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.


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.