Whitney is prolific, if you can’t tell. She’s got an arsenal of Sistershare posts just waiting for my procrastinating self to post. She’s creating…all…of…the…time. She has the studio, fabric stash, and passion to be a sewing blogger, but she’s sweet enough to let me share her creations here. I love my family. Check out the latest pattern review! The most darling Pleated Penny.

the pleated penny

The facts, straight up:
Pattern:  The Pleated Penny by Shwin and Shwin
Size:  3T shirt
Fabric:  something I bought at JoAnn
Notions:  basic white snaps
Difficulty:  Listed as Advanced Beginner…  I’d say it’s easier than that
Make it again?:  Yes, but only because I’ve already paid for the pattern.  If you haven’t, don’t bother.

The Pleated Penny

Her words:

“This shirt/dress is perfectly cute and makes for a decent evening project, but it lacks markings for the pleats, so you’ll spend a frustrating 20 minutes measuring and attempting to get everything to line up.

The one thing this pattern did inspire me to do was to learn to make my own bias tape.  I used this tutorial, ordered my bias tape makers in two sizes from Amazon, and got to work.  I’m not saying I’ll never use a package of readymade bias tape again, but I certainly prefer the look of handmade better.  Try it out.  It’s a great skill to learn.”

Did I ever tell you about the time my mom bought the Sew Liberated Schoolhouse Tunic Pattern? And how my sisters, my mom and I each made a version (or two) for ourselves? We love tunics. We’re a tunic family. Whitney? She’s no different. And this little Sadie Tunic…that bicycle fabric…those little spoke buttons? To. die. for.
The Sadie Tunic in Bicycle Fabric
The facts, straight up:
Size:  2-3
Fabric: Lucy’s Crab Shack by Moda in green and solid coordinate
Notions:  Fabric button cover maker (mine’s a Dritz one)
Difficulty:  Easy
Make it again?:  Um.. possibly with the little pockets, maybe…

The Sadie Tunic with Covered Buttons
Her words:

“I’m clearly a sucker for a tunic.  This one nearly did me in though.  I figured I would have a quick little project on my hands since I was omitting the buttons on one side and the pockets entirely.  Nope. 

First, I sewed on both facings not realizing the button placket should have been sandwiched between one.  Then I realized I should have serged the facing edges so they didn’t fray.  Then I attempted to fix that problem by pinking the edges and managed to cut through the front of the tunic…  By the time I got it all put together, attempted to mask the slice in the fabric, and started working on the buttonholes, I thought I was going to throw in the towel.
 
The buttons took forever because I wanted those little wheels centered just so.  Never mind actually making the buttonholes – that was an exercise in patience because my automatic buttonhole maker sometimes doesn’t like to make the second long leg of the buttonhole as long as the first.  Grrr.
 
Do you ever have one of those days?  It was no fault of the pattern, which was easy to follow if you read the directions.  I was just not on top of my game this time.  I do think that serves as the motivation to sew it one more time – just to prove I can get it right.”