Moon Wide Leg Pants

I’ve been seeing pleated front pants popping up in trends, but as a child of the 80s I just couldn’t get behind it. Until now. I trust Sinclair to put out a great, well drafted pattern so I couldn’t wait to dive into the new Moon Wide Leg Pants and was not disappointed.

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Now for a disclaimer: I tested a very early version of these pants so the fit is slightly different in the final pattern for sale. The final version is a bit slimmer with a lot less volume in the back and then pleats are optional. That said, the look is very much the same.

As with all Sinclair patterns, this one comes in sizes 0-22 and Petite, Regular, and Tall. Mine are size 8 – Tall. I fall right on the bottom edge of the tall sizing but I wanted them to be long so I could wear heels. This pattern can also be made in shorts and culotte length, and has an optional attached front tie.

These are a light weight chambray with a linen look that purchased from Fabric Mart a few months back.

The back of the Moon Pants uses encased elastic, so these are super comfortable as well. After I finished taking pictures I ended up just wearing these around the house the rest of the day.

Oh, and I happened to have paired these pants with another Sinclair pattern you might recognize from a previous blog post: the Danielle Batwing Top.

Get the Moon Wide Leg Pants on sale now from Sinclair Patterns.

**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**

Madrona Skirt

Isn’t this skirt so romantic? The wrap, the slightly ruffled edge, it just creates such a beautiful soft look.

The new Madrona skirt from Straight Stitch Designs is just a lovely, surprisingly simple pattern. It’s great for those of us who are knit junkies but want to branch out into woven fabrics occasionally.

My Madrona is made with a mystery fabric that I bought at a thrift store a couple years ago and has been waiting in my stash for the perfect project. I absolutely love the light, floatiness of it.

Of course, I can’t miss an opportunity for a floral or a contrast facing so I used some Liberty of London lawn that my sister got for me when she visited Liberty’s store in London over the summer (I know right!).

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The pattern instructions include french seams and a different style waist band application that creates a nice, clean finish.

I fell between sizes, but decided to go down to a 10 which worked great. The waist band is simply wrapped and buttons applied in the most comfortable position so you have a lot of flexibility in sizing.

I was worried that the wrap wasn’t going to give enough coverage, but there is plenty of overlap between the two sides, so you never have to feel like you’re showing too much leg (unless you want to of course).

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Get the Madrona now from Straight Stitch Designs.

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

Synthia Ruffle Top

Ruffles are everywhere right now. Romantic, feminine, and fun; I jumped at the chance to test Designer Stitch’s latest pattern, Synthia.

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Ruffles in coral pink, I couldn’t help myself. I found the polyester spandex blend at JoAnn Fabrics and knew it was the one. Which brings me to a couple a key notes on fabric choice for this top:

  1. Drape. Lots of it. You don’t want to pick a fabric that’s got too much structure or you’re going to end up with wings instead of a lovely cascade of ruffles.
  2. No single sided fabric. This is noted in the pattern instructions, but you want to make sure you pick a fabric that has no discernible right or wrong sides. The ruffles are going to show both sides. Like so:

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Synthia has two length options and comes in cup sizes B, C, D, and DD (E). Mine is the longer length with a B cup bodice and graded from a size 3 at the bust to a 4 at the waist. It includes bust darts to help give it more fit and shape. You can wear it fitted or my loose like mine. The back has an invisible zipper which is easy to instal with the directions in the pattern.

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Incidentally, just as I was about to start working on my Synthia top, I ran across this photo of the ever fashionable Kathryn Newton in my Instagram feed wearing a strikingly similar look:

So cute right!

Get the pattern on sale now from Designer Stitch.

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

Santi Skirt

Nothing beats a good structured skirt. Especially in winter. Especially made of lovely blue corduroy.

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The new Santi skirt from Designer Stitch is a great exercise in structure and construction. It gives you the opportunity to play around with your top stitching skills while still being quick and painless to construct.

Also pockets.

All the pockets.

Cell phone sized pockets.

The skirt comes with an optional belt as well that really pulls the whole thing together.

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Santi is on sale from Designer Stitch for a limited time. As a bonus, if you join the pattern support group on Facebook you can get a code for an additional $1 off.

