Guest post from Andrea of The Train to Crazy

Among other things, Andrea designed the Signature Dress Pattern, available here.

Welcome to day one of our Best of Fall pattern review series! Andrea of The Train to Crazy is here today to share her version of the Lucy Tunic by Shwin Designs. True to fashion, Andrea’s work is impeccable, and this pattern truly is perfect for Fall.

Andrea is one of those talented women who is somehow able to raise four children, blog, sew, design her own patterns, run a pattern shop AND be nice to everyone all at the same time. I’ve first “met” her through Instagram (if you’re not on there yet, get on!) and was immediately impressed with her design skills and general all-around friendliness. I can’t deny that I feel a soft spot for anyone else who lives in Southern California and suffers through these crazy-hot summers with me. And, of course, I am on my own train to crazy, so I identify with her there. Thanks for being here, Andrea!

Hello! I’m Andrea! I blog over at The Train To Crazy and design/run Go To Patterns. I love sewing clothes for children and for myself. Many people say sewing clothes isn’t worth it since you can go on down to Old Navy and buy a $10 dress but I don’t think the purpose of modern sewing is to save money. I love the creative aspect of sewing. I like to find a design or a pattern and make something original and creative.
A few weeks ago I made my first Lucy Tunic by Shwin Designs. It’s a very quick sew. I think this one took me under 2 hours to print, cut and sew.


Paired with long sleeves (I used a hooded top) it is a fantastic cold weather top. It closes with buttons on the top and can even be reversible because it is fully lined.
This simple design is great for beginners and I highly recommend! My daughters’ do have one piece of advice for other girls wearing this tunic: wear a shirt or a tank under to avoid embarrassing situations at school!

On my “to make” list this month:

The Greenpoint Cardigan by Hey June. I have this downloaded and ready to sew. I can’t wait!
Skinny Jeans by Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop. I keep seeing this pattern pop up everywhere! On boys. On girls. It’s adorable. I’m planning to make some for my 2 year old and my older girls. Such a versitile pattern.
Varsity Cowl Neck Pullover by Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop. This is absolutely PERFECT for our fall and winter weather here. And it couldn’t be cuter.


    • says

      Thanks for such a great post, Andrea! It’s so fun to have you here! And aren’t we having the craziest weather? It was fall last week and all of a sudden it’s spring or summer again. Sheesh. 🙂

  1. says

    thanks for the shout out! man, I wish I had a reason to make those skinny jeans! they are pretty fabulous. but we just hit fall with a drop down to below-90 degree temps, so I don’t see that happening for a few years…