Women’s Constance Dress – Pattern Test for Sew a Little Seam

Ohhh I have been waiting for the Women’s Constance for so long. Ever since I made the girl’s version for my daughter (reviewed here) I have been hoarding the remnants in the hope that some day they’d end up as Constance Tops and dresses for me. My prayers have been answered! Well! its either that, or the fact that Kelly has been badgered with way too many requests for the Women’s version lol. So here we are!

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The Women’s Constance Top, Tunic and dress PDF pattern comes in sizes 0/2 (32″ bust) to 28 (50″ bust) and like the children’s version, comes in three hem lengths – top, tunic or dress, and four sleeve lengths – short, 3/4 and long. You can choose to do a regular neckline with a neckband or a lined or unlined hood. It also includes options like the kangaroo pocket, oval and heart elbow patches, and cuffs and hem bands. It has layered sizing and a very clear photo tutorial.

This pattern also happens to be part of the Meaningfully Made collection that Kelly is designing.  I think it’s pretty amazing that she’s directing 100% of the proceeds towards the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, a cause that is very important and close to her.

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I made the dress length with my standard alteration of shortening the length by a good 1.5″. The cuffs finish off the neck, sleeves and hem! So with no folding, pressing and hemming, it goes by pretty quickly. I don’t dislike pressing or hemming, quite frankly I sometimes enjoy the mundane tasks that sewing involves like trimming and cutting pattern pages, pressing seams, hand hemming, even hand gathering. Is that weird?

Anyway, this gorgeous coral french terry is from LA Finch fabrics, and the floral liverpool knit that I used for the cuffs and binding is from Sincerely Rylee fabrics (I used it here for my Chloe skirt). This is the exact combination of fabrics I used for my daughter’s tunic, I loved it so much that I decided to copy her dress 😀

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The fit of this dress is pretty awesome. It curves in nicely at the waist and out at the hips giving it a nice shape. I am not much of a dress person,  I belong to the throw on leggings or skinnies and a comfy top camp. Most of my dresses are reserved for special occasions, but wearing this dress has made me rethink my wardrobe options. I feel like I need a few more dresses to spruce up my everyday mommy uniform.

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It was such a cold windy cloudy snowy afternoon when we took pictures, I thought the pictures would be a disaster for sure, but I love how they turned out. It helps when you have a husband who not just makes you smile (or giggle) but drives home during lunch time just to take pictures 🙂

I’ll leave you with a few more pictures of my top version made in hacci sweater knit fabric that I got from my Girl Charlee Knitfix last year. Its a great sturdy knit with good stretch.

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The Women’s Constance top and dress PDF pattern is only $4. With so many style options, and an amazing fit and shape, I’d say it’s a steal! Check out the listing for more inspiration from some fabulous tester versions.

Constance Sweater – Pattern Test for Sew a Little Seam

The Constance Sweater by Sew a Little Seam is here and we are in LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! I love it so much that I am desperately waiting for a women’s version so I can match my mini!

But here’s something else that I hope will make you want to buy the pattern – Kelly is in the process of designing the Meaningfully Made collection, the first of which is the Constance Sweater. This is both important and personal for her and I think it’s pretty amazing that she’s directing 100% of the proceeds towards the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.

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The PDF pattern comes in sizes 3 months all the way up to 12 years. It has three lengths – top, tunic or dress, three sleeve (gathered or regular) lengths – short, 3/4 and long. You can choose to do a regular neckline with a neckband or a lined or unlined hood. It also includes options like the kangaroo pocket, oval and heart elbow patches, and cuffs and hem bands. It has layered sizing and a very clear photo tutorial. My favorite features from all of Kelly’s patterns are her attention to clean finishing techniques be it the HongKong seam finishes in the Linden Shorts and Skirt or the super awesome reversible Ollie Bomber jacket. Don’t you just love when PDF patterns help you better your skills?!?

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For my first version, I made a tunic with a completely lined hood in hacci sweater knit fabric that I got from my Girl Charlee Knitfix last year. It is a medium to heavy weight knit with good stretch but more importantly it’s really warm, and paired with woollen tights it’s great for our the chilly weather. The ivory rib knit is from Jo Ann fabrics.

For our final version, I sized up to allow more room for layering. The pattern comes with both regular and gathered (or pleated) sleeves and I opted to do these sweet looking pleated sleeves.

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oohh Im loving this tunic on her!!!

This lovely coral french terry is from LA Finch fabrics, and the liverpool knit that I used for the cuffs and binding is from Sincerely Rylee fabrics (I used it here for my Chloe skirt). This french terry is so soft and snuggly! with great stretch too so its perfect for this pattern. I got a lot of this fabric that I am saving for my Constance Sweater which hopefully is not too far off 😀

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Did i mention that this pattern is unisex? Yes you can make the Constance Sweater for little dudes too!! And it’s only $4!!! Check out the listing for more inspiration, and go make a bunch of Constance sweaters, I know I am because brrr it’s cold here in pittsburgh!

Happy Sewing and Happy Holidays!!