Thursday, September 11, 2014

Flip this Pattern - September Showcase: Jack & Jill Color Block Shirt + a super GIVEAWAY

I have always loved the Flip this Pattern series. Some of my earliest blog posts were sew-alongs for this series. So, naturally, I am quite excited to have been invited to be part of the September Showcase.
 This month is all about featuring patterns from new designers who have 5 or less patterns released. Yep, that's me! But this post isn't about me. Instead, I had the chance to join in and sew up a pattern from another designer. I chose the Jack & Jill Color Block Shirt from Peaches and Peanuts - created by the blogger Shannon from Little Kids Grow. I have always admired Shannon's sewing creations. And the Jack & Jill pattern comes with lots of different options. I never sew enough for my boys either. All these factors made the Jack & Jill pattern an easy choice for me.

The Jack & Jill Color Block Shirt was created to be worn over another shirt. So my first thought was that it could easily be modified into a jacket. But, though the mornings are getting chilly, the afternoons are still quite warm. With that in mind, I decided to make a vest instead. But not just any vest; this one is REVERSIBLE!

One side is made with a navy colored cotton twill fabric. It has the front patch pocket with flap that comes with the pattern, but the length of the pocket was adjusted. I also added in-seam pockets.

Both sides were made with a back yoke that extends just over the shoulder. The twill side I kept simple - all pieces were made with the same fabric.  I color blocked the yoke on the opposite side with a modern plaid-like print.

The other side of the vest is made with cotton shirting fabric that I quilted to a layer of bamboo/cotton batting. The vest is still pretty thin, but oh, so warm :)  The upper pockets on this side are welt pockets (so I wouldn't cover up all that beautiful stitching I did) with flaps. And, of course, in-seam pockets on this side too. A boy could hide all kinds of goodies in this vest. Hahaha!

Alright tough guy; I was just joking. Hehe!

With all the different options this pattern offers, I think it makes a good starting to point lots of different kinds of shirts and/or jackets. In fact, I already have a girl version all modified... I just have to sew it up. You may see it make an appearance soon.

 This vest idea just came up last minute before I started working on this pattern. And I am so happy it did. I really love the layered look. And even better, you get two different layered looks. The twill side is simple, clean, modern looking while the quilted side is outdoorsy. (Yes, that is totally a word. You know what I mean.)

Snaps make the perfect closure for this vest because they can easily be used from either side. Plus, I just love the brushed metal finish of the snaps.

I had SO MUCH fun "flipping" this pattern. Thank you so much Ashley and Emily for inviting me!

Later this month, you will see the Fawn Lily make its appearance. Some of my favorite peeps are sewing it up! I can't wait to see what they make. And, in celebration, the Fawn Lily is on sale for 20% off through Sept. 20th - use coupon code SHOWCASE20

But that isn't all the goodness...
Readers, head over to Frances Suzanne to link up ANY pattern from a designer with 5 or less patterns released. That's right, testers, blog tour participants, loyal sewists, you can link up any of your Fawn Lily or other creations from a new designer.

Don't forget to take advantage of all the discounts being offered:

Sewpony Vintage: 20% off all patterns {SHOWCASE20}
Jennuine Design: 20% off all patterns {SHOWCASE}
Sew Like My Mom: 25% off all patterns {SHOWCASE}
Peaches and Peanuts: 25% off all patterns {SHOWCASE}
Shaffer Sisters: 25% off all patterns {SHOWCASE}
LouBeeClothing: 20% off all patterns {SHOWCASE20}
Rock the Stitch: 20% off Fawn Lily Dress {SHOWCASE20}
imagine gnats: 20% off all retail patterns {SHOWCASE}
Sewlosophy: 15% off all patterns {SHOWCASE}
Mouse House Creations: 20% off all patterns {SHOWCASE20}
SewVery: 20% off all patterns {SHOWCASE}

And ENTER THE GIVEAWAY! I am pitching in a copy of the Fawn Lily, but, just in case the winner already owns it, they can receive a copy of my next pattern instead. Woot!

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