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Saturday, December 31, 2011

CLOSED~Pattern Review & GIVEAWAY ~ from Pink Poodle Bows

Riley Dress & Ruffle Bottom Pants by PPB
I was excited to see what Pink Poodle Bows has been working on!  Alisha from Pink Poodle Bows provided her Fleece Aviator Hat and Ruffle Bottom Pants for big girls, sz 6-10, for me to review.  I had purchased a few of her patterns when the shop was brand new and she has come a LONG way! 
Ruffle Sleeve Top & Skirt by PPB
Her instructions were very good, there were many helpful photos and the overall design & styling are great.  I love the new Quick Pattern option, too.  For some of her patterns, PPB provides a single pattern piece for the pattern, like a crotch or arm cut-out that prints on one page, or you have the option to print the entire pattern and tape together.  I love my rotary cutter, so I prefer to cut rectanges and use the quick pattern pieces and save lots of paper by not printing the entire template. 
Aviator Hats by Pink Poodle Bows
 The Fleece Aviator Hat pattern is sized for 0-8 year olds, but I made one for a 10 year birthday party by adding 1/4" around the 8 yr pattern pieces.  My bigger-kid hat even fit me, so the pattern is generously sized.  I love the options you have with this hat.  She provides templates for making an owl hat (with ears two ways), aviator hat with goggles, or a plain fleece hat.  I used the owl eye pieces for a fun monster hat. Abby also wanted longer braids, so these were about 24" long.  I wish I had blue fleece, because it reminded me of Cookie Monster eyes.  This was an easy sew and a 1 hr project that I plan to sew again.  Highly recommended!

I also made the Ruffle Bottom Pants for girls sized 6-10.  I was worried they wouldn't quite be big enough for my 9 year-old who wears size 12, but the size 10 turned out a bit big.  Alisha provides finished measurements for the pants, so be sure to check those to your child or pants that fit well before cutting/sewing.  I was late night sewing and skipped this step, so it's my fault they don't fit perfectly.  The pattern fits large, though, so measure!  I bet having a fashion degree could be helpful.
Easy Ruffle Bottom pants & peasant top by PPB
These were also a quick, easy sew, taking about an hour.  I narrowed the bottom of the leg pieces by 2" and tapered the difference up to around the thigh (my girl prefers tight pants).  I also shortened the ruffle width by 4" to match the smaller leg bottom and added a small 1.5" ruffle to the top of the big ruffle.  I love how they turned out!  They look good with her (also big) Girls World Anna Tunic and is hippie-chic.  I'm anxious to see how often my big girl wears them...I think she looks darling!

Now for the good stuff!  Alisha has offered a giveaway for my readers!  One reader will get the pattern of their choice from her shopTo enter, you must like Pink Poodle Bows Facebook page.  Leave a comment with your email on this post.  A winner will be selected randomly on Jan. 6th. 
For extra entries:
- Check out PPB shop and tell me which pattern you'd choose
- Become or tell me you're a follower of Mama Lusco Handmade blog
- Like Mama Lusco Handmade on Facebook

Find Pink Poodle Bows on Big Cartel hereEtsy shop here, blog, and Facebook.  Thank you, Alisha!


Jen@thecraftingfiend said...

I now like them (pink poodle) on facebook

Jen@thecraftingfiend said...

I really love that fleece aviator hat pattern!

Jen@thecraftingfiend said...

I follow this blog of course

Faddict said...

I like PPB on FB:)

Faddict said...

I love the pillowcase romper pattern:)

Faddict said...

I'm a blog follower:)

Faddict said...

I follow you on FB:)

Shana Hunt said...

Cute! I love those owl hats!

Katie Hensley. Katibri@yahoo.com said...

Wow! ....yup I love them all! The ruffle bottom pants are sooooooo fun!