Victoire Dress

A few weeks back I bought a bunch of strawberry pink seersucker fabric from Fabric Mart. I had no plans for it other than I really liked the idea of a seersucker dress and maybe some shorts for summer.

Then I stumbled on a pattern test for the Victoire Dress from new to me designer Laela Jeyne. Joy! It had just what I was looking for in a summer dress:

Thin straps, a fitted bodice, buttons, pockets (of course!), and a tea length option.

How lovely did this dress turn out!? I’m calling it my beach town dress. The perfect little summer dress for walking the boardwalk.

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Like all woven patterns, it’s recommended that you make a muslin of at least the bodice to fine tune the fit, BUT Laela Jeyne was kind enough to release this dress with multiple cup sizes (A through E!). I love when designers do that, it really cuts down on the number of alterations that need to be done. I’ll confess, I could have done one or two more muslins to get a perfect fit, but I’m still happy with the end result.

I’ve been doing a lot of stuff with zippers lately and I feel pretty comfortable with those. When I saw the button placket on this dress I was like “oh no problem”.

Yeah…my button skills are a little rusty it turns out. It didn’t help that my button foot kept getting stuck on the fabric. However I love the look of the button down front.

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This dress also comes with an optional ruffle along the top, a second set of straps, and mini or tea length. Grab it while it’s on sale from Laela Jeyne. While you’re there, have a look at the complete La Femme Collection. I have my eye on the swimsuit!

 

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Oh, and the best news: I have enough fabric left over for those shorts!

To be continued….?

**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**
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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.

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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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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Disneyland Outfits

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Last week my family and I took our first trip to Disneyland. The minute the girls were tall enough to go on all of the rides we booked our trip.

I wasn’t planning on making us special outfits for the occasion but when I saw this princess comic fabric my nerdy little heart just exploded with joy. Unfortunately this JoAnn Fabrics fabric isn’t available in all stores. Thankfully though I have a network of fellow crafters and seamstresses who were able to get a couple yards to me. I owe them a cookie.

Most of the solid fabrics you see are are cotton lycra from the ever lovely Purpleseamstress.

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I let the girls pick the colors and designs that they wanted for their shirts. My oldest picked the Cecille Top from the now sadly closed LilyGiggle. It’s a really fun top with puffy sleeve and a two layer peplum.

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My youngest has a bit more sporty style so she picked the Yoho Henley from Patterns for Pirates. Her favorite color is green and luckily I had some green jersey knit laying around for the sleeves and outer hood. She also wanted thumbholes in the cuffs and since sewing thumbholes makes me feel like a superhero I was happy to oblige.

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And for myself….a simple but fun and bright 3/4 length sleeve raglan. My go-to raglan pattern is the Slim Fit Raglan from Patterns for Pirates. It’s got just the right amount of ease to fit my body without being tight.

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Like this style of top but don’t have time to sew? I have a few variations in the Women’s Clothing section of my Etsy store.