A definite home run for Sewn Square One patterns

Sewn Square One Swing Shift pattern

I am a big fan of Sewn Square One patterns. Not only are they fresh, hip, and ultra modern – they are WELL DRAFTED! There is (almost) nothing I hate more than paying good money for a sloppy pattern. I expect those notches to line up, all the pieces to fit together accurately, and good grading between sizes. You get all that, and more, from Sew Square One. Good design and well-written instructions, too!

The first Sewn Square One pattern I worked with was the Go Anywhere Dress. One of my students made it up in a grey chambray and it was darling. When I saw the Swing Shift pattern, I could instantly envision it on my eldest DD (she even looks a bit like Elizabeth, the Swing Shift designer!)

Amazing as it may seem, I did not have two coordinating cotton prints in my stash, so this project required a trip to the fabric store.  I love this Marimekko-esque print by Brooklyn designer Lotta Jansdotter for Windham fabrics, and the coordinating uneven check was perfect for the collar and pocket details. Look at this cute little spring jacket! IMHO, the fabrics, design, and mis-matched buttons all combine to give this garment a really fun, arty look that I think DD will really like.


I love the asymmetrical collar shape – this feature alone could have sold me on the design – I am a sucker for asymmetry.


More of the check (and buttons!) on the pocket flaps.


The back has a cute little vent and is a perfect spot to add a couple more buttons – just for show.


There is also an optional pleat detail on the sleeves, so you know I couldn’t pass up the chance to add more buttons. 😉


This pattern is a keeper, and I plan on making it again. Maybe even for myself!!


Happy sewing!

Maris Olsen


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