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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 😉

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?

 

Ash Jumpsuit: Willow & Co.

If you read sewing blogs at all, you will have seen plenty of tester photos and blog posts appearing over the past two days previewing the debut children’s pattern collection from Willow & Co. There is now only a week or so to wait until the Wanderlust Collection is released on April 22nd. Today, I’m showing my version of the Ash Jumpsuit, a pattern designed by Celina Bailey of Petit a Petit and family. This pattern is part of a collection of 10 for both boys and girls, you can read more about the patterns over on the Willow & Co blog.

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Such a fun pattern!! As you can see, there is a separate pants and top version, as well as a jumpsuit. This is very helpful should you have a little one who is toilet training or who likes the independence of self-dressing. This is a simple to sew pattern, yet looks fantastic – I think it’s a nice alternative to a dress and can showcase some fabulous fabrics as well. Light woven fabrics work best such as voile or lawn. I used a very light denim for the pants which I wasn’t totally sure would be successful, but they turned out great. The voile I used for the top is up-cycled from a top I made myself when I first started sewing and didn’t really wear much. I also used the voile to line the pockets which are an optional feature.

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I made the pattern as directed and had no trouble following Celina’s clear and thoughtful instructions. This is a size 3 with size 2 length – according to the inseam leg measurements my 2.5 year old has short legs in relation to her height, something I never knew about her until now 🙂 I was a little concerned before making up the top, that the elastic might cut in around the back and shoulders, but this is not the case at all. The elastic measurements provided worked out perfectly for Miss. A, but you can easily adjust the elastic length to suit different frames.

The good: great fit, easy to sew.

The bad: ummm, I always like to offer constructive criticism when reviewing a pattern, as just saying everything is fabulous all the time doesn’t help anyone but I’m actually struggling to come up with anything. I’m confident that you won’t be disappointed in this pattern.

Will I sew this again: Yeh for sure – we’re heading into winter here in Australia, but I’ll be making this again come spring.

No doubt you will be seeing many more versions of the Ash Jumpsuit popping up on the internet – we had such a great time in our Facebook tester group. Go and check out the 3 great versions made by Tone (from Norway) here and another version with fabulous fabric by Lucy (from UK) here. Not enough jumpsuit goodness? Well there’s more, here and here.

I can honestly say that I like this pattern more than I thought I was going to in the beginning. I love it when that happens!! Can’t wait to get my hand on the rest of the collection, is it April 22 yet?