Gaia Tank Top

I have this ready to wear shirt that I wear all the time. We all that article of clothing gets put on the minute it comes out of the laundry. It’s got an open upper back and a back slit that you can tie or leave loose. I’ve tried a couple times to recreate it but my self-drafting skills leave something to be desired.

Then Sinclair came out with the Gaia Tank Top this week and it was everything I wanted. Self draft no more.

Gaia is an athletic style tank top with a really fun key hole cross over back and an optional slit in the back that you can tie. The main pieces come together super quick and the binding – which is a little fussy I’ll admit – is so worth the time as it’s given the cleanest finish I’ve ever gotten on a binding.

The first Gaia I made was in this beautiful double brushed poly (DBP) I got from a Raspberry Creek Fabrics knit mystery box. It’s actually a vertical floral stripe but I liked it better horizontal and luckily DBP is pretty flexible when it comes to stretch direction. This top is so so comfortable too. I know a lot of people complain about DBP being too hot for them but I love it all year.


I made my usual size 6 bust graded out to a size 8 waist and hips. I usually fit into the tall range on Sinclair patterns so I made the tall but I actually found it a bit long in this instance. If you like a longer top it’s great though. I love how the key hole gives me a chance to show off the cute back on one of my favorite sports bras.


The second one I made is a gray athletic knit from Jo Ann Fabrics. The binding is from a buttery soft scrap of lavender athletic fabric from The Fabric Fairy. Both are fairly heavy weight fabrics which made sewing the binding a bit more challenging and bulky. If I had it to do over again I would have used a lighter weight fabric for the binding. But again…like butter this fabric.


I went with the same size but in the regular length this time and I love the fit on me. I wore this one out running the other day and it was so comfortable (I mean as comfortable as one can be while running) and I feel cute it too.


Gaia is on sale for $6.99 through 4th of August, Sunday – no code needed.


Daisy Woven Blouse

Once again I have the pleasure of bringing you a new pattern from Sinclair Patterns. The Daisy Woven Blouse went through an exhaustive testing process in order to provide multiple cup sizes and a great fit.

This pattern features a super cute pleated front as well as a pleat detail on the sleeves. Speaking of sleeves, those are available in a short petal or long with an elastic wrist. Finally a flattering curved hem and bias binding to finish the neckline.

I made two final versions of the Daisy. Both are a tall size 8, graded out to a 10, A cup. It was warm out the week I was sewing these up so I went with the petal sleeve, but I tested the long sleeve in an earlier version and I have plans to sew a final one of those soon.

The first blouse I made is a gorgeous vertical strip chambray that came from a rare Knitpop woven auction box. I’ve been hoarding this one for a bit as I only had one yard and wanted to make something special with it.

The second is made with a polyester peachskin that I got from Fabric Mart. I got this fabric as a 3 yard pre-cut which I used most of for a dress for my daughter but had just enough left over to squeeze out this top. I love the drape of the pleats in this fabric. This is definitely a preferred fabric for this particular pattern.


Daisy is on sale now so get your copy here.


Lauren Knit Top and Dress

I love cozy sweaters. I love interesting design. I love a challenge. Lauren from Sinclair Patterns  checks all three boxes.

Lauren is a draped front top or dress with pleating details at the shoulder and waist. The wrapped front gives an asymmetrical neckline.  As per usual the pattern comes in a large size range and three height options. Now I’ll be honest, those pleats – not for the faint of heart – but so worth it!


I sewed up both variations: a dress in a brightly patterned ITY and and the top made from a polkadot sweater knit. Both fabrics are from Knitpop auction boxes. As you’ll see, fabric choice is hugely important in determining how this pattern drapes and fits.

First I made the ITY dress. This is so comfortable!! It’s cold and windy here now, but when the weather warms up I think it’ll be in heavy rotation. I was concerned that the wrap would be loose and show off more than I’d like, but the weight of the ITY keeps everything in place and modest. The slightly dropped waist gives it a different look that I haven’t seen lately and I kinda love it. You should see the way the skirt moves too.

The second was the polkadot sweater. This time the draped front fell further from my body. I don’t necessarily need an undershirt with it but it makes me feel better. I wore this to my kids’ school the week after I made it and got tons of complements and I was supremely comfortable while cutting 50 little handprints out of construction paper.


Get your copy here, you’re going to love it.


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.

Version 2

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.