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Briabaloo sewing pattern variations: shirt dress, pinafore / jumper, peplum blouse

Briabaloo – a dress for all reasons

Briabaloo is my first published dress sewing pattern for children, and I’m thoroughly proud of it.  I’ve  carefully designed and drafted it with lots of thoughtful detailing for ease of sewing, practicality, comfort and playability.

It’s a short sleeved, collarless shirt dress pattern with patch pockets and ties, with two variations which make a sleeveless pinafore with inset pockets or a cap sleeved peplum blouse with a Peter Pan collar, or any combination of these elements, and it’s available from size 1-12.

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A newsy blog post for July

It’s been a little while since I posted a news-y update, so I reckoned I’d indulge in talking about me, me, Meee (or, at least, Sewabaloo, Sewabaloo, SEWABALOO!) for a few minutes this week.

We’ve been really very busy behind the scenes at Sewabaloo Towers.  Pattern #2 (the shirt dress pattern) has been thoroughly tested by our completely brilliant team of pattern testers, pattern #3 is in development, and Pattern #1 (the animal costumes) is now being revisited using the pattern testers’ feedback, to make sure that only the very best product will be offered when we’re ready to sell.  All this is happening all at the same time – I know, totally nuts!

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Call for pattern testers!

After weeks of drafting, testing, changing, grading, and drawing and writing instructions, Sewabaloo is looking to expand our team of pattern testing volunteers.

 

The next pattern is a lovely button-down shirt dress in three variations, sized from age 1 – age 12:

View A – a short sleeved collarless shirt dress with patch pockets and ties at the front;

View B – a sleeveless pinafore dress with deep inset pockets and ties at the back; and

View C – a peplum blouse with cap sleeves, a Peter Pan collar and ties at the back.

It’s a straightforward sew, incorporating simple techniques such as understitching, gathering and topstitching, although accurate and careful pressing and pinning will be required throughout.

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A sneaky peek – packaging artwork

We’re just so very, very excited.  Beyond words excited.  Chain-eating marshmallows excited.  – We have our first cover artwork illustrations finished!

The amazing Poppy Tshaya Kay is providing the packaging artwork for our patterns and we are thrilled with how the first batch have turned out.   Sewabaloo have been admirers of Poppy’s work for a long time, and when she agreed to join our team it felt like a coming-of-age milestone for our little company.  Suddenly we felt all ‘grown-up’.

Poppy’s style is beautiful and simple, capturing the innocence and scraped-knees of childhood perfectly, yet she is still able to give a clear and accurate representation of the garments which will be created from the patterns.  We hope you love them as much as we do, this is what Sewabaloo is going to be all about.

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Sewabaloo – activity so far

After months of planning and development, the launch of Sewabaloo is becoming ever closer, and of course that means we’re busier than ever.

After numerous drafts, re-drafts, test toiles and prototypes, our first pattern has been sent to our team of testers and the results are already coming back.  The feedback has been great, which is a huge relief, and includes some useful and actionable feedback, which is marvellous.  No pattern goes for testing without some glitches to be reported.

We haven’t decided on a naming protocol for our patterns yet – will we stick to Numbers only, or think of clever or themed names for the patterns?  Dunno yet, but we’ll let you know as soon as we decide.

Work continues on the second pattern, two gorgeous little summer dresses (with pockets – because you need pockets) and a blouse.

 

 

We are Sewabaloo, how do you do!

We are a brand new independent sewing pattern company, specialising in offering lovely, clear and helpful patterns to make practical and beautiful clothes for the tree-climbing, pebble-collecting, knee-grazing children in your life.

We haven’t opened for business yet – we’re still drafting, sewing, testing and printing our first few patterns, which we hope to launch by the end of the summer.  We plan to blog about our behind-the-scenes development and it would be lovely if you fancied coming along with us for the journey.

Why not join our mailing list so we can let you know when we’ve launched and other exciting news?  We’re on Facebook and Instagram too, come and join us – we’ll probably have vouchers and discount codes and lovely stuff like that on there every so often, we shouldn’t wonder…