Valley Skater Dress

How’s everyone doing? Yeah….me too. After spending a weekend sewing masks I was desperately in need of something to clear my head and cheer me up, so when Sinclair Patterns asked if anyone wanted to test their new FREE pattern I was all in.

The Valley Skater Dress is a fun just because dress and yep, it’s free.

And….pockets. Free pockets.

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I had this striped abstract print in my stash. I really love the color but I wasn’t sure if the print was for me. I am so happy I went for it though, I could not be more thrilled with this dress. Not to mention after weeks of living in yoga pants and t-shirts, it felt great to do my hair and get dressed up even if it was only for these pictures.

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Honestly, even if this wasn’t free I’d buy it and make a hundred. It’s loaded with skirt, neckline, and sleeve options – check out the lantern sleeves in the pattern, so cool! – and has a great pleated detail to the knee length skirt.

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This is my new go-to dress pattern, available here. Also, while you’re there everything else is 20% off right now.

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

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.

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Daisy is on sale now so get your copy here.

**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**

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**

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**

Acacia Top

It is decidedly Fall here in the Pacific Northwest, the best kind of Fall…October. So of course when I saw the Acacia Top from Sinclair Patterns I knew it had to be made in springy, bright, buttercup yellow, rayon challis.

I am nothing if not a giant ball of contradiction.

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I am not great with woven fabrics and that’s probably not going to change anytime soon. They require a level of precision and patience that I don’t always posses. That said, the Acacia was so much fun and easy to put together, a great beginner pattern. Every piece came together nicely, even the facings, which I have an uncanny knack for messing up.

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Sinclair Patterns is one of the few PDF pattern designers out there who puts out patterns that are truly unique. Not just styling, but technique as well. I feel like I learn something new ever time I try one of their patterns.

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The day I got out to take pictures was one of those wonderful sunny, warm Fall days that we get here in the PNW that make you love October. After wearing this top out in the sun I knew this would probably be one of those tops that gets tucked away for the winter but will be so perfect when the sun returns to us next spring.

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