perfect pattern parcel :: the bronte top

Nautical Bronte Top from Jennifer Lauren in Perfect Pattern Parcel | made by Melissa from A Happy Stitch

This Bronte top was the fourth and final clothing item I made using the most recent Perfect Pattern Parcel but it was the item I was immediately excited about when I saw the patterns. Way back when my kids were really little I marveled at the onesies they wore with the cute overlapping shoulders and I wished they made them for grown-ups.  So, when I saw the Bronte top I realized the day had come!  My sleep-deprived design vision was now a possibility.

Nautical Bronte Top from Jennifer Lauren in Perfect Pattern Parcel | made by Melissa from A Happy Stitch

The interesting thing about the design of this top is that Jennifer Lauren manages to turn what could be a very childish style into a retro-sophisticated style.  She was a new-to-me designer and a great discovery because it clear in looking at her patterns that making retro wearable is kind of her “thing”.  Isn’t that overlap just an adorable look? I can’t wait to make more of these tops.

Nautical Bronte Top from Jennifer Lauren in Perfect Pattern Parcel | made by Melissa from A Happy Stitch

When I do, I will probably make them one size bigger.  This version is just a little too tight for my style.  Don’t you think? I gotta mom-ify* this shirt I think. Nautical Bronte Top from Jennifer Lauren in Perfect Pattern Parcel | made by Melissa from A Happy Stitch

The pattern itself is simple to understand and construct, I didn’t run into any problems.  I would consider it manageable for anyone familiar with how to sew with knit fabrics and accustomed to sewing with a twin needle.  The fabric is a 4-way stretch knit from Riley Blake.  I was worried it would be too juvenile of a print but like how it worked out. I think I got it from Hawthorne Threads.

Have you bought the Perfect Pattern Parcel this time around? Tempted to dip your toe into sewing yourself some pretty clothes? The sale ends on October 31st, this friday!

Pattern Parcel #6: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win!
 

Pattern Parcel #6: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win
*mom-ify is a technical term.

Disclosure: I was given this parcel of patterns to sew with and blog about.  My opinions about the patterns are all my own and my honest truthful review.

kid’s clothes week :: the knight hoodies

We are Knights! The awesome Knight Hoodies from Charming Doodle | made by a happy stitch

I squeaked in just the right amount of Kid’s Clothes Week making this week and man, oh man was it a success.  I’m talking, of course, about these awesome Knight Hoodies.  The pattern is from Charming Doodle and it is bang on!  These two boys hate wearing sweatshirts and jackets or basically anything that will keep them warm or save them from a cold and desperate death from pneumonia.  Not that this makes me anxious or anything. Ahem.  Without diving too deep into my neuroses, let’s just say I am always searching for ways to make staying warm an inviting and irresistible proposition.

The awesome Knight Hoodie from Charming Doodle | made by Melissa from A Happy Stitch

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Pattern Parcel :: Seeing Double in the Zsalya Tunic Dress

Zsalya Dress from Perfect Pattern Parcel | Pattern by Kate and Rose, made by Melissa Q. at  A Happy Stitch

These are the tunics, my friends.  The tunics that are going to get me through this fall weather while keeping up the appearance of a grown-up in grown-up clothes.  Except secretly I’m living comfortably and easily! Muhah! Ha! Ha!  Because, you know what?  Leggings over tunics are super cute and super comfortable and this one, the Zsalya dress, fresh from the Perfect Pattern Parcel package is adorable, if I do say so myself.  (Someone told me the other day that leggings trend is dead. Have you heard this?  I want to go on record to say I reject that completely.  Let it never die!)  (more…)

Pattern Parcel :: The Julia Cardigan

Snuggly Stripey Julia Cardigan | a happy stitch

It’s Perfect Pattern Parcel time! This time around the pattern bundle is 100% women’s clothing and I am so smitten with all the patterns. I was jumping up and down when I was sent the bundle.  What to make?! So many options! The honest truth is my closet doesn’t have many fall items that I like and I’m aiming to sew my way out that problem.  This pattern bundle is a great place to start. (more…)

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