The Ollie Bomber Jacket – Pattern Test for Sew a Little Seam

I am so thankful to be part of this amazing sewing community which has taught me so much. It is both amazing and humbling to realize how much I’ve been able to grow and improve in what started as a little hobby. From learning how to make bias tape to installing invisible zippers, (though what really drove me insane in the beginning was trying to understand the difference between linings, underlinings, facings and interfacings!) it has been such a fulfilling journey. Making a jacket has been another step up in this journey, one that I am extremely grateful for 🙂

I have always shied away from attempting to sew jackets because I mean jackets?!? metal zippers and linings and all kinds of complicated things (in my head at least) so you can imagine by excitement at what I am going to be sharing today – The Ollie Bomber Jacket by Sew a Little Seam.

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The Women’s Ollie Bomber Jacket which goes from sizes 0/2 (32″ bust) to 28 (50″ bust) can be made with sturdy knits such as french terry, liverpool knit or sweatshirt Fleece. It can be made fully lined and reversible like i did with mine or left unlined but still very cleanly finished. And it has welt pockets, that add both style and practicality.

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For my jacket here, I used a textured knit and a Lurex silver-grey rib knit for the cuffs, waistband and neck and a stable cotton jersey from the Doodles collection for the Lining. All fabrics and zippers were purchased from Jo Ann fabrics.

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Here’s a closeup of the welt pockets, that came out pretty darn nice, but I forgot to get closer shots ’cause I was busy getting embarrassed by the sudden appearance of our new neighbors 🙂

I have tested the Linden Shorts for Kelly before, and I really like her easy to understand instructions and tutorials. Making those welt pockets and installing that metal zipper perfectly in a fully lined jacket without using my seam ripper EVEN ONCE is proof of how well laid out her instructions and illustrations are!

The Women’s Ollie Bomber Jacket is priced at $7 and there is a special coupon code for group members if you join her Facebook group here.

In all honesty, making a jacket for the little one was not part of my original plan but somehow I had the pattern, left over fabric and an extra reversible zipper (?!?) on hand so I ended up making the Children’s Ollie Bomber jacket.

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I doubt I’ll ever stop gushing at how cleanly that zipper installed!!!

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You can see the welt pockets so much better on hers, they are a good size for little hands and are functional too.

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And, here is the other side of the jacket, all seams are enclosed with a tiny bit of hand stitching required in the back.

And because we decided to get pictures together, with a tripod, and timer, the remote decided to run out of charge this morning, we have some weird angle shots for you 🙂 If it looks like we are sweating, it’s because we are! The jackets are quite warm and I was doing a fair bit of running uphill and downhill to set the timer in between shots.

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Thanks to this pattern , my jacket sewing experience has been so positive I feel ready to tackle more jackets this fall!

Both the Women’s Ollie Bomber Jacket and the Children’s Ollie Bomber jacket are on sale now for only $4.90 with the coupon code when you join the Sew a Little Seam Facebook group.

It’s a great pattern with really great instructions and if it is your first time making a jacket, you will find this pattern incredibly easy to work with. I hope you will give this a try!

Happy Sewing!!!

Cascade Maxi Dress – pattern Test for Chalk & Notch

Hello my sewing friends, What have you been sewing lately? Me, I have been making maxi after maxi for my little princess! The Cascade Maxi dress from Chalk and Notch patterns which true to its name cascades down the back in true princess style, is really quite mesmerizing to look at!

I have to tell you upfront, if you sew for girls, you absolutely totally need this pattern, so hurry and buy it now while its on sale (though if you ask me, sale or no sale, Gabriela’s patterns are a must-have) But wait! There’s a GIVEAWAY! You just might be the lucky winner of a FREE copy, leave me a comment that’s all 🙂

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With straps that crossover in the back and elastic, the Cascade Maxi dress has no closures and is very quick to sew. It is designed for lightweight woven fabrics such as Rayon Challis, Chambray, Silk Crepe, Double Gauze, Lawn, Linen, etc. The entire dress is cut on bias to give the dress a lovely flow. I used a cotton lawn, (a gift from my Mom) with a lot of drape, and used french seams throughout.

This is view A of the dress, while view B gives you the option of adding a contrast hem. You have to go check out all the gorgeous tester versions from the listing.

