Lilah Top and Dress – Pattern Test for Sansahash Designs

So this week, I had a fun opportunity to participate in a pattern test for Sansahash Designs where the fabric for the test was provided by So Sew English Fabrics. The latest pattern by Mgeni, the designer at the newly started Sansahash Designs is the Lilah Top and Dress.

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It is a simple empire waisted dress that is designed to be made in both knit and woven fabric. The woven version has a front button down bodice with placket for easy wearability. The back bodice has a racerback neckline that is going to be perfect for summers. Both versions are fully lined.

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My dress wearing princess has just started bicycling, and with what persistence! It looks like we might be getting rid of the training wheels sooner than we thought. In lieu of her new hobby, i figured i’ll make a top version to wear over jeans and leggings for when she goes biking (lol)

I used a really sturdy stretchy ponte knit for the bodice and a cotton jersey (doodles collection from Joanns) for the skirt version.

She was not keen on pictures that day, but we managed to get a few shots.

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Here’s the dress version of the Lilah! This floral french terry that I received from So Sew English Fabrics has the perfect drape and stretch for this pattern. I love the vintage feel of the muted blue and coral colors in this fabric.

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It’s a dress with lots of fabric and lots of twirl! Need I say more? She loves it! She actually loves everything I make for her (wonder how long this phase will last). The instructions to construct this garment are well explained and illustrated. Because it’s fully lined, the neckline and armholes are cleanly finished with no itchy raw edges inside. The fully gathered skirt is stabilized by clear elastic and it really helps in keeping the waistline seam straight with no sagging or pulling (the pattern includes instructions on how to attach it)

The Lilah Top and Dress pattern is layered and comes in sizes 6m to 12 years. It is currently on sale for only $6.00 until tomorrow May 5th 8am MST after which it will be available for $6.50 until Tuesday, May 9th.

You can join the Sansahash Designs Facebook group here for all the scoop on new patterns and sale information or if you just need some help or motivation to get started on your Sansahash patterns 🙂

Happy Sewing!!!

 

Anza Dress – Pattern Test for Itch to Stitch Patterns

I am so excited to finally be able to share my Anza Dress with you. It is the third Itch to Stitch pattern I am testing (You can see my Arenal tops here and my Newport Tops here) and I am still in awe of Kennis’s impeccable drafting and fine tutorial. The Anza dress and Jumpsuit has many details like pleated pockets with flaps and buttons, curved pockets, an elastic casing along with a drawstring. It is certainly not a quick sew by any stretch, but makes for a very enjoyable sew! Isn’t that why we all sew?

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I was too chicken to try the jumpsuit which by the way looks fabulous on everyone I saw!

Here are the Anza Jumpsuit & Dress features (sizes 00 – 20) cited from the Itch to Stitch website:

  • A, B, C, D and DD Cups

  • Unlined, relaxed jumpsuit/dress cinched by elastic and drawstring waist

  • Pleated breast pockets with buttoned flaps

  • Integrated, cuffed sleeves

  • Front-buttoned V-neck

  • Side pockets on both the skirt and the pants

  • Knee-length shirttail hem on dress

  • Ankle-length, elastic hem on jumpsuit

  • Layers feature (print only the sizes you need)

I used a soft cloud 9 organic fabric called Rain walk Tumble Navy that I got at my local Spool fabric store. They also have an online store if you want to check out their collection. The fabric was amazing to work with, soft and crisp! part of why I enjoyed sewing all the pleats, pockets and bar tacks 😉

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While I shortened the bodice by 1″ I did not consider shortening the skirt which I realized does make a big difference to the final look. The dress is meant to fall just above the knees. I hope to trim and redo the hem sometime soon so I can wear this dress everywhere! It is extremely comfortable to wear and based on fabric choice can go anywhere from casual to dressy.

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I love Crystal’s two tone Anza Dress so much, it’s made from vintage Kimono fabric, amazing right? I wanna make one like that!

Head on over to the Itch to Stitch website to see all the tester versions of Anza dresses and jumpsuits, and grab this pattern while it’s still on sale!

