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The Many Views of the Ballard

When creating the Ballard pattern I was focused on the fun and different open back detail for the shirt.  I wanted to create a shirt that is not only comfortable for every day wear but something that is also just a little bit interesting.  I think I have achieved what I was going for with this pattern and people seem to really like it, I know I adore this pattern.

Last week though I was thinking about how I would really like a relaxed fit top to wear that was the same shape a the Ballard but with a closed back.  It never went beyond that thought until with the nudge of the lovely Allie from Indiesew, we started talking about adding alternative versions of the Ballard to the current pattern.

Blog Tour Day 7

Today we have Jess from If Only They Would Nap showing off her shimmery Ballard.  I love that she keeps it real in her blog post because we all appreciate when people are real and tell us what they really think.  Some people like Jess may wonder if they will really like the back of this shirt but I know once they sew it up and wear it out they will realize how great it is.


Make sure you head over to her blog to see more great pictures of her top and to read more on what she thinks.

Ballard Blog Tour Day 6

Today Ajaire of the blog Call Ajaire is joining us for our 6th day of the blog tour.  When she sent over this picture yesterday I got so excited.  Not only is she participating in the blog tour which is exciting in and of itself but do you see what I see in this picture?  See it yet?

Call Ajaire Ballard Top back side

Yes that’s a different fabric for the front and waistband!  I absolutely love taking a pattern and using two different fabrics on it, so it makes me happy when I see others think the way I do.  Make sure to head over to read all about Ajaire’s Ballard top on her blog.

Ballard Blog Tour Day 5

As a pattern designer we are forever grateful for our testers, they help make a pattern even better than where it started.  Amanda of Turtle Birdies was a tester on both Ravenna and Ballard and is now currently testing my third pattern.  She is the type of tester that will be completely honest with you but in the most constructive and nice way possible because she truly wants to make your pattern better.

Amanda so graciously offered to join the blog tour today and you will love what she has done with the pattern.

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Ballard Pattern Tour Day 4

This morning our pattern tour is headed to my lovely friend Abby over at Sew Much Ado.  Abby and I both live in Seattle so we had our first ‘date’ at a park this summer with our kids and hit it off instantly.  I was so excited when she agreed to join us for the blog tour.


I love Abby’s choice of the houndstooth and the shorter top looks so great on her.  Jump over to her blog to read all about her top and see more great pictures.


Ballard Blog Tour Day 3

Today the blog tour is heading to KZJO Studio where the lovely Kaysie is sharing her grey burnout jersey version of the Ballard.  I love the top paired with skinny jeans and ankle boots.

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Make sure to head over to KZJO Studio to read more about Kaysie’s top and see more great pictures of her top.  And come back tomorrow to see my friend Abby of Sew Much Ado show off her Ballard.


Today is also the start of the sewalong over at Indiesew.  Get your copy of the Ballard pattern and grab your fabric and head over to read part 1 of the sewalong.

Ballard Blog Tour Day 2

Yesterday I introduced you to my newest pattern, Ballard!  It has become that shirt I wear on repeat because it is so comfortable and can be worn with so much.  I pair it with skinny jeans and moccasins or leggings and boots.  Even better is that this pattern takes no time at all to sew.

As part of the release of this pattern I am hosting a blog tour of some amazing ladies and their Ballard tops.  Today Annie from The Enantiomer Project is sharing her super cozy heathered pink version that she styled amazingly with her leggings and boots.  This is the epitome of comfort while still looking great.

Party in the Back – Ballard

A friend recently said it perfectly when she described my style as simplicity with unique designs.  I couldn’t have described the look and feel I am going for with my patterns better than that.  I strive for comfort and style while still being able to live our lives and wear our handmade clothes.  No one wants a closet full of clothes they can only wear on date night or for that special occasion.  We want to proudly wear our me made clothes no matter what exciting or day to day things we are doing, and if those clothes are interesting thats even better.

Ballard Tester Call

The Ballard Top is ready for testing!


This pattern is a knit relaxed fit tunic with 3/4 sleeves, gathering at the front neckline and and open back detail. I have decided to also add pockets! Pattern comes in sizes 0-18.



The testing will run from Thursday the 9th until Wednesday the 15th. Testing will be done through a facebook group, unless you aren’t on facebook it can be done by email.

If you are interested in participating please fill out the google form to be considered. Those chosen will be notified by tomorrow.