Scarlett Moto Skinnies – Pattern Test for Laela Jeyne!

This was one pattern test I didn’t actually jump in nor was I planning to! Jeans and top stitching and fitting adjustments were not something I felt ready for at this point. Somewhere in my vague sewing plans, jeans were going to be part of 2018. But when Marisa really needed testers in my size, I figured I’d at least try and if it didn’t work, it didn’t work! but work it did! Even my first quick and dirty muslin showed so much promise, I revved up to sew my final pair in denim french terry! And that my friends is how I sewed up my very first pair of skinnies – The Scarlett Moto Skinnies*

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I want to talk about my fabric first. I don’t know what I was planning on making when I ordered this Indigo denim french terry from LA Finch fabrics because who orders only 1 yard of denim? I was just intrigued by the name and obsessed with all things french terry at that point so might have¬†ordered it. Good thing too because it’s sold out now! This is a fabric I super recommend!

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When it arrived, I realized the yardage was way too less for pants so it just sat there. When my muslin turned out so well, I was determined to make my denim FT work for this pattern. Using super tetris skills, I was able to get all the moto pattern pieces and the contoured waistband (with lining) in 1 yard! ONE YARD!!! (it was over 60″ wide) Sometimes being short is not so bad ūüėÄ especially when you take out a whopping 4.5″ in length!

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The Skinnies*¬†as the name suggests are snug fitted, ankle length pants that can be made both in plain and moto style. The moto front involves some piecing, pleating and top stitching details that are a little bit labor intensive but not at all difficult. I made these on my regular sewing machine with denim needles and denim top stitching thread in blue. I was worried my poor generic Singer machine would die on me, so I did go slow especially on all flat felled seams but it worked just fine. Once you’ve got the front legs done with all the moto pieces attached, pleated and top stitched, it goes relatively fast, well! as fast as flat felling denim fabric on all seams including a four point crotch seam can go! You can definitely skip that step and just serge your seams from inside,. That is another option that is included, which I think would work great with a fabric like stretch twill but for denim, taking the effort to flat fell all seams definitely contributes to the overall look.

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After my last not-so-creative back pocket top stitching on my daughter’s denim shorts, I made up this loopy curvy design for my back pockets. Using a piece of chalk, I drew¬†on one pocket and¬†transferred the design to the other pocket, and then topstitched with a narrow zigzag stitch. ¬†I’m pleased with how they turned out ūüôā

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So are you ready to give these a go? There’s a pants fitting guide E-book included to address all your fitting adjustment concerns. The woven waistband option has an invisible side zipper, or you can skip the zipper and do the knit waistband option instead. There’s a plain front option you can choose without all the moto pieces to get a well fitting pair of skinnies. As far as pants go, this is as easy at it gets, its a step above leggings but not over complicated like jeans. You can get the pattern here*¬†, available in sizes 00-26, can be printed in layers with a copy shop file also included now for only $7.75 USD.

Trevi Top – Pattern Test for Hey June

Yay!! Have you seen the Trevi top yet? Isn’t it Ah-mazing?!!! I fell out of my chair when I got the email asking if I’d like to test this pattern. Like to? whaaaat?!! of course I’d love to. Adrianna’s patterns are one of the best out there! I blogged about my love for my Union St tees and Lane Raglans here, and I am yet to blog about my Cheyenne tunics hopefully soon but today I couldn’t be more excited to share my Trevi Top with you!

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The Trevi top and Dress pattern features high cut shoulder straps and a full button down back.  The pattern (which is also layered) also includes a separate front piece with a darted full bust adjustment for sewing cup sizes above C. It comes in sizes 2 Р22, in both top and dress lengths and construction steps for french seam finishes and a beautiful bound neckline. The insides of this garment are something you can proudly display!

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This floral rayon challis from JoAnns was great to work with. It has a lovely drape, but still presses well, so getting crisp button plackets, a neat looking bias bound neckline and a nice curved hemline was easy and smooth.

One of the many things that have me excited for spring is the ‘light’ Oh how I have struggled with lighting in my pictures the last few months! So yay for spring and for all the Spring weather Trevi tops we are all going to sew! yes we are! ūüėÄ

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So many gorgeous tester versions here, I am loving all the beautiful dress versions and can’t wait to make one for me¬†soon! The¬†Trevi top and Dress¬†pattern¬†is currently on sale!

Breaking Ground Blog Tour

Hello and welcome to my stop on the Breaking Ground Blog Tour!  The theme behind this tour hosted and organized by Melissa Evans of Mahlica Designs is that, we would be breaking ground by sewing a pattern new to us, or attempting something new Рa new style, fabric, garment type, something that is new to us. The perfect excuse to get out and make something out of the comfort zone!

I got the Carrie Cardigan¬†a couple years ago¬†when it was first released as part of the Sew What Club membership. I was very drawn to the¬†laid back yet stylish look of this sweater but never ended up making it at that time. Very recently, when the pattern was re-released, I was going to sew it up and pair it with my waterfall raglan for the Make it Mine Tour but somehow that didn’t end up happening either!

