seen wandering by the drive way……. he’s not gotten out since but then if daddy takes the key with him neither do I and the pram doesn’t fit through the house.

Once he is dropped off I have 3 hours… well no I don’t. Monday I go to bigs school and help them catch up with reading, Tuesday I sometimes nip into town for supplies getting back just in time for school run. Wednesday is a little easier and I get some quality machine time in. Thursday we go to our new allotment. Friday again is a better day to sew and all weekend is now taken up with gardening whilst trying to squeeze cooking and homework in.

By 7pm most nights I’m too tired to sew or do anything except stare into space hmmm.

This is why I chose quick easy projects and why I’m winding down my sewing because although I’ll miss it I hate hoarding which I seem to be doing lately.

Come september Little is in nursery in mornings who thinks I’ll get more time then?

What’s your crazy I never do what I intend to do schedule

tracy

 

Miniature satchel pattern and tutorial FREE

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Theres something about small cute things so as littlest is off to nursery I made a miniature school satchel

From leather cut the following (W x H)

back/ front (cut 2)- 7 x 6 cm

flap (cut 2)- 6 x 6 cm

straps (cut 2)- 1 x 7 cm

Sew the flap pieces together on 3 sides (left side) , clip corners and turn out. Sew your front and back together just on one shorter side (right side).

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Next job prepare the straps. Fold them in half and sew along cut edge (1). Pin in place on your bag back about 1 cm apart making sure they are central to the piece (2). Mine look of centre because one side is sewn already! Place bag flap in place again ensuring it is central (3)

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Sew the flap and bag straps in place. Lift flap up so seam is folded down but flap is up (4). Making sure handles are facing down onto back of bag (5) sew the seam in place folding the remainder of the bags top edge down (6)

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Secure straps at bottom of bag (7) and sew the other 2 sides of bag back and front together (8)

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Now we need to box the corners. Start by opening up the bag (9) and squashing the corner now ensuring the side seam is inline with the bottom seam (10). Measure across the flattened corner and mark where it measures 2cm across. (11). This is your sewing line. Once complete snip corners off and turn right way out (12). You now have lovely neat corners.

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Wear with pride!

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You can make miniature accesories next. Book & Pencils.

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tracy

 

Domi Joggers by Sofilantjes Pattern review


Please note I chose to review this pattern after purchasing it and using it for my own use. This was not asked of me.

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These are basically a jogging bottoms pattern with options! Options are always good and certainly encourage me to buy a pattern.

I decided on my first pair to make with rounded pockets as they looked so fun! Well my first attempt I didn’t ‘listen’ to the pattern and this resulted in unpicking. It asks you to stretch the ribbing on pocket curve and I felt if I did that it would wrinkle up.

The problem with NOT stretching as you sew is it wrinkles you need to stretch the ribbing to create the curve or it ends up too straight and impossible to create. After that dilemma it was a lovely easy pattern to follow.

You have options of square pockets and also different lengths shorts, Bermuda short length, 3/4 length and full length trousers.

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GOOD POINTS

  • Easy project that once you are used to it is a very fast make
  • Great options with your own hacks being easy to make too – cuffless, yoga waistband and even other pocket options.
  • Easy to follow instructions with great attention to detail.
  • Great range of sizes 12 months – 6 years
  • Can be made using sweat fabric, french terry and even thinner cotton jersey, interlock and cotton lycra
  • Great style for making stylish but comfy trousers with the option to jazz them up with the pockets.

BAD POINTS

  • I found the pattern confusing with too many lines criss crossing and although it would have increased pages and file size for the amount of sizes provided separating them into 2 lots would have been simpler for  cutting out. Other option is to print each size on its own using the tiling
  • Pockets take some practice but are a great addition to otherwise a simple pattern
  • Sizing is way too off for me. My son is age 3 with approx age 2-3 sizing for trousers with 3 being now sizing and 4 being next. I made a size 4 with cuffs and they would have fit my age 8 son. The next pair I cut a size 3 and no cuffs and are still massive in the leg
  • At $8.95 this may be slightly overpriced. The only thing to set it apart from other patterns are he pockets. The leg length and cuff options are easily added to another simpler pattern but pattern price is an individual opinion
  • To conclude I can’t see myself wanting to use this pattern again when I have others I rely more on that the sizing doesn’t need so much adjusting on

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tracy

Laundry Day Tee from Love Notions- Pattern Review

Please note I chose to review this pattern after purchasing and using it for my own use. This review was not asked of me.

Like the Dress I made I need some tops to flatter me not cling and not tent out and this was what was recommended. This top is great and is called the Laundry Day Tee. Many have said it is free if sign up to Love Notions newsletter but I didn’t find this worked at all so ended up buying but at $4.00 which works out under £3.00 it’s a bargain and worth buying for the range of sizes and hacks you can do. You can also make a top or tunic version.

As you can see it is fairly flattering it skims over everything on the front without making me look bigger and floats out at the back. I used the colour block option as I didn’t have a lot of the flower fabric and the effect is so pretty.

Love notions provides tutorials for colour blocking, slimming the top down and adding a cowl. A love notion affiliate has created a dress version!

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I wore my top on a day out and was so comfy. It sits lovely at the neck without being too low and doesn’t ride up due to the style of it. All bonuses for  a woman shaped like I am who hate uncomfortable clingy clothing.

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GOOD POINTS

  • Great style and fab fit for ALL sizes and shapes
  • Hides multitude of lumps and bumps for the larger lady and flatters a skinnier body perfect for any size lady who may be self conscious about their body (see pattern listing for pictures of various sized ladies)
  • Great style hacks available online to increase your options which are- making into a dress, colour blocking, slimming the sides for more fitted look and a cowl neck
  • Pattern has it’s own option with 3 different sleeve lengths (short, 3/4 and full), garment length (shirt and tunic) and neck (rounded and v-neck)
  • Great value for money unless you manage to get it for free!
  • Love notions have a very helpful facebook group for when something doesn’t fit right.
  • Can be bought in child size including a bundle for both so the younger girls in your life doesn’t miss out.

BAD POINTS

  • I didn’t get it for free booooo but apparently you can find the code on their support group but was still worth the cost I paid.
  • Uses about 2 metres of fabric which isn’t too bad for block colours but for the more expensive printed and custom fabrics can work out a lot especially in the UK (this isn’t something that would make me not buy it though and you can always colour block)
  • I found it slightly baggy at back not so much for my comfort but more the look of it. However it won’t stop me making more and there’s lots of help on the facebook group to help with any issues like this.

After my first I went on to make one with cotton jersey, long sleeves with cuffs and I love it even more with long sleeves!!

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I also had a go at making the dress hack but you’ll have to excuse my pictures my ‘photographer’ wasn’t quite feeling the focus today. As you can see once again fits nice in the right areas, doesn’t cling to bad areas but doesn’t look like a huge tend and a HUGE bonus I don’t look pregnant it in which I have found to be an even HUGER issue in recent years!

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