Candy Castle Patterns (don't you just love that shop name?)
Soda Pop Polo--how creative! The title alone makes you want to purchase it, right?
There is a coupon code at the end of this post, so if you don't want to read the entire review, you can just skip down to the bottom of this post. Don't worry, I'll never know! :)
This pattern ranges in size from 6 months-14. That's an incredible size range! For this pattern test I made 2 different sizes: size 10 for my 12 year old and size 12 for my 14 year old. This is an easy fitting knit top with a placket. Several options include: long or short sleeves (or layered in one of mine), hood, collar, or henley neckline style.
For the shirt for my 12 year old, I made a hood lined with soft and cuddly fabric. I chose to layer the long sleeves and short sleeves. It turned out pretty cute. I love the hood option. It's like a sweatshirt but without all the bulk and weight of a sweatshirt.
I think I probably should have made a smaller size because you can see that it's a tad big in the chest area--at least she has room for growing! Patterns usually contain size charts and this one is no exception. Before you cut out your fabric, you MUST measure your child and compare their measurements to the measurements in the pattern chart. Every designer is different, so you should ALWAYS check measurements before cutting. Of course you can always adjust the fit a bit after you have sewn the item, but it really saves some headaches if you take the time to measure first. No one wants to waste some really expensive fabric on a gorgeous outfit that doesn't fit after it's finished!
The second shirt I made for my 14 year old. For this one I made a regular collar using some mustache fabric my daughter has been begging me to use for a project for her. I bought 1 yard of this mustache fabric a while back and we have slowly but surely been using it up for small projects here and there. She was pleased with her finished shirt. I was asked to make a size 12 for her. I was afraid it was going to be way too small, but the fit is pretty perfect for her.
This is the first time I've sewn a placket (shhh! don't tell anyone!) and it went surprisingly well. This is where a great pattern gets even better...the tutorial and crystal clear pictures. Even a newer seamstress could be successful sewing this placket. At first I was like, "What have I gotten myself into?" But I quickly realized that I had nothing to fear. In fact the second placket was completed in record time! Needless to say the tutorial that goes along with this pattern is priceless!
There are several pattern pages included in this pattern because of the large size range. There is also a chart in the beginning of the pattern which tells you which pages you need to print for which sizes, so no worries. It's really only a few pages to print and tape together. For the tutorial, I usually read from the iPad and it's so convenient to have it right next to me and not have random pages of paper lying around.
There are so many options and sizes included in this pattern, that I can see myself getting lots of use out of it for many years to come!
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