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Kymy
01-14-2010, 06:11 PM
I sew mostly for the kids, but sometimes for me too :)

I love...
Ottobre (nice mama stuff if you get the womens one)
Farbenmix
Jalie (GREAT mama & papa stuff to :) )

I have also have & or have ordered...
PortabelloPixie
Favorite Things (nice mama stuff)
ModKid
Izzy & Ivy
Mamu (nice mama stuff)

Others That have cute stuff & some I have been eying are...
Indygo Junction
Bananafana
Kati Cupcake

And some random ones from You Can Make This & Etsy!

I have ran from pretty much any of the tissue paper patterns you can get at Walmart & JoAnns... even at $1 the fit is almost always horrible, the instructions are horrible & I end up wasting $$ on the fabric that I used to make the ill fitting item... so I just doesn't make sense!

What about you?

Rachel
01-14-2010, 07:30 PM
I only have simplicity patterns and get them when they're a dollar. The dresses fit fine, pants have crazy wide legs so I just adjust it. haven't had problems with shirts. I don't even try to decipher the directions. I cut out the pieces, look at the picture, and put together the puzzle.

mamakaty
01-14-2010, 09:42 PM
So far, I've only tried McCall's and Simplicity patterns...but I cannot stand the flimsy tissue paper they are printed on!! Then again, I've just really started sewing, so I'm fine with paying $1 for patterns to start out with. BUT, once I get my skills up a little more, I'd rather use the better patterns, kwim?

I know what you mean about them though. I used a McCall's pattern to try to make my little one some Christmas flannel pants...the instructions were awful and so was the fit...

Kymy
01-15-2010, 03:14 PM
I know what you mean about them though. I used a McCall's pattern to try to make my little one some Christmas flannel pants...the instructions were awful and so was the fit...

The last straw was when my twins were about 9 months old. I bought 2 new look patterns at walmart that are supposed to be a hair better fit wise & are only $3-$4.

Anyways the first one was a toddler size 1/2, 1, 2, 3 & 4 I think. Well logic (and based on measurements!!!) the 1/2 you would assume to be between 6-12m. My girls were in 6-9m at the time so it would great. I made 4 at once, 2 Easter dresses & 2 dresses for them to wear to my grandfathers memorial. WELL I got them finished in time... for them to be WAY to big!!!! They are in 3t & they fit great now! My girls are skinny & I added the tulle which added to the length, so I would say the 1/2 turned out a 2t. I made sure to carefully use the right seam allowances & everything!

Here are pictures & the review... they did turn out cute but I had to buy them something to wear at the last minute... http://everythingyourmamamade.com/2008/03/04/new-look-6688-toddler-dress-pattern-review/

SO after that I decided maybe it was because it was a toddler size, so I tried an infant pattern I had. They clearly measured up with the 9m measurements but do to my previous experience I made the 6m instead to be safe. The dress turned out cute... and fit my 2.5 yr old son!!!! It ended up a slightly wide 18m? I was lucky enough to be able to sell that one, but I wasted some of my favorite fabric on a cute summer dress that would only fit my twins in the middle of winter.

Since then I have only used 2 patterns like that. One was for my wedding dress & the sizing was WAY off, even from the measurements.

The only one I have had okay luck with is some unisex pj pants... but I did still have to add length & hubbies legs aren't that long!

bear7328
01-15-2010, 03:44 PM
The last straw was when my twins were about 9 months old. I bought 2 new look patterns at walmart that are supposed to be a hair better fit wise & are only $3-$4.

Anyways the first one was a toddler size 1/2, 1, 2, 3 & 4 I think. Well logic (and based on measurements!!!) the 1/2 you would assume to be between 6-12m. My girls were in 6-9m at the time so it would great. I made 4 at once, 2 Easter dresses & 2 dresses for them to wear to my grandfathers memorial. WELL I got them finished in time... for them to be WAY to big!!!! They are in 3t & they fit great now! My girls are skinny & I added the tulle which added to the length, so I would say the 1/2 turned out a 2t. I made sure to carefully use the right seam allowances & everything!

Here are pictures & the review... they did turn out cute but I had to buy them something to wear at the last minute... http://everythingyourmamamade.com/2008/03/04/new-look-6688-toddler-dress-pattern-review/


Those dresses are SUPER cute!