So for this tour, I picked the Carrie Cardigan¬†by Delia Creates¬†because it’s breaking new ground for me both in terms of the pattern designer and the garment type. In spite of having accumulated quite a few cardigan patterns during sales and such, I have never actually made a cardigan¬†for myself before.

The Carrie Cardigan is a relaxed slouchy style Cardigan with dolman sleeves. It can be made in two hem lengths and two sleeve length. I chose short sleeves and short length and paired it with an earlier version of my waterfall.

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I got this black and grey stripey sweater knit from JoAnn specifically for this pattern and I think it worked out perfectly. After wearing it, I realized I would have loved the longer length too, maybe next time?

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This pattern is ridiculously quick to make. I had the pattern printed and cut from earlier but I cut my fabric (even matched stripes), sewed- serged- pressed it, photographed it, made lunch for my family and made it in time for “Beauty and Beast” matinee show in just a few hours! That’s how fast it comes together folks! I am not sure why I didn’t do this earlier but it’s going to be perfect for spring now that the temperatures are starting to rise a bit.

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I definitely like this style and a few more would be great to have in rotation. A long Carrie Cardigan in slub knit would be great to throw on during school drop offs and park dates I’m thinking! So have any of your recent projects been ground breaking for you? I would love to hear!

Meanwhile here’s what other bloggers have been doing as part of the Breaking Ground Blog Tour:

Mahlicadesigns   Ronda B Handmade   Elizabeth Made This

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Newport Top – Pattern Test for Itch to Stitch Patterns

I have only ever tested and tried two of Itch to Stitch patterns, and can I say I am a fan?! Kennis’s¬†pattern drafting is exceptionally good and instructions top notch. But my favorite part really is how well the garments lay. Both my Arenal tops¬†are among my favorites and something that I always reach for when heading out. But enough about my wardrobe, today I am so excited to share my Newport Tops¬†with you.

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The Newport Top is a relaxed style sweater with subtle details like a wide boat neck, envelope fold shoulders and a soft high-low hem. It comes in regular long sleeve and 3/4th length flute sleeves. This neckline is what drew me to this pattern when I first saw the call for testers.

One of the things that I have started to obsess over as I have progressed in my sewing journey is how clean¬†the garment looks from inside.¬†When designers pay as much attention as they do to include steps¬†to enclose seams, which side¬†to press a seam or how to finish off the raw edges, and notches! (I love notches), it makes sewing that project that much more enjoyable for me. Even in the most straightforward looking pattern, I like to follow the instructions exactly as written even when I am not testing that pattern. So a well drafted and well written pattern albeit a simple basic pattern is something that I will love forever lol! But I digress yet again! Anyway I love the¬†Newport Top¬†pattern for all the reasons stated above ūüôā

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The fabric I used is actually an ombre heathered knit (Nicole Miller line from Jo Ann fabrics) but the color gradient went from grey to black horizontally instead of vertically (that is weird right?). As I was cutting into my fabric, I realized I was going to have a grey left side and a black right side¬†ūüė¶ So I shifted the pattern pieces around to use only the grey part of the fabric, thankfully¬†it was a bolt end with some¬†extra to play with so it turned out fine. I can’t help but think though, this top in ombre going from grey to black (top to bottom) would have been really really cool, oh well!

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I love the color and the texture of this fabric!

While I loved the muted look of the grey sweater by itself, my hands were itching to add something to that gorgeous wide yoke. I settled on¬†french knots just because I love how much texture they add to a garment without ever being too much. I briefly contemplated adding confetti-like brown, mustard and beige french knots but ended up choosing metallic silver instead because sparkle! ūüėÄ

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I just randomly kept adding the french knots until it seemed like enough, sorry not very helpful but I did try the top on a couple times to gauge where I wanted them to end at.

Needless to say, I absolutely love how my Newport top turned out – fit, color and the french knot detailing!

I made one of the earlier versions during testing in a sparkly ivory french terry from Joann fabrics, and while the neckline has obviously changed a bit, I love this version as well so here goes some more pictures!

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So if envelope flap shoulders is something you’ve been wanting to try,¬†Newport Top¬†pattern is a great one to start with. This layered PDF pattern comes in sizes ranging from 00 – 20. It is currently on sale for $8.00 USD (regular price $10.00), sale ends Sunday March 19th.

Happy Sewing!

Polina Dress – Pattern Test for Coffee and Thread Patterns

Polina dress by Coffee and Thread patterns was released earlier this week and you’ve probably seen so many adorable versions floating around. The PDF pattern world is really amazing isn’t it? I mean so many woven dress patterns out there, what could yet another new pattern offer right? wrong! this pattern is refreshingly beautiful, it’s a classic vintage inspired dress with adorable circular frills. I couldn’t resist and made one in each view.

