Willow & Co. Patterns

Willow and Co. Persimmon Tunic

I’m sure you’ve seen that the ladies at Willow and Co. are running a Back to School sewing competition. It finishes today…. I seem to be good at being motivated by deadlines πŸ˜‰

I still have a couple of Willow and Co patterns from their first collection that I am yet to blog. One of these is the Persimmon Dress and Tunic – honestly, I was waiting for the weather to improve here before making this super summery pattern. You could say I got a little excited with the lovely spring-like weather we had this past week, winter was all but forgotten as we swapped coats for tees. Unfortunately it was a little hasty as the rain has returned – bleuh. So please excuse the indoor photos, I’m seriously a novice at indoor pics.

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I’m loving this pattern – it’s by the super talented Hayley of Welcome to the Mouse House. I made a size 4 tunic length for my just turned 3 year old. She is broad in the chest and I was also hoping to make something that will fit through summer. There are options for a facing or full lining. I chose a full lining, using plain white cotton, as the navy fabric is a bit see-through. The only change I made to the pattern was to make the straps a continuous piece, instead of having them tie at the shoulders.

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This was one of those project where I readily wasn’t sure that this fabric combination was going to work. I had my doubts right up until the end – but now it’s finished, I really like it. The bird fabric is “Wing Song” Garden Wall Collection by Laura Gunn for Michael Miller. I happened to come by some small pieces of this fabric – none more than 40cms wide. There was not enough for any garment that required cutting on the fold, but the Persimmon’s design is perfect for using up smaller pieces of your special fabrics. The navy spot was left over from the Mara blouse I made recently.

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Phew, just made another deadline.

There are some beautiful creations already entered into the competition, you can check them out here. I hear the Willow and Co. ladies are working on a new collection – so right there is my motivation to get the rest of the collection sewn up already.

How about you, are you a deadline driven person like me?

 

Willow and Co. Hawthorn Sweatshirt

My Willow & Co. love affair is continuing. I’m not going to stop until I’ve sewn all 9 of these awesome patterns. Check out the snug and stylish Hawthorn SweatshirtΒ (snug as in snuggly, not tight fitting).

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This pattern was designed by Laura of Titchy Threads and Craftstorming. I’ve read many great reviews of her previous pattern, the Small Fry Skinny Jeans, commenting on her thorough instructions and impeccable drafting. I have to say that both are true for this pattern. Some of the techniques in this pattern are tricky – particularly getting the half zip and facings to sit neatly – but Laura’s instructions are great, she goes into plenty of detail and there are great photos.

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As well as the half-zip version shown here there is also a full zip option. The split side seam (seen above) is also an option and is finished professionally with bias tape. The facing provides some opportunity to have some fun with the pattern – I used a blue and white stripe knit for the facing as well as for the pockets.

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This pattern is not quick to sew and certainly took me longer than I initially expected. However, the level of professionalism in the finished product is at a level that I am surprised I was able to achieve. In my opinion, it really is worth the investment of time. I’m really thrilled with the outcome and I know that the more of these I make the quicker I will get.

The only change I made to the pattern was to omit the ribbing on the sleeve cuffs – only because I couldn’t find any to match. I extended the sleeve pattern piece to what I thought was about the right length – they may be a touch too long, but good for keeping hands warm on cold days. This is the size 6, made for my newly 6 year old and I’m happy that this size will be roomy enough to get him through our current winter.

Overall: I love the overall result. I’ve leaned new techniques and pushed myself as a sewer. Each new Willow & Co pattern I sew becomes my new favourite. The Hawthorn is not a quick sew, but totally worth the investment of time in my opinion.

What about you – which Willow and Co. pattern are you sewing up next?

Willow and Co. Fawn Lily Dress

On safari we went, testing out Miss. A’s new Fawn Lily dress and it’s suitability for ‘glamping’.

