I think you could describe what I'm about to tell you as "nerdy," but it's OK. I'm cool with it. It's the fact that while I'm not a big reader, I LOVE to read strange things. Like cookbooks. And patterns. I'm not sure why, but I do. So when I tell you that I love to read Brownie-Goose patterns, part of it's my nerdy, pattern-reading thing, but the other part is that I find myself either laughing out loud or nodding my head in solidarity with Amy's sewing shenanigans. Some seamstresses just want to get to the point and sew, but I find Amy's writing voice to be endearing and fun. Like I'd want to hang out with her and binge watch Gilmore Girls on Netflix. The best part is that these page-turning tutorials also happen to come with some of the PDF world's most beloved patterns, and I think her new Lennon Blouse and Dress will definitely be a fan favorite. Here's Nichole with her version....lucky girl!
Hello again!! It's been a busy month for me, but I just couldn't pass up the chance to review this piece from Brownie Goose. The Lennon. Even just the name says it's gonna be pretty spectacular. Classic shirt with fun collar, bishop sleeves, and add-on bow. Or make it a dress with a pleated skirt and fitted waist. Both timeless. Adorn either with a button and loop closure. Perfect to showcase a favorite button! I opted to make the shirt, because I just thought it would be perfect for my Jennifer Paganelli Lucky Girl fabric that I've been hoarding from Hawthorne Threads for EVER.
Okay, lets get down to business, shall we?
- First, lots of pages to print. But she breaks it down giving exactly what you need to print for what you are working on, be it the top or dress. Tapes together quickly and easily.
- Very thorough size chart, finished measurement chart and yardage needed chart.
- Pattern layout for cutting, which is especially great visual to remember to cut collar on the bias.
- Instructions break down for blouse first, followed by dress. As per usual BG pattern, very detailed instructions (and funny).
Now, I know that I don't need to "sway" any of the BG followers...or her "geese" as they're called. :) But, for any people new to BG, I'll share my thoughts. I was very pleased with construction of the blouse. Facing lays perfect and creates a beautiful neckline. Collar is just gorgeous! Add on bow (I chose to pin mine on for washing purposes) is a perfect touch. Bishop sleeves are perfect for these cold midwestern winters, and springs too. Sleeves not your thing? Do you actually live somewhere warm and lovely? She includes detailed directions on how to shorten the sleeves. And also the curved hem.
Overall, super glad I was able to review this pattern. I love it!! My daughter has worn it for 3 days in a row....she LOVES it! And she doesn't like to wear anything expect dresses, so I consider that a very big win!!