Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Anza Dress

Hey y'all. I tested another amazing pattern from Itch to Stitch. This time a dolman style shirt dress that also has a jumpsuit option. I wasn't brave enough for the jumpsuit so I tackled the dress.

The fabric is a rayon plaid from Joanns. It is lovely but heed my warning, it's a pain to sew with. It grows and stretches and slips all over the place. So I stay stitched constantly, used five million pins. and tried not to say too many bad words.

The pattern itself is amazing, it's not a quick sew by any means but that ensures that the end result is fabulous. Kennis' instructions are clear and concise and full of lovely little details which come together to make a fabulous garment. Sizes offered are 00-22 and cup sizes A-DD so there is no more fussing with altering the bodice for the perfect fit.

The jumpsuit versions I've seen were pretty cute. I might have to try making one if I am brave enough. The pattern is on sale until Sunday and you can find it here. I highly recommend it, a perfect sew for spring!


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Hey June Trevi Dress

This post is long overdue. The Trevi Top and Dress from Hey June released last week! This is an awesome pattern (all of Adrianna's are) and it is perfect for Spring.

When I tested this dress we had a weird cold spell for about three days. I needed to get final pictures during those three days and I tried to stand outside, but even with the sun out it was way too frigid. We got all of Winter in a short blast one weekend at the end of February. It was cold but then it was gone and Spring is back in full force. What I was trying to say is the cold is why my photos are indoors.

Anywhoo, here is the Trevi. This is a pattern for wovens and you can make a top, or a dress. I'm a sucker for cute Spring dresses so that's what I made, y'all. 

I found this rayon challis at Joanns and it was perfect for this pattern. I am going to have to make some sort of slip for it because it's a little sheer. All of my childhood nightmares of being forced to wear a slip are coming back to haunt me.

I love the high cut neckline because I don't need any wardrobe malfunctions. The length is super cute, just short enough to be a little sassy. The buttons up the back are a pain to finish but the end result is so worth it! All seams are finished inside and the sleeves are finished with bias tape so this dress is as pretty inside-out as outside-in. If that makes sense?

If you're looking for a fun new pattern for your Spring wardrobe, look no further! You can purchase the Trevi Top and Dress here. Here is a fun roundup of all of the other testers of the Trevi Top and Dress.


Friday, March 17, 2017

The Festivity Dress(es)

Happy St. Patrick's Day! This post has nothing to do with the current holiday and everything to do with a past holiday. Also, be warned, this post is picture heavy...

I've created a little tradition of making my girls Thanksgiving dresses for the past few years. This past year was no different. BUT...I haven't blogged about them until now, because LIFE. So, now that it is March and Thanksgiving was four months ago, I thought I would catch up on blogging a few of my past sews.

May I introduce, the Festivity Dress by E&E Patterns. It is a lovely dress perfect for the holidays with a fit and flare silhouette. I love the 3/4 sleeves on little girls but you could even make a short sleeved version for spring.

I found this coordinating quilting cotton at Joanns with gold accents and thought it would be perfect for the girl's dresses.

The bodice is fully lined and closure is an invisible zipper. Such a nice clean finish.

It passes the twirl test! My girls loved their Festivity Dresses this year!You can purchase the Festivity Dress here.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Looks Like Spring

Spring left and Old Man Winter returned for the next few days. Can you believe last week it was near 70 and we were outside most of the day enjoying the sunshine?
Today it's been rainy and COLD. All the poor cherry blossoms are in for a shock when it freezes tonight. So sad. Hopefully spring returns soon! 

Last week I tested a beautiful dress pattern by E&E Patterns. This the Mira Dress and is a super quick sew, about two and a half hours start to finish. 

It has a lined bodice and three different options for the bodice. Also an invisble zipper, don't be scared, they are actually really easy to install!

The skirt very full and definitely twirl worthy, which is always a favorite. 

This lovely little dress released last week just in time for your spring sewing, Easter dresses anyone? I think so! You can purchase the Mira Dress here.


Monday, March 13, 2017

A New Shoreline

I was able to test the lovely Shoreline Boatneck by Blank Slate Patterns a few weeks back. I made a woven version with a few alterations as directed by the pattern and the fit is perfect!

This top is so versatile, made with wovens it is a dressier top that is really cute when paired with skinnies and flats.
When made with knits, you have the perfect casual tee for spring. I say spring only because once summer hits it's too hot for sleeves. :) You can also make the dress version, which I haven't tried, but it looks pretty cute. The Shoreline Boatneck re-released with a few pattern hacks and you can get your copy here.



Thursday, January 26, 2017

A new release from Hey June!

My favorite pattern designer is at in again with another fun design. This one is a quick and easy sew and perfect for the colder weather that has suddenly moved in as of today. Goodbye 70 degree days in January. :(

This is the Tallin Sweater and it releases today! It is on sale through the weekend.

As usually Adrianna's instructions are superb and her illustrations are flawless. The fit is spot on, I didn't have to make any adjustments for length at all. The asymmetrical hem adds interest and makes the sweater nursing friendly if needed.

In addition to being super cute, I sewed this up in about 1.5 hours and that's even with a few kid interruptions.

I used a slinky sweater knit from Joanns, but this would be great in french terry too if you wanted something you could wear to the gym. There are two options, a cowl neck or turtle neck. I opted for cowl on this version but I would like to try turtle neck next, because, let's bring back the 80's and early 90's.

That's about it, I love this pattern and you will too!


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Paro Cardigan

I've been testing so many fun patterns lately that I can't even keep up with blogging them all. I am going to try to get them blogged this week and next. These posts will be less chit chat and more pictures. Short and sweet is easiest for me because life is busy!

The most recent test was a Paro Cardigan by Itch to Stitch. This was the first time I have tested for this designer and her patterns are lovely!
I used a wide ribbed, lightweight sweater knit that I found at Joanns. It had a bit more stretch than recommended for the pattern so my cardigan is more relaxed than what some of the other testers made. I love it though, it's totally my style.
 The pleats on the side and back are a cute addition to dress up a plain cardigan.
I styled this Paro with some boyfriend jeans, a white tee and booties, but I think a pair of Chucks would go great too if you are going for a more casual look. Chucks go with everything, seriously.
The Paro Cardigan is available starting today!