Monday, April 23, 2018

The Shorewalk from Striped Swallow Designs

Striped Swallow Designs has been hitting it out of the park with cute things lately.
 This is the Shorewalk and is the latest design that I helped test.

It has three lengths: tunic, midi, and maxi. Two vent heights and three sleeve lengths: short, 3/4, and long.

You can also choose a curved hem or straight hem. I went for curved because, cute.
This is the maxi length and it is oh so cute!

The fabric is a rayon spandex blend that I got long ago from Girl Charlee. I'm glad I kept it in the stash because it was perfect for this pattern!

You can buy the Shorewalk here.


Monday, April 16, 2018

Coachella Shorts - An Update!

Striped Swallow Designs updated the girl's Coachella Shorts! These have been a long time favorite of mine, they are so cute!

Coachella's can be made with so many different combos of fabric and trim - the possibilities are endless! The pair I made are a basic quilting cotton from Joann. However, I've made them using a cotton lycra in the past with no trim. My girls wear them as pj shorts and loved them.

You can purchase the updated pattern here. If you've already purchased the pattern you should have an email with info on how to download the update!


Friday, March 23, 2018

The Montrose Dress

I tested the most recent pattern for E&E Patterns last week. This is the Montrose and it is the perfect dress for Easter or just spring in general. It is on sale until 5pm today PST time!!

The bodice is fully lined and closes with an invisible zipper that extends into the skirt of easy on and off. The sizing extends from 9 months to 12 years.

The collar trim and waistband are optional and they are oh so sweet!

Miss B said her favorite part about the dress is it's "twirly" skirt. The Montrose has a full circle skirt so it is perfect for twirling!

You can find the Montrose here!


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The Songbird

Striped Swallow Designs has a new pattern for girls, just in time for Easter sewing!

This is the Songbird and it is simply gorgeous! We can't wait for it to warm up a bit so this can go into regular rotation for Miss B.

The dress is a simple but sweet a-line silhouette with a ruffle hem. You can also make a peplum style top which is equally adorable. You have the option to trim with lace, use a lace overlay for the bodice, or leave everything plain if you are looking for more of a playtime dress.

The bodice has the most adorable open back design and the closure can be made using ties or a button.

I used a rayon from Joann for this dress and found the stretch lace trim online at Deb's Lace and Trim

You can find the Songbird here for sizes 6m-14y.


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Love Notions Presto Tunic

I tested another great pattern a few weeks back, the Presto Tunic from Love Notions. This tunic fills a hole in my wardrobe that I didn't know I had. It's great when that happens.

The fabric is 100% cotton shirting from Joann that is light and breathable and will be perfect for the sweaty months ahead.

During the test I was assigned a sleeveless version which I wasn't sure about at first but I am so pleased with the results. Plus, I got to add a fun pop of color in the bias binding I used around the armscye - you can almost see it in the above pic. I'm all about the color pops over here.
The dark blue and orange looks amazing with white pants and yes I know I'm breaking the no-white-before-Memorial-Day-rule, but I am convinced that rule does not apply in the south.

You can purchase the Presto Tunic here, you'll be happy you did!


Monday, March 5, 2018

Girl on the Go Dress

If you've read my blog for long enough, you know that I have a certain soft spot for oliver+s patterns. The first dress I made for a baby Miss L was the Tea Party dress. I've made countless o+s patterns since then. So many, that I have several sizes cut out in most of the patterns. 

I shed a tear when Miss L grew out of the 6m-4 patterns and then again when Miss B outgrew them. Liesl's patterns are perfection. Such detail, stylish design, and impeccable instructions and illustrations. So yeah, I love oliver+s patterns.

When I saw a tester call go out in November I jumped on that. Quickly. So quickly. The first pattern I helped test was a tween pattern, sizes 8-18 and Miss L was in the smallest size, score!

Without further ado, here is the newest oliver+s pattern, the Girl on the Go Dress

From the pattern listing: "This simple pull-on dress and top is designed for knit fabrics with a little stretch. The View A dress features a fun front tie detail and short sleeves, while View B makes a classic top with 3/4-length sleeves. Both styles include a neck facing with topstitching detail and a forward shoulder for a comfortable fit."

I used a heavier weight cotton with very little stretch and a contrasting cotton lycra for the tie. Next time I'll follow instructions and use a heavier knit for the tie as well. Sometimes being a rebel is not the best choice. :) Both fabrics are from Girl Charlee a few years back.

The tie can be tied in front or in back. My girl prefers it in front. I think the stripes and the pop of coral give this dress a nautical vibe which I love!

You can find the Girl on the Go Dress and Top pattern here. It is a must sew for tweens!


Saturday, February 24, 2018

Apres Ski

The Apres Ski from Striped Swallow Designs release earlier this week! 

To say I love this sweater/sweatshirt would be an understatement. If you're looking for a quick project with stylish results, look no further.

The raglan style gives it a relaxed fit and the exaggerated bishop sleeves are on trend right now.
During this test I was a good girl and stash busted by using a buttery soft french terry from Girl Charlee that had been in my stash for a while. It isn't too thick and still has a bit of drape so it was perfect for the sleeves of the Apres Ski.

I paired my Apres Ski with my Bryce Cargos for the pictures. But, it's cute with leggings, shorts, denim skirts, and jeans. There are two views, banded or hemmed, I prefer the banded because it gives it a more casual look. I didn't have a coordinating solid for the bands so I simply flipped the fabric wrong side out which added some fun texture.