Cerena Romper test.

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Test time again for Rebecca Page.  The Cerena Romper is a halter neck style romper with options for three lengths, shorts, knee length or full length pants and of course pockets too., there is also an option for top only.

I decided to try the shorts option, well this is not my usual style but l thought that this length would be ideal for summer fun and playing with my grandchildren.  We love to play by the creek and feed the ducks so short length was perfect option.

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There are options for the Cerena to be made in a woven or knit fabric.  I chose to make mine in a knit simply because l have so much knit that needed to be used.  The short romper was ideal for using up the smaller pieces of fabric that l had in my stash.  For my Cerena l chose a cotton jersey black knit for the shorts and a knit with minimal stretch for the top and they were an ideal combination.

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Comfy, cool and on trend the Cerena is suitable for all ages.  It is quite easy to wear the Cerena and wear your normal bra if that is how you feel more comfortable, just wear a little cardi over your Cerena.

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You can get your copy of the Cerena here.  rebecca-page.com/product/ladies-romper-pattern/?affiliates=132

Have fun sewing up a storm in the Cerena.

Happy crafting

Leanne

 

 

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Arabella skirt

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A simple but stylish skirt by Rebecca Page pdf patterns. Ok you will say what is so special about this skirt? Of course you will say that many other designers have made exactly the same.  Well yes you could say that but the Arabella is available for sizes NB-12 Yrs for girls and XXS-5XL for ladies so you can have matchy mum and me outfits, no need to search anywhere else to get one for your little girl as well, they are all available in the one spot.

Instructions were easy to follow and fabric suggestions were appropriate.  Options for a regular or tall waistband and an added sash and pockets ensure some variations on this simple skirt, this in my opinion makes this very versatile for a simple casual skirt or a more elegant skirt for more formal wear. The suggested fabrics included describe the drape appropriately.  A lovely swishy skirt in rayon as l made makes the wearer feel quite elegant. Love it and l am generally not a maxi wearer but the drape and feel is very feminine.

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I made my Arabella in rayon and absolutely love it, l am not usually a maxi wearing kind of gal but lately l discovered the maxi and fell in love with them.  I always thought that l was too short to wear a maxi but discovered there were so many other women the same height as myself wearing maxi’s and they looked fabulous.  What was l thinking that l couldn’t wear a maxi,  this is the first of many to come.  The rayon fabric is so soft and drapes beautifully so having the gathers at the waistline it doesn’t flare at the hip as generously so it is quite flattering rather than being quite full and voluminous of course it will depend on the style and effect that you are seeking which will determine your fabric choice.

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Perfectly suitable for formal wear or a more casual occasion, the Arabella is your quick sew garment when you need something when the girls ring at the last moment catch up.I chose the high waistband option with a sash, although you cannot see the sash it ties and would showcase the waist if made in a contrasting colour,  the beauty of making for your self you can create your own style.  The sash is able to be tied at the front or back or if you want something a little more casual you can make without the sash.

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The Arabella is perfect for border prints, the skirt showcases it beautifully don’t you think.

I have made quite a lot of my wardrobe from Rebecca Page patterns, l do like that the patterns are diverse and don’t always follow the trend of other designers.  I can have something that is fashionable but unique in my wardrobe.  I have tested quite a few of Rebecca’s patterns, some l absolutely love and just a couple l found where not quite my style but l would not say that l don’t like them they just don’t suit me as much as l thought and honestly isn’t that the same with some clothing that we try on in the shops.  We will find something and have a moment of loving it until we try it on then go wow what was l thinking.

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After testing for Rebecca quite a few of the testers are now brand ambassadors which is quite an honour, we do get to choose what we would like to make which is quite generous of Rebecca and her team.

You can follow along with great support and encouragement in the fb group here.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/mummykinsandme/

Link to Arabella http://rebecca-page.com/product/ladies-maxi-skirt-pattern/

website http://rebecca-page.com/shop/

Happy crafting.

Leanne.

 

Chai – What a treat.

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Having applied to test for Itch to Stitch patterns by designer Kennis

Wong on several occasions l was actually quite surprised when l found

had been chosen to test her latest pattern the Chai shirt/dress.  The

Chai is a classic fitted style which can be interpreted as a vintage style

which has become quite fashionable.  The Chai is available in a digital

PDF pattern.