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Can you tell how much she loves this dress? We’re heading into winter and I was not sure of how practical this dress was going to be, but I am so pleased I gave in to the temptation of testing this pattern because this dress has been getting a lot of love and wear.

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Even with all that fabric, it is nicely fitted at the top and I love that sweet little pleat detail in the front!

Gabriela’s patterns are some of the best out there, whether you are a beginner or a seasoned seamstress, you’ll find joy in sewing with every one of her patterns. From the careful attention to detail in the construction of the garment to the exceptionally well drafted pattern pieces, it is such a pleasure to use her patterns. I know ’cause I have used all of her patterns multiple times 🙂 – You can see my reviews of the Fishtail Kimono here and here, the Top knot romper here and here!

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I was fortunate enough to be part of this group of so many amazing seamstresses and be inspired by their creations, you can read some of their reviews:

Nelleke – Gaafmachine, Emi – Just Add Fabric, Natasha – Ellie’s Handmade, Brooke – Idle Sunshine, Anita – My Own Aria, Leslie – Threadbear Garments, Mieke – Mie Made Memories, Thao – Little Cumquat, Jill – Kneesocks and Goldilocks, Emily – Enjoyful Makes, Christine – Graceyvedesigns, Melissa – Rebel and Malice

The Cascade Maxi is on release sale (regular price $10) for 25% off  until September 25. You can buy it from the Chalk and Notch website, through Etsy here, or through UpCraft Club here.

Don’t forget to participate in the GIVEAWAY – Just leave me a comment, and I’ll pick a lucky winner from one of the comments randomly to win the Cascade Maxi dress PDF Pattern.  It closes on Saturday, September 24.

Giveaway is now CLOSED! Thanks for participating!

Sew Long Summer Blog Tour

Signing up for the Sew Long Summer Blog tour was one of the smartest decisions I made this summer! Not only did I take a step back from all the pattern testing, but I also gotto sew for myself, A LOT. ‘Sew long Summer’ for me is actually ‘So long raggedy clothes!’ No seriously I have been wearing nothing but rags all summer mostly ’cause I have no nice clothes to wear at home and I am too stubborn to buy clothes when I can make them.

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So this tour has helped me make clothes for myself, just regular everyday comfortable knit tops for me to wear! Another goal I’d set for myself was to sew from my pattern and fabric stash, and I am happy to say I was successful! Also, I am not affiliated to any of the patterns I used, I just really like them and how they fit me 🙂

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This is the Lane Raglan from Hey June patterns in sixe XS. I made no adjustments to it, though I clearly should have shortened it. I have had this pattern for over a year and only now got around to making it. I am glad I did, this tee comes together in less than an hour from cutting to hemming. What can I possibly say about this pattern that hasn’t already been said before, I love it!!!

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This is the first and only raglan sleeve tee pattern I’ve ever made. I found the fit and design of this pattern very flattering. The blue cotton spandex fabric is from Hancocks and the fabric for sleeves is from JoAnns, that I had purchased last year to make leggings for my girl.

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One, the Lane raglan is super quick to make and two, it is super comfortable to wear! so I quickly made another lane raglan exactly like the first one 🙂 and this is my new favorite top!

The grey knit is a remarkably soft and drapey spandex knit from Fine Fabrics Atlanta, and the floral is a cotton jersey that I got as part of my Girl Charlee Knit Fix last year. I used it for several projects here, here and here and still have some left.

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This is the Seafarer top by Sew Much Ado made in size XS with no adjustments. I am calling this my wearable muslin ’cause my husband hates the busy print on the fabric!?! This fabric was also from my Girl Charlee Knit Fix.

I love Dolman tees both for sewing and wearing, and own a fair share of dolman patterns and tops but I have wanted to try the Seafarer for a long time now, because the pattern is a little more fitted than most. With this, I believe I found my perfect Dolman!

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I promise, I shortened the pattern after I made this! I wonder why I don’t shorten patterns right after assembling them, I mean at 5 feet tall, its not like I ever run the risk of a top/dress being too short right?!?

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Seafarer in size xs, shortened length by 1.5″ reduced sleeve length by 3/8″ and color blocked! I drew a line at about 2″ from the center front and slightly curved it downwards to under the arm, and cut on the line, and added seam allowance to these two pieces for the color blocking.  I love this top so much! The fit is fabulous and I love it paired with this skirt. Both fabrics are remnants from other projects, the coral cotton jersey from Girl Charlee and the  striped rayon jersey from Hancock fabrics.

