I was rewarded a special treat this holiday season by getting to participate (and help organize with Fleurine from Sew Mariefleur) the Holiday Blog Tour hosted by one of my favorite designers: Itch to Stitch. I started testing for Kennis this summer and I think that her patterns are tops! The icing on the Christmas cookies was that Style Maker Fabrics agreed to sponsor the tour with fabrics! I was like a kid in a candy shop!
If you read my blog or have ever been to my Instagram page, you know that I spend A LOT of time in front of this wall. It’s actually become somewhat of a joke in my circle of sewing friends….but you know what is also a joke? My husbands photographing skills. So, it’s me, Monsieur Tri-Pod, and my wall……and a Christmas tree to be more festive! You should’ve seen my kids’ stunned faces as I was hauling that tree through the house and onto the patio. Moving on.
I sewed up the Irena Knit Top and the much-loved Bonn Shirt! First up, the Irena: This is a long-sleeved sweater with arm bands and a waistband (no hemming!) with two large panels that cross in front. Like all of Kennis’s patterns, this sweater came together very easily and quickly! The drafting was excellent and her instructions were so, so good as usual. (If you have any of her patterns then you know what I’m talking about. They’re good, right?) I added 2″ to it an graded out to the next size at the hips and it falls perfectly over my pants! I wanted it to have a little bit of an “oversized” look. This sweater is so comfortable.
I used an amazing sweater knit from Style Maker Fabrics. It’s hard to photograph, but there are little specs of silver poking through. I actually won’t tease you with the details of this lucious knit because she is sold out of it. But here’s a link for other sweater knits and shimmer in her shop!
I also made a Bonn Shirt because I love the Bonn Shirt. I blogged about it here when I tested the pattern in August. This is such a great pattern because you get the look of a tailored shirt without having to go through all the work of making said tailored shirt. It’s genius. Plus, I love the neckline. Oh, that neckline! It’s looked flattering on everyone that I’ve seen wearing this shirt! I made a Size 6 and graded out to a Size 8 at the hips because, you guessed it, I added some length to it. This shirt can also become a dress and has four different sleeves to chose from! The pattern is packed with options! I did the long sleeved version because I like to roll them up.
I was absolutely floored and honored to be alongside the other bloggers on this tour. I think they all have such unique and impeccable styles! Check them out!!