Kymy
01-15-2010, 04:00 PM
Those dresses are SUPER cute!

Thank you! I love them & wish I had more reasons for the twins to wear them!

mamakaty
01-15-2010, 05:16 PM
super cute dresses!!! I have to admit...I don't have any little girls to sew for, and well, there's just not as much cute stuff for boys...

Maybe I just need to get brave and start adjusting/making my own patterns...we'll see!! :)

Kymy
01-15-2010, 05:52 PM
super cute dresses!!! I have to admit...I don't have any little girls to sew for, and well, there's just not as much cute stuff for boys...

Maybe I just need to get brave and start adjusting/making my own patterns...we'll see!! :)

I didn't care to sew clothes for my son until I Ottobre Design! They aren't cheap but direct is the cheapest way to get them I think. Anyways I got a subscription now. Each mag comes with patterns for nearly every item in it... they are a mix of boys & girls from newborn to euro size 170 (they have a conversion chart) which is around a 16? Anyways there are generally 35-40 patterns per issue. I pay around $12 for back issues shipped because I have a sub. Which works out to about .30 ish per pattern! It's nice that they grow with you & come with the appliques & everything. You can get them on some US sites (they are finnish) for $15-$19 plus shipping. It's still pretty cheap per pattern.

They don't have pictures with the directions, so their not for a beginner but I love them. PLUS you can look at all their back issues including everything that is in them on their website! www.ottobredesign.com (http://www.ottobredesign.com/) (you will need to click English) just click on the mag cover at the bottom & it will open it up! Be sides that boy patterns are really limited! There are a few cute ones on YouCanMakeThis.com (http://www.youcanmakethis.com/index.htm?cxaaffrefcodea=1039331507) and there is a new designer designing patterns JUST for boys, but honestly the Ottobre is a better deal. She is new... Hot Scott Patterns (http://www.hotscottpatterns.typepad.com/).

Here's a list of 20 FREE boys clothing tutorials I have gathered the last few years... I wish there was more variety too! http://everythingyourmamamade.com/2009/12/04/20-boys-clothes-tutorials/

KayasKloset
01-16-2010, 10:34 PM
I love the Oliver & S patterns! I made my daughter the School Days Jacket for this winter and posted the pics on Flickr. Sew Hip Magazine saw them and asked me to write a review to publish! I still haven't seen it but it's in Issue 13 (January 2010)!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/38689504@N00/4040447167/

All of the Oliver & S patterns are incredibly easy to follow but are very tailored so they end up being just perfect!

Johanna
Kaya's Kloset
http://kayaskloset.com

RockABuyReen
01-19-2010, 01:25 PM
super cute dresses!!! I have to admit...I don't have any little girls to sew for, and well, there's just not as much cute stuff for boys...

Maybe I just need to get brave and start adjusting/making my own patterns...we'll see!! :)

I agree! NOTHING for boys :(

jessievinson
01-19-2010, 02:28 PM
I get frustrated by the no cute patterns for boys too! How many button down shirt pattern can there be???

Rachel
01-19-2010, 02:38 PM
I just ordered this pattern here http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/?p=198 to make for my little guy. Last time I was at Joanns I saw this really cute airplane knit fabric for $10/yard. There's a 50% off coupon this week so I'm going to get it..idk, maybe tonight. My plan is to make some pants out of it, then cut out an airplane and applique it to a white t-shirt. He has some little airplane robeez so its a complete outfit!

mamakaty
03-16-2010, 10:04 AM
I just want to bump this up and give a shout out to Kymy for linking the www.youcanmakethis.com (http://www.youcanmakethis.com) website!! This is where I got the pattern to make my little one's pants I posted about, and the pattern was great!! Easy to understand. :) And I loved being able to print it out on regular paper instead of that @#$% super flimsy pattern paper, lol!!! Having them actually turn out correctly was a huge confidence booster too! I will say that my dh was laughing at me, because I had the laptop sitting next to my sewing machine on the table, because I didn't want to print out all the directions. ;) But it worked!!!

Angela
03-17-2010, 08:03 AM
I will say that my dh was laughing at me, because I had the laptop sitting next to my sewing machine on the table, because I didn't want to print out all the directions. ;) But it worked!!!

I do that too!!!!!!!! Except I haven't been caught and laughed at yet. Why waste paper and ink?