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This is the Mama Chloe skirt from Made for Mermaids made in Liverpool knit from Sincerely Rylee. This pattern is free if you join their Facebook group. This was my first time using liverpool knit, and I have to say I rather enjoyed sewing with it, great stretch but sturdy enough that it doesn’t shift while working with it, and it also presses well.

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And lastly, the Union St. tee by Hey June Patterns. How could I possibly sew wardrobe staples without this basic wardrobe builder right? The Union St. tee was one of the first PDF patterns that I purchased for myself back before I was testing patterns. I have made several Union St tees before some of which are in bad shape now but still very much in circulation 🙂 but this is my first time sewing the V neck.

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Adrianna’s instructions for getting that V neck are impeccable! My  husband was quite impressed with the finish on this top. I made a size XS and shortened the length by 1″ I chose not to do the XXS ’cause I wanted the tee to have a bit of ease! Needless to say I love it, and I’m quite happy with how that V neck turned out 🙂

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I think I might have enough tops now 🙂 time to get some cardigans and joggers sewn up but before that, my next project is the Cheyenne tunic, which I hope to blog about soon! But until then, take a look at what the other bloggers have shared as part of the ‘Sew Long Summer’ Blog tour here:

Sept. 12th Sewing by Ti, Cindy Parrett, Sewing Vortex, Renata Laura, Couturious, Nina Makes

Sept. 13th mahlicadesigns, Musings of a Seamstress, Rainy Day Sewing, Sprouting Jube Jube, Sewing A La Carte, Anne-Mari Sews

Sept. 14th AppleGreen Cottage, mahlicadesigns, Kaleidothought, PrettiModesti, Olive Ashby, Sewing Bee Fabrics

Sept. 15th Lulu & Celeste, Diane Cullum of Two Chicklets, Adventures With Bubba and Bug, Wining Wife,The Pumpkin Room, Sewing A La Carte, Anne-Mari sews

Sept. 16th Sewing by Ti, Musings of a Seamstress, Tales of a Tester, Almost a hippy, At Margareta’s Haus,Sewing A La Carte, Birds Of A Kettle

Also, here’s some fun discounts from our sponsors:
Zierstoff Patterns 20% off patterns with code: zierstoffpatterns20 (ends 9/17/16)
Blue Dot Patterns 25% off patterns with code: SewLongSummer (ends 9/17/16)
On the Cutting Floor 50% off patterns with code: SEWLONG (ends 9/17/16)

Don’t forget to participate in the rafflecopter giveaway here!

Thanks for stopping by! and Happy Sewing!

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Pembridge Pinafore – Lil Luxe Collection

I have another exciting pattern test to share you guys today! Its another first for us too! A pinafore by Lil Luxe Collection!!!

The Pembridge Pinafore  is a sweet vintage style Pinafore with elastic in the waist, and the option to have adjustable straps or a classic style button down back. It has beautiful seam finishes and a lovely fit.

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I had picked another fabric for this pinafore but my little was quite firm in her choice of this mustardy yellow floral.

The construction for this pinafore is simple and quick, with beautiful seam finishes.

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This is so perfect for summer! It was quite warm the day we took pictures, so she’s wearing the pinafore by itself but this would be so perfect layered over a white shirt in lace or eyelet.

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I had to try this pattern to realize how adorable my little one looks in this vintage style pinafore dress!

For our final version, we chose a bottom weight denim fabric in animal print and LOVE the Pembridge Pinafore even more!!!

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The lovely little top she’s wearing is the Jane top from Shwin Designs.

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I love when patterns can be sewed up so quick and still look so put together! This whole outfit took me less than one naptime!

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The Pembridge Pinafore PDF pattern is currently on sale for $7 (regular price is $10)

  • It comes in sizes 18m-10y

  • It is a layered pattern so you can print only the sizes you want

  • Has Step by step instructions and illustrations

  • Both Imperial and metric measurements are included

    More pictures for inspiration on the Lil Luxe Collection blog and in the Facebook group here. There is also a special 40% discount on all Lil Luxe patterns TODAY ONLY!

    Happy Sewing!!!