Friday, 21 March 2014

Perfect Pattern Parcel #1 - Victory Patterns Ava Top

I'm sure by now you've all heard of this wonderful new concept by the lovely Jill and Rachael.  I was delighted to get an email from them a few weeks ago asking me to get involved and help them launch their amazing idea: Perfect Pattern Parcel.  In case you've been living under a rock, here's the details from the girls themselves:
About PPP:
Put together two entrepreneurial makers driven by their internal voices and one self-taught hacker with an "if you build it, they will come" mentality, and Perfect Pattern Parcel was born. We are passionate about supporting independent designers in their craft and fostering a community of makers to grow. Our mission is to offer high-quality pdf sewing patterns written by indie designers while supporting children's education.

About Donors Choose:
Donors Choose is an organization that matches up the needs of teachers and their students for specific projects with willing donors. The funds raised from each Pattern Parcel sale will go to help K-12 students in minimizing educational inequality and encourage a community where children have the tools and experiences necessary for an excellent education.

About Parcel #1:
Pattern Parcel #1 includes sewing patterns for women that are modern classics, featuring both flattering silhouettes and garments that are comfortable to wear. From a new little black dress to weekend play wear, the patterns in Parcel #1 have got you covered.

Support Indie Designers
Independent designers create patterns that are innovative, imaginative and in line with current style trends. Their patterns encompass a broad range of sizes and fabulous “out of the envelope” fit because they're thoroughly tested by real people. With detailed and well-explained instructions, these patterns often teach as you sew. Independent designers are approachable, providing support, suggestions, publishing additions to your favorite designs, and hosting interactive sewing events. When we are patrons of indie designers, we are supporting small, mostly women owned, businesses. We are developing the community around us. We are helping to making dream come true.

All I'll add, is that this a totally phenomenal idea and perfect for beginner sewers who can get a little overwhelmed by the choice of patterns available out there!  I know some of you guys are at that stage and I would encourage you to check this out and treat yourself to this first bundle.  The patterns included are:
Accordion Bag by Sew Sweetness  
Summer Concert Tee by Dixie DIY 
Ava by Victory Patterns 
The Skater Dress by Kitschycoo 
Dandelion Dress & Top by Disparate Disciplines  
  Such an amazing list!  I wanted to try two or three of them, but due to that whole dissertation thing, I could only squeeze in the time to make one and I chose the Victory Patterns Ava, top version.
I'd been wanting to make this for a while and this gave me the excuse to.  And it truly is a great pattern.  I think my only problem was my fabric choice.  It's a silk effect poly chiffon from work and was a bargain at £4.99/m.  I only needed 1.2m plus the poly for the yoke and underlining.  Now it looks good, but the underlining added extra hassle for me which I could have done without.  And also using it for the yoke was stupid as it's a bit thin.  But I am so pleased with how it turned out!
So have I convinced you yet that you should go buy this first Perfect Pattern Parcel?  Well today is the last day you'll get the chance to do so!  So head on over NOW and get your hands on it!  The last part?  There's no set cost for this, you suggest a donation from the list provided in order to support the charity and designers involved with each one.  Who doesn't love that idea?
Oh and don't forget to check out the full list of bloggers involved in launching this:
  One Little Minute 
 SeamstressErin Designs  
One Girl Circus 
casa crafty  
the quirky peach 
Sew Caroline 
Fishsticks Designs 
the Brodrick blog 
sew a straight line 
Adventures in Dressmaking 
true bias 
Idle Fancy 
 La Pantigana 
Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts 
 Max California 
la inglesita 
Diary of a Chainstitcher 
four square walls 
Lauren Dahl 
mingo & grace 
Dandelion Drift 
Sanae Ishida  
Sew Jereli 
Froo & Boo  
a happy stitch
  Disaster in a Dress
  Things for Boys  
mama says sew 
sew Amy sew  
Sew Busy Lizzy 
Made With Moxie 
imagine gnats

Not only have the girls organised this amazing blog tour, but they've also come up with an amazing giveaway to celebrate!  Seriously, how awesome are they?! Click here to enter: a Rafflecopter giveaway
The Facts
Pattern: Ava Top by Victory Patterns, as included in Perfect Pattern Parcel #1
Size Cut: 16
Fabric: 1.2m tartan chiffon and 2m poly both from work
Notions: none
Alterations: none
Notes: better fabric next time!
Wearability: 8/10

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  1. i really like this version!! it makes me think i could make this work on me :) need to try that!! thanks so much for sharing about PPP. XO

  2. I love the plaid fabric choice! I think many people sew this pattern up in light and ruffly fabrics and I'm loving it in the plaid. I've been wanting to make a dress to wear when my husband wears his kilt, and this may be the one!

    Thank so much for sewing with us! Best of luck with you dissertation. :)

  3. Thank you ladies! It was great to be a part of launching Perfect Pattern Parcel #1 and I loved getting involved with such a lovely group of bloggers x


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