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!
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!