Lulu Dolman Sweater

It’s getting to be the time of year where I start over thinking holiday outfits. I literally have one event to really dress up for and yet I generally plan at least three outfits.

Because options.

When the tester call came out for the Lulu Dolman Sweater from Petite Stitchery my thoughts went to this gorgeous green sweater knit and….burgundy faux leather pants. Obviously. Fancy sweater for my fancy pants!

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Lulu is great for this time of year because it’s designed for sweater knit, of which my hoarding has been previously documented. The hem and neck are finished with binding instead of hemming or traditional neckbands – especially handy for those super light weight knits that are prone to unraveling.

I love that the curved hem is really dramatic in the back and a little less so in the front. It gives great coverage.

Oh, and as an added bonus. Petite Stitchery is also releasing a super quick and easy free tutorial on making this blanket scarf.

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Speaking of coverage… I made a second one in this oh so pretty french terry that I bought from Sincerely Rylee last spring. Just yesterday I wore it to help out in my daughters second grade classroom. If you haven’t spent a lot of time in a second grade classroom you should know it involves a lot of crouching. Shirts that are long in the back are essential.

 

 

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Lulu is on sale now for $7 then it’s dropping to $6 for Black Friday then dropping AGAIN for Small Business Saturday for $5! BUT the first 50 customers can get it for and extra 10% off with the code LoveOurFans10.

P.S. The faux leather pants are the SOS Pants from Patterns for Pirates

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

Acacia Top

It is decidedly Fall here in the Pacific Northwest, the best kind of Fall…October. So of course when I saw the Acacia Top from Sinclair Patterns I knew it had to be made in springy, bright, buttercup yellow, rayon challis.

I am nothing if not a giant ball of contradiction.

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I am not great with woven fabrics and that’s probably not going to change anytime soon. They require a level of precision and patience that I don’t always posses. That said, the Acacia was so much fun and easy to put together, a great beginner pattern. Every piece came together nicely, even the facings, which I have an uncanny knack for messing up.

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Sinclair Patterns is one of the few PDF pattern designers out there who puts out patterns that are truly unique. Not just styling, but technique as well. I feel like I learn something new ever time I try one of their patterns.

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The day I got out to take pictures was one of those wonderful sunny, warm Fall days that we get here in the PNW that make you love October. After wearing this top out in the sun I knew this would probably be one of those tops that gets tucked away for the winter but will be so perfect when the sun returns to us next spring.

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

Mama Adelyn Tunic (and Dress)

Sometimes I see a girls pattern and think “I want that in my size!” and sometimes a designer comes through for me and makes that happen.

Mama Adelyn is yet another of my new fall staples and the first adult pattern put out by Petite Stitchery & Co. It’s the perfect top to wear with leggings. The pointed hem gives great front and back coverage. It also has a dress length option that I can’t wait to try.

The swing style is a personal favorite of mine. I love that it’s fitted at the bust and then just floats away from the body, so no need for me to grade out the size on the bottom.

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The fabric that I used is a single brushed poly from Sly Fox Fabrics. Normally I’m all floral all the time but I wanted something different for this pattern. The boho geometric print is a little out of my comfort zone, but I love how it turned out and I get tons of complements every time I wear it.

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That would be my dog photobombing this one.

The pattern is on sale Tuesday 10/24 – Sunday 10/29. If you like a mom and me option there’s a bundle as well. Go grab it quick!

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

Danielle Batwing Top

Danielle03I was recently introduced to a new-to-me designer, Sinclair Patterns, and I have to say it’s love at first pattern. I had the joy of testing out the new Danielle Batwing Top and it’s quickly risen to the top of my favorite things to wear.

I loved it so much I made two! One in a very lightweight cream colored fabric, and other in a black slubbed sweater knit. The are both so so comfortable.

 

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Somehow last spring I ended up with a bunch of sweater knits from Knitpop (so weird right!). I’ve been hoarding them all summer waiting for the perfect Fall and Winter patterns. The Danielle Batwing is exactly what I was waiting for.

 

I am a sucker for tiny details and unconventional construction methods so the binding on this top really hit the sweet spot for me. It gives the outside a nice clean look while giving me the chance to put a fun contrasting fabric on the inside.

