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Pattern Testing for Heidi and Finn - Playday Dress

I got picked again!  I love pattern testing for Heidi and Finn - their patterns are super stylish and they are usually straightforward, quick sews with really great results.  I always feel drawn towards more "adult" (I don't mean tarty!), sophisticated looks for the kids clothes but then feel bad as they are just kids and want to be kids.  I am not sure if I get the balance right sometimes when I shop for them, but the Heidi and Finn patterns epitomise the perfect mix of looking a bit classy while being functional and fun and appropriate for the dudes.

Gushing aside, this one was a real winner:


It only took me three hours from start to finish, including taping and tracing the pattern.  As you can see the pattern is pretty simple, with the only real details being patch pockets:


And button tabs:

I got the buttons from The Stash Cupboard (a local yarn shop who also sell fabulous buttons) - I chose something to girl-it-up just a little, a kind of sparkly white with a flower …

Chloe Pants - Muslin 1

So as previously mentioned, when I saw Tessuti had a lovely pair of relaxed fit pants called the Chloe Pants, I knew I needed to buy the pattern (my name is Chloe, in case that's not obvious..!).  While I was there I also bought some lovely chocolate pin-striped linen to make them.

I am definitely not brave enough to dive into my first pair trousers without at least one muslin and am in fact about to start my second.  So here is the first attempt:



As you can see they suit some very wooden striding about in the garden :)  These are made from a kind of olivey green homespun and from the thigh top down I love them.

While I could just wear super long tunic tops and call it finished, I am not that kind of girl (anymore - it surprises me a bit).  And this is the reason:



This can only be described as butt-sag, and it ain't pretty.  There are a few issues causing this...Issue one is that I have a flat-ass, which I inherited from my mum.  She hadn't realised she had a flat-ass (or …

Pattern testing for Heidi and Finn - Ballet Sweater

I was very happy to be chosen as a pattern tester again for Heidi and Finn.  I love their patterns and have previously made the Cowl Neck Jumper Dress and also the Uptown Hat (which I also pattern tested here).  I have the Urban Unisex Hoodie pattern ready to make a hoodie for Marcus for this winter (it's on the list you don't know about yet..!)

This time the pattern was the (not yet released) size 6 - 12 Ballet Sweater.  The smaller size is already in their etsy pattern shop.


This sweater is stinking cute!  Super quick and easy to make and a massive brownie point winner with any young lady as girlie and ballet obsessed as mine.

Here is my version.  We start with the serious "getting ready for the dance shot"...


I took madam with me to the mighty Spotlight to pick fabrics for this number.  She chose the combo herself and was surprisingly not distracted by the several hot pink and lurid other options they had there.  I wouldn't actually have chosen cream had she …