You need to go back up and re-read the title in your best Berry White voice. Go on, I’ll wait.
Now, let’s talk Perfect Pattern Parcel: Ladies Edition. I swear these Parcels just keep getting better and better. This collection includes:
Syrah Skirt by Selvage Designs
Bronte Top by Jennifer Lauren
Julia Cardigan by Mouse House Creations
Hudson Pant by True Bias
Zsalya Top & Dress by Kate & Rose
Bonus Pattern:Odette Dress by BlueGingerDoll
Every pattern looks so good, and they all work so well with each other. I only had the chance to sew up three to share with you all for now, but I think you can see from just these three pieces how fun this collection is. I sewed the Hudson Pants, the Julia Cardigan and a Bronte Top. I really enjoyed all three, so let’s discuss them a bit.
Also, let’s discuss that I think my camera is dying . Do they die? Is it possible I’ve killed it? I cannot get it to focus any more. Perhaps you’ve noticed? I can’t figure out what’s up. Manual, auto, kit lens, that other lens I own: doesn’t matter: no focus unless I’m right up against the subject. It’s probably user-error, I’m so very inept at camera stuff. But let’s just pretend the grain and blur is some sort of hip new photog filter and I’m just super cool. Or something.
Back to the patterns.
This is my second Julia Cardigan (see the first one HERE), this time in a French terry left over from my nephew’s robe, and I still think this pattern is pretty much the greatest. It’s a fast sew, a fun twist on a classic look, the pattern is drafted well, and it keeps me warm = greatest. Almost as great as my modeling skills, as evidenced by these beauts:
It’s like I’m channeling GOB and his chicken dance
I need to sew my kids more stuff so I can take grainy pictures of them instead.
For my Hudson Pants, I wanted to add some fun stretch leather. I added a tuxedo stripe of it down the side seam of both legs, at the pockets, and at the cuffs. The back of the leather (which is actually not leather, but “stretch faux leather” is a lot to type out) is a soft knit. Matched up with the main fabric’s French terry, things feel as good as they look. And I really like the look.
However, as stretchy as this stretch [faux] leather is, it’s not that stretchy. And it probably wasn’t the best idea for the cuffs, though I really like it everywhere else. My husband asked me if the pants were hard to take off my feet because he thought it looked like I had wrapped electrical tape around my ankles. They are hard to take off, it’s true. But once on, they’re totally comfortable. Solution: I never take these pants off!
Electric tape. pfft.
Finally, I sewed up the Bronte Top. And then took insanely grainy pictures of it. Seriously! What is up?!?!
The Bronte Top is like a fancy-upped tee shirt. Just as fast to sew, just as easy to style, just as comfortable to wear, but fancy! What with its envelope shoulders and with or without buttons. I chose with.
I used a charcoal/white stripe knit from Nosh Organics, that sewed like buttah. I am so very happy with how this top turned out. I want to wear it everywhere and with everything. I will say, however, that I feel like the fit is a bit too fitted (read: tight). I went by my measurements, and looking at other Brontes others have sewn, it looks like it’s supposed to fit snug. My next Bronte, I’m sizing up. Also, I lengthened this Bronte by about 3 inches. I wanted to make sure it would cover everything even when paired with low-rise pants, like my new Hudsons.
And just in case you didn’t know…
How Pattern Parcel Works:
Here at Perfect Pattern Parcel, we believe in supporting independent pattern designers. It’s our opinion that indie patterns are just, well, better than big box patterns, and we’re pretty sure our customers think so too. So, we allow customers to show their support in naming their own price for each Parcel. We also encourage customers to allocate part of their Parcel price to the charity Donorschoose.org in order to help classrooms in need. Pattern Parcel donates all profits after expenses from Parcel sales to the charity as well. Together we’ve raised over $12,000 for classrooms in need! Bonus Pattern:
Choose a price of $32 or greater for Parcel #6 and you will automatically also be sent the Bonus Pattern! That’s only $5 a pattern. The Bonus Pattern for this Parcel is the Odette Dress by Bluegingerdoll. Vintage inspired silhouette is had two flattering necklines and a gorgeous skirt. The Odette Dress pattern goes from a size 4 through a 24!