Pattern Anthology tour stop: My Sweet Bonnie lassesNovember 11, 2013
Hi everyone. It's my turn on the Pattern Anthology Winter Wonderland Tour. No, it is not winter here in Australia, but I couldn't say to no to such a lovely invite and I selected a pattern from the collection that can be worn year round - The Sweet Bonnie top designed by Shauna from Shwin Shwin. If you've not heard of Pattern Anthology, it is a relatively new brand which is essentially a seasonal pattern collaboration by four great designers - Melissa, Shauna, Andrea and Kate. You can read all about the designers here. Each season, they release a new collection of patterns that are released together at a discounted price. After two weeks, each pattern is available individually in each of the designers pattern shops. Winter Wonderland is Pattern Anthology's third collection.
So The Sweet Bonnie top is a Sweet (yep) raglan style top with peter pan collar and cool exposed zipper a the back. The top can be made up with long sleeve with cuff or short sleeve. It can be made up in stretch or woven fabrics. Isabella (left) wears the top unaltered in stretch with woven collar. Juliette's (middle) top has three quarter sleeves and I added buttons down the front and omitted the pocket. Emily's top is the main remixed top....
I opted for an asymmetrical pointed peter pan collar to complement an asymmetrical button opening down the front of the top. I added a kind of 'flat piping' along the raglan seams. For this top I omitted the back zip as I felt it would not suit this remixed style. I also repositioned the pocket lower on the top. I do love the little peak of toddler tummy peaking through the button opening! The cream is a cotton jersey and the floral woven is a piece from Australian chain fabric store - Spotlight. I guess Spotlight is the equivalent of the American 'Joann's' from what I can gather. I have one down the road and am there at least once a fortnight. My store is huge and I love it. I can always find something great and at good prices. Since it costs quite a bit to have fabric shipped to Australia from the US, I buy lots of my fabrics from 'Spotty'!
After I made Emily's top, I wanted to make The Sweet Bonnie top un remixed too. So I made this pale tangerine top for Isabella. And because I made one for two of my daughters, how could I not also make one for Juliette? We don't want anyone feeling left out! Isabella's tangerine stretch is from another Melbourne supplier and the collar/pocket is some fabric I stole form my sister's quilting fabric stash! Juliette's blue stretch is a bit heavy for this pattern but two out of three ain't bad! Her collar is a liberty lifestyle and the mismatched buttons are thrifted.
I did plan on doing this photoshoot at the zoo but quickly took some of these backyard fence shots before we all headed off, just in case. When we got to the zoo, the older girls refused to remove their new zoo membership lanyards and with summer hats donned on a 25 degree (C) day, they were looking very un-winter wonderlandish! So the better shots of the garments are the ones I quickly took at home.
Emily was more obliging....
There are eight great patterns in the Winter Wonderland bundle - four for boy and four for girls. Boys include a cool shirt/hoodie, blazer, awesome pants and funky earflapped hat. Girls includes a lovely twirly dress, sweet capelet, the sweet bonnie top and some groovy pants/shorts. I have half sewn the Berkshire blazer for Isabella (just because I have never made a blazer and wanted to have a go). It is almost finished but doesn't match this photoshoot so hope to post it in the next wee or two.
You can opt to buy the patterns as gender specific bundles or as the whole lot. Click on the pic below to take you to the Pattern Anthology site! While you are there, you can see what everyone on the blog tour has made so far by checking out the Winter Wonderland gallery.
Thank you for having me Melissa, Shauna, Andrea and Kate:)