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Bryant Tester Roundup

My post yesterday on how different the pattern fits depending on the fabric you choose, is even more evident today with the Bryant Tester Roundup.

These ladies sewed up a bunch of amazing tops and I can’t wait to share them with you.


Abigail really took the opportunity to show off the print in her top.  The bold blue and white stripe cut on the bias looks amazing! Sewn in jersey.

Terri of Blue House Joys colour blocked the back of her top.  And while it may have been done because she was short on fabric, I love the look. Sewn in cotton lycra.

Bryant Fabric Choices

One of the elements of the new Bryant pattern that I didn’t expect is the wide range of looks you can get simply by the fabric you choose.  So today I wanted to show you how the pattern looks depending on your fabric choices.

Each of the tops I will be showing you was made with the exact same pattern pieces.  This will be even more apparent tomorrow when I share the tester roundup with you.  I actually have a few more tops that never got photographed, simply because the rain in Seattle the last few weeks has been insane.  I will make sure to add them to this blog post as soon as I photograph them.

Bryant Pattern Release

My new pattern has me dreaming of spring.

Bryant is a knit dolman top with a boatneck and two sleeve options.  Whether you decide to make the short sleeve cuffed version or long sleeve, you have the perfect pattern to transition you through the seasons.

This pattern is a little different from your average dolman top, it’s cut on the bias!  By cutting your top on the bias you are not only getting the chance to play with fun prints but you get a level of added drape you wouldn’t normally have.

Sew the Year – March

It’s March 1st so that means I get to share my plans for Sew the Year this month.

Last month my plans were very ambitious so this month I am going to keep it nice and simple for very exciting reasons…

I have two new patterns almost ready for testing!  

If I have any hope of getting two patterns done for the month, I can’t also have a bunch of extra sewing planned.  That is part of the reason last month was a stretch, but more on that tomorrow in my February recap.

Maxi Wedgwood

Making a maxi Wedgwood skirt has been on my radar since I designed the pattern last year.  The lines of the pattern paired with a flowy rayon seem like the perfect combination for a maxi skirt.

I got this amazing rayon challis from Indiesew almost exactly a year ago, right when I decided to make this skirt, ha!  You can see how badly I needed Sew the Year to finally tackle projects that have been laying around forever.  

I decided to pair the fun retro floral pattern of the skirt with my beloved chambray Cheyenne.  It’s a fun way to make a lightweight skirt work during the winter without being too heavy.

Phinney Ridge Release

A classic cardigan is a staple in my wardrobe and to finally have a pattern that allows me to customize it is wonderful.  Phinney Ridge really is classic meets comfort and is sure to become a staple in your wardrobe as well.

When designing this pattern I wanted to add a couple more modern details to the pattern while still keeping the classic lines you expect from a cardigan pattern.  Phinney Ridge has a wider cuff and bottom band and thanks to a wonderful suggestion by some testers, it also has 3/4 sleeves and elbow patches.  Great details that set it apart from other cardigan patterns available.

Sew the Year – February

With no specific plans for the month that would dictate my sewing I decided to take Sew the Year February as a chance to tackle patterns that have either been sitting around partial finished or patterns that just never seem to get cut out.

We all have mental or written lists of patterns that we want to work on and in many cases even have the fabric and notions.  But for whatever reason those projects just sit untouched.  The flip side is the patterns that are a work in progress.  For me the works in progress usually have something that bothers me to the point of knowing I will never actually wear them.  

Bell Town Vest – Free Pattern

Winter has officially hit Seattle and I knew a vest would be a perfect layer to get me through these cold months.  While I love a plaid vest or even a down vest, sometimes you want something that is a little bit more of an elevated look.  Let me introduce you to my newest free pattern, the Bell Town Vest.

SSD Bell Town Vest Free Pattern

Two New Paper Patterns in the Shop

There are two new paper patterns in the shop!

Two New Paper Patterns - Straight Stitch Designs

It is equal parts exciting and nerve wracking when I get the copies of my paper patterns from the printer.  Even though I pour over the drafts multiple times I am always worried there is going to be some glaring mistake and then I will have a huge box of really expensive scrap paper.  Thankfully when the copies came back from the printer for Montlake and Wedgwood everything was correct, or at least no mistakes I can find right now.

Wedgwood Tester Roundup

I pretty much start every tester roundup saying the same exact thing, I have the best bunch of pattern testers around.  This amazing group of ladies make every single pattern I create so much better and I love working with new to me sewists with each round of testing.  My favourite part of a pattern release is definitely this post, so without further ado I am sharing with you the Wedgwood tester roundup!  Make sure to click over to the shop and grab your copy of the skirt while it is still marked down.