Saturday, July 28, 2012

Go To Patterns {blog tour}

Have you all heard of The Train To Crazy? I am sure most of you have felt like you have been on that train to crazy town. (I know I have especially this week) Well, Andrea from The Train To Crazy started her own pattern line! The first pattern? The Go To Dress. This is no light weight pattern. This pattern is fully loaded with sizes 12m-12years, and so many options you can make over 500 different style options! Yes 500! Not many patterns allow that!
 So naturally when Andrea asked me if I wanted to participate in the blog tour and test the pattern I said YES! And then she was kind enough to bump me to the end since the month was way crazier than I ever thought it would be. She is awesome like that but I was so excited about the pattern I refused to pass :) She makes everything so clear and easy with tons of tips, ideas, and she even defines all the different knit fabrics so you can choose the perfect knit. Even if you are scared to sew with knits she walks you through how to sew with knits even with just a regular sewing machine nothing fancy.
 I was terrified of shirring before this pattern, like avoided shirring at all cost. I am honestly not sure why but The Go To Dress Pattern makes everything seem so easy and possible I decided I would just bite the bullet and go for it. I am so glad I did! I now LOVE shirring, it really is as easy as it looks. But if you are afraid or struggle with shirring don't you worry there are plenty of other options.
 I made the tunic style for Abbey (with a little added length so she can wear it longer) I also did the ribbing at the neck and the cap sleeve with ribbing option. I was going to add inset pockets but I decided to keep it a little more simple this go around. And even though the pattern comes with a few different applique options Abbey is really into butterflies these days so I added a few felt butterflies simply sewn down the middle to secure. It was quick and simple and she gets the effect of butterflies flying up the shirt.
 Abbey was thrilled with a comfy knit shirt, and I love the outcome! I can see many more of these in the future!

You can find the Go To Dress Pattern and other patterns in the Go To Patterns shop.

And if you want to see some of the other creations check out the other stops of the tour!


  1. 500 different style options!?! OK, I think I really need to get this one...

  2. Thanks for participating Shauna! I don't know how you managed it this week!! Thanks!

  3. So cute, Shauna! I'm sure it'll quickly become Abbey's go to dress! My Em is loving hers; wearing it as quickly as I can get it through the wash (summer is messy!).

  4. This looks like a really great pattern and I love what you've done with it. My girls would love the butterflies too! When I started sewing for my kids one of Andrea's patterns was what I started with and my girl still wears it. Think I'll have to buy it one day soon :-)


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