Monday, April 16, 2018

Outer Banks Tee

Hello!  I recently signed up to test a boat neck tee by Winter Wear Designs.  I was thrilled to see this option because I had just been thinking a couple weeks ago how much I had wanted a boat neck tee.  Perfect timing!!
The Outer Banks Tee is a classic boat neck style shirt.  It is the perfect wardrobe staple!  There are lots of different options with this seemingly simple top.  The version I chose to do is a regular hemmed neckline with 3/4 length sleeves. 
Testing for this top was a wonderful experience.  Suzanne of WWD was wonderful through the entire process. She listened to our concerns with the pattern and kept making changes and adjustments until it was perfect.  My final result  showed that I needed to do a hollow chest adjustment.  When I first started sewing I tried the top on with clips holding it in place.  The neckline stuck out and didn't lay flat on my chest.  The pattern tells how to make the adjustment very easily.  
I chose not to shorten the length of this top even though I am very short myself.  I just prefer my tops to be a little longer.  I also could have adjusted my waist and hip area smaller but I just left the pattern as is and made it according to my chest size.  Your own personal measurements may require you to adjust slightly depending on the actual fit you want.  There are great tips on how to make these adjustments within the pattern.  (I wore a cami under this shirt and it made a crease across the top unknowingly so please excuse that mark!)  I almost forgot to mention that I used jersey knit from Riley Blake Designs. 

You can find this amazingly awesome pattern though my affiliate link here.  I hope you enjoy your Outer Banks Tee as much as I do!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Julie Dress Release

It's finally fall here in Michigan!  We have had some very warm weather and the temperatures have decided to act a little more like "fall".  With that, I was too excited to test out the new Julie dress by Laela Jeyne Patterns.  I'm always looking for dresses and tops for girls that have sleeves.  In the north we need to stay warm and my daughter doesn't always want to wear a sweater over things.
The girls Julie dress has three different sleeve length options which are short, 3/4 length, and long.  I chose the short just because of our current weather but 3/4 length would have been lovely.
The back of the dress has two different options as well.  It can be made with the round neckline like I did or a lower scoop neckline.  My daughter went with the round and I'm glad because that means it will be just a little bit warmer too.

I couldn't resist dressing up my solid navy cotton with some lace.  I love how it changed the look of the dress and my daughter will hopefully wear this again since it looks a little more her style.
Another thing that I added to the dress was a little belt (not in the pattern) with a button, rhinestones, and pearls glued on.  I think it gave it the little extra pop that it needed and boy does it ever sparkle!  This was my first attempt with gluing on rhinestones and pearls.  I'm testing the waters for future makes to see how durable it is.  I love the look, what do you think?
Laela Jeyne Patterns has released several other patterns for the Fall 2017 Collection-Family Photos.  Check out the other blogs on this tour to see all of the patterns and varieties by following the links below.  If you love the Julie dress as much as I do then you can purchase it here, or the full collection here.  The prices are great while on sale too!!!

Let me know what you think of all this greatness!  Are you planning on family photos this fall?

*Please note that there are affiliate links within this blog.  Thank you for reading!


Thursday, August 25, 2016

Emmy T Shirt Release

It's pattern release day over at Laela Jeyne Patterns!  I was able to test the new Emmy T-Shirt pattern and it is a wonderful addition to my useful pattern collection. 
Why do I love this shirt pattern so much?  Well it has tons of options!  You can use it to carry you through all the seasons.  I made the cowl neck with elbow length cuffed sleeves in this version.  It will be perfect for our crazy cold and hot days that always come about in fall here in Michigan. 
The first version that I made I had done a hood instead of the cowl neck.  It's super cute too but I didn't get photos of it yet.  I intend on making some for my boys so they have some cute mama made clothes for fall.  I love it when a single pattern can be used for boys and girls since I have both.
The Emmy T-Shirt pattern comes with a regular t-shirt neckline, hood, or cowl neck option.  You also have the choice of doing short sleeves with or without a slight gather, elbow length, or long sleeve.  Just when you think you have enough options there's more!  Ha Ha!  You can even add on some other little things to make your shirt extra special.  You can add on a thumb hole in the long sleeve band, elbow patches, and little triangle accents. 
The fabric used for this pattern is knit.  I used an interlock knit which has a 2 way stretch.  The cowl and cuffs are made with a 4-way stretch french terry which gave the cowl a little more bulk than some other knits would.  Unfortunately I didn't have any of my in stock fabric washed for this test so I have no examples to show this time.  If you still want to browse what I have though, please check out the shop.  I have both jersey knit and interlock knit that would work perfectly for this top. 

As always, I'd love to hear from you.  Leave me some love in the comments below!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Sunshine Dress P4P

I have been testing more patterns lately and this time I made a dress for myself!  I'm so excited about it because the fit is spot on.  Here's a look at the Sunshine Dress I made from Patterns for Pirates.
There are so many options that you could make several of these dresses and no one would know you've been using the same pattern.  The three bodice options are strapless, halter, and crossover, like I have chosen to do.  There are also three different lengths which are- above the knee, below the knee, and maxi.  I chose above the knee because of my height.  I don't know if someone as short as I am could rock a maxi but maybe I will try with this pattern soon.  My favorite option to the pattern is pockets!
The pattern is written with a height of 5'5" in mind and since I am much shorter than that I had to reduce some of the length.  I made a size xs in length and took about 3.5" off between the bodice and skirt measurements.  I was so scared to do this hack because it seems like a lot to take off but it worked out perfect!  So if you are a bit taller than 5'5" then you'll probably need to add some length to the pattern.  The Patterns for Pirates blog has a post about how to add or subtract lengths.
Now if you head over to their blog you'll also find some other pattern hacks that you can try out.  There's a modesty piece and even a way to add sleeves!
This dress is so great I just had to sign up for the P4P affiliate program.  So if you love this dress go and purchase the Sunshine Dress pattern here.   
Last to mention is the fabric I used.  This pattern calls for a 4-way stretch knit.  I used some Riley Blake jersey knit I had in my sewing room.  It's a print made to look like denim and I think it looks great on this dress.  If you'd like to give some a try here's a link to purchase some from my shop.

