Montlake Tee

Straight Stitch Designs just re-released it’s Montlake Tee pattern and it is simply lovely. The perfect closet staple and great intro pattern for those just getting into knit fabrics.

I somehow always have a shortage of t-shirts in my wardrobe (lots of tanks, lots of sweaters and sweatshirts) so I’m on a constant lookout for a flattering t-shirt. I prefer a loose fit through the body of my T-shirst and the Montlake is nice, loose swing style tee that fits the bill just right.

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The pattern has been thoughtfully redesigned to include sizes 0 through 34 with B and D cup pattern pieces. The tutorial goes even further and gives instructions on how to do a full bust adjustment and a full bicep adjustment. It also comes with two neckline options – V-neck or scoop – and four sleeve lengths.

Mine is made with a floral print poly cotton blend. I’m a sucker for florals and I had this piece leftover from a T-shirt I sewed a couple years ago and wore it down to threads. I was excited to have a reason to use up the remaining fabric.

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I made a straight size 8 with no adjustments, however I took a slightly smaller seam allowance with the neckband to accommodate the poor stretch and recovery of the fabric. I probably should have done the afore mentioned bicep adjustment but I like to sew patterns up as written on the first go around. It’s designed for a 5’9″ height but I’m a couple inches shorter and didn’t need to make any adjustments.

All in all a thoughtful redesign of a timeless classic. If you already own it, you can download the update for free or purchase for the first time for 20% off during the anniversary sale. Use code SSD5YEARS for 20% off Montlake and any other pattern through Sunday 9/29.

 

 

Nova Raglan Sweater

I love a cozy sweater. For many years I was a cardigan girl, but in the last year I’ve developed a deep love for a crew neck sweater or sweatshirt. I saw the Nova by Sinclair Patterns come up for testing and knew it was the perfect cozy raglan for my sweater obsession.

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I have a loose fitting raglan pattern from another designer who shall remain nameless but I’ve never loved it and haven’t sewn it for few years. What sets Nova apart, as with all Sinclair patterns, is the professional drafting and the different height options.

I technically fit in the TALL sizing of Sinclair’s patterns but I’m finding my personal preference leans toward the fit of the REGULAR sizing. Easy enough, I can just pick different set of pattern pieces. No fussing with making height adjustments like with other designers.

The first version of Nova that I made is the basic crew neckline, and a draw string waistband in a tall height. My usual size 6 bust, graded to a size 8 waist and hips. It’s worth mentioning that all Sinclair patterns give instructions for grading patterns if you fall between sizes like me. Custom fitting all the way.

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I’m very into drawstring and tied hems right now so this really hit the sweet spot for me. The patch pocket is a nice detail too.

The body is made with a black sweater knit that you may recall way back from the Danielle Batwing Top – I had over a yard leftover that’s been waiting for the perfect use. The sleeves are a glitter mystery fabric that is similar in weave and structure to liverpool fabric. There is also a bit of double brushed poly for the neck band. All from Knitpop.

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(Please note: this was an early version from testing so it’s slightly different that the final product but I still thought it was cute and wanted to share)

My second piece I decided to try out the cowl and kangaroo pocket. This time I went with the regular height and my usual size 6/8/8 grading again.

The main body is made from a brushed french terry that came in a Knitpop scrap box. I have to talk about this fabric – it.was.a.mess – BUT it was a generous size. I was able to do a little fabric origami and get just enough fabric from what would have otherwise gone to the trash and I’m glad I did because it’s is soooooooo soft.

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The sleeves are made from a poly blend fabric from a Boho Fabrics mystery box that I’ve been holding on to for two years because it was too pretty to cut into without the perfect project.

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I love the fit of the cowl on this one. I sometimes find cowls a bit suffocating but this is just loose enough to make me feel comfortable. However, I did skip the drawstring on the cowl out of personal preference.

Nova is on sale for $7.99 through 18th of September no code needed. 

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

Deer Creek Dress

Oh Fall how I have missed you! By mid-August I am a thousand percent done with summer and start dreaming of cold weather sewing. Of course it’s still pretty warm here most days so I’m all about a transitional dress like the Deer Creek from New Horizons Designs.

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I’ve been eyeing this pattern since it came out and finally bought it during their Labor Day sale this year. Why oh why did I wait so long!?

This is a dolman sleeve dress that can be made in short or long sleeve. It also has a tunic variation that I’m going to have to try soon too. The dress length comes just to the calf which is a length that I don’t always find flattering on my body but the curved hem makes it work. I think if I make it next year for warm weather I’ll shorten the skirt a bit.

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I made a straight medium according to my measurements and it fits great and is so comfortable. I did add a little length to the elastic in my second one because I get a little fussy if things are too tight around my middle.

The first one I made was this black “Jolene” print double brushed poly (DBP) from Knitpop. I’ve been holding on to this fabric specifically for this dress and it’s everything I hoped it would be.

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The second is this beautiful mustard yellow floral DBP that I picked up from Fabric Mart also just for this dress. I’m looking forward to pairing these with boots and a scarf for a cute winter outfit.

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I did make a few changes in the order of assembly because of my personal preferences but otherwise the directions were clear and easy to follow. I also made a mistake assembling the waistband the first time but that was on me for not following the directions. When I went back and made a second one it was pretty clear in the instructions what I did wrong. This is what I get for sewing while listening to podcasts.

All in all a totally positive review from me. This a fantastic dress pattern.

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Taylor Leggings

Laela Jeyne just updated the Taylor leggings and I gotta say, I’m a fan! I’ve got a number of legging patterns, most of them free ones, but none fit me quite so well as the Taylors. The elastic in the waistband gives extra support and I feel like these are the first leggings I’ve made that didn’t need major adjustments to the seat area.

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In addition to my sewing habit, I’m currently in the middle of training for my first half marathon and on cooler mornings I like to wear knee length leggings like these that I made in pink (Fabric Mart) and gray (JoAnn Fabrics) athletic knit fabrics.

During the summer I have to carry an epipen when I run due to a bee sting allergy so any athletic wear with pockets big enough to carry an epipen are a huge plus for me.

The pattern comes with a generous number of variations. I saw a few other testers throw in a some mesh fabric on one panel which looked super cool.

**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**

Taffy Dress

Last week I got to test the new Taffy Dress from Petite Stitchery. It’s a fun, simple dress for kicking around in….but it doesn’t have to be!

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This dress is seriously LOADED with options:

  • Shirt, tunic, dress, or maxi length.
  • Plain, ruffled, or scalloped hem (I’m totally making a scalloped hem one next)
  • Tank, short, half, 3/4, or long sleeve.
  • Scoop or Low V back.

I made this one dress length, with the ruffle (so cute!), short sleeve, a scoop back. It’s a blue rayon spandex jersey that I got in a scrap box from Boho Fabrics.

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If you’re in need of a great summer dress, this pattern probably has what you need.

I’m planning to wear mine on an upcoming beach trip. And the farmers market. And sitting around the house.

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You can grab it now from Petite Stitchery. There is also a super sweet little girls version too.

**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**

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.

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.

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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?

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