Have you heard of Perfect Pattern Parcel? It’s kind of seriously cool. A package of specifically curated PDF patterns delivered to your inbox, all put out by indie designers, with a focus on quality. Each parcel is available for a limited time, and the price is based on what you are comfortable paying (no, really). The idea is to get you great designs while supporting the independent creative community. And a portion of all sales go to charity. Cool stuff.
I am honored to get to be a part of Parcel #1’s launch by showing you four items I have sewn from three of the included patterns.
Parcel #1 includes the Skater Dress by Kitschycoo, Dandelion Dress & Top by Disparate Disciplines, Summer Concert Tee by Dixie DIY, Ava by Victory Patterns, Accordion Bag by Sew Sweetness . Five rad women’s patterns that will have you set for spring and summer.
I had plans to sew up all five, and printed out and put together the patterns for all of them, but I still have two patterns to go to complete my set. So today, I’ll show you the three I have sewn.
First, the Summer Concert Tee by Dixie DIY. I liked this one right off the bat just because I love the company name. I listened to a lot of Freddy Jones Band in college, and they have a song called Dixie Dynamite. I have been singing Dixie DIY ever since printing this rad tee shirt pattern. It is dynamite. Simple sew, fun to wear, totally on-trend.
The design is a high-low tee, with cuffed dolman-style sleeves and a bound scooped neckline. I was determined to make my Summer Concert Tee out of this fabulous grey floral knit I got at SAS Fabric in LA last summer. But I just didn’t have enough to make it work. So I color-blocked the back with a piece of cream knit. And I am so happy I didn’t have enough of the floral! I love the pieced back.
Next, the Ava by Victory Patterns. This pattern is just pretty. It has a ton of options, sleeves, no sleeves, ruffle sleeves, dress, peplum top, ruffles at the sweetheart seam lines. So many. I went with the puplum top, and made the capped sleeves a bit longer.
The fabric is a floral swiss dot for the bodice, and a crepe for the yoke and sleeves, both from Jo-Ann Stores.
I love the sweatheart detail at the yoke/bodice meeting. I really want to make just a straight-bodied top using the pattern, just for that detail at the top. And yes, I’m posing on a window well. Sometimes you do what you gotta do to get good lighting. But look how demur and romantic I look on the window well in my Ava peplum!
I’d already sewn a couple Skater Dresses by Kitschycoo. I love this pattern. Love.It. The plan was to sew another Skater, just for this post, and because one can never have enough Skaters, but that didn’t happen in time. So instead, I’m just going to show you what Skaters I have sewn. First, my second Skater. I hacked the pattern to be a wrap dress. You can get more details of how I made the wrap on the original post HERE.
My first Skater, I was still nursing my daughter, and made as a two-piece set to accommodate nursing sessions. Look how fabulous my chest was! sigh. Anyway, I did a peplum top, with a pencil skirt bottom, both using the Skater pattern with a few modifications. The original post for this one is HERE
Both Skaters get frequent wear, and always compliments. All three patterns I’ve had a chance to sew are so well designed. The fit is spot on with all of them, the designs are stylish and fun, and the instructions are great. I’m excited to sew the last two, and revisit the other three.
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