Thursday 25 May 2017

Testing the Tui Pinafore by Below the Kowhai

My gorgeous friend Sophie has spent the last year or so learning how to create and draft patterns. I think that is pretty dang amazing! She has started up her brand called Below the Kōwhai - named after the huge Kōwhai tree in her backyard, where her two girls love to play. This pinafore is her second offering, her first is the Bellbird dress, a beautiful dress with optional loose, puffy sleeves.

I have been lucky enough to test both patterns for her and I really love the process! Sophie sends me (and a few others) her draft pattern and we run through making the item and pick up any changes that need to be made, give feedback on what works or doesn't, and make sure the sizing fits our models!

This process has made me a better seamstress already, I follow the pattern to the letter and when it says to iron, I do! This is far removed from my usual guesstimate sewing. I know that I can and should do better and this is definitely helping - thanks Soph! I also attempted her step-by-step embroidery on the pocket, I have only ever done basic embroidery before so it was fun learning new skills.

You can purchase the pattern over at the Below the Kōwhai website - Check out the beautiful photos of the Bellbird while you are there!

I had to tempt Addy into modelling the dress for me, she cannot sit or stand still hence the hilarious photos.

The Tui Pinafore
Model Wears Size 3
Material: Chambray
Curved Bodice and Straps
Patch Pocket with Embroidery

xx Amy