Monday 15 September 2014


September Showcase: Shandiin Tank and Tunic

Shandiin Kitschy Coo

I'm psyched to be part of Frances Suzanne's September Showcase today, a series showing love and appreciation for rising Indie designers.  Well, you don't have to ask me twice to show my love for Sarah from Emmyloubeedoo / Loubeeclothing!   Her earlier Hosh Pants, Doli Tank, and Bimaa Sweater patterns have been massively successful and I think her newest, the Shandiin will be too.  I love how modern and distinctive Sarah's patterns are, but completely wearable at the same time.

shandiin front close

The Shandiin Tank and Tunic pattern has two lengths (duh), narrow bias straps, a crescent cut out in the back, pull over the head or button front options, and optional elasticated puff hem.  It's intended for wovens but I used knits during testing and will unapologetically use knits forever.   There are pattern pieces for making your own bias straps but I used store-bought bias binding with a picot edge.  The upper back fabric is cotton / lycra Cherry Girls, the main fabric the most Maia-est fabric I've ever had, Waterlily.

Shandiin back 2


Shandiin full 2

I lengthened the pattern to a shortish dress length, and omitted the hem facings for a standard hem.  I love how the dress looks without visible arms.

Shandiin side

And also with Egyptian arms.  This is a very versatile pattern for where ever on the 'Where Do the Arms Go?' spectrum your child might fall; it suits All the Arms.

Shandiin close

Thanks so much for inviting me, Sarah, and for the great series Frances Suzanne!

For the rest of September you can save 20% on ALL Loubeeclothing patterns by using SHOWCASE20 at checkout.  Sarah has sales very infrequently so get your Shandiin pattern / all the patterns over here posthaste!


  1. What a fantastic combination.....our nieces would think they had died and gone to heaven with fabric like this!!! VERY CUTE!!

  2. Lovely! I think my child would love that fabric too!!

  3. I haven't read a blog in FOREVER but I was hoping to pop over and see some posts about how the new shop is going? I mean, you're not busy at all right? :)