There is a pretty good chance that you could say that I REALLY enjoy testing new patterns! I think it is such a fun way to meet new people, learn new techniques, and of course make awesome clothing for my kids. This week I am back with another pattern from Jessica
at Gracious Threads
. This is a beyond versatile pattern with FIVE different allowing you to use it over and over again. She calls it the Seashore Dress, Top, and Tunic
. I choose to test the Gathered Tunic. It is fantastic! I like that the gathered skirt allowed the finished shirt to be a bit girly and not just another shirt. I also am in-love with the tunic option because of the length it gave to the shirt. I adore tunic shirts because I like things to be a bit off and I think the proportions that Jessica accomplished with the width of the bodice and the length of the tunic were spot on, for my style anyway. But that is what is great about this pattern; want a shorter top make the shirt, wanna dress -make the dress. The choices are yours, the hard work was hers’.
My favorite part about this pattern, however, is the lace overlay on the bodice. I choose a white lace that was not delicate but still lovely. I wanted the bodice to have a bit of color but I really liked the white paired with the busy blue paisley fabric that I choose for the skirt portion. I was stuck for a moment then I remembered that I had a whole bunch of color waiting for me in my SHOP!
I choose the Yellow Honeycomb Dot by Riley Blake
because there was a bit of yellow peeking out in some of the flowers on blue paisley fabric and I felt this was a great match. I was right and I am so happy with the outcome.
I really enjoyed the shape of the bodice as well and the fact that within the pattern Jessica gives you great little tips and extra options like using snaps or buttons for the neck closure. Little reminders like these really help me keep on track and think about my process before I complete it. This means more smiles and less time with the seam ripper! I had these precious red rose buttons just waiting for a project like this. Aren’t they amazing!
As far as the flow of the pattern goes, Jessica once again produced a smooth easy to read pattern that is well thought out. I think that this pattern would be a great challenge for a beginner and a fun project for those who are more familiar with their machines. I want to say thank you to Jessica for her amazing talents with designing! Without her skills my children’s wardrobe would not be nearly as exciting as it is. I might have two more tunics cut and waiting for me on my sewing table…I hope I can get them finished in time for the 4th of July BBQ because they will be perfect for such a summer night.
Okay ready for the surprise…Jessica has given me a copy of her Pattern to GIVEAWAY and I am adding a half yard cut of Riley Blake’s Honeycomb Dot in Yellow to get you started on your own tunic, shirt, or dress, whatever you choose!
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(p.s. they might just have some patterns to giveaway too!)