March 3, 2016

True Bias - Mandy sweater-5808


Since my kids are no longer small enough to sew cute little rompers for, I have to live vicariously through my friends who are still having babies. I made a couple of these as baby gifts for dear friends and I’m a little smitten with them. I love this Summer Romper by Brindille and Twig. It’s just the right combination between modern and classic. No ruffles, clean lines etc…


True Bias - Mandy sweater-5813

The pattern is drafted for knit fabrics, but I really wanted to use this loominous fabric by Anna Maria Horner. I bought it when it was on sale awhile back at Imagine Gnats. Im in love with this fabric. I just wish I had bought more. It’s thinner than quilting cotton – more of a cotton lawn – and has that 1970s meets South America vibe that is so popular right now. I think it would be awesome in a gathered or pleated skirt for the summer. Because the pattern was drafted for knits I did have to make some adjustments. ¬†Mainly just adding seam allowances and hiding them since I didn’t want them visible on the inside. It also made the elastic casing in the leg really hard to sew because I didn’t have any stretch. Next time I would just add bias tape to make a casing on the inside of each leg.

I also decided to do buttons and buttonholes instead of snaps, just because I hate how fiddly adding snaps can me. I’ve ruined a few garments in the past this way.

The only thing I didn’t love about the pattern was the way that it had you attach the straps to the waistband as seen above. Next time I will add some length to the straps and hide the ends under the waistband casing seam. Otherwise, great little pattern with awesome results. Will use many more times for baby gifts. She has so many great patterns for newborns and toddlers.

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  • Reply Sonja March 3, 2016 at 4:01 PM

    Oh wow, this is mega cute! I love the fabric you chose, too!

  • Reply Katherine March 4, 2016 at 4:48 AM

    So cute. That fabric is just gorgeous. I always thought I would sew more cute things for my kids than I actually did…those toddler years are so exhausting and then they go by before you’ve had time to haul out the sewing machine.

  • Reply Renee March 4, 2016 at 11:05 AM

    Adding length to the straps and hidding under the waistband seam is sooo cute. I now have to buy this pattern haha. My daughter will be 4 and June and i think it is borderline acceptable that she wears something like this, but i also have friends having babies so this is perfect! Thanks for sharing! I love the fabric!

  • Reply Claire March 4, 2016 at 1:07 PM

    That is gorgeous! Funnily enough, I hadn’t heard of Brindelle and Twig until yesterday when someone linked to another lovely pattern for a cardigan/jacket. Now I’ll really have to check them out! I’ve also had my eye on the Loominous collection for quite some time, do thanks for the description. I’m so happy to hear it’s lighterweight!

  • Reply Francesca Recaneschi April 6, 2017 at 3:31 AM

    very nice, where I can find the pattern please

    best regards

  • Reply shushan April 14, 2019 at 6:14 PM

    hiya! I noticed they serged theirs, I do not have a serger any suggestions? it looks like you used a straight stitch.

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