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Kenzie’s Party Dress by EYMM! November 7, 2014

Wow – now it’s my second blog tour! And again, featuring a pattern from Everything Your Mama Made – Kenzie’s perfect party dress – Holiday version!

I actually bought this pattern right around when it first came out last year; I loved the versatility and the sizing (NB to 18 tween + a doll pattern). Last year, although my daughter was 1, her chest measurement was more in the 3-6M range in PDF patterns; not a lot of patterns come in sizes that small…   My other favorite feature was the back:

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I LOVE the big bow and the low back. It is just so sweet!   I made a 12-18M size for my 2 year old based on her chest measurement; I didn’t have to adjust the length at all, so that was nice.  The version I made for this Holiday tour was actually the simplest:

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Sleeveless and no ruffles.   There are many other options – cap sleeves, a ruffled flounced skirt, or even a stand alone ruffle OR simple skirt!  I wanted something simple and timeless and that she could wear for more than just one occasion.

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I chose solid red cotton kona fabric with a Natural-colored Hacci Sweater knit overlay, from Girl Charlee (they have some great knit selection).  I had actually bought the Hacci Sweater knit to make myself a cardigan, but it just seemed so perfect for a Christmas dress!  I simply cut out the overlay fabric from the pattern pieces and basted them to the red pieces before assembling.

I LOVE the wide sash in the front. It is attached just on the sides, which allows you to make more of a ‘game time’ decision on whether to add it once you’ve completed the rest of the dress! I have a love-hate relationship with sashes; I love how they look, but I hate fighting this face…

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to get them tied!  So I’ve been skipping them whenever possible.   The pattern is very well-written and the most complicated part is a continuous skirt placket, which she walks you through with awesome pictures.

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I had considered trying to add sleeves to the dress because, despite this random 65 degree day we had in November, it will be freezing at Christmas…But I am not advanced enough to make that work just yet.  I do have plans to make some ruffled leggings and a sweater (maybe out of more Hacci Sweater knit) to warm her up a bit..because a few days prior to the freak 65 degree day, we had a huge snow storm….the kids made an Olaf, and this what was left of him by our photoshoot!

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She still loved him and tried to kiss him….even all melted.    Oh, the best part of the blog tour (besides the cute kids and dresses) Kymy at EYMM is offering a coupon code AND a great prize package!

Coupon code LITTLELADY will save 30% off any Kenzie’s Party Dress purchase (newborn-4t, 5-18tween, 18″ doll add-on, or the bundle that includes newborn-18tween plus the doll size), good at www.eymm.com until 11:59pm PST on 11/12/2014.

Prize package: Giveaway prizes total $125 and include $50 EYMM gift certificate, Stitchbox Monthly November Sewing Box ($35 value), $25 EYMM gift certificate, and a Little Lady Sheet of Jamberry Juniors Nail Wraps ($15 retail).
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“Bye-bye, Olaf!”  (her flu-shot bandaid was NOT coming off for pics!)

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Zander’s Hoodie (EYMM) September 19, 2014

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Welcome to my first ever Blog Tour!   Today I’ll be reviewing Zander’s Hoodie & Hooded Vest from Everything Your Mama Made.

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I own several of her patterns but have only made Riley’s Nightgown and sleepshirt, which we’ve gotten a ton of use out of! I even cut off the long sleeves so my daughter could wear it this summer, as she had no short sleeved PJs…Oh and the Dolman top has been on my ‘to do’ list for almost a year now!

Anyhow, when I saw Zander’s Hoodie as part of the Boys Bundle Up sale (keep your eye on out for the next bundle!), it was definitely one that was on my must-have list. It just looked ‘cool.’   As a bonus, this summer I had bought a few separating, very long zippers on clearance at Joanns, so I was very happy I would finally get to use them!

This pattern is rated as Intermediate, but don’t let that scare you!

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I’ve found that with most things I make, the first time I sew something, I think ‘Huh? How will that work out?’ at some of the steps.  And yet, when it’s finished, I say ‘Wow!’  And then the second one is much easier!   The directions walk you through everything, I promise.

For my 5-year old son, I made the vest (at his insistence) in nice, soft, fleece (NOT any type from Joanns..I have cursed that stuff after one wash on more than one occasion!) and lined it in cream minky.  I have a ton of minky because of the hooded towels I make, so while I am used to working with its slippery and stretchy texture, it wasn’t the best choice for my first hoodie! I wanted to see that everything I was doing was correct, and the minky just wasn’t conducive to that!

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I love that the vest is fully lined!  And my favorite part of lining is when you turn it inside out and see the magic!  The only thing I changed was the pocket; I wanted to outline the pocket in burgundy to match the zipper (it happened to be the PERFECT length for a size 4/5 hoodie, which matched his chest size perfectly!), so I cut 1/2″ off the top and curved part of the pocket and sewed the bias tape on.  He also wanted an airplane. I tried, I really tried to do the reverse applique, but it just wasn’t working out!  So I just did a regular applique..it’s not perfect, but next summer I should have my embroidery machine back out and can have everything be perfect again!!

My son often loves ‘matching’ someone in the family when he gets dressed – his dad, me or his sister. So I decided to make a matching one for his 2 year old sister!

bothNow, just to make it a TAD bit girlier, I added a very simple flutter sleeve.  I made her the 12-24M (according to her chest measurement) and used a soft bamboo interlock for her lining instead of the minky.

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Next up? One for me!  The adult (men/women) version hasn’t been released yet (keep an eye on FB for that), but I discovered that I can wear the larger kid’s size that is included in the pattern.  I was never a vest person before moving to Maine, but sometimes they are JUST what I need to get warmed up.

Kymy is offering a 25’% discount on the hoodie, the applique pack  (that includes the airplane on my son’s vest plus TONS of other great shapes – a zombie even!) and the men’s/women’s asymmetrical hoodie pre-order. Use code hoodiesrock on the website through 09/23 at 11:59PM!

Don’t forget to check out the others on the tour!

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