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**
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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.**

Kristen

As the summer is starting to wind down I finally have some time to sew and blog. I don’t know about you but it’s been a crazy summer here. Lots of making memories, not so much with the making clothes.

Totally worth it.

I’ve been wanting to stretch my seamstress skills lately and get out of my comfort zone. My specialty is working with knit fabric; it’s quick and it’s pretty forgiving of mistakes (read: laziness), but there also isn’t a ton of variety in technique. So when Designer Stitch recently put out a testing call for the new Kristen dress I jumped at the chance.

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Kristen is a dress made with woven fabrics. It includes a back zipper, darts throughout the bodice, princess seams, ruffles, and a pleated skirt. It also includes an optional belt and bell sleeve that is so elegant.

We’re coming into fall here and when I saw this mustard yellow floral print on rayon challis I knew it would be perfect for Kristen.

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I have a wide shallow bust which means that I have never had a store bought dress fit me properly. I loved having the opportunity to fit a dress to my figure exactly. The Kristen does require making a muslin (or two) in order to get that perfect fit, but the bodice pieces come together so quickly that it really wasn’t a big deal.

My Kristen is a 2 graded to a 4 at the waist with a couple small modifications to get that perfect fit.

If you want to tackle the Kristen I highly recommend joining the Designer Stitch Pattern Support Facebook group where you can get some great fitting advice from some awesome seamstresses.

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This is a pattern I know I’ll be coming back to. In fact one of the other testers made one in a heavy weight fabric that I am dying to try.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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