Simplicity 8270 Toddlers’ Knit Sportswear From Ruby Jean’s Closet – Sewing Pattern Review
Description: Adorable knit dress, tunic and leggings from Ruby Jean’s Closet can be made in adorable mixed prints or solids, or can have sweet penguin or bear bodices. (I made View C. The Polar Bear Dress with scarf and mitten pockets).
Pattern Sizing: 6 mo. – 12 mo. – 2T – 3T – 4T (I made the pattern in size 3T).
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes. It looked exactly like the pattern photos.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes. The clear and concise pattern instructions and illustrations made sewing the polar bear dress straight forward.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I made a size 3T, so my niece had room to grow. She was a 2T. The pattern was true to size. The sleeves needed to be rolled up and the dress length was long, which was exactly as I expected. The dress size gave her room to grow without looking frumpy.
I really liked how the photo on the pattern envelope was exactly how the polar bear dress looked when the dress was completed. The mitten pocket detail and the polar bear scarf were especially cute.
A word of caution: When sewing on the ears, take extra care to catch the ear. Use a “hump jumper” to keep stitches even and to prevent the ears from sliding while stitching through the multiple layers of fabric.
Fabric Used: White and grey sweatshirt fleece, with a plaid flannel for contrast on the scarf and mittens. (Similar to the photo on the pattern).
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would definitely recommend this pattern to anyone sewing an extra cute dress, or outfit for a little girl. The design is cute and girly, without being over done. The pattern includes several different design options.
Conclusion: This was a straight forward pattern. I used a combination of serger and standard sewing machine. A serger was not necessary, it just gave the interior seams a nice finish, since the dress was not lined. I made the pattern in size 3T for my niece, who was a size 2T. The finished outfit fit as expected, giving the extra room for growth I was looking for. The extra size still looked nice. The directions and illustrations were clear and concise. I am an experienced at sewing, which made this project go together quickly. This was a sewing project I was able to complete in one evening. In the future, I would break the project into two sittings; One evening to cut fabric and do the applique. One evening to finishing piecing together. I prefer sewing for shorter blocks of time.
I made View C. – The Polar Bear Dress, in white and grey sweat shirt material with plaid flannel contrast. The dress would be perfect for Fall, Winter, or early Spring. It was cute and comfortable option for chillier weather. The finished dress looked exactly like the jacket on the pattern envelope and fit just as I expected (giving room to grow). I really enjoyed the mitten pockets and scarf detail on the polar bear.
The ears on the polar bear were bulky to sew on. Using a “hump jumper” kept the stitches perfect. The project was not complicated and went together smoothly. I love the versatility of dress options with this pattern. There are some cute variations for a Spring and Summer dress, as well. I would whole heartedly recommend this pattern.
PATTERN DESCRIPTION FROM BACK OF ENVELOPE:
TODDLERS’ KNIT DRESS, TUNIC AND LEGGINGS
FABRICS: Leggings sized for stretch knits only: Interlock, Jersey, Single Knit, Stretch Velvet. See Pick-A-Knit Rule. Suitable for Overlock/Serger. Dress and Tunic also in Double Knit, Sweatshirt Fleece, Velour. Not suitable for sleepwear. Extra fabric needed to match plaids, stripes or one-way design fabrics.
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