Bundle Up! Girl's PDF patterns came out this week. I was chosen to test two of the patterns, both are from designers whose work I really enjoy.
First, I tested the Phresh Blazer from Winter Wear Designs.
This is a great little jacket, and is designed for stretch wovens. I decided to make my first version from polar fleece, because I had a lot on hand, and I wanted a jacket that would have a little warmth.
There are options for a gathered sleeve, as well as a straight sleeve. I liked the look of the gathered sleeve, and made both of my jackets with that option. The only thing I would have changed is adding a lining. this pattern is not lined, and I personally prefer lined jackets. It would not be too hard to figure out how to line it on your own though.
My second jacket was made from green stretch denim. I embroidered an awesome butterfly on it, and made a pair of Ellie Inspired Celebration Chinos to match. I will share pics of this outfit later, I don't have any great pictures of them modeled yet ;) They are adorable though!
The second designer I was able to test for was Ellie Inspired. Her new pattern in the bundle is the Penny Vintage Coat and Dress. As usual, I really enjoyed the final product. I am in love with the look of most Ellie Inspired clothing, which is why I sew so many of her designs for Anne.
This pattern has two garments. The coat is a fully lined, which I like. It can be made with heaver wovens if you want a warmer jacket. Mine is made of quilter's cotton, as I wanted a light jacket that would be perfect for cool spring mornings.
The dress is a drop waist knit dress, and is a fast sew. It has an optional neck ruffle, but I did not like the look of the ruffle, so I left it off of mine. I always love a bodice that is perfect for embroidery though!