So it is time for September Showcase! This month Flip This Pattern is featuring ten great patterns from ten rising indie designers. Great idea, isn't it?
I was lucky enough to pick the awesome Serendipity Swing Coat from the new pattern company Sewlosophy. What a great pattern this is! I am totally overwhelmed! But I wasn't able to keep the pattern as it is... After all this is Flip This Pattern, right?
So I made a shirt, instead of a coat and I love the over all result. It is a comfortable and stylish shirt Teresa can wear to school while the weather is still fine. (Hopefully that's until the end of October...) And then she can wear it again next spring as the shirt has plenty of room for her to grow...
Now let's talk about my flip! I actually made no changes to the original pattern pieces. I have just cut the front panel on fold and that was enough to turn the coat into a shirt!
But, since I decided this shirt would not be reversible (yes, the original pattern is reversible!) I had to change a lot the way all pattern pieces were sewn together. I've finished the neckline with contrasting bias tape (I think that's way the wonderful shoulder gathering looks a little bit "flat" on my shirt) and added a bit of striped fabric on the sleeves to be able to have a nice finish when the sleeves were rolled up. The yoke closes with snaps, instead of buttons, and I added a couple of snaps to the sleeves to keep them in place.
The main fabric for this shirt comes from one of my favorite online shops, The Fabric Stash, and it was actually bought with my prize for winning last year's Flip This Pattern. It is Dainty Blossoms Posy Pink by Carina Gardner for Riley Blake Designs and it is still available, so check it out here! For the sleeves lining I picked a bit of blue and white stripped fabric from an old man's shirt given to me by a friend long time ago.
Sewing this coat was a fun and I guess I will have to sew all Sewlosophy patterns now! Not only their fitting is impeccable, but I love the design. And did you know the instructions come with a video? Amazing!
(It was an early morning photo shoot, this one...)
Thank you Emiliy and Ashley for such a great series!
Thank you Destri for such a great pattern!
And, I almost forgot, there is a great giveaway going on and lost of discount coupons for you to get these patterns at a great price. Check it out here!