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Ahh I have missed sewing with woven fabric, this was such a satisfying sew! I love the crisp hems, foldlines and the general good behavior that only woven fabrics tend to display ūüėõ This is a cotton lawn that my mom sent to me from India, earlier this year. Its more of a teal-aqua than the blue that the pictures seem to reflect. We were having so many technical difficulties the day of the shoot – the wind, the cold and to top it all, my little one was sick. I have to mention this though, she’s such a great sport she knew how desperate mama was for pictures. She was standing, posing and twirling there, I felt super guilty that afternoon!

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The bodice is fully lined here, but you have the option to make it unlined as well using bias tape to finish the neckline and armholes. This view A has long frills on the sides with a circle skirt and flared ties.¬†If you’ve been here before you know what a big proponent of circle skirts my daughter is. The twirl is unbeatable!

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Look at all that wind, the weather was not very co-operative ūüė¶

I have never done ruffles of this kind before, those ruffles add so much beauty and charm to the dress. They are not just rectangular strips of gathered fabric, and I found myself so excited to make this dress. Obviously I had to try the other view as well!

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I love the colors, frills, buttons and just how this view turned out. However, my photos don’t do this dress a whole lot of justice so bear with me here!

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I hope this picture properly shows the vintage vibe I was hoping my choice of fabric would bring to the dress!

Fun fact: These are eco-friendly coconut shell buttons!

I used nani iro spectacle double gauze for the ruffles and a cotton linen blend for the main dress. This view as you can see has the circular frill around the neck and a gathered skirt. The bodice on this is completely lined as well. I didn’t make the unlined version but I simply love how beautiful the inside of this dress looks, all the seams enclosed and the button placket construction is so neat!

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Okay now for some final statements, if you love woven dresses, if you want to start sewing more with woven dresses, you will love this pattern. Some patterns you’ll love for the design features and some patterns for their exceptional quality of design and instructions, and the Polina dress¬†pattern most definitely fulfills both categories! It is currently on sale for $7.00 USD and an additional 10% when you join the Coffee and Threads Facebook group. You can check out all the gorgeous tester versions here.

And there’s a fun GIVEAWAY¬†that Olga is hosting, enter to win the Polina Dress pattern for free along with 2 yards of a gorgeous cotton+steel fabric!

Don’t forget to enter in the RAFFLECOPTER.

Sahara Top & Dress – Pattern Test for Bella Sunshine Designs

Last week, I got to test the Sahara Top and Dress by Bella Sunshine Designs. It’s a fantastic knit dress pattern – simple, elegant and playful! What I love most about this pattern though is the fit, from the beautiful scoop in the back to the fit across the chest, it is complete perfection!

The¬†Sahara Dress¬†features a fully lined bodice with a scooped neckline (with no closures which I really like) and both sleeveless and sleeve options in different lengths. It has a full circle skirt which comes in top and dress lengths. The circle skirt is without a doubt my daughter’s favorite element, you can never have enough twirly dresses around here. Every piece of fabric that she sees me petting, she has to ask “are you making a pretty dress for me?” pretty equals twirly!

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This dress for me is the classic combination of perfect fabric meets perfect pattern. I love the texture and stretch and drape of double brushed polyester, and have used it a ton for leggings this past year. And the Sahara Dress pattern recommends fabric with good drape and more importantly, good recovery, so this fabric (fabric from So Sew English Fabrics) works beautifully for this pattern, with no stretching out or rippling around the neckline and the waistline.

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This child just turned 3, but is skinny and still fits into her baby clothes. One of the most helpful things I learnt while testing this pattern is how to blend correctly across sizes. This dress is a 12 month size widthwise blended to a 2year size in length. The pattern comes with clear instructions and illustrations for blending between sizes, so you get the perfect fit. I love love love that pretty neckline and those 3/4th sleeves!

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For the sleeveless version, I used this lovely spring-like cotton spandex from Raspberry Creek Fabrics and an interlock jersey for the bodice lining.

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Obviously, I can’t decide which one I love more but these dresses will be worn and loved to death, that I do know!!

Because, I don’t believe I’ve said it enough times ūüėČ but the fit of the¬†Sahara Dress¬†is pure excellence and is such a great pattern¬†to have on hand, oh the possibilities of having a well fitted basic pattern! ¬†My husband says she needs a princess dress for when we go to watch the Beauty and the Beast next week, I’m wondering if I can use this pattern for a maxi length dress.

The¬†Sahara Top & Dress¬†is currently on release sale price of $5.50 (regular price $7.95 USD), don’t forget to take a look at the listing for some gorgeous tester versions.¬†One thing that I have come to love about¬†Bella Sunshine Designs¬†is how thorough their testing process is and how they strive for perfection in the pattern fit and instructions. I have used and reviewed several of their patterns (here, here, here and here) before and highly recommend their patterns.

Happy Sewing!!

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