10.20.2014

perfect student

Oonaballoona | Supporting Pattern Parcel 6 for Kids & Teachers | Sewing up the Bronte Jersey Top

I love school. I really, really do. If I could prove the 1/16th of Lakota Indian running through my veins and go back to school full boat, I totally would.

Because let's face it. SCHOOL AIN'T CHEAP. And at the moment, that DNA daydream is the only way this gal is getting back in class.

For now, I shall content myself with the School Of Google, the Further Education Of Sewing Blogs, and the worthy cause of helping kiddos and teachers out there who are in the thick of the repeatable truth that SCHOOL AIN'T CHEAP.

Pattern Parcel #6: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win

It's time for Pattern Parcel 6, that beautiful beast thought up by Jill and Danny of Made With Moxie, and I'm happy as a geek in Staples at the end of August to be a part of getting the word out again. Last time around, I played in Pattern Parcel 3, which raised over $5,100. Go on, peep the snazzy infographic and breakdown of the supplies galore that were donated through Donors Choose. To date, over $12,000 has been raised. Awesome.

Oonaballoona | Supporting Pattern Parcel 6 for Kids & Teachers | Sewing up the Bronte Jersey Top

This time I chose to dive into Jennifer Lauren's Bronte top. Though there are many beauties to choose from, my school supplies are dwindling over here, and I had just enough for this top. University of LIFE, yo. SCHOOL. AIN'T. CHEAP. It took about an hour to make up, including taping the PDF together. Which Mizz JL gets an A+ for! I would call myself a PhD in PDF taping, always working out my own thesis on how to make the ginormous maps work with the little space I have-- Jennifer Lauren did all that math for you. Brilliant pattern, easy top, and no, you don't need a serger, this was all done on my beloved Pfaff.

Oonaballoona | Supporting Pattern Parcel 6 for Kids & Teachers | Sewing up the Bronte Jersey Top

As usual, you only have a limited amount of time to snag your package. School doors close on this parcel October 31st. And wouldja lookit that, I made it super easy for you and threw a buy it button in the sidebar! Well, further on up the sidebar. But how cute would that have been if I was looking right at it?


Click on over and see if a thing or six strikes your fancy.

this top was made using the patterns included in Pattern Parcel 6. the patterns were gifted to me in exchange for spreading the word about this great cause.

57 comments:

  1. Gorgeous. I was eyeing that pattern as well. The problem with PPP is that so far I've owned at least one pattern in each parcel. Not that I'm against donating a little extra but SCHOOL.AINT.CHEAP! Maybe I'll just stop buying any indie patterns until the next one comes out so I can make sure to participate :)

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    1. TRUTH! you know, i haven't checked, but i wonder if jill & danny do a review of who the next parcel is geared for. if you know it's ladies, you could hold off till you see the reveal!

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  2. Ooh I like your top! I had to get this parcel. I was already looking at three of the patterns. It's like they read my mind!

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  3. Ok. Teacher's pet question here. Did you use a twin needle on your red top?

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    1. oh yes indeedy. schmetz 4,0/75 stretch twin, to be exact :)

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  4. Oooh, you got a great fit on that top...and I love your haircut! And I'm such a dweeb because this time I SEE THE SEQUIN AWESOMENESS.

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  5. One day the other country's governments will waken up and adopt our system - the state pays fees for Scottish undergrads to go to scottish uni's... Until that day I will buy all the perfect pattern parcels... But seriously this one was so good I bought it even though I already have Bronte :-D

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    1. um. what? can we get on board with scotland's schooling and canada's healthing???

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    2. And Czehc Republic's both. (There are some minor fees at the doctors and fees for students who study too long, like me.)

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    1. :)) thankya! they were a gift from a loooovely lady.

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  7. Your top looks amazing! I love it in red!

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  8. STOP TEMPTING ME TO CUT MY HAIR!!

    Ahem, that top rocks!! And also, the HAIRRRRRRRRR!!!

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    1. my hair grows like a WEED. DO NOT CUT YOUR 'LOCKS!

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  9. Gorgeous top. It fits you beautifully and the color is just perfect for you.

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    1. thankya tomasa! and i now have one more (maybe just one altogether?) solid in my closet!

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  10. Love this top on you! The color is great. Reminds me that I've been wanting to buy this pattern...

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    1. you could buy it and get a couple others, nudgenudgewinkwinkknowwhatimean....;)

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  11. You look great in that top: color, fit, and perfecto topstitching! And the haircut--wonderful!

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    1. teehee! thanks! i cut it myself-- didn't intend to go *quite* that short...

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  12. Cute top?! Is this why we couldn't meet yesterday?

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    1. YEP. that, and a Mood project post! what is my deal with waiting till the last minute??

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  13. So what would you be if you could go back to school, Oona?

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    1. oooooooo good question. well, i think fashion designer would top the list. architect? illustrator?

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  14. Hi Oona! I just purchased my first sewing machine and found your blog while looking for some sewing inspiration. I really love all of your projects! This top especially is really fabulous. I love the vibrant color.

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    1. thanks erin! glad to hear you've jumped into the fray!

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  15. I don't know why, but I was convinced it was a dress.
    It would make a fabulous dress with a pencil skirt pattern.
    (And thanks for convincing me I don't need to fear knits on my sewing machine, earlier.)

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    1. my lightning bolt on my pfaff is glorious, but i know a lot of peeps have done this with a zigzag. yeah, you might be picking up on the vibe i wanted-- i spent a couple hours trying to figure out how to get a dress out of half a yard of fabric :)

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    2. I've made myself sweatpants. It's a start.

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  16. Red looks fab on you! Love the buttons on the top :)

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  17. Ooh, I love this on you!!! Cute cute cute!

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    1. i almost feel too cute in it-- the solid!!! THE SOLID!!!

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  18. That's lovely! I am just sewing a blue long sleeved Bronte. I love the way you have used two sizes of buttons. Xx

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    1. oooo that phrase-- a blue long sleeved bronte. sounds like poetry!

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  19. That top is simply gorgeous on you, and I love that you're helping to promote such great things with the PPP!

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    1. thanks andrea, i'm so happy to be able to do it!

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  20. Gosh, you're making me spend money again? Alright, alright, it's for the children...

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    1. the chilluns! that's what i told myself when i realized i'd left myself 12 hours to sew/shoot/post :)))

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  21. I just bought this pattern - but on its own, stupidly (it was a couple of weeks ago, admittedly). It looks totally adorable on you!

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    1. oooo kristin this top will be gorgeous on you!

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  22. I was going to say that red is your color. But really, is any color not your color? Woman, you look fabulous in all that you do. <3

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    1. HAHA! you should see me wilt in pastels!!

      thankya lovely, awesome lady :)

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  23. Damn I'm jealous of your ability to wear red. Being of the blonde-haired blue-eyed skin-so-pale-it-can-blind-you-in-the-sunlight variety red is a colour I can't get away with very well.

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    1. ah but you can do pastels, yes? (see above.)

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  24. Holy smokes - over 12,000 was donated. That's incredible. Another great make by Marce!

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  25. Have I seen you make something in a solid before? You look great in red!

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  26. It looks amazing! Awesome colour on you and I love the button detail! I cut out my version of the Bronte top this morning...

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i thankya truly for taking the time to comment, i love a good conversation-- and hope you know my thanks are always implied, if not always written!