Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Pattern review: ‘Star’ Boat neck tee by Blaverry

When Christie from Blaverry asked if I would review one of her patterns, I jumped at the opportunity. Her latest line is nautical inspired, clean lines with so much scope for personalisation.

I asked Christie to tell me a little about her business:
“Blaverry was born from a personal need to create high end commercial style clothing at an affordable cost. I demand the best quality fabrics, construction and style for my children but sometimes my taste doesn't always match my wallet so Blaverry was born. If you prefer to have your children looking classy and cute then Blaverry is sure to be just what you are looking for.”
And the name?
“The name came from parts of each of my 3 kids first names... Blayne (bl), Gavin (av), and Ferry (erry)”
Having a boy myself, what can we make for boys?
“I will start adding a boy’s line to my patterns for Fall/Winter 2014 (our Spring/Summer in Australia!). In the meantime, the boat neck tee and reversible hoodie are both gender neutral.”
Thanks Christie, now for the review.
‘Star’ Boat neck tee by Blaverry
If you have been reading my blog for a while you will know that I have been pushing myself more and more to sew with knit. Anything stretchy used to scare me but not anymore.

I was surprised when I went to print the pattern out. What I thought were usual instructions actually were quite different. This is the first time I have ever received a pattern that was all in one sheet. So yes you could go to Officeworks or similar and print out one page or in my case, select A3 size and have less cutting to put it together. Bonus!
This pattern is beautifully simple in design and construction with lovely details. It essentially has three pieces (each cut twice) so very quick to put together.

I only used a 1cm hem (rather than 1 inch) on the arms and body as I wanted them to be a little longer since it is winter here. Using the overlocker/serger is very fast and the rest of the pattern is finished with a twin needle. I would recommend you get one that is designed for stretch fabric. I get mine from my local sewing store rather than the big fabric shops (wink wink you know who I mean!).

Miss 5 is very happy with her new top and thank you to my amazing neighbour (who blogs at EmThreads) who came to my rescue to take photos when I ran out of daylight hours on the weekend. I’m rather inclined to get her to take all my photos considering how amazing they look but I think I should just work on improving my own skills!

Check out all the new nautical patterns on Blaverry – which one would you make?
Will I make this again? – absolutely. Great pattern which goes to size 12 so will last a long time with my little Miss 5.

Will I make this to sell for Lil Pip? – no my knit creations are just for the owlets.
She did so well considering how cold it was and then it started raining!

Pattern: Blaverry
Fabric: This cute spotty pink fabric is a recent line at Spotlight.

Difficulty (1-10 scale with 1 being easy and 10 hard): If you are a pro with stretch fabrics then you won’t find this challenging – 3 on my easy scale. If you haven’t sewn knits before, I think this is a great beginner patter.  
Time: 30 minutes to sew and a few minutes to cut!

(Lil Pip received the pattern to review, all opinions expressed are my own)

Butter wouldn't melt!


  1. Its lovely, I'm really into boat necklines at the moment.

  2. Very cute! Love your reviews.

    I like the look of the blouse, could see it being a good pattern for when Mim is a little older.

  3. That looks like a lovely little basic t top and your daughter looks happy to be wearing it. Looks like a good length to go with leggings too.

  4. Thank you Jane for taking the time to review one of my new patterns. I hope your readers find the line as appealing and classic as I created it to be. And tell your neighbor than you for the lovely photos.

    Christie Archer

  5. What a gorgeous model. I like the look of the hoodie for my boys.

  6. Lovely top on a gorgeous girl :) Pics with the umbrella are so sweet :)

  7. Great sewing and fit as always Jane :)


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