Today we have an adorable little number for you. This may in fact be one of the most versatile patterns you could ever make for the little girls in your life. It is called the Ballet Sweater by Heidi &Finn, and while perfect for all the ballerinas you know, it is also the perfect layering piece for the holiday season that is upon us! Hold on to your seats, because we have to MOST adorable pictures coming up from our reviewers Becca and Crystal. I think I am going to make one for my own baby girl to wear with her Christmas dress, and I think this would be perfect paired with the new Amaryllis dress by Pattern Anthology!
Heidi&Finn are offering an AWESOME prize - A five pack bundle of patterns for one of our readers to win!!!!! Read all the way to the bottom and enter to win!
- This review was completed by a 3rd party objective reviewer who received a complimentary copy of the pattern in order to complete the review. Neither Pattern Revolution nor the reviewer received any additional compensation for this review.
Who here has seen a Toddler attempt ballet?
My 2 year old just started ballet, and while I'm sure this sewing momma'll add plenty of tu-tus and glittery costumes to her dance wardrobe, I thought I'd start her off with something a little more practical and season-appropriate. Perhaps.. a ballet sweater? (Or 3.)
Hands-down, this is one of the fastest, easiest, well written patterns I've worked with to date! AND it's cute-to-boot. (...err..slipper?) But, since this is a review, let's start with the Con list:
My version didn't have one. Which is a bummer, especially when your child defies standard sizing. True to their promise, though, the designer was available to answer my questions on the matter and provided me a sizing guide upon request. She's currently updating her older patterns to include size charts, so hopefully they'll be IN the pattern, soon!
Well. That was a short list! Onto the Pros:
Seriously, I made three of these the day I got it. I have the common-sense construction of the design, and the well-written instructions to thank for that! PLUS, this designer goes the extra step to ANTICIPATE my goof-ups and save me even MORE time!
As a beginner to knits, I've lost time (and fabric - ARG!) cutting my fabric without consideration for the direction of the stretch of the material. H&F marks right on (yes, on!) the pattern pieces which way they should be cut, so I don't have to worry about that anymore! Convenient, no?? High & Five, Heidi & Finn!
Don't have a dancer to dress? No problem! I've paired this same pattern with a sleeveless dress for a Holiday-appropriate look:
It's Easy to Customize
Those ties? They're all for show. If you don't like 'em, or need to save yourself more time, just leave them off! Or, if you're feeling extra girly, add a ruffle! I did for this casual look:
I'm sure I don't have to repeat this last point, but I will for good measure:
I mean, really.
What are you still doing here?? Go sew up some crop sweaters!
Becca DuVal is a lifestyle photographer based outside of Richmond, Virginia. She juggles life with two kids, two rescue dogs, and her super-fine husband. She's a hard-core DIY-er who loves sewing, crafting, and tackling home decor projects far outside her skill level.