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.


Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Sandbridge Skirt

I made a denim skirt, y'all. Like a real denim skirt. I've made a few denim items for my girls but nothing for me, so this is a big deal!

The Sandbridge Skirt is another amazing pattern from Hey June Handmade. I love Adrianna's patterns, they are perfection. 

I thought white topstitching would be a fun contrast with this light stretch denim that I found at Joann. Eventually, I may get brave enough to distress this skirt just a bit because I think it would look amazing.

I'm glad denim skirts are making their way back into my closet and being able to sew my own is even better because I can customize for the perfect fit. This one is not too long and not too short. It's can be dressed down with a cute tank and flip flops or dressed up with a nice tee, necklace and wedges.

I think my favorite thing about this Sandbridge is the raw edge, can't wait to see what it'll look like after a few washes.

You can find the Sandbridge Skirt pattern here, sizes 2-22, it's the perfect wardrobe staple for all shapes and sizes, go get it!


Monday, May 22, 2017

Madeit Patterns: The Sling Bag

Here is another pattern I tested recently. This is the Sling Bag from Madeit patterns. This one was fun because I made three different sizes, the Maxi, the Midi and the Mini. Here is a fun promo for the Sling Bag.

This bag is a cute cross-body style that comes in the three sizes mentioned above, 2 strap length options, and plenty of pocket options!

First off here is the Mini version...

Next is the Midi with the hidden strap pocket and the inner pocket.

 And finally, the Maxi, with the hidden strap pocket, key loop and lining pocket.

I found the fabric for all three at Hobby Lobby, I think they turned out pretty cute and my girls love them! You can find the pattern here.


Friday, May 19, 2017

The Austin Tee

This make is a recent favorite of mine! I love the fit, the color and the fabric! 

This is the new Austin Tee from Blank Slate Patterns that I tested a few weeks back. It released on Monday so I am little behind on this one, but better late than never.

This is a tie-dye rayon knit and it is so soft! The drape is perfect for a slouchy summer tee. It is lightweight and breathable too, so it's pretty perfect.

There are quite a few fun options, a banded round or hemmed split neckline, set in sleeves with short, elbow, 3/4, or long length options. Tie front option and an optional chest pocket.

You can find the pattern here. Happy sewing!


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Mandrake Dress

So many patterns I helped test have released this week, it's hard to know what to post first! 

This is the newest girls pattern from Sew Like My Mom, the Mandrake Dress.

The Mandrake has an adorable a-line silhouette with four sleeve options and an optional kangaroo pocket.

I made one with a pocket because, well, pockets. We all love them around here. 

The fabric is a cotton lycra from Raspberry Creek Fabrics CLUB line from last fall. I have to sew through it before I can let myself use the new spring line. Must. Sew. Faster.

I think this dress is the perfect addition to Miss L's summer wardrobe and will carry over into fall as well. It would be adorable with a pair of boots! You can find the Mandrake Dress here.