Sinclair Patterns

  • Pattern Review of the Ivy Colourblock Tee

    Pattern: Ivy Colorblocked Tee
    Designer: Sinclair Patterns
    Fabrics: Cotton Lycra Solids and Panels from Rubyjam Fabrics
    Skill level: Beginner
    Measurements: Bust: 45″; Waist 39.5″; Hips 47″
    Size made: 18
    Adjustments: None
    Pros: I love the yoke and color blocking on this one, it makes for such a flattering fit.
    Cons: None

    The Wrap Up

    This month in The Sewing Corner, I had the pleasure of sewing up the Ivy Colorblocked Tee from Sinclair Patterns, and I have to say, I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out!

    First of all, I have to comment on the pattern itself. Sinclair Patterns is known for their well-drafted and thorough patterns, and the Ivy Tee is no exception. The instructions are clear and easy to follow, plus the pattern includes a wide range of sizes which I always appreciate.

    As for the design of the Ivy Tee, I love the colorblocking! It’s such a fun and modern twist on a classic tee, and it allows you to play around with different fabric combinations. I went with a darker teal solid on top and utilised one of Rubyjam’s jamPODs (Panels On Demand) for the lower section, and I’m really happy with how it turned out.

    You can have a lot of fun using different colour combos as well as integrating pattern prints to either the yoke or bottom colour block. If you like to matchy match, there is the kids version, the Ivyberry, that you can play around with too.

    As I mentioned above, this is the tutorial I filmed for The Sewing Corner this month, so if you need help sewing this pattern up come and join in the community of The Sewing Corner. Rubyjam is the sponsor this month so you not only get the tutorial, you get an exclusive discount only available to Sewing Corner members of 15% off their Panels on Demand. They have over 1000 to choose from now, make sure you check them out!

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  • Pattern Review of the Calypso Colour Block Top & Hoodie

    Pattern: Calypso Colour Block Top & Hoodie
    Designer: Sinclair Patterns
    Fabrics: Floral Cheetahs, Deep Teal & Rust French Terry from Sew Unique Fabrics
    Measurements: Chest: 44″; Waist 39″; Hips 48″
    Size made: US 22
    Adjustments: None
    Pros: It’s no secret I love colour blocking and this one is now a firm fave. Perfect to show off coordinating colours
    Cons: The front pockets required a bit of concentration but came out beautiful


    The Wrap Up:

    I can not love this sew enough. The colour matching with the deep teal, rust and funky floral cheetah print as just so 🎉. Using a projector also meant I was able to get some pretty awesome pattern placement on all my pieces. Another tick for projector sewing! If you’re curious, my blog about it is here: Projector Sewing Blog

    Sinclair patterns have some really beautiful patterns and this was no exception. I do sometimes find the construction of their patterns a little strange, but it always comes out so nicely, so I just have to trust the process sometimes! haha. The front pocket on this one is one example, I was a little skeptical how it would come together, but the way it blends into the front so seamlessly is gorgeous. I’m already planning more. There is never enough time to sew all the beautiful things!

    I am also a huge fan of the cowl neck look. I love that its so warm and snuggly without the bulk of a hood. Hoods also are deceptively fabric hungry whereas cowl necks take much less fabric but still have a great look and are warm, especially with these Melbourne winter days!

    This is a perfect pattern if you have limited accent fabric as its great to splice in with solids. I definitely encourage you to give it a go.


  • Pattern Review of the Adele Boatneck

    Pattern: Adele Boatneck
    Designer: Sinclair Patterns
    Fabrics: Sew Unique Fabrics
    Measurements: Bust: 44″; Waist 39″; Hips 48″
    Size made: US18
    Adjustments: None
    Pros: I really love the details on this one, it’s a fun pattern to make
    Cons: No real cons, I just wish I had sized out at my hips as its a bit tight over my tum and bum.


    The Wrap Up:

    This was the first time I made the Adele Boatneck and I was really happy with the result. I really liked the details on the shoulders as well as the sleeve options and peplum version. As soon as I saw the fabric I used on this one, I knew I wanted to make the boatneck and I was not disappointed. I think it worked so well with this pattern.

    I made the US size 18 which was great for the top half but I should have graded out more in the waist as it was a little tight over my waist and bum. Other than that though, the fit was great. I liked the way the neckline came together though I did it as a band and not as a binding. Even with the band though it is such a clean look and sits beautifully on the neckline giving that high boat look.

    The other detail I liked is the seperate lower piece, giving it a kind of faux layered look. It helps to be able to use shorter cuts of fabrics on the top piece, which is great for if you have limited amounts. While the sleeve cuffs are not a style I would normally go for, and I might not do again, I am still glad I tried them.

    So all in all I am very pleased with how this one came together and I would happily make it again.

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