Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Sewing: The Winnie Shrug (Pattern!)

Today I'm releasing a new Wee Muses Sewing Pattern: The Winnie Shrug

(And you're getting a not-so-sneak peek at my next pattern: The Romantic Dress. It's sewn in another beautiful Anna Maria Horner design: Field Study Sinister Swarm in Blueberry.)

The Winnie Shrug was inspired by two great British icons: Winnie the Pooh and Queen Elizabeth I! An unexpected blend of childhood memory and staggering fashion: E.H. Shepard illustrations meet Alexandra Byrne costuming. Which is perfect, really, for a well-dressed young girl and her fashion conscious mother. 

This little piece is simple to sew and simple to wear. It's a great piece for transitional weather and layering any time of the year other than the hottest months. It closes with one over-sized button and stands straight up off the shoulders, framing your sweet girl’s face with a bit of drama. Make it out of some of your favorite fabrics--cozy boiled wool (such as this light blue variety I purchased here), a sweatshirt knit or even shearling

Keep it simple, line it with a contrasting fabric (such as this Heather Ross Briar Rose Jersey), add a seam in back, or make it reversible. Whichever way, she’ll make it her own.

The Winnie Shrug is a 31 page PDF file with full photo tutorials for each of the options, but you only need to print the 5 pattern pages. This pattern was tested in the USA, Canada, Europe and Australia and is fit to print on letter-sized or A4 paper. 

As with all of my Wee Muses Sewing Patterns, The Winnie Shrug is a premium sewing pattern that: 
  • is digitally graded and drafted for the greatest accuracy
  • includes markings and guidelines for easy pattern printing and assembly
  • includes full-color photo tutorials and step-by-step sewing directions
  • has been heavily tested by seamstresses of a variety of sewing levels.
My great testers unanimously agreed it was a very easy piece to sew with professionaly looking results!

The pattern includes sizes 3-6 months, 6-12 months, 12-18 months, 18months-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 and 9-10 years and I've included all pattern specifications in the traditional English units (yards and inches) as well as metric units (meters and centimeters)--hooray! I've also got a section called "Fit Tips" for extra advice on getting the perfect fit.

The pattern includes options for sewing:
  • The Winnie Shrug
  • Seamed Winnie Shrug
  • Lined Winnie Shrug
  • Reversible Winnie Shrug

I have posted about The Winnie Shrug quite a few times before. Scarlett is wearing a teal boiled wool version above with her peacock Skater Dress (from her Halloween costume), but she also wore this in a Winter Wonderland ensemble you can view here.

The very first Winnie Shrug was part of a Once Upon a Thread post. You can view it here and find the original tutorial for an unlined baby sized shrug (with hand drafted pattern for what would be a size 6-12 months in the new digitally drafted pattern).

You can also view a shearling version on Audrey here, and another boiled wool Winnie Shrug appearing in Audrey's "R" outfit (with the blouse version of the upcoming Romantic Dress) here.

I hope The Winnie Shrug will fill a gap in your little girl's wardrobe! You can purchase it in my Etsy shop here.


kristin said...

omigosh it's so cute. i love the shape of it and it seems like it'd be super fun for a little gal to wear - very dramatic and different from your typical cardigan! perfect for springtime. congrats on the new pattern!

Kate said...

Gorgeous drafting, Annaliese! Such a simple and versatile garment :)

Kerrie Erb said...

It's just beautiful!

Delia said...

This is so beautiful and unique. I love it love it!

Nicole (Bellenza Party Suite) said...

So unique and so pretty! I love the style, the shape, the colors, and the reversible feature. Love it!

sisforsewing said...

Love it!
Such a perfect little shrug - love the fluid lines and versatile design! This would be a lovely addiction to a girl's wardrobe :)
Congratulations on the new pattern!

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