Pattern Anthology’s 8 Days a Week Collection


Oooh, two garments in one post! I was lucky enough to participate in Pattern Anthology‘s last womens-wear collection blog tour earlier this year and now they’re back with a new collection of mix and match garments that will become staples in your wardrobe.

In case you’re unfamiliar with the Pattern Anthology concept here are the deets: 8 Days a Week Collection is a new collection of women’s sewing patterns by Pattern Anthology. This collection includes:

  1. The Neptune Tee: A casual tee with optional triangle cutouts at the front and back neckline as well as the sleeves.
  2. The Marigold Dress: A button down dress with elastic waist, long or cap sleeve options and even a peplum option.
  3. Go To Knit Pants: 3 styles of knit pants including leggings, straight leg pants and relaxed fit pants options.
  4. McCartney Jacket: A zip up jacket with fun options and lots of style.

Pattern Anthology sells their collections for a limited time at a 40%+ discount. You can purchase this collection now through October 6th. Get more details HERE.


So, which designs did I make? Let’s start with the Marigold Peplum Top from Blank Slate Patterns:


The Pattern: Melissa, the designer behind Blank Slate, is also from Austin so I got a sneak peek at an early version of this pattern at sewing meet up and was immediately like, “YES PLEASE.” The Marigold is quite versatile. You can make a dress, skirt, or a straight or hi-low peplum shirt.


The Fabric: I used a silk/cotton blend from Form and Fabric in Austin. It has this pretty, abstract, brushstroke style print. I bought this fabric before I knew about this pattern so I didn’t have enough yardage for a dress so I made the top with short sleeves.

(I wore this top two days in a row so needless to say it’s pretty wrinkled…)

The clear crystal-like buttons are from my stash.


The Changes: None, really. With no darts and a blouse-y shape fitting is easy peasy.

(My friend Susan was nice enough to take pics of me outside of The Common Thread at our last sewing party. The store is next door to a bridal salon. Wedding dresses for a backdrop? Why not!)

The Results: Loving it! I can definitely see this being a TNT pattern with all the variations available.

And next: The McCartney Jacket from Shwin Designs


The Pattern: A nice bomber-style jacket with rib knit cuffs and hem band (love rib knit details like that!).


And it’s got sweet welt pockets, too!

(I’m calling this my “It’s way too hot to be wearing a jacket in Texas in September” face)

The Fabric: Ok, so this pattern is drafted for wovens but I had this gray panda print sweatshirt knit from Girl Charlee I had bought ages ago and I really wanted to use it. It was very stable and hardly stretched at all so I felt safe using it.


The lining is a woven, however. It’s a purple rayon lining fabric that I starched within an inch of its life because that stuff is slippery!

(I realized later that I didn’t take any pictures of the back of the jacket, oops. So here’s a random picture instead!)

The Changes: The pattern calls for self and lining fabric for the collar but I wanted to use some more rib knit so, yeah… I used that instead. :p


The Results: As hard as I tried matching my panda-stripes they’re a little off when I zip the jacket up (shhh… if you won’t tell anyone I won’t…). And I think I could have sewn one size smaller for a tighter fit but I don’t mind the size.

Besides – PANDAS! Pandas win everything. This is going to be such a fun jacket later in the year when I can actually wear it, lol!

Now go check out what all these lovely ladies made from the collection then go and pick up the patterns for yourself at

Rachel from House of Pinheiro
Melissa from Melly Sews
Stacy from Stacy Sews
Abbey from Sew Charleston
  • Melissa Mora

    I am so sad that I missed seeing this top in person – it’s fab!

  • Christine Melgarejo

    I’ve been eyeing this set of patterns and reaaaally want it! I may just take the plunge 🙂 was the bomber jacket particularly difficult at all?

  • Not really, I did have to follow the directions closely for the assembly. It’s been a long time since I made a fully lined coat/jacket.

  • lisa g

    i really like the blouse/dress pattern, and the fabric you used is so pretty! love it. and oh my gosh, how fun is the panda fabric for the jacket?! so cute!

  • Shauna

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE both of these! That fabric for the top is just so lovely! And the jacket? Oh My! I LOVE it with the sweatshirt fleece and those pandas!! seriously so cute I love it all. Now it just needs to cool off in Austin so you can wear it 🙂

  • zozowahine

    Both look amazing! You look fab. Zoe xxx

  • Lovely! Really well done 🙂

  • JuliaBobbin

    Gorgeous! Well done lovely lady!

  • I bought the collection hoping I could make the jacket in a ponte, but I never thought about a sweatshirt fleece! Thank you for doing the experimenting for me 🙂

  • sallieforrer

    Oh so good! Both of them are just fabulous! Love that blue brush stroke fabric for the top!

  • Abbey Dabbles

    Love them both! I know I already said this on Flickr but those pandas made this jacket for me!

  • Hey thanks! I saw the panda print and I just HAD to buy it, lol!

  • Thanks, I could see that blue and white fabric being something you would wear. It’s still on their website I think.

  • Thanks! I lined the inside in a woven to help keep it’s shape (just in case the sweatshirt knit did stretch, it didn’t really). But the woven rayon was also good on the inside ’cause it’s slippery so your arms slide in easily.

  • Thank you!!

  • Yes! It’s actually been a little cooler these past days, still not enough for jacket weather. But on the other hand it’s good because by sewing ahead of season it means I’ll be able to wear it all through the winter! Thanks!!

  • Thank you lisa!

  • Maybe next time 😉 but it is totally fab and I love it! thanks for making a cool looking, yet easy to make, pattern!

  • Thank you! 😉

  • thanks a lot!!

  • Amy

    Oh man, have I been under a rock. There’s another fabric store? And near North Loop? Yes! (Do they still have this awesome fabric, because I want to steal it.) Great makes, Dixie… very wearable and cool.

  • They do, unfortunately I just found out that they’re closing up shop entirely in a few weeks so if you want it you’ll need to go now!

  • Margo Bergman

    Oh my! Both adorable makes!! I would snap up that peplum top, in that fabric in a snap! Gorgeous!

  • This dress is great!!! Love the giant stripes – so fun! 🙂