How crazy excited was I a couple weeks ago when I discovered I had been chosen by Shwin & Shwin to be a pattern tester for two of their most recent patterns? Well, let's just say, my son and daughter enjoyed watching Mommy be silly-happy for no discernible reason (that they could see!)
My first experience with Shwin & Shwin was when I ran across their pattern for the Abbey Jacket. I found myself really drawn to their designs. I love how their patterns are so clean and modern, yet maintain the appropriate overall "look" for young children. These little ones grow too quickly as it is, yes? I don't need to speed the process by dressing them older than they are!
So I was delighted to be able to test two patterns, The Honey Pie Bloomers and the Maxwell Top. While my children did some major self-entertaining, I came up with these two lovely pieces:
The Maxwell Top
I love. this. shirt. Seriously. I love the little details that set it apart...here are a few of my favorites:
Twill tape on the pockets, and a choice of buttons or snaps going up the front.
The fun, contrasting yoke on the back (and contrasting fabric under the collar).
The pop of that larger button/button tab near the top of the shirt.
Additional twill tape on the sleeves!
And don't you just love that blue/red combo? I do! Here is my fabric/notion information, should you find yourself interested:
Main fabric: Cotton, Wal*Mart clearance bolt. ($2/yard, hurray!)
Yoke/Under Collar: Cotton, Hancock Fabrics
Ducky buttons: sets of 3, Hancock Fabrics
Accent button: set of 1, Hancock Fabrics
Twill tape: 1/4" red (which is the only thing I'd change...wish it were thicker)
And how much do I love the boy in the pictures? He was such a trooper to model, even in the midst of tonsillitis!
The Honey Pie Bloomers
I'll admit it...I'd been eyeballing these shorts ever since Shwin & Shwin posted the tutorial for the tank top they modeled with them! They are so soft and sweet...I love bloomers on a little girl!
I used the same material from the Maxwell Top to add contrast to the bow middle/backs, and to line the pockets.
These may be a teensy bit big on her right now, but she wore them out for a weekend excursion this past Saturday, and they worked like a charm! She climbed, ran, skipped, jumped all to her heart's content...and these matched her every move!
Here is my fabric info on the Honey Pie Bloomers:
Main fabric: Herringbone suiting from Hancock Fabrics
Contrast fabric: Cotton, Wal*Mart clearance bolt. (Did I mention, $2/yard?!)
There you have it! If you're looking for some fun, new Spring time patterns to try, I strongly recommend giving these a shot. I love the versatility of both, and plan to plump the kids' wardrobe with a couple more versions in the very near future!