Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Madrona Skirt

Testing just wrapped up for the Madrona Skirt by Straight Stitch Designs and the release was Monday! This is a pretty wrap skirt that is perfect spring (if it ever decides to arrive).

I made mine from a gorgeous jacquard that I found at Joann. It's thicker than a rayon but still drapes nicely.
I really didn't know what to style this skirt with since the weather is still so cold. So, I thought a button up would be cute paired with flats. I really wanted to wear my chucks but I resisted.

In the summer this skirt would be cute with a tank or fitted t-shirt. Or, a loose t-shirt knotted up on one side. And sandals of course because that's all I wear come summer.

This sewed up in just a couple of hours which was really nice after spending days on my Bryce Cargo Pants. It's always helpful to have a palate cleanser after sewing something complicated.

You can purchase the Madrona Skirt Pattern here.

Happy Sewing!

Friday, February 2, 2018

Bryce Cargo Pants

So I just did something that I've never done before. I MADE myself a pair of pants. Pants that actually fit me really well. Pants besides leggings, of course, because I've made plenty of those.

These are the Bryce Cargo Pants from Hey June Handmade and they are on sale through the weekend!

Look at those cargo pockets! They can be sewn with the pleat open like I did here or you can sew the pleat shut for a more tailored look.

The Bryce Cargo Pants are mid-rise, which is super flattering on all shapes and sizes. 

Since this was my first time in pants making land, it was also my first time in pants muslin making land and let me tell you...a muslin makes all the difference! I added 1" of length below the knee and moved the knee dart up 1". On my next pair I will be adding an addition 1" of length above the knee and I think things will be just about perfect.

These are a skinny fit, but they are not skin tight. I used a heavier weight stretch cotton twill from Fashion Fabrics Club and I love the result. I definitely want to make another pair with a lighter weight stretch twill.

They turned out so great I just can't get over it.

And with insides as pretty as this, you can't go wrong!


Thursday, November 2, 2017

Union St Tee Update!

The Union St Tee is a staple, a classic, a TNT (tried and true) pattern. It also happens to be the first indie Women's pattern that I sewed up for myself back in the day. I don't think I ever blogged about the original that I made because it wasn't "blogworthy" due to fabric choice. But the pattern itself was pretty great when I made it and it's even better now. I'm not sure how Adrianna of Hey June improved on something that was already amazing, but she did.

I made two tops, a scoop neck and a v-neck. The scoop is this gorgeous eggplant/purple color and I love it. It's a rayon spandex from Joann and it's all sorts of soft and drapey. The pattern comes with a scoop, crew, or v-neck. Also, four sleeve lengths, short, elbow, 3/4, and long. So many options!

This v-neck is great too. It's the same rayon spandex in a creamy white color. Perfect for layering under cardigans. I shortened this one just a bit for a "boxy" look.

If you don't have the Union St Tee yet, you can purchase it here, it's one of those staple patterns that everyone needs.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Valetta Top

Hey Y'all, Happy Fall! It's October and we've had a few cooler days here in Georgia so I think it's time to officially let go of summer. :(

Last month I was able to test the newest Blank Slate Pattern, the Valetta Top. It's a lovely peasant style top with a split yoke and a hi-low shirt tail hemline. I found this white rayon, with a lovely bird print, at Joann, so cute! I thought the pink tassels were a fun pop of color.

You can dress this top down with jeans and boots or sandals. Or, don't be like me and dress it up with some dark denim and heels or wedges. I usually dress down, hence the shorts and sandals.

Some of the testers made some really cute long sleeved versions of this top. You can find the pattern and tester gallery here. There is even some hand embroidery inspiration in there, especially in Melissa's gallery00, which is beautiful


Friday, August 25, 2017

The Fringe Dress

So, so excited about this one. I've been a fan of Chalk and Notch patterns for quite some time, but time constraints have kept me from sewing up one of Gabriela's fabulous patterns. Well, I was able to test her newest dress pattern, The Fringe Dress, and I am in love!

This pattern is gorgeous! The pattern has two views both of which can be made as a dress or a blouse. View A has a button up front and sleeves with tabs, view B has a plain, notched front. Taken directly from the Chalk and Notch website: "Both views include a blouse length, optional dress pockets, optional front or back waist tie and a shaped hem, gathered skirt. The sleeve/cuffs are interchangeable for both views."

I opted to leave off the back tie, keep my cuffs unfolded and added the pockets. Pockets on a dress are a must for me, I adore them. 

To say I LOVE this dress is an understatement. I used a 100% rayon I found at Joann. It's perfect for this dress, although I wasn't sold on the print, I love the teal background and the feathers, but there's also a "believe" printed with the feathers that I am not a fan of. Oh well, the colors are amazing so I can live the with believe.

The Fringe took me about 3 nights to complete, about 1.5 hours a night. Projects like that are perfect for me, especially when they have finished results looking like this.
One of my favorite parts about this dress is how I can wear it into Fall. Just throw on a cardigan and some booties and I'll be good to go.

I'm planning for two more of these gorgeous dresses and am hoping I can find the time to finish them. The Fringe Dress is on sale here!


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Key Largo, in top form.

I wish this post wasn't about sewing and I was actually in Key Largo. I guess a Hey June pattern is the next best thing.

This is the Key Largo, the newest woven pattern from Hey June. I tested this pattern and love it!

This fabric is a polyester blend (yuck, I know) but it just seemed perfect for the look I was going for and the drape is pretty nice. It is rather sheer so a cami is a must. 

I wanted to make a shirt that I could dress up with heels, or wear with a pair of jeans and go to Trader Joes to enjoy some grocery shopping without kids. Wait did I saw that out loud? 

It's hard to tell on my shirt, but the front is two pieces cut on the bias. So fun for pattern matching! Also, view A has front ties - cute! If you're looking for some Key Largo inspiration the tester round up is here. Have fun!


Friday, August 11, 2017

Sun Kissed Dress

Striped Swallow Designs creates the cutest bohemian patterns for women and girls. I've been a fan for a while and have made a few of the women's designs (not blogged, of course, too busy) so when I had the chance to test one of their newest patterns for girls, I jumped on it!

This is the Sunkissed Romper/Dress. I made a dress because Miss L isn't a fan of rompers. She loves how this dress turned out! I think the cross over bodice is adorable with lace trim.

She was really excited about the back of the dress, or lack thereof. It is really cute from the back. I told her if she wears it to church, she wears a cardigan. There is another view with a full coverage back, but I wasn't available to test that version.

The fabric is a quilting cotton from Joann (surprise) the price was right and I had a 50% off coupon. I have another of these cut out for Miss B and it had been sitting in the ready-to-be-made pile for a few months now. I should get on that before summer sneaks away.