Mia Maxi and Midi Skirt

About two weeks ago I was cleaning out some clothes that no longer fit and all of my maxi skirts had to go. I started hunting through my pattern stash for a maxi skirt pattern. I had a free one I’d used the the past but didn’t love it, so I just set the whole thing aside.

Then Sinclair Patterns came to the rescue (as always) with the new Mia Maxi and Midi skirt. You guys, I made three of them in as many days! Let’s jump into it shall we?

All of the skirts are a tall, size 8 in double brushed poly from the wonderful Knitpop.

First up a simple maxi in this gorgeous floral that I’ve been hoarding for months. I sometimes stay away from white because it can be a bit sheer but I’ve been wearing this skirt around town this week with no problems.

My absolute favorite thing about this pattern is the side slits. I love the look of maxi skirts but I sometimes find them a little restrictive to walk around in. The side slits completely solve that problem and are incredibly easy to sew.

Second I decided to do the midi length. I have a well documented hatred of shorts so I love a simple pull on skirt for hanging out around the house in the summer.

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I went with the side slits again and am so happy with that decision. It’s been really hot (by my Pacific Northwest standards) and this skirt was so comfortable. It also goes great with the Gaia tank top that I shared last time.

Last I made this striped number. About half way through the testing process a pleated waistband was added to the pattern. I was crazy busy and I’d already made two skirts but I HAD to make that waistband  – sometimes a technique just calls to you – and I could not be happier with how it turned out.

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I mean check out these pleats!! The drama of it! The pattern offers fantastic detailed instructions and marking that make sewing the pleats a total breeze.

The only modifications I made in the end was to shorten the maxi by about one inch, because I’m on the bottom of the tall measurements I often need to make a slight adjustment.

One last thing. I love a contrasting lining on my garments. I think it’s a fun way to add some personalization and gives a boutiquey look. It’s also a great way to use smaller scraps of fabric.

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Mia is on sale for $5.99 through August 11th – no code needed.

**I RECEIVED A FREE COPY OF THIS PATTERN AS PART OF THE TESTING PROCESS. ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN. THIS POST MAY CONTAIN AFFILIATE LINKS**

Gaia Tank Top

I have this ready to wear shirt that I wear all the time. We all that article of clothing gets put on the minute it comes out of the laundry. It’s got an open upper back and a back slit that you can tie or leave loose. I’ve tried a couple times to recreate it but my self-drafting skills leave something to be desired.

Then Sinclair came out with the Gaia Tank Top this week and it was everything I wanted. Self draft no more.

Gaia is an athletic style tank top with a really fun key hole cross over back and an optional slit in the back that you can tie. The main pieces come together super quick and the binding – which is a little fussy I’ll admit – is so worth the time as it’s given the cleanest finish I’ve ever gotten on a binding.

The first Gaia I made was in this beautiful double brushed poly (DBP) I got from a Raspberry Creek Fabrics knit mystery box. It’s actually a vertical floral stripe but I liked it better horizontal and luckily DBP is pretty flexible when it comes to stretch direction. This top is so so comfortable too. I know a lot of people complain about DBP being too hot for them but I love it all year.

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I made my usual size 6 bust graded out to a size 8 waist and hips. I usually fit into the tall range on Sinclair patterns so I made the tall but I actually found it a bit long in this instance. If you like a longer top it’s great though. I love how the key hole gives me a chance to show off the cute back on one of my favorite sports bras.

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The second one I made is a gray athletic knit from Jo Ann Fabrics. The binding is from a buttery soft scrap of lavender athletic fabric from The Fabric Fairy. Both are fairly heavy weight fabrics which made sewing the binding a bit more challenging and bulky. If I had it to do over again I would have used a lighter weight fabric for the binding. But again…like butter this fabric.

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I went with the same size but in the regular length this time and I love the fit on me. I wore this one out running the other day and it was so comfortable (I mean as comfortable as one can be while running) and I feel cute it too.

