Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Amsterdam Coat & Twirltastic Tutu - Mummykins & Me - Pattern Review


I've been meaning to sit down and blog for a while now.... but would you believe three children and all the actual sewing, tend to get in the way of writing?!
 
Well, here I am and I'm excited to show you another two patterns from Mummykins & Me.



This first pattern is a super fun ribbon trimmed tutu - the Twirltastic Tutu. The PDF pattern comes with sizes newborn to 12 girls included.

 
This is a fabulous beginners pattern and if you choose to leave off the ribbon, it is completely sew free!! That's right..... NO SEWING MACHINE NEEDED!

 
I found the trickiest part to this pattern was actually fighting all that tulle to sew on the ribbon trims. It would be very difficult to tie on the tulle with the ribbon sewn on before hand, so unfortunately its one of those tedious jobs that must be done once assembled.

 
I made a 2T version for my daughter, with two layers of tulle. I actually don't feel it was needed for this size tutu and would recommend trying a single layer first and assessing.

 
This was a very fun project and I thoroughly enjoyed making it and seeing my daughter's face light up when she tried it on!

 
The detailed instructions provide directions for making this tutu from tulle on the roll, but also provide cutting charts if your buying your tulle off the bolt too. My top tip would be to measure your intended wearer and cut the tulle lengths to size.

 
Now, here's the best part........ this pattern can be yours completely FREE if you join us over at the Mummykins & Me pattern group!!! Find the group HERE
 
Alternatively, you can find out more, or purchase the pattern directly from Mummykins & Me HERE
 




Amsterdam All-Weather Coat


 
It is now winter here in Australia and it probably seems completely at contrast from other places in the world, but there is always room in your child's wardrobe for a beautiful coat.... and this coat, just like it's name implies, can be made for all seasons.


This extremely well written PDF pattern by Mummykins & Me is a fully lined, unisex coat, which includes sizes newborn to 12 kids. But not only that......it has a matching MUMMY version too!!

 
Military inspired, hooded, lined, optional pockets and faux wrist tabs and beautiful feature button loops.....this really is a statement piece.

 
I made my version in wool & lined it with quilters cotton. However, this pattern makes a perfect lightweight coat or rain-jacket.

 
This gorgeous print is one by designer Jennifer Paganelli. It really added a stunning "something" to the coat, while remaining un-busy on the outside.

 
This coat is an intermediate sew. Its a time consuming project that I highly recommend you take your time on.....I was personally up until 2am the evening I started mine....as I was so excited to pull it the right way through & reveal the completed masterpiece!  

 
I loved sewing this pattern...... it was like constructing an artwork and I revelled in each moment. It was truly amazing to start out with flat fabrics, then cut and sew something so involved and beautiful......there is something amazing about creating clothing and I have a great appreciation for those who design it. You will not be disappointed with the Amsterdam Coat, in fact you will be so proud of yourself and so pleased with the result, you will want to make another one as soon as possible......after a coffee or 10!
 
If you would like to find out more about the Amsterdam coat or purchase the pattern, click HERE