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In House Patterns Cool Cowl Tank Review

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I am delighted to share my review of a new (to me) pattern company called In House Patterns. The owner, Alexandra has an education in fashion and has worked in the fashion industry for many years. She started In House Patterns in the fall of 2011 and sells downloadable patterns on her website. Alexandra also has a blog that provides in depth details on how to properly fit garments and troubleshoot fit issues. I actually found her patterns by searching for advice  for neck gaping issues I was having with another pattern.

After reading her blog and perusing her pattern offerings, I chose the Cool Cowl Tank. I have sewn exactly one knit garment in my life so I figured I needed to get more practice and I had the right yardage of a pretty pink floral knit in my stash. The pattern has five pieces and gives explicit instructions for printing, pattern assembly, and blouse construction. I used my serger for most of the seams but the construction would allow for traditional straight stitching.

MMM'13 Day 18

I am a very slow sewer and still managed to finish this blouse from printing the pattern to ironing the finished product in about three hours. Of course I did have to grade the pattern up for my ample hips but the design of the blouse makes grading painless. In House Patterns are designed a for D cup but there are instructions for small bust adjustments on her blog. I cut the bust area exactly as intended and though it is a bit big for my C cup, the cowl drapes nicely. My husband even said this is the nicest thing I have ever made which makes this pattern even better! I definitely will purchase patterns from this independent company again. In fact, once June rolls around and my sewing budget is replenished, the Blossom blouse pattern is going to be my first purchase! Have you ever used In House Patterns and if so, what did you think?

About sullivan1970

40 something wife and mother of 3 Dog lover. Crafter. List maker

6 responses »

  1. I have used them, I personally would love to see In House Patterns succeed. I too made the Cool Cowl Tank ( but I hope to make more of her offerings too.
    I love the fabric and the fit of yours, it’s just lovely!! 😀 Well done!

    • Thanks Jo. I had checked out your post before deciding to buy the pattern. I only sew vintage or indie patterns so I typically search other blogs to see photos and read how well other sewists like a particular pattern. This saves me from buying ones that might look good in theory but not in reality. The fabric was from my stash. I think it was from Joann’s but bought several months ago. I love florals but am thinking of making this cowl in a solid red next!

  2. Awesome job Jeri! I’m glad you liked the pattern! ☺

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