I am super excited (and a bit nervous) about the launch of my first sewing pattern which is only weeks away…hopefully! Depending on what my lovely group of pattern testers have to say. But obviously I can’t launch one pattern and leave it at that, so I’ve worked out a bit of a plan of what and when to launch the next ones.
Really there is no shortage of patterns to launch, there is a list of tried and tested styles for kids and ladies that I created and have used in my sewing classes for the past few years, in fact since the beginning of Bobbins and Buttons.
However having decided to take the plunge into publishing patterns I needed to make a start somewhere so I decided the first few patterns are going to be some of my children’s styles. I will tell you more about what you can expect and the inspiration behind the pattern series when it all becomes real.
For now I am testing and tweaking the next ones that are in line to be published. As the first one is a little girls dress it seems only right to balance with one for boys.
Infact these two patterns are very much unisex. A hooded sweatshirt and slim fit joggers.
The sweatshirt is planned next, there will be versions within the pattern. Hopefully it will become a go to stable for mums that make, like this one is becoming for me.
Ever since this deep pile super soft cuddle fleece arrived at Bobbins HQ my kids (and me) have been wanting to be wrapped in it, especially on the icy cold days we’ve had recently. So it seemed like a good option to test run the pattern in. I’m fairly happy with the results, just some minor tweaking I think, most importantly my little models gave it the thumbs up. They did get a say in what colours I made them in, which always helps.
My little girl wanted cream cuddle fleece with matching rib fabric.
As the hood is lined with jersey fabric on this version she picked a pretty Art gallery floral knit fabric.
My little boy was less concerned with colour but happy to have this fun monster print jersey inside teal fleece with contrasting red rib fabric.
The joggers have been around on my make list for my little boy for about 3 years in various developmental forms and have been a firm wardrobe stable since then.
They are super practical and really quick to make. I used cotton sweatshirt fabric with matching rib for these. I love this fabric. It is lovely dense heavyweight 300 gsm with brushed back, 75% cotton 25% polyester meaning it washes well and feels soft and luxurious to wear. I could have a little rant now about the varying qualities of sweatshirt fabric but I won’t. I am just happy I can stock this great quality in so many colours that all have matching rib available.
I chose the colours for their joggers as I wanted to whip them up while they were at school, but I didn’t get any complaints.
The rain stopped long enough for us to have a park playtime photoshoot, they were both a bit muddy by the end..exactly how they should be!
Do you make any clothes for your kids? I would love to hear your thoughts about these proposed patterns as well as what you make for yours.