I love when designers reach out over social media to gather volunteers for testing their new or revamped patterns. Many of these designers get hundreds of responses to the tester call so when I submit my name I don’t get too excited because I know there are so many other people.
But I have to say, when I get the email that I have been selected to test a pattern I seriously get so excited, as in there may be some squealing involved. I think the reason I love it so much is that I am being given the opportunity to test something for the designer and offer my opinions and feedback as well as pictures of my finished version. In all the testing of patterns that I have done I always feel like they truly value what I am saying which makes the work of testing a pattern even more worth it.
Recently the amazing Amy from Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop was looking for some testers for her revision of the Evelyn Dress and Tunic pattern. I have a large collection of Amy’s patterns and I knew this one was going to be just as great. There was a pretty quick turn around on the test but after looking at the pattern I knew it was something that I would not only enjoy sewing but Sophie would love wearing. Since spring has finally arrived in Seattle I looked through my fabric stash and settled on this super cute big flower print and a accent of hot pink.
I was selected to test the 3T tunic version with a plain accent down the front, there is also the option to make the center panel ruffled which is super cute. I think the ruffled center panel in the dress length would be a wonderful addition to Sophie’s spring/summer wardrobe. I may even make one for kids clothes week that is coming up later next month.
Another really fun detail of this pattern is the keyhole at the neck in the back. The addition of this detail makes this top just scream spring and summer.
The instructions that Amy provides for this pattern are wonderful from adding the key hole at the back to the gathering on the sleeves you are not left guessing what she is trying say, everything is very clear. By using bias tape around the neck, key hole and sleeves it helps add a more finished look to the piece.
The pattern calls for bias tape along the bottom but I opted to omit that and just do a simple hem along the bottom. I felt like the accent on the sleeves and neck was more than enough of the bias tape and it didn’t need the bias tape along the bottom with an already busy pattern. But if you choose to add it the instructions are wonderful and the end result is also great.
The revised version of this pattern has been released today and you still have time to snag it for 15% off so head on over to her shop (affiliate link) and get this wonderful pattern that is sure to get you through the spring and summer as a new staple to your little girl and tweens wardrobe.