Fleur Dress – Pattern Testing

Hello and happy Monday everyone!!! I am so excited to share my versions of the lovely Fleur Dress Pattern by  Winter Wear Designs today. The Fleur is a dainty little pattern with a fitted bodice and a low scoop neck at the back. It has a unique pleated skirt which drapes down the sides asymmetrically, with a flowy handkerchief type hem.

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I made this sleeveless version in vintage length out of swiss dot fabric (from Hancock fabrics).

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I used a rick rack lined eyelet lace from Hobby Lobby for the front detail and love how delicate and feminine it looks!

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I don’t know which is greater at this point, her obsession for pink or fascination for Anna who she will only refer to as ‘sister’ and she hasn’t even watched the movie!?!

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If you’ve seen my earlier blog posts, you’ll know that I’ve never made any open or low back dresses for my daughter before but this Fleur dress….. I had my fabrics picked out when I signed up for the tester call. I have all the ‘heart eyes’ for that button and elastic feature in the back! Swooooooon!

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Sewing this dress gave me so much joy and happiness, that I sat down and took my time to finish the lining and hem of both the dresses by hand hemming where I usually rush to finish the hem.

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For this second version, I went with regular length and flutter sleeves and used this cotton lawn – woodland clearing by Liesl Gibson Oliver & S for Robert Kaufman that I got from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

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For the front detail and the lining of the sleeves, I used the last bit of voile from the Lisette Spring 2014 collection that I had left in my stash.

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I pressed well, I really did but by the time I carried her downstairs and outside, I managed to wrinkle it nicely 😦

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Don’t you love those pleats in the front? She likes her dress too! I think she’s in that stage where she loves all things new (or pink).

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I used fabric covered buttons for the back and simply adore how this dress turned out!

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I am so glad I got the opportunity to test the Fleur Dress pattern! and working with Suzanne Winter was an absolute pleasure, she has such a positive and warm vibe going on in the group, its quite infectious!!! 🙂

The Fleur dress pattern released today and its on sale for $6 now.

I found so much joy in this creation, I wish you find joy in your sewing project today!

 

Tutu Twirl Tunic – Pattern Test

Everyone does this right? Make a dozen versions of the pattern you’re testing ’cause you love it so much?!?! Well, I made three versions of this fun pattern, that I was so excited to have been picked to test. Its the Tutu Twirl Tunic by Winter wear Designs.

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The Tutu Twirl tunic, as the name goes is a T shirt tunic with a super awesome twirl factor. With a relaxed fit and a fully gathered skirt, its the perfect play time outfit. I used a cottpn jersey knit from Jo Ann fabrics for the bodice and the floral is a rayon spandex that I got from Girl Charlee some time last year.

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For my second version that I couldn’t wait to get started on, I used this last bit of quilted knit left over from a different project and a coral stretch lace from Hobby Lobby.

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I am loving the wide Tshirt hem on this pattern! and the twin needle stitching adds such a neat finish.

image The pattern actually comes with 5 fabulous cut files for use with heat transfer vinyl on the cutting machine, or for a freezer paper stencil with fabric paint to decorate the bodice. I don’t have a cutting machine, but after seeing Suzanne’s versions, I am tempted to get one (its expensive though 😦 ) I had to make do with this lace heart that I handstitched on the bodice, I do love it though!

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I really could’ve stopped at 2 but this is such a quick sew and great for our daily park dates, I went ahead and made another one and who knew this is her favorite!

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She calls it her ‘strawbaby shirt’. She’s such a girl girl, everything has to be PEEENK!

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I am not usually comfortable gathering huge amounts of fabric and for that reason prefer circle skirt options. But, I recently came across this tip of holding the thread taut while doing a basting stitch which automatically gathers the fabric, the tighter you hold it, the closer the gathers will be. Once you’ve figured out a quick way to gather the skirt part, you can’t stop making these darling Tutu twirl tunics.

With all the sleeve options (sleeveless, half and 3/4th length) and range of sizes (1-16), this is going to be a staple in our wardrobe for a long while. Go on grab this pattern, the little girls in your life will love this tunic!!!

Happy sewing!

Dakota Blazer – Pattern Testing

The whole sew-your-own-wardrobe-capsule fever has been so infectious and inspiring, I decided to take the plunge and do it too. So, in a conscientious effort to sew every piece of clothing in my capsule, I applied to test the final version of the Dakota Blazer by Laela Jeyne Patterns.

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The Dakota is a semi- fitted blazer with darts to enhance the feminine shape of this garment. It comes with 3 sleeve options – short, 3/4th and long sleeve and a straight or a high-low hem in the back. It can be made in medium weight wovens or heavy knits such a ponte de roma.
Since its already spring around here, and in keeping with the color theme of the rest of my capsule wardrobe, I chose to do mine in a beige linen fabric with a straight hem in the back and the 3/4 length sleeve option. While I am yet to master the fit to my liking, I like the relaxed and casual look of it. (Before you look at pictures, I feel the need to add that these were taken by my impatient 5 year old, who couldn’t wait to run off to play with his friends.)

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Marisa’s directions are, as always clear and precise. I have tested for her several times now, and I like how much care she takes to incorporate all feedback, making sure the instructions are easily understood even by a beginner-level seamstress. The Blazer is completely lined with all the seams enclosed within the lining making for a very clean finished garment both inside and out.image

After trying it on both buttoned and un-buttoned, I much prefer the casual unbuttoned look. The Penelope Pleated camisole is perfect for layering with the Dakota Blazer.image

The Dakota Blazer is on sale now for $6.50 until Monday  after which it’ll be priced at $9. Visit the Laela Jeyne Patterns shop to see some amazing tester versions for inspiration. All other Laela Jeyne patterns are also on sale now for 30% off regular price.

Till next time…