Show of hands: who is ready for spring??? Two hands up here!!!! I am so done with winter. Those that are already enjoying warm breezes and the kisses of the sun, well LUCKY!!! As I am impatiently waiting for spring to arrive though, I at least get to have some fun planning summer wardrobes. I love seeing the changing of seasons, but love even more seeing the new pattern releases to reflect the changing seasons! I am lucky enough to be on My Little Plumcake’s testing team and thus got to have the pleasure of testing and adding two wonderful patterns that will be a staple in baby girl’s spring/summer wardrobe this year.
I was first introduced to My Little Plumcake back in December when I was chosen to test the then unnamed blazer pattern. It was so much fun to test and has many options for boys and girls. I made it up for my big boy and he loved it! She was running a cover/naming contest at that time and I was so excited to win! So yes, that’s my boy on the cover of Canaan’s Incredible Blazer! He was very excited to have the pattern named after him too!
But back to talking spring! Michelle released 4 patterns for her spring line. I only was able to test two as two of the patterns only came in bigger sizes. Bummer for me, but something to look forward to next spring! First we have the Maddalie Spring Dress. It comes in sizes 6mo-10. It is so simple, yet so beautiful. This really gives off the freshness of spring for me. The yoke in the front features a scalloped look with gathers around the middle scallop (mine has gathers around all, but this was changed in the final pattern). This adds a certain elegance to the dress. The back is closed with buttons and button loops. Thank goodness no buttonholes! Now my favorite part- it is fully lined!! No exposed seams what-so-ever. Truly gives it the professional look and heirloom quality. Now this doesn’t have to be a simple cotton frock. Just take a look at the photoshoot on the My Little Plumcake blog to see some dressier versions! Now I will forewarn you, there is hand sewing involved. This happens at the last step when you sew down the yoke lining. It isn’t much and does give it that amazing look. Don’t be afraid!! But if you really hate hand sewing, then just topstitch the lining down. Either way, it is still amazing!!
Next you will find the Addie Spring Shorts! Bubble shorts seem to be all the rage this season! I love these as they can get as dressy or as casual as you’d like. Versatility is a must in my favorite patterns! These come in sizes 6mo-10 and feature pockets, paper bag waistline, pleats, optional leg bands (to give the bubble look) and optional belt. With baby girls shorts I decided to do every option and am very happy with the results! Seriously, who doesn’t like that cute little tush in those cute bubble shorts? I will be making plenty more of these- however without the leg band too for a non-bubble look. Another forewarning: if you do the leg band option, yes you guessed it, more hand sewing. Again, you can always topstitch though! Even though I’m not a huge fan of hand sewing, I love that Michelle incorporates this into her patterns. Really challenges me to get back to the basics of sewing and makes the garment extra special, at least for me anyways!
Don’t forget about the other two wonderful spring patterns! The Chloe Pleated Skirt and The Harper Blouse both come in sizes 12mo-10 and are equally perfect for spring! Right now there is a sale going on too! You can get 15% off the individual patterns with coupon code: Spring14 or to get the most bang for your buck, you can purchase all four spring patterns in a bundle pack for only $21 with the coupon code Collection2014!! Codes are only good till 3/31 so shop now!! You don’t want to miss out on these. Don’t forget to show off your creations in the pattern group on Facebook too! Yay for spring, seriously it’s time!!!