Seamingly Smitten, a PDF pattern source for the beginner sewist, releases a new knit top for Misses
Jenny Hall, owner and pattern designer at Seamingly Smitten, thoughtfully and purposefully designs PDF sewing patterns for beginners. She also offers a blog with tips, tricks and tutorials for everyone!
I tested the Drop Shoulder Top for Misses which is available now here on Etsy. This is a comfortable knit shirt that is easy to cut, construct & sew together. Learn how to sew with knits and add binding to a neckline with this easy to follow pattern.
$8.00, available today for 50% off with code SAVE50;
Petite, regular and tall cutting lines;
3/4 or long sleeves;
Instructions are numbered, so you can mark your steps as you sew;
Sizes are nested in 3 pattern pieces;
18 pages to print & line up (no trimming pages or matching lines to assemble pattern);
I used fabric from "Spot The Bolt" tables at Hancock Fabrics. Saw this lovely floral and had to have it for this top. I paid $2 a yard! Spot the Bolt is my first place to look in the stores . . . those clearance items can have hidden gems!
Here's my comfy new top!
Start shopping now and have a look at the variety of patterns for beginners available! Don't forget to use code SAVE50 for 50% off your purchase today.
I'm Gloria, and I'm a sewaholic . . . yep, I took on this review and its deadline before I got sick, and started sewing while I had the flu. But as we say here in Louisiana, on any occasion, rain or shine: "Laissez les bon temps rouler!" (Let the good times roll!) With Mardi Gras just around the corner, I had my inspiration to try out the New Zinnia by LilyGiggle. Lucky for me, I had just straightened my fabric hoard and found Robert Kaufman's Celebrate Seuss! Tossed Characters fabric smiling at me. It is time to celebrate Seuss-style. I searched the internet for an embroidery design and found the perfect one!
And baby sister gets a coordinating tunic too, with a Mardi-Gras jester hat on the cat-in-the-hat . . . and a little fur for her curious senses.
This pattern is all about the Petals. Yep, gorgeous petals at the end of your ¾ or long sleeves. Choose A-line or Empire waist in tunic, above knee or below knee lengths in sizes 2 – 12. (I added buttons to my petals as decorations, mimicking the circles in the skirt fabric.)
First things first:
$9.50 USD, via PayPal, purchased here: New Zinnia;
Fabric(s): Knit for the A-line; All Knit or Knit & Woven for the gathered Empire waist;
Layered Printability – choose to print only the size(s) you need; 4 – 5 pattern pieces (short sash is optional);
Imperial Size Measurements, Finished Garment Measurements, and Fabric Requirements are all provided in charts;
Woven skirt portion and Sash is cut following a Length x Width Chart (no pattern piece);
3/8" Seam Allowance included in pattern;
Quick Sew Instructions (for those who usually skim the tutorial/instruction part);
No cutting chart for neckband. Instead, the designer's preferred method of determining band length & width are provided;
Approximately an hour and a half sew;
Intermediate+ sewist (neckband*)
I'm rating this pattern more suited to an Intermediate+ sewist because of the neckband: No measurements are provided. Instead, the designer provides you with photographs and a step-by-step tutorial on her preferred method of determining the size and fit. This can be a bit intimidating for a beginner. I would prefer a cutting chart so that I can take advantage of the "quick sew" list by quickly cutting my fabric pieces and go straight to sewing. I was glad to see the section on how to trace your pattern pieces onto freezer paper and then iron onto your fabric. I forget about this fantastic method and I'm glad it is included for those of you who haven't tried it yet. The petals are my favorite part! In my state, I struggled to make sure the petals were trimmed perfectly, continuing to cut round and round . . . until I trimmed them too much. Sometimes folks, we need to just let it go . . . . J. Happy Sewing! gloria june