pattern review

The Denver Tunic

Sometimes you sew something and as soon as you make it, you quickly realize it’s going to become a favorite. This is one of those garments. When the latest Pattern Anthology collection came out, the Denver (affiliate link) caught my eye, and I knew it would be perfect for cozy winter wear. So I sewed it for my post over on Melly Sews, and I might be a little obsessed with it. Okay, I’ll admit it, I’m totally obsessed and wear it all.the.time.Denver Tunic Sewn by If Only They Would Nap

I sewed up the tunic version, and it is SO comfortable! The fit is superb, and it comes together very quickly. I cut this pattern one day, and sewed it up during naptime the following day. There’s nothing I enjoy better than a nap time sew!


There are multiple views to this pattern, so you can sew a dress or a top, which makes it a wardrobe staple, year-round.DSC_2609

I sewed this up with a thick jersey knit and a french terry, both from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. The floral didn’t have quite enough stretch to be comfortable on its own, but with the french terry, it’s perfect. I had to add a teensy bit of length to the cuffs and the neckline due to the stretch, which made it a fantastic fit. These fabrics by the way? Amazing. This french terry is divine, and I want to french terry all the things.DSC_2579 copy

The deep pockets on this tunic are amazing. I love the look, and they’re so practical for those blustery days or for tossing your phone in your pocket when you don’t want to carry a purse.

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The princess seams make for a great opportunity to showcase two of your favorite fabrics. I love the diagonal of the pockets against the curve of the seams near the shoulder!


I could easily fill my closet with Denvers… all I need is more sewing time! Currently, you can find this pattern in the Pattern Anthology collection or in the Blank Slate Patterns shop.


Submarine Pullover

If you sew kids’ clothing and you don’t know Shwin Designs, you are missing out. Shauna creates fabulous patterns for both boys and girls, and they never disappoint. One of my favorites is the Nowhere Man Pants, which I have made and used as a starting point for pants many times.

So when I had the opportunity to test another pattern from Shwin Designs, I jumped at the chance!DSC_0578 This pattern is part of an amazing collection of patterns called Pattern Anthology – eight patterns by four designers [who are all so.darn.fabulous!] – but available for just a limited amount of time, only until March 24th!DSC_0589And like the other patterns I’ve made from Shwin Designs, this one was awesome. Clear instructions, great pictures, and seriously – look how amazing it is when you’re finished? I upcycled a men’s linen button-up shirt for the main fabric and had this super cute outdoorsy fabric [from Jo-Ann’s] that my sister-in-law gave me for Christmas that I used for the accent fabric.DSC_0581Since I was part of the testing phase, there was some tweaking that needed to be done on the hood. So I added a band of fabric to the front of my hood [which is not in the pattern] to make up for that. I actually really love it this way, though, and would totally make it again like that in the future!
DSC_0588I loved how this pattern came together so nicely. I’d say it could be a bit complicated for a beginning sewist [but she has plenty of other patterns that would be good for you!] And despite my super uncooperative model’s face, he really loves it. He just hates to model for me. Even with bribery.

[See the Surfer Slacks here, which are also from the Pattern Anthology collection.]

and p.s. i was given this pattern in return for testing it and giving my honest feedback, but i don’t get anything for telling you how awesome it is – or for telling you about the pattern sale. i just know that you will definitely want these patterns. :)