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.**
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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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Kristen with optional belt

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.

Bryant Dolamn

I’m back with another new pattern from Straight Stitch Designs!

 

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This time is the Bryant dolman top. Fun fact: when I first moved to Seattle I lived in a little house in the Bryant neighborhood for which this top is named.

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Anyway…

As with all Straight Stitch Designs patterns this one has a few unique features to make it stand out. First it is designed to be cut on the bias. Admittedly it makes this pattern a bit of fabric hog, but I love the chance to show of fabric in interesting ways. I chose this liverpool with a stripe and floral motif expressly for the chance to do something unique with it.

My favorite feature, though, is the facing, rather than binding, neckline. It’s so simple but gives such a nice clean look and I was happy to find it much easier than binding. I might start making facings for all my knit tops.

To get an idea for how the fit changed with different fabric, I made my second top with an ITY that I found at the thrift store.

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The fabric is a little outside my usual style but I’m coming around because it’s just so comfortable.

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