I'm glad to start the "Pattern Review" section in our blog! Our collection of indie patterns is growing fast and we've thought it would be nice to have a small review of all the things we are sewing for the future! Mainly for when we come back to a pattern to do a different size and also for our followers to give you some tips or recommendations if you are planning to buy or do these patterns.
So the first stop will be at "The Clover Shorts" of Mouse House Creations - The Willow & Co. I hope to be objective enough, cause seriously I LOVE what Hayley does... Her top pattern is the Caroline Party Dress, which I still have in my pendings. But I've seen so many awesome versions of this I couldn't resist going for one of her patterns in the Willow & Co release for this spring - summer season.
Assembling the pattern. This is for sure the part I hate the most when starting a proyect. When I printed the pattern and saw there were only 9 sheets to assemble I thanked God! So first "pro" of the Clover's.
Instructions. Full of pictures. This is something I love. I have very little free time cause I have a full time job + a 15 months old baby. So when I find the time to sew, I like having my mind turned off. Being able to go through the instructions by mainly paying attention to the pictures is the second "pro".
Possible versions of the pattern. The Clover include a version with ruffles, a plain one and also the possibility of adding a sash or not. Not too many different versions, but to be honest I wouldn't be able to think of another one without disturbing the pattern. So when you buy these shorts you will have shorts. But some real trendy and reusable ones. Do they fit for for boys? I haven't seen any yet, but the plain version without sash I can imagine it on boys.
Details. I love seeing the seams and inside of the patterns look professional. Sewing for hobby but feeling I look quite pro with the things I do for my baby makes me feel veeeery good. In the Clover's you'll find all these instructions. How to overlock or zig zag the seams in an 'optimsed' way is anothe pro for the pattern.
Final Result. This is for sure the most important part. Does the children look nice with the finished shorts? I think the pictures that follow speak by themselves... Another good thing is the size really fits according to the children's age. This is normally not so straight forward ;)