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Top 5 of 2015 |Designers|

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O melhor dos testes, e das tours é que, temos a oportunidade de conhecer melhor a pessoa por detrás das moldes, a forma como trabalham, como levam em consideração (ou não!) as nossas notas, dicas, etc. Mais uma vez não foi fácil, mas reuni as cinco designers, que mais me tocaram em 2015. Ora vamos lá. 

The best part about testing and tours, is that we get the opportunity to know better the person behind the patterns, the way they work, how they take (or not!) into consideration your own notes, tips, etc. Again, it wasn't easy for me to narrow it down, but I have put together the five designers that meant the most for me in 2015. Here we go. 

#5 
Laura Titchner - Titchy Threads 

  
The Rowan Tee  (na segunda foto foi adaptada a casaco de cabedal)
The Rowan Tee (second photo hacked into leather jacket)

Tive o prazer de trabalhar com a Laura nos testes da grande parte dos seus moldes, e desde o principio que ela se tornou numa das minhas designer preferidas. Este ano, sinto que ela andou mais parada, talvez por ter tudo uma bebé, e à parte o fato de banho Azur Swuimsuit (que eu não cheguei a publicar), não tive oportunidade de trabalhar com ela outra vez. Ainda assim, ela continua a merecer um lugar na minha lista das top 5, pois os seus moldes são mesmos dos meus preferidos, e usei-os por diversas vezes nos últimos anos, e isso que eu até nem costumo repetir muito os mesmos moldes, exceção feita, claro, àqueles que gosto mesmo, mesmo. 

I had the pleasure to work with Laura in almost all of her pattern tests, and from the very beggining she became one of my favourite designers. This year, I feel like she has slowed down, because she had a little girl perhaps, and besides the finishing touches of the Azur Swuimsuit pattern (not blogged before), I haven't had the chance to work with Laura. Still, she deserves to be on my top 5 list, her patterns are some of my favourite, and I've done them several times in the past couple of years, then again, I don't usually use the same pattern too often, unless I really like it. 

#4
Suzanne Winter - Winter Wear Designs

 
Phresh Blazer 

Já conheço a Suzanne há alguns anos. E foi magnifico ver como cresceu e criou a sua empresa de moldes. Adoro como ela trabalha sem parar, e adoro os seus modelos. Neste ano, tive a sorte de testar a participar na tour para o Phresh Blazer, que como todos sabem já, é o meu molde número um do ano. Mas trabalhei também com a Suzanne, num par de outras coisas que não chegaram ao blogue. Comecei a testar o seu molde das calças de ganga, mas tive que saltar fora depois do primeiro muslin. Testei também o molde Color Me Tunic, e comecei a fazer um top Petit Pan, mas esse continua na caixa dos TEC (trabalhos em curso). Uma particularidade sobre a Suzanne, é que num primeiro contacto com os seus moldes (enquanto tester), ela não nos faculta qualquer ilustrações para as instruções, o que, admito, consegue ser muito irritante por vezes enquanto testamos, mas a verdade é que isso permite-lhe ter noção se as mesmas estão ou não claras, melhorando-as ao máximo. 

I know Suzanne for a few years already. It was so great to see how she grew so much and built up her pattern company. I love how she just doesn't seem to stop, and I love her patterns designs. This year, I was lucky to test and tour the Phresh blazer, which everyone knows already, to be my fave pattern of the year. But I have worked with Suzanne with a couple more pieces that didn't get to the blog. I started testing her jeans too, but after the first muslin I wasn't able to finish the test. I also tesed the Color Me Tunic, and I started one top using her Petit Pan free pattern, but it is still in my WIP box. One particularly thing I like about testing for her, is that she provides no ilustrations in a first approched. This may be annoying while testing sometimes, it is true, I won't deny it, but it allows her to create perfect instructions, clear and easy to understand. 

#3
Celina Bailey - Petit à Petit Patterns

  
Morocco Pants & Shorts

Celina was already a very well know and loved blogger when I got to know about her. Later, she joined Laura Titchner and together they created a swimwear line (Petit Threads), and by being one of the testers, I got to work with Celina for the very first time. I tested the Azur swimsuit (made thress of them) and the Cloud 9 top, but they haven't made it to the blog. After that I was able to test the Morocco pants and shorts as I mention in my last post. That was when I became a super fan of Celina. The Morocco had a few techiques I had never used before, and I love when designers teach me something new in such an easy way. Her patterns aren't only fit spot on, they are also neat and just... perfect. 

#2
Mélanie Henry - Filles à Maman 

   
Extraordinary Girl & Marc Shirt
  
Petit Oiseau & Clemence Shorts

Em Fevereiro, participei na tour da Mélanie para o molde Extraordinary Girl. Foi a primeira vez que usei um dos seus moldes e adorei. Quando apareceram outras oportunidades de costurar algum dos seus moldes, não as deixei passar ao lado, claro e acabei por usar quatro moldes seus neste último ano. O que mais gosto dela, é a sua atenção ao detalhe, e o quão usável no dia a dia, os seus moldes são. Simples e ainda assim únicos, tornando-os essenciais na minha coleção. 

I was part of Mélanie's tour for the Extraordinary Girl pattern in February. It was the first time I worked with her patterns and I loved it. When I had the chance to work with them again, I couldn't pass it out, of course, and I ended up sewing four different patterns from her this year. What I love the most is her attention to details, and the daily wearability of what I sew from her patterns. They are simple and yet unique, making excellent must-haves in my collection. 

#1
Amy McDonald - Momma Quail Patterns

   
Timmy Top & Just Like Papa Briefcase

Acho que não é grande surpresa que assim seja. Se acompanharam ao longo do ano as publicações onde partilhei peças feitas a partir dos moldes da Amy, sabem bem que todos eles me surpreenderam. Acima, encontram as imagens das duas publicações que podem encontrar no blogue, basta carregar nas mesmas para as visitarem. Mas para além destas duas peças, tive o prazer de testar as Spencer Slacks (podem ver um bocadinho delas, no meu post anterior). A Amy sabe muito bem o que faz, e curiosamente, de cada vez que uso um dos seus moldes, faço sempre algo pela primeira vez: nunca tinha feito uma camisa de rapaz, nunca tinha feito uma pasta forrada, nas calças também usei uma técnica nova, nos bolsos, e mesmo no molde, mais simples que estou a testar neste momento para ela, estou a fazer algo que nunca fiz antes... (mas isso fica para 2016!).

I think that it doesn't come as a big surprise to be like this. If you´ve been following this past year's posts where I shared pieces made out of Amy's patterns, then you know that all of them have surprised me either way. Above, there are pictures of the two available posts in the blog, you just have to click on them to take you there. But besides these, I had the pleasure to test the Spencer Slacks too (you can see a sneak peak of mine in my previous post). Amy knows what she's doing, and funny enough, every single pattern I used from her, has made me do something for the first time: I had never done a boy's shirt, I had never done a lined briefcase, I used a new to me technique to do the welt pockets, and even in the pattern I am testing for her right now, which is a simplier one, I am doing something I haven't done yet... (but thatwill wait until 2016!). 

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