Happy Sewing!

Farrah Dress and Top – Pattern Test for Chalk and Notch Patterns

Another amazing pattern release by Chalk and Notch Patterns. The Farrah dress is beautiful, and feminine and ruffly. It comes in two distinct views one – super cute version with ruffle sleeves and a super stylish version with a front ruffle. Both have a high-low hem with side slit detail. I made both versions and love them both and I think view B is slightly quicker to sew.

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As with all of Chalk and Notch patterns, this pattern is expertly drafted and very well explained. What I love most about Gabriela’s patterns even more than how well they are drafted and how beautiful every one of the design features are, is the fact that sewing with chalk and notch patterns give me immense sewing – satisfaction (is that a word?) Whether it’s the plackets and neckline on the Top Knot Romper, the pleat and french seams in the Cascade Maxi, the neat finish on the neckbands of the fishtail Kimono or the curved ruffle on the waterfall Raglan, these are details that I have genuinely enjoyed sewing and garments that I’m proud of.

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The Farrah pattern is all that, beautiful mitered hems, fully lined yokes, neatly finished armholes making for a pleasant sewing experience not to mention the fabulous looking garment you get to wear after that!!

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When I first saw the sneak peak of the pattern that was to go into testing, I knew I would use this special piece of fabric for that top. Here’s a story behind this fabric – My parents like to send me packages every once in a while. No matter how much I insist that I don’t NEED anything, those packages keep coming in year after year. Packages all the way from India which my dad meticulously packs with rolls and rolls of tape, filled with an assortment of home-ground spice mixes, pickles, home-made sweets, little fabric dolls for my daughter, toys and knick knacks for my son and even shirts for my husband (so he doesn’t feel left out I suppose 😀 ) and above all FABRIC, lots of fabric! Every piece of fabric in that package is special to me, I know how my mom must have ran her hands over that fabric several times, I know how she must have held it in the light to make sure it’s a shade I’d like, I know how much she must have second guessed herself wondering if i’d like it or totally hate it. The thing is I have always loved that fabric, I have always found meaning in using it to make something for my daughter. When I told her how much I loved the rayon challis (Top Knot Maxi) she’d sent me but I was not bold enough to wear a color like that, I know she must have searched high and low to find a similar fabric. So when they sent this navy chevronish rayon challis, I knew this was going to be for ME and for me it became!!

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Enough about my mother, lol this should have been a mother’s day post! Back to the pattern. Even though it was the ruffle sleeves that I loved on first sight, I just had to try view B too and I am so glad I did ‘coz I LOVE this front ruffle version in top length a lot!

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There’s a gusset under the arms, can you see that? (I hope not 😉 The notches and markings on the pattern pieces are just perfect! everything lines up so well! And don’t you love the slit hem? I just love that detail!

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So there’s my two Farrahs! You can get the pattern on sale now at the Chalk and Notch Pattern Shop as well as at the Upcraft Club. Don’t forget check out all the amazing Farrah versions at the Chalk and Notch Website and on instagram with the hashtag #farrahpattern.

Happy Sewing!!!

Show your Stoff Blog Tour

Hello and welcome to my stop on the Show your Stoff Blog Tour. This tour is all about showcasing Zierstoff Patterns by several different bloggers. This pattern company is new to me so I jumped at the chance to try out a new designer. As i was browsing through their patterns, the Kati waterfall dress and shirt caught my eye first. I have a much loved store bought shirt with the same drape neck, that I have once even tried to hack with uhh not so successful results. So I figured this was as good a chance as any to finally make a drape neck shirt.

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The sizing was almost impossible to figure since the measurement chart doesn’t include standard bust, waist or hip measurements. It goes from sizes 158 – 42 (Kids’ M to Women’s L) and the measurement chart has a finished dress length measured from the neck to the hem based on which I picked the smallest size.  It ended up fitting great, although a tad short (I think).

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It’s possible I am showing off my stripe matching skills here 😀

This rayon jersey that I found at my local store seems like it has good drape but that’s about it, I don’t really like how it lays, and sewing with it was not much fun either. But it works to show off that waterfall neck well so I guess it worked out okay.

