When you have 6 grandchildren 4 and under, there is always someone to sew something for!  I’ve done some pattern testing for a great little company called Heidi&Finn over the last year and of course the Little People get to reap the rewards.  Heidi&Finn have some really cute designs for kids- you really should check them out!  I may or may not own about 7 of their patterns…

Pattern Review

Heidi&Finn Coco Jacket

Heidi&Finn Coco Jacket Photo is taken from the Heidi&Finn website.

A little about the pattern please and thank you!  Based on- of course- a Chanel Jacket, this sweet little thing has all the bones you need for a quick lined casual jacket or would be a stunner made from some sequin fabric for a tweenster!  Oh so cute!  And get this – It has a two piece sleeve! It also has two patch pockets. It comes as a downloadable PDF and arrives minutesafteryoupayforit!  Prints out easily and simple to paste together.  *I always suggest you hunt down the pattern page with the little “to scale” box on it and print it out first. Just in case your printer has scaling issues.  This pattern has the square on every pattern piece. Love that!
I need to give the company a shout out as fellow Canadians!  I love to support Homegrown!

Looking Oh So Cute Looking Oh So Cute Coco 4 This is the same size 2 on Miss H who was 3 and a half. See how generous the sleeve length is.

Will it fit my little munchkin? I tested the pattern in a size two for our (then) just two-year old Breezy. The pattern comes in two size ranges 12 months- 5 t, and 6 years to 12 years.  I would say it runs true to size with long fitting sleeves.

How did you decide on the fabric to use? I decided to go with the traditional boucle for her and pink lining.  The black boucle had purple yarns though it. Perfect for Breezy since we all are well aware of her love of purple! I am dying to make it casual in a grey sweatsuiting next! The trim was deep purple/almost black velvet trim that I had in the stash, paired with fringe made with remnants of the boucle.Coco 5

Sometimes PDF patterns are so-so.  How was this one? I’m glad you asked!  This was a joy to sew up.  The instructions are clear and detailed with lots of pictures.  If you have an iPad or laptop, I would suggest you just print out the pattern and take a gander at the instructions on screen.  They are very detailed and not wasting paper is always a good option.  Christine always gets lots of testers and they get great results.  Coco 1

Anything else?  It was a few months ago when I made this jacket and I do not remember any issues whatsoever.  I was very impressed with how quickly the pattern went together and how cute it looks on!

Miss H decided to style the shoot. It’s obvious who SHE thinks the star is!


Sewing for my Little Man. Ottobre Vest Review

by Connie on December 31, 2012 · 4 comments

It is so easy to sew for little girls.  Dresses, skirts, tees, more dresses.  Little boys often get the short end of my sewing machine.  Now while part of that reason might be that for many years I had five little blonde females of my own to sew for, now that there is a grandson in the mix is no reason to let him feel left out.

At just barely two years old Master C is a grandpa cardigan kind of kid.  Since his amazingly sweet Nana keeps him pretty well supplied with those, I thought it was  time to introduce my little man to the world of sweater vests!  Enter the ever reliable Ottobre.  Ottobre 4 2009 has a vest pattern in it and that is what I used, but you could realistically use any tee or pullover pattern and adjust the armholes.

The pattern is sized for 104 and larger, and the young man is only about a size 92, so I just graded it a bit smaller.  No biggie on a garment that only has a front and a back!

The first look at the photo had me thinking that  I would have to locate some argyle fabric, but a closer look had me realize (with relief!) that I was actually supposed to MAKE the argyle. How fun!

For the main fabric I visited my fave local thrift store and chose the best looking medium knit sweater I could find.  It is so easy to be able to  scrounge for  “fabric” for little people in thrift stores!

I cut the front and back out placing the lower edge on the lower edge of the “fabric” .  Not only did this cut out any need for a hem, it also makes the vest look more store bought. professionally made.

For the diamonds I used a suiting remnant and a grape wool knit.  I pinned them, handbasted them in place, and machine stitched them down.  This vest won’t be seeing a crazy amount of use, or I might have used Wonder Under to stabilize. (Read…I couldn’t find my stabilizer so I went without.) I placed the diamonds in a different pattern than the magazine has you do it. I decided on three rows instead of 2- I think it makes it look a bit more substantial. 

I chalked the argyle stitching lines on the wrong side, using the pattern picture as  a guide and coverstitched – also on the wrong side.

I bound the sleeve and the v-neck edges and topstitched them. Ugh- poor photo quality here! I used Jalie’s method for doing a V-neck.  You can find the video here. (hint- turn down the sound as it is just music- sorry Emilie, I love you like a sister, but that background music is sad!)

I added a purchased off- white Joe Fresh shirt under and sat back and admired, and admired. and admired.  Truly I admired longer than it took me to sew the vest!

And of course I forgot to take any posed shots.  This is my pathetic photo shoot attempt. “Casey, look here. No HERE! Leave the cat alone. Look here.  No don’t hide!! Here, stand on the couch.  Okay JUMP on the couch.  Watch Aunt Lauren jump on the couch.  Honey, stand still for just a second for Oma”…


Oh the energy of two year old boys! Especially this little  oh-so special little boy whose favourite thing to do right now is magic tricks…and play with little cars- or trains… and to sit with his beloved Oma right beside him!



I hope you all have a wonderful New Year’s Eve.  In the next day or two I will show off my “Welcome 2013″ outfit.  We are going out for some dinner and dancing with a group of friends Motown style. Should be fun!



Christmas Sewing Review – Violette Field Threads Vivienne Skirt

December 28, 2012

I’m kind of a snob lately when it comes to patterns for kids.  Oliver + S, Ottobre, Jalie or the odd vintage pattern are my go to, never deviate from, can’t go wrong with brands.  I don’t care too much for a lot of the other stuff that is out there. Ill fitting, poorly designed- […]

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Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2012

All of my reviews are works in progress till after Christmas!  All sewn, all delivered or wrapped. Here instead is a sampling of what I call Christmas on the Farm…. Just so that you know I try NOT to take myself seriously! From us and ours, to your and yours Merry Christmas!  

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