Hey guys, Today I’m changing tracks a bit from sewing for my kid to sewing for myself 🙂
Woven pants, joggers and palazzos are everywhere these days. I’ve tried a couple from ready to wear stores and even bought a pair in the hopes of being able to alter them to fit me. Trying to fix issues in fit, rise and length ended up in a mess and I’ve since never actually owned woven pants, other than pajama pants of course.
When Marisa from Laela Jeyne Patterns said she was going to be drafting joggers, I got all excited ’cause I know she drafts for shorter women and I don’t usually have to make a lot of adjustments to get the right fit for me.
Dani Woven Joggers by Laela Jeyne Patterns are comfortable slim fitted joggers with pockets that can be made in shorts, capris or ankle length (aff). The shorts have a curved hem which is finished in bias tape, and the capris and ankle length joggers have an elastic at the hem. Instructions to add a decorative drawstring to the wide elasticized waist are included. The pattern also includes instructions to add a knit fabric waistband.
I used rayon challis with a great drape (from Fine Fabrics warehouse) and made a few fit adjustments to reduce the rise, the length and added shirring at the ankles.
Fabric choice is important while making up this pattern, it is important to use a fairly thin fabric with good drape to get the right look or they might end up looking like comfy PJ pants.
This pattern comes in sixes XXS – 3X, is a trimless pattern and has options to print in both US and A4 paper sizes. It also includes a print shop copy file to print on A0 size. Instructions for fit adjustments, blending sizes and adjusting length are included.
You can find more details and loads of tester pictures for inspiration here (aff).
One of the reasons that makes sewing so exciting for me is also discovering what styles and fashion trends work for my baby girl. Last year, she was still learning to walk and tripped ever so often that I was worried she’d scrape her knees in shorts.
But this year, I’ve been really wanting to make her a cute pair of summer woven shorts. I was lucky to have been able to test the perfect pair of Bubble shorts – Rose Bubble shorts by Bella Sunshine Designs.
With a neat fit, crisp details like the front pleats, pockets that can be accented with a contrast fabric or lace, a cute bubble effect and cuffs at the bottom, these shorts are the perfect summer staple to wear with breezy tops and tunics.
For this pair, I used a cotton poplin (maybe stretch poplin?) that I got from Fine Fabrics Warehouse.
While these pockets are functional enough for her little treasures, I think they add a very pretty detail to the shorts as well. And I prefer these comfortable cuffs to elastic at the bottom.
Bubble shorts on baby legs is such an adorable sight!!!
The pattern goes from size 6m to 12 years, and can be made in bottom weight fabrics like denim, quilting cotton, or cotton poplin.
This is my first time testing for BSD, and I really liked how organized and friendly the testing process was. The pattern is very well drafted, and the sizing accurate, and the instructions extremely clear on how to choose and blend sizes.
The Rose Bubble shorts pattern is currently on sale for $5 (no coupon needed), sale ends july 4.
I don’t usually buy patterns on an impulse but seeing as much as i loved the shorts, they needed a summery top to go with and since I was pleased with the quality of Bella Sunshine designs, I just had to get the Felicity Dress and Top and boy was I pleased!!!
I used an almost sheer embroidered cotton batiste and it is JUST PERFECT!
This entirely lined Felicity dress and top comes with quite a few options – the front skirt can be gathered or tucked, the back can be fitted with elastic like i did or shirred, theres an optional ruffle at the bottom as well. The tester pictures on here are just swoon worthy!!!
I am so pleased with my sewing projects this week, more for how happy it made me, to sew genuinely well crafted patterns!!
Today is the first day of the Top Knot blog tour hosted by Chalk and Notch Patterns. Here’s 3 reasons to be excited about this tour: It celebrates the super cute top knot romper pattern which will be showcased in 3 super fun themes!!!
Some amazing gifts, a giveway and a sale await you at the end of the post! And…
You’ll get to see several different variations, hacks and pattern modifications of this pattern throughout the tour, all the inspiration that you will need to make your own Top Knot romper or dress! Here’s the blogger lineup
I couldn’t be more excited to show off my version of the Top Knot dress! I’ve already made the romper version of this delightful pattern earlier and still can’t stop raving about it! This pattern comes in two romper lengths, two dress lengths and a tunic length in both short and long sleeves in sizes 18m to 12 years.
For this tour, I decided to attempt the maxi dress version: one because she’s finally old enough to wear a maxi dress (and not trip over it) and two because I had been saving this dreamy rayon challis fabric until the perfect pattern came along, and come it did!!!
I simply cannot get enough of her in her maxi dress!! and she? well to say she loves her ‘princess dress’ would be an understatement, she refused to take it off even after pictures and just kept twirling and prancing around 🙂
A princess dress makes for a very co-operative toddler model (I suppose a good nap helps too lol)
I usually have the hardest time picking out fabrics and deciding on the buttons and trims to go with the project but not this time. The soft mustard tie dye fabric, the gold cording and the antique looking buttons all came together like they were meant to be and I am so in love with the outcome.
One of the interesting features of this pattern is how the back wraps over to meet the pleats in the front. And, since I was using the same fabric throughout, I used the gold trim at that seam to break up the print a bit. I really love how the trim emphasizes those pretty little pleats.
I love how this pattern flows from a blousy bodice to the gently gathered waist to such an elegant flowing skirt!!
From the pleats, to the neck facing to the plackets, Gabriela walks you through every step with such detail and precision, that sewing this pattern was an absolute pleasure! You will love all the variations from a casual shorts romper to a floor length formal dress, and every style in between that you can achieve with this pattern.
She twirls, dances, perches on the grass and even runs uphill in her maxi dress 🙂 I am beyond delighted with how this project has turned out!!!
I am so excited to be on this blog tour alongside these fabulous seamstresses and bloggers, some of whose work I have always admired and been inspired by! I cannot wait to see what they all come up with! Don’t forget to follow along!