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Gaia is on sale for $6.99 through 4th of August, Sunday – no code needed.

**I RECEIVED A FREE COPY OF THIS PATTERN AS PART OF THE TESTING PROCESS. ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN. THIS POST MAY CONTAIN AFFILIATE LINKS**

Wedgwood Skirt

I love looking through Mod Cloth at the wild printed skirts and vintage styles. I’m not sure I’m an interesting enough person to pull off those looks but I can dream. So with that in mind, I found a one yard piece of this purse print fabric at the thrift store for a few bucks and it reminded me of those skirts I love.

I started searching out a good pleated skirt pattern and then I remembered… I already had a fantastic one in the Wedgwood by Straight Stitch Designs!

I had made this skirt once before when I was pretty new to sewing and I had been meaning to get back to it. I’m happy to report my sewing skills have in fact improved (go me!). I find the fit to be true to size and the instructions are easy to follow. I especially like the instructions for the zipper and the waistband.

The best parts, though, are the cute little details! The pocket flaps, which are a little hidden in this wild print, elevate what would otherwise be a fairly basic pleated skirt.

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And the waistband is finished with the neatest method ever! I swear I’m modifying all of my waistbands to this method. It’s finished off with a button tab that I added these adorable little blue buttons to (same as the pocket flaps). I inserted a shorter zipper than the one called for in the pattern – 7″ instead of the recommended 9″.  I kinda love the contrast that it provides.

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Paired with my current favorite t-shirt (any other Schitt’s Creek fans out there?) and it makes for the fun outfit of my Mod Cloth dreams.

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Daisy Woven Blouse

Once again I have the pleasure of bringing you a new pattern from Sinclair Patterns. The Daisy Woven Blouse went through an exhaustive testing process in order to provide multiple cup sizes and a great fit.

This pattern features a super cute pleated front as well as a pleat detail on the sleeves. Speaking of sleeves, those are available in a short petal or long with an elastic wrist. Finally a flattering curved hem and bias binding to finish the neckline.

I made two final versions of the Daisy. Both are a tall size 8, graded out to a 10, A cup. It was warm out the week I was sewing these up so I went with the petal sleeve, but I tested the long sleeve in an earlier version and I have plans to sew a final one of those soon.

The first blouse I made is a gorgeous vertical strip chambray that came from a rare Knitpop woven auction box. I’ve been hoarding this one for a bit as I only had one yard and wanted to make something special with it.

The second is made with a polyester peachskin that I got from Fabric Mart. I got this fabric as a 3 yard pre-cut which I used most of for a dress for my daughter but had just enough left over to squeeze out this top. I love the drape of the pleats in this fabric. This is definitely a preferred fabric for this particular pattern.

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Daisy is on sale now so get your copy here.

**I RECEIVED A FREE COPY OF THIS PATTERN AS PART OF THE TESTING PROCESS. ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN. THIS POST MAY CONTAIN AFFILIATE LINKS**

Lauren Knit Top and Dress

I love cozy sweaters. I love interesting design. I love a challenge. Lauren from Sinclair Patterns  checks all three boxes.

Lauren is a draped front top or dress with pleating details at the shoulder and waist. The wrapped front gives an asymmetrical neckline.  As per usual the pattern comes in a large size range and three height options. Now I’ll be honest, those pleats – not for the faint of heart – but so worth it!

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I sewed up both variations: a dress in a brightly patterned ITY and and the top made from a polkadot sweater knit. Both fabrics are from Knitpop auction boxes. As you’ll see, fabric choice is hugely important in determining how this pattern drapes and fits.

First I made the ITY dress. This is so comfortable!! It’s cold and windy here now, but when the weather warms up I think it’ll be in heavy rotation. I was concerned that the wrap would be loose and show off more than I’d like, but the weight of the ITY keeps everything in place and modest. The slightly dropped waist gives it a different look that I haven’t seen lately and I kinda love it. You should see the way the skirt moves too.

