I often am contacted by publishers and people promoting products with the intent of me blogging about it on my site. Rarely do I say yes, but every now and then it's something that I think could be interesting to both me and my readers.
I've used patterns by Amy Barickman and her Indygo Junction line of patterns in the past, so when the publishers asked if I wanted to check out her new book, The Magic Pattern Book, I was intrigued. I liked her patterns that I used in the past, so there a chance I would like her book as well.
After receiving the book, I was really impressed at the number of variations achieved by using 6 base patterns, and knew that not only were there a number of things in it that I'd like to make, but you all might be interested in this as well!
To honestly speak about the quality of a book and its patterns, I felt it was only fair to try one of the projects out. I decided to go with the Cecelia Dress, a peasant-style dress with elastic around the neck, a full a-line shape, a single pocket at the hip, sash belt, and a 3/4-length sleeve with a curved hem detail.
The Cecelia Dress is really similar to a dress I've made in the past from a vintage pattern that I wear all the time, so I knew right away that it was the one I wanted to start with. To be fair, I prefer this style of dress without the included sash belt, which doesn't make it the most flattering item, but that's my personal taste. The model looks really great with it sashed, but I prefer mine with a 60's house-dress vibe.
The pattern went together perfectly and I made zero alterations, except for cutting a few extra inches off the hem and adding a second pocket to the front. I made up the size medium based on the finished garment measurements, and it fits perfectly. The patterns are sized from small-XXlarge, so if you're especially tiny, you might find these to be a little big, but it's refreshing to see the sizes go up as far as they do.
One of the nicest details is the hem of the sleeve, which has a curve at the center. This is made with a facing and is something I totally plan to repeat on other garment sleeves. It's a really nice touch on an otherwise simple item and was incredibly easy to do. A lot of bang for a little effort for sure.
I made my version from a soft cotton and linen blend that I picked up at the Los Angeles branch of The Fabric Store. It is a great weight for this dress, though a rayon or something with good drape would be even nicer. I think a quilt weight might be a bit stiff for my personal taste with this dress shape.
So, interested in winning your own copy of this book? Stay tuned for a giveaway and full review of the entire book that is coming up as part of the official book blog tour on Friday! One lucky reader will get a copy sent to them directly from the publisher, and I'm happy that I get to keep mine!
*I was sent The Magic Pattern Book from the publisher for free to try, but all opinions are my own.*