Friday, 19 June 2015

Pattern Testing - Striped Swallow Designs - Wildflower Kimono

So, I should start with a confession - I've NEVER sewn grown up clothes before *gasp* so, of course I had to begin my foray into grown up clothing with a pattern test!

I discovered Striped Swallow Designs only a few months ago when I bought their kids Coachella Shorts pattern. I've since also bought her Soho Dress pattern, but sadly haven't had time to make one yet! 

I've been seeing sneaky pics posted for the Wildflower Kimono in the SSD sewing group, so was a bit excited when I was chosen as a tester! 

I made my first tester version in a cotton poplin and though it didn't fit me, it fit my friend perfectly, so lucky her inherited it! I think it suits her perfectly actually! 
If you've ever wanted to try sewing ladies clothing but have been a little scared, this might be the pattern to take the plunge to! It's a quick and easy sew - I mean, seriously quick! 

There aren't any pattern pieces - hooray!!! I HATE taping patterns together, so cutting rectangles is much more enticing! The instructions are clear and concise. 

The ladies sizing is a tiny bit different to Australian sizing, so use the measurement charts to choose your size, and you're sure to get a perfect fit!

I think it'll make a perfect beach cover up for summer (I'm in total denial that it's actually winter currently!!) But I think it also looks really gorgeous layered up for winter! 

My friend was most pleased it covered her behind haha!! 

I made one for my toddler in this gorgeous, drapey Cotton+Steel lawn and after she fluttered around the deck for about 20 minutes squealing "I'm a mutterfly mummy, look look look mummy I'm a mutterfly" I managed to get a couple of photos of it on!

Here she is mid-mutterfly-wing-flap hahahha 

With sizes from Newborn to girls 14 and Women's XS to 3XL you'll have every woman and girl in your home covered ALL IN ONE PATTERN!! Yep, you read right.... You don't have to purchase a separate womens and kids pattern - it's all in one!

Happy sewing ladies 
T xx


  1. I've just discovered your blog and am enjoying reading and looking at all your beautiful creations! I love the style of the shorts your daughter is wearing here - can I ask what pattern they are?

    1. I just read a little further and stumbled across your pattern hack!

    2. Welcome Melissa and thank you for your kind words.
      I love that you answered your own question hehe xx