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!!!

Make it Mine Waterfall Raglan Blog Tour

Hello and welcome to the ‘Make it Mine’ Waterfall blog tour! With different theme inspired looks each day showcased by so many seamstresses and bloggers from around the world, fabulous prizes to be won from the giveaway and even a bonus prize for linking up, there’s every reason to participate and follow along right?!?

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For my day look today, I chose to take the already comfortable Women’s Waterfall raglan top a little in the vintage direction with some lace and pearls. And to that, deemed this soft ivory and grey heather jersey from Cali fabrics the perfect fabric to work with.

I really love the laid back and relaxed style of this pattern, so other than modifying for fit such as shortening the length and sizing up on the sleeves, I sewed up the raglan as is, and embellished it after.

For the look I was going after, I wanted to overlay the lace ruffle over the main fabric rather than let the lace hang by itself.  So I basted it over the jersey ruffle and then gathered them together. The wide 6″ lace trim is from hobby lobby, that was trimmed to match the ruffle pattern piece and placed about a quarter inch lower for that slight overhang, I hemmed  the jersey ruffle following the pattern’s hem allowance.

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After the neckband construction, I hand-sewed a couple rows of beads (pearls?) and a row of clear sequins and beads in the middle only to the front of the bodice.

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A bit hard to see the sequins in the middle but they are there lol!

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Before I start harping on about my love for Gabriela’s patterns (all of which I have tested and made multiple times) here are recent reviews of my waterfall raglan and my daughter’s in her waterfall that I made during testing. Don’t you love the clean design lines and that gently curved ruffle hem? This pattern, the fit and the level of detail in the instructions is just pure perfection!!!

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I paired it with skinny jeans and flats because that is my idea of comfortable day wear but yesterday was particularly murky, rainy and muddy for flats lol. Nevertheless, I love my new waterfall raglan and I am going to be wearing it a lot this spring and summer!!

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After hemming the sleeves, I realized I wanted them shorter so I rolled them up here, next time I might just add a cuff.

Now while I was adding beads to my top, my daughter was chatting with me and I felt a bit selfish adding all the lace to mine while she got plain waterfalls, so I literally whipped her top in the next hour. I hand sewed the crochet lace appliqué and topstitched the lace while hemming the ruffle.

Sadly, we don’t have a lot of pictures of her in her new waterfall!

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Enter the RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY for a chance to win some fabulous patterns!

And, here’s a chance to win a $50 gift card to Stylish Fabric and a sewing kit: Post your Waterfall Raglan (women’s or girls) by Sunday February, 12th and link to this post HERE.

Wednesday Feb. 8th – Day Looks

Heidi- Handmade Frenzy | Zoe – ZowieZo Handmade | Indu- Kaleidothought |

Maria – Creative Needle and Threads | Verinne – boeven bende |

Mie – Sewing Like Mad  | Victoria – As it Seams

Thursday Feb. 9th – Date Night

Tami – Sew Sophie Lynn | Victoria – Very Blissful | Leslie – Threadbear Garments |

Marie-Fleurine – Sew Mariefleur | Emi – Just Add Fabric

 

Friday Feb. 10th – Hacks

Thao – Little Cumquat | Tiahna – Ammon Lane | Nicole – Merritts Makes |

Diana – miss castelinhos | Michelle – Little Heart Threads | Chelise Patterson |

Emily – Enjoyful Makes | Jodi – Sew Fearless | Celina – Petit a Petit + Family

Women’s Waterfall Raglan – Pattern Test for Chalk and Notch Patterns

Woohoo!! The Waterfall Raglan is here!! We have all been desperately waiting for this pattern and let me tell you it does not disappoint. Gabriela is as usual on-point both on style and quality of this pattern. This pattern is everything I have come to expect from her – subtle design features with exceptionally well drafted pattern pieces and easy to understand tutorials.

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The Women’s Waterfall Raglan is a relaxed raglan style knit top with a curved ruffle at the bottom. Like the girls’ version, this pattern also comes in top and dress version along with three sleeve lengths and a small chest pocket. It includes a knit stretch guide (which I love) and 2 neckband options based on your fabric stretch percentage to help get the perfect fit.

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This denim blue two-tone french terry from LA Finch fabrics (looks like it is out of stock but I’m linking here to the same fabric in light baby blue) was the perfect fabric for my first test, it has about 40% stretch with good recovery and a great drape. I made a straight size 0 in top length and 3/4th sleeves and pocket. I ended up taking pictures on a bleak and super windy day but still had to share these cause I love this top so much and have worn it a bunch of times already, styled exactly like this 😀

I really enjoyed making this top, the instructions on the neckband really help on getting the perfect neckline right on the first attempt. The ruffle is only slightly gathered, so even if you don’t enjoy gathering, I promise this top is worth the attempt. Of course then you won’t know how to stop making more of these 😛

For my second version, I made a dress blended to a bigger size in the sleeves and shoulders cause the top seemed just a bit snug in the arms and really like the fit of the sleeves in this version.

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I used a weighty ITY knit from Sincerely Rylee fabric shop. It has above 100% stretch, with great recovery and drape. Picture day was too cold hence the tights (one day i will figure out my indoor photography situation).

I styled the dress with a belt just for fun. I’m not a belt person but I’m really loving this style and recently wore it like this to a birthday party.

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The Women’s Waterfall Raglan  released on monday and is currently on sale for $9.00 (regular price $ 12). We absolutely love the girls’s version of the Waterfall Raglan, you can see my review here. Now you can get the Waterfall bundle here also on sale!

Don’t forget to check out all the tester version on the Chalk and Notch website. You can also search for the hashtag #waterfallraglan on instagram to see all the amazing Waterfall Raglans floating around. Now excuse me while I go make a couple (dozen?) more!