Have you seen the new Winter Wonderland collection by Pattern Anthology?
Pattern Anthology is a group of 4 fabulous indie designers that come together and put forth a collection of sewing patterns offered for a limited time only at a discounted bundle. Winter Wonderland is their third release following the Alphabet Collection and Sun & Surf, just in time for the holidays.
Pattern Anthology – Winter Wonderland
Upon reviewing the collection, I chose to sew the Arctic Trapper Hat by See Kate Sew, and the Sweet Bonnie Top by Shwin Designs. Both designs immediately grabbed my attention, and I was excited to work with them.
The Arctic Trapper Hat
This hat was so much fun to work with! I had high hopes for this pattern going into it, as I happen to love See Kate Sew’s aesthetic. Her fun, modern style is like a fresh breeze in the children’s sewing pattern world. This hat was easy to sew, fun to embellish, and my daughter loves it! It fits her perfect.
Things I liked about the Arctic Trapper Hat:
- Easy to sew, able to complete in 1 naptime
- Fit was great.
- Great pattern for using upcycled fibers (think old wool coats, fleece, sweaters, etc.)
- A pattern that will please a wide range of ages, your youngest will like it as will your oldest.
- Great graphics, with easy to understand instructions.
- Ear flaps that will cover children’s ears in the winter, which helps prevent against constant ear aches.
- Modern, fun style.
The design of the hat is perfect all on its own, without need of any embellishment. Especially if you choose a textile like faux fur, to really make it fun for Winter! I used a thrifted sweater, and added some fun yarn made poms at the ends of the ear flaps.
Want to add your own poms?
Simply baste stitch them to the bottom of your ear flap pieces prior to sewing the exterior and the lining together…
The other pattern I chose to work with was the Sweet Bonnie Top by Shwin Designs.
I pretty much love everything Shauna of Shwin & Shwin does. Her patterns are distinctly her own, and without even seeing the name I can usually distinguish a Shwin Design upon seeing one.
The Sweet Bonnie Top
As per usual, Shauna does not disappoint. The Sweet Bonnie Top was great to work with, and I will definitely be make more of these for my daughters throughout the Season. It can be hard to find good long sleeve shirt patterns, that are not the typical peasant top, so this was truly fabulous. The pattern calls for basic cotton, so no need to worry about sewing with knits. I am simply on a ‘use what you’ve got’ kick, and wanted to sew with a couple more thrifted shirts from my upcycle pile.
Things I liked about the Sweet Bonnie Top:
- Pattern fit was perfect.
- Long Sleeve Shirt Sewing Pattern (that isn’t a tunic or peasant top), with option for short sleeves.
- Modern Style, with loads of option for customization with fabric selections to truly make it your own.
- Fun Collar.
- The Zipper back, which isn’t shown in my photos, but included detailed sewing instructions for inclusion.
- Easy to follow instructions, with great visual graphics and clear instructions.
- Great pattern for a seamstress that wants to take the next step into zippers.
The lace back is not included in the pattern, but rather was grabbed off the back of my thrifted shirt. I was able to omit the zipper as I used knits for my fabric, so the shirt can easily slip over my daughter’s head without one.
To see more of the Pattern Anthology Winter Wonderland Collection, click here. The bundle is available for a limited time only, and afterwards the patterns are all sold separately.
Please note: The patterns were provided to me by Pattern Anthology, but the opinions I share are 100% honest and my own.
Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…