The second was the polkadot sweater. This time the draped front fell further from my body. I don’t necessarily need an undershirt with it but it makes me feel better. I wore this to my kids’ school the week after I made it and got tons of complements and I was supremely comfortable while cutting 50 little handprints out of construction paper.

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Get your copy here, you’re going to love it.

**I RECEIVED A FREE COPY OF THIS PATTERN AS PART OF THE TESTING PROCESS. ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN. THIS POST MAY CONTAIN AFFILIATE LINKS**

Dakota Tunic

Sinclair has a new pattern out!! I’ve quickly fallen in love with Sinclair Patterns for consistently high quality patterns. This week they came out with the new Dakota Tunic and Dress.

This pattern has a curved hem, button (true or faux plackets) or plain front, and several neckline and sleeve length options.

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I made the tunic length version with the true placket front, crew neck, and 3/4 length sleeves. This one is made with a liverpool double knit from Knitpop. It wasn’t exactly a recommended fabric but I made it work because I love this print so much.

As always the pattern comes in petite, regular, and tall. The PDF file has layers for each size to blend between sizes – I blended from a size 6 bust to a size 8 waist and hips.

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Because I was using liverpool I had to fudge a few things. First, I used a different fabric for the neck binding, a VERY thin stretchy rayon spandex. I highly recommend this if you’re using a thicker fabric as it helps keep the neckline from being too bulky and puckering. Second, I did snaps instead of buttons. My button foot did not like the texture of this fabric and kept jamming so I pulled out my trusty KAM Snaps and got to work. Of course I forgot to switch the direction of overlap when I decided to do snaps, but you know what, I think that’s an archaic artifact of fashion’s past that really doesn’t matter anymore. So there.

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All in all, a great experience. I wore this on a full on Mom-mode day and was comfortable and cute, win-win. I have some really fun ITY that I think I’m going to use to make another one in dress length (keep an eye on my Instagram for that).

The Dakota pattern is on sale  for $8.99 through 12/15/18 so, you know, go get yourself a little something for Christmas!

 

**I RECEIVED A FREE COPY OF THIS PATTERN AS PART OF THE TESTING PROCESS. ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN. THIS POST MAY CONTAIN AFFILIATE LINKS**

Deer Creek Dress

Oh Fall how I have missed you! By mid-August I am a thousand percent done with summer and start dreaming of cold weather sewing. Of course it’s still pretty warm here most days so I’m all about a transitional dress like the Deer Creek from New Horizons Designs.

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I’ve been eyeing this pattern since it came out and finally bought it during their Labor Day sale this year. Why oh why did I wait so long!?

This is a dolman sleeve dress that can be made in short or long sleeve. It also has a tunic variation that I’m going to have to try soon too. The dress length comes just to the calf which is a length that I don’t always find flattering on my body but the curved hem makes it work. I think if I make it next year for warm weather I’ll shorten the skirt a bit.

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I made a straight medium according to my measurements and it fits great and is so comfortable. I did add a little length to the elastic in my second one because I get a little fussy if things are too tight around my middle.

The first one I made was this black “Jolene” print double brushed poly (DBP) from Knitpop. I’ve been holding on to this fabric specifically for this dress and it’s everything I hoped it would be.

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The second is this beautiful mustard yellow floral DBP that I picked up from Fabric Mart also just for this dress. I’m looking forward to pairing these with boots and a scarf for a cute winter outfit.

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I did make a few changes in the order of assembly because of my personal preferences but otherwise the directions were clear and easy to follow. I also made a mistake assembling the waistband the first time but that was on me for not following the directions. When I went back and made a second one it was pretty clear in the instructions what I did wrong. This is what I get for sewing while listening to podcasts.

All in all a totally positive review from me. This a fantastic dress pattern.

