Shandiin Tops and Tunic

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I was lucky enough to be a tester for Lou Bee Clothing’s latest pattern, the Shandiig Top and Tunic, which basically means that I got a short head start on assembling a Lou Bee Trio, as I seem to do with Sarah’s patterns.  (You can see my autumnal triple Bimaa obsession here.) 
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Shandiin #1 is this pink and blue feathered tunic.  

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Feathers or leaves?  I don’t know.  
I got this fabric when I was pregnant with her, just after I found out she was a girl.  It seems a little funny to me that this fabric does the gender neutral thing by using both pink and blue, but with gray, and even though she’s obviously a girl I decided to accent with blue.  Maybe that’s just a little indication as to my feelings about pink.  Although i guess the rest of her wardrobe is some indication of that as well.  Anyway…
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I love the length of this, just below the butt with a swingy shape.  I added a cinch-able bias tape through the bottom hem for options, but while it’s this length on her I just love it loose.  It’s great for sidewalk chalk and running as well.
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Shandiin #2 is a top as opposed to a tunic, with a front button closure and plackets on the outside for extra detail.  
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It is so perfect and delicious.  I love it.  The cutout is just so so fun, and paired with that swing hem, and this retro fabric…sigh.  Love.Shandiinbutton 3
Shandiin #3 is basically summertime in the form of a top.
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  I put this on her and asked her to hold her arms out so I could check the fit, and she said,
Oh, that’s okay mom.  I’m going to the beach.” 
Yeah Hannah.  Me too.  No problem.
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Instead she worked on the chalkboard, which is the next best thing to the beach.  
I did a solid front, like Shandiin #1, but the top length, like Shandiin #2, but an elastic waist, which is unique to Shandiin #3.  There will not be a quiz.
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I was so excited that this worked out because it let me get in my last scrap of this beautiful floral fabric that I used on a dress for her last year, and that dress was almost immediately too small for her.  I had a little bit left and the color-blocking on this top let me use it. 
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Whew!  Great pattern, right?  I’ve done 3 of these babies in a week, and I still have more ideas.  But my hands are a little numb, so I’m going to stop just for a few.  
Keep an eye out at Lou Bee Clothing for the release of this pattern soon.
You can see my other sewing projects by clicking on the i sew button here or on the right-hand side of the blog.  
Ribbet+collage4I’m linking this project up at Kid’s Clothes Week.  Come over and prepare to be inspired!

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2 thoughts on “Shandiin Tops and Tunic

  1. I love them all!! I really like that this pattern lets us use up some if the smaller scrappy bits for the accents. The upper back piece alone is the perfect spot for a feature print. But my favorite is still your placket on the outside one!

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