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Kennis designs her patterns for cup sizes.  so you can get a garment for

your dress size and also your cup size creating the perfect fitting

garment.  The Chai is designed for woven fabrics and l chose a

quilters cotton.  Features of the Chai Shirt and Dress include-:

  • A, B, C, D and DD Cups

  • Dress and shirt length options

  • Classic collar on collar stand

  • Sleeveless and gathered short sleeve options

  • Center front button closure

  • Easy-to-wear A-line skirt

  • In-seam pocket with dress option

  • High waistband that elongates the legs

  • Layers feature (print only the sizes you need)

 

The collar is sewn a little different to what l am used to but the finished

collar definitely is worth the effort as it gives a very polished finish.

The instructions certainly enabled me to create a garment to fit

perfectly.  Designed for intermediate sewing, do not be daunted by that

as many of the testers had not sewn collars or button holes and created

some very nice Chai shirt/dresses for themselves.  That is testament to

the great instructions provided in the pattern.

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My chosen option was a shirt and sleeves, enabling me to mix and

match with classic wide leg pants or skirt for an afternoon tea or a

more casual wear with jeans, great versatility.   For those who know me

they know l like options in a pattern and the Chai offers that, a dress

option will be next on my list.  I appreciate now what many have said

about Itch to Stitch designs, great quality tested patterns to create the

perfect fitting garment.

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The Chai shirt and dress is now available here  https://itch-to-stitch.com/product/chai-shirt-dress-digital-sewing-pattern-pdf/

 at a special release sale price of $9.60

 

Follow the blog on Itch to Stitch and get some great tips and see some

tester pics here.  https://itch-to-stitch.com/new-pattern-chai-shirt-dress/

You can also try some of Itch to Stitch free patterns on the website a

great way to test a designers patterns.

 

Itch to Stitch offers a group for support on facebook where you can get

lots of support here    https://www.facebook.com/groups/ItchToStitchDesigns/

happy crafting.

 

Leanne.

Studio Maxi, ooo love

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The Studio jumpsuit and dress pattern  by Sew Straight and Gather has won me over with the maxi.  When you have never worn a maxi before, well except on your wedding day all those many years ago, you make the Studio maxi and instantly fall in love that is saying something.

Instructions make this a very easy sew and the fit is amazing, have a look at some of the other testers pics and you will see why, they all look stunning.

This pattern offers heaps of options, two bodice styles and options for romper, jumpsuit or knee length or maxi length dress. Options for pockets is also available, Options galore, yay winner for sure.

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Terri from Sew Straight and Gather honestly puts so much effort into getting her patterns perfect that the fit is spot on gorgeous.  Having never worn maxi’s before l was somewhat reluctant in how this maxi was going to look as l had always considered myself too short to wear maxi’s, well how wrong l was because l love it.

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Simple elegance what is not to love.

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Don’t be daunted by the fitted style of the Studio as it creates an elegant silhouette which l found quite feminine.  I originally signed up to sew a knee length dress but was so glad that Terri allotted me to sew a maxi because l love this so much l made another.

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I have never worn a jumpsuit but after wearing my maxi and seeing all the talented testers who made a jumpsuit l am willing to give the jumpsuit a try.  Shows that you can always learn something and should be willing to try new styles because l have found a style l like with the Studio.

The Studio jumpsuit and dress releases with a super special price which l think is an awesome offer.  You can get the pattern here.  https://www.sewstraightandgather.com/product/studio-jumpsuit-dress/

Support is available in the facebook group here.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1580120678932435/?fref=nf

Happy crafting.

 

Riviera Ruffle top, isn’t just for ruffles.

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Ruffles or no ruffles, well you can have them all.  The Riviera Ruffle pattern by Rebecca Page offers this stylish elegant top which is perfect for any formal occasion and the added option of bias panels give this top an edge of sophistication.

Wow was l quite surprised how much l like those ruffles.

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So versatile that l can wear the Riviera with almost anything and how l like the bias panel.  The panels in a contrast fabric also give another lovely contrasting detail.

