Friday, March 17, 2017

The Festivity Dress(es)

Happy St. Patrick's Day! This post has nothing to do with the current holiday and everything to do with a past holiday. Also, be warned, this post is picture heavy...

I've created a little tradition of making my girls Thanksgiving dresses for the past few years. This past year was no different. BUT...I haven't blogged about them until now, because LIFE. So, now that it is March and Thanksgiving was four months ago, I thought I would catch up on blogging a few of my past sews.

May I introduce, the Festivity Dress by E&E Patterns. It is a lovely dress perfect for the holidays with a fit and flare silhouette. I love the 3/4 sleeves on little girls but you could even make a short sleeved version for spring.

I found this coordinating quilting cotton at Joanns with gold accents and thought it would be perfect for the girl's dresses.

The bodice is fully lined and closure is an invisible zipper. Such a nice clean finish.

It passes the twirl test! My girls loved their Festivity Dresses this year!You can purchase the Festivity Dress here.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Looks Like Spring

Spring left and Old Man Winter returned for the next few days. Can you believe last week it was near 70 and we were outside most of the day enjoying the sunshine?
Today it's been rainy and COLD. All the poor cherry blossoms are in for a shock when it freezes tonight. So sad. Hopefully spring returns soon! 

Last week I tested a beautiful dress pattern by E&E Patterns. This the Mira Dress and is a super quick sew, about two and a half hours start to finish. 

It has a lined bodice and three different options for the bodice. Also an invisble zipper, don't be scared, they are actually really easy to install!

The skirt very full and definitely twirl worthy, which is always a favorite. 

This lovely little dress released last week just in time for your spring sewing, Easter dresses anyone? I think so! You can purchase the Mira Dress here.


Monday, March 13, 2017

A New Shoreline

I was able to test the lovely Shoreline Boatneck by Blank Slate Patterns a few weeks back. I made a woven version with a few alterations as directed by the pattern and the fit is perfect!

This top is so versatile, made with wovens it is a dressier top that is really cute when paired with skinnies and flats.
When made with knits, you have the perfect casual tee for spring. I say spring only because once summer hits it's too hot for sleeves. :) You can also make the dress version, which I haven't tried, but it looks pretty cute. The Shoreline Boatneck re-released with a few pattern hacks and you can get your copy here.



Thursday, January 26, 2017

A new release from Hey June!

My favorite pattern designer is at in again with another fun design. This one is a quick and easy sew and perfect for the colder weather that has suddenly moved in as of today. Goodbye 70 degree days in January. :(

This is the Tallin Sweater and it releases today! It is on sale through the weekend.

As usually Adrianna's instructions are superb and her illustrations are flawless. The fit is spot on, I didn't have to make any adjustments for length at all. The asymmetrical hem adds interest and makes the sweater nursing friendly if needed.

In addition to being super cute, I sewed this up in about 1.5 hours and that's even with a few kid interruptions.

I used a slinky sweater knit from Joanns, but this would be great in french terry too if you wanted something you could wear to the gym. There are two options, a cowl neck or turtle neck. I opted for cowl on this version but I would like to try turtle neck next, because, let's bring back the 80's and early 90's.

That's about it, I love this pattern and you will too!


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Paro Cardigan

I've been testing so many fun patterns lately that I can't even keep up with blogging them all. I am going to try to get them blogged this week and next. These posts will be less chit chat and more pictures. Short and sweet is easiest for me because life is busy!

The most recent test was a Paro Cardigan by Itch to Stitch. This was the first time I have tested for this designer and her patterns are lovely!
I used a wide ribbed, lightweight sweater knit that I found at Joanns. It had a bit more stretch than recommended for the pattern so my cardigan is more relaxed than what some of the other testers made. I love it though, it's totally my style.
 The pleats on the side and back are a cute addition to dress up a plain cardigan.
I styled this Paro with some boyfriend jeans, a white tee and booties, but I think a pair of Chucks would go great too if you are going for a more casual look. Chucks go with everything, seriously.
The Paro Cardigan is available starting today!


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The Friday Dress...on a Tuesday!

Here is another pattern I was able to test from Petit a Petit patterns. You can get it on UpCraft right now  for 25% off for two days only! It will be available from the Petit a Petit website next week.

This is such a cute dress! There are three collar options, two sleeve length options and two skirt options.

The fabric used is from Joanns, it is a thicker quilting cotton that was perfect for dress. It has plenty of stability but still has nice drape.

I made the stand up collar and I think it turned out really cute

 I'm a sucker for a perfect button placket, this one turned out so cute!

 There's an option for gathering or pleats on the back bodice if you would like a more tailored look.

 The skirt has two options, a semi-circle skirt or the full gathered skirt. I bet you can guess which one miss L wanted. She loves to twirl! I enjoyed this pattern and will be making another. I was thinking a plain chambray with short sleeves whenever the weather warms up again, it would be perfect for spring.