children, sewing

Phat Quarters Bixby Creek Pullover

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The latest fabric collection from Wolf & Rabbit is available for preorder through tonight and it definitely doesn’t fail to disappoint! I’ve been looking forward to this fabric round ever since Ella (the designer) started sharing sneaks of the animal paintings she had been coming up with for it. Yes! You read that right — all the prints in this collection have been hand painted by the designer and then turned into fabric!

And there are OWLS in this collection.

And a SLOTH.

And, and…. I love them all.

My three-year old is the reason why I decided I had to drop everything this past weekend and signup to sew samples for this round  – she is totally and completely obsessed with owls! (I do love seeing their passion for specific things start to emerge!). (Owl blog post coming shortly after this one!)

Ella overnighted me a huge pack of samples to sew this collection up: I received a Romper sized Rainbow Owl Panel, and fat halves of: solid mulberry, linen fog, jewel tone stripes, rainbow sweater knit – light, jewel tone rainbows – light. Phew!

Naturally I had to sew things that were new to me and therefore more time consuming… because that is what I do when under a time crunch LOL. I’m sure I’m not alone in this!

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About the Pattern

A few months ago I purchased the Bixby Creek Pullover from Phat Quarters. My eldest had been asking for a cold shoulder top and I thought this one looked really pretty and different from some of the basic cold shoulder tops.

The top comes in size 2T-14 with optional criss-cross sleeves, short, mid, and long sleeve, puff sleeve variant, and optional athletic scoop back.

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Since my daughter measured 5T in width and 8 in length, I used the 5T pattern piece and lengthened the bodice by comparing the 5T and 8 finished measurement charts and adding the difference. The sleeve template has size 5-7 on one sheet and 8 is on the next size range, so to simplify my life, I just lengthened the sleeve to size 7 instead.

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I found the instructions for this pattern generally okay, but some steps were missing or oddly worded, which resulted in some seam ripping. There were also some typos on the pattern (one sentence written in mirror image!) so I’m not sure how eagle eyed the testers were!! I’m told there’s a video tutorial on their Facebook group, which may be helpful!

To speed up construction, I used my coverstitch binder attachment to make all the binding strips.

One thing I found odd and possibly unnecessary, was the facing pieces for the arms are cut on a slight diagonal – this is to keep them on grain with the rest of the sleeve I suppose, but I don’t think it’s critical to cut them this way and next time I plan to just cut out a rectangular strip on the grain.

Editing aside, I still think this pattern is still worth having, especially as I haven’t seen anything else like it in the pattern world.

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About the Fabric

These fabrics are all printed on Organic European Cotton Lycra. 11/12 Ounces or 220gsm. At least 50% 4 way stretch. 95% GOTS certified organic cotton / 5% spandex/lycra.

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Fabric typically takes about 6 weeks to arrive to the designer’s home (in Massachusetts, USA) and is then cut and shipped – so allow up to 8 weeks.

As I alluded to earlier, this collection is 100% original artwork!

Preorder closes tonight! If you miss it, there will be limited retail available at the same price – join the Wolf & Rabbit Facebook group and sign up for the newsletter so you get a heads up on that!

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary fat half of each of these featured fabrics from Wolf & Rabbit Fabrics for purposes of promotion. 

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