**This post contains affiliate links. All opinions are my own.**

Taylor Leggings

Laela Jeyne just updated the Taylor leggings and I gotta say, I’m a fan! I’ve got a number of legging patterns, most of them free ones, but none fit me quite so well as the Taylors. The elastic in the waistband gives extra support and I feel like these are the first leggings I’ve made that didn’t need major adjustments to the seat area.

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In addition to my sewing habit, I’m currently in the middle of training for my first half marathon and on cooler mornings I like to wear knee length leggings like these that I made in pink (Fabric Mart) and gray (JoAnn Fabrics) athletic knit fabrics.

During the summer I have to carry an epipen when I run due to a bee sting allergy so any athletic wear with pockets big enough to carry an epipen are a huge plus for me.

The pattern comes with a generous number of variations. I saw a few other testers throw in a some mesh fabric on one panel which looked super cool.

**I RECEIVED A FREE COPY OF THIS PATTERN AS PART OF THE TESTING PROCESS. ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN. THIS POST MAY CONTAIN AFFILIATE LINKS**

Taffy Dress

Last week I got to test the new Taffy Dress from Petite Stitchery. It’s a fun, simple dress for kicking around in….but it doesn’t have to be!

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This dress is seriously LOADED with options:

  • Shirt, tunic, dress, or maxi length.
  • Plain, ruffled, or scalloped hem (I’m totally making a scalloped hem one next)
  • Tank, short, half, 3/4, or long sleeve.
  • Scoop or Low V back.

I made this one dress length, with the ruffle (so cute!), short sleeve, a scoop back. It’s a blue rayon spandex jersey that I got in a scrap box from Boho Fabrics.

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If you’re in need of a great summer dress, this pattern probably has what you need.

I’m planning to wear mine on an upcoming beach trip. And the farmers market. And sitting around the house.

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You can grab it now from Petite Stitchery. There is also a super sweet little girls version too.

**I RECEIVED A FREE COPY OF THIS PATTERN AS PART OF THE TESTING PROCESS. ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN. THIS POST MAY CONTAIN AFFILIATE LINKS**

Vogue V9252

 

Confession: I’ve always been intimidated by paper patterns. That is until I decided to make myself a dress for a wedding we recently attended. One thing that is seriously missing from PDF patterns, but abundant in paper patterns, is good special occasion wear.

So I decided to conquer my fear and have a go at Vogue’s V9252, a princess seamed dress with a high-low hem and of course…pockets!

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I picked this pattern because it seemed simple enough and had multiple cup sizes built into the pattern which I am always a fan of.

And I’m a sucker for a high-low hem.

And pockets.

I made the dress  with this super pretty blue floral shantung satin and lined with a matching blue satin, both from the wonderfully helpful Cali Fabrics.

Unfortunately I fell between a 14 and a 16 in sizing which meant I fell between the available pattern ranges. So I did a little hand grading and made LOTS of small adjustments and muslins but in the end I felt like I got a pretty great fit. The only other major change I made was to bring the armscye up just a bit. It was very low as drafted and I’ve seen other people who made this dress complain about the same thing.

The construction was pretty straight forward and all the pieces fit together with no problems. I ended up hand stitching the lining which, while time consuming, gave a nice finished look to the whole garment. The pockets are generously sized so I was able to keep my phone in there and not need carry a purse.

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The hem was a little tricky since this amounted to a full circle skirt and the shantung frayed like crazy. I serged the hem, folded it over and stitched it in place, and then folded and stitched again to hide the serger stitches.

There are only two things I’d change if I were to do it again:

  1. A swayback adjustment. I didn’t get good pictures of the back but thats ok, it had a bit of a ripple. Some of it was probably caused by my zipper technique that still needs work but I think a swayback adjustment would have fixed most of it.
  2. Boning in the side. The skirt is quite heavy and pulls the bodice down more than I’d like, especially in the back. I think boning would have added some much needed support.

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I’ve come a long way in my garment making and I’m really proud of how it turned out.

P.S. My husband is looking pretty good too. Love you babe!