I'm so excited to be a part of the Amuse Homecoming Tour by Winter Wear Designs! The Amuse Boho Top has been available exclusively through One Thimble digital magazine . . . until now! You can now officially find it on the WWD website and we're doing a blog tour to welcome it home.
Check out this sweet knit version I did for the tour.
The Amuse is actually written for woven fabrics. But, I love knits too much, so I knew I had to make a knit version. Suzanne included instructions on sizing for knit-- size down one from your bust size. The waist and hips are very forgiving, so no real need to worry there. My measurements put me between a medium and a large, so I sewed up a small for this knit version. The pattern even includes measurements for your knit neckband!
And the Amuse has plenty of options beyond fabric choice: short and 3/4 sleeves (encased elastic on the latter), five basic length options (along with straight or shirttail hem options on the dress lengths), four ways to finish the neckline, and two back options. With my two yards of fabric, I was able to get this 3/4 sleeve, mini dress with shirt hem. Thanks to the The Fab Clique (tour sponsor) for sending me this sweet fabric. They're offering a special Amuse Bundle (4 yards for $24) this week, so be sure to pop over there as well! This one is a great rayon spandex-- perfect weight and drape for this pattern!
This is the gathered back version, though there is also a straight back option. Personally, I think the gathered back is divine. To me, it brings all aspects of the pattern together. It's a cohesive look. It makes it 100% boho.
The front also has this gathered section, along with this center yoke I must say, I felt like I was doing the pattern an injustice by not doing something with these front and back yokes-- color blocking with a different fabric, lace overlay, something! I desperately looked for something, but in the end, I just loved the simplicity of one fabric-- there are enough awesome design features to let shine.
Next time: a woven and something extra fun with these yokes.
I'm going to be honest-- with The Amuse hiding out over in Australia with One Thimble, I hadn't heard of it until Suzanne put out the call for a blog tour. And . . . if I'm going to be even more honest, I had never sewn a Winter Wear Design pattern until now either (gasp!). I've oogled her designs many a time, but unfortunately, with the amount of pattern testing I do, it's rare that I get the time or opportunity to sew up something new from a different designer-- which is why I jumped at the chance to be a part of this tour!
It was good for to me step out of my box and check out someone different. This pattern was thorough-- I was so impressed with how Suzanne had put it together. FOUR ways to finish that neckline, my friend. Lots of tips throughout, lengthen/shorten lines and instructions. AND, my personal favorite was the addition of illustrated instructions on how one would change the pattern depending on one's body type. There's a lot packed into this tutorial!
Personally, I love the flowy nature of this top. It's so comfy and fluid! Once upon a time, I know this isn't something I would have been comfortable in-- in the past, I always wanted things tight, or at the very least, fitted at the waist. But I've learned that just because something isn't fitted, that doesn't mean that is doesn't fit. I love Suzanne's vision on this one.
And can we pause to talk about my photo overload?
I knew I wanted to take my Amuse pictures at these old stone structures (leftover from the old railroad). They're on a dirt road just a mile or so from my house. Just as I pulled up, a train started to go by! It was perfect. I could not have asked for better timing. I love the train in the background, and I love that it stirred up some wind to really show off the movement on this dress! I just kept clicking away until the train was gone, and I ended up with so many photos that I love.
I styled the top with tights and boots, but I grabbed one more picture at home with just booties, to show what a nice length the mini really is!
Thanks for stopping at Middle River Studio! If you grab the Amuse Boho Top and Dress, be sure to use the code AMUSEME to save 20% off all this week! And if you've made one already or make one before Friday, May 26th, be sure to share it in the Winter Wear Designs Facebook group with the hashtag #amuseme to be entered to win a fabric bundle from The Fab Clique and a pattern pack from WWD!
Thanks again and don't forget to move along and check out more of the gorgeous boho makes!