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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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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.




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.



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.



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. Aster Cardigan

Aster 1

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?



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.



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.


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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