I am so excited to introduce not one but two new patterns today! The best part is that one of them is a FREE pattern. Yeek! I can barely contain myself. Let’s chat about the patterns, shall we?
The Elsie skirt is flowy and full of sass. Every time I put it on I want to dance and twirl around. It is so fun to wear! The pattern comes in two views. View A is a pull-on skirt with two slits at the front, whereas View B has a partially elasticated waistband (hello, comfort!) and a functioning button placket.
Both views have an A-line silhouette that is slightly gathered at the waist. This was important to me, as I don’t like the added bulk of gathered skirts but I do love a full gathered skirt. What a dillema. To resolve this the skirt is created using 6 panels that all flare out towards the bottom. This way, the top of the skirt has just enough ease to get over the hips without issues and the bottom has all the fullness for twirling and swooshing the skirt around.
No me-made skirt is complete without pockets. The pockets on the Elsie skirt are nice and deep. They have plenty of room to put the essentials in and because of the way the skirt is drafted and constructed, the pockets are secured from three sides so they are not moving around or sagging too much.
I would consider View A of the Elsie skirt to be a beginner/patient beginner-level pattern. It is pretty simple in terms of construction, but I can see how some aspects of it would be a nice challenge to a beginner-level sewist. Telling apart those panels and assembling them all together may require extra attention. As well the elastic waistband construction is different from most patterns and may be challenging at first, but I find it pays off in the end since there is no twisting of elastic or feeding it through the casing.
View B on the other hand would be more of a patient beginner/intermediate level pattern. The waistband is constructed in a traditional way, but the button placket requires extra attention. Besides, buttonholes are not everyone’s cup of tea. Personally, it is sewing buttons on that gets me every time. I am notorious for leaving a finished garment for weeks on end while I decide to finally sew the buttons on.
Even though the Elsie skirt is a summer-ish pattern, I see it easily finding a place in the fall and winter wardrobe. To read more about the Elsie skirt and all the technical stull, head on over to the product page.
The Elsie skirt is on sale until August 1, 2021. No code needed!
Ok, let’s talk about the Tabitha tank. I have a neverending love for muscle tanks. I find them so easy to wear in a variety of situations… Sure… Yes, it is just like any other style of tank, but still. I especially like the slightly edgy look of a muscle tank styled with a blazer and jeans.
When designing the Tabitha tank I wanted it to have the features of a muscle tank but still be an appropriate choice in a variety of situations. The resulting pattern has a high neckline and a slim shoulder. Yet the shoulder is still wide enough to hide bra straps for those who do not feel comfortable with them showing. The same goes for the armscye, it is just low enough but not too low to show a bra. I do want to add that there is nothing wrong with a bra showing, so if you have one you want to show off, you go for it!
The armscye band is constructed in a usual way but has “creative” notch placement. This results in some parts of the armscye band being stretched more than the others allowing for a better fit overall.
The Tabitha tank comes in a regular and a cropped length, as well as B-cup and C-cup sizing to help you chose a better fit.
I would consider the Tabitha tank a beginner-level pattern. The only challenge I see with it is working with knits, which may be a different substrate of fabrics from what some people are used to working with. But once you get through that, it is a breeze to put together!
The best part? This pattern is FREE to the e-mail subscribers. You will see the pattern listing in the shop, where all the necessary details and photos are, but the actual pattern is available in the Resources Library, which is password protected. Once you subscribe to the email, you will get the password and access to the tank pattern as well as any future freebies I will place there (I have so many ideas!).
A warm welcome to the two new patterns to the Anna-Zoe Patterns collection. I am so excited and so happy to be able to offer these to you. Thank you so much for your support!