Let's hear it for the girls!

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I'm baaaack!  Ok, so it's been a while.  I apologize for my lack of posts the last month, but life got in the way with 2 boys starting school, a wedding, a birthday, and numerous other activities.  But I am back and I can't wait to show you what I just finished!

Pattern Parcel #5: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win!

Don't worry.  You aren't dreaming.  Perfect Pattern Parcel is back and it's for the girls this time, with 5 AMAZING patterns, plus a bonus pattern if you spend $28 or more!  And the sizing on these patterns are going to make you flip!  Are you ready?!?!?!  They've got you covered from toddlers through tweens!!  Yes, you heard right!  These patterns run the gamut of sizes, for all the little ladies in your life!

Ok, so do you remember how PPP works?  If not, here's a quick run down.  You get to choose how much you want to pay for the above patterns.  There are options from $16-$55, but there is also a custom price option too.  Anything $28 and over gets you the bonus pattern, and believe me, you want it!  Proceeds go to help support these great indie designers and also to Donors Choose, which is an organization that helps provide funds to teachers and students who are in need or resources, supplies, etc.  To date, $11,000 has been raised fro K-12 students!  I'm pretty sure I explained it better here, so click the link if you want more info.  Or better yet, head on over to Perfect Pattern Parcel.

So, I had my choice of all of these fabulous patterns to sew for the little lady, but as always, I ran into sizing issues.  You see, the little lady is tiny.  I mean, she's really tiny!  Like, "hello, I'm 2 years old but I wear 9 month clothes" tiny.  So, I was limited in what I could sew.  Let me say this though, I will be sewing every pattern in this!!  They are all amazing and I can't wait until she fits into them!

The weather is getting colder and the leaves are starting to fall.  So what better to sew than an adorable knit blazer!  Please welcome the Lily Knit Blazer by peek-a-boo patternshop.

LOL, that picture cracks me up.  Let me give you a little behind the scenes info before I dive into the pattern.  This little lady is a sass and a half!  And on photo day, she had more sass than ever!  The hour and a half before said photos were taken were spent screaming and crying because the oldest gent wasn't home from school yet.  She then flipped out because she wanted rain boots and a raincoat.  Needless to say it was a fun afternoon.

Ok, enough rambling.  I love PAS patterns.  I have tested for Amy many many times, and they usually turn out to be my most favorite and most worn items I make!  This blazer is no exception.  This pattern includes:

  • sizes 3months-12years
  • size chart and finished garment measurements
  • printing chart
  • piping tips
  • step by step instructions with color photos
  • ruffle back
  • instructions for optional piping, pockets, princess seams, and cuffs

I decided to go with a basic blazer look, no pockets, piping or princess seams.  I wanted this blazer to be simple and not so fussy.  Mission accomplished!  I adore the contrast lapel and the mismatched buttons,  but the real show stopper is the back!

Look at that ruffle!!!  Such a great design element!  If you didn't want the ruffle, I think it would be very easy to leave it off and extend the back pieces.  The instructions call for a contrast band in order to attach the main blazer portion to the ruffle.  I chose to use the same fabric as the rest of the blazer for a more cohesive look.

The construction of this blazer is really nice.  The only exposed seams are on the sleeves, and everything else is hidden between the main and lining fabrics!  And I really enjoyed sewing this.  It was easy to do and the finished product looks very professional.  My husband was very impressed when I told him I made it!  And bonus, It only took a few hours to sew, and that includes numerous (like 500) interuptions from the kiddos.

The cuffs are optional, but I knew that length may be an issue for my little lady.  I sewed her up the size 12months, even though I knew the body would be big.  I added the cuffs because I knew she would need a little extra length in the sleeves, and I think it looks just perfect!  Definitely use the size chart that is provided!  Amy's sizing is always spot on for me,  so if you go by her chart, you should have a great fit!

I really love the collar too.  Sometimes collars don't lay right after being sewn, but this one looks wonderful.  No weird puckering.  It looks clean and professional!

My original fabric was a white and grey dot, but after cutting out the pattern pieces, I realized the dots were just way too big.  This stripe turned out to be perfect!  And while I despise matching stripes, I've gotta give myself some credit!  I did a pretty darn good job!!

This pattern is perfect for the fall and winter weather that is approaching!  And I can definitely see my little lady wearing this in the springtime too.  It is the perfect lightweight layering piece!

If you'd like more information on this pattern, or any of the other patterns that are included in PPP#5, head on over here.  You can check out PPP on facebook too, and even in the new facebook group.  I'd like to thank Jill and Danny for letting me be a part of this great blog tour!  This is my second one for them and it's always so much fun!!

Please take a moment and check out all the other amazing bloggers who are participating in the PPP#5 blog tour!  And thanks for stopping by!! 

Parcel #5 Inspiration Tour Schedule:

Friday, September 19 Pienkel || Cookin' and Craftin'

Saturday, September 20 Sew Busy Lizzy || The Life Of A Compulsive Crafter

Sunday, September 21 Keep Calm and Carrion || Felt With Love Designs

Monday, September 22 Radiant Home Studio || Sewing Sober

Tuesday, September 23 Sew Fishsticks || La Pantigana || Amanda Rose

Wednesday,September 24 Shawnta Sews || Sprouting JubeJube || Knot Sew Normal

Thursday, September 25 Make It Perfect || Mimi's Mom || Climbing the Willow

Friday, September 26 Needle and Ted || Our Family Four

Saturday, September 27 Froo & Boo

Sunday, September 28 Stitches by Laura || Vicky Myers creations

Monday, September 29 Cookin' and Craftin' || The Crazy Tailor

Tuesday, September 30 mama says sew || FABulous Home Sewn || The Inspired Wren

Wednesday, October 1 lady and the gents || That's-Sew-Kari || Sewing Sober

Thursday,October 2 Gracious Threads || Blogs Like A Mother || SewsNBows

Friday, October 3 sew chibi || Lulu & Celeste || Made by Sara
Pattern Parcel #5: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win

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