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The Fawn Lily dress is part of Willow and Co‘s first pattern collection entitled Wanderlust: A Glamping Collection. This pattern was designed by Rebecca of Rock The Stitch and the unusual design of the crossover bodice and the wrap around sleeves really appealed to me.

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Searching for some more animals, and searching…

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No luck, so we headed to the jungle.

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more luck here. What about those Lemurs in the next photo – score!

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and what about A’s little friend. Do you recognise her? Yes! It’s Jenya’s daughter (While She Was Sleeping). Jenya and I have become great real life friends since meeting through our mutual love of sewing and blogging. Our daughters have hung out a couple of times now too, and they’re pretty fond of each other.

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About the Fawn Lily dress:

In my opinion, this is an intermediate pattern. The instructions are good, but some of the techniques are a little tricky and require sewing precision. The result is great though once you get through the sleeve construction. It’s kind of hard to envisage how the sleeves are going to turn out, but you just have to put your faith in Rebecca and follow those instructions.

I made a size 3 for my 2.5 year old. The fit is good when the dress is on, but it’s not easy to get on and off her because there are no closures (and because my crossing over bodice pieces may be slightly closer together than they should be). Miss A could really use the width of a size 4 in the bodice to allow some room when taking the dress on and off. Miss A. declared the dress to be ‘bootiful’ and that makes the pattern a winner in my book! Suitable for glamping? Yes, definitely!

In these photos, Jenya’s daughter is wearing a Debbie’s Birthday Dress that Jenya is blogging for Vintage May – be sure to head over to Jenya’s blog to hear about the vintage notions she has incorporated into this sweet dress.

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Our safari was shot on location at Melbourne Zoo. Thanks so much Jenya and Little Monkey for such a fantastic day πŸ™‚ If you caught my guest post on Why I Sew, you’ll appreciate how much I have loved the opportunity to meet, in person, another sewing blogging person. The first time we chatted sewing it was a little strange. I spend a lot of time reading blogs and discussing sewing online, but never in person. I can chat to Jenya about Caroline’s new pattern, pattern testing for CailaΒ and the great photography tutorials thatΒ Vanessa blogs – and she knows exactly who these people are!! What a revelation!! I love chatting sewing with you Jenya, I think our next adventure needs to involve a fabric store or two….

Willow and Co. Aster Cardigan

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If you’re a fan of Project Run and Play, as I am, you may remember a few seasons ago when Vanessa from LBG Studio competed. Do you remember this amazing outfit?

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Image courtesy of LBG Studio.

I’ve been dreaming of that perfect cardi ever since. How lucky we all are that Vanessa, as part of the first Willow & Co. pattern collective, has released a pattern based on this cardigan. You can bet that as soon as the pattern collection was released the Aster was the first on my radar.

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There is not a whole lot to say except – I LOVE THIS PATTERN and I’m going to make 10 more!! It’s really straightforward to sew – unless, like me, you have a very temperamental automatic buttonhole function on your machine, grrrrr. Other than issues with my machine, the cardigan came together really quickly. It hardly takes any fabric, only 70cms for the smaller sizes.

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I made Miss A a size 3. This is a cropped and fitted cardigan, but I think I might make a size 4 width next time. She is quite broad chested – her measurements are almost the same as her 5 year old brother. I only had one of the navy and white striped buttons in my stash, so one button it was. Ha, and if I’d had to do more than one buttonhole I might have thrown my sewing machine out the window. I don’t really understand what its problem is – it sewed the test buttonholes on the scrap fabric perfectly, then on the cardigan it kept doing random things like sewing one side only…..

Are you on the Willow & Co. bandwagon? I certainly am! I tested the Ash Jumpsuit last month (catch that post here if you missed it) but now we’re heading into winter I’m thinking that some snuggly Hawthorn jumpers in fleece will be welcome additions to the kids wardrobes. If you haven’t seen the Willow & Co. Wunderlust collection, check out all the patterns here.

Have you got your Willow & Co. yet?

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Thanks fans

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