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Extraordinary Girl top by Filles a Maman

sewingKaty McKinleyComment

I was SO FREAKING EXCITED when Mel posted the call for testers with this shirt.  Like pee my pants excited.  And I'll tell you why.  I have a big round face.  And because of that big round face (which you don't have to tell me I don't have because I know I do and it's totally fine with me it's just a feature) I don't like to have things up against my face.  It's the main reason I don't wear scarves.  The closer things are to my face, the bigger and rounder it looks.  So I like to keep my collarbone clear of clothing.  It's just what I do.  Maybe I'm weird. 

Well.  I am weird.  You don't need to question that.

I digress.

The Mel that I spoke of is the super adorable owner and designer of Filles a Maman.  She was about to release the Extraordinary Girl women's shirt pattern (as part of the Sew Fab Bundle) and I got picked to sew up my size and figure out if there were any quirks before the pattern needed to be released.  I'm not shy about my love for sewing with knits, or sewing for myself.  So I was super eager to apply for this pattern.  (I would have probably bought it anyway, had she not chosen me.)

The pattern is a boatneck shirt designed for knits with optional pocket on the front, high-lo hem and option for color blocking...with a choice of long or 3/4 length sleeves.  It was a dream to stitch up and could easily be considered a beginner's pattern.  I love the endless amount of options that I had for mixing my fabrics and had fun putting mine together.

The fabrics that I used were both from Girl Charlee.  Shocking, I know.  The mustard and grey striped knit can be found [HERE] and the grey/pink rose fabric isn't available any longer, as far as I can tell.  I purchased both of these fabrics back in April and made a dress out of them.  They look so sweet together that I couldn't resist making them pair up again.

All in all, I am incredibly pleased with this pattern.  I look forward to making a few more tops for myself...perhaps even in toned down colors and less mix/match styles.  You should see some of the other testers and how their shirt turned out.  They were amazing!  Such an insane amount of inspiration can be drawn from people making the very same thing you are.  It's remarkable.

Mel hasn't made this pattern available on it's own yet.  BUT, the good news is that it's available as part of the Sew Fab Bundle, alongside NINE other awesomesauce women's patterns.  You can get ten patterns for only $29.95 and they're all adorable, never before released patterns.  But don't wait!  You've only got until December 15 to get your sneaky little hands on the bundle...and then you'll have to pay regular price for all of them.

You can find Filles a Maman in several different places.  All of her patterns are remarkable.  You should probably buy one of each. Just saying.

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