Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Anna Tunic

UPDATE: 
Ruth from Sew Love Fabrics just emailed me and told me that the code, THREEINTHENEST will be good for 15% off your total! She also has a Christmas shop, SewLove Christmas, so you can really rack up the savings!!!

I fell in love with sewing and after a few easy projects, I got brave. Brave enough to try this pattern. I read every review on every blog I could find about people who sewed this, what they thought about it, and if a beginner could attempt it. They all seemed to say a beginner could. I am so glad they were right!
Amy Butler patterns are FANTASTIC for beginners because they are sewing lessons. For example, this pattern involves under stitching and when it comes time to use the technique in the pattern, she gives you a very easy lesson on exactly how to do it. More advanced seamstresses can glide right over the parts they already know. Her patterns are very precise, worded very well, and easy! I might also add QUICK! I made two of these in two days (one tunic length and one dress!). The pattern comes complete with sizes XS-XXL as well as several lengths. You can wear it belted, unbelted, with the flower, or without. It is really a very easy and customizable piece. Because it is lined with muslin, it lays nicely and is a nice pattern for fall and winter as I can add a jacket or cardigan when it gets cool.


blurry, but not bad for a five year old photographer 



It should come as no surprise that the fabric I chose is a Jennifer Paganelli (actually, Caroline picked this fabric out for a tunic for her but let me use it if I promised to order some more for her!). This particular fabric is from her new West Indies line and is the Marie in pink. It is the softest, smoothest, and nicest to work with fabric. Sew Love Fabrics carries the entire West Indies line for only $8.75 a yard. Ruth carries all of the big names (Joel Dewberry, Amy Butler, Jennifer Paganelli) and the most recent lines they create. She also makes matched bundles which really helps if you are making something that uses two complementary fabrics but don't know which ones pair up well. Any one of her bundles would make a great set of placemats, quilt, or matching shirts for your little ones. I like her site because it is organized by designer and her prices are so low! I also appreciate how quickly she gets the fabric in the mail!

4 comments :

Jodi said...

I think you did great! I love that fabric..

Jenn Lopez said...

I'm impressed!! Good work :)

Natalie said...

You did a wonderful job! You've been a sewing machine lately :)

Savvy in San Francisco said...

You did an amazing job! Super cute on you! Makes me want to dust off 15 years of dust on my sewing machine! How much did it cost to make with the pattern and fabric?