Today we have a review of the Stitchwerx Designs new Lane Raglan and Essential Leggings, versatile unisex patterns with a great size range that should be a staple in every child's wardrobe. Don't let Becca's adorable baby jammies (below) fool you into thinking these are just for bedtime-- the options on these knit patterns make them perfect for everyday wear too! Stitchwerx has a special pattern bundle deal available this week only (Dec 16-22) where you can purchase both patterns for only $10! Find the listing HERE. Kim is also is offering a giveaway at the end of this post, thank you!
- This review was completed by a 3rd party objective reviewer who received a complimentary copy of the pattern in order to complete the review. Neither Pattern Revolution nor the reviewer received any additional compensation for this review.
Nothing screams "wear your PJs all day!" like an ice storm brewing outside. Which is mighty convenient, because once cold weather hits, my family tends to do that anyway!
On this particular lazy Sunday, my daughter is romping around in Cindy Lou Who PJs, and my son is sporting one of his (four) pj sets I've made during my week-long Pj-palooza.
What pattern set sews up SO fast that a full-time momma of two can whip up FOUR pajamas in a week's worth of nap times?? I'm glad you asked...
Let's get to the review, shall we??
I have ONE word for these patterns: thorough. No, that doesn't do it justice. Let's call them EXCEPTIONALLY thorough.
These weren't my first knit patterns, or even my second, but man would they have been a great place to start! The designer covers everything one might possibly need to know about the knit sewing world. Right down to a full page of recommended online shops for knit purchases and THREE pages of tips and techniques!
The thorough-ness didn't end there. The assembly was a breeze, with each step in the tutorial complete with clear and descriptive images.
The fit is pretty much spot-on. I did the size 9m for my growing 8 month old, so it is a smidge roomy, but I know one little fella who would still tell you it's mighty comfortable:
Let's not forget the OPTIONS! This piece can be customized in so many ways! Sleeves have different lengths and hem or cuff options, and the shirt can be finished with a simple hem or a fun accent band across the bottom. The Leggings are the same way! I, myself, happen to love the look of cuffs:
Beyond PJs, both the raglan and the leggings are fabulous staples for wardrobes of infants - 10 years. On top of which - they're unisex! Big sis has her Stitchwerz staples on my cutting board next. (One can NEVER have too many ruffle leggings, after all!)
Now, I always approach my reviews with the understanding that all patterns have room for improvement. But this well written, full-of-instructional-photos, exceptionally thorough pattern appears to have been perfected already! My sincerest compliments to the designer. This is the full package, and a great addition to any sewist's pattern collection.
Becca DuVal is a lifestyle photographer based outside of Richmond, Virginia. She juggles life with two kids, two rescue dogs, and her super-fine husband. She's a hard-core DIY-er who loves sewing, crafting, and tackling home decor projects far outside her skill level.
Here are some of the things included in these patterns:
*table of contents to help you easily find things
*sizing, cutting, and yardage charts
*stretch guide to help determine fabric suitability
*list of online shops of where to buy fabrics
*clear instructions accompanied by color photos
*assembly grid and numbered pattern pieces for leggings sizes 0-3 months to size 10 and raglan top pieces for sizes 9 months to size 10
*pages of tips and information about sewing with knits
*photo examples of how the different stitches look after they are sewn