Alina Sewing and Design


Thanks for all of your kind words and excitement over the Panama Tee Dress!

I’m back today with a few tester photos. Most testers sewed up more than one version; the pattern saw some changes during testing, and many were willing to print the revised pattern and sew again. I really value the feedback from testers and I look for testers who are willing to be super honest with me about changes they think needs to happen. We all need those people in our life, right? The ones who are willing to tell us the truth? I’ve hit the jackpot with testers who will do exactly that.

So let’s take a look at a few of the versions that came out of testing!

anyaAnya actually made multiple versions, but here are two of them! The left is the knee-length dress with half-sleeves in ponte and on the right is a sweatshirt hack that I hope she’ll blog! She sized up, shortened the length of the tee and added bands to the hems. She also widened the neckband to give it a more classic sweatshirt finish.

ashleyAshley made the maxi in an olive rayon spandex and it is to die for on her!

heidiHeidi made two versions, one in ponte and one in french terry. She sized up the included chest pocket and added hip pockets to her french terry version and I love it. I love how this pattern is a wonderful blank slate–great how it is, but so much you can add to it, too. You can read her blog post about testing here.

katieKatie has made several version since testing (and is currently working on one in velvet for the holidays! Heart eyes.). I love this floral print and how this pattern works for her baby bump. She used to sell those detachable collars, and I love how it adds a pop of solid color to the print. How fun would it be to add a Peter Pan collar to this pattern?? Katie could easily dress this up or down with different shoes and accessories. (Also–that incredibly beautiful painting behind Katie is her own work. I’ve been drooling over her art for years [we are friends in real life] and am trying to convince her to turn her art into fabric. Check out her art Instagram here.)

kyla1 kyla2Cute Kyla was only assigned to one view, but went ahead and made all three. I’m really proud of all three versions on her. I love how they turned out! (Plus, her cute dogs appear to like them, too. 😉 ) You can read her post about testing here.

leslieLeslie used this windowpane knit. I love it under her puffy vest! Perfect layering piece as we move into fall.

samSam used a scuba knit! I wouldn’t have thought to use it for this pattern, but it’s perfect for the tee dress–enough length to give it weight, but not so much that you don’t have any drape (you need that in the maxi). The scuba gives view B the perfect amount of structure. I love this on her!

teriTeri sewed up View A in a lovely striped rayon jersey. I love this blue on her, and think it’s going to be a great layering piece as we head into another Chicago winter.

amberAmber of @soisewedthis sewed up two tees with half sleeves–one with a cotton burnout jersey and one with a floral cotton/spandex. She used the pocket on her burnout jersey version and paired them with her Chi-Town Chinos! I love it all together.

I’m not doing a full sewalong for this pattern because it is so quick and simple, but I have inspiration, hacks (including a tutorial on how to add different necklines), and a few other things coming your way. Stay tuned!


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