Recently, I met Eluned of Sewabloo, based in the UK. Eluned has designed and created independent sewing patterns for children. You guys! Her patterns are adorable! This particular pattern I used is the Briabaloo. There are three options in this pattern, all very different and adorable. I chose to make the pinafore dress, but quite honestly I went back and forth between all three. I’m also obsessed with her Anibaloo pattern; the fox! Maybe Halloween next year? I can’t wait.
The Pinafore dress of the Briabaloo pattern was easy to put together. There’s a lot of pieces, which makes it quite fun to piece together. I had to be a little more patient with myself as I read through the steps, as it is with any new pattern. Lots of pieces, lots of steps. Confession time, buttonholes are not my forte. I don’t often make projects with buttons, so I was excited to refresh my buttonhole abilities. No major issues there, except somehow my second button ended up being a little farther down then desired, and the very bottom button probably shouldn’t be there… but I’m glad it’s there for closure purposes. All in all, it was good practice for an up coming project I have planned. Archer shirt anyone? The back of this dress is so sweet: gathers and a little tie so the dress fits just right when worn. I really love this pattern.
I asked Eluned to tell us a little bit about herself and her company Sewabaloo. She said “I’ve always sewn, but love to sew for my girls because clothes look so much better on them than they do on me, and it’s an extension of my love for them. I’m always making dress up outfits for schools (World Book Day, United Nations Day, Dress like a garden animal party – we get them all!) and making them toys and dresses at any excuse. I learnt to draft my own patterns through patterns to fit myself, but I hardly ever have the time to sew for myself any more, especially since I started Sewabaloo.
In terms of my pattern design – movement, comfort, growth and playability are at the top of my priority list, and minimal fussy ironing. Frills and flounces can look very sweet, but they’re an absolute pig to iron and to keep looking nice. I want to make clothes that my girls can climb trees in. An unisex pattern is in development so sewers for boys should join my mailing list too, to be the first to see it when it comes out!”.
You can find the Sewabaloo mailing list here. Also, I feel like we Americans are missing out on some pretty great school theme days. I mean… dress like a garden animal day/party!? Maybe I need to move to the UK…
The fabric I used is Whirlwind Orchid by Cotton + Steel. My thoughts? Cotton + steel always and forever. I purchased it at Pine Needles at Gardner Village. If you are in the SLC area, check out this shop! The little chambray shirt worn underneath this dress is from Target.
Eluned was kind enough to agree to a giveaway! You can enter to win one pdf pattern of your choice on my instagram account: @thesaraproject_
The Giveaway closes Monday October 19, 2015. Winner will be announced on original post.
Thank you again to Eluned for this fun opportunity. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!
You can find everything Sewabaloo at sewabaloo.com!