As you know there are many many designers in the PDF world. And it may surprise you to hear that we actually like each other, help and encourage, and bounce ideas off each other.
We don’t copy each others designs (as it is sometimes thought by our loyal customers – and we do thank you for that support and loyalty) however if a similar design is released by 2 designers it is most likely because of the demand for a “Pattern like this” that we see so often in the big PDF promotions group. They see the wanted design, and run with it, not knowing that another designer is also doing the same thing. The thing is, this shouldn’t matter as designers have their own way of doing things, such as the way they write their tutorial, the style of their pattern pieces, and most important, their ‘fit’ of their patterns. On designers patterns may not work for your children, however the other one does.
There was a lovely little post that covered a bit about this by Pattern Revolution here.
To show you, our lovely customers, that we, the designers, love each other. We devised a plan to prove our love. A group of us signed up to participate in a blog tour of sorts which we called the “Designers Pattern Swap.” Each designer was assigned a designer who donated a pattern to us to sew, and in turn we donated to a different designer. A round robin style swap.
I was lucky to get Stitch Upon A Time and I chose to sew up the Spoxxy Top.
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Ever since I saw it released I knew that I wanted to try it out. so when this opportunity arose I jumped with glee.
According to the size chart I measured for the straight medium, so for the first top I made (out of 2) I made no adjustments. I loved it, I can’t feel the straps and every thing fit perfectly around my arms. I did however want it to be a bit more tight fitting around my belly so I took it in a bit at the sides. The pattern is designed to be a bit baggy around the belly and so please realise that this is just my view, and no fault of the designer or pattern at all, just me being picky with how I like my clothes to fit.
I also found it a little long…but that was also my fault for not reading the part about shortening if you are shorter than 5’6 which I am. The instructions on shortening is on page 22 and is very easy to understand on how to adjust for your particular height. and when I made the necessary modifications it fit PERFECTLY.
To adjust the first top I made and make the lengthening modification I omitted to do because I didn’t read the whole pattern first. Which I recommend that you do so that you don’t miss some vital information like I did and make an idiot of your self. I cut off the band and shorted the length required. Then I trimmed off at the waist. I think that if I hadn’t printed just the medium layer the waist might have mashed down to the small size line.
This is what I did to the side seam.
Now that I had sorted out the minor changes I wanted to make I made another and this is how long it took me. Pretty cool huh?
So enough of my waffling, here are some photos.
I went for a walk up Mt Maunganui, in Tauranga where I live. It took me 30 minutes to get up and 10 minutes to RUN down.
The top held up very well, the waistband didn’t move at all, and the straps are situated in the most perfect position so as not to be a nuisance. Nothing worse than doing exercise and having to pull up straps that are slipping down or pulling at an ill fitting garment. I felt like a million dollars wearing it, and was secretly disappointed when no one asked me where I got it from!!! how sad is that right?
That’s where I’m heading ^^^^
The first half of going up is pretty much all steps like this, with a few flat parts in between. I had great plans of running up!!!!! HAHA, no way, well, not yet anyway. But I’m happy to say that I made it up the whole way without stopping, except for taking a photo or 4.
At the top.
I just love the view out over Mt Maunganui (town) and all the way down to Papamoa.
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