A gold shandiin and a giveaway

June 30, 2015

Gold Shandiin tunic - front view

I have a gorgeous sparkly Shandiin tunic to share with you today! Back in April I had an amazing trip to Paris to meet several other sewing bloggers (you can read more here). We had some very generous sponsors for that trip, including many pattern companies. Today we are all sharing something we made with one of those patterns – you can see some sneak peeks of what the others have made further down the post. I also have a giveaway – one lucky winner will win a pattern of their choice from LouBeeClothing (you can enter at the bottom of this post). It’s a pretty tough decision to choose just one though!

Gold Shandiin tunic - back view

I chose to make the Shandiin tank and tunic pattern by LouBeeClothing. I’ve wanted to make one since Sarah first released it but didn’t really have a reason until now. The pattern comes in sizes 12-18 months up to 8 years. I took the sensible option of making my first one in the smallest size as a gift. Now I’ve made one though I think it would be so cute in newborn size for my summer baby, so you will probably see more in future.

Gold Shandiin - back close up

The Shandiin is a great basic tank/tunic pattern with a difference – the open back design really elevates it to a more special top. There are other features in the pattern that I really appreciate, such as hem facings and the option for a button up front. It’s well designed and was a quick sew that came together very easily. I was able to use some gold bias binding that I purchased from Anna Ka Bazaar in Paris, to highlight the gold in the main Cotton + Steel fabric I used. The contrast is a herringbone chambray from Robert Kaufman. I also used gold bias for the hem facing.

Gold Shandiin - hem detail

Overall, I love it and had to get some cute gold shoes to complete the look. You can see what everyone else made in the photos below – click on each one to be taken directly to their blog posts. I can’t wait to have a closer look at all of them. All of these ladies have a giveaway for the pattern designer they chose too.


So do you want to win one of Sarah’s patterns? All you have to do is enter using the options below. The more options you select the better your chance of winning. The giveaway is open until the 10th of July and the winner will be announced after that date. Good luck everyone!

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  • Reply Christine Daniels June 30, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    love this pattern, thanks for the tip !

  • Reply Roxanne June 30, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    I’d probably pick the Shandiin Tank & Tunic. I love your version!

  • Reply Fredi June 30, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    Such a cute outfit. It really has to look pretty with a little girl in it 🙂

  • Reply Flavia June 30, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    I would pick the Shandiin tank and tunic ! Love this inspiration!

  • Reply kristin June 30, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    Oh this is soooo cute! I love the gold! Will be adorable on a new toddler. I have a couple of Sarah’s patterns already but not the Shandiin! I’d pick it for Em – seems like the perfect tree climbing tank.

  • Reply Marjolein June 30, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    i don’t know yet which pattern i would choose, i like most of the patterns!

  • Reply Annalisa June 30, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    I’d love the Sandini! Thanks 🙂

  • Reply Nienke June 30, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    Ow, such a cute and stylish outfit! Your little girl will really shine in it!

  • Reply Melyana June 30, 2015 at 11:02 pm

    I would pick Shandiin. Such a cute pattern. Love it!

  • Reply Melissa June 30, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    I would get the Doli tank since I already have the shandin

  • Reply Andreia Salgueiro July 1, 2015 at 12:08 am

    Gahh why do we have to choose?? I like them all! 😀 But i´m sold by your Shandiin version!

  • Reply Becca July 1, 2015 at 1:04 am

    I would choose the Shandiin, it’s one I’ve wanted to sew for a very long time. yours is beautiful!

  • Reply Elizabeth W. July 1, 2015 at 1:47 am

    Golly I don’t even know… Sew all the things!

  • Reply Brianna schueller July 1, 2015 at 2:12 am

    Hosh pants!

  • Reply Emi July 1, 2015 at 8:24 am

    What a lovely gift!! I love all the Lou Bee Clothing patterns — the only one I don’t own (yet!) is the Doli Tank!

  • Reply Lisan July 1, 2015 at 11:04 am

    Shandiin is beautifull. Like the Bimaa sweater too.

  • Reply Jenya July 1, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    What a gorgeous outfit! Love love love your fabric choices. I made my first Shandiin as a tunic last summer and R has been asking for a dress version ever since. I’d better be a good mama and sew her one closer to our summer!

  • Reply marta July 1, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    This is such a nice oufit. The gold piping is the perfect detail on the top!
    I love the Shadiin and so do my kids. I am reaally happy the ones I made last year still fit! But I might have to make a couple more for the hot portuguese summer days…

  • Reply Alexe July 2, 2015 at 1:07 am

    Love love this pattern! Not sure I can wait to see if I win or not lol!

  • Reply krystina July 2, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    The gold binding is fantastic!
    I’d like to win the bimaa sweater. Thanks for the chance!

  • Reply Becky A July 2, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    I’d definitely choose the Shandiin. I love your choice of fabrics and the gold bias tape is perfect!

  • Reply Annika July 3, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    Oh Laura, that is soooo pretty! Love everything about the outfit!

  • Reply Liesel July 5, 2015 at 3:52 am

    I don’t know which I would choose! Maybe the Doli tank!

  • Reply Elena Wilson July 5, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    I’ve had the Shandiin pattern in my cart for a couple of months so I would love to win it!! Your gold, sparkly version is gorgeous!

  • Reply Jessica July 8, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    I’ve been eyeing the Shandiin but haven’t given in yet. Thanks for the giveaway!

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