Thursday, March 21, 2013

Pattern Testing!

If you are a mom like me then you too are saddened by the selection of clothing that stores offer for girls. Either it is poor quality or it is a wildly inappropriate option for a child.

So, I have taken to buying basics and making clothes for P that are tailored to her style. Sometimes she insists I do not make her this or that. She would rather buy it but for the most part she likes to choose the fabric and watch it be made.

I was very excited to have the opportunity to test two  Pattern Anthology patterns offered in their Sun & Surf Collection. I tested the Carousel Top and the Boardwalk Skirt.

The Carousel Top:
It is a darling knit top that has a sweet little keyhole detail in the back. This was my first time sewing with knits and I do not own a serger (yet). I used a solid pink interlock knit that was easy to work with. The pattern offers a lot of tips about sewing with knits. This pattern sewed up very easy with simple and clear instructions with photos at just about each step. P's chest measurement is 26" and the size 7/8 fits perfectly through the shoulders and a good length too. I sewed this up from start to finish in just over an hour. This pattern is sized 12 months to 12 years.

The Boardwalk Skirt:
This skirt is dreamy. In fact, I might size it up and make one for myself. It is a double layered drawstring skirt with an elastic back waist. The under layer peaks out a little bit with a ruffled hem. I made the size 8 in this and should have sized the waist down. P needed the length of the size 8. This pattern also sewed up beautifully with clear instructions and photos for the steps. The waistband is a bit tricky but in the final pattern two options are given for the waistband. I sewed this in about two hours. This is P's favorite item I have made her. This pattern is sized 6 months to 14 years.

You can see the entire Sun & Surf Collection at Pattern Anthology. The collection is only available for a limited time. See other patterns by these designers at: Go To PatternsSee Kate SewBlank Slate Patterns, and Shwin Designs

You are sure to find something divine to make, sew and inspire you!

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