I made a pair of knit joggers for each of my kids to try out the magazine and one of the patterns. My kids are in need of simple, warm basics so these fit exactly what they needed.
Now when I compared my son's measurements to the chart, he fit into the 1-3 year but just needed some length. I used the same pattern as what I had used for my daughter then I added 2.5" to the bottom and I doubled the height of the panel underneath the waistband to give height to the stride area. He didn't need all that length in the stride, but it gives a slight drop crotch look which I think is really cool. Here you can see the pants, the same width, side by side.
I used gray sweatshirt fleece for my son. I had tons so everything is made from sweatshirt fleece except for the waistband and cuffs which is made from heathered rib knit. The sweatshirt fleece was bought discounted from a manufacturer I know and the rib knit is from Joann fabrics. I made the size 1-3 year and lengthened the legs 2.5" and double the height of the panel just under the waistband.
crocheted pompom beanie, mama made felt mask (unblogged), infinity scarf, Batman tee (affiliate link)
- Lots of patterns for a inexpensive price.
- Easy to store and they don't take up a lot of space
- Lots of great fabric and styling ideas
- The magazines are a great inspiration. I LOVED looking through the magazine at the pictures.
- The anticipation and surprise of getting something in the mail gets me excited to sew.
- The magazines come in multiple languages.
- It's a small company so the customer service is quick, friendly, and helpful.
- The patterns are printed on top of each other so it can be tricky to trace. (I trace kids pdf patterns though, so for kids I trace either way.)
- No seam allowance. Some people love choosing their own seam allowance measurement and makes it easier for them to sew, but I don't love the extra step.
- The instructions are minimal so if you have experience you are fine but if you are a beginner you could get stuck. Good indie pattern designers do a lot of hand holding in pattern instructions.
I would recommend these magazines to anyone who wants to quickly build their pattern library, anyone who enjoys inspiration and a challenge, and anyone who has some sewing experience. Don't forget you can use the discount code FEATHER to get 25% off on all the products in the Made by Oranges shop. It is valid until November 1, 2016.
Does a pattern magazine appeal to you?