Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Pattern Review: Large Nappy Bag Pattern by SusieDDesigns

Hi ladies and gents. I have a new pattern review for you today and it's perfect for those upcoming baby showers. Today I am reviewing the Large Nappy Bag, also know as Millie's Big Sister Bag by SusieDDesigns.
Photo from SusieDDesigns

I really like the construction of this bag. It's very roomy. Lets get to some of the specifics of this bag.
  • It has a lot of space on the inside, perfect for all those diapers, wipes, toys, etc.
  • 2 exterior pockets.
  • 5 interior pockets.
  • 12.5" from the base of the bag to the top.
  • 19" wide at the top of the bag.
  • 15" wide at the bottom of the bag.
  • 5" deep.
I love this bag because it can be customized in several ways. 
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  • You can make the 2 exterior pockets like the instructions tell you and have a regular pocket, or make a small adjustment to the pocket by putting in elastic in the top casing for a snug fit.
Side view of bag. Photo by Playground Pixie Designs
  • You can make this bag with all the same fabric or you can mix up to 6 different fabrics.
  • You can change the closure option to suit your needs. I used a magnetic snap closure for mine.
Here is a view of the inside of the bag. As you can see in the top photo, I used 3 fabrics on the exterior of the bag.
Interior bag. Photo by Playground Pixie Designs

To give you an idea of the fabric and notions you will need, here is the supply list.

SUPPLIES & NOTIONS REQUIRED TO MAKE THIS ITEM:

22'' x 17'' medium weight cotton, patterned, fabric 1
1/2 yard medium weight cotton, patterned, fabric 2
1/2 yard medium weight cotton, patterned, fabric 3
3/4 yard medium weight cotton, patterned, fabric 4
1/4 yard medium weight cotton, patterned, fabric 5
3/4 yard medium / quilt weight cotton, plain, for lining
1 yard medium weight fusible interfacing
1 yard medium weight sew-in interlining

NOTIONS: Scissors or rotary cutter and cutting mat, ruler, pins, sewing thread, metal press fastener & tool or sew-on Velcro.

I really like the way this pattern is written. It is easy to understand and has plenty of pics and illustrations to help you along the way.

I hope this review helps you if you are looking for a diaper bag pattern. The good thing about this pattern is it can be used as a tote bag if you don't want to use it as a diaper bag. Please visit Susie D Designs here on Facebook.

Until next time, Happy Sewing!

Alicia
Playground Pixie Designs

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Pattern Review: Lullabye Line Baby Gown by Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop

Hi there ladies. I have been on a role lately trying out new patterns and pattern testing for some amazing pattern designers. One of my more recent testing opportunities came from Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop. I had the opportunity to test the Lullabye Line Baby Gown.
 This pattern is the best thing since sliced bread! ;) I find it rather difficult to find really cute patterns for itty bitty babies but alas, Peek-a-Boo Patterns has a new Lullabye Line and I am in love!

This pattern is made for knit fabrics. If you are like me, you may be scared to take the leap and sew using knit fabric. I have to admit I was scared of it because of the horror stories I have read, hahaha. The Baby Gown is super easy! Amy tells you what type of knit fabrics work best for this pattern which I found to be a huge help. 

If you are still not sure about knit fabrics, I found a lot of tutorials online to be extremely helpful when choosing the type of stitch to use, etc.

Pattern Specifics:

  • Knit elastic in the bottom casing of the gown.
  • Sizes Preemie to 6 months
  • Cuffs for the hands so the baby can't scratch themselves.
  • Can also be made without cuffs if you prefer.
The construction of this gown was a breeze. I love the binding and the way the top of the gown looks like a one piece bodysuit. This type of neckline is great because it has some stretch to it. In all, I think it may have taken me about an hour and a half to complete. If using knit fabric for the first time, I recommend taking your time. I got in a hurry at the end and didn't pay attention to the direction of the cuffs on my sleeves, tee hee hee. I put them on backwards but that's okay for my time. 
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This is a pattern I will use over and over and over. It can be used to make a gown for a boy or a girl. It can be personalized to your liking.

Please go check out Amy's other patterns here. She also has a Facebook page and a group page on Facebook where other ladies share their creations using Peek-a-Boo Patterns and where Amy does her tester calls when she has new patterns.

Happy Sewing,

Alicia

Playground Pixie Designs

Pattern Review: Rosie Crossbody Bag by Swoon Patterns

Hi there. Welcome back! Today I am giving my review on the Rosie Crossbody Bag by Swoon Patterns. I had the opportunity to test this pattern a little while back and it has become one of my favorite bag patterns. Alicia offers a variety of PDF patterns, as well as paper patters at a great price.


Ok, so who doesn't love a new bag every now and then? I personally have an obsession with bags. I love them. Rosie was the first of the Swoon Patterns I had the opportunity to sew. I simply love this pattern!

Here are some of the specifics:
  • Adjustable strap
  • The front flap can be made with or without the center accent piece.
  • There is a zippered compartment on the back of the bag.
  • There is a zippered compartment on the inside of the bag.
  • It has a snap closure on the front flap.
  • The measurements are 11" tall, 8" wide and 4" deep.  
Don't be afraid. If you don't like to sew zippers, those can easily be omitted when constructing the bag. On one of the ones I made, I put the zippered compartment on the back but left out the one on the inside. Instead, I made two pockets on the inside for keys and a phone.
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 From this photo, the bag looks small on the inside but surprisingly, there is a good bit of room...but not so much room that you lose everything. The front flap was made with a simple accent piece in the middle which I added a monogram to.
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The instructions for this pattern are worded so that anyone can sew it easily. If you are a beginner, this is a great pattern to start with. The directions are simple and have photos to help you along the way. If you are ever in need of help while sewing Swoon patterns, there is a Facebook group page where you can join and get help when needed. You also get to see Alicia's patterns that are in testing and the other ladies creations using the Swoon patterns. Swoon Patterns also has a business page on Facebook which can be found here.

I hope you ladies find this review helpful. If you have any questions or comments, please leave me a comment...or if you want to see something specific addressed in my reviews, please don't hesitate to let me know. Keep an eye out for future reviews on Swoon patterns as I have two more I am working on finishing up and will write reviews on them soon. 

Happy Sewing,
Alicia Sellers
Playground Pixie Designs