Have you heard of Pattern Anthology? If you haven’t, I’m sorry. And I’m so glad that I get to be the one who introduces you because everyone should know about these four amazing ladies creating patterns. I was thrilled to be invited to participate in the pattern tour for the Winter Wonderland Collection, and I had the pleasure of sewing up three of the Sweet Bonnie Top.
Let’s talk about this top. The peter pan collar? We love it. Something about the peter pan collar just makes me happy. This top actually has a pocket that goes on the front, but I opted to leave it out for these particular tops. But you can bet that I’ll be making more that include the pocket.
In the back there is an exposed zipper, which I also super love. It just adds a little bit of funky to the shirt, and I think it’s fantastic.
Now, you know a great pattern when there is some versatility involved. This pattern fits the bill for sure. There are options for short or long sleeves, and instructions for using knits instead of wovens. You are also given places to add length if you want to turn this into a tunic length top, or even a dress. I added a few inches so that the tops would be a bit longer because I knew I wanted them to go with leggings. We’re big fans of leggings around here. (Okay, I am for my girls; me in leggings, not a good idea).
When I decided which piece I was going to sew, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. With three girls, we love anything that sparkles. And sequins just so happen to fit the bill. I also really enjoy coordinating my girls. It's totally different from matching. These tops coordinate: same top, different colors, and all with slightly different sequins. I envisioned these tops with sequin collars and sleeves, and my girls around a Christmas tree with lights. The twinkle and magic of the holidays. Do you think it came through?
My girls were ecstatic to open some presents, even if I was gifting them with lip gloss that was already theirs. It’s a good thing they are easy to please! Props really helped get some shots of them being still. Definitely can be a problem with three kids ages 5 and under!
We also spent some time admiring the lights and ornaments on the tree. Don’t you love seeing the holidays through the eyes of children? Holidays are so much more fun now! I knew this would be exciting for them; they are really into holidays, and Christmas is right at the top of their list of most exciting things ever! To have a Christmas tree out before it is supposed to be out? Awesome!
My almost two year old (next week!) was being a complete stinker. I couldn’t get her to sit with her sisters; she thought it was hilarious to stomp out of where they were sitting.
I bribed the girls with the snowflake peppermint pretzels (delicious, I recommend them!) That was about the only two minutes she would sit still, and during that time she decided to make up her own pose.
Bottom line: this pattern is great, and I am thrilled with how the sequins translated into a holiday ready top for my girls.
You’ll want to pick up the Winter Wonderland Collection while you can! You can also purchase just the Girls or Boys Pattern Collections as well. Be sure to check out all of the other amazing versions that are being shared by other bloggers by clicking here. There’s some amazing sewing going on!
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