Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Review & Giveaway: Valentine's Pattern Bundle by YCMT

Valentine's day is quickly approaching, but there's still time to get a little crafting in. If you're still looking for some last minute inspiration, You Can Make This has got you covered.

You'll find tons of great patterns and tutorials there, no matter what your preferred crafting medium is. The best part is that they're all downloadable for instant gratification.

Apron Knot Dress, from YCMT pattern.
I was sent the Apron Knot Dress Pattern, by Little Lizard King to review. I thought it would be fun to dust off the sewing machine, and try to crank out a little dress for V. The pattern retails for $7.25, and includes instructions for making a dress in sizes 6 months-12 years. The completed project can be worn as a tunic over leggings and a tee in cool weather, or as a sun dress in warm weather. (A neat little aside, this pattern states that you may make items for sale from this pattern. I'm not sure I have time do that much sewing at this point, but I love the idea that I could.) 

I managed to get all but the button holes done in one longish afternoon. I'd rate the pattern as fairly easy. It included many pictures, and generally clear instructions. (There was some assumption of sewing experience, though. If you've never fired up the sewing machine, it might be an ambitious project.) The sizing seemed to be right on. I made a 4T for V, and it was perfect. I'd use it again.

She loves the full, twirly skirt. 
V adored the dress. She had to put it on right away and start dancing.

You Can Make This has put together a fun package of Valentine's Day themed patterns (as pictured at the beginning of the post,) for me to give away!

One randomly selected commenter will win a package containing the following patterns:

Rosetta Bag by SisBoom (value $7.95)
DIY Dish Love Quilt by DIY Dish (value $7.95)
Crochet Hat Pattern Vintage Inspired by Kris Moore (value $5.99)
Love Elephant by DIY Fluffies (value $9.00)
Apron Knot Dress by Little Lizard King (value $7.25)

For your first, mandatory entry, leave a comment telling me which pattern you'd love to try from You Can Make This.

For additional, optional entries, you may do any or all of the following:
Follow me on Twitter.
Follow You Can Make This on Twitter.
Blog/Tweet/FB about the giveaway, up to once per day.

Please leave a comment for each entry, and don't forget to leave a way to be contacted if you are the winner.

This giveaway will end on 2/12/12, at 10 pm Central Time.

Disclosure: I was provided with the above described pattern to review, as well as the opportunity to give away a pattern bundle. No other compensation was provided.


  1. I would love to try the Azalea Cloche Hat sewing pattern. I love to sew for my daughter and would really enjoy trying this cute hat!

  2. I posted on FB about the giveaway!

  3. I'd love to try the Peek-a-boo Twirl Skirt.

  4. Following you on Twitter as HSHeartandMind

  5. I've been drooling over that pattern since she first introduced the Apron Knot Dress over on her blog! I love it.

    I love the Little Kimi dolls, they're a lot of fun to sew.

  6. I could get addicted to this site very quickly! I want to make the Brooke Peasant dress or Shirt for Girls and Dolls. :0)

  7. I follow you on Twitter @stairstepsacad

  8. I am following You Can Make This on Twitter

  9. I posted on FB about your giveaway :0)

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  11. I would like to make the twirl skirt for my daughter as well as the jeweled headband.


  12. I have been eying the knot dress just waiting for warmer weather to get here.

  13. I want to make the fabric scrap tutu for my niece and I think I'd even wear one. Too cute. Actually, it is my creative daughter who would make this.
    kimberlyleuikovach at gmail dot com

  14. Posted on facebook as Kimberly Leui Kovach

  15. I would love to try the Crayon and Craft Bag