Pattern Review: Trailblazer Vest


Pattern Description: Women’s Trailblazer Vest by Twig and Tale

Pattern size made: Size G per measurement chart

View made: Zipper closure + wind flap. Yoke back + curved dropped hem

Fabric/Notions used:

  • Outer – 1 yard Burgundy Nylon/Lycra Heavy Activewear from Fabric Mart
  • Lining – 1 yard Faux fur from thrift store
  • Notions – 6 sets Black Kamsnaps

Woven fabrics are suggested for this pattern. I decided to use a heavy activewear because it was quite stable and didn’t have a lot of stretch.

Alterations: Took in the bust area slightly.

Skill level: Twig and Tale rates this as Adventurous Beginner to Intermediate. I agree with that recommendation.

Look and Fit: Garment fit as intended – slightly loose – other than having to take in some fabric at the bust area. I think I could have gone down a size as the fit was quite loose.

Pattern drafting and instructions: Pattern is well drafted and easy to understand. Instructions are excellent! Detailed instructions include videos to follow along as well as tips on fitting issues that are easy to follow even for beginning sewists.


Vests are one of those things that we’re never in my wardrobe and I’m not exactly sure why. I had made this pattern once before as a gift and intended to get back to it to make one for myself.

I had this burgundy activewear fabric that I had bought not realizing that it was VERY heavy weight, too heavy for most of my activewear patterns, and with only a yard I had no idea what to do with it.

And then I found the faux fur at a thrifts store and it hit me!

Vest pattern + athletic fabric + faux fur = cozy goodness in the PNW


I wore the finished vest recently to walk to my child’s school on a morning that was chilly but I knew I’d get too warm in a coat. It kept my core warm but not too warm and the faux fur made it seriously comfortable. I normally don’t like anything that touches my neck but I did not mind zipping the vest all the way up. And of course: pockets!!

An overwhelmingly positive experience with a lovely pattern that was also fun to sew.


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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Very Easy Vogue V9252

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.


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.


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!

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!


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.


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.




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


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.



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.



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



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.**

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.


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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Bryant Dolamn

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



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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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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About Me

I’m Krisha – a seamstress, mom, and huge nerd. I started sewing when I was a kid, following along with my Grandma and Mom on trips to the fabric store for quilt supplies.

It wasn’t until my kids were in school full time, however, that I discovered my love of garment construction. Maybe it’s the instant gratification (compared to quilting), maybe it’s being able to make just what I want, maybe it’s all the pretty fabrics. Whatever it is, I started an Etsy store in 2016 and started this blog in 2017 to complement it.

Here you will find my latest projects, some available in the shop, some are just for my personal enjoyment.

Like what you see but don’t have time to sew? Visit my Etsy Shop: Buttercup Threads

Phinney Ridge

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I recently had the pleasure of testing the new cardigan pattern from Straight Stitch Designs. Phinney Ridge is a V-neck cardigan with optional button or snap closures plus loads of other options. I especially love the elbow patch option and I’m totally planning on using it for my next one.

Mine is made with a heavy ribbed sweater knit that I came in a scrap box from Knitpop. I decided to go with the snap closure option because…well because I was out of buttons. It happens.


This fit on the sweater is spot on. I can’t remember the last time I had a cardigan that fit me perfectly in the shoulders like this one does. I’m looking forward to making more in different fabric weights, especially lighter weight rayon and cotton for spring, because it snowed today and a girl can dream can’t she?


The View Ridge

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It’s COLD here. Last week we had a foot of snow. Personally I’m over it, and dreaming of warmer days. In that spirit I made the View Ridge by Straight Stitch Designs.


This is such a sweet little top. The gathering in the bodice makes for a lovely floaty fit and the key-hole back gives it some interesting detail.


Mine is made with a gorgeous rayon challis from LDG Textiles. Challis is probably my favorite woven fabric to work with. It’s relatively easy to work with, and handles heat well so you can really go to town with your iron and get nice sharp pressed edges. My binding skills need a little work but I love the outcome nonetheless.


But you know what my favorite thing is about this top? It’s a great scrap buster. Because the shirt is composed of several small pieces I’m able to make one out of the larger (and smaller) scraps left from my other projects. In fact I have another one in the works made from some floral leftovers.

Now back to drinking tea and dreaming of warmer days…..sigh.