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**