Testing the Theodor pattern

I know the blog has been seriously neglected for such a long time. I feel like I’ve been in a time warp. Five minutes ago it was the new year and we were preparing to move house and now its nearly the summer holidays!! My usual flow of work and developments for the business has really been knocked sideways by moving house and trying to get re-established in new surroundings. Nevertheless I feel I am finally getting back on track and starting to get organised again.

So to pick up where I left off…we launched three new patterns at the beginning of the year including Theodor. Theodor is a kids raglan sleeve sweatshirt. Very simple and very easy to make. Also an ideal project for making using an overlocker. No other machine is required. However it can also be sewn using a domestic sewing machine if you don’t have an overlocker.

As always I asked my lovely group of testers to make some trials and give feedback before I went live with the pattern. I worked with some new testers on the Theodor pattern. Rebecca rustled up several Theodor tops in no time for her gorgeous trio.

How cute is this little poppet in her lion and mustard version.

These two are just so cute, demonstrating perfectly how this is an ideal top for boys and girls. Its also an ideal choice for left over pieces of jersey to use with contrast sleeves and back.

I love this little guy, he is always so willing to model whatever his mum tests. He is looking very cool in his Theodor top.

Debbie also tested the Lynn sweatshirt so they had matching sweatshirts. A great idea to use a panel print and co-ordinate for the sleeves. I love this happy picture.

Very impressive pattern matching Debbie :-)

Karen also tested the Lynn and Theodor patterns. She chose to make classic navy and white stripe in a lighter weight jersey. She sent positive comments with this picture which is such fun.

Abi’s little model looks adorable in her chosen combo with contrast rib trim.

Emma’s model looks very sophisticated and cosy in her version. The pattern size range starts at age 1 year through to 12 years. The testers have shown a wide variety of sizes and fabric choices.

The Theodor pattern is available as both pdf download and paper.

If you have already bought this pattern you might like to read my tips for tracing patterns. This way you can preserve the pattern for different size children or as your child grows.

I have also just published my first video tutorial which is a more indepth explanation of how to attach a jersey neckband.

Its always great to hear from you or see your version if you’ve made Theodor or any other Bobbins and Buttons patterns. Please tag us in on social media or use hashtag #releaseyourhandmade so we can find you.

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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

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