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This pattern is fairly simple and straightforward and I like how the shoulders seams are enclosed within the facing. The sleeves are turned in and hemmed.

When we were picking patterns for the tour (around January), it was really cold here, and I couldn’t imagine taking pictures of a sleeveless top so I chose the Delia Cardigan to go with it.  The cardigan has a scarf like collar that falls down the front in soft waves.

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I chose this sparkly wine colored french terry fabric from my local Jo Anns for the Delia cardigan. It is so soft and drapes really well. The pattern does recommend using fabric with a double face. The sleeves can be finished with cuffs or folded under which is what i did. This pattern is fairly straight forward too, I had the same issue with picking a size but for the cardigan, I sized up and cut the kid’s L size so it would be easy to layer over tops. The pattern has instructions for finishing the back by folding under but the front of the cardigan is just serged perhaps so it can hang better? I didn’t serge it, but I am not a fan of raw edges so I think i’m gonna do a narrow hem to finish the front edges.

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The cardigan comes with optional inseam pockets as well which I’ve come to realize I really really like so I made sure to add them. The instructions and notches for the scarf and the pockets and the general construction of the cardigan was well explained.

To see what other bloggers have made as part of the “Show your Stoff” Tour, don’t forget to click on the links below on the specified days. Zierstoff Patterns is also offering a discount to all readers through the month of April (see below for coupon code).

Monday April 10- Anne-Mari Sews,  InspinrationTenille’s Thread, Sew Cucio, Embrace Everyday

Tuesday April 11- Musings of A Seamstressmahlicadesigns, Anna’s Heirloom Boutique Ronda B Handmade, FABulous Home Sewn

Wednesday April 12-  Thread and ScissorsKaleidothought, Idle Sunshine, mahlicadesigns

Thursday April 13- Very Blissful, Sew A Piece of Joy, Zowie Zo, Nina Makes, Lulu & Celeste, Thread and Scissors.

Friday April 14- Tales of a TesterAnne-Mari SewsBless, by Tone; Life Sew Savory; Needles to Say, Adventures with Bubba and BugSprouting Jube Jube, Glitter in my Coffee

Saturday April 15- Sprouting Jube JubeMusings of A Seamstress, Stitches by Laura; Tea, Dust and StitchesAnna’s Heirloom Boutique, Ronda B Handmade

You can use the code MahlicaDesigns30 to save 30% off Zierstoff Patterns through the month of April.

Schooner Tee and Dress – Pattern Test for Jennuine Designs

Last week, we got to test the Schooner Tee and Dress by Jennuine Designs. I love Jenn’s patterns. I find them unique and one of a kind! The Schooner Tee is exactly that, the design is quite genius. It has adorable dolman sleeves with ruffles. The A line tee and dress come in regular and high-low hem options along with inseam pockets. Such a simple and cute pattern, you’ll want a closet full of these tees.

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To check fit, I made a top in rayon jersey, it turned out beautiful but for my dress version, I used a ponte knit so the flutters would be more pronounced.

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Don’t you love how those flutter sleeves stand out? I got the fabric as part of a destash sale, and love the floral print on her.

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I used a coral cotton spandex for the neckband. The pattern includes two pattern pieces for the neckband based on stretch percentage that is very helpful in getting that neckband to fit well and lay neatly. I completely forgot about the inseam pockets until my daughter suddenly discovered them during the photoshoot and that’s about the only picture I managed to get.

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Needless to say, its an adorable pattern, and a really quick sew!

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As soon as my husband saw this dress, he told me she’d need a few more now that we can actually get out and hang at the park, spring weather and all!!!

The Schooner Tee and Dress is currently on sale for only $5 hurry, get your copy and start cranking them out by the dozen!

The Naples Dress and Tunic was one of the first patterns that I’d tested for Jenn and blogged about it here. I cant believe how much older she looks now 😀

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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 😀 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 🙂

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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 – 22, 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! 😀

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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!