I love when tours are put together to show the function of a pattern. It really helps us as the consumer visualize everything. Call Ajaire put on a tour for her first pattern, the Paneled Sun suit, so show all you could do with it and it is seriously amazing! The pattern includes a sun suit, pantsuit, jumper, and separates of shorts, pants, skirt and top. On top of that, she just released a free add-on of the sleeves so that you can make the cutest long sleeve puff sleeves to it. That means no layering! And more options!
Now I know that many of us get a bit scared of new pattern designers since there are so many out there. First, Ajaire is not new to scene. She makes tons of beautiful items and she has a few free patterns. She has also released her second pattern, the Ruffled Arch skirt (one of her previous free patterns.) I was seriously impressed with her pattern details though. She has a number of details that you don’t see much anymore: numbered and labeled pattern pieces, as well as a break down in the pattern of those pattern pieces and what pieces are needed to make a pattern. Yes, just like the big pattern companies. There are page printouts so you don’t have to fuss with printing all of them. There are also cutting layouts for when you pin the pattern. Very detailed tables and instructions. She makes it detailed, but very thorough. Add in the size range: NB to 12 years, and you have an incredible bargain. I love that this really is a staple pattern with multiple pieces that you can make a full wardrobe with.
Now the exciting part, what I created. I made a simple white shirt with some leftover swiss dot I had on hand and made a long sleeve top. I used the lining pieces for the inside and outside to get a simple template. I also lengthened it a little so she can wear it with jeans, skirts, leggings, etc, and I left off the back eleastic to see how it looks. The extra fabric was not noticeable so it was a good test.
For the skirt, that is the skirt pattern with a few hacks. I got this Cotton + Steel fabric from Bee Quilted Beauties. I took off length by cutting it at the 18 month length on the bottom, then adding a ruffle to the bottom. Then I took in a couple of inches on the front to make it flat front and elastic in the back, and lastly, I measured over her shoulders to create some criss cross straps. It was easy little changes that required almost no extra work. It only took me a little bit of time to create.
I love how it came together and how crisp and fallish it looks. Don’t you think that top pattern would look amazing in a 3/4 sleeve too?
Tuesday August 25th: Skirt Fixation | Gracious Threads | Kimmie Sew Crazy | Shaffer Sisters
Wednesday August 26th: Kid Approved | Pinkel | Falafel and the Bee | Once Upon a Sewing Machine
Thursday August 27th: Buzzmills | Pattern Revolution | Sprouting JubeJube | Handmade Martini
Friday August 28th: That’s Sew Kari | Lulu & Celeste | Paisley Roots | Modern Handmade
Monday August 31st: Sew Cool for the Tween Scene | Kadiddlehopper | Imagine Gnats | Nap Time Creations
Tuesday September 1st: My Sweet Sunshine | Straight Stitch Designs | Handmade Boy | That’s What She Crafted
Wednesday September 2nd: Climbing the Willow | Rebel & Malice | GYCT Designs | Two-Many
Thursday September 3rd: The Crazy Tailor | sewVery | Just Add Fabric | Delia Creates
Friday September 4th: A Jennuine Life | Conversas de Hermanas | Made by Sara | Not Sew Fast
Now, don’t forget to enter for your chance to win the pattern. There will be 4 winners!!