I was excited to be able to sew the City Chic Top from Peek-A-Boo Patterns. I love the cowl neckline, and how unique it was. I love the look and drape of scarves, but I have a hard time wearing them for long periods. This neckline (especially if done in a contrasting fabric) fixes that for me by giving me a similar look to a scarf, but it’s attached to my shirt and not as bulky.
This pattern went together fairly quickly, with the gathering of the cowl and sewing it onto the shirt taking the longest. The V can be a little bit tricky, which is why I classified this as advanced beginner to intermediate. The rest of the shirt goes together very easily, and with the cuffs and the bottom of the band, there is no hemming on the shirt involved! Am I the only one who hates hemming and loves when I don’t have to do that?
The one part you do have to hem is the top of the cowl. The pattern mentions topstiching it down, hand stitching, or doing a blind hem. I just topstiched it down, but it does show more than I expected. Next time I think I would try to do a blind hem or hand stitch it instead.
For this shirt I used a light sweater knit I had for the body of the shirt, and cotton lycra I got from a Girl Charlee Knit Fix many months ago. I forgot to lengthen the body of the shirt to fit me, as I am 5’10”. I think I would add about an inch or two to get the look I like, however this is definitely wearable as is! This is a good reminder to actually check the finished measurements chart and adjust the pattern accordingly. I usually have to lengthen most shirts unless they are tunics, but that is the great thing about sewing my own clothes. I can actually customize them to get them to fit me
Denita also made a fabulous version below!
Trisha shares her version of the City Chic Top by Peek-a-Boo Patterns.
There were a few moments along the way with this project where I really wasn't sure if I would end up with a wearable garment. This was a challenging one for me - the first time I’ve made anything like this, and it’s the kind of thing which is in danger of ending up on my unfinished projects pile. That would have been a great shame, because the end result is more than just wearable - it's awesome! And now I can say I made my own hoodie, and i’m feeling pretty proud of myself! So stick around and see all my thoughts on our affiliate, Peek A Boo Pattern Shop's, Hyde Park Hoodie.
I am always looking for simple pieces I can add to my wardrobe. I love that this pattern has so many options! Lisa created such a perfect look for her fabric! Check out her review below and pick up your copy here!
SWIMMMMMMMM WEEEEEEEEEEK - and today we have an adorable unisex suit for you!!! The Aloha Burn Blocker is great for boys and girls, it is great for surfing, puddle jumping, or swimming at the pool.
Today we take a look at our affiliate Peek A Boo Pattern's Max and Matilda Button Up Body Suit. This is perfect for all the babes in your life who need the look of a tucked in shirt - you know shirts never stay tucked in!!!! So the fact that this has a snap opening to cover up the diaper and close between the legs is ingenious!!!
It is MAY!!!! So, even though the weather where I live has been fluctuating between the 30's and 60's, I am ready to start dressing my kids for summer (sorry babies, you are just going to have to freeze for style!).
Today we take a look at a favorite pattern of mine - the Adelaide Vintage Romper by our affiliate Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop. I was lucky enough to test this pattern last year for Amy, and I have already made another one for baby girl this year... and plan to make at least one or two more ;o)
Cassie Reviews the Waikiki One Piece by Peek A Boo Pattern Shop.
Have you seen the new Lullaby Line by our affiliate Peek A Boo Patterns? If you have a baby shower to go to, a new edition to your family on the way, or a child under 5; you are going to want to take a look at these!
The Full Collection includes: Overalls, Lap Tee and Body Suit, Shorts/Pants, Sleep Sack, Baby Gown, and Hat/Mitts.
I am a huge fan of our Affiliate Peek a Boo Patterns. I have tested her patterns, bought her patterns, and made her patterns on many occasions.
Today we are looking at the Classic Oxford by Peek-a-boo Patterns. I love oxfords on my boys for any time of year; we do short sleeved in summer and long sleeve in winter, and they are my go-to holiday wear dressed up with a tie, vest, or blazer. Peek-a-boo's pattern fits the bill on every level - classic style, two sleeve options, and a size range of 3m-12y that ensures you can get quite a bit of longevity out of this pattern!