Jamie Tunic by Laela Jeyne Patterns

Its starting to cool off around here and the Jamie Tunic by laela Jeyne patterns is such a perfect piece for my little’s fall wardrobe. The Jamie tunic has 3/4th sleeve and cap sleeve options, a subtle hi-low hem and my favorite – contrast hem bands! It closes with ties instead of buttons or snaps making it a beginner-friendly pattern.


I didn’t expect that it was going to be this easy taking pictures of an always-on-the-run toddler! I love how her smile just lights up my pictures! 🙂


We have just discovered the joy of pockets and can you see how thrilled she is? I like how the pockets can be used for adding more contrast to the front of the tunic, and those gathers are such a sweet detail!

When I started sewing, I went overboard trying to build a fabric stash and clearly was not well-informed and ended up buying a lot of boring remnants from everywhere just because I had a coupon or they had a sale or both. While I am not proud of my fabric choices, I don’t mind now, that I have so much fabric that I can experiment with and try out new patterns without worrying that it’d be a waste if it didn’t fit well or had other design issues 🙂

So now that we know the tunic is so adorable, we went ahead and cut up our art gallery fabric (purchased here raspberry Creek Fabrics) and sewed up another Jamie. I think it took me 2 hours from cutting to finishing.



I love everything about this picture but mostly I love her!!


Ties in the back.

I have been sewing for my daughter for over a year now and I don’t know for sure if there is a particular style that I like but it seems like I gravitate towards classic A-line silhouettes rather than frills and ruffles. I have made several Jane tops from Shwin Designs, Piper dresses from Violette Field Threads, my recently reviewed Lily Tunic all of which are A-line shapes that I find incredibly sweet on my daughter.

The Jamie Tunic by Laela Jeyne Patterns is also an A line tunic but the subtle hi-low hem, the contrast neck and hem bands, pockets and sleeves (I like patterns with sleeve options) make it special. Another thing that I’ve really liked in this pattern is there’s absolutely no hemming required since all the hems are finished using folded contrast bands.


She loves those pockets!!

Lily Tunic by Frocks & Frolics

My 19 month old daughter and I just tested the lily tunic by Frocks & Frolics. It is a fitted A-line tunic with darling box pleats in the front. It has options for two necklines and three lengths for making a top, tunic or dress.


For the first version, we used a cotton poly blend and sewed up a size 2-3 dress length with a lower neckline. This size is obviously a little too big on her, but it looks like we’ll still get a lot of use from it this winter by layering it with a full sleeve shirt inside and probably next summer too, those armholes are quite big.


With the lower neckline, there is the option of skipping the closure which is what I did and it slips right over her head quite easily. The neck and arm holes are finished using interfaced facings, which makes for a neat finish. I liked all her instructions for seam finishes like understitching the seam allowance especially around the neckline where there is all the fabric from the pleats.

imageAdditionally, the pattern comes with a lot of tips on how to embellish the dress with buttons, fabric flowers or lace. So for my next version, I went down a size and made a size 1-2 in a hip length tunic.


I love this top on her, the color, lace fit everything!! This was made out of her dad’s old shirt.


Button and elastic loop closure in the back.


She had fun posing for all the pictures 🙂

The tunic uses very little fabric so I ended up making another one from half a yard of Art gallery fabric that I ordered from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.


These pictures were taken right outside our house, when it was starting to get dark and I am still learning how to process and edit photos for the blog so even though it doesn’t show properly, the buttons and the ric rac are actually baby pink and not white.

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Marina’s instructions for adding the closure are really good, I am very happy with how neat it looks. This tunic is not a straight A-line, it’s a little fitted and curves in near the waist.


In getting her fall wardrobe ready, I might have to make a few more in corduroy or denim to layer over full sleeves. Overall I like how quickly this pattern sews up and how cute the result is 🙂 Now to make some more!!

You can get the Lily pattern from the Frocks & Frolics Etsy store.

Adora Top from Pattern Anthology’s New Unbiased Collection

My first sewing related blog post and and I am so excited to write about the Adora top! This is one of the four amazing patterns from the just released Unbiased Collection by pattern anthology! You can read all about this wonderful collection over at Pattern Anthology. I am beyond thrilled to have tested two of their lovely patterns. Today I am writing about the fabulous Adora Top. This top is designed by Andrea Pannell from Go To Patterns.

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Adora Top with a woven yoke and rayon jersey body

It comes in both dress and top versions and I chose to do the top version. The woven yoke features a unique neckline and the soft gathers in the body give it a very form-flattering silhouette.


yoke in Cotton lawn fabric and body in rayon jersey

I love how the neckline is so defined, and the fit is so great that it makes the top so well-fitted across the bodice. Another feature that I found truly unique is the back bodice. The shape of the yoke in the back and the gathers at the waist give it such a slendering effect, I find it very flattering!



The Adora comes in both dress and top versions and a short and long sleeves too. It is a super quick sew (probably took me about 2 hours from cutting to finishing the hemline), with superbly drafted pattern pieces with very clear and easy to read instructions and illustrations. It was a pleasure to sew and the result was so rewarding that I had to make not one but two. I have another full sleeved version that I will have to blog about soon 🙂


I am so absolutely in love with my new Adora top, I can’t wait to make more!

The whole collection is so great and comes at such an awesome sale price, you won’t be disappointed if you get it now at Unbiased Collection.