Thursday, August 13, 2015

Back to School with SewMcCool/Birdsong

I was so thrilled to test for the very first time for Birdsong. You may know her, like myself, from the very wonderful blog SewMcCool. The best part about this test was that it's actually something my girl wants to wear, especially to school! These patterns are included in this months OneThimble, Issue 8, so be sure to head over there and check it out! If you're new to OneThimble, they are an amazing Aussie e-zine for sewists. Definitely head over to see what else they've got!

What do I look for in a school clothes pattern? Umm, it has to be knit (easy care and comfy) and something in which she can dress herself. This set of patterns hits that and more! She Swing Set Skort and Butterfly Blouse are perfect for back to school sewing! (My kids started this week! I'm FREE!)

The Butterfly Blouse features the most adorable little pleat on the front. Seriously, could that get any more adorable? The sleeves are nice and loose with a beautiful drape (a lighter weight fabric than what I used would lay even nicer). My girl can't stand tight sleeves, so this pattern was a win!

The Swing Set Skort is the best for school because it has built in shorts!!! You can do alternating panels like I did or do them all in one color. I liked the look of a cheer skirt and went with it. My girl LOVES this! She loves that she can run and jump and tumble and not show off her Minion panties (Although sometimes I think she does want to show off her Minion panties. Those were a very exciting purchase!).

The patterns are very easy follow. The skirt sews up quicker than you expect. I did use washable hem tape to get a nice, even hem without taking forever to pin perfectly. The top sews up very quickly. I was surprised when I finished it and had been working for less than 90 minutes (and it wasn't uninterrupted either!). So be sure to tell me what you think in the comments below and then head over to OneThimble to see these patterns and more!

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