Of course the highlight of this top is the cross back which I have been seeing everywhere in ready-to-wear clothing. It requires a little “sewing origami” but is doable even for beginners and the look is so worth the effort.

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The long waistband is super flattering and can be worn several ways. This also sews up really fast thanks to the dolman “batwings”.

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I’m certain this top is going to get a lot of wear this fall. In fact I have a dark green sweater knit that is just begging to be made into another one.

 

**I received a free copy of this pattern as part of the testing process. All opinions are my own.**

Kristen

As the summer is starting to wind down I finally have some time to sew and blog. I don’t know about you but it’s been a crazy summer here. Lots of making memories, not so much with the making clothes.

Totally worth it.

I’ve been wanting to stretch my seamstress skills lately and get out of my comfort zone. My specialty is working with knit fabric; it’s quick and it’s pretty forgiving of mistakes (read: laziness), but there also isn’t a ton of variety in technique. So when Designer Stitch recently put out a testing call for the new Kristen dress I jumped at the chance.

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Kristen is a dress made with woven fabrics. It includes a back zipper, darts throughout the bodice, princess seams, ruffles, and a pleated skirt. It also includes an optional belt and bell sleeve that is so elegant.

We’re coming into fall here and when I saw this mustard yellow floral print on rayon challis I knew it would be perfect for Kristen.

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I have a wide shallow bust which means that I have never had a store bought dress fit me properly. I loved having the opportunity to fit a dress to my figure exactly. The Kristen does require making a muslin (or two) in order to get that perfect fit, but the bodice pieces come together so quickly that it really wasn’t a big deal.

My Kristen is a 2 graded to a 4 at the waist with a couple small modifications to get that perfect fit.

If you want to tackle the Kristen I highly recommend joining the Designer Stitch Pattern Support Facebook group where you can get some great fitting advice from some awesome seamstresses.

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This is a pattern I know I’ll be coming back to. In fact one of the other testers made one in a heavy weight fabric that I am dying to try.

Styling Pencil Skirts

I added a new pencil skirt to the shop today so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to share with you all how I like to wear my many (too many?) pencil skirts.

Many of the skirts shown here are available in my Etsy Store.

 

As a work at home mom, pencils skirts probably seem totally impractical. I mean a fitted skirt? For grocery shopping?  For sitting through violin practice?

Heck yeah!

Because guess what, I really hate pants. They.are.the.worst. Pants and shorts have never fit me properly, and they’re not about to. Skirts though, skirts always fit because you only have to fit one spot: your waist or hips and even that is flexible.

The skirt I sell in the Etsy store is designed by Patterns for Pirates and I offer it and a high- or mid-waist option, and below or above knee length. I’m partial to the high waist, above knee option myself because I feel like it gives me a little more flexibility in how it’s worn.

Casual Spring and Summer

By far the most common way I wear my skirts is with a simple t-shirt and flats or flip-flops.

In general when I’m choosing outfits I like to pair one fitted with one loose. Since most of my shirts are loose fit I like my bottoms to be fitted, i.e. a pencil skirt.

Here’s a few examples for you: A pink geometric stripe with a simple gray tank (also made by me) or a fun graphic shirt paired with a floral skirt. I love the whimsy of the Alice shirt with the floral. I like to pair these with ballet flats, sneakers, or flip flops.

Dressed up for Dates or Business

On the rare occasion that I have the opportunity to dress up a little I love my pencil skirts.

I feel like the key to dressed up vs. casual is really just in tucking the shirt. Simple. An shoes, shoes are key.

I love pink top with bold geometric black and white skirt; throw in some pink heels and it would make a great wedding guest outfit. The green top with floral skirt is admittedly an advance class in pattern matching, but is totally something I would have worn to work back in the day with a pair of black heals.

Fall and Winter just add tights.

These have all been decidedly spring summer outfits and I’m usually too cold in the winter for skirts, but when I do I just add a pair of thick tights and I’ve got a really cute outfit.

I even wore tights with a chambray top and my floral skirt for our family pictures this year. My youngest wore a matching girls skirt.

 

This is another outfit I threw together for fall or winter. A light sweater and boots with the new floral skirt now available in the shop.

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So there’s just a few ways I like to wear them. What’s your favorite way to style pencil skirts?

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