Monthly Archives: March 2017

Beautifully elegant ‘Kingston Jacket’


The ‘Kingston jacket’ is available in sizes doll (yes dolly) NB – 12 and ladies XXS – 5XL and wait it is perfect for boys too so they don’t miss out on the perfect coolest jacket around.

I do like to get dressed up every now and then as l am sure other ladies do, not only is it a bit of fun but it is nice to feel a little elegant and special.  This is exactly how l felt when l finished my ‘Kingston jacket’ designed by ‘Mummykins and Me’ by Rebecca Page.  The original design posted for testing was for a denim jacket, well l don’t wear jeans a lot so was unsure how l could create the jacket to my style.

With options for added sleeves to the jacket this certainly changed the options immensely.  This is a win for me as it gave me the opportunity to create something special more to my style and that l can wear for a more formal occasion or match up to my jeans when l want a something a little more casual.

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I love my angel sleeve option, this enabled me to create a more formal jacket which is so comfy.  The instructions do allow you to create a genuine denim jacket style with top stitching on all those seams, long sleeves with cuffs and the waistband with tabs and pockets of course.  For my more formal jacket l didn’t put on the pockets but l did put on some sparkly buttons just because l could.  The stylish paneled jacket creates a lovely stylish fit for any lady.

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The back of the jacket whoo hoo l love it, sits beautifully on the booty.   The ‘Kingston jacket’ may sound and look complex but it truly isn’t.  You can completely choose all the options or a more simplified version to suit your style.  There were a few ladies testing this pattern that chose all the options and created some amazing jackets and they initially thought that creating this jacket was well and truly out of their comfort zone.  The instructions and pics in the tutorial for the pattern are typical ‘Mummykins and Me’ style, easy to understand instructions enabling all seamstresses to create something beautiful.

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For my more casual style l can still wear my formal jacket with jeans and still feel pretty darn cool at the same time.

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Head to the ‘Mummykins and Me’ by Rebecca Page website to get your ‘Kingston Jacket’ pdf pattern.

You can get lots of help in a superbly supportive and friendly group here,

You can even get some codes to some lovely free patterns by joining the group.

I hope that you will try the ‘Kingston Jacket’ please do not be daunted it is much easier than you think, maybe a little time consuming initially but honestly the effort is well and truly worth it and you will be sewing up a storm for every member of the family.

Happy crafting.



MRT (Miss Ruby Tuesday) ADD-ON


I love my MRT and when there was an Add-On for SO many more options to create some stylish dresses/ tops for my cruise l was quite excited to be able to test the Add-On.

This test was not rushed at all and Ann Martin  from 1Puddle Lane honestly takes a lot of time and care ensuring that the pattern was top notch before she was happy to release it to the many seamstresses who would be wanting this pattern. The Add-On is a lovely compliment to the original MRT, the options to mix and match the bodices, skirts and sleeves enables you to create something to suit your style and occasion.  You may even find that a bodice or skirt that you thought is not  you is actually very much perfect for you.  This is exactly what l found during the testing process, I decided l would make the pleated crossover bodice because l knew that l would feel comfortable with that style, the skirt was another matter.  The straight skirt is not usually my chosen style and in testing l do like to go out of my comfort zone and try something a little different, to stretch my skills or styles.  I was so pleasantly surprised that this style actually made me feel quite comfortable in my own skin and l also came away with a new perfect dress for formal night on our cruise.


With 5 bodice options and 6 skirt options there is a dress to suit everyone. I was heading for a rare visit to the beach and l wanted a new dress for my stroll along the beach. I chose bodice A and skirt C from the MRT Add-On to the rescue.  With so many options with sleeves and bodices and skirts the Add-On alone enabled me to create my ideal cool summer dress.

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The skirt option also gave me another option that l had not really worn so l added the Hi-Lo hem skirt to my list of ‘okay lets try this list’.  Pleasantly surprised AGAIN is an understatement,  l am in love with this style, another out to dinner dress for me.

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Sleeves of course, you can add the sleeves from the original MRT to any bodice from the MRT Add-On.  Ann has also added a flutter sleeve to the Add-On and you can easily mix the flutter sleeve to the original MRT.  The original sleeves added to the crossover bodice was very easy, perfect match.

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I have only sewn a few of the many styles available, next on my list is a maxi length dress,  what are you going to sew.  The bodice Add-On and the skirt Add-On to the original MRT are available, you will want them all, available for purchase on the website.

You can join the facebook group for 1Puddle Lane here,

for some great support, come along and post your MRT’s we would love to see what you create.

l do hope that you will give the MRT and the Add-On a try they really are lovely patterns, reasonably quick to sew as well, the longest part is deciding which style and fabric to use.

If you have read this far, thank you.

Happy crafting.



Peplum Tank


I was always envious of the lovely fabric that fellow seamstresses would share in the many sewing groups to which l was a member.  Finally l would be able to touch and sew something for myself, however my first experience was in a group that sent out mystery fabrics, you were able to choose which selection group and l chose the ‘wild’.  I received something that l would not normally choose and a co-ordinate fabric was also chosen for us.  Well it sat there in my stash of fabric until l could decide what to make.  Little did l know that those fabrics were the ideal choice for the ‘Woman’s Peplum Tank’ a pattern by ‘Snuggle my Baby Patterns’ a recent test for designer Jennifer Gunn.

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How lovely are those fabrics, perfect combination for the Peplum Tank, the fabric is a heavy cotton lycra and l was quite surprised how well it draped.  The Peplum Tank is available in sizes 2-32 so it is surely suitable for everyone.   The pattern is very user friendly and comes with layers so you are able to print the size you want without having to worry about all those other sizes and lines every where, a super saver in time.  A bonus is that the Peplum Tank is a super quick sew you can sew one up in nap time.

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The Peplum Tank is available in 2 styles so it is possible to create something for any occasion. The simple bodice is super quick with only 5 seams and some added bindings and hem and you are ready to wear, how fast is that.  I am like many other seamstresses and want value for money so its necessary to have more than one option in a pattern.  The stylish insert shaped bodice enables you to create something not only a little more stylish but its a great stash buster.

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With quite a few combinations of fabric and with just some smaller pieces in my stash of fabric l was able to create another Peplum Tank.

The Peplum Tank will be on sale Wednesday 22/03/2017 until 28/03/2017 for $6, (regular price will be $12)  so now is a great time to pop over and grab the ‘Woman’s Peplum Tank’.  Link to the pattern,

Link to the pattern group for lots of support and fun

Happy crafting,