Kid sewing

Feelin’ the Summer Vibe!

One of my favorite things that I’ve gotten to do since I started sewing almost 2 years ago is test new patterns for independent pattern designers.  It’s probably the Type-A litigator in me, but I love to take a pattern in its not-quite-final stage, look at it with a critical eye and give constructive feedback.  I also love knowing that when the pattern is released to acclaim from our little community, I had some small part in making that pattern a success.

Melissa from Melly Sews and Blank Slate Patterns just released her newest summer pattern collection, Summer Vibe, and I was lucky enough to test all three patterns — the Retro Romper, Baja Hoody and Big Island Board Shorts!

Summer Vibe Collection from Blank Slate Patterns

This is not a full review of the collection since I haven’t had time to take decent photos of my garments in action, but those will follow.  Photos are on my to-do list for the weekend, assuming the spring thunderstorms let up long enough for a shoot!

In the meantime, here is a sneak peak of my test garments (minus the board shorts — I couldn’t get proper board short fabric before feedback was due and I’m not a big fan of the fabric I had to use.  Now I have board short fabric for 2 more pairs, though!).  I am a big fan of all three patterns and will definitely recommend them!

Creative Counselor: Summer Vibe Collection Retro Romper

Creative Counselor: Summer Vibe collection Baja Hoody

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