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The ruffles are not daunting at all and are certainly suitable or casual wear as well.

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The Riviera also has options for regular side seams without the bias panels which gives more options.  This is my make on the plain Riviera which is perfect for wearing to the rodeo or country show or simply for casual wear.

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I have had so much wear from this top, simple but elegant but still suitable for casual occasions too.

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The Riviera Ruffle pattern is available here.   http://rebecca-page.com/product/ladies-ruffle-shirt-pattern/

Rebecca Page patterns also offers the Riviera in NB-12 yrs and ladies sizes XXS-5XL.  There are several FREE patterns that you can choose which gives you the opportunity to try some of Rebecca Page patterns.

Happy crafting.

 

 

Stylish Sophia

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It was quite appropriate that this stylish top was posted for testing by Jo from Day Dream patterns.  I jumped at the chance to test, l always find that l learn new techniques that not only improves my skills but a yearning to learn much much more.

The cowl neck on the Sophia was something l had not made before  this was perfect for our winter.  The Sophia has cami insert on the front bodice which adds extra warmth so that was a bonus.

The instructions made this a relatively easy sew which is designed for advanced beginner/intermediate sewer.

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The option of 3 sleeve lengths make the Sophia ideal for all seasons,  designed for a knit fabric it was nice and warm for our winter with the long sleeves.

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Day Dream patterns offer support in the facebook group,   https://www.facebook.com/groups/daydreampatterns/

The pattern is available here.   https://daydreampatterns.com/product/sophia-top/

Happy crafting.

 

New York Minute dress

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When you are asked by your grandchildren to sew something for them of course nan obliges but there is generally a bit of a catch to it.  Yes these little ones know exactly what they want and when they have a look through your fabric cupboard they know exactly which fabric they want and they have distinct ideas on what they want to wear.

So after choosing fabric and describing exactly how little miss wants her dress to be we chose the New York Minute dress by Tie Dye Diva.  This stylish quick sew was even quicker when little miss decided on no pockets, a hoodie to keep warm but short sleeves.  Well there was no convincing we needed long sleeves but we figured that at least we could layer for winter and it would still be perfectly suitable for summer.

After deciding on fabric which l had purchased from the lovely Wicked fabrics here in Australia, we added some pink of course because there has to be pink.  So all of our fabric was chosen from Wicked fabrics which was of great quality and will last for all the rough and tumble.   Lots of lovely fabric for all ages here.   http://www.wickedfabrics.com.au/

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Tie Dye Diva’s New York Minute dress has quite a few options which is great for this nan as it is suitable for winter and summer.  Lovely little side pockets with added contrast make for lovely little girls pockets but there was no convincing for this dress alas.  Kangaroo pockets make this pattern perfectly suitable for boys too with just a little adjusting with the length in my opinion, there is actually a tip in the pattern to make a top so it then becomes quite a versatile pattern so yes perfectly suitable for boys.

The pattern is designed for ages 12 months to 9-10 yrs and available here   https://www.tiedyedivapatterns.com/product/new-york-minute-dress-for-fleece-and-knits-12-months-to-910-years

A great pattern when you have quite a few grandchildren to sew for and you do not want them all to miss out because you know they are going to ask where is their jumper or dress when they see the others wearing theirs.  A few options in the pattern that does make it quite versatile which is a bonus when you have little ones that know exactly what they want and you know you have the exact pattern to suit.

Happy crafting.

Emma top Retro style

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The stylish Emma top/tunic/dress/maxi wow look at those options just released by Rebecca Page (fka Mummykins and Me).

Such an elegant simplistic style suitable for so many shapes and sizes.  The instructions are easily understood and the style enables a quick sew.  The high collar, off shoulder look oozes elegance but styling the Emma ensures that you can wear for all occasions.

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Tunic length and cinched in with a belt and styled with a pencil skirt is perfectly styled for a garden party or evening out with my husband.  I decided to add a heavy gold bead to the end of my sash for some added weight and love the effect that it gave.

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My chosen fabric was a bold and bright chiffon that l had hidden away for quite a while.  Emma retro is what l created, styled with leggings and l am set for some good old fashioned fun.  Worn with my Kingston jacket (yet another great versatile well worn Rebecca Page pattern) will keep me warm on those cooler evenings.

The Emma patterns can be made in a woven fabric or knit fabric.  Best suited to soft draping fabric.

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The Emma pattern is available in the usual Rebecca Page sizes from Doll, NB – 12, XXS-5XL and suitable for maternity so the Emma pattern has everyone covered.

http://rebecca-page.com/product/ladies-high-neck-dress-pattern/

http://rebecca-page.com/product/mommy-and-me-high-neck-dress-pattern/

Elegant and classy the Emma brought out some fun while taking some photos, because it cannot be all serious, yes it is a fun pattern.

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Join the Rebecca Page PDF pattern group where you will ‘meet’ some lovely ladies/men who are more than willing to assist if needed.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/mummykinsandme/

Happy crafting,

Leanne.

 

 

Shorts, hmm but l love them.

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I do love testing patterns especially when l experience new skills or designs l had not usually thought l would wear.

Berry Bubble shorts by Mummykins and Me (Rebecca Page) amazes me with her designs, so well structured. Now l do love a good pair of shorts but in all honesty l am not the one to wear them out in public too often.

Why do we as woman doubt ourselves or worry what others think or simply what we think we should wear when we should just be comfortable and not worry what others think.

After testing a few patterns for Rebecca l have full faith in her designs and fit.  I knew that these shorts were going to be great but not sure that l would be too comfortable wearing the short shorts out in public too often.

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Well l made the above knee length in denim and matched them with my Kingston jacket and they were great but l needed to downsize for my next pair.  I was on the cusp of sizes so went with the larger size for my first pair, deciding to bite the bullet l downsized and made a pair of short shorts for my second pair and l was in love.  They teamed perfectly with the Paris top another great pattern by Rebecca Page.

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The Berry Bubble shorts offer many lengths from short to below knee, options for cuffs or binding so there is great versatility in this pattern.  I can see the opportunity to extend the length and make some lovely capris with ties on the hem, they would be super comfy.

http://rebecca-page.com/product/ladies-bubble-shorts-pattern/

Now you may ask will l, have l worn these out in public?  Absolutely and l have had many compliments and that is testament to Rebecca Pages designs.

Whats not to love about the little detail on the pockets and front yoke, stylish cuffs compliment the style, for added style the binding crops the shorts in gathers, more of the options that this pattern offers, great value.  Amazingly this pattern is also available in French.

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To access the patterns for the Kingston jacket and the Paris top the link to Rebecca Page patterns are

http://rebecca-page.com/product-category/ladies-sewing-patterns/

For patterns support from the most friendliest of ladies go to the facebook group.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/mummykinsandme/?fref=nf

I hope you try these shorts as they are super comfy and a very satisfying sew.

Happy crafting,

Leanne.

Quick sew stash buster.

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Seems that you can quickly build up a stash of some smaller pieces of fabric from some recent or not so recent sews.  Hmm so they sit there, you keep looking at them deciding what and when you will use them all up.  I know many others are the same, we simply do not want to waste any of our good fabric at all.

When the opportunity to test a simple but satisfying quick sew skirt by Day Dream patterns l knew this was the perfect opportunity to whip open that tub of fabric with all those pieces of fabric waiting to be styled into something stylish.

https://daydreampatterns.com/

The Ruby skirt is a simple wrap around skirt but offers several options to make it your own style.  With the option to have a panel front this is perfect for those pieces of fabric that l had been hoarding not wanting to throw away.

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All rayon skirt with the contrast panels is so swishy and stylish.  You can whip up quite a few of these skirts in very little time, quicker than washing and folding the laundry.

The option to add lace to the front panels adds to versatility of the Ruby skirt pattern.

https://daydreampatterns.com/product/ruby-womens-wrap-skirt/

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The options are endless to how you can style your skirt. A fun skirt that started off my holiday recently, what a great way to start a cruise than swishing before sailing.

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For pattern support join the facebook group, and also where you will also see latest released patterns.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/daydreampatterns/?ref=br_rs

Happy crafting,

Leanne.