So tell me what style dress you think you'll make for yourself!  Leave a comment below.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Bolt Fabric!

It's here and its new to my shop!  We got in Girl Charlee Bolt knit fabric a couple of weeks ago and it's in the shop waiting for you to buy it all up.  I have five great prints bundled up in groups for your sewing pleasure.  I know many of you need more than one yard of a print when sewing so I have even included some bundles that have a 2 yard cut of fabric!  Yipee! 

So here is an outfit I sewed up for my daughter with two of the prints.  I used the Carlie's Dolman Top from EYMM.  It has great size ranges and I even have the Women's version for myself.  I love all the different hem options with this top too.  The shorts are Laela Jeyne's Deluxe Charlotte Leggings pattern in the short length.  This pattern also has lots of options and can even be made into a sweatpant for boys!  My daughter has said that this outfit is her favorite, and it's now the comfiest one she owns. 
So here's what I can tell you about this Bolt fabric in case you've never heard of it before.  It's from Girl Charlee who supplies many sewists with fashionable knit fabric.  The fabric is jersey knit, 95% cotton/5% spandex with a 4 way stretch.  My favorite part is that it's made in the USA!!!!  Yay!  It's also pre shrunk.  I washed up my sample pieces before sewing and didn't notice any fading or fuzzing/pilling before I sewed.  Sometimes when I pre wash my fabric I notice right away some color fading.  It didn't happen with these.  I also need to note that the fabric used on this top is a little darker navy than what shows up in my photos.  I'm not a photographer so my skills are a little lacking trying to keep the colors true.

I would like to let you know that this fabric feels a little thinner than Art Gallery and Riley Blake if you have ever tried them before.  I made the shorts and was worried that they may be too thin and see through.  It turns out that they were just fine and didn't need to remake. 

I hope you give this fabric a try and love it as much as I do!  When we get close to selling out I would love to make a new order of different prints.  Let me know if you have used it before or have any other questions in the comments section.  Happy sewing!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Tote Bag

Hello all!  I have been keeping busy here with our ducklings and planting flowers around the house now that the weather is finally warming up. I found a little time a couple of weeks ago to sew up a tote bag that I could use to carry larger items than I would normally put in my purse.  I found this cute Tied-Handle Tote Bag pattern on Craftsy from My 3 Monsters blog and thought I'd give it a try. 
I loved the gathered portion of the bag because it reminded me of all the cute dresses I have made over the years.  I chose to use these pretty prints from Jennifer Paganelli's Caravelle Arcade collection.  They are great spring colors!  If you are wanting to purchase some I have them for sale in my Etsy shop located here.  The best part is that I have them on SALE!  Grab them while you can because they won't last long.

Back to the bag pattern now.  It was easy to sew.  The directions were easy enough to understand and I may have gotten caught up with a step or two but figured them out eventually.  The biggest issue I came across was within the written pattern- I didn't see that it did not include a seam allowance.  On the pattern pieces it states that there is no seam allowance but I overlooked it as having it.  So with this mistake it did mess me up a bit with the curved edges of the handles.  I trimmed things down to work for me.  The actual tote itself is so large that the missing allowances went totally unnoticed.  Keep in mind for sizing that I am very, very short (under 5 ft!) so the bag will look larger on me than it will on a 5'9" person. 

The bag has held all sorts of things the past two weeks.  I used it to carry my camera (very carefully), umbrella, books, cans of flavored water, snacks, and my wallet.  I think if I make another tote that I will make some sort of small closure for it just to help keep things in place a little.  Tell me what you think and leave a comment below!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

I made a Swoon Pearl Wallet!

This has been a big week for me because I finally got up the courage to sew a wallet called Pearl by Swoon Sewing Patterns.  I was a little intimidated when I saw all the pattern pieces but I was able to make the entire wallet with only one small mistake that I easily changed.  I took it very slow and read all of the instructions carefully the entire time. 
So this wallet has been sitting on my table for a full 24 hours and I have yet to put anything inside of it.  It's so beautiful that I don't want to use it! 
I wanted to use up fabric that I had in stock so I went with a couple of prints from Joel Dewberry's Atrium collection.  I needed a coordinate but didn't want a solid so I went with the candy stripe from Art Gallery Fabric's Fantasia collection.  The entire interior was going to be the stripe but I changed my mind last minute and switched it to an Atrium coordinate.  I was worried that the stripes would make me cross eyed looking at them.  I purchased my hardware and interfacing from Joann Fabrics. 
I'm not sure that I will ever separate the billfold from the rest of the wallet but it has snaps on it so it can be done.  The only mistake I had made when sewing was putting the little swivel tab on the wrong side so once I saw what I had done I was able to move it before sewing it shut.  The wallet is nice and sturdy but yet it's still soft. 
This last photo is just showing off that wonderful little zipper pouch.  I have an iPhone 6 and it fits perfectly in there!  I never would have thought it possible but it does.  So if you want to dress your wallet up a little you can use it as a clutch and keep all your items in it for the day or evening.  I don't plan on using mine alone so the next one I make I will probably exclude the wrist strap.  I always like to make a pattern exactly as written the first time I make it so that I know exactly how it's supposed to turn out for future reference.  Now all I need to do is make a matching purse!  I have a pattern on hand already and will hopefully get started sewing soon. 

Have you sewn a Swoon pattern before?  If so, which one and how much did you like it?  Leave me a comment below!