Rio Tank Top

I love a tank top. I am always hot so I wear them year round. I’ve been on the hunt for my perfect tank pattern and the new Rio Tank Top from Sinclair patterns in top of the list. By far the cleanest finishes on a tank pattern I have yet tried.

If you hate (as I do) hemming curves you are in for a treat because this tank is hemmed using a facing. You get beautiful enclosed hem with a perfect curve and point at the sides.

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The pattern also has my favorite binding method (previously seen on the Gaia Tank pattern). Perfect for those of us who don’t have a coverstitch machine but want a professional looking finish.

I made both of mine a basic racerback tank, but the pattern also comes with a color blocked option and dress length. It also has two back options – racerback or classic back.

My first tank is made in a gorgeous Art Gallery cotton lycra knit. This is a size 6 bust, graded out to an 8 waist and hip in the regular height. Have I mentioned lately how lovely it is that Sinclair provides multiple heights on all patterns?

I took the opportunity of the faced hem to do a contrasting fabric on the inside. No one sees it but me but I love little details like that.

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The second one I sewed is a rayon knit from JoAnn fabrics. This one is a lot lighter and has a good deal more drape to it. And oh so comfortable!

On sale at a promo price of $5.99 through today. Grab your copy here.

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

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**

Mia Maxi and Midi Skirt

About two weeks ago I was cleaning out some clothes that no longer fit and all of my maxi skirts had to go. I started hunting through my pattern stash for a maxi skirt pattern. I had a free one I’d used the the past but didn’t love it, so I just set the whole thing aside.

Then Sinclair Patterns came to the rescue (as always) with the new Mia Maxi and Midi skirt. You guys, I made three of them in as many days! Let’s jump into it shall we?

All of the skirts are a tall, size 8 in double brushed poly from the wonderful Knitpop.

First up a simple maxi in this gorgeous floral that I’ve been hoarding for months. I sometimes stay away from white because it can be a bit sheer but I’ve been wearing this skirt around town this week with no problems.

My absolute favorite thing about this pattern is the side slits. I love the look of maxi skirts but I sometimes find them a little restrictive to walk around in. The side slits completely solve that problem and are incredibly easy to sew.

Second I decided to do the midi length. I have a well documented hatred of shorts so I love a simple pull on skirt for hanging out around the house in the summer.

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I went with the side slits again and am so happy with that decision. It’s been really hot (by my Pacific Northwest standards) and this skirt was so comfortable. It also goes great with the Gaia tank top that I shared last time.

Last I made this striped number. About half way through the testing process a pleated waistband was added to the pattern. I was crazy busy and I’d already made two skirts but I HAD to make that waistband  – sometimes a technique just calls to you – and I could not be happier with how it turned out.

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I mean check out these pleats!! The drama of it! The pattern offers fantastic detailed instructions and marking that make sewing the pleats a total breeze.

The only modifications I made in the end was to shorten the maxi by about one inch, because I’m on the bottom of the tall measurements I often need to make a slight adjustment.

One last thing. I love a contrasting lining on my garments. I think it’s a fun way to add some personalization and gives a boutiquey look. It’s also a great way to use smaller scraps of fabric.

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Mia is on sale for $5.99 through August 11th – no code needed.

**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**

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

**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**

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**