By Libby Vasquez
I have been compensated for this post in the form of a product. All opinions are mine and mine alone. This post is sponsored by Ellie and Mac Pattern Co.
Please visit all the stops on the Get Ready for Spring Blog Tour featuring Ellie and Mac spring sewing patterns (35% of right now), hosted by Seams Sew Lo. Do no forget to enter the giveaway below too!
Being part of this tour managed by Lo at Seams Sew Lo is exciting and such a wonderful opportunity, I am so grateful. It is opening my eyes to different types of patterns, pdf quality and range of patterns. Ellie and Mac has exciting patterns mainly for women and girls but also has unisex and boys patterns. What I like about Ellie and Mac is their detailed instructions and their freebies and awesome deals on Wacky Wednesdays. For this spring tour I wanted to focus on the style not the fabric choice so much. We were gifted with the choice of pattern by Ellie and Mac and I chose a top that would fit well with the slightly warm California weather as a sleeveless option.
I received the Sitting Pretty Top Pattern Bundle sized for women 0 to 4XL and girl size 6-12 months to 12. I love, LOVE bundles! You get more bang for your buck and you can easily make a mommy and me set with one purchase. Ellie and Mac has by far the coolest patterns, easiest instructions and pictures I have seen yet on any pattern. I am easily a beginner sewer, photographer, blogger, etc. and this was super easy for me. Of course having just finished their Be Trendy Halter Top review helped in learning about stretch bands. Initially I was going to do the sleeveless option as mentioned earlier but after discussing with the hubby he reminded me that I have strong shoulders that don’t always look great with sleeveless tops. Here I thought he wasn’t listening, go figure! So I opted instead for the short sleeve version and not the puffed sleeve option as it felt more my style. The adult version on this bundle has sleeveless, short, puffed, ¾ sleeve and full sleeve options but only has a sleeveless or short sleeve option for the girls pattern. I would’ve liked the same option for the girls for a fall option later this year and to be matching with my little gal.
I chose a burgundy gold starred fabric from my stash bought from the Fashion District in LA but found a similar option here. I could only find the exact print and color in a cotton texture not knit, this was the closes I could find. I was going to go with a lighter more floral color but this fabric just kept calling to me. I decided to use a dark grey knit for the arm bands and neck band also from my stash but I found an exact match here. I had just enough fabric, about 1 ½ yards, to complete the matching portion for bodice and arm bands for an adult XL and girls size 3T in one batch. I went with an XL although my bust size was more in the Large but my waist was more of an XL. I would rather have a bit loose top than a tight top right in the belly area, no thanks!
The cutting took about an hour and fifteen for both items due to small pieces and there being two sets to cut and mirror parts for the neck band. The sewing instructions could not be easier. I know I keep repeating it but seriously best directions I have come across. As a beginner this is the most important detail. I didn’t have to interpret anything, doubt where the seams should go or anything as the visual pictures and dashed lines make everything 100% clear. The tops came together very easily and I was so excited for the results during the whole process and knowing my little girl would have a matching top was the icing on the cake. The toughest part was sewing the tiny arm bands on to the toddler sized sleeves. That took me longer than sewing the top, you need to move slowly and pin the seams carefully. The tops look great and I know I will be wearing this a lot while the weather is warming up. The color and style is also perfect for my little girl who is active and needs comfortable close to move around without restricting her and managing to still look cute.
You can purchase this bundle pattern on the Ellie and Mac homepage for the price of $13.95. You can also find appliques from $3.95, doll patterns from $4.95, free patterns or starting at $5.75. Follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter for their latest pattern release and awesome Wacky Wednesday pattern sale.
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