It was exciting to be chosen twice in as many months to test for Twig + Tale. The Driftwood Blouse and Dress was a fun test, resulting in these two blouses…
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This time, we were testing the Women’s Pathfinder, a perfect way to say Sew Long Summer and hello to autumn days. Thanks goes to Melissa at Mahlicadesigns for hosting the blog tour again this year!
Twig + Tale tests in teams, each assigned a color and corresponding dates. I ended up in the third group with V3 of the pattern. I figured we were close to a final fit so used my beautiful flowered baby corduroy and treasured pale aqua fuzzy minky. It ended up tight because the arm holes were too small. How disappointing…, for a few minutes at least. Then I got to work picking out stitches and trimming off some fabric to make it wearable. Ta da!
It tuned out cute, with the options chosen being the pixie hood, one curved pocket, curved lower back, and KAM snap closure. It goes well with my Maple Skirt from Gracious Threads and my Abby’s Knockout Socks from The Wolf and the Tree.
The final version ended up to be V5 as Lisa and Jacqui tweaked the pattern to get it just right. Wool found at the thrift store was my choice for this one but I had a horrible time deciding what to use as lining. I wasn’t exactly sure about this jade plaid flannel but I love it now that it’s done. It helped to tie in the black of the plaid by using black furry minky in the hood and pockets and black wool loops for the buttons.
Some of the ladies decorated their vests with awesome hand embroidery that I am pretty envious of. That got me going on a search for just the right little embroidery design for mine. I don’t have patience for sewing by hand but I found this little winter flurry bird at Urban Threads and promptly had a pocket on my embroidery machine to stitch.
I chose the curved back and pixie hood again but went with the rectangular pockets and buttons with loops for the closure. There is also a curved hood and a straight back to choose from and plenty of ideas for hacks.
It was a bright sunny 108 degree F day when I took these pictures. Well, it might have been slightly cooler at sundown. 😰 Oh well, I survived!
Check out the other tester versions, especially the exquisite hand embroidery!
And be sure to check out the others on the Sew Long Summer Blog Tour!