It’s autumn around here. I hear it’s spring in other parts of the world, but that just seems like craziness to me. Either way, it’s Transition Season, and that means Sewing Season. Today, I’ve got a women’s pattern collection sure to take you from each season to the next, no matter the hemisphere, weather, occasion, or your size. Yep, Pattern Anthology has a new line that is made for everybody and every body, sizes XXS – XXXL. And I sewed up two pieces to share with you: Denver Dress and Gwen Top.
The Denver Dress. Firstly, I love Denver. We’ve discussed moving there multiple times, but it’s just so hard to commit. This dress, though? With it’s curve-enhancing and flattering seams, is easy to commit to.
I sewed my Denver in a pointe knit from Jo-Ann. I used the reverse side of the fabric for the majority of the dress, and the right side for the side fronts. It didn’t pick up in the pictures, but the reverse has a really subtle horizontal weave-y stripe to it. Seemed too fun to hide on the inside.
The Denver comes in two lengths: tunic and dress. It has two dress options: flared or fitted. There are two neckline options: cowl or flat, and two sleeve lengths. And, like all the patterns in this collection, the size range is fantastic. The collection really was designed to fit every body. I went with the fitted dress, long sleeve and flat collar. I extended my dress a few inches, to hit at the knee, but other than that, stayed on-pattern. It’s a very comfortable and flattering fit, and surprisingly easy to sew.
The Gwen is an even easier sew. Or, at least, it is depending on the options you choose. Dress or top, long or short sleeve, a placket or not, and even fun sleeve and shoulder details, or not, it’s such a versatile pattern! I went with no placket, so this tee sewed up in no time.
My Gwen has the short sleeve option. I really love the shape of these sleeves. They angle and curve just right and make me very happy. It’s the little things. Also making me happy? The length. I don’t have to pull this top down when I bend over or sit. Since I rarely stand still and in place for extended periods, like longer than ten seconds, this length is really pretty fabulous.
I also love the wider neckband. I was wary of it when I first cut it out, but it totally works and looks so great! I’m quite pleased with how the diamond pattern from the fabric runs along the neckband. Good job, me, cutting it out so awesome! Also, how fun are the simple shoulder color-blocking details? There are a few other similar options in the pattern with the sleeves. The Gwen has a very curvy shape to it. It turns out a feminine top (or dress), without being too clingy or tight. It’s just right and I have another one already in the works.
Also in the works are the other two patterns from this collection: Adora and Diamond. I had every intention of sewing them up for this little post, but man! life is kind of kicking my trash these days and I just didn’t find the time. They are cut out and waiting for me, though, just as soon as I carve out a couple of hours. If the Adora and Diamond are anything like the Denver and Gwen, it will be well worth it to make the time for the sewing.
You can grab the entire Unbiased Collection on sale from the 18th of September through October 2nd. It is all 4 Patterns for $29.95. With all the options included in each pattern (each one has top and dress options, plus many more, and the size ranges (xxs-xxxl!)), you are getting so many great looks in this collection. After the 2nd the patterns will remain as a collection but be back at full price $49.95 The collection also includes bonus coupons of over $200 in savings for fabric shops, sewing classes and more. Yep, sewing classes. Never sewn with knits before? Worried about plackets or gathering or whatever? You’re covered. You can buy this collection and have a whole wardrobe knocked out in no time. Grab it from Pattern Anthology HERE