Ellie and Mac Back to School Tour!

Does any one else feel like this summer has been crazy busy? I signed up for a variety of Back to School tours to keep me motivated during such a hectic time of year. This is tour is sponsored by Ellie and Mac Sewing Patterns.

Can you believe I have been sewing PDF patterns for 4 years but I have never sewn an Ellie and Mac Pattern? A bit about the company and their designer, Lindsey Essary,

“My greatest wish for you, is to dream big, create fearlessly and go after the things that bring you and those around you joy!
I found my love of designing and sewing when I had my first daughter, Aubrey.  I wanted her to wear the cute, boutique style clothing I had found online but I couldn’t afford it.  I decided to ask for a sewing machine for Christmas and proceeded to teach myself to sew.
Along the way, I realized that I had something special when it came to putting fabrics together and I loved the adorable creations I was making. “
She is correct about making something special. Her pattern catalog is rather extensive and she seems to put out patterns frequently that are very well loved. the design astethetic is playful with lots of options and colorblocking.
So on to my sew for this tour! I chose the Shark Bite Top Pattern because Sweet Pea has lots of fussy dresses and I am adding to the pants and top category but need layering pieces since our days often start at about 50 degrees and with no A/C the temps in the afternoon are swealtering at 85. I love that there are 3 sleeve options and sizing goes from little girl to big girl.

As with any first run on a pattern Sweet Pea got to pick her fabrics, she opted for a lightweight but bright fabric that makes a great transition for the Vermont/ New Hampshire leaf peeping season we are approaching. I was a bit disappointed that I could not convince her she needed sleeves but the sleeveless will get tons of use with sweaters and can easily be layered with a turtleneck underneath if she wants.20180821_0710021.jpg

This pattern was shocking in how easy it was. The instructions were clear and concise and the pattern pieces for the size 4 that I made (sizing up to give Sweet Pea more of a chance to wear it since she opted for sleeveless). I used a serger for construction and opted for my daughter’s favorite top stitch (zigzag) in red thread that she picked out. This is definitely a nap time sew as sewing with the serger took roughly 25 minutes. I was a tad concerned about the method of making the points for the “shark bite” part but as stated earlier, Lindsey walks you through clear instructions for a nice clean point.

Sweet Pea loves that its a top that can be worn with shorts, pants or with wool tights. It made her feel like a princess while being comfy and casual and allowing for lots of play! Even though this was my first Ellie and Mac pattern, I will definitely be making more of this top and more from their catalog.

If you’re late joining the tour; visit all the bloggers on the Back To School Sewing Patterns Blog Tour Featuring Ellie and Mac and enter the giveaway to win a $50 store credit below!

  1. August 20th: Seams Sew Lo (Intro)
  2. August 21st: Seams Sew Lo
  3. August 22nd: Momma Newey’s Makes
  4. August 23rd: Mama You Can Make It
  5. August 24th: DIYDanielle
  6. August 27th: Mijn11jes&ik
  7. August 28th: Tenille’s Thread
  8. August 29th: Make it Sew with the Bear and Pea Atelier
  9. August 30th: My Sewing Roots
  10. August 31st: SequioaLynn Sews
  11. September 1st: Mijn11jes&ik
  12. September 2nd: Crafty Curly Couture
  13. September 3rd: Sew 4 Five
  14. September 4th: Our Play Place
  15. September 5th: Fée bricolo
  16. September 6th: Jot Designs (USA)

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*A special thank you to Seam So Low for compiling and hosting this back to school tour.

*I received this pattern free for blogging about it